Arts Shuffle: March 7 - 14
Explore America's favorite pastime at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The brand-new, large scale exhibition, "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American," opens March 13 and examines how baseball has been intertwined with the history of racial, ethnic, and gender integration in the U.S. and how the sport has impacted communities. While celebrating well-known Jewish heroes like Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, the exhibit also focuses on iconic "game changers" like baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, Ichiro Suzuki, and so many others involved in the sport, as well as the fans, ideals, and culture they inspired. Featuring more than 130 original objects including game-worn uniforms, game-used objects, correspondence, newspaper accounts, board games, awards, nearly 100 original baseball cards, signed baseballs, and much more from the museum's collection and loans from public and private collections (including the Baseball Hall of Fame). See original films and interactive displays including "Catching History" & "Koufax on the Koncourse," offering fans of all ages to chance to don a reproduction jersey and then try their hand a pitching like the Dodgers' ace, and many more programs and events through October 26, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. With major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in close collaboration with Major League Baseball, the exhibit will begin a nationwide tour after its run in Philadelphia.
Tempesta di Mare continues its tradition of presenting lost or forgotten baroque masterpieces with "Apollo at Play," March 8, 8pm, for the first time performing at the Kimmel Center. This season focuses on the many facets of French baroque music and the program spans over 250 years, inspired by the music of the great French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully, composer and music director for King Louis XIV of France. Featuring "Le Bourgeois gentilhomme," Lully's collaboration with Molière. Also, two non-French adopters of French styles, "The Tempest" by Matthew Locke and Suite IV from "Apollon enjoüé," by Johann Sigismund Kusser, a student of Lully's. And, the French baroque forms and rhythms of Igor Stravinsky with "Apollon musagète." Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai.
Hedgerow Theatre takes on Charles Ludlam's spooky, campy comedy "The Mystery of Irma Vep." Set in Mandacrest, a likely-haunted British estate, the play spoofs horror movies, gothic mysteries, and "penny dreadfuls" through the exploits of Lord Edgar, a famous Egyptologist, his second wife Lady Enid, their loyal servants, and a surprising array of otherworldly creatures. For extra laughs, all these characters are played by two male actors (Joel Guerrero and Carl Smith) with more than 35 costume changes. Directed by Artistic Director Jared Reed through April 6 at 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA. Hedgerow Theatre is America's first repertory theatre.
"Art Amongst War: Visual Culture in Afghanistan, 1979-2014," a new multi-media exhibition at The College of New Jersey, surveys artistic responses to thirty-five years of armed conflict in Afghanistan. The exhibition invites visitors to see the war torn nation through the eyes of its contemporary artists. From traditional Afghan embroidery and war rugs to contemporary video art, photography, painting, and installation pieces, the display shows an artistic community making sense of conflict through visual culture. To facilitate public discussion, programs accompanying the exhibition include lectures, film screenings, and forums with activists, veterans, curators, scholars, and filmmakers. Curated by Dr. Deborah Hutton and on view through April 17 at TCNJ Art Gallery, Art and Interactive Multimedia Building, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ.
Plays & Players turns their space into the Delaware Valley during the time of the Lenni-Lenape with "Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum." The show is the first in a new yearly series, P.L.A.Y. (Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth), dedicated to introducing young audiences to live theater by incorporating interactive, physical theater techniques, shadow puppetry, found object instrumentation and acro-yoga. The work was conceived by Producing Artistic Director Daniel Student and explores mythic animals local to the area such as the great blue heron, the red fox, and the box turtle, as well as the stories of the native people once indigenous to the Delaware Valley who passed down folktales about animals and crafted wampum beads that were strung together to create belts that told the stories of their families, March 13-29, 1714 Delancey Place, 3rd floor Skinner Studio, Philadelphia.
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