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Soprano Ariadne Greif stars on the Opera Philadelphia Channel on April 16 in the fourth and final work in the company's first Digital Commissions series, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw's "We Need to Talk", based on a poem by celebrated writer Anne Carson. 

The Arden Theatre's virtual production  of Barrie's "Peter Pan" is another in their acclaimed series of high profile children's shows,  this one from 2009, providing all the magic we all remember from this tale of Peter, Wendy, Nana the dog/nanny, the children and the lost boys along with Capt. Hook, Tinkerbelle and the the pirates.  Pay what you wish now through April 25 at ardentheatre.org. •

East Lynne Theater in West Cape May revives its praised two-person play "Nothing Matters",  dealing with the famous writer Ambrose Bierce, fully staged and filmed with three cameras,  starring Broadway actor James Rana and ELTC's artistic director Gayle Stahlhunter between  a famous older writer and a young female writer eager for encouragement. Available every day now through May 9 at 8 p.m. Pay what you wish at www.tinyurl.com/bierce-tix  •

The Please touch Museum has reopened for members and is now back in its original business of delighting families and children with its amazing displays and interactive exhibits. Its year-long closure provided ample opportunities for general house cleaning,  sprucing up and retooling many of the dramatic attractions including the celebrated Carousel. The public will be able to enjoy this haven as of April 22.Thursdays through Sundays at 4231 Ave. of the Republic. Reservations required at 215-581-3181.  •

Another welcome re-opening is the Welcome Center at  Bartram's Garden.  Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 .m. where maps and tours are available, current programs are detailed and the latest blooms are nodding their heads. Public restrooms are also open and Spring veggies are on sale for pickup only. Volunteers are also much welcomed here. Reachable by SEPTA, autos with ample parking and by bikes and boat. 54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.   215-729-5281.  •

Inis Nua Theatre unveils Sian Owen's "How To Be Brave" on April 14 through 18, for virtual viewing 24 hours a day, an appealing look at  single-parent Katie's very bad day. Tom Reing directs Alice Yorke in this uplifting one-person play "reminding us how our hometowns shape who we are". Ticketed.  Details at  215-454-9776 and at inisnuatheatre.org. •

Theatre Exile opens the door to "Zoo Motel", devised by director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips, broadcast live and online from one room in a South American village and including a journey to Spain, Japan, the Mojave Deseret and other parts of the world alongside fellow motel guests. This virtual odyssey "combines interactive live theatre, gripping storytelling, cinematic illusions and magic all in one creative hour of surprises".  Co-created and directed by Tatiana Mallarino, magic by Steve Cuiffo. April 15 to May 2, ticketed. theatreexile.org. •

Acclaimed alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins is on the Annenberg virtual stage on April 15, stepping in for trumpeter Keyon Harrold, a live performance that will be streamed online  with an interactive Q&A. Details and timing at AnnenbergCenter.org or at 215-893-8900.  •

Opera Philadelphia's fourth and final new work in the company's first Digital Commissions series is Caroline Shaw's "We Need to Talk", a collaboration among Shaw, poet Anne Carson, director Maureen Towey, Four/Ten Media, featuring soprano Ariadne Greif who sings live to the camera with a choral track and additional electronic composition. Opera Philadelphia Channel. Details at operaphila.tv and at 215-732-8400.  •

Amici Opera, live and on stage with costumes and  piano accompaniment, offers Donizetti's "Don Pasquale", a truly comical romp on April 18 at 3 p.m. and April 25 at 4 p.m., promising social distancing, sanitizers available and Bring Your Own Mask. Young operatic voices will provide the arias and ensembles. Redeemer UMC, 1128 Cottman Ave.  215-224-0257.  •

The Philadelphia Orchestra continues its "Our City, Your Orchestra " series sharing new episodes at iconic locations and Black-owned businesses. The April 19 program at 7 p.m. will be streamed from UrbanPromise and features violinists David Kim and Daniel Han, violist Anna Maria Ahn Petersen, cellist Yumi Kendall in works by Bach, Dvorak and other traditional pieces. Details at philorch.org.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  Authors  Edwidge Danticat and Kaitlyn Greenridge will discuss the latter's new book, "Libertie".  She is also an opinion writer for the New York Times. April 14, 8 p.m., showclix.com/event/kaitlyngreenridge. •

A quartet from Kyiv, DakhaBrakha, will blend traditional Ukrainian folk music with traditional rhythms in a pre-recorded show available from April  15 to May 31, free 10 p.m.  online.cap.ucla.edu/videos/dakhabrakha. •

Relaxation is the goal all day long on April 18 by tuning in to "24 Hours of Serenity" Festival. a series of live video broadcasts focused on promoting calm. Free. kcrw.com/serenity. •

Also on April 18, at 4 p.m., explore the role Black Americans have played in shaping barbecue.  Food writer  and certified barbecue judge Adrian Miller will discuss his book, "Black Smoke", a celebration of Black culinary innovation.  aadl.org/node/577631. •

The Metropolitan Opera's nightly free streaming of the world greatest singers in stunning productions with the greatest operatic orchestra and chorus continues on April 14 with Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Golda Schultz, Charles Castronovo, Rene Pape;  April 15) Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel", from 1982 with an all-star cast: Judith Blegen, Fredericka von Stade, Rosalind Elias; April 16) Dvorak's "Rusalka", Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Curtis alumnus Eric Owens, Brandon Jovanovich;  April 17) Puccini's "Turandot", Eva Marton, Leona Mitchell, Placid Domingo, from 1987; April 18) Rossini's "La Cenerentola", Academy of Vocal Arts soprano Joyce DiDonao, Curtis alumnus Juean Diego Florez, Luca Pisaroni.  Nightly at  7 p.m. and available until 6:30 p.m. the next evening.  More big news from the Met:  on April 18 at 7 p.m., a Virtual Gala will star three phenomenal performers from the past and present, Dame Janet Baker, Cecilia Bartoli and Lawrence Brownlee as part of the 16th Annual Opera News Awards, hosted by AVA soprano Ailyn Perez  The three honorees will be saluted by stars Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato, Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson and Ramon Vargas,  with special musical performances by Erin Morley and Luca Pisaroni.  Details at 212-769-7009 and at www.metguild.org/awards  •

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