La Ville Lumière
Two more weeks are left in The Philadelphia Orchestra's City of Light and Music: The Paris Festival, a celebration of music emanating from, or inspired by, the French capital. It is the third in the Orchestra’s celebrations of the musical contributions of world capitals, preceded by festivals devoted to St. Petersburg (2015) and Vienna (2016). January 19-21, the Orchestra presents works of two composers who, like a host of others, fled economic and political hardships to make a new home in the city on the Seine - Chopin (Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Louis Lortie) and Stravinsky (Petrushka). January 26-27 is devoted to music of French composers gazing at other cultures and reflecting upon them- Berlioz’s Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra and Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, Rapsodie espagnole, and Bolero.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street,
Get That Green Thumb Ready for Spring!
Feeling garden inspiration while visiting the Wintergarden and the America's Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park? This winter, join America's Garden Capital for a variety of gardening programs that will have you dreaming of spring! All of the programs below are free and take place in the Rothman Cabin:
- January 21, 10-11am:
Winter Plants for Home
- January 24, Noon-1pm (Adults) and
January 28, 10-11am (Family):
- January 31, Noon-1pm:
Orchids for the Office
- February 4, 10-11am (Family) and February 7, Noon-1pm (Adults): Seed Bombs for Valentine's Day
Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, 215.440.5500, DilworthPark.org
One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff
On January 25, celebrate One Book, One Philadelphia’s 15th anniversary, as well as the 2017 featured selection, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. First, watch a video of author Mark Haddon describing how he created Christopher Boone, the novel's fascinating teenage protagonist. Then, hear former One Book featured authors Lorene Cary, Carlos Eire, Christina Baker Kline, Steve Lopez, and James McBride discuss their methods of creating memorable characters and narratives. The event will conclude with an original musical work by Curtis Institute of Music composer Nick DiBerardino, inspired by this year's featured book.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, 215.686.5322, FreeLibrary.org
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's newest exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, opens February 4! From radiant blue to fiery red, frogs around the world offer a glimpse of the vast palette of frog diversity. Frogs are found on nearly every environment on Earth, and they have strange, shocking, and interesting survival strategies. Check out live frogs of many hues, listen to their colorful chorus, and admire the many ways they swim, hop, glide, and soar. Hop into a frog’s world as you inspect frog habitats complete with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls. See frogs in action, search for hidden frogs, create a nighttime frog chorus, spin a zoetrope to see how a frog jumps, and conduct a virtual frog dissection.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.299.1000, ANSP.org
Philadelphia's great transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets make car-free travel, shopping and dining easy in Center City! Get information on routes, fares, schedules and more, at SEPTA.org or RidePATCO.org.