It’s the Year of the Snake! The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation celebrates the Chinese New Year with the Flower Market, Saturday, February 9, 10am-3pm, 10th Street Plaza, 10th & Vine Streets and the Midnight Lion Dance Performance at 11pm, 10th & Race Streets. On Sunday, February 10, 11am-2pm is the Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade at 10th & Spring Street, Philadelphia.
On display at the Brandywine River Museum is “The Magic Pencil of the Amazing F.O.C. Darley” showcasing over 60 pieces by Felix Octavius Carr Darley, the Philadelphia-born artist who spent the 19th century illustrating for popular authors like Charles Dickens, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and even Edgar Allan Poe. He was also renowned for his historical drawings related to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and the American frontier. On display through March 10 at U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA.
The 43rd annual Rowan Jazz Festival is February 13-15, concluding with “Jazz Goes Around the World,” a musical tour spotlighting jazz interpretations from Russia, Brazil, Italy, Eastern Europe, and more, under the direction of Denis DiBlasio, with special guests including saxophonist Tim Powell, Metropolitan Opera tenor Jon Garrison, and jazz vibraphone player and Rowan alum Behn Gillece, joined by the Rowan Lab and Jazz Bands, Friday, February 15, 8pm, Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall, on the Campus of Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.
Theatre Exile’s sixteenth season continues with the Philadelphia debut of Jason Wells’ “The North Plan,” Wednesday, February 13 through Sunday, March 3 at The Latvian Society of Philadelphia. Directed by Joe Canuso and featuring Philadelphia actors Madi Distefano, Dan Hodge, Robert DaPonte, Aimé Donna Kelly, Carl Granieri and Mark Cairns, the dark comedy transports the audience to a small town jail in The Ozarks. With martial law declared and the government controlled by military commanders, the nation’s future lies in the hands of a federal bureaucrat, local sheriff and foul mouthed redneck heroine, 531 North 7th Street, Philadelphia.
Performance and science converge in the world’s first full-scale robot-human theater production, “Robot-Human Theater,” presented by Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe at Christ Church Neighborhood House, Friday, February 15 and Saturday February 16, 8pm. Created by Seinendan Theater Company leader Oriza Hirata and Osaka University Intelligent Robotics Laboratory director Dr. Ishiguro Hiroshi, the production features two short plays, “I, Worker,” about a robot worker suffering from malaise and “Sayonara,” where a human-like android comforts a dying girl, performed in Japanese and English with English subtitles, 20 North American Street, Philadelphia.