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Nicole Caruso Dance Co. continues its Philadelphia Museum of Art live performances through June 17, "In the Garden: Invisible Branches", an interactive dance work in which attendees follow cues from an in-ear audio guide as they stroll through the galleries. Reservations required.

The Nicole Canuso Dance Co. is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through June 19 premiering their newest work "The Garden: Invisible Branches", a PMA commission  in tandem with the and current exhibition "New Grit Art & Philly Now". This socially-distanced event will be performed  four times daily, three days per week. 26th and the Parkway. Details at 215-763-8100 or   A bonus on these hot summer days is the new waterfront beer garden from Parks on Tap, a very brief stroll from the Museum's new west entrance,  family-friendly venue no the Schuylkill, Museum admission not required.  •

The 10th Annual Philadelphia Latino Film Festival continues through June 6 presenting filmmakers from 25 countries and boasting some 150 feature films and shorts from some 25 countries including 59 local premieres and 27 world premieres plus several free screenings and programs. For the second year, the Fest8vao will be virtual  but is greatly expanded. The dominating creative aspect of the presentations focuses on Latin women and their struggles and triumphs in the real world. Details and tickets at  •

The Philadelphia Orchestra's recent Digital Stage presentation of Mahler's magnificent "The Song of the Earth", set to German translations of Chinese poetry in the celebrated reduced orchestral version is now available for streaming through June 3 under the baton of Maestro Yanick Nezet-Seguin and featuring two outstanding vocal artists, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Russell Thomas. Tickets and information at or at 215-893-1999.  •

FringeArts opens its annual two-week Circus Festival on June 3rd. A cornucopia of contemporary circus arts with performances in the socially-distanced theater, in La Peg restaurant and outdoors, "Hand to Hand" promises remarkable levels of artistry for the whole family along with workshops, acrobatics, clowning, juggling, and more. Among the colorful attractions: Test Flights' curated and hosted by Zak McAllister;  "Heliopause" and "Monday is Years Long" both by the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus; "Eventide" by 3 AM Theatre;  "Circus Midway" by Phiadelphia School of Circus Arts and much more through June 13. Full details, tickets at 215-413-1318 or  at140 N. Columbus Blvd.  •  

Broadway star and Tony Award-nominated actress/vocalist/writer Melissa Errico brings her one-woman show to the Bucks County Playhouse  on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. and June 4 at 8 p.m. "Ladies at the Playhouse"  delves into this historic theatre's long role as a "musical highway from Bucks County to Broadway and back", presenting hits from the many shows written by musical comedy creators who were also neighbors in the are, among them Oscar Hammerstein II, Sidney Perelman and Moss Hart. Broadway triumphs to be celebrated by Ms. Errico include "The Sound of Music", "One Touch of Venus", "My Fair Lady" and many others. 70 S. Main St., New Hope, PA or 215-862-2121.  • 

The excitement continues to grow at the Rosenbach Museum & Library, a part of our city's Free Library system, as it always does in June when  huge segments of local fans hold their breath for the annual June 16 Bloomsday celebrating the notorious James Joyce novel "Ulysses" whose manuscript is among the treasures inside the historic Rosenbach mansion with its old world garden. Events leading up to June 16 cherish the Irish theme and the robust and ribald characteristics of the book.  Among the events on tap, some as fundraisers, are: June 3, "Written on my Heart: James Joyce and Irish Authors" and a Virtual Behind the Bookcase Tour; June 8, "Rosenbaccanal Young Friends Party";  June 9: "The Will to Forget Memory, the Nation, and "Ulysses", In Conversation with Vincente Cheng.  2008-2010 Delancey Place. or 215-732-1600.  •

The America Italy Society of Phila. proposes a free virtual tour on June 4 at 2 p.m., "A Journey Through Botanical Gardens, Villas and Alpine Lakes", hosted in Italian by Paola Bottigelli and roaming via boat on Lake Maggiore, Stresa, to Isola Bella and a visit to the Teatro Massiimo. Details of this charming adventure at 215-735-3250 or  •

Something new and very different for the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show sponsored by the Philadelphia Horticultural will take place on the scenic landscapes of FDR Park from June 5 to 13 and will bring acres of fresh air and new breath to this venerable and beloved tradition. "HABITAT: Nature's Masterpiece"  will span 450,000 square feet which is some 45% more than at the Convention Center and will feature the largest number of designers ever, and will be divided into three "districts": one with 27 large-scale floral sculptures and landscape displays; another will delight home gardeners and offer educational exhibits and experts to answer questions;  the third will be the curated  annual competition featuring locally produced prize plants from home and apartment dwellers. Other highlights:  Live Butterflies, Potting Parties, Flowers  After Hours. Tickets must be purchased in advance at varying prices from $20 to $45., free for children 4 and under. 1500 Pattison S. Broad St. Tickets and other information at or


Amici Opera keeps the operatic lover happy with two performances of Bizet's lilting "The Pearl Fishers" on June 6 at 3 p.m. and 12 at 4 p.m. sung in French by young operatic hopefuls with piano accompaniment. Rafael Tudisco handles the staging, social distancing is guaranteed, hand sanitizers  are available and masks are required. 1128 Cottman Ave. Tickets at 215-224-0257.  •

The annual Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute's gala is virtual this year. "More Than Music" is set for June 10 at 7 p.m. celebrating "our talented students' resilience in the face of the pandemic and growth through the pursuit of musical excellence". This is their largest fundraiser of the year and in a spirit of levity and ingenuity Celebration Boxes will be delivered to ticket holders addresses and will include hors d'oeuvres, sweets, a program booklet, PYO cocktail glasses, coasters and napkins. A streaming link will be provided.  Details and tickets at 215-545-0502.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR: The 2021 Princeton Festival proclaims its 17th season with virtual, and possibly some in-person events including live-streamed Baroque and opera aria concerts, free lectures and a bevy of immersive multi-genre events. Four live-streamed events from the historic Morven  Museum and Garden including two of Baroque music with periods instruments will offer works by Bach, Handel, Biber and Vivaldi, and two of opera arias and ensembles will involve eight leading singers. Included in these major offerings is a June 4 appearance by the Concordia Chamber Players and on June 6 the  final round of the Intl. Piano Competition  with winners announced at the end of the program. Details and tickets at 609-759-1979 or  •

"Circus Days and Nights" is on view through June 13  inspired by the recent presentation of Glass's opera "Akhnaten" at the Metropolitan Opera, taking even further that production's use of juggling in what is advertised here as "never-before seen fusion of circus and opera". From Sweden's Malmo Opera. Streaming live at  •

Conductor Kent Nagano leads the Detroit Symphony Orch. on June 4  and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in two  45-minute pairings of old and new works by Hosokawa, Schubert, Britten, Part and Mozart. Guest pianist Gilles Vonsattel also performs. Streaming through June 18 at  •

A truly historic performance melds the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra through June 4, documenting the invitation by Dallas to the New Yorkers, the latter unpaid for  almost a year, to travel to Texas to perform Mahler's First Symphony under Maestro Fabio Luisi who was for five years the Met's Principal Conductor.The filmed result is described as "fresh, vivid...and quite moving".  •

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