Tagged Performing Arts

Monday Market

Join us on selected Mondays for live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.  Stroll through between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. (the library closes at 9:00 pm.) and enjoy.  This event takes place in…

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up.    

Monday Market

Join us on selected Mondays for live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.  Stroll through between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. (the library closes at 9:00 pm.) and enjoy.  This event takes place in…

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Also October 11  

Free Monday Night Opera: Verdi's Forza del Destino

Join us in the Montgomery Auditorium! The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival and The Free Library of Philadelphia are excited to invite you to a special FREE  performance of Verdi’s “Most Dramatic Opera” Forza del…

Monday Market

Join us on selected Mondays for live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.  Stroll through between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. (the library closes at 9:00 pm.) and enjoy.  This event takes place in…

Sundays on Stage: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers - Yah-Oh-Way

Performed by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Yah-Oh-Way, meaning "it is good" in Hopi, highlights the depth anf complexity of Native American societies with traditional dances and songs, along with explanations of…

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Also September 13 & October 11  

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

ENAensemble’s new Serial Opera project is a multi-month performance of a new chamber opera. Each month, the next scene will be premiered, along with solo and chamber music performances by ENAensemble’s players. The opera,…

Sundays on Stage: Professor Horn's Punch & Judy Show

Professor Horn captures the wonder and imagination of childhood with his clever comedy magic, novelty routines, and laugh-out-loud funny Punch & Judy Puppet Show. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.Late seating is at the…

Chamber Music at the FLP with Steve Kramer

Join us Wednesday July 24th at 5pm, for a free chamber music performance! Chamber ensembles will play the Parkway Central lobby from 5pm to 8pm, so you can make an evening filled with music, or just stop by at any…

Sundays on Stage: Family Magic Show with Ran'D Shine

Popular magician Ran'D Shine performs a fun-filled, interactive magic show for all-ages, featuring an astounding display of illusions, comedy and audience participation. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.Late seating is…

Monday Market

Join us on selected Mondays for live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden.  Stroll through between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. (the library closes at 9:00 pm.) and enjoy.  This event takes place in…

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Also August 9, September 13 & October 11  

WOW! Wednesdays of Wonder: Ran'd Shine, Magician for the New Millennium

Wednesdays of Wonder (WOW!) in Montgomery Auditorium. Part of the Margaret S. Halloran Family Literacy Programming Series.  Magician Ran'd Shine Performs a fun-filled, interactive magic show, featuring an astounding display of…

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

ENAensemble’s new Serial Opera project is a multi-month performance of a new chamber opera. Each month, the next scene will be premiered, along with solo and chamber music performances by ENAensemble’s players. The opera,…

BalletX Pop-Up Performance: The Little Prince

Join BalletX for their return to Parkway Central Library, this time for a very special performance on the grand Beaux-Arts building’s Skyline Terrace, boasting 360° scenic views, and one of the most exciting civic spaces…

Cello Performance by Karen Meier

Cellist, Karen Meier, will be performing J.S.. Bach Suite 1 in G Major and Allemande From Suite in D Major.  In addition, she will be performing Arpeggio by Jean-Louis Duport and Allegretto Moderator by Nolck.  Karen is a…

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John Waters | Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

In conversation with Jason Freeman, producer and editor of author events John Waters’s transgressive movies include  Pink Flamingos ,  Hairspray ,  Cry-Baby ,  Serial Mom , and  Cecil B. Demented . He is also the author of  Shock Value…

Madhur Jaffrey | Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes...

In conversation with Anusha Balasubramanian. Anusha spends her days as an executive assistant at a Philadelphia investment firm, but her greatest passions are books, cooking, and her mother's idli. Lauded as the “queen of Indian…

Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

In conversation with Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe on WXPN Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared “one of the most respected bands on the planet” and…

Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times . His books include a biography of the composer and critic…

Jill Soloway | She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy

In conversation with Hannah Gadsby The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent , Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight , creator of the series I Love Dick , and was a writer…

Maxwell King | The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers with David Newell “Mr. McFeely” of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

In conversation with award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood as we welcome Maxwell King, author of The Good Neighbor , a personal, professional, and artistic biography of Fred Rogers. A figure as…

Jamie Bernstein | Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

In conversation with Peter Dobrin, classical music critic and culture writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer . Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s best known musicians. Chief conductor of…

Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

“One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” ( Wall Street Journal ), Ian Buruma is the author of  The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam ;  Year Zero: A History of 1945 ; Theater of Cruelty: Art,…

Gabourey Sidibe | This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

Watch the video here . In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by…

Misty Copeland | Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You

Watch the video here . In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and recognizable…

Camille Paglia | Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

Watch the video here . “At once outrageous and compelling, fanatical and brilliant” ( The Washington Post ), Camille Paglia is the author of the 700-page seminal discourse on paganism, sex, and art, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence…

Trevor Noah | Born a Crime

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Known mainly to American audiences as the “charming and composed” ( Los Angeles Times ) host of the Emmy and Peabody-award winning The Daily Show , Trevor…

Jamie Lee Curtis | This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From

One of film’s most compelling presences since her screen debut almost 40 years ago, Jamie Lee Curtis’ diverse résumé includes roles in Halloween , Trading Places , A Fish Called Wanda , Freaky Friday , and True Lies , for which she won…

Amy Schumer | The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

The star of the hit film Trainwreck , comedian-actress-producer Amy Schumer is one of the brightest and bawdiest lights in the entertainment world. Her TV series Inside Amy Schumer has won a broad following and a slew of awards,…

Moby | Porcelain: A Memoir

“One of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s” ( AllMusic ), electronica legend Moby has created eleven studio albums—including Ambient , Hotel , 18 , and Play —that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He…