Through May 21
Gus is an artist. He’s just not a famous artist. So when a major art museum puts out a call for “new perspectives,” Gus – a white man – decides to seize his opportunity. He hires a black actress to present his work as her own, but as the actress gets more deeply into her role, Gus’s scheme spirals out of his control. Award-winning Philadelphia playwright James Ijames challenges assumptions about race, gender, identity and art in this seriously funny new comedy at Theatre Horizon.
May 3, 17
King of Prussia Town Center
After a series of 2016-2017 soft openings, the new King of Prussia Town Center has gradually been coming to life. Now that spring is here, one of the most vibrant open spaces in all Montgomery County is filling its entertainment calendar with free, irresistible events. May 3 is the first of its outdoor movie nights, with LaLa Land being projected at 7:30 p.m. on a large screen under the stars (fittingly). Check in at the Xfinity store for a free blanket, popcorn and raffle tickets, while supplies last. May 17 is a live music Wednesday, with School of Rock performing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE
May 3-7, 11-17, 20-27, 31 (to June 4)
The production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at People’s Light represents its Philadelphia-area premiere, making it particularly appealing. From author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux), the play involves the expansive journey of a very dignified china rabbit. The Chicago Sun Times reviewed it as follows: “…captivating for every age whether you happen to be accompanied by children or not.”
SISTERS OF SWING
Through May 14
Patty, Maxine and Laverne Andrews were a singing sensation in the 1940s, selling more than 90 million records (nine of them gold). Their crossover appeal led to appearances on film, radio, stage shows and television. And their influence continues to be heard today, reinterpreted as R&B, jump blues and current techno-mixes. This music-packed retrospect at the Montgomery Theater tells the interwoven story of their career and their lives.
THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
April 27 through May 13
Playcrafters of Skippack
Wendy Wasserstein’s story of what turns out to be a stressful midlife birthday party winds up being a tender comedy about love and acceptance. In the hands of the capable cast at Playcrafters of Skippack, this production will highlight the story of three uncommon women and their quest for love and fulfillment.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
This family-centric event at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center has a big footprint. More than 80 dinosaurs – rendered ultra-realistically and in life-size detail – roam through realistic backdrops and sets. Kids and parents can interact with them, learn their habits and behaviors and perhaps even hop on one for a ride. This is definitely a roarin’ good time.
MY FAIR LADY
April 28 through May 7
Methacton Community Theater
The original Broadway production of My Fair Lady may have opened in the 1950s, but the sweep of the story – its glorious music, witty script and razor-sharp lyrics – has enabled it to stand the test of time. A 2016 production in Australia, for example, was a smash hit, thanks, in part, to its direction by Julie Andrews, the first Eliza Doolittle. The MCT version, staged at the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater, retains the story’s inherent romance, comedy and energy.
TRAIL OF THE JAGUAR GRAND OPENING
Elmwood Park Zoo
Designed by the same architects involved with Disney's Animal Kingdom, Trail of the Jaguar is Elmwood Park Zoo’s most elaborate animal exhibit in its 90-year history. When we first profiled this attraction, it was still very much a work in progress, but wait until you see it now. Featuring numerous animal enclosures with indoor viewing areas, Trail of the Jaguar brings guests eye-to-eye with some of the world’s most majestic predators. And although the cute-as-a-button jag cubs aren’t in residence yet, they’re coming soon.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Nightfall on a farm in the 1700s saw the gradual wind-down of chores in the dwindling sunlight, with quieter activities taking over. This informational program at Peter Wentz Farmstead demonstrates how an agrarian family drew its day to a close. Attendees are asked to preregister by calling 610.584.5104.
May 5, 10, 17
Audubon Symphony Orchestra
Springtime brings the sounds of the Audubon Symphony to life for a trio of presentations throughout the month. The May 5 seasonal debut performance is at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Trappe, with additional concerts at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, King of Prussia (May 10), and Reeves Park at the May 17 Dogwood Festival in Phoenixville.
Pottstown-area arts and culture organizations, local businesses and restaurants are teaming up to create an amazing day of fun, food and entertainment. The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA) is arranging nearly 20 businesses in a creative “pub crawl”-type experience. Attractions such as the Carousel at Pottstown and Steel River Playhouse will be present, and menu items from local favorites like Lily’s Grill will be offered. The event is free, but preregistration is requested.
MORNING BIRD WALKS
May 6, 13, 20, 27
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove has just emerged from a major renovation; coupled with the center’s springtime bird walks, a visit is an ideal way to spend a Saturday in May. The guided walks begin at 8 a.m. and trek across the creek, the meadows and the woods, spotting springtime friends in the sky. By the 10 a.m. finish time, the home/museum is open and welcoming visitors. To make it a full day, glide on the Perkiomen Creek in a canoe. Departures are at 1 p.m., as well as Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
COLONIAL MAY FAIR
This springtime spree is one of the signature events of Pottsgrove Manor; if you’ve never experienced the joy of spinning around a colorful Maypole, this is the place to do it. The day of family-friendly activities also includes magic shows, a puppet theater, early-American crafts, living history demonstrations and crafts to browse and buy. Lunch/snacks are on sale onsite.
HEARTS ON FIRE BRIDAL EXPO
King of Prussia Mall
Attention, all springtime engaged couples. If you’re looking at a Fall 2017 wedding (or a Winter 2018 one), it’s to get going on your plans. A crew of experts at King of Prussia Mall can help. The Hearts on Fire Bridal Expo revolves mainly around rings, but other wedding vendors will be on hand. Be sure to enter the raffle; one lucky winner is going to get a diamond band.
15TH ANNUAL WMGK DEBELLA DOG WALK
Green Lane Park
Attention all dog lovers! John DeBella and the entire WMGK staff returns to Green Lane Park for this annual canine celebration. It’s a pooch party highlighting dog rescue organizations, vendors, demonstrations, food and music, all hosted by one of the area’s most well-known radio personalities. We caught up with John prior to last year’s event, and you can read the interview here.
PHOENIXVILLE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
More will 30 food trucks line Bridge Street, to the delight of fans of mobile menus, showing off culinary expertise in everything from steak to cupcakes. The event also includes a loop of movies at The Colonial Theatre and shuttle service to the various food hotspots.
Mennonite Heritage Center
This workshop at the Mennonite Heritage Center focuses on learning the lowercase alphabet of Narrow Foundational, an elegant, legible font. Participants will be learning and practicing the tighter spacing between letters and between words when using this hand. Attendees should bring a quote they would like to work on – as well as a dose of creativity and the $18 fee to cover supplies.
WORLD WAR II WEEKEND
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
This is the seventh year for a WW2 Weekend of reenactments, music, history, patriotic displays and family but, but it’s the first time the event is being held at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The weekend event has proven so popular, it has outgrown its former locations. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for kids; no charge for veterans. A swing dance Saturday night requires an additional $10, well worth it for the chance to boogie-woogie all night.
Highlands Mansion and Garden
Kids aged 3-7 will be enchanted by the Highlands Mansion fairy-themed garden walk, music and dance. Children should arrive (accompanied by an adult) dressed to receive faerie wings and wand. They will build faerie houses, dress a faerie doll, help solve a faerie mystery and enjoy faerie refreshments. Reservations are requested by May 10.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Buckcherry is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that first came together in in 1995. Since then, they've released six albums and saw one of their works, "Sorry," hit the Billboard Hot 100 top ten list.
PHOENIXVILLE BEER & WINE FESTIVAL
More than 80 craft beers and 36 wines, meads, spirits and ciders are on tap at the Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival. The event, held at the Kimberton Fairgrounds, also inlcudes live music and food from local restaurants and food trucks.
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
If you’ve ever wanted to ride in a helicopter, here’s a convenient and budget-friendly way to get your wish. A lift-off at the American Helicopter Museum costs only $60, which includes admission to the curated aircraft from across the ages. There is no minimum or maximum age requirement for riders; however, if a rider is under 12-years-old, he or she must be accompanied on the ride by a parent or guardian. Rides last 5 minutes or approximately 7 minutes with loading/unloading.
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
May 16-21, 24-28, 31
Act II Playhouse
Neil Simon’s valentine to his family is his “funniest, richest” play, according to the New York Daily News. The story centers on 14-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome as he tries to deal with his neurotic family, his uncomfortable crushes, and his love for baseball. In the capable hands of the Act II Playhouse cast and crew, this production is sure to be a home run.
PENN DRY GOODS MARKET
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center
This annual market at the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center is the place to browse some of the finest artistry in needlework, linens, baskets, clothing, textiles and quilts. The day includes demonstrations, lectures and classes, led by patient artisans who are eager to share their skills with future generations.
MEET ZIMMY AND STINKY
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
These two residents of Upper Schuylkill Valley Park are, respectively, a mink and a skunk (what other animal would logically be named Stinky?). This meet-and-greet event focusing on them includes information on the habitats and diets of these little critters, as well as a finish-at-home craft. Preregistration is needed by May 18 (610.948.5170), and the event is weather permitting.
THE CAPITOL STEPS
The Capitol Steps has been spoofing Washington and politicians since 1981, when their song parodies were first aimed at President Reagan. Since then, they’ve engaged in more than 30 years of nonpartisan nonsense. The current political climate, as contentious as it is, gives them plenty to work with, which should make this concert appearance at the Keswick Theatre something raucous for audiences on both sides of the aisle.
THE ART OF PAPER CLAY
Abington Art Center
Abington Art Center instructor Jerry Bennett demonstrates the imaginative possibilities of “paper clay,” most of which spring from its super-thin consistency and translucent qualities. Attendees for this talk will quickly be intrigued by the material’s many advantages, including increased pre-firing strength, reduction in warping, increased joining capacity. The session is free to members and $10 for nonmembers.
GRIST MILL OPENING DAY CELEBRATION
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Come and explore revolutionary technology, local history and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Opening May 26
Steel River Playhouse
You know the story; you know the characters, from the headstrong Ariel to the evil Ursula; you even know the music. What you don’t know is how compelling all this can be when presented live onstage rather than streaming on your TV. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1989 Disney film and one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, The Little Mermaid at Steel River Playhouse is an eye-popping love story for the ages.
CONCERT AND CRAFT SHOW
American Treasure Tour
The American Treasure Tour specializes in presenting sights and sounds that are anything but everyday, and this free concert is no exception. The featured performer is Cast in Bronze, a musical presentation on a traveling carillon, the heaviest musical instrument in the world. The career of the masked performer (his hidden face lends an air of mystery) included a long run at Disney’s Epcot, but it began at Washington Memorial Chapel. So this appearance represents something of a homecoming. Concertgoers can also enjoy reduced admission to the tour and an onsite craft show.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND COMMUNITY DAY
Waterworks Park, Collegeville
Collegeville’s traditional Community Memorial Day Parade start at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 29 (no rain date). The theme is the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Trappe Borough, represented in marchers, music and floats heading down Main Street from Augustus Lutheran Church to Waterworks Park. The parade ends with a remembrance observance, followed by a Community Day of food, live music, and free entertainment and games.