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Hairspray at the Walnut Street Theatre and other must-dos for January.

Hair Today, Gone Soon

Heads up, folks: Here’s your last chance to see Hairspray at the Walnut Street Theatre. The Tony Award-winning musical ends its much-anticipated Philadelphia run Jan. 4. Bigger is better in the case of Hairspray’s wannabe star, Tracy Turnblad. In fact, her hair, heart and hopes couldn’t get any bigger. Nothing would make her happier (and her mother more upset) than to be a regular on the teen dance program The Corny Collins Show. When she’s chosen, Tracy feels the wrath of her mom—not to mention fan-favorite Amber Van Tussle—as she strives to become heartthrob host Link Larkin’s new main squeeze. But in the process of trying to prove herself and win Larkin’s affections, will Tracy lose all she’s gained? Or will this electrifying up-and-comer keep her head—and her hair—on straight? Whatever happens, you gotta love the ’60s. $10-$115. 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 336-1234, or visit or —Kimberly Marini

All Dolled Up

Now thru Jan. 10, the Chester County Historical Society presents Discovering Dollhouses, featuring more than 25 American and European miniatures made from 1850 to 1950, all courtesy of Libby Goodman and three other local collectors. Sumptuous eye candy for the young and young-at-heart, each house offers a unique perspective on architectural history and domestic life. The showcase coincides with the release of Goodman’s new book, The Goodman House Museum: Dollhouses, Children’s China, and Miniature Furniture, so be sure to pop into the gift shop for a copy. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free with admission ($2.50-$5; kids under 6 free). 225 N. High St., West Chester. Call (610) 692-4800 or visit —Shannon Hallamyer

Form and Function

Art aficionados won’t want to miss CraftForms 2008 at the Wayne Art Center thru Jan. 24. The 14th running of this juried exhibition features 108 original contemporary works by 83 artists from 27 states. Michael W. Monroe, executive director and chief curator at Bellevue Arts Museum outside Seattle, is this year’s juror. His selections cover a range of materials, from clay, fiber and glass, to metal, wood and mixed media. Special events include a lecture by artisan Mira Nakashima on Jan. 11 and a studio tour of Brad Smith’s Bradford Woodworking on Jan. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Call (610) 688-3553 or visit —K.M.

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