The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Presents: “Strange Humors”
Led by the trailblazing Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers since its first performance in 1958, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has forever changed the perception of American — and modern — dance. The troop, touring for the first time under new artistic director Robert Battle, makes its Merriam Theater debut to share its rigorous and electrifying moves for three unforgettable evenings of dance. Don’t miss this powerfully poignant experience and the company’s vibrant artistry — a sellout every time!
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Jan. 30 through Feb. 1
PAFA After Dark
Enjoy evenings of fun, flavor, friendship and experience at our gorgeous galleries under the provocative blanket of night. Listen to a reunion performance by all-girl, all-artist musical group DisBand; make and take original campaign buttons for yourself; sip cocktails and screen short videos about some of the most provocative artists in The Female Gaze exhibition; go on “The Personal is Political” scavenger hunt; hear a talk by Philadelphia artist, community activist and PAFA alumna Sarah McEneaney; and more!
Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Act II Playhouse Presents “Why I’m Scared of Dance” by Jen Childs
“Why I’m Scared of Dance” is a one-on-one lesson in jazz, hip-hop and ballet, and why working at the barre is not quite as much fun as working at the bar. A moving and self-effacing comedy, this show is about turning the choreography life gives you into the dance that only you were meant to do.
56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA 19002
Center City Restaurant Week
Take advantage of Philadelphia’s array of fine-dining restaurants with the Center City Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many of the participating restaurants will also be offering a three-course lunch for $20. Keep up with the Restaurant Week events on Twitter @PhilaRestWeek. Over 120 restaurants are participating.
Restaurants throughout Center City
Jan. 20-25, Jan. 27-Feb. 1
Cost: $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch
“Catch Me If You Can” with the Academy Of Music
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, “Catch Me If You Can” is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer — living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end — and finds something he never expected. This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award-winning “dream team” with a book by Terrence McNally (“The Full Monty,” “Ragtime”), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (“Hairspray,” “Legally Blonde”), and direction by Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray,” “The Full Monty,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”). Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love — and in deep, deep trouble!
Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St.