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Hufflepuffs, Griffindors, Ravenclaws & Slytherins celebrate the arrival of Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, a comprehensive touring exhibition which features Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the expanded Wizarding World including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” will make its world premiere at The Franklin Institute on Feb. 18.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is an all-new behind-the-scenes exhibition that celebrates the iconic moments, characters, settings and beasts as seen in the films and stories of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and the Wizarding World, through beautifully crafted environments using immersive design and technology.

Throughout the 20,000 square foot exhibit, guests will see authentic props and original costumes as they engage with innovative and magical environments in ways never before experienced in a touring exhibition.

The exhibition features 21 distinct areas, including The Great Hall, The Forbidden Forest, and the immersive and grand Hogwarts Houses gallery, which beautifully represents the four unique crests of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

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The Hogwarts Houses gallery sets the foundation for the exhibition experience, allowing guests the opportunity to experience more personalized moments with the house they select during their preregistration. While guests may gravitate towards one house this gallery allows visitors to experience all of the Hogwarts houses in a celebratory hall featuring an iconic Sorting Hat Photo Experience while surrounded by freshly designed house crests on meticulously created stained glass windows.

In this nearly 2,000-square-foot gallery, fans will discover house facts, snap interactive portraits with the Sorting Hat, engage with select costumes and props, and connect with beloved characters and story moments through activated prop displays.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens Feb. 18 at The Franklin Institute. A Hogwarts Houses gallery will be featured, including this area with a newly designed Ravenclaw crest.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens Feb. 18 at The Franklin Institute. A Hogwarts Houses gallery will be featured, including this area with a newly designed Ravenclaw crest.

They will learn about the legendary houses and their distinctive characteristics and continue their own exhibition experience through personalized digital activation moments.

The exhibit runs from Feb. 18 through Sept. 18. Daytime hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evening hours are from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 to $59.

The institute is at 222 N. 20th St., in Philadelphia.

Masks are required for all guests ages 3 and older regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination is not required to visit The Franklin Institute. Proof of vaccination will be required to enter The Eatery.

For tickets or information, call (215) 448-1200 or visit fi.edu.

For exhibit information, visit www.HarryPotterExhibition.com.

Chocolate & Wine Weekend planned at Valenzano Winery

Valenzano Winery, with a little help from LeBelge Chocolatier in Napa Valley, Calif., will celebrate Chocolate & Wine Weekend from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20.

This year’s chocolate wine tasting will include a deluxe box of chocolates and truffles produced exclusively for winery by LaBelge.

This tasting, which costs $20, includes:

  • LeBelge 85 percent Dark Chocolate and Cacao Nibs paired with Valenzano Cabernet/Merlot.

  • LeBelge Dark Chocolate Drift with Valenzano Destinations Malbec.

  • LeBelge Caramelized Pecan Truffle with Valenzano Shamong Labrusca.

  • LeBelge Raspberry Rose Truffle paired with Valenzano Jersey Devil Port.

Reservations are not required for the tasting.

The event also features wine cocktails including sweetheart rose and chocolate cupid plus lunch and dinner specials.

The winery is at 1090 Route 206 in Shamong.

For information, call (609) 268-6731 or visit valenzanowine.com

For details on Wine and Chocolate Weekend celebrations at other New Jersey wineries on Feb. 19 and 20, visit www.newjerseywines.com.

The Ritz and Camden County College partner to present ‘Greater Tuna’

The Ritz Theatre Company and Camden County College are partnering to present “Greater Tuna” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, a hilarious send-up of small-town morals and mores that features just two actors creating the entire population of Tuna (Texas’ third-smallest town) in a “tour de farce” of quick change artistry.

At the helm for this Ritz production is Moxie Sokoloff, a revered director and theater teacher at CCC, who opened the show at the college this past November.

This run at The Ritz, makes it one of those rare South Jersey “transfer” productions that reunites the exact same cast and crew.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Feb. 27.

Tickets are $30 for general admission or $15 for artist/student rush.

The theater is at 915 White Horse Pike in Haddon Township.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results required for ages 5 and older, see website for details.

For tickets or information, call (856) 288-3500 or visit www.RitzTheatreCo.org.

Drama students from Gloucester County Institute of Technology will present F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” this weekend at the Levoy Theater in Millville.
Drama students from Gloucester County Institute of Technology will present F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” this weekend at the Levoy Theater in Millville.

Enjoy concerts and shows at the Levoy Theatre

A variety of events are planned at the Levoy Theatre.

The schedule includes:

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, presented by Gloucester County Institute of Technology drama students, 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 and 3 p.m. Feb. 20, tickets $15 for adults and $12 for children.

  • Shadows of the 60s, a tribute to Motown, 8 p.m. Feb. 25, tickets $34 to $39.

  • Hollywood Nights, a Bob Seger Experience, 8 p.m. Feb. 26, tickets $26 to $34.

  • Lotus Land, the American RUSH tribute, 8 p.m. March 5, tickets $35 to $49.

  • “Warriors Don’t Cry,” 2 p.m. March 6, tickets $10.

  • The Moody Blues’ John Lodge, 7:30 p.m. March 9, tickets $44 to $65.

  • “Artrageous,” an interactive, high energy art show for all ages, www.artrageousshow.com, 10:30 a.m. March 10, tickets $12, and 7 p.m. March 10, tickets $30 to $35.

The theater is at 130 N. High St., in Millville.

For tickets or information, call (856) 327-6400 or visit levoy.net.

Sports Card & Collectibles show planned in Bordentown

RK Sports Promotions will host a Sports Card & Collectibles Show from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Town Inn.

The show will feature more than 40 tables with old and new sports cards, comic books, starting line-ups, MacFarlane figures, non-sports cards, Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, supplies, unopened wax packs and boxes, autographed memorabilia, sets, posters and more.

The Inn is at 1083 Route 206 North in Bordentown.

For information, visit www.rksportspromotions.com.

Enjoy a variety of concerts at the Landis Theater

The Landis Theater will host a variety of concerts including:

  • Songs in the Attic, the music of Billy Joel featuring David Clark, 8 p.m. Feb. 18, tickets $20.

  • Sincerely Yours, 8 p.m. Feb. 25, tickets $20.

  • Tributes +, 8 p.m. Feb. 26, tickets $20.

  • An Evening of Sinatra, starring Lou Dottoli and The Next Generation Big Band, 8 p.m. March 4, tickets $20.

  • Draw the Line, an Aerosmith tribute, 8 p.m. March 5, tickets $20.

  • A Night of Metal: Ultimate Live Evil, Dio tribute with the Ancient Mariners and Victim of Vengeance, 8 p.m. March 12, tickets $20.

The theater is at 830 E. Landis Ave., in Vineland.

For tickets or information, call (856) 691-3600 or visit thelandistheater.com.

Whitesbog hosts Saturday Market

Whitesbog Preservation Trust will host Saturday Markets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays this winter, weather permitting.

Enjoy shopping at assorted vendors and at the General Store for local handmade items and tasty jams, honey, chocolates, walking sticks and more.

Visitors may also want to grab a trail map and head out for a hike around the trails and bogs.

Whitesbog is at 120 W. Whites Bog Road #34 in Browns Mills.

For information, visit whitesbog.org.

Crafts & Collectibles Show and more planned for President’s Weekend

Cape May MAC will host its annual Craft and Collectibles Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 at the Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave., in Cape May.

The show will feature crafters and vendors from throughout the northeast.

Admission is $2.

Other activities planned for President’s Day Weekend include:

  • Cape May Family Treasure Hunt.

  • Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt.

  • Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tour.

  • Historic District Trolley Tour.

  • Visit Cape May Lighthouse.

  • Visit Carroll Gallery.

  • Emlen Physick Estate Tour.

  • Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour.

For information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit capemaymac.org.

Celebrate Third Friday in Millville

Glasstown Arts District will host Third Friday beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at art galleries, shops, restaurants and more along High Street and in Downtown Millville.

Among the highlights are:

  • Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts will feature an artists’ reception with an opportunity to view the In Your Dreams Group Show, Society of NJ Artists Officer's Exhibit, RRCA Affiliate Artist Members Annual Exhibit, artwork by Janis Quiggle & Carol Hiemenz, and enjoy music by Adelante, www.rrcarts.com.

  • Bogart's Bookstore & Cafe will have live music from 7 to 9 p.m., Facebook: Bogarts Books.

  • Village on High shops will display and sell a wide assortment of handcrafted pieces and fashion items, Facebook: Village on High.

For information, visit Glasstown Arts District at www.glasstownartsdistrict.com.

Enjoy ‘The Jungle Book’ at Broadway Theatre of Pitman

Broadway Theatre of Pitman will continue its children’s theatre season with “The Jungle Book” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 19.

When a baby is left alone in the jungles of India a family of wolves adopts him as one of their own.

But, when Shere Khan, the tiger, returns to the jungles of India, the boy must return to the man village.

Join Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera on this original musical adventure as they meet monkeys, buzzards, and a slinky old snake named Kaa!

Tickets are $10.

The theater is at 43 S. Broadway in Pitman.

For tickets or information, call (856) 384-8381 or visit www.thebroadwaytheatre.org.

Get ‘Dancin’ in the Streets’ with the Philly POPS

The Philly POPS gets grooving with Dancin’ in the Streets: The Music of Motown at the Kimmel Cultural Campus. Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 3 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20.

The performance features the full Philly POPS orchestra on timeless Motown hits, including songs from iconic artists Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and more, with a nod to Philly’s own legendary producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Celebrating the Motown sound, the POPS welcomes guest conductor Byron Stripling with Hairspray stars Shayna Steele and Chester Gregory and American Idol finalist and charted R&B artist Michael Lynche.

Songs include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Let’s Groove Tonight,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Dancing In The Street,” “I Heard it Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition” and more.

Tickets start at $35, except Art-Reach ACCESS cardholders can purchase tickets for $2.

Concerts will be presented in Verizon Hall in Kimmel Center for Performing Arts at 300 S. Broad St., in Philadelphia.

Guests are required to provide proof of vaccination and wear masks while in the building.

For tickets or information, call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.phillypops.org/motown.

Dave Mason to perform at Scottish Rite Auditorium

Dave Mason will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.

Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Traffic in 2004. One of his most well-known songs is “Feelin’ Alright,” recorded by Traffic in 1968 and later by many other performers, including Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. Mason also wrote “Hole In My Shoe,” for Traffic, which became a hit in its own right and he recorded “We Just Disagree,” his 1977 solo U.S., hit written by Jim Krueger.

Tickets are $39.50 to $85.

The auditorium is 315 White Horse Pike at in Collingswood.

The event organizer requires all attendees to present negative COVID-19 test results or be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The show is presented by the Camden County Board of Commissioners.

For tickets or information, call 856.858.1000 or visit scottishriteauditorium.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Flamenco Vivo set to perform Spanish Dance at Stockton

GALLOWAY - Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, a premier Spanish dance company, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Stockton Performing Arts Center.

Flamenco Vivo builds bridges between cultures using the universal spirit of Flamenco.

This program will feature Tablao Flamenco, which captures the spirit of Spain’s flamenco cafes. Named after the wooden floor used by a bailaor (dancer), tablao performances are highly virtuosic and improvisational, offering audiences a rare opportunity to watch the dynamic interplay between song and dance.

Tickets are $32 with discounts available for seniors, children and groups.

The center is on the campus of Stockton University at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit www.stockton.edu/pac. Tickets also are available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 90 minutes before showtime.

Ritz Kidz presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Ritz Theatre Company’s Ritz Kidz will present “Sleeping Beauty” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 19.

Join Mr. Robert and friends as they recount the famous fairytale about a beautiful, brave, benevolent princess who pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and falls into a deep sleep, thus fulfilling a curse set upon her years ago by a fiendish fairy.

Will true love’s kiss be enough to save the day and break the spell?

Hopefully, Mr. Robert can find a certain Prince Charming to conjure up a happy ending!

Tickets are $10.

All audience members ages 5 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to enter the theater. Masks are required.

The theater is at 915 White Horse Pike in Haddon Township.

For tickets or information, call (856) 288-3500 or visit ritztheatreco.org.

The Hit Men take the stage at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman

Broadway Theatre of Pitman will present The Hit Men, who have performed with some of rock & roll’s legendary performers, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18.

During this show, The Hit Men will bring on the hits by artists they have performed with on stage and in the recording studio with songs such as “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Who Loves You?,” “Pinball Wizard” and more.

Plus, they'll take the audience behind the scenes with “insider” stories about what it was like on the road and in the recording sessions with rock royalty.

Tickets are $35.

The theater is at 43 S. Broadway in Pitman.

For tickets or information, call (856) 384-8381 or visit www.thebroadwaytheatre.org.

Nature and Environmental Fun Day planned in OC

The Ocean City Environmental Commission will sponsor a free, family-friendly, Nature and Environmental Fun Day, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 19 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The event will include zoo animals, crafts, games, a recycling activity and more.

The event is expected to include:

  • Cape May County Zoo: Animals.

  • Cape May County Municipal Utility Authority: Recycling information and activity.

  • Ocean City Environmental Commission: Crafts, native plant seedling origami package and a beach plum planting sign-up.

  • Ocean City High School Student Environmental Association: Games.

  • Bowfish Kids: Composting and trash reduction.

  • Ocean City Public Works: Reusable bags.

The Music Pier is at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

Penn Live Arts will present Trinity Irish Dance Company, progressive Irish dance, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Zellerbach Theatre.
Penn Live Arts will present Trinity Irish Dance Company, progressive Irish dance, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Zellerbach Theatre.

Penn Live Arts presents Trinity Irish Dance Company

Penn Live Arts will present Trinity Irish Dance Company, progressive Irish dance, at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Zellerbach Theatre.

The theater is in the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., in Philadelphia.

Tickets start at $57.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, except ages 11 and younger must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test.

For tickets, call (215) 898-3900 or visit pennlivearts.org

Cirque Zuma Zuma Acrobats to perform at Stockton PAC

Young and old alike will be dazzled by Cirque Zuma Zuma African acrobats, who will tumble onto the stage at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Stockton Performing Arts Center.

Cirque Zuma Zuma is a fast-paced 80-minute program performed by male and female dancers to the music of Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, The Beatles, Robin Thicke, Usher, Queen, Justin Timberlake and more.

Performances include different types of African culture, including: South African female vocalist, Limbo Dance, female dancers from Africa, South African gumboot dancers, amazing pole acts, Zuma Zuma acrobats, chairs and handstand balancing from Tanzania, comedy, Gabonese Tumblers, contortionists from Ethiopia, The Africa Africa Lion dance, percussionists from Zimbabwe, club and Ethiopian foot table juggling.

Tickets are $32, with discounts for seniors, children and groups.

The center is on the campus of Stockton University at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit www.stockton.edu/pac. Tickets also are available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 90 minutes before showtim.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City announces Black History Month tribute

ATLANTIC CITY – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s tribute to Black History Month will include a pop-up exhibit, an Atlantic City musical revue, a performance by Grammy award-winning artist Kirk Franklin and more.

African American Heritage Museum Pop-Up Exhibit

The property is partnering with the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey to present the “Jackie Robinson: Stealing Home” and “This Little Light of Mine: The Black Church” exhibits. The free pop-up museum will run from Feb. 17 to 20 and will be located at the entrance of Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. Those visiting will explore videos, photos and personal memorabilia that pay homage to the first African American professional baseball player and also to the rich history of regional black houses of worship. The museum was created with the passion of its founder, Ralph E. Hunter, Sr.

Entertainment

Hard Rock Atlantic City will present On Kentucky Avenue, a musical revue celebrating Atlantic City’s famed Club Harlem. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 and 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in Sound Waves. The show features both original music and sounds from the 1960s that showcase acts like Otis Redding, Berry Gordy, the Isley Brothers, Johnny Mercer and more. Tickets are $25.

Legendary urban gospel singer and sixteen-time Grammy award-winning artist, Kirk Franklin will take the stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. Tickets start at $39. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

Tickets for shows are available online by visiting www.HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com.

Legendary Memorabilia Tour

Hard Rock Atlantic City is celebrating African American artists and their musical influences and contributions by offering an exclusive property-wide memorabilia tour. The tour includes memorabilia that legendary black artists wore throughout their career in the industry. Highlights include Prince, Whitney Houston, Clarence Clemons, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and more. Those looking to take the tour will simply scan the QR code on signage throughout the property and instructions for the self-guided tour will be provided.

For information or to book your stay, visit hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com.

The King’s Singers present ‘Masterpiece’ at Stockton PAC

The King's Singers will present “Masterpiece” at Stockton`s Performing Arts Center on 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

The King's Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world's greatest stages for more than 50 years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance.

“Masterpiece” is a selection of some of the most iconic of their pieces, from the last 53 years. It’s a program that’s as full of fun as it is musical brilliance. It’s designed to make you laugh and think.

Tickets are $35 with discounts available for seniors, children and groups.

The center is on the campus of Stockton University at 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit www.stockton.edu/pac. Tickets also are available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 90 minutes before showtime.

Last chance to see Haddonfield Plays and Players’ ‘Songs for a New World’

“It's about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice... or take a stand... or turn around and go back.”

Haddonfield Plays and Players will present Jason Robert Brown’s musical, “Songs for a New World.”

Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 and 3 and 8 p.m. Feb. 19.

Tickets are $30.

Haddonfield Plays and Players is at 957 E. Atlantic Ave., in Haddonfield.

For tickets or information, call (856) 429-8139 or visit www.haddonfieldplayers.com.

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