BRING ON SPRING!

FROM SLINKY CABARET NUM­BERS TO AVANT-GARDE STREET ART, KICK­START YOUR CAL­EN­DAR WITH THESE SIX MUST-SEE TICK­ETS.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY CON­NIE CAPONE

From slinky cabaret num­bers to avant-garde street art, kick­start your cal­en­dar with these six must-see tick­ets.

Must-see #1: The largest and long­est-run­ning hor­ti­cul­tural event in the coun­try, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show re­turns to the Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in March (March 11–19; the­flow­er­show.com). Neat rows of rain­bow tulips, hy­acinths, and daf­fodils re-cre­ate the iconic land­scapes found across the Nether­lands for this year’s theme, “Hol­land: Flow­er­ing the World.”

Must-see #2: The Tony­win­ning Round­about The­atre Com­pany brings its ac­claimed pro­duc­tion of Cabaret (April 4–9; kim­mel­cen­ter.org) to the Academy of Mu­sic for eight per­for­mances for the com­pany’s 50th an­niver­sary sea­son. Di­rec­tors Sam Men­des and Rob Mar­shall pro­duce a “beau­ti­ful por­trayal of the emo­tional times of 1930s Ger­many,” says Kim­mel Cen­ter pro­gram­ming di­rec­tor Frances Egler.

Must-see #3: The Barnes Foun­da­tion’s “Per­son of the Crowd: The Con­tem­po­rary Art of Flânerie” (Fe­bru­ary 25–March 22; barnes foun­da­tion.org) is a sym­bolic ef­fort to re­flect con­tem­po­rary ex­pe­ri­ence as artists “heighten their con­nec­tion to the vi­tal ur­ban so­cial fab­ric,” says Thom Collins, Barnes Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and ex­hibit co­or­di­na­tor. Forty do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional artists em­body is­sues such as racism, gen­der

pol­i­tics, and home­less­ness for an ex­hi­bi­tion that stretches be­yond mu­seum walls, into the streets of Philadelphia.

Must-see #4: An ac­tion-packed love story brim­ming with pi­rates and princesses, the Penn­syl­va­nia Bal­let’s Le Cor­saire (March 9–19; pa­bal­let.org) takes the stage for the first time in Philadelphia at the Academy of Mu­sic. Set in East­ern Europe, the act boasts bold cos­tumes and in­tri­cate set de­signs. “It’s a very tech­ni­cally de­mand­ing bal­let,” says Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Án­gel Corella, “but a fun story for the whole fam­ily.”

Must-see #5: Cel­e­brat­ing the piv­otal move­ment of wa­ter­color paint­ing in US his­tory (1860–1925), “Amer­i­can Wa­ter­color in the Age of Homer and Sar­gent” (March 1–May 14; phil­a­mu­seum.org) is the largest loan ex­hi­bi­tion seen in decades at the Art Mu­seum. Over 170 works from un­sung artists and in­flu­en­tial fig­ures alike ex­am­ine a key pe­riod of art trans­for­ma­tion through­out the life­times of the famed wa­ter­col­orists.

Must-see #6: Mozart’s renowned comic opera The Mar­riage of Fi­garo

(April 28–May 7; opera phila.org) is a satir­i­cal ro­mance brought to life by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Mu­sic. Mozart’s lively score is led with a witty and knotty com­edy. Singing the role of the Count­ess, Cur­tis In­sti­tute of Mu­sic grad­u­ate Layla Claire says she looks for­ward to re­turn­ing to her mu­si­cal com­mu­nity. “With so many past coaches and men­tors, I’m sure to see many fa­mil­iar faces in the au­di­ence.”

Go­ing Dutch: The famed flo­rals of the Nether­lands are on full dis­play dur­ing the PHS Flower Show.

Clock­wise from top: Drip­ping with sex ap­peal, Cabaret com­mands the stage at the Academy of Mu­sic; the wa­ter­color work Milk­weeds (1876) by Fidelia Bridges on view at the Art Mu­seum; Mozart’s comedic mas­ter­piece The Mar­riage of Fi­garo is part of Opera Phila

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