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Lantern Theatre's Archives Program continues with a filmed version of their 2019 mainstage production of Shakespeare's "Measure For Measure" now through May 2 with an all-star cast of eight Lantern veterans under Charles McMahon's direction.

Lantern Theater's Plays from the Archives continues from April 6 to May 2 with their streaming filmed version of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure", directed in 2019 by Artistic Director Charles McMahon featuring an ensemble cast of Lantern veterans:  Chris Anthony, Kirk Wendell Brown, Ben Dibble, Adam Hammet, Claire Innie-Richards, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan and Charlotte Northeast. This infrequently performed but magnificent play "will surprise and move modern audiences with its timely insights into human motivation and resilience".  Details at www.lanterntheater.org or 215-829-0395.  •

April 7 seems to be a good day for virtual sight-seeing.  Here are three such events:  a Virtual Open House Tour of FDR Park runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. ,a look at upcoming projects including a welcome center and a new children's playground. Free, registration required at myphillypark.org.  The Penn Museum's War Memorials of Imperial Rome are on view from 6 to 7 p.m.,  offering insight into ancient Rome's monuments and war memorials  including statues, arches and columns that were erected  to mark victories, led by curator in charge C. Brian Rose. penn.museum.  Also free is this season's Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, an annual event that permits art/crafts lovers to pay virtual visits to studios in venues all over town. Included are behind-the-scenes tours, voice chats with local artists and art demonstrations. Each Wed. in April: 7, 14, 21, 28.  philaopenstudios.org. •

The Annenberg Center's April 8 event at 7 p.m. is a virtual performance by Zakir Hussain, composer and percussionist, with emphasis on Indian music. He is joined by other artists for this tabla concert. annenbergcenter.org  215-898-3900.  •

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society offers streaming events that can also be viewed in person at the American Philosophical Society limited to 25 attendees. On April 8 at 6 p.m. pianist Shai Wosner performs works by Schubert, Scarlatti, Rzewski and Beethoven. Violinist i Joseph Lin is the soloist on April 9 at 6 p.m., in an all Bach program of two partitas and a sonata. Tickets and details at www.pcmsconcerts.org or at 215-569-8080.  •

Astral's April 10 digital program features cellist Thomas Mesa in an unconventional duo recital with organist Greg Zelek from the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens. On the 7 p.m. program, works by Beethoven, Debussy, Bach, Dvorak, Rossini, Lydia Jane Pugh and Lecuona. Information at astralartists.org or 215-735-6999.  •

The Schuylkill River Development Project invites one and all for a day in the Spring sunshine on April 10 for the 14th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Center City segment of Schuylkill Banks, a morning of trail beautification projects such as leaf collection, mulching, light pruning and trash pickup. 215-309-5523 or schuylkillbanks.org. •

Pianist Claire Huangci takes center stage at the German Society of Pennsylvania on April 10 at 3 p.m. in a live program of J.S.Bach/Busoni,  J.S. Bach and Beethoven. Ms. Huangci is a graduate of the Settlement Music School and the Curtis Institute and is now a resident artist at the Hannover Hochschule fur Musik in Germany where she pursues a flourishing international concert career. 611 Spring Garden St.   215-627-2332 or www.germansociety.org  •

Amici Opera's 23rd season continues on April 11 at 3 p.m. with Verdi's powerhouse "Luisa Miller"  featuring young operatic voices with piano accompaniment singing in Italian for limited audiences socially distanced and wearing their own masks. Hand sanitizers will be available. Repeated on April  17 at 4 p.m. Redeemer UMC, 1128 Cottman Ave.  215-224-0257.  •

Wilma Theater's 2001 Virtual Fete is set for April 11 at 5:30 p.m. "in the comfort of your own home!"  This Fundraiser's musical guest is "Philly's own Low Cut Connie" and hosts are Jaylene Clark Owens and Justin Jain. This virtual event looks back on the past year and celebrates Wilma's resilience along with its thanks to its generous supporters. Low Cut Connie was named "Pandemic Person of the Year" by the New Yorker Magazine and he played the Biden administration's inauguration last month.events@wilmatheater.org or at 215-546-7824.  •

InterAct Theatre's newest production, streaming free from April 13 to  May 9 is Eleanor Burgess's "The Niceties", the tale of a brilliant Black college student and her white  history professor squaring off over the role slavery played in the American Revolution. Kathryn MacMillan directs a cast of two: local superstar Janis Dardaris opposite Angela Bay.  215-568-8077.  •

STREAMING FROM AFAR:  How about a dance with legendary choreographer Mark Morris.  This free session is set for April 7 at 3 p.m. and offers dance, movement and singing classes for people with Parkinson's Disease, their family, friends and caregivers, an hour-long program addressing such balance, motor skills and physical confidence. danceforparkinsons.org/resources/dance-at-home. •

Also on April 7, at 5 p.m., the free video premiere of  Princeton Symphony Orchestra's version of Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". Rossen Milanov conducts. 609-497-0020 for details; Free access at princetonsymphony.org. •

What could be more pleasant than a tour of the amazing Frick Collection in Manhattan?  On April 9 at 5 p.m., the weekly "Cocktails with a Curator" happy hour offers Xaviere Solomon's good company as he chats about Saint-Porchaire ware,  a rare style of ceramics from Renaissance France.  Free. frick.org/interact/miniseries/cocktails.curator. •

Still a bit stressed?  Unwind on April 10 at 1:30 p.m. with a relaxing meditation session from the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the SF Zen Center.  alender.asianart.org/event/san-francisco-zen-center-meditation-session-04-10. •

The Met Opera's nightly free streaming of complete operas from the current and rchival collections bring soothing happiness and violent passions to opera lovers of all ages and tastes, gorgeous productions of great masterpieces rich with glamourous costumes, sets and starring the world's greatest singers. Here's the week ahead:  April 7, Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Peter Matthei;  April 8, Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini", Renata Scotto, Placido Domingo;  April 9, Shostakovich's "The Nose", Paulo Szot, Andre Popov; April 10) Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette", Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn; April 11) Verdi's "Luisa Miller", Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczela, Domingo; April 12)  Massenet's "Cendrillon", Academy of Vocal Arts alumna Joyce DiDonato, Stephanie Blythe; April 13)a double bill: Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta", Netrebko, Becszala, Domingo plus Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle", Najda Michael, Mikhail Petrenko;  April 14) Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Golda Schultz, Rene Pape, Charles Castronovo. metopera.org or 212-362-6000.  •

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