Briefs: March 1st, 2022

KYL/D to perform Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers announced its 14th Spring Home Season performances at The Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts on April 8 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 9 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. 

Drawing upon Eastern philosophies while expanding the perimeter of contemporary dance, Artistic Director Kun-Yang Lin’s zen-inspired practice of dance manifests in lush works of poetic sensibility. Widely acclaimed by critics and audiences throughout the United States, Asia and Mexico, KYL/D’s artistry has been described by Dance Magazine as “deeply spiritual, remarkable.”

The concert, Moving Reflections on the Environment and Humankind, includes three stunning works ranging from a piece created just before the pandemic. Tickets: $45, $35, $25 (students). Reservations:

Da Vinci Art Alliance presents Scott Vradelis

After a 27-year break from painting, artist Scott Vradelis will be exhibiting at Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St. with his new series, entitled Winter’s Poem for Spring, which runs March 9-30. Upon viewing this exhibition, you are visiting a group of paintings that came to Vradelis as a visual poem. For Vradelis, painting is often congruent with poetry. A quiet, nearly hidden form of story-telling. A passing of information that gently asks the viewer, “Consider it this way.” Through his paintings, Vradelis invites you to give a moment to enjoy the light of a room, consider the relationship between yourself and the forms presented to you, and engage in a bit of quiet meditation before you go on your way.

1970 Goretti reunion rescheduled for April 24

St. Maria Goretti Class of 1970’s 50 (+2) reunion will be held on April 24. Postponed because of COVID, it will be a celebration of those born in 1952 who will also turn Classy 70 this year. The event is from 1-5 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. check-in at Penns Landing Caterers at 1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. For more information, check the Facebook page: St Maria Goretti Class of 1970 Philadelphia PA. Send contact information to to ensure you receive an invitation.

Tickets available for Southern Class of 1976 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1976 will hold its 45th reunion on March 18 at the Lazaretto Ballroom, located at 99 Wanamaker Ave. in Essington, from 7-11 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Class of 1976 reunion coordinators Michele T. at or 267-971-4386 or contact Maria S. at or 215-463-3215. Tickets are $50 per person.

Championship boxing at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia 

Undefeated rising star Christian Tapia (13-0, 12 knockouts) takes on Luis Lebron (18-2-1, 11 knockouts) in a 10-round contest for the WBC Super Featherweight title on March 12. The card is promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions.

Also seeing action will be super lightweight Brandon Pizarro (16-1, 9 KOs) of Philadelphia; welterweight Alex Perez (18-3, 10 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey; welterweight Dezmond Lucas (5-0, 2 KOs) of Bronx, New York; welterweight Tahmir Smalls (6-0, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia; welterweight Jan Carlos Rivera (4-1, 4 KOs) of Philadelphia; pro debuting bantamweight Jeffrey Villanueva of Reading; and junior welterweight Anthony Ramirez of Connecticut. Opponents will be named shortly.

Tickets ($150, $100, $75 and $60) can be purchased at

Murder mystery dinner on March 15

South Philadelphia Lions Club presents Death of a Gangster, a murder mystery dinner, on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at IATSE, 2401 S. Swanson St.

The cost is $100 per person, and includes a four-course sit-down dinner, open bar and interactive show. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club, a service organization.

Reservations are required. Call Lion Louise at 610-304-5674.

Museum of the American Revolution celebrates Women’s History Month

Programs include: Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War Special Exhibit (Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.); “Meet Elizabeth Freeman” Film (Saturdays and Sundays 11:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.); Revolution Place Craft: Make a Heart Pin Cushion (Weekends, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.). And visit the Museum’s Digital Resources (online anytime) to explore the stories of Revolutionary women. Learn about women like Deborah Squash, who escaped enslavement at Mount Vernon and sought protection with the British Army; Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in the Continental Army; and Phillis Wheatley, America’s first published Black female poet. The Museum’s virtual exhibit, When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807, examines the incredible story of women and free people of color voting in early America. For more information, visit

Sign up for senior softball

Philadelphia Senior Softball League is looking for experienced players for their 58 and over league. The season starts mid-April and runs through September. There are about 30 games along with playoffs. No games are played in July. Games are played Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. at Crispin Field, Holme and Convent avenues.

For more information, call Jim Wilson at 609-636-1702 or Marty King at 215-698-0009. 

McSwain signs education pledge

Bill McSwain, Republican candidate for governor, today announced that he has signed the Education Freedom Pledge. By signing the pledge, McSwain promises to support parental rights in education and educational freedom, including the right of parents to apply their child’s taxpayer-funded education dollars to the school of their choosing, whether it be private, public, charter or homeschool.

“Education is a gateway to a better life, and every family deserves the freedom to choose the education that is best for their children. As governor, I will empower parents to have the final authority over their children’s education, and fight back against teachers union bosses in defense of students and good teachers. I am proud to sign the Education Freedom Pledge, which reflects my commitment to ensuring that every child, regardless of ZIP code, has access to an excellent education.”

As part of McSwain’s Parents Bill of Rights and Pillars of Education, he favors school choice, wants to ban critical race theory, and pledges to never accept a cent from teachers unions.

Flower show tickets available

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced that tickets are on sale for the Philadelphia Flower Show.

The theme is In Full Bloom. The show will take place at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., from Saturday, June 11, through Sunday, June 19.

For tickets, go to

Monster Jam at the Linc

Monster Jam returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, April 16.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with a pit party for fans going from 2:30 to 5:30.

At the pit party, fans can see the massive 12,000-pound trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crews, and take pictures.

Tickets are available at

South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740]. 

Activities at Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is hosting several current and upcoming exhibits.

Hidden Works of Nature: The Microscopic World in the Library & Archives will be on exhibit on the following Fridays, hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: March 4 and 18; and April 1 and 15.

A junior scientist workshop titled Water Bugs, geared to kids in third to fifth grades, is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss will run from April 2 to July 24.

Invisible World of Water runs through May 1.

Sea Change is running indefinitely.

A creek exploration field trip will take place on Sunday, April 3, from 9–11 a.m. at Kirkwood Preserve, 855 Grubbs Mill Road, Newtown Square. Test the waters and identify the species that live there as you learn about the ecology, equipment and methodology that scientists use to explore and understand creek systems. Recommended for adults and families with children ages 8 and up. For more information and to register, visit

The film Microcosmos at Bryn Mawr Film Institute is scheduled for Sunday, April 10, from 1-3 p.m. Hang around after the film for a presentation and Q&A with the Academy of Natural Sciences featuring live invertebrate specimens! For more information, fee and registration, visit

A Junior Scientist Workshop: How Does a River Flex its Mussels? Is set for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Examine Academy specimens and learn how the Academy is partnering around the region to restore mussel populations. Meet some baby mussels and try out a few filter feeding activities to see how hard these animals work. The workshop is for grades 3–5. For more information, fee and to register, visit

Earth Day Story Time will take place on Wednesday, April 20, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Join in for the reading of Over and Under the Pond and then craft a special finger-painted pond to learn how animals and plants need water to survive. Recommended for ages 3-5. For fee and more information, visit

The Earth Day Festival on April 22 will take place from 4–8 p.m. and admission will be pay-what-you-wish. Visitors can celebrate life on Earth and the systems that support it with a night of fun and interesting science programming, conservation conversations and craft beer.

Access to Science Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. Guests can visit the dinosaurs, dioramas and all the other exhibits at their own pace. Enjoy some quiet time with Academy educators to learn more about water conservation and how you can make the world a cleaner, greener place. Free with registration; to register, call 215-299-1060 or email For more details, visit

Kids Club: Take Action is set for Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. At 10:45 a.m. authors will read their new book, Coco’s Fire: Changing Climate Anxiety into Climate Action. The reading will be followed by a discussion. The event is designed for ages 6–10. Register at

A Junior Scientist Workshop: What’s So Mighty About a Diatom? will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Discover how diatoms have inspired scientists to invent special tools and create art, then take home your own daring diatom design. Designed for grades 3–5. For more information, fee and to register, visit

The River Feeds Back, going from June 1 to Oct. 16, is an immersive sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips. The exhibit brings visitors into the deep sonic environment of the Schuylkill River watershed through recordings and a layered sound map that captures glimpses of the river system including the life of aquatic insects, eels, fish and swirling currents.

Ocean Bound will run from Aug. 20 to Jan. 15, 2023.

Water exhibit opens

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is presenting Invisible World of Water, on view through May 1 and free with general admission.

The exhibit coincides with “Water Year,” an initiative of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University aimed to increase public attention of the resource.

For more information, visit

Explore ocean depths

A new exhibition opening this spring at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, reveals the mysteries of the ocean’s greatest depths.

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, opening April 2, invites museum visitors to explore newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, deep-sea research submersibles and shipwrecks including the Titanic.

Museum visitors will observe firsthand the technology that only recently has allowed scientists to travel to the ocean floor and discover the creatures that thrive in total darkness. They can test their skill at manipulating a robotic arm of a replica of the submersible Alvin to pick up lava rocks and clams similar to what scientists do to gather samples of creatures from the ocean floor.

Visitors can also fly a remotely operated vehicle over a model of the Titanic’s deck and, in another display, see how currents created by superheated water erupting from thermal vents carry nutrients that support life forms few ever dreamed existed. 

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss will be on view through July 24.

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus has returned to live Broadway programming.

Here is the schedule through next summer: Rent: 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour (March 4-6, Merriam Theater); Oklahoma! (March 8-20, Forrest Theatre); Waitress (March 29 to April 3, Academy of Music); Hairspray (May 16-22, Merriam Theater); To Kill A Mockingbird (July 12-24, Academy of Music); and Dear Evan Hansen (Aug. 16-28, Forrest Theatre).

For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit

Upcoming cruises

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Meanwhile, a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations.