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omething very differ- ent is on view now at the Natl. Constitution

Center: the first major exhi- bition about Bruce Spring- steen, “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” direct from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Among the at- tractions in this 5,000 square foot show are family photos, scrapbooks, handwritten lyrics and the singer’s 1993 Oscar for Best Original Song for “Streets of Philadelphia”. The NCC is the only venue to host this scintillating attrac- tion. Through Jan. 16. 525 Arch. 215-409-6700. The Alumni Sales Gallery at the Pa. Academy of the Fine Arts presents “Moe Brooker: The Evidence of Things Not Seen”, now through April 15, works in acrylic, oil, encaus- tic painstik and oil pastels. Brooker is one of our city’s most prominent artists and is also on the faculty at PAFA.

118-128 N. Broad. 215-391- 4187. Two delicious black and white 30’s movies are on tape at theCity Institute library as part of their free Wednesday screenings: Feb. 2 offers Leo McCarey’s “Make Way for To- morow”, 91 minutes, featur- ing Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore losing their home to foreclosure, a beloved weep- er. And on Feb. 29, “Libeled Lady”, 98 minutes, stars Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy William Powell and Spencer Tracy in a classic screwball comedy. Lower level, no elevator. 1905 Locust. friendsofPCI@ Chester-born Ethel Waters, a major stage/cabaret/screen/ recording star for decades, is the subject of Terry Burrell’s one-woman show now at the intimate Walnut Street The- atre’s Independence Studio on 3 through March 11. Ms. Burrell, a Broadway veteran, not only stars and sings in the show but is also the author of the script. 825 Walnut. 215- 574-3550.

“Big River”, the Miller/ Hauptman Broadway musi- cal hit adapted from Mark Twain’s classic novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, gets the impeccable Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at UArts treatment Feb. 23-25 in a student-faculty concert featuring special guest star Forrest McClendon, fresh off the Suzanne Roberts Theatre stage where he re-created his Broadway role in “The Scottsboro Boys”. Co-star- ring is local theatrical wizard Ben Dibble, with staging by Frank Anzalone and music direction by Linda Hender- son. Arts Bank Theater, Broad and South. 215-717-6450. UPenn’s Mask and Wig Club present their 124th an- nual production running on weekends through March 30, a madcap “upside-down and backwards take on fairy tales”. “A Reptile Dysfunc- tion” is set in a totalitarian kingdom filled with angry peasants, feuding identical twin princes and mass confu- sion. Mask and Wig Club, 310


Germantown Friends School 28th

Annual Juried Craft Show March 2-4, 2012

Friday Preview Party, 7-9 p.m.


Brat Productions’ Absurdithon/Marathon performances of Ionesco’s ingenious 55-minute long “The Bald Soprano” will be presented 24 times in 24 hours, beginning at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and running for 24 consecutive hours with the same intrepid cast of six (above) through the evening of Feb. 25. Not to be missed! Plays & Players, 1714 Delancey. Photo: Kate Raines

S. Quince. 215-586-3729. The Phila. Orchestra wel- comes maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos to the podium and guest soloist Emanuel Ax to the piano for Mozart’s Concerto #25. Also on the program, Mozart’s Serenade in D major and Brahms’ Symphony #1. Feb. 23 and 25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Free Pre-Concert Con-

versations led by Mr. Ax take place an hour prior to each concert. Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. On Feb. 26, Musicians of the Orchestra are joined by Mr. Ax for a 3 p.m. performance of cham- ber music by Canales, Turina and Faure. Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. Broad and Spruce. Information and tickets at 215-893-1999.

Brat Productions will go down in history if only on the strength of their remarkable marathon performances of Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano”. Their third such extravaganza opens at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 with an indefati- gable cast of six performing this 55-minute long surreal-

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