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Get $10 Student Tickets to Over 70 Shows!

Get tickets to over 70 Annenberg Center or Dance Celebration performances for only $10 during this 3-day student ticket sale. Choose from all theater, dance, jazz and world music performances in the 2011-12 season. Visit www.AnnenbergCenter.org and use the promo code “BENSTIX11” between Oct. 12 and Oct. 14. Must show valid student ID at pickup. Some restrictions apply.

The Creole Choir of Cuba — undiscovered voices of the Caribbean

Audiences have been blown away by the jubilant and sublime Creole Choir of Cuba. With vibrant dancing, spectacular harmonies and soul-stirring melodies, these showstoppers perform undiscovered musical treasures from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and
Cuba. This uniquely impassioned singing group, celebrating roots, resistance and the irresistible rhythms of life, embarks on its first major U.S. tour and album release
this fall. Riding the momentum from their album release “TANDE-LA” (“listen”) on
Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records and sold-out performances to critical
acclaim in the U.K., The choir debuts Philadelphia for a night to remember.

Painted Bride Quarterly at 230 Vine St.
Sunday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.
Admission: $30 in advance, $35 day of show
www.paintedbride.org

A Play, a Pie and a Pint

Already hugely successful in the U.K., the premise is simple: one-act plays are performed at a non-traditional time (6 p.m.) on days when most other theaters are often dark (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), served with a pie (pizza) and a drink of choice.
This is a theater experience for people who don’t have either the time for a full-length production or the money to pay for the high ticket prices usually associated with quality theater. We are reinventing the theater experience from formal to “brilliantly casual.” Each week features a different one-act play: this week’s is “Fly Me to the Moon” by Marie Jones.

Red Room, Society Hill Playhouse at 507 S. 8th St.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday in October at 6 p.m.
Admission: $15; includes ticket, slice of pizza, and beverage
www.tinydynamite.org

The Diary of Anne Frank

In this new and powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes to life like never before. Enter into the lives of two families hiding from the Nazis in a tiny attic that is both their sanctuary and their prison. This deeply personal account of the Holocaust will bring you a story you only thought you knew with EgoPo’s intimate and highly realistic staging.

Prince Music Theatre at 1412 Chestnut St.
Wednesday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 6
Admission: $12-$32
www.egopo.org

 

Latino, Latin American and Caribbean art exhibition

Dialogo 365 is the most diverse exhibition of Latino, Latin American and Caribbean art in Philadelphia. It is organized by Casa de Venezuela to showcase the talent of Latino artists in the Northeast region of the U.S. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Venezuela’s Independence, Casa de Venezuela — a nonprofit, cultural organization that fosters the advancement of Latin American and Latino art — has prepared a series of yearlong events to celebrate the bicentennial, and Dialogo 365 is part of it. This year the exhibition will bring a collection of artwork representing the themes of freedom, liberty and independence.

Crane Arts at 1400 American St. and the Old School Crane Arts at 1417 North 2nd St.
Oct. 7-27
www.dialogo365.com

 

Abstraction — Juried Exhibition

Projects Gallery Philadelphia presents Abstraction, the first in a series of exhibitions exploring a variety of artistic genres utilizing the talent of contemporary artists. Beginning with the first completely abstract painting made by Wassily Kandinsky in 1910, artists have used abstraction to create forms that have no reference to figurative reality. In its wider definition, abstraction describes art that depicts real forms in a simplified or reduced way that keeps only an allusion to the original subject matter. Even into the 21st century, abstraction continues to invigorate and liberate many artists to think beyond the limits of conventional forms and media. Whether working with geometric shapes, pure color fields, symbols or expressionistic gesture, abstractionists try to convey a feeling or a sense of the known and unknown.This juried exhibition features 28 selected artists and several invited guests. The works encompass a variety of media, including drawing, mixed media, painting, print and sculpture. Abstraction presents traditional techniques as well as new technology, and it demonstrates the plethora of artistic styles even within a specific genre.

Projects Gallery is located at 629 N. 2nd St.
Oct. 7-29
www.projectsgallery.com

 

Ninth Annual Dracula Festival

At the home of Bram Stoker’s original research notes and outlines for “Dracula” comes another chilling Dracula Festival with a series of special events and programs inspired by Stoker’s classic novel and the iconic figure. Visitors to the Rosenbach’s ninth annual Dracula Festival are invited to rediscover Stoker’s infamous novel in the “Dracula and Friends” exhibit (on display Sept. 21-Nov. 6). The festival also includes conversations with the curator; a reading and book signing with Leslie Klinger, celebrated author of “The New Annotated Dracula;” hands-on tours; a performance of the classic story; crafting “Dracula D.I.Y.” events and more.

Rosenbach Museum and Library at 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Oct. 12-29
Admission: $10 ($5 for students) and Dracula D.I.Y. is free
www.rosenbach.org