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Guitar virtuoso Allen Krantz (above), joins the Amerita Chamber Players on Dec. 1 in a free concert of works by Rossini, Piazzolla and Castelnuovo-Tedesco presented by the America-Italy Society of Philadelphia. 

The hit Broadway musical "Anastasia" pays a return visit to the Merriam Theater's Broadway Series Nov. 23 to 28, with music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, directed by Tony winner Dorko Tresnyak. This romantic drama inspired by the fall of the Romanov Empire takes viewers from  the twilight of the Russian aristocracy to Paris in the 20's. Described as an "irresistible and sumptuous fairy tale", this extravaganza will offer eight performances including four matinees. Suitable for children 7 and older but certainly an adult entertainment. 250 S. Broad St.  215-893-1999 or  •

Tempesta di Mare's hour long on demand  "Women of Antiquity" is available on the Tempesta channel now through Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., depicting historical heroines and villainesses  through orchestral music and opera. Mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle joins this local Baroque orchestra with its period instruments and hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Tickets and details at 215-755-8776 or  •

The Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University have a new show on view through April 17 "The Invisible World of Water", coinciding with 2022 as Water Year  \with the intention of increasing public interest in this resource. Free with Museum admission. 19th St. and the Parkway.  215-299-1000 or  •

A new museum/gallery devoted to Black culture and the art of the selfie has opened at 3251 Fox St. under the guidance and leadership of co-owner Tracii Freeman. King's Gallery PHL emphasizes  photo backdrops and grafitti and how social media is examining changes in our everyday life and taking advantage of these differences to the point where, as Ms. Freeman expresses it , "Everyday is art".  Future plans include an emphasis on street art as well as monthly markets and youth events. along with efforts to stimulate local art. Visits are at 90 minute intervals. 267-519-9980 and  •

A Thanksgiving bonus is the return of the beloved "Christmas Village in Phila.", opening its colorful and inviting doors on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and running daily through Christmas Eve. This authentic German Christmas Market  next to City Hall is one of the highlights of our city's holiday season and offers a cornucopia of delightful German gifts, hand-made creations, foods to enjoy there or take home as gifts, hot beverages, bright decors, a friendly and vivacious atmosphere, and more. or 800-537-7676.  •

The Museum of the American Revolution promises a Revolutionary Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 26 - 28, with major highlights that include the exceptional artwork of Don Troiani's paintings, a total of 45 dynamic views into the War itself and its military participants and others,  Founding Fathers with an emphasis on Jewish-American History,  a chance to create one's own decorative ornaments, and plenty of holiday shopping both on-site and on-line. Third and Chestnut Sts.  215-253-6731 or  •

Penn Live Arts Fall Film Festival features music films with a special focus on  "gender and vision, illuminating the lives of ground-breaking figures".  "Poly-Styrene: I Am A Cliche" is on view virtually from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, the story of the first woman of color in the UK to lead a successful rock band, followed on Dec. 2 by a live showing  of "No Ordinary Man" in the Montgomery Theatre segueing into a virtual series through Dec. 8. , the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton, "a trans-culture icon and unlikely hero". Details at 215-898-3900.  •

The Phila. Orchestra spends Thanksgiving weekend with Mozart. Kensho Watanabe is on the podium, Speaker Charlotte Blake Alston is narrator.  On the program, the Symphony No. 36 ("Linz") and Symphony No. 40.  Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.  215-893-1999 or  •

The Casimir Trio,  presented by 1807 & Friends, offers Mendelsohn's "Song Without Words", Franck's Violin Sonata in A Minor, and Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 36 from his Symphony No. 2,  Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St. Tickets and concert information at 215-438-4027.  •

Act II Playhouse opens its return to the Mainstage with a variety review, "Really Good Tidings", on Nov. 30 for a run through Dec 30. Tony Braithwaite directs the show and is also one of three cast members along with Renee McFillin in her Playhouse debut and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton . Daniel Matarazzo is Music Director of this frolic featuring "sketches, songs and improv".  56 E. Butler Ave, Ambler.  215-654-0200. or at  *

The Amerita Chamber Players Concert Series, now in its 65th season,  presents an in-person concert on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.:  Rossini's String Sonata No.6 "La Tempesta",  Piazzolla's "L'Histoire du Tango", and Castelnuvo-Tedesco's Quintet for Guitar and Strings featuring local guest guitar virtuoso Allen Krantz. Free, with donations gratefully accepted. Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel,  18th and Spruce Sts.  215-735-3250.  •

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has an intriguing program on Dec.1 at 7:30 p.m. , the local premiere of "Fanm d'Ayiti *Women of Haiti), featuring Nathalie Joachim on flute and vocals with the Spektral Quartet including original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim's grandmother and the girls' choir of the family's home farming village of Dantan. Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Sts.  215-569-8080 or  •

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