Under the Radar

Your A&E editor guides you along your Philadelphia travels with her weekly top picks.

Beginner’s Hoop Dancing

Who said hula-hoops were just for kids? Hoop your way to better health and wellness at Studio 34’s beginners’ hoop dancing instructed by Jen Web. It strengthens your core and improves your balance. It’s also a fun and easy way to exercise. Six sessions cost $60 if you register ahead of time or $70 at the first class. Start here if you’re still procrastinating on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape.

Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave.,
Tuesdays, Jan. 20 – Feb. 24, 6 – 7 p.m.

Please Touch

Touch the collections at the Rosenbach Museum & Library. The new “Hands-On Tours,” free with museum admission, offer visitors the rare opportunity to touch, read and examine featured pieces. This week, the “Philadelphia Artists” exhibit features work from 19th century local artist Thomas Sully and members of the Peale family. Tour guide Katherine Haas will provide more information, explaining how the collection was made and how it was consumed. Bring your Owl Card, and a ticket will only cost $5.

Rosenbach Museum & Library,
2008-2010 DeLancey Place,
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
215-732-1600, www.rosenbach.org

Hedda Gabler

Don’t miss the last chance to see the Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s production of Hedda Gabler. Caroline Kava’s lesbian adaptation stays true to the classic tale by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It explores socioeconomic divides, power and the search for personal and sexual identity, with local actor Dito van Reigersberg as George Tesman and Sarah Sanford as Miss Eilert Lovborg, Hedda’s true love. If Miss Martha Graham Cracker can’t persuade you to see the show, nothing will. Hedda Gabler plays its final show Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Adrienne Theatre – Second Stage,
2030 Sansom St., 215-563-4330


Birds and dancing don’t have much, if anything, in common. But Jennifer Monson and her experimental dance troupe bring the two together for her informance, BIRD BRAIN. For eight years, Monson studied the migratory patterns and habits of ducks, geese and gray whales from around the world and connected the natural world to the urban world through her performance. For $15, join Monson at the Performance Garage for an in-depth discussion of her project and video excerpts from Urban Migration.

The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St.,
215-546-2552, www.philadanceprojects.org

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