Five-time Grammy Award winning Gospel Legends, Blind Boys of Alabama, arrive at The Grand this Saturday, February 16 at 8pm. With a career spanning over 70 years, the Boys have become living legends with their foot-stomping and roof-raising live shows, 818 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE.
Villanova Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of "Muswell Hill," by award-winning English playwright Torben Betts, directed by Harriet Power, and onstage through Sunday, February 24. First performed at the Orange Tree Theatre in London, the production was nominated for Best New Play at the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012 and received the Time Out Critics Choice Award. Inspired by a scene Bett witnessed of a disengaged couple discussing the 2010 Haitian earthquake tragedy as if it were merely weather, the production features six "connected" characters who illustrate the promise and limitations of technology as they obsess over work, weight, and dinner. A discussion with playwright and screenwriter Torben Betts will follow the Thursday, February 21 performance, Vasey Hall, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA.
Asian Arts Initiative presents a collaboration among innovative Iranian artists, "That Person Who Is Your Creation: Iranian Women Exploring the Feminine Self," opening February 19, featuring works by two Iranian artists that challenge Eastern and Western preconceived ideas about female identity. Composed of eight years of work, the colorful nude portraits from American-born Mona Shomali's "Naked Folklore" represent the extremes of tradition and modernity in being Iranian American and explore what it takes to overcome categorization. Informed by her own immigration experiences, Iranian-born, Glasgow-based, Haleh Jamali's video installation "Someone who is not anyone" considers how identities become fluid through choices in lifestyle and clothing, while "Departure" explores the tense relationship between women and fabric, through April 26, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia. Also, open mic night, Friday, February 15, 7:30pm with Gowri Koneswaran with the theme "Stories of Where We Come From."
David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, "Proof," opens Thursday, February 21 at Arcadia University's MainStage Theater. Catherine cared for her father, a world-renowned mathematician, as he drifted into insanity and now she struggles with maintaining his legacy while coping with her own mental future. Directed by Kevin Glaccum, the show runs through March 3, 450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA.
The Philadelphia Orchestra partners with Philadelphia Live Arts to present a 21st century treatment of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," along with the New York based Ridge Theater, featuring dancers, video projection, and theatrical lighting, February 21-24 under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano, at the Kimmel Center, Broad Street, Philadelphia. "The Rite of Spring" received its U.S. premieres in both staged and concert versions in Philadelphia under the direction of Leopold Stokowski.