Center City Opera Theater presents a Hispanic and Spanish Opera Cabaret, as part of their Latino Audience Development. CCOT's Young Artists explain and perform music by composers Daniel Catan, Hector Armienta, Osvaldo Golijov, and more, while celebrating Spanish Zarzuela, Friday, February 22, 8pm, Saturday, February 23, 8pm, and Sunday, February 24, 2pm, Prince Music Theater's Independence Black Box Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
International House Philadelphia opens its first permanent historical exhibit, "IHP: The First 100 Years," celebrating its role in the Philadelphia community over the past century. The display includes photographs, correspondence, newsletters and press clippings, documenting the residential services and social programming that has distinguished IHP among organizations that advocate for cultural exchange, open dialogue, and progressive thinking. Join the free opening celebration, Thursday, February 28, 6pm, with an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music by The Gatsby Brothers, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. RSVP required.
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture's Arab Music Concert Series continues with the Philadelphia premiere of "Roads to Damascus," a collaboration by cellist and composer Kinan Abou-afach and visual artist Kevork Mourad, two Syrian artists who explore the history of their hometown. With roots in Arabic music, the multimedia experimental work features seven pieces where Mourad draws spontaneously as Abou-afach recreates memories of the city through music, illustrating Syria's cultural richness and current conflict, Saturday, February 23, 8pm, Trinity Center for Urban Life, South 22nd Street, Philadelphia.
Onstage Thursday, February 28 at New City Stage Company is "Hurlyburly," the Philadelphia premiere of the groundbreaking play by award-winning playwright and screenwriter David Rabe. Searching for meaning in their isolated lives, two casting directors attempt to provide a home for their friends and a runaway girl amidst the decadent, perverse cocaine culture of 1980s Hollywood. Rabe was the first graduate of Villanova's Masters in Theatre program and won a 1972 Tony Award for Best Play for "Sticks and Bones." James J. Christy and Ginger Dayle, also Villanova graduates, direct the production starring Russ Widdall (RFK, The Wire), onstage at the Adrienne Theater Main Stage through Sunday, March 24, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
"Deep in the Weeds," a new exhibit showcasing the photography of Rob Cardillo, is on display at the Morris Arboretum's Upper Gallery, featuring thirty photographs of roadside weed patches, native plant communities and well-tended garden beds where the abstract beauty of nature interplays with shape, color and light. For over twenty years, Cardillo, a local artist, has professionally photographed gardens and their inhabitants and his work has appeared in Country Gardens, Organic Gardening, and The New York Times. Free with garden admission, the opening reception will take place Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia.