With the start of spring comes a beloved Tony Award-winning musical, a novel blind dining experience for adventurous foodies and more.
Don’t miss RENT’s final tour.
TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever
For a time-bending tale, witness TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever in the Philadelphia area for the first time from local playwright James Ijames. Performed at Theatre Horizon, the anachronistic play reimagines Thomas Jefferson as a dean in love with his student, Sally Hemings, played by University of the Arts graduate Sydney Banks. Unravelling a complicated history from the American South in a modern setting, legacy and longing whirl about this performance. 401 DeKalb St., Norristown, 610.283.2230, theatrehorizon.org
Experience a night out like no other with Dining in the Dark
Dining in the Dark
Lose one sense to heighten the others at this not-to-be-missed dining experience. Fever is bringing the latest culinary craze from Portugal and Spain to The Twisted Tail, with help from its renowned chef, Miguel Perez. With a blindfold secured, enjoy one of three chef-curated menus, Green (Vegan), Red (Meat) or Blue (Seafood), for the most immersive tasting adventure yet. This extraordinary 90-minute dinner is sure to keep its guests—and their taste buds—guessing. 509 S. Second St., 215.558.2471, feverup.com
Dayesi Torriente, Sterling Baca and other artists of the Philadelphia Ballet are awing audiences with Swan Lake.
One of the most renowned stories in ballet flies back to the Academy of Music stage this month. With a whimsical performance from the Philadelphia Ballet, Swan Lake features choreography from the award-winning Ángel Corella, who drew inspiration from Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s 1895 rendition. Watch Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake in awe as expansive sets and thundering orchestral accompaniment immerse the viewer in this enchanted world. Follow the passion between the two lead dancers as they effortlessly glide across the stage in white feathery costumes through a foggy lake. 240 S. Broad St., 215.893.1999, philadelphiaballet.org
Last year, playwright Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical Tick, Tick…BOOM! hit Netflix, but this year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary and final tour of his Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prizewinning rock musical, RENT. When the curtains part, watch Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Mirriam Theater transform into the homes and alleys of New York’s East Village. Follow a bohemian friend group, including local Shafiq Hicks starring as Tom Collins, as they fight to pursue their dreams in the face of life’s cold reality. 250 S. Broad St., 215.893.1999, kimmelculturalcampus.org
Works like “Keys. Chains.” (2020, oil on canvas) will be on view at Elizabeth Bergeland’s Quiet Boy exhibit
Elizabeth Bergeland is questioning and exploring the stigma surrounding traditional masculinity one brush stroke at a time. The Philadelphia artist’s latest collection, Quiet Boy, is the perfect addition to HOT•BED in Center City, a garden-chic gallery designed to regularly transform its surroundings to incite new thinking. Inspired by her adolescent son, Bergeland illustrates the double standards masculinity imposes on men. For a deeper glimpse into the minds of Bergeland’s muses, audio recordings will accompany a few of the artist’s nine exceptional paintings. 723 Chestnut St., Floor 2, hotbedphilly.com
Gustavo Dudamel’s Debut With the Philadelphia Orchestra
Grammy Award-winning conductor Gustavo Dudamel marks his first dynamic performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a few nights of sheer harmony at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Throughout the concert, Dudamel will guide the audience on a journey around the globe with three compositions from varying Russian origins, beginning with the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s MUYUY, The circle of life, composed during the pandemic. The voyage continues through Alberto Ginastera’s vibrant and dissonant Piano Concerto No. 1 before concluding with Shostakovich’s showstopping Symphony No. 5. 300 S. Broad St., 215.893.1999, philorch.org
3/25 & 27
Calling all college basketball fans: It’s time to make your way down to the Wells Fargo Center to witness the mania of March Madness with a courtside view. For the first time since 2016, the arena will host the Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball East regional matchup. Will the Baylor Bears stand victorious again or will the tournament crown a new champion of college basketball? Grab your tickets now for a VIP suite and find out for yourself. 3601 S. Broad St., wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Photography by: Carol Rosegg; Courtesy of FeverUp; By Alexander Iziliaev 37; Courtesy of Hot•Bed