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Sock HopSOCK HOP
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 7-10pm
Dance the night away with your friends at Uptown! Entertainment Alliance at the Ballroom at the Westside. Ticket price includes dinner, a DJ rocking the night away with music through the decades so you can dance your shoes off, and entrance into our Sock Competition. Beverages available for purchase. 50/50 raffle. Families Welcome. Ticketed event. Free parking.

Yeomen of the GuardYEOMEN OF THE GUARD at WCU
January 29-30-31, 2015 | 8pm
January 31 and February 1, 2015 | 2pm
Considered to be among the finest of the Gilbert & Sullivan light-operas, Yeomen of the Guard is a production of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Chester County. It breaks some of the conventions of comic opera without losing the ability to please the audience. Directed by Bob Binkley with Florrie Marks, Music Director. At the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, West Chester University.

First FridayFIRST FRIDAY
Friday, February 6, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

Black FridayBLACK VIOLIN at WCU
Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents Black Violin, returning after their jubilant response last year in West Chester, to perform their classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266. 

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, February 10, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Unusual World. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

A. LincolnABE LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY at the LINCOLN BUILDING
Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 10am - 4pm
In celebration of one of America’s greatest leaders and the namesake structure housing the Chester County Community Foundation (28 W Market St at Wilmont Mews) there will be building tours and treats for visitors. The Lincoln Building, dating from 1833, is one of West Chester's great historic buildings. The first biography of Abraham Lincoln was written and published there. Tours will show the history of the building as well as its relation to Abraham Lincoln’s success in becoming President. FREE. For group tours, call the Community Foundation at 610-696-8211.

Bride GuideBRIDE GUIDE SHOWCASE at CCHS
Sunday, February 22, 2015 | 11am
The Bride Guide to West Chester showcases wedding services by West Chester businesses at the Chester County Historical Society, High & Chestnut Streets (free parking on Sunday). The fun begins at 11am. Brides will find everything they need at specialty businesses conveniently located in West Chester. Services include everything from photography to invitations to wedding gifts to favors. Bring your family and friends and make it a party! See more at facebook.

Wild & Scenic Film FestivalWILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
February 26 & 27, 2015 | 7pm
Trail Creek Outfitters locally hosts the 8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival with environmental short films. The theme of the 2015 Film Festival is A Wild Life and features stellar filmmaking and beautiful cinematography that informs, inspires and ignites possibilities to restore the earth. Proceeds from the event benefits The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Stroud Water Research Center. At Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street. Doors open at 6pm. Ticketed event includes beer & wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Parking information.

Brian ConwayBRIAN CONWAY at WCU
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents Brian Conway with Mary Courtney, Brendan Dolan, and John Whelan for an evening premier Irish-American Sligo-style fiddle music performed with skill and force. At Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre Performing Arts Center. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at WCU
Willy ShakespeareFebruary 26, 27, 28 | 8pm
February 28, March 1 | 2pm
William Shakespeare's story of true hearts, unrequited love, sick kings, and wars in foreign lands, All's Well That Ends Well is one of the great Elizabethan romances. It's the tale of the heroine Helena and her love of the adventure-seeking Bertram told through the lens of a fairytale. It promises love, laughs, drama, and action. E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, MainStage, Rosedale Avenue and High Street. Ticketed event.

FIRST FRIDAY
First FridayFriday, March 6, 2015

Get together with your friends and come downtown to see what's new and what's cool. Shops and boutiques are open late and showing off their newest seasonal fashions and giftware. Browse the in-store specials while enjoying refreshments. See the complete retail directory. See the shops that are participating in ThinkShopBuy. . .LOCAL (TSBL) for some sweet deals (a program of the Greater West Chester Chamber).

Jane PauleyJANE PAULEY at WCU
Friday, March 6, 2015 | 8pm
WCU Live! President's Speaker Series will welcome Jane Pauley as she presents Your Life Calling, a practical and inspirational speech that allows people to see themselves in a powerful new way. She will shine a spotlight on people who are reinventing themselves, changing how they live, and pursuing their dreams. At Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, West Chester University campus. See ticket information.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, March 10, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Innocence. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

Masters of SoulMASTERS of SOUL at WCU
Friday, March 13, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents a celebration of the legendary songs that defined Motown and soul music performed by Masters of Soul with an all-live band. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

WEST CHESTER FOOD CO-OP COMMUNITY MEETING
Sunday, March 15, 2015 | 3–5pm
West Chester Food Co-opSprout Music Collective, 130 East Prescott Alley in West Chester, will be hosting the Food Co-op’s Coming Out Party. Find out what the Food Co-op is about, what's been done so far, and what’s coming up next. Meet the Co-op leadership as well as friends and neighbors who are interested in the Food Co-op. Refreshments and live music. Families welcome. Sprout is affiliated with Roots Café; West Chester Food Co-op is pleased to partner with Roots-Sprout for this event, reflecting our shared vision of community and great local food. FREE.

National History DaySOUTHEAST REGIONAL NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION
Friday, March 20, 2015 | 1pm-7pm (senior)
Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 8am-7pm (junior)
The 26th annual Southeast Regional National History Day competition brings hundreds of middle- and high-school students and their families to the Chester County Historical Society (225 N High St). Students present their original research to judges and receive feedback about their use of primary source research to argue their thesis. Winning projects advance to the state competition held in May. See details.

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER at WCU
WCU Live Popovich Comedy Pet TheaterFriday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and his performing pets each rescued from the streets. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

SPOON RIVER PROJECT at WCU
March 26, 27, 28 | 8pm
Spoon River ProjectMarch 28, 29 | 2pm
In this beautifully haunting lay with Music Adapted by Tom Andolora and based on Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Project, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated. E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre, High & Rosedale Sts. Ticketed Event.

EASTER EGG HUNT at EVERHART PARK
Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 10am

Come early so you won't miss the fun at Everhart Park. The Easter Bunny will begin the hunt at 10am sharp. For children ages 2 to 9. Bring your own basket or bag for your eggs and meet at the Green Shed. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.

WCU Live!TAIKO DRUMMING & DANCE TROUPE at WCU
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30pm
WCU Live! presents the performance of nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, as they blend thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folk dancing. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

THE JUNGLE BOOK at WCU
Jungle BookSaturday, April 11, 2015 | 3pm & 5:30pm
WCU Live! presents the Missoula Children's Theatre production of The Jungle Book. Local students, Kindergarten -- 12th Grade, are invited to audition for up to 50 roles. See wcupa.edu for details. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in Philips Memorial Building. Ticketed event; go to ticketleap.com or call 610-436-2266.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, April 14, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme The Sweet Life. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

WCU DanceUNITED DIVERSE CREATIONS, A DANCE CONCERT at WCU
April 16, 17, 18 | 8pm
April 18 | 2pm
University Dance Company's annual spring concert, United Diverse Creations, celebrates the highly creative choreography and production design of WCU students in the styles ranging from modern to ballet to hip hop and everything in between. The concert also includes work by current WCU dance faculty. Artist Directors: Gretchen Studlien-Webb and Maria Urrutia. Swope Performing Arts Center, Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Ticketed Event.

Gallery WalkGALLERY WALK
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 5pm-9pm
An eclectic mix of gallery receptions and one-night exhibits is what makes Gallery Walk an evening of fun and surprises. More than 20 artists display their work at galleries, shops, banks, and restaurants throughout downtown -- most with new creations. No matter what your budget, you're sure to find a favorite. 5pm to 9pm. Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the West Chester BID.

Brandywine BalletSLEEPING BEAUTY presented by THE BRANDYWINE BALLET
May 1-3, 2015 | various times

The Brandywine Ballet Company presents The Sleeping Beauty, a grand production of the charming fairytale with enchanting choreography, luxurious sets and costumes, Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fanciful characters. At the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University. See performance times and ticket information.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE at EVERHART PARK
Saturday, May 2, 2015| 10am - 2pm
Varieties proven to thrive in the Brandywine Valley are offered at Everhart Park. Proceeds go to maintaining and improving Everhart Park.

MAY DAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 11am to 4pm

Arts, crafts, food booths, and live music at Everhart Park. Free for the whole family. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, May 12, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Wake Up Call. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, June 9, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Illusion. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, July 14, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Freedom. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

TURKS HEAD MUSIC FESTIVAL at EVERHART PARK
Sunday, July 19, 2015 | 11am to 5pm

A day-long array of popular regional bands performing on two stages at Everhart Park. Food vendors and artisan booths. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free for the whole family. Presented by the West Chester Parks & Recreation. Rain date July 26.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, August 11, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Hunger. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, September 8, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Saved. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, October 13, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam continues its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the theme Blood and Guts. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

STORY SLAM at SIDE BAR & RESTAURANT
Story SlamTuesday, November 10, 2015 | 8pm
Story Slam finishes its season at the Side Bar & Restaurant, 10 E Gay St, with the Grand Slam and the theme TBD. Begins at 8pm. Story Slam is presented on the second Tuesday of the month through 2015. Ticketed event.

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