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Rennie Harris Puremovement returns to the Annenberg stage on April 1 at 7 p.m. in a group of works including a reworking of the acclaimed 1995 duet "A Day in the Life", performed on stage and streaming on line and available on-demand through April 3.

Act II Playhouse in Ambler is currently screening an alumni showcase, "Comedy Tonight", featuring the popular little theatre's biggest stars including Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite, Joe Mallon, Dan Matarazzo and Gianni Yanelli, deemed by Braithwaite "a comedy and musical talent A-team". This production streams nightly exclusively through Act II Playhouse's Virtual Theatre. Tickets on line at or at the box office, 215-654-0200.  •

The Philadelphia Zoo's newest attraction is "BigTime, Life in an Endangerous Age, an immersive show bringing back a series of animatronic dinosaurs including T Rex on view in outdoor places, a total of some two dozen such creatures now settled in the former children's section. Among the most exotic, a 98-foot long alamosaurus with its 20-foot tail  a saber-tooth tiger with 11 inch fangs, a horned triceratops and a gigantic wooly mammoth. Through Sept. 30 with limited capacity, all over two years wearing masks. Reservations required.  215-243-5673.  •

Our city's beloved Magic Gardens reopens on April 1 with self-guided tours of the indoor/outdoor mosaic gallery and garden plus guided tours on Wed. and Fri. mornings. Masks are required for visitors over five and hand sanitizers will be available. 1020 South St. 215-733-0390 or •

April 1 is also the opening of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society's Pop Up Garden South St., offering beverages including alcohol, snacks and other foods. This outdoor venue has enhanced cleaning procedures, masks are required, social distancing. 1438 South St. 215-988-8800 or •

The Annenberg's popular LIVESTREAM presents on April 1 at 7 p.m. performance by Rennie Harris Puremovement, a hip hop program in five sections  that "directly affect on current tragedies facing our nation".  This is an original, live event performed on the Annenberg stage and streamed online including an interactive Q & A with the performers. Harris has been praised by the NY TIMES as "the most profound choreographer of his idiom".  215-898-3900 or •

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Virtual Stage plays host on April 1 at 8 p.m. to Maestro Yanick Nezet-Seguin and the Philadelphians in Haydn's "La Passione" Symphony No. 49, as well as Shaw's Entracte for String Orchestra, and Elgar's Serenade for Strings. On view through 11 p.m. on April 8.  215 893 1999 or •

The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre under the powerhouse guidance of founder/director Carmen Khan has been devoting each month of the past year to one particular play by Shakespeare and April's attraction is "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with videos, lessons and personal commentary and answers to questions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Details at 215-496-9722 or  •

The Arden Theatre's postponed presentation of "Robi Hager:  So Far" is now set for April 5 - 18. The multi-talented Broadway actor, singer and songwriter is an Arden favorite and in this show he is joined by guest artist by Melanie  Hsu. Tickets at or  215-922-1122.  •

The Curtis Ensemble's new virtual season continues through May with a variety of musical performances by the school's current student artists including instrumentalists from the great Curtis Symphony Orchestra in small groups as well as members of the Curtis Opera Theatre".   Details for future events at  215-893-5252.  •

Local classical/azz radio station WRTI 90.s presents a complete opera broadcast every Sat. at 1 p.m. and their four April broadcasts are Met Opera treasures and in three cases include alumni of the Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis. On April 3, Dvorak's "Rusalka" stars Renee Fleming and Piotr Beczala and Curtis's John Relyea;  April 10, Puccini's "La Boheme" with Angel Blue, Dmytri Popov and AVA's Ross Benoliel;  April 17 , Janacek's :"From the House of the Dead" with Willard White and Mariana Pavlovic; April 24, R. Strauss's "Die Frau Ohne Schatten", with Christine Goerke, Torsten Kerl, Anne Schwaenwilms, Curtis's Brandon Cedel and from AVA, Jen Check and Alan Glassman.  •

As always, Met Opera continues its nightly free streaming of live productions in HD video, boasting the greatest voices, most beloved operas as well as new ones, great costumes and decors and staging.  Here are the next several: April 1) Verdi's "Il Trovatore", Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes;  April 2)  Massenet's 'Werther', Lisette Oropesa; Sophie Koch, Jonas Kaufman;  April 3) Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore", Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani;  April 4) Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Grubarova, Rene Pape. or 212-362-6000.  •

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