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The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia  performs a world premiere by Bale, a Beethoven Symphony and the latter's aria "Ah! Perfido" sung by soprano Sophia Hunt (above), on Oct. 10 and 11 in the Perelman Theater.

A major blockbuster at the Philadelphia Museum of Art pays tribute to the great artist Jasper Johns and runs in tandem with a similar but different look at the artist's prolific accomplishments on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.  "Mind and Mirror" at PMA is an "unprecedented  retrospective", a collection of John's most celebrated paintings,  sculptures, drawings and prints as well as recent works and  many others that are lesser-known. A southern lad, Johns was born in 1930 and still only in his early twenties when his fame began in Manhattan where he found acclaim for his paintings of the American flag  in various iterations and other subjects based on such everyday items as targets, maps  and numbers. Through Feb. 13 at 2600 the Parkway. where the restaurant Stir has reopened  offering "fresh local fare" under chef Mark Tropea.  215-763-8100 or  •

The Kimmel Center is bursting with renewed energy in these reopening days with comedy star John Mulaney holding forth in "From Scratch" at the Academy of Music now through Oct. 12 with  limited tickets remaining. Broad and Locust. On Oct. 8, Fortune Feimster is in the Merriam Theatre for one night of her "2 Sweet 2 Salty Tour.". 250 S. Broad St.  215-893-1999 or .  •

Penn Museum has its own big opening show, "The Stories We Wear", an overview of 2500 years of style exemplified by some 250 objects on display  ranging from a Buddhist crown , a Marian Anderson evening gown, and countless other meaningful surprises through the centuries.  3260 South St.  215-898-4000 or . •

Another museum worth knowing about is America's oldest, The Library Company of Philadelphia where the current show, "Imperfect History"  curates the graphic arts collection at Benjamin Franklin's Public Library with insights into books, drawings, cartoons, old photos and other artifacts. Through April 6, Monday to Friday. 1314 Locust St.  215-546-3181 or .  •

Opera Delaware  presents an abridged concert version of Donizetti's sparkling and very funny "Don Pasquale" on October 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. with popular artists David Walton, Amanda Sheriff, Tim Mix and Academy of Vocal Arts alumnus Ben Wager, directed by Kristen Barrett, conducted by Anthony Barrese. In the newly upgraded Opera Delaware Studios at 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington.  302-442-7807 or .  •

The Philadelphia Orchestra under Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin is in Verizon Hall for works by Johnson and Still plus Gershwin's "Rhapsodiy in Blue" and Florence Price's Symphony No. 4.  Guest artists are vocalist Lauren Talese and pianist Aaron Diehl.  Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.  Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.  215-893-1999 or  •

Verdi's "Rigoletto" is on Amici Opera's stage on Oct.  9 at 4 p.m. performed by young operatic trainees, sung  in Italian with piano accompaniment. Then on October 10 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m., a genuine rarity, Mercadante's "I Briganti". part of the company's 23rd season. Both operas at Redeemer UMC, 1128 Cottman Ave.,  215-224-0257 or on Facebook: Ralph Tudisco (Amici Opera Co.). •

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia continues its very frequent series of tours of our city and its environs. On Oct. 10 at 2 p.m., the program is "A Society Hill Stroll", a leisurely walk through our nation's largest intact collection of original colonial and post-colonial residential area whose name comes from the "Free Society of Traders" who were given this strip of land by William Penn in  1683. Tickets and details at 215-546-1146 or  •

If your Bucket List includes participating in a Lima Bean Festival, here's your chance:   on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the West Cape May Lima Bean Festival will hold forth honoring their long history as the Lima Bean Capital of the East Coast. Diversions include craft vendors, food vendors, live music, vintage items, fresh produce and more. Irresistible. In the Borough's Backyard Park, 732 Broadway.  Details at 609-884-1005 or . Proceeds benefit the West Cape May Shade Tree Commission.  •

Dirk Brosse leads his Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in a premiere of a new work by Bales, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica") and with soprano  Sophia Hunt, Beethoven's aria "Ah!  Perfido"  October 10 at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. , Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce.  215-893-1999 or .  •

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen present their Fine Craft Fair with more than 100 participating artists, Oct. 8, 9, 10 in Rittenhouse Square, Walnut and 18th Sts. both inside and on the circumference of this stunning corner of our city. Details and hours at 215-599-0776 or .  •

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has a trio of intriguing concerts in the week ahead. On October 10 at 3 p.m., the Elias Quartet offers an all-Beethoven program, American Philosophical Society;  on October 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Doric Quartet offers works by Haydn and Bartok, and with pianist Jonathan Biss, Elgar's Piano Quartet in A Major, Perelman Theater;  and on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Sphinx Virtuosi , 18 Black and Latinx classical soloists, perform works by Price, Ginastera, Foley and others as well as two local premieres. Perelman Theater. Tickets and directions at 215-569-8080 or .  • 

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