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BalletX's Virtual Gala Premier Party on May 6 honors two amazing women, Heather Watts(above), former principal dancer with NYC Ballet,  and Jane G. Pepper, former president of the Penna. Horticultural Society and will feature new dance works, performances by BalletX's  stunning dancers and special guests, a fund-raiser for the creation of world premiere ballet.

A new show at Carpenters' Hall  on view through May 16 is "Measure Twice, Cut Once: Exploring Benjamin Franklin's Part of  Philadelphia's Built Identity" featuring 13 works of art by John Hopkins, local artist and caretaker of Franklin's grave at Christ Church Burial Ground. Among the additional presentations is an author talk on May 6 by Glenn Adamson, "Craft: An American History.  320 Chestnut St.  Details and times at 215-925-0167. •

The American Swedish Historical Museum's  annual online auction and  fundraising event continues now through May 8. "Spring Into Action" offers such auction items as  framed art; handsome antiques;  Swedish glass products from Kosta Boda,; gift baskets, gift cards to stores, restaurants and attractions; memberships and subscriptions;  furniture from Dane Decor;  jewelry and select clothing items. Many of these are also on view at the elegant Museum at 1900 Pattison Ave. near the Sports Complex. Further information at  215-389-1776.  •

Arden Theatre's new digital production is Nilaja Sun's Obie-winning play "No Child", directed by Justin Jain and starring local performer Taysha Marie Canales, a one-person exploration of the NYC public school system through the lens of a teaching artist. now through May 9. Ms. Canales is a frequent actor on the Arden stage and this play has won some 20 other major awards.  Details at 215-922-1122.  •

EgoPo's newest show is Adam Rapp's "Nocturne", directed by Lane Savadove, starring Walter DeShields with Kirsten Quinn, Tasha Holmes, Emilia Weiss, Kayla Bowe, Skyler Easterbrook and Kylie Westerbeck, a journey to discover peace and redemption . This is a drive-in site-specific event in a parking lot at Sedgley Ave. 5 minutes from Temple's main campus and night-time seating includes lawn chairs and the audience's own cars. Tickets and information at 267-273-1414.  •

The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia celebrates 147 years of  artistic experience with "Big Sing: Brahms: A German Requiem" on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. featuring former Artistic Directors Alan Harler, Paul Rardin and John Leonard as guest conductors.  In this virtual event, the Chorus will sing to a recording and an electronic score will be provided.  Details and tickets at 267-494-5590.  •

The Pennsylvania Ballet's next streaming performances run from April 29 to May 5 in a display of "technical brilliance and complexity".  On the program, Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante", Wheeldon's "Polyphonia",  Petipa's rarely seen "Raymonda Suite" and Rhoden's "And So It Is",  a stunning Spring gift for ballet lovers. Tickets and information at 215-561-4694.  •


The Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society's April 30 program at 6 p.m. focuses on the all-female Aizuri Quartet in works by Dvorak and Alberga plus Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 with guest cellist Marcy Rosen.Then on May 5 at 6 p.m., violinist Francesca dePasquale with pianist Reiko Uchida offers works by Mozart, Faure, plus a score for violin, piano and electronics with visual art in its PCMS commissioned premiere. These are both virtual events and live performances limited to 25 ticket holders at the Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets and details at 215-569-8080.  •


The Amazing Max Darwin is on the Annenberg Center's Virtual Stage on May 1 with his Virtual Magic Academy hosting a live, interactive "awesome and hilarious" event to teach children easy-to-perform magic tricks. 3 p.m. And on May 6 at 7 p.m., tap dancer Ayodele Casel offers Chasing Magic" at 7 p.m. Tickets and details at 215-898-3900.  •

Mark May 2 - 16 on your calendars for a treasured glimpse at the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center and Garden in Fairmount Park during their lengthy Children's Day Celebrations which will  include colorful  decorations, koi flags,  Ikebana displays Japanese armor  and countless outdoor festivities and attractions. or 215-878-5097. •

BalletX hosts its much-anticipated virtual Premiere Party on May 6 at 7 p.m. honoring two trail-blazing women, Heather Watts, former principal dancer with NYC Ballet, and Jane G.. Pepper, former president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and featuring world premiere choreography by Tiler Peck and Caili Quan, performances by BalletX, special guests and more. Tickets. special packages and other details at jihde@balletx.orgor 215-225-5389, ex. 106.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  Tony Award-winning actor/singer/dancer Sutton Foster's new show is "Bring Me To Light" from NY's City Center, on stage with her friends Raul Esparza, Joaquina Kalukango, Kelli O'Hara and Wren Rivera celebrating recent great musicals such as  "Anyone Can Whistle", "Camelot", "Oklahoma", "Carousel", "Violet", "The Wild Party" and others, premiering on April 28 at 7 p.m. and on demand through May 31. Ticketed.  #BringMetoLight@NYCityCenter  •

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston celebrates Spring  with their "Art in Bloom" Festival offering three recorded tours of floral installations inspired by works in their collection. Anytime as of April 30 at  www.mfa,org/event/special-event/art-in-bloom. •

A virtual festival celebrating Hispanic  culture and music set for May 2 at 6 p.m.  This Anheuser-Busch "Reventon de Verano" livestream features musical acts with special appearances by Eva Longoria and other Hispanic performers. Free.  • 

The Metropolitan Opera's free nightly streamings of the world's greatest opera singers in majestic operas and stunning costumes and sets with a great orchestra, chorus and conductors continues on April 29 with Massenet's "Manon", Lisa Oropesa and Academy of Vocal Arts tenor Michael Fabiano;  April 30) Verdi's"La Traviata", an oldie from 1981, Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, Cornell MacNeill, James Levine; May 1) Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur", Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala, Ambrogio Maestri; May 2, Puccini's "La Rondine", Angela Gheorghiu, Oropesa, Roberto Alagna; May 3) Borodin's "Prince Igor", Oksana Dyka, Rachvelishivili, Ildar Abdrazakov; May 4) Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro", Renee Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Suzanne Mentzer,  Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Levine, 1998;  5) Thomas' "Hamlet", Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore, Simon Keenlyside, AVA's bass James Morris;  May 5)  Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin", Susanne Phillips, Tamara Mumford, Curtis's bass Eric Owens. Each full-length opera begins at 7:30 p.m. and is available until 6;30 p.m. the next evening.  •

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