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The historic Walnut Street Theatre revives A Christmas Carol, the Dickens holiday classic, with brand-new songs.
Curtain Call: Every year, Philadelphia’s cultural institutions honor the holiday season. The Walnut Street Theatre presents Dickens A Christmas Carol (November 29-December 21, 825 Walnut St., 215- 574-3550), brought to life by songs created exclusively for the show. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the Glorious Sound of Christmas (December 18-20, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1955), conducted by Bramwell Tovey and including classics like “Silent Night” and selections from La Bohème. The orchestra will also perform Handel’s Messiah (December 21, Kimmel Center), featuring an ensemble from the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. The Bucks County Playhouse celebrates with a revamped production, Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (December 4-28, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope, 215-862-2121), featuring all the usual tunes, from “Jingle Bells” to “The Dreidel Song.” And the Philly Pops’ Christmas Spectacular (December 6-20, Kimmel Center) brings out famous faces like current Phantom of the Opera vocalist Hugh Panaro and conductor David Charles Abell to participate in the sing-along.
Thriller: David Baldacci visits the Free Library to discuss his newest novel, The Escape, the third installment of his thrilling John Puller trilogy. “Army investigator John Puller blasted from the pages of the first novel in the series, Zero Day,” he says. “In the second novel, The Forgotten, Puller dealt with a family issue with fatal consequences. In the new novel, Puller is drawn yet again into a family drama, but this one hits closer to home.” Fans can chat with Baldacci about a future book, which may also hit closer to home: “The secret cocktail bars in Philly are so intriguing. I’m thinking about setting a murder there,” he says. Monday, December 1, 7:30 PM, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., 215-567-4341
Astro-Philly-ography: With “Starstruck,” Doylestown’s Michener Art Museum brings astrophotography, a method of photographing space’s farthest reaches, to the Philadelphia area. And with it, a luxury we don’t often experience—the depths of the night sky. Through February 8, James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800
Modernist Master: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts invites Philadelphians to take a walk through the work of modernist painter Peter Blume (1906–1992). “Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis” is the first retrospective of the American’s work since 1976 and will include 159 pieces. On display: his foremost creations, including The Rock (1944-48) and Tasso’s Oak (1957-60, above). November 14-April 5, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St., 215-972-7600
City Hall Holidays: A fresh holiday tradition is springing up in the city. On November 14, the Rothman Institute Ice Rink became Dilworth Park’s newest addition. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never stepped on ice, everyone can enjoy the rink with lessons being offered on Sunday mornings and a range of events scheduled for all ages. After a long day of skating, families can head to Jose Garces’s Rosa Blanca Café, also located in the new park, to warm up with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy the views of City Hall. Open seven days a week, through February 22, at Dilworth Park, Broad and Market Streets