WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Get ready to tango, Escape Room and more

PHOTO BY EMILY CUMMINSThe Souper Bowl at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
PHOTO BY EMILY CUMMINSThe Souper Bowl at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.

Make your escape

Fonthill Museum: The Fonthill Castle Escape Room has sold out its opening day, Jan. 26, but will be open for more mystery and intrigue Jan. 27 and Feb. 2-3 and 23-24. As a young man traveling through Europe, Henry Mercer explored the ancient French castle Chateau de Tiffanges (that inspired the Bluebeard legend) and he brought back with him a mysterious key, which has now gone missing. Working with Doylestown Escape Room, Fonthill has transformed a little-known room at the top of castle’s tower into an adventure game. The only way to solve the mystery is for groups to work together to uncover clues, figure out puzzles and discover the location of Bluebeard’s key before time runs out. The experience also includes a 30-minute candlelit tour of the castle. Cost is $40 per person. To reserve a time, call (215) 348-9461, ext. 0. Due to program content, this event is not recommend for children younger than 12. Guests must be able to go up and down multiple flights of stairs.

Saving the day

Santander Arena: Paw Patrol Live! sets sail with “The Great Pirate Adventure” at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets range from $23-$114. The arena is at 700 Penn St., Reading. Call (610) 898-SHOW or visit www.santander-arena.com.

Souper!

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: Warm up your winter with the Souper Bowl fundraiser as more than 20 Lehigh Valley chefs bring their best creations noon to 3 p.m. Jan 27 to SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Sample everything from savory classics like beer belly bisque and clam and chorizo chowder to the daring flavors of crème brûlée and kefir yogurt fig soups. After sampling, guests can then vote for their favorites. The afternoon also features live entertainment from the Dan DeChellis Trio and a raffle that includes prizes donated by the participating restaurants. Tickets are $35 and are on sale at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378.

Ready for the Rumble?

Wells Fargo Center: Royal Rumble is one of WWE’s biggest events of the year and officially kicks off the road to WrestleMania. The event is highlighted by a 30-man Royal Rumble match featuring superstars from both “Raw” and “SmackDown,” with the winner receiving a championship opportunity at WrestleMania. Philadelphia hosts the 30th anniversary of WWE Royal Rumble at the arena at 3601 S. Broad St. The Wells Fargo Center will be the first arena to host four consecutive nights of WWE action as part of the Royal Rumble weekend. The action begins with a NXT TakeOver at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018; WWE Royal Rumble at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, WWE Monday Night Raw at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and WWE SmackDown Live at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 30. Check ticket availability at www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com.

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Visit the Doc

Reading Public Museum: Jan. 27-May 20 experience the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series “Doc McStuffins” in the Meinig Gallery and World Cultures Gallery at 500 Museum Road, Reading. “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” will transport kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care. There are toys that need check-ups in the ER, toy pets who need to be groomed at the Pet Vet, baby toys that need to be fed in the Nursery, and more. Through imaginative play and hands-on activities, children can learn life lessons about health and wellness. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Get more information at (610) 371-5850 and www.readingpublicmuseum.org.

Happy Birthday

Academy of Music: The Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball is set for Jan. 27, with a special concert featuring comedian, actor and entertainer Steve Martin performing with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Martin will play the banjo with the orchestra in newly created orchestrations arranged specifically for the evening. Ball festivities will follow, with music, dinner and dancing. A white-tie celebration begins at 5 p.m. with the Chairman’s Pre-Concert Reception at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. The evening will continue with the concert in the Academy’s auditorium at 7. The post-concert celebrations will begin with a traditional promenade up the Avenue of the Arts from the Academy to the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Six of the region’s dance orchestras and bands will perform music ranging from the classic American songbook to popular dance hits. Concert and Ball tickets are available at www.theacademyball.org or by calling (215) 893-1978. Concert-only tickets are $75, and can be purchased at www.theacademyball.org or by calling (215) 893-1999.

After hours

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: On the fourth Friday of every month, starting Jan. 26, the Academy of Natural Sciences will open its doors from 5 to 8 p.m. for Dinos After Dark. All the galleries and special exhibits will be open to visitors, who will get to experience the museum in a whole new way. Dinosaur Hall will host the pop-up Dino Drafts, with a beer garden and light fare available for purchase amid the towering T. rex and the other dinosaurs and marine reptile fossils. Visitors will be permitted to escort their beer as they cruise the halls and mingle in the galleries. There will also be live animal presentations by the academy’s naturalists at 5:30 and 7 p.m., as well as hands-on activities for both adults and kids. Admission is pay-as-you-wish, with a suggested donation of $10. The academy is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Call (215) 299-1000 for more information.

Evergreen fun

Morris Arboretum: At 2 p.m. Jan. 27 guided walking Conifer Tours will highlight a selection of trees in the 92-acre garden. Conifers, such as needle fir, provide multi-seasonal interest with an array of varying forms, foliage, bark and, of course, cones. The arboretum is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Call (215) 247-5777.

Music, comedy

Grand Opera House: “Battle of the Sexes” features two male comics and two female comics — Ross Bennett, Tony Deyo, Kerri Louise and Robyn Schall — talking about relationships, bad dinners and good dates, broken cars and unbroken dreams at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at The Baby Grand. Tickets are $31. Classic Albums Live performs “Led Zeppelin IV” in Copeland Hall at 8 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are $34. The Grand is at 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. Call (800) 37-GRAND.

Miller Symphony Hall Comedy Series: The Ladies of Laughter series in the Rodale Community Room presents Jane Condon and Patty Rosborough at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Ticket are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Miller Symphony Hall is at 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Visit www.millersymphonyhall.org.

Kimmel Center: Jerry Blavat returns to Verizon Hall at 8 p.m. Jan. 28, emceeing an evening of ‘60 and ‘70s R&B and pop with The Clovers; Eddie Holman; The Intruders; The Moments; Blue Magic; Ray, Goodman & Brown; The Vogues; and Jackie Wilson’s son, Bobby. Tickets range from $40-$100. The Kimmel Center is at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.

Zombies on ice

Dilworth Park: The Rothman Rink near Philadelphia City Hall at 1 S. 15th St. hosts a Zombie Skate 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26. Skate with zombies from Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, spin the prize wheel to win Terror Behind the Walls swag and enjoy zombie-themed karaoke and food specials in the Rothman Cabin. Plus, come dressed as a zombie yourself for the chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the Rothman Rink, which includes the cost of skate rentals. The winner will be chosen at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink is $3 for children 10 and under, $5 for adults. Skate rental is $10. Contact info@easternstate.org or (215) 236-3300, or visit www.easternstate.org/visit/events/zombie-skate-rothman-rink.

On view

Montgomery County Community College: The Faculty and Invited Alumni Art Show continues through Feb. 17 in the MCCC Fine Arts Gallery in North Hall of the West Campus, 16 High St., Pottstown. The exhibition includes ceramics, sculptures, oil paintings, drawings, photography and digital arts. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

Berman Museum of Art: “Dina Wind: Stainless 1981-1994” runs Jan. 28-May 12. An Israeli sculptor that lived in Philadelphia, Wind’s sculptural assemblages make use of ordinary and unexpected materials. The twist is that this is a collection of sculptures in which the artist used only stainless steel, rather than her typical use of slashed tires and twisted fenders, rusty tools and broken household objects. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and is located on the campus of Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Admission is free.

Mennonite Heritage Center: “Resonate: An Exhibit of Water Colors by Artist Sandy Wood” will be on display Jan. 28-March 17 at 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 (snow date Feb. 4). The Mennonite Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is by donation. For directions and information, see www.mhep.org or call (215) 256-3020.

Go for the funny

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: Hip-hop improv troupe North Coast and The Law Firm, with Sue Galloway of “30 Rock,” headline the fifth annual SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival 6 p.m. to midnight Jan. 26 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The festival will also feature an improvised action movie, an interactive one-man show, puppets, a live comic book creation and 50 other improv comedy groups from across the U.S. See the schedule at www.steelstacks.org/comedy. Friday tickets are $16 in advance, $19 the day of show. Saturday tickets are $25 in advance, $29 the day of show. Call (610) 332-3378.

Classic organ sound

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ: The 2018 Tuesday at Noon Organ Recitals series concludes Jan. 30 at St. Luke’s, with Rudy Lucente as the featured organist. A reception is held after the performance. The church is at 125 N. Main St., North Wales.

Live on stage

Merriam Theater: “Tango Fire” encompasses and defines all that is Argentine tango, sensual dancing accompanied by the music of Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. Show time is at 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets range from $39-$74. The Merriam Theater is at 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.

Dock Woods Community: Amici Opera Company stages Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Dock Woods chapel. Enter from Woods Drive, Towamencin. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257 for more information.

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