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One of Arden Theatre's most popular musical attractions is back on view in the children's theatre production now in its fourth incarnation, this time a virtual rekindling of "A Year with Frog and Toad" starring the same two local luminaries in the title roles, Ben Dibbler and Jeff Coon,  supported by Leigha Kato, Elixis Morton and Steve Pacek as the mail delivering snail. Directed by Whit MacLaughlin, musical staging by Amanda Morton, based on the beloved book series by Arnold Lobel  Through Dec. 13.  Details at or 215-922-1122.  •

Already up and running for the Christmas season is the Made in Phila. Holiday Market boasting wares from local vendors through Jan. 1 in Dilworth Park at 15th and Market on the west side of City Hall. Nearby is the mightily popular Christmas Village in LOVE Park selling foods and drinks, art, gifts and other items, much like the similar installations throughout Germany in December. Ours runs through Dec. 25.  Both these popular attractions involve masks, hand sanitation, social distancing.  Hours and other information for both at 215-599-0776.  •      

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre continues its Virtual Lessons which involve in depth study and enjoyment of the Bard's finest  works which for the month of December is the highly appropriate "Twelfth Night"  Artistic Director Carmen Kahn is in charge of this virtual programming that include talks, clips from previous productions and other moments via YouTube.  Details at 215-496-9722 or  •

The wildly appreciated weekly free Student Recitals by young artists at Curtis are back in virtual form, again free, on a once-weekly basis. On Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. soprano Dalia Medovnikov  sings arias by Bellini, songs by Glinka.  Sharing the program is tenor  Joseph Tancredi  in R. Strauss lieder,  English and Italian songs and one work by Mexican composer Augustin Lara. 215-893-5252.  •

EgoPo Classic Theater's next  Virtual Streaming Event  is Samuel Beckett's "Rockaby" directed by Damien Wallace Dec. 2 to 6. set in and performed in a S. Phila. backyard for an audience of one, wearing headphones and watching though a window as a woman inside sways in her rocker. her thoughts in Beckett's words provide "a seven-minute journey of birth, death and isolation".  267-273-1414.  •

The Philadelphia Orchestra is on its Virtual Stage on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m., Yannick Nezet-Sezan conducting Montgomery's" Star Burst", followed by Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in a version by Stein for small chamber orchestra.  Soprano Janai Brugge is guest soloist and will be in the PO's Digital Lobby post-concert for Q & A,  This program can be watched through Dec.  6 at 11 p.m.  Details at or 215-893-1999.  •

The Annenberg Center has two alluring events in the week ahead. On Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., husband and wife music producers Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Crew embark in the film "Two Beats One Soul" on a journey to Havana to create a collaboration of Afro-Caribbean rooted sounds, featuring Eric Benet,  Louie Vega and Sergio George.  Then on Dec. 10,  none other than the Martha Graham  Dance Co. performs an evening of solos and duets from "Appalachian Spring" and "Dark Meadow Suite" and the complete "Ekstasis".  7 p.m.  215-898-3900 or •

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