December 9, 2023 - 2:00 pm
PHILADANCO! Dance Company - "Intangible Influences" - Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Join other PBK's to see Philadelphia’s multi-cultural dance company, PHILADANCO!, for their thrilling new show "Intangible Influences", displaying classical ballet techniques alongside contemporary movement. This not-to-be missed performance features the revival of a neoclassical ballet by the legendary Gene Hill Sagan; a new work by acclaimed choreographer Christopher L. Huggins; a work by Nijawwon Matthews, a PHILADANCO! alumni; and the premiere of a newly commissioned piece by Christopher Rudd that blends contemporary ballet and contemporary circus. PHILADANCO! dancers are among the best in the world, with the company recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad (14th) St. $39. Optional pre-performance group lunch at Marathon restaurant, 121 S. 16th St. Register here.
December 14, 2023 - 7:00 pm
Virtual Book Club - The Chinese Groove
Virtual discussion of The Chinese Groove, by Kathryn Ma. Described as a lyrical and sharply written novel about a relentlessly optimistic contemporary young immigrant from China with "big dreams and dire prospects", who heads to San Francisco to claim his destiny only to discover his fractured mixed Chinese-Jewish extended family, who need his help, "even if they they don't know it yet". Though dealing with serious universal subjects, the San Francisco Chronicle calls The Chinese Groove "A contender for the funniest book about survival you will ever read," while a starred Kirkus Review says "Ma knows how to twist a plot in unexpected deeply satisfying directions, by writing with compassion, humor, and insight". NY Times Editors' Choice. No charge event. Register here.
January 11, 2024 - 7:00 pm
Virtual Movie Club - Classic Film: Silver Linings Playbook
Virtual discussion of the 2012 classic film, Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russel from the book by Matthew Quick. Bradley Cooper portrays a man with bipolar disorder recently released from a psychiatric hospital and living in a Philadelphia suburb with his parents (Robert De Niro who loves the Eagles), who seeks to reunite with his wife. A young widow (Jennifer Lawrence) offers to help him if he enters a dance competition with her. The three examine their relationships with each other as they cope with their situations. 8 Academy Award nominations with Best Actress awarded to Lawrence. 92% Rotten Tomatoes score. View on Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu. Register here.
January 14, 2024 - 3:00 pm
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society - Dover Quartet
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Hall, Philadelphia
Join other PBK's to hear a wonderful performance by the eminent Dover Quartet, acclaimed Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and world-wide performers, featuring Joel Link, violin; Bryan Lee, violin; Julianne Lee, viola; and Camden Shaw, cello. The ensemble will perform Haydn's Quartet in G Minor, Op.74, No.3, Rider; Price's Quartet No 1 in G Major; and Shostakovich's Quartet No. 9, Op 117, at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 Broad (14th) St., Philadelphia. 3:00 pm. Discounted ticket price - $25. Optional pre-performance group lunch at nearby Jasmine Rice Rittenhouse, 300 S. 16th St., Philadelphia. Register here.
January 27, 2024 - 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Delaware Art Museum - 2 Private Tours: "The Rossettis" Special Exhibition + "Highlights of the Museum", Wilmington, DE
Just 30 min. drive from Philadelphia, we will have a two wonderful hour-long private guided tours at the Delaware Art Museum, with a break in between for optional lunch (pay-your-own, sit with the group) at the Museum's casual restaurant, Kaffeina. Tour 1 - 10:30 - 11:30 am: "The Rosettis" special exhibition: The work of Pre-Raphaelite founder Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside that of his wife, artist Elizabeth Siddal, and his siblings, writers Christina and William Michael Rossetti, are the subject of this major international exhibition organized in partnership with the Tate Britain. Tour 2 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm: "Highlights of the Museum": An introduction to the Museum's general collection, including their excellent collections of both American Illustration and Contemporary Art. Located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE. Free onsite parking. Comprehensive ticket price includes general admission to the Museum plus 2 private tours - $25 adults, $18 students with ID. Register here.
February 8, 2024 - 7:00 pm
Virtual Book Club - Lessons in Chemistry
Virtual discussion of Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus. The main character, Elizabeth Zott, is a intelligent chemist and woman ahead of her time in the early 1960's, who has been sidelined into a television cooking show, which unexpectedly for the producers, she proceeds to take seriously with "molecular gastronomy". Subplots about Elizabeth's friends and family round out the challenges facing women at that time. Published in April 2022, sales of the book took off and it has already been developed as a film by Apple+, produced by and starring actress Brie Larson as Elizabeth. NY Times Best Seller and one of NY Times Best Books of the Year. No charge event. Register here.