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P H I L A D E L P H I A & T H E M A I N L I N E ’ S FAV O R I T E W E E K LY

Year 35, No. 15

Celebrating 35 Years of Community News

Author of The Glass Castle to Speak at Neumann University

November 27 – December 3, 2019

Carpenters’ Christmas at UDPAC December 1

eannette Walls, author of the best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, will speak at Neumann University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, in a presentation that is free and open to the public. Her talk, entitled Facing Your Fears and Other Life Lessons, is scheduled for the Rocco Abessinio Building and will be followed by a book signing.

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Jeannette Walls, author of the best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will speak on “Facing Your Fears,” at Neumann University on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m.

Stephen DiJoseph to Perform Page 6

Lankenau Medical Center Tree of Life Celebration Page 11

In The Glass Castle, publish ed in 2005, Walls shares her unusual story—growing up with dysfunctional parents in extreme poverty and overcoming her circumstances. Walls set out on her own and rose to become part of New York’s media elite, writing for New York and Esquire magazines. As her career blossomed, she kept her background secret—that she had lived in extreme poverty in West Virginia as a child and that her parents had followed her to New York and became members of the city’s homeless population. Her memoir captures the power of determination in the face of unimaginable obstacles and reveals how weaknesses can become strengths. In her presentation, she shares bittersweet anecdotes from her past that often exemplify grander truths about courage and the positive rewards that come from confronting challenges. Named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade, her story was brought to the big screen in 2017, starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette. The book has sold more than four million copies and has been translated into 31 languages. Walls is also the author of the best-selling books, Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel and The Silver Star. To reserve a seat at this free presentation, visit

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ne of the most successful recording acts of all time will be celebrated in a Christmas spectacular at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC) on Sunday, December 1. Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas, a tribute show starring Michelle Berting Brett, takes the stage for a oneday-only engagement at 3 p.m. The Carpenters released two classic Christmas albums and their holiday music is a favorite every year. Merry Christmas Darling re-creates the Carpenters’ sound and Berting Brett shares stories from those who knew Karen and Richard personally. Audiences delight in singing along to the Carpenters’ classic and all their Christmas favorites. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is the most active venue of its kind in Delaware County, entertaining more than 60,000 patrons each year with a variety of shows ranging from nationally known artists, regional orchestras and ballet, holiday spectaculars and the award-winning Summer Stage program, which enters its 45th season in 2020. It is conveniently located in Drexel Hill, minutes from the Main Line, Blue Route, and Center City. Tickets for Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas are priced from $40-$45 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610-622-1189 or online at


Beaumont Songwriting Team Releases Senior Song Book 102-Year-Old Lyricist Partners with 88-Year-Old Jazz Pianist for 8 New Originals Written Explicitly for Seniors ro m E l t o n J o h n & B e r n i e Taupin and Carole King & Gerry Goffin to Burt Bacharach & Hal David and Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, popular music’s greatest songwriting teams have produced music that spans the generations. But no songwriting team current ly working today bridges as many generations as the new local pairing of Alan R. Tripp and Marvin Weisbord, creators of Senior Song Book, just released in time for the holiday season. These two elder statesmen met at Beaumont, the historic retirement community in Bryn Mawr where they both live, write and regularly perform together for the other seniors residing there. Thriving from the circumstances their local community affords them, Tripp and Weisbord have suddenly become the oldest professional


“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas,” a tribute show starring Michelle Berting Brett, takes the stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC) on Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m.

songwriting team in pop music history. With Tripp, the luxuriant lyricist who once wrote with the great Alan Bergman, clocking in at 102, and his “junior” songwriting partner, melBeaumont residents and songwriters – Alan Tripp, right, and Marvin Weisbord – are creators of the newly released “Senior Song Book,” brimming with music that will transport listeners back to the 1940s, with lyrics from a 2020s perspective. Photo/Lisa Schaeffer Photography ody maker Weisbord, an equally robust 88, this dedicated duo has celebrated enough birthdays to traverse nearly two centuries. And they’re just getting warmed up. See “Senior Song Book” page 8

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EVEN MORE EVENTS Brandywine Christmas The magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 29, 2019 through January 5, 2020. This spectacular holiday experience for all ages includes a gallery filled with an expansive model train display; a special exhibition featuring a selection of three beloved fairy tales and their evolution through time and different cultures; towering trees decorated with whimsical Critter ornaments; and a wide selection of holiday events and programs for the whole family. The Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), and is located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6 and up; free for children 5 and younger and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art members. For information, call 610-388-2700 or visit

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The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s (PYO) all-brass ensemble, Bravo Brass, will present a concert of recent compositions and fresh arrangements of holiday favorites entitled “Brand New Brass” at the historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Burlington, New Jersey on Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m. The afternoon’s program will feature contemporary works by Gregory Pascuzzi and Emmy Award-winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo, new arrangements of classic repertoire by Johann Sebastian Bach and Richard Wagner, and unique settings of holiday favorites by Albert Hague and Mel Torme. St. Mary’s is located at 145 West Broad Street, Burlington, NJ. The performance will be led by Paul Bryan, the Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass. This is a free concert. For information, call 215-545-0502 or visit

South Street Headhouse District’s Winter Wonderland

Calling all fashionistas and style-lovers! Moore College of Art & Design presents F/W Showcase 2019 on Friday, December 6, 2019, 7 to 9 p.m. at Fashion District Philadelphia, 901 Market Street, Philadelphia. The 2019 F/W Showcase will feature exclusive capsule collections from second- and third-year Moore students. Admission is free, but seating is limited and registration is required at Seating begins at 7 p.m., show time is 7:30 p.m. Shown is a design by Jasmine Castaeda-Nava ’20, F/W Showcase 2018, held at Century 21 Stores on December 7, 2018. Photo/Senia Lopez Photography

Celebrate the spirit of the season as South Street Headhouse District (SSHD) presents the annual Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Historic Headhouse Shambles on 2nd Street, 200 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. FREE admission! Come out and celebrate SSHD’s finest holiday traditions. Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck with our city’s finest, then he will greet children and collect their wish lists. Parents should bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Music, treats, and gift shopping will also be part of the event. CBS3’s Kimberly Davis will help Santa count down to the official lighting of the tree at 5 p.m. Bring your family, friends and neighbors— “Nuncrackers, The Nunsense the event is free! SSHD, CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 will collect unwrapChristmas Musical” ped toys for children in the region through the Salvation Army. Look for “Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical” runs through Decemcollection bins under the Shambles during the event. For information, ber 8 at Montgomery Theater in downtown Souderton, PA. Filled with visit or call 215-413-3713. During the event, follow typical NUNSENSE humor and some of your favorite carols, this Nunalong on Twitter at @officialsouthst #SouthStHoliday. sense Christmas show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your holiday season is merry Historic Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony and bright! May not be suitable for children under the age of 14. For tickOld City District presents the third annual Historic Holidays Tree Light- ets, call 215-723-9984 ext. 10, or visit ing Ceremony on Thursday, December 5, 2019, with festivities start- nuncrackers-nunsense-christmas-musical. ing at 5:30 p.m. and the lighting at 6:30 p.m. The kickoff celebration will take place at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will Twas An Evil Christmas – Tree Lighting feature music performances, seasonal sips and bites, and a holiday tree and Holiday Kick-off designed by Old City’s Petit Jardin en Ville, a Parisian Florist and Garden Evil Genius Beer Company (1727 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122) Designer! Free and open to the public. In addition, do your holiday shopwill launch their Christmas season on Thursday December 5, 2019 at ping in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City! For the latest information, visit or call 7:30 p.m. with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, with Christmas cookies, boozy hot chocolate, and the return of fan favorite Naughty or Nice 215-592-7929. – Belgian spiced ale. This will also kick off the launch of Santa! I Know Him! – Festive Saison – a Saison brewed with rose hips, chamomile, black Narberth Area Garden Club’s currants and dark Belgian candi syrup. At 7.2%, this one will keep you December Program warm on those cold winter nights! Holiday festivities continue on SunDelaware Valley Garden Ecology – Learn about the beautiful Delaware day, December 8, 2019 with a Santa .5K (yes, that’s not a typo, a point Valley’s land and climate, and the best environmental practices for gar- five k – you just have to run around the block) race for a local charity, and dening in our area. Donna Long, trained naturalist and environmental a cookie eating contest. $30 to enter where all proceeds benefit sponscience educator, will discuss effective ways of designing native plant soring a local family and giving them the Christmas everyone should gardens well suited to local conditions. Learn how your garden can sup- have. Included in your $30 is two free beers at The Lab @ Evil Genius, a port the local ecosystem and become the envy of your neighbors! Come swag bag, a Santa hat, and a beer koozie! From Noon to 5 p.m., look for and bring your friends! The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, the Evil Genius Beer Garden to remain open and transform also into a December 5 at 7:15 p.m. at the Narberth Borough Building, 100 Con- live Christmas tree stand. Visit way Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072, 2nd floor (use Haverford Ave. entrance). Free to NAGC members, $5 for visitors. Visit Support Your FREE Community Newspaper – Thanks for Reading City Suburban News Every Week!

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ARTS & CULTURAL EVENTS A G AT H A C H R I S T I E ’ S “W I T N E S S F O R T H E P R O S E C U T I O N ” AT T H E S TA G E C R A F T E R S This Courtroom Thriller Will Hold You Baffled until Gavel’s Last Echo itness for the Prosecution” opened at The Stagecrafters theater on Friday, November 22 for a three-weekend run. A young man, Leonard Vole, stands accused of the brutal murder of a wealthy older woman, a casual acquaintance who, over time became


From left – John Pinto, Tom Tansey, and Susan Mattson perform in “Witness for the Prosecution” at The Stagecrafters, running through December 8. Photo/Joanne Davis

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Since 1986 most fond of him and changed her will in his favor. The stakes are sky-high as renowned London barrister Wilfrid Robarts summons all his legal talents in order to prove the man innocent. Agatha Christie at her best, treating us to a taut murder mystery, has crafted a narrative suspenseful to its very end, deftly combined with astute psychological insights and ... well, lots of tingly fun throughout! Agatha Christie (1890-1976), considered the grande dame of the whodunit, wrote sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections. The Guiness Book of World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time, whose works have been translated into over a hundred languages! Based on a 1925 short story, “Witness for the Prosecution” is one of Christie’s most ingenious narratives, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike as an incomparable courtroom procedural. The play opened in London on October 28, 1953 at the Winter Garden Theatre, enjoying an extended run, and then in New York on December 16, 1954 at Henry Miller’s Theatre, running for 645 performances until June 30, 1956 and earning the author an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play. A film version released in 1958, directed by Billy Wilder, featured Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, and Tyrone Power in the pivotal roles. Among innumerable theatrical productions worldwide are included several site-specific revivals, one performed in council chambers of the York Guildhall See Mark Sherlock and (York, England) in 2014, and subTessa Marie Mckenna in sequently staged at several other “Witness for the Prosecution” legal venues over the following at The Stagecrafters, running several years, including the chamthrough December 8. ber of London’s County Hall in 2017! Photo/Joanne Davis “Witness for the Prosecution” opened November 22, and runs through December 8: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. (No performance on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.) A “Meet the Cast and Director” Q & A session will be held following the performance on Friday, November 29. There is also a matinee performance Saturday, November 30. Tickets are available at $21 Online (no service charge), $25 At-door. (Thu. eve performances 2-for-$32 Online, 2-for-$35 At-door). At-door discounts available for students with valid ID, seniors over 65, and Industry (Fridays only). Groups of 15 or more are offered a reduced rate of $15 a ticket, paid in advance. The box office opens 45 minutes before each performance. For information call 215-247-8881; for reservations-direct call 215-247-9913. The theater is located in the heart of Chestnut Hill at 8130 Germantown Avenue. Visit for details.

Special Olympics PA to Celebrate 5th Annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge Plunge with Two Philadelphia Eagles’ Players and Fundraise for a Chance to Win Tickets to a Game he fifth annual Philadelphia Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Drexel University, Recreation Center, located at 3301 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. The Plunge will run from 5 to 7 p.m. The Philadelphia Polar Plunge invites participants of all ages (under 18 requires parent or guardian signature) to take a dip in the “chilly” waters of an above ground pool and freeze for a reason. Participants can take the plunge on their own with a minimum fundraising goal or join a group of friends and form a Plunge Team. Proceeds from the Philadelphia Polar Plunge benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, so the coldest moment of a plunger’s life will support the biggest moment in the lives of hundreds of athletes. This year participants also have the opportunity to plunge with Philadelphia Eagles’ players Alex Singleton and Joe Ostman by joining their team called “Plunge Eagles Plunge.” Participants who sign up for the Eagles team will get to take a team photo with the players; and, the top fundraiser on the team will be awarded two tickets to watch the Eagles play the New York Giants on Monday, December 9 at 8:15 p.m. Plungers are asked to pledge and raise a minimum of $50 in order to receive an official 2019 commemorative Polar Plunge


t-shirt. Additionally, since jumping into a freezing pool is not for everyone, participants can choose to register for the event as a “Too Chicken to Plunge” participant. All plungers are eligible to earn additional prizes as their pledges increase. Plunge spectators can attend free of charge and enjoy several activities at Plunge Town from 5-7 p.m. while waiting for friends and family to take a dip into icy cold pools. Plunge Town will feature a photo booth, an ice sculptor, a backyard connect 4, giant Jenga, cornhole, a costume contest and a chalk installment provided by EMC Outdoor. In addition to the General Plunge, participants have an opportunity to sign up for the Business Plunge which offers the opportunity to interact with Philadelphia sports team’s mascots and network with Philadelphia business executives and government officials, the Cool Schools Plunge that offers a friendly competition between high schools in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, or the University Plunge that is designed for the Philadelphia collegiate community. Visit for more information about the General, Business, Cool Schools and University Plunges. To register online or for information, visit,, or call Kristin Craven at 610-6309450, ext. 252.

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First-Friday Free Film Series to Screen “SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days” On Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m., the 2005 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language film, “SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days,” will be screened at the First-Friday Free Large-Screen Film Series held at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. Nazi Germany, 1943, twenty-one year old Sophie Scholl and her brother, Hans, both leaders of the White Rose nonviolent student resistance group, are arrested after being caught simply placing anti-Nazi leaflets around their university. “SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days” brings to life the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi resister and her last six days, from arrest to brutal show trial and execution, during which Sophie, a Christian, delivers passionate and hauntingly timeless and timely arguments for freedom, decency, and personal responsibility in the face of totalitarian evil. “SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days,” 2005, 117 minutes. Starring Julie Jentsch. Directed by Marc Rothermund. Not Rated. German language with English subtitles. Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The FirstFriday free film series at the Peace Center of Delaware County is organized monthly by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center or info, visit or call 484-5741148.

“Nutcracker Sweets: A Swinging Sugarplum Treat” Dance Program Join the Sugar Plum Fairy on her journey to the Land of the Sweets in this fresh take on “The Nutcracker,” Saturday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. at Fugett Middle School – 500 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA 19380. Featuring Ballet 180 School students alongside professional dancers, the show blends a wide variety of dance into an entertaining mix of everything from classical ballet to tap dancing soldiers and hip hopping tea dancers. Tickets sold at the door on the day of the show are an additional $3 each. Reserve your seats in advance to select your seat location and save on tickets. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 484-639-9571.

Full Circle Support Group: Find Purpose and Meaning in your Later Years On Mondays at 10:30 a.m. at New Horizons Senior Center, seniors are invited to join the Full Circle Support Group, facilitated by Janet Levit, MSW, LCSW. Full Circle is a comfortable and safe place for seniors to discuss ideas and strategies to develop rewarding, enriching, and fulfilling ways to utilize their time and to get support for any pressing issues. Participants share strategies to find meaning and purpose in their later years, and ways to enjoy the present while supporting each other in their goals. Stay after to enjoy a catered lunch provided by Betty the Caterer for only $2. Stop by 100 Conway Avenue, 2nd Floor, Narberth, to sign up, or call 610-664-2366.

November 27 – December 3, 2019

B RANDYWINE C HRISTMAS S PECIAL E VENTS B RANDYWINE R IVER M USEUM OF A RT he magic of the holiday season returns to the Brandywine River Museum of Art during Brandywine Christmas, November 29, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Special holiday events and activities throughout the season include: • The Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night (Thursday, December 5, 7 to 8 p.m.): Children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, from 7 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and families are welcome to view the trains, trees and critter ornaments until the start of the program at 7 p.m. $10 members; $15 non-members. • Breakfast with the Trains (Saturdays, December 7 and 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m.): All Aboard! Join in an exclusive, behindthe-scenes visit with the Brandywine Railroad. Discover how the extensive layout is created and the complicated multitasking it takes to keep everything running. This before-hours event includes a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers, special activities for the younger train fans, and a continental breakfast in the Museum’s Millstone Café. $20 members; $25 non-members. • Stroller Tours: Brandywine Christmas (Tuesday, December 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.): Enjoy a relaxed morning out with your little one while engaging with art in the galleries. This guided tour is designed especially for adults accompanied by babies. Stroller Tours are offered once a month, each with a different theme. Free with Museum admission. • Children’s Christmas Party (Wednesday, December 11, 6 to 8 p.m.): Enjoy magic and wonder during this beloved Brandywine family tradition! Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, model trains, trees adorned with hundreds of “Critter” ornaments, and Cookie Land! Members: $12 adults, free for children. Non-members: $15 adults, $5 children (3-11), free for children under 3.



• Piano Performance by Jennifer Nicole Campbell (Wednesday, December 18, 1-2 p.m.): Award-winning pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell will perform a variety of classical and holiday songs in the Museum atrium for visitors. Free with Museum admission • Sensory-Friendly Train Morning (Saturday, January 4, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.): Individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder and their families are invited to join the museum for early access to the Museum’s Brandywine Railroad, a holiday favorite featuring O-gauge model trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track. Created in conjunction with local families and occupational therapists, this inclusive and accessible program strives to provide a welcoming experience through offering: pre-visit social stories; reduced crowding and noise; a sensory break area; on-hand support of skilled and friendly volunteers which include occupational therapy graduate students and faculty; and fidgets and noise-cancelling headphones to borrow. This program welcomes participants of all ages and their families (siblings welcome!). Space is limited and registration is requested. For info or to register, contact Laura Westmoreland at or 610-388-8120. Free with advance registration. Brandywine Christmas is made possible by the generosity of The Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions and Otto’s BMW & Mini. Additional support is provided by Herr Foods, Inc., and The Freylinghuysen Foundation. The Museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), and is located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for students and children ages 6 and up; free for children 5 and younger and Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art members. For info, call 610-388-2700 or visit

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O U T - A N D - A B O U T – Dining & Entertainment News By Jerry H. Bloom, Staff Writer Holiday Events • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, presents Dianne Reeves on Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. She’s a jazz singer, five-time Grammy® Award winner and 2018 NEA Jazz Master, offering her spellbinding renditions of holiday favorites including Let It Snow, Carol of the Bells, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and much more. Enjoy the season with the timeless grace, pure virtuosity and voice and soul of a true jazz diva. For tickets or information, visit


See Dianne Reeves in concert at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Photo/courtesy Annenberg Center


• Kimmel Center, Commonwealth Plaza, 300 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, presents Gospel On The Plaza, 5 free nights of concert performances by local choirs on the Kimmel Center’s Plaza stage between November 30 and December 22. For information, visit • Parx Casino®, 2999 Street Road in Bensalem, PA, presents LeAnn Rimes in her You and Me and Christmas 2019 Tour on Thursday, December 5, starting at 8 p.m. Celebrate the sounds of the season with one of America’s top-selling holiday artists bringing her favorite holiday songs from albums that include Its Christmas Eve, Today is Christmas, One Christmas: Chapter One and What a Wonderful World. For tickets ($30 to $199) or information, visit • The Narberth Dickens Festival, on the streets of downtown Narberth, is a wonderful, free family event on Sunday, December 8, from noon to 4 p.m. Find Narberth transformed into 1840s London, as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets. There is entertainment and activities for all ages, including horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, carolers, period vendors, food, dancers, musicians, ballet performances, puppet shows, magicians, puppeteers, ice sculptors, a free Dickens-themed scavenger hunt for children, and much more. The Narberth Business Association is bringing back all the crowd favorites, and expanding with new activities and performances as well. Easy train ride, with access to Septa Regional Rail – 3 stops from 30th Street Station on the Paoli/Thorndale line. The kids will love starting the day with a train ride that drops you off right in the middle of the festival! For details, visit • Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard in Norristown, PA, offers Brunch with Santa, Saturday, December 7, Sessions at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Your ticket includes admission to the Zoo, Brunch, a photo opportunity with Santa, and a craft. Space is limited for this event, so register early and arrive on time. For info and tickets, visit See Out & About – Dining & Entertainment News on page 8



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Support BVSPCA & Alpha Bravo Canine with Painting by Jay McClellan Studio to Hang at the White Dog Glen Mills hite Dog Cafe, Glen Mills – located in the Shoppes at Brinton Lake in the heart of Concord Township in Delaware County Pennsylvania – is offering a holiday gift this year that is certain to make a dog loving foodie wag their tail. Set to open in early 2020, White Dog Cafe, Glen Mills will offer awardwining contemporary American Cuisine made with local, seasonal and sustainably raised ingredients, as well as a unique dog inspired décor. White Dog Cafe Glen Mills is offering the public the opportunity to immortalize their favorite pup with a personalized painting that will hang in the restaurant.


Jay McClellan’s sentimental and decorative works cover the walls at White Dog Cafe Haverford and at White Dog University City. Artist Jay McClellan is offering 38 custom paintings, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit both Brandywine Valley SPCA and Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides service dogs free of charge to former military with PTSD. The following paintings are available: 16" x 20" - $960 (4 available); 18" x 20" - $1,080 (4 available); 20" x 20" - $1,200 (20 available); 24" x 36" - $2,000 (2 available); 30" x 42" - $2,600 (8 available). McClellan’s sentimental and decorative works cover the walls at White Dog Cafe Haverford and at White Dog University City. His paintings juxtapose bold colors with graphic patterns and unique designs. In addition to the custom painting that will hang at White Dog Glen Mills, McClellan will give those that purchase the paintings the original drawing of the painting (a $250 value) and a small brass plate with the dog’s name and hometown will hang on the wall besides each commissioned work. McClellan is donating half the fee of each of the paintings to Brandywine Valley SPCA and Alpha Bravo Canine. “Working with White Dog Cafe team, I will capture the warm and loving personality of your dog(s) through a stunning, colorful painting that will immortalize the true essence of a beloved friend. These extraordinary paintings will hang in the new restaurant and help support the missions of two great local nonprofit, Alpha Bravo Canine and Brandywine Valley SPCA,” explained Jay McClellan. To reserve your spot and purchase a painting, visit: Known for warm hospitality and creative, inspiring cuisine, White Dog Cafe Glen Mills is the fourth White Dog Cafe location and will serve the Chadds Ford, Glen Mills area and surrounding neighborhoods, continuing their long history and business practices of using environmentally sustainable, humanely raised animals and local foods from farms within 50 miles. White Dog Cafe, part of Fearless Restaurants, currently has locations in Haverford, Wayne and in University City. The White Dog Cafe features local, seasonal, organic, sustainable menus. Each location features warm and welcoming dog-inspired décor. White Dog Cafe founded in 1983 was a pioneer in the farm to table movement and continues to provide their local neighborhoods,and guests a unique dining experience.

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Multi-Talented Stephen DiJoseph to Perform in Lansdowne nything can happen when Stephen DiJoseph enters a studio or takes the stage. Whether it’s the percussive grooves of his solo guitar and vocals, the quirk and funk of his trademark jazz/classical “Pianopoetry,” the trance-electronica of his ‘Whirld Music Trio’ project or the ease and flow of his ambient orchestral productions, it’s undeniable that DiJoseph is an artist of many skills. Lansdowne Folk Club presents musician, composer and filmmaker Stephen DiJoseph on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 when purchased in Lansdowne Folk Club advance online or with an advanced phone reservation and presents musician, composer and filmmaker Stephen $20 without an advance reserDiJoseph on Thursday, vation. Tickets on sale now. December 5, 2019. What also makes DiJoseph unique is another very “outspoken collaborator” as he refers to his experience of living with Tourette’s syndrome. “Tourette’s showed up for me around the same time as my passion for music, around 6 so, it’s always been the ‘art in the syndrome’ for me,” DiJoseph recalls. Stephen’s autobiographical movie “A SynapTic Adventure: Tourette’s and Beyond” won Best Emerging Documentary in the Bucks Fever Film Festival. In it, DiJoseph tells the story of growing up in “the dark” as he explains, trying to understand the cause of the strange urges, movements and compulsions that filled his childhood. Conditions, which to this day, both challenge and propel his mission to create and inspire. With that passion and “partnership” of Tourette’s, DiJoseph has etched out an awardwinning career that spans twenty-five years, 9 CDs, multiple music video productions and countless live performances in The US and abroad. Learn more about him at Other upcoming concerts include: Dan May on January 23, The Kennedys on February 27, Tom Paxton and The DonJuans on March 19, Peppino D’Agostino on April 23, Crys Matthews on May 7 and TBA on June 4. Parking is available on the street and at the SEPTA train station approximately one block away. For reservations, parking information, advance ticket sales and information, visit, email or call 484-466-6213. Cash only accepted at the door. Founded in 1993, the Lansdowne Folk Club is a 501(c) (3) all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music.


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The Philadelphia production of “Natural Shocks” will star award-winning actress Amanda Schoonover. The production runs December 4 through December 22, 2019 at The Drake Theatre. Photo/Kate Raines Her new work, Natural Shocks, received critical acclaim in The New York Times, who said that the play “raises important points about the need to take action in times of crises.” Now, Gunderson’s tour-de-force one-woman show comes to Philadelphia at Simpatico Theatre. The production runs December 4 through December 22, 2019 at The Drake Theatre. Based on Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” monologue, Natural Shocks bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in the audience’s lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning. Gunderson, a long time gun safety advocate, began her activism after the Columbine shooting when she was a junior in high school. Nineteen years later, she was working on Natural Shocks when the Parkland school shooting occurred. “I saw how brave and tireless and convincing these kids were in saying ‘no more gun violence,’” Gunderson said. “And then I read that the most vocal of them were theatre kids.” The Philadelphia production of Natural Shocks will star award-winning actress Amanda Schoonover, and will be directed by Elise D’Avella of Svaha Theatre Collective. All performances are “Pay What You Decide After the Show.” Pay What You Decide ticketing empowers audiences to invest in art and artists on their own terms and in accordance with their own abilities. After seeing one of Simpatico’s shows, audiences are encouraged to make any sized contribution. Simpatico staff will be on hand before and after the performance to assist guests with this process Reservations can be made at or by visiting or by calling 267-437-7529.

Eastern University President to Conduct Christmas Concert at Kimmel Center The Jubilate Deo Chorale & Orchestra, Eastern University ensembles, Church of the Savior Festival Choir, and Choirs of the Diocese of Camden will once again come together to fill Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall with the glorious sounds of Christmas, on December 13, at 7:30 p.m. President Ron Matthews will serve as the primary conductor. Steven Ford, Derek Kostovick, and Andy Lenko, all Eastern University alumni, will conduct their compositions as well. David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform throughout with the 125+ choir and 60 piece professional orchestra. This ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kimmel Center, and to audiences exceeding 7000 people. For details and tickets, visit

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Holiday Season Shines on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly


East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) kick off the holidays with the annual Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain (Tasker Street and East Passyunk Avenue) on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The free celebration will include an appearance by Santa, live music, carolers, holiday treats from Avenue businesses, shopping and other surprises. Photo/Kory Aversa ast Passyunk Avenue has long been synonymous with fantastic food and shopping, but even in the last few years the bar has continued to be raised with a number of unique “must-go” spots that have added to the existing classics. For families in search of holiday gifts and experiences that will make memories for years to come, this South Philly neighborhood is a destination not to be missed, especially with a month full of fun events and surprises. Maybe your family has been going to Marra’s (1734 East Passyunk) for classic Italian flavors for generations. While you’re there, be sure to stop in to A Novel Idea (1726 East Passyunk), one of Philadelphia’s highly regarded independent book stores with a noted selection from both local and national authors as well as bibliophile-centric stocking stuffers. Or perhaps you’re more likely to grab some southern comfort food at Flannel (1819 East Passyunk), and then find the perfect curated gifts and hand-crafted goods from stores like Occasionette (1825 East Passyunk) or Nice Things Handmade (1731 East Passyunk). No matter what flavor or style you’re looking for, it’s there on the Avenue. “When you come to East Passyunk, you immediately recognize it’s unique character and diversity across hundreds of local independent businesses,” says Adam Leiter, Executive Director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. “The holidays are a perfect time to experience what makes the Avenue special, with a number of events, shopping deals, and items you won’t find anywhere else.” No matter where you start your holiday adventure, from Broad Street all the way up to Federal (just past the famous Pat’s and Geno’s), the mile-long continuous stretch has hardly any lapse in foodie finds and businesses to check out. Want to sip while you shop? You’re covered there too, whether it’s at Bianca Simone – with a special sip and shop themed night on December 12 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (1740 East Passyunk) or Metro Mens Clothing (1600 East Passyunk) any time, you can easily find the most fashionable brands plus local designers. Lots of other shops often have perks for your palate and have later holiday hours throughout the week too. And speaking of sips, there’s always an opportunity to take a break at hip spots like Separatist Beer (1646 S. 12th St.), Manatawny Still Works (1603 East Passyunk), or In The Valley (1615 East Passyunk), all of which are sure to have seasonal specialties to quench your thirst. When it comes to a full-on refuel, East Passyunk Avenue’s restaurants are ready, with classic spots for pizza and Italian favorites like Stogie Joe’s Tavern (1801 East Passyunk), incredible flavors and dishes at Bing Bing Dim Sum (1648 East Passyunk), modern delights and beautiful brunches at Fond (1537 S. 11th Street), and so many others. Once you’re re-energized, be sure to check out modern boutiques like Miss Demeanor (1729 East Passyunk), whose converted butcher shop has your number for independently made sustainable clothing. And on the same block, you’ll find curated couture and accessories at Carolyn Verdi Boutique (1746 East Passyunk) and Mia Philadelphia (1748 East Passyunk), each ready to help you impress at parties season-long and beyond. “I think it’s clear that with all East Passyunk has to offer, you could easily come down and spend a day here, but more importantly you can make memories,” adds Leiter. “We’ll have so many things to share and experience throughout the holiday season, including free photos with Santa, the third annual pop-up choir event, family story times at multiple locations, holiday music and much more.” As you make your holiday plans, be sure to check East Passyunk’s website and social media pages, as they are constantly being updated with events and specials. The business corridor has worked to stuff as much as possible onto your calendar and keep the festive atmosphere going in South Philly. Of course, more than your schedule and your belly will be filled by a day (or more) on East Passyunk. There’s no shortage of stocking stuffers at Avenue shops, including made-on-Passyunk jewelry like necklaces bracelets and accessories inspired by the iconic LOVE statue from Sermania Jewelry (1719 East Passyunk). There’s also a carefully curated selection of toys at Tildie’s Toy Box (1829 East Passyunk), and Philly-centric enamel pins, hats, and shirts at South Fellini (1507 East Passyunk). Other gifts made on Passyunk include artwork, sculpture and photography at Deja 42 Art Gallery (1912 East Passyunk), and a variety of handmade ‘cello flavors from Pollyodd Fine Liquers (1908 East Passyunk). When it comes to finding the presents that will have friends and loved ones needing to know “where’d you get that?”—East Passyunk has no equal. Easy to reach from I-76 or I-95, this South Philadelphia gem continues to surprise and inspire with hundreds of independent retailers conveniently nestled amongst some of the best food spots in the city. Find something for everyone on your list, and pick up a special treat for yourself. Find out more at or 215-336-1455.

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Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools Presents “Humbug” Student Production Runs Dec. 5-7 at Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn umbug,: a re-imagined version of “A Christmas Carol,” forces audiences to look at Dickens’ beloved 175year-old tale of redemption with fresh eyes—which isn’t a bad thing at any time of the year, but especially so at Christmas.


Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools’ Julie Gail, left, and Aurelle Odhner play Eleanor Scrooge and Bobbie Cratchit in “Humbug,” which opens December 5 at Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn. Photo/Adele Allen for ANCSS This holiday season, Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools presents “Humbug,” a 21st-century twist on Ebenezer Scrooge by John Wooten, at Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn for four performances: Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. As “A Christmas Carol” with a modern-day twist, “Humbug” follows the story of Eleanor Scrooge, a ruthlessly ambitious Wall Street executive who has an aversion to Christmas and an insatiable appetite for power. Locked in her office on a snowy Christmas Eve, Eleanor is determined to finish a corporate-takeover proposal when three “advisors” provide her with an eye-opening new appreciation for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. The cast of talented high school students from ANCSS brings “Humbug” to the stage as an upbeat and moving adaptation of the holiday classic that the whole family will enjoy. “This entertaining show is about more than Christmas,” says Baird Kistner, director. “It’s a great moment to step back and look at the path our life has taken, to examine the roads not traveled, to see those moments that have shaped us as individuals, both good and bad.” Tickets are $10, $8 for students and children. Purchase online at, by phone at 267-502-4810 or at the door. Use the code “ChristmasSpirit” for $4 off of Thursday’s opening night performance; “like” ANC Performing Arts’ Facebook page for early discounts on other performances. MPAC is at 800 Tomlinson Road, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009.


• Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square, PA, through January 5, offers A Longwood Christmas, a stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights. See the Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season, plus, catch holiday concerts, carolers, sing-a-longs and more throughout the holidays. Timed admission tickets required. For details info, visit • Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road in Langhorne, PA, presents A Very Furry Christmas Celebration, with the park transformed into a Christmas wonderland through January 1, with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations. The 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, projecting festive animated images. This year, Rudolph, along with Clarice, Bumble and Sam the Snowman are available for photos in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland. For details, visit • Colonial Gardens, 745 Schuylkill Road in Phoenixville, PA, offers a light show synchronized to music from November 30 through December 29, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Admission includes a free hot chocolate, make your own ornament, meet-and-greet with Santa and a free candy cane. For tickets and info, visit Submit event listings 2 weeks in advance of publication date to: Follow paragraph format.

Holidays at East Market There is ‘snow’ better way to get in the holiday spirit than East Market’s inaugural Snow Walk experience. From December 7-31, between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., East Market will transform into a magical winter wonderland as hundreds of LED lights come together with a 35-foot tree to create a nightly synchronized light show. Every Saturday evening in December, the Snow Walk will come to life with live entertainment, seasonal giveaways, an outdoor snow chalet and much more. Experience the holidays in Center City and discover East Market’s spectacular experiences for all ages. East Market is located at 1118 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. Learn more and follow along via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @EastMarketPHL.

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That’s a load of life experience, and with it comes the wisdom shining through in this new eight-song collection Alan Tripp (shown) and Marvin Weisbord – are creators of the newly released “Senior Song Book,” brimming with music that will transport listeners back to the 1940s, with lyrics from a 2020s perspective. Photo/Lisa Schaeffer Photography written expressly for seniors, by seniors. Moving easily from swing to tango to rumba and beyond with big band style orchestration, Senior Song Book is brimming with music that will transport listeners back to the 1940s, with lyrics from a 2020s perspective. Thanks to the fertile and restless minds of these two elder statesmen and the acumen and insight they’ve derived from their long, full lives, seniors who began coming of age with “the greatest generation” through the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll will no longer feel displaced and relegated to their old recordings. Tripp, a thrice retired advertising executive, inventor and author as well, has long lamented the dearth of new music being written for seniors. As the pilot of Senior Song Book, he has emphatically made good on his vow to fill that void. “We found a secret,” says Tripp. “If you write music in the old style of the 1940s, the big bands, people love it. Not just older people, but younger people. But the words must not try to compete with the old times. They were too saccharine, too sweet. They weren’t the reality you get when you become older – and I’m a little older. But now in this reality of looking back at life, we could sing new words with new ideas based upon our viewpoint of what makes life good. The question of what happens between men and women. How do they get along, and not get along? What happens the second time around? How about the 3rd and 4th? “We wanted to have some real reflections on living and put those words to the old music. So we suddenly came up with eight songs and a whole album, and that got me in this trouble I’m in right now.” That twinkle of humor in Tripp’s explanation is the same mischievous approach he takes to his lyric writing – not to mention his overall views on life, longevity, and his own mortality. Nowhere on Senior Song Book is that better exemplified than in the chorus of the album’s first single, “I Just Can’t Remember Your Name”: I know I ought to kiss you, but baby there’s an issue I just can’t remember your name. “I interject humor into everything I can,” says Tripp. “My assessment of life is that it has enough things that are serious, that I don’t need to contribute any more trauma. Therefore, if there’s something that will help make people laugh, it will help them live longer. And if you can’t laugh, you’re doomed!” Other songs, like “Looking in the Mirror” and “Wonder Woman,” are all similarly based on how older people view the human relationship, as both good and bad. “Looking in the Mirror” frames a person seeing life experiences pass before his eyes. And at the very end, that person he sees in the mirror is the woman he lost. Tripp calls his lyrics simply honest. “Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t,” he says. “But if you want to live to be healthy and old, you learn to take it both ways.” Tripp has been around so long that his life has paralleled the rise of popular music. Born during World War I, he began to form his musical tastes during the Roaring 20s as an elementary school student, and just started going through puberty during the Great Depression. As a teenager, Tripp thought he was going to make a career as a songwriter, and at 15, the Leavenworth, KS, native brought some of his compositions to sell at New York City’s infamous hit factory, the Brill Building. After knocking on several doors, he quickly discovered he could better utilize those skills in the advertising world. “I found out that being a songwriter at that point was not compatible with eating,” he recalls. “You could do one or the other. So I went and wrote a jingle for Kool cigarettes. And I got $75. To me, it was all the money in the world. So I went into advertising.” If, as they say, the music that sticks with you the most is the stuff one hears as a teen, that would put Tripp’s formative years right in the mid-1930s, amid the Big Band Boom. He’s retired three times but that’s only on paper. As long as his mind remains restless, Alan R. Tripp will never stop working, even at 102. He just can’t. And won’t. “Retirement is not being compelled by anybody but yourself to do what you do,” he says. “It doesn’t need to be about money. If you retire to slothfulness, believe me you’ll be a slob. That’s all that will happen to you. I’m semi-retired now. I actually just came back out of retirement to do this album. I’m also writing another book, which I had to stop in order to do this. So, I’m torn!” Senior Song Book is available through, Amazon and all major digital destinations, as well as

Climate Crisis: A Call to Action Program The Social Action Committee of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am – in association with PennEnvironment, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization – presents “Climate Crisis: A Call To Action” on Sunday, December 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to all. Join Old York Road Temple-Beth Am and over 30 environmental exhibitors to learn more about climate change and local solutions. The event will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, and advocacy workshops. For info, email: Fred Golstein, or Sandie Buller, Old York Road Temple-Beth Am is located at 971 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001. Call 215-886-8000 ext. 136 or visit

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1812 Productions presents “This Is The Week That Is,” November 29, 2019 through January 5, 2020. From left – Tanaquil Márquez, Dave Jadico, Justin Jain, and Sean Close. Productions presents its annual political comedy, and a Philadelphia favorite, This Is The Week That Is. A staple of the Philadelphia theatre season for the past 14 years, This Is The Week That Is delivers sharp satire and content that changes with the headlines. This Is The Week That Is will play from November 29 through January 5. Opening Night will be Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, in Center City. Three additional performances have already been added during the scheduled run to accommodate demand. Tickets and information are available at or at 215-592-9560. Featuring a script that changes nightly, improvised comedy, musical parodies, and a versatile cast of comedy pros, This Is The Week That Is continues its mission to tell the truth and make it funny. What began in 2006 as a survey of political satire from generations past quickly evolved into an ever-changing comedy revue with a performance ensemble that is also a writers’ room. “I’m so excited to be back at 1812 for this edition of This Is The Week That Is,” says director Dan O’Neil. “What I’m most looking forward to is the group of writer/performers we have lined up this year. We’re mixing the people who have been with the show for many years with some really compelling new faces and voices, and I can’t wait for 1812’s audience to meet them and see what we come up with!” The 2019 production welcomes two new ensemble members, Brett Robinson (recipient of a 2019 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical for The Appointment at Lightning Rod Special), and performer/music director Pax Ressler (recipient of a 2019 Barrymore Award as an ensemble member of The Bearded Ladies for Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes). Robinson and Ressler join returning cast members Justin Jain, Sean Close, Tanaquil Márquez, and Dave Jadico. In 2018, American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, recognized the uniqueness and longevity of This Is The Week That Is by commissioning 1812 Productions to create a documentary about the show’s history and creative process. The completed project, In the Field; Conceiving Satire: The Making of This Is The Week That Is, was subsequently nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Arts Program/Special. Filmed over the course of three months in 2018, In the Field; Conceiving Satire: The Making of This Is The Week That Is followed the cast and creative team of This Is The Week That Is from their initial roundtable conversations through a fully realized production, exploring the show’s history and the role of theatre and comedy in American politics. Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of American Theatre Wing, said of the nomination, “Working with 1812 Productions and exploring their work in theatre through this Arts Special reinforces our mission to showcase the power of theatre and encourage empathy through storytelling. We are emboldened by this honor and by working again with 1812 Productions and the Philadelphia community.” O’Neil continues, “Making comedy about all this political turmoil is certainly a challenge. But I’m looking forward to finding a comedic voice for this year’s show that can release some of the tension people are feeling right now and give folks a chance to laugh – as well as contribute to the conversation and make people think – and I think we’ve got the perfect team to do it.” The show’s creator Jennifer Childs assumes the title of head writer for the 2019 production. She, along with co-head writer Thomas E. Shotkin, will guide the writing ensemble. “Every year, we start with the question of what it feels like to be an American right now,” says Childs. “We ask, ‘What’s on peoples’ minds? What’s in the zeitgeist?’ and we invite the audience in to share in that experience. The release through laughter that comes with that sharing is absolutely priceless. There’s nothing else like it.” The This Is The Week That Is production team includes Don Montrey, who returns as the show’s head news writer, along with 1812 veterans Lance Kniskern (scenic design), Jorge Cousineau (video design), Jillian Keys (costume design), and 2019 Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grantee Maria Shaplin (lighting design). This Is The Week That Is will host a Spanish-captioned performance on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. 1812 Productions is honored to welcome back Fernando Mendez who will translate the working script. Mendez will also join the cast onstage for live translation of improvised and up-to-date material. Mendez is a board member of Congreso de Latinos Unidos and is an executive editor and radio personality at USALA Media. This Is The Week That Is plays from November 29, 2019 through January 5, 2020 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, in Center City, Philadelphia. Opening Night will be Wednesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $28-$50 and are available at 215-5929560 or at


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