Below are some free or low cost events that may be of particular interest to library staff. Click on the links for more information.
Contact a friend; have a good time.
(Listing below is not an endorsement by APSL, just a suggestion for an enriching experience.)

Philadelphia Classical Symphony events

For information, and possible group discounts, contact Margaret Plotkin, <>

Hexameron and the Clash of Piano Titans
Kenneth Hamilton, Pianist
Friday, November 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Arch Street Presbyterian Church – 18th & Arch Street in Philadelphia
Pre-concert lecture/presentation at 7:00 p.m. by Kenneth Hamilton: Liszt’s Frankenstein

Welcome to Princess Belgioioso's 1837 salon, where some of the greatest Parisian-based pianistic talents headed by Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg vied for honor and acclaim. For one special occasion, six composer-pianists were to contribute and perform their original variations based upon 'Suoni la Tromba' from Bellini’s I Puitani. A swaggering and staggering musical pastiche, Hexameron, was born, assembled by Liszt, himself. The actual night at the salon never materialized, but this thrilling memento survives as testimony to early Romantic pianistic adventurism. For this evening's performance a new performing edition for piano and orchestra has been reconstructed by conductor Karl Middleman based upon the restoration by Leslie Howard of the edition found in the Archiv der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.

Mendelssohn – Octet arr. for string Orchestra
Liszt – Malediction for Piano and Orchestra
Mendelssohn - Fantasy on The Last Rose of Summer
Kenneth Hamilton, piano soloist
Liszt, Thalberg, Pixis, Herz, Czerny, and Chopin – Hexameron for Piano and Orchestra
World premiere of Piano and Chamber Orchestra version

Rhapsody in Paris
Lidia Kaminska, Accordion
Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia

They’re back! Those naughty, but chichi Americans in Paris where anything goes, and probably does in this age of sophistication, style and conspicuous overstepping of social boundaries! Following the resounding success of last year’s Americans in Paris concert, the sequel features the extraordinary Lidia Kaminska making her long-awaited debut with the Classical Symphony as accordionist in Gershwin’s popular Rhapsody in Blue. Return to the roaring 20’s when American musicians, poets, writers and authors flocked to Paris for equal parts chic and verve. From the impressionistic sweep of Griffes, to the jazzy swagger of Gershwin, with fascinating left bank visits to Gruenberg and Bowles, Rhapsody in Paris will transport you to a world of fashionable ecstasy.

George Gershwin/Middleman – Lullaby
Charles Tomlinson Griffes – Three Scenes
Louis Gruenberg – The Daniel Jazz
Paul Bowles – Suite for Small Orchestra
George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Lidia Kaminska, accordion soloist

American Mosaics – Strings and Threads
Hirono Oka, violin soloist
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia

Now in its third year, this award-winning series presents the music of pioneers, patriots, clerics and cowboys: all part of America’s vast musical landscape. Revel in the homespun elegance of Johann Peter’s Symphony, David Diamond’s irrepressible Rounds, the playful twitches and turns of Mark O’Connor’s Strings and Threads, and the world premier of Maurice Wright’s new American Indian-themed work. An immensely colorful canvas.

John Frederick Peter- Symphony in D (arr. From Quintet in D by Karl Middleman)
Mark O’Connor – Appalachian Waltz
Maurice Wright – American Indian themed commission
David Diamond – Rounds
Mark O’Connor - Strings and Threads
Hirono Oka, violin soloist

Free Library of Philadelphia Author events--a sample list.

See the full calendar at

**Lidia Bastianich | //Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy//** (A)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Cost: $14 General Admission, $7 Students

**Deborah Willis | //Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present//** (A)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Cost: FREE
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

**Terry Teachout | //Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong//** (A)
Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Cost: FREE
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

**Julie Powell | //Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession//** (A)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 7:30PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Cost: FREE
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.

Mount Airy Learning Tree (MALT) suggestions below.

View the main page, download the catalog, and get directions for signing up at

Mediterranean Magic!
CK03. What is the magic of the Mediterranean
diet and how can we embrace this lifestyle? There
is no one typical Mediterranean diet; it’s based on
where in the continent you live. We will discuss
the health benefits of this type of diet and how
you can make small adjustments to reap the benefits
from one of the most popular diets around. Watch a
cooking demonstration of quick entertaining foods,
taste samples, receive recipes and handouts.
Linda Taylor, B.A., Certified Holistic Health
Counselor, specializes in holistic, wellness foods
and is the owner of Taylor’s Wholesome Foods
Workshop. She is a graduate of the Institute for
Integrative Nutrition in partnership with Columbia
University and a member of the American
Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
November 19
Unitarian Society of Germantown $19.00
$15 materials fee payable to the instructor.

Starting a Small Business [NOTE COST]
WL16. You can improve your chances of success
in starting a small business with good planning
and preparation. Begin with evaluating your
strengths and weaknesses as the owner and manager
of a small business. Learn how to start a
business. Get practical information about setting
up a business plan, tax accounts, business structures,
benefits and weakness of owning and running
your own small business. Anyone thinking of
starting a business or who has questions on how
to start a business or who is in the first few years
of running a business will benefit from this
Walter Moyer, has been a resident of Northwest
Philadelphia for 25 years. He is the President of
The Bottom Line Inc., which offers full service
financial needs to small businesses and individuals.
Mr. Moyer has published various articles on
business structures and tax implications.
Th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
November 5-19
3 sessions
Unitarian Society of Germantown $59.00

Historical Society of PA calendar

Also, Teachers' pages at
Saving the Still Journal
6 p.m. Monday, November 9
Following HSP’s annual general meeting, the Historical Society will display the recently preserved journal of William Still, the “Father of the Underground Railroad.” The journal was preserved and digitized thanks to a generous donation from The Penn Towne Chapter of The Links, Inc. Guests can view the original journal and its detailed descriptions of the fugitive slaves that traveled through Philadelphia. The event will feature a guest speaker, a reception, and a display of items from HSP’s collection that document the African American heritage of Philadelphia. FREE

Stagecrafters, Chestnut Hill

Tickets have been $10, group rates available, special purchase on Thursday evenings. As of this posting (8/25/09), rates for the upcoming season were not available.

Dinner and a show




The Matchmaker
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Yaga Brady
Nov. 27,28,29 Dec 3,4,5,6,10,11,12,13

In this joyful, sprawling farce, set near the end of the 19th century, a wily matchmaker engaged by a rich wife-seeking widower, conspires to snag the man for herself. Her plans set in motion a whirlwind of adventures, mishaps, and romantic entanglements befalling an assortment of characters, each eager to experience something new in their lives. This play, as well as its
musical version, Hello, Dolly!, has charmed audiences for more than a half-century. A veritable classic.
★ Witty • Fun-filled • Charming ★

A Soldier's Play - Opens Feb. 5



A Soldier's Play
By Charles Fuller
Directed by Marilyn Yoblick
Feb 5,6,7,11,12,13,14,19,20,21

A riveting mystery-thriller concerning the investigation of the killing of a black sergeant in an all-black regiment stationed in Louisiana in 1944. As the drama builds, the exposure of the perpetrator becomes as important as the revealing of corrosive forces - racism, social injustice, and apathy - which surround the evil deed. Winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize.
★ Gripping • Shocking • Unforgettable ★

Old Academy Players, East Falls

SINGLE TICKET PRICES: $12.00 Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 P.M.
Sunday Matinee performances are at 2:00 P.M.


by John Cariani
November 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2009
Directed by Barbara Pease Weber
Meet the Cast
external image CDocuments_and_SettingsGarmanMy_DocumentsOld_AcademyAlmostMaineAlmostMainegraphic-200x200r.jpg
This is a delightfully different comedy about falling in and out of love; of the unexpected occurring and of what is figurative, becoming quite literal. In a small, remote town in northern Maine, it is mid-winter and the northern lights are in all their glory. Various couples seem changed and magical things happen. You will see an actual broken heart; see people really fall in love before your eyes, and be able to witness love being measured by the bagful. If Shakespeare has his Midsummer's Night Dream, the town of Almost Maine has its enchanted, joyous, wistful and hopeful midwinter one. Come and be entertained and captivated by wondrous goings-on on a frosty night.

National Constitution Center

Chestnut Hill Hospital Healthy Women Programs

Many are free, requiring only registration.
Download the .pdf at