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Anthony Lawton, Paul L. Nolan, and Dan Hodge in Lantern Theater Company's 2017 world premiere production of THE CRAFTSMAN by Bruce Graham, streaming on demand March 2 - 28, 2020

A new show at  the Franklin Institute's is the big new Crayola exhibit running now through July 18. "Crayola IDEAworks : The Creativity Exhibition" explores the nature of problem solving and extends over some 10,000 square feet of Museum space, described as "a very deep  creative experience".  No crayons here, no stunning displays of colors but rather a tribute to the decision-making powers of visitors to the event, people who make such decision many times daily. This immense show guarantees social distancing and all other related safety measures have been taken. 20th St. and the Parkway. Details at 215-448-1200 or www.fi.edu  •

Amici Opera Co. presents a rarely-performed work by Massenet on Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., his stunning one-act opera "La Navarraise", a tale of love, honor and battle, performed in French by young vocal artists with piano accompaniment. The afternoon will be completed by a short concert. Social distancing is guaranteed, hand sanitizers will be available and masks must be brought and worn.  Redeemer United Methodist Church, 1128 Cottman Ave.  215-224-0257.  •

Fans of the Lantern Theater Co. will be pleased to know that their highly popular streaming version of Brian Friel's "Molly Sweeney" has been extended through Feb. 28, filmed in 2020 and directed by Peter DeLaurier with the magnificent Genevieve Perrier in the title role. Even more great news, next up at Lantern is their 2017 acclaimed commissioned production of local/national playwright Bruce Graham's "The Craftsman" staged by W. Craig Getting and featuring Mary Lee Bednarek, Anthony Lawton, Ian Merrill Peakes, Dan Hodge and Paul L. Nolan, a tingling tale of the illegal sale of Vermeer masterworks to the Nazis during World War II in Holland. Streaming March 2 to 28 and available for 24 hours once streaming begins. The Box Office is opening daily from Noon to 8 p.m. for assistance at 215-829-0395 or at www.lanterntheater.org  •

Theater' Exile's streaming production of Anna Moench's "Sin Eaters" ends its run on Feb. 28, "a hilarious, poignant and brutal examination of the human experience", directed by Matt Pfeiffer and starring Bi Jean Ngo and David M. Raine.  Tickets and details at 215-218-4022 or boxoffice@theatreexile.org  •

The Curtis Institute's popular series of student concerts continues in a streaming format several times weekly and featuring young instrumentalists in solo, duo and ensemble performances.  n addition, Opera OnDemand periodically presents Curtis Opera Theatre students in vocal productions. Details at Curtis.edu/performances and at 215-717-3190.  •

The Wilma Theater presents a HotHouse Short on Feb. 26, free to anyone who registers  though donations are encouraged. "The Lagniappe Project"  was created by Melanye Finister, shot and edited by Briana Gause in partnership with Northern Children's Services. Further information at 215-546-7824.  •

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's Feb. 26 concert at 6 p.m. is available streaming and also for a very limited audience in the socially distanced American Philosophical Society. The artists are 11 members of ECCO, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra which normally numbers 18. This pay-what-you-wish event offers music by Montgomery, Benn, Golijov, plus Barber's Adagio for Strings and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C Major, op. 48.  215-569-8080.  •

A major solo exhibition by artist Jessica Vaughn opens on Feb. 26 at the Institute of Contemporary Art and runs through May 9.examining her new and recent work and delving into the intersections between  20th and 21st century work culture, modular architecture and "marginalized works who have been rendered invisible within there workspaces".  Free courtesy of Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman. 118 S. 36th St.  icaphila.org or 215-898-7100.  •

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre continues its weekly explorations of a Shakespeare play.  February was devoted to an in depth look at "Othello" and next up through March is "Hamlet" under the tutelage of Artistic Director Carmen Khan.  Details at 215-496-9722 or info@phillyshakespeare.org 

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  NY Theatre Workshop is paying tribute to"25 Years of Rent:  Measured in Love", celebrating the anniversary of Jonathan Larson's "Rent" which opened off Broadway, moved to Broadway for a 12 year stay and won the Pulitzer Prize.  Now, from  March 2 to 6, many of the original cast including Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Daphne Rubin-Vega are joined by other stars in this tribute. nytw.org. •

On March 2, the hugely popular Met Live in Concert ticketed series continues at 1 p.m. with soprano Sonya Yoncheva singing arias by Handel, Massenet, Verdi, Puccini, Dvorak and others with pianist Julien Quinn from the Schussenried Cloister in SW Germany.  Prior to that, the Met Opera's generous free nightly telecasts of archival HD videos from their vast collection will pay tribute to the great lamented Russian baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky who died at a youthful  age in 2017. He stars in each of these: Feb. 24, Tchaikovksy's "Eugene Onegin" with Renee Fleming and Ramon Vargas;  Feb. 25, Verdi's "Ernani" with Academy of Vocal Arts alumna soprano Angela Meade and Marcello Giordani;  Feb. 26, Verdi's "La Traviata" with Natalie Dessay and Matthew Polenzani;  Feb. 27, Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Sondra Radvanovsky, Stephanie Blythe and Marcello Alvarez;  Feb. 28, Verdi's "Il Trovatore" with Anna Netrebko and Dolora Zajick.This streaming series is every night at 7:30 p.m. and on view until 6:30 p.m. the next evening except for the Feb.26 performance which will end  at Noon on Feb. 27.  metopera.org or 212-362-6000.  •

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