Regional arts and entertainment events

Posted: March 04, 2012


Out of the past With each day, the world of John Steinbeck's Depression-era drama Of Mice and Men seems less remote. This tale of desperate men trying to find small comforts amid crushing economic pressure goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at People's Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Rd, Malvern, and continues with shows on a varied schedule to March 25. Tickets are $25 to $45. Call 610-644-3500. . . . Terry Burrell wrote and stars in Ethel! about the life of the blues singer and actress Ethel Waters, who escaped a tough childhood in Chester only to endure hard times as she made her way in show business. The show goes on at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St., and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through next Sunday. Tickets are $30. Call 215-574-3550.

Welcome back Conductor laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn returns to lead the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and to perform as piano soloist in an all-Beethoven program at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $24 to $81. Call 215-893-1709.


Criminal record For their installation Doing Time/Depth of Surface, Spanish artists Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González essentially peeled back the walls of the abandoned Holmesburg Prison to explore its history. Using a modified art-conservation practice, they detached the paint from deteriorating cell walls and transferred the surface to canvas, creating large-scale prints that preserve the drawings, paintings, and graffiti left by former inmates, as well as the outlines of architecture. The exhibition is at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and the Parkway, to March 17. Admission is free. Call 215-965-4027.

War and peace Philly Fringe vets Applied Mechanics are known for their sprawling, site-specific, interactive dramas that flow around the audience. In their new work, Vainglorious: The Epic Feats of Notable Persons in Europe After the Revolution, they take on the rise of Napoleon and the nature of celebrity, with guest spots for Talleyrand (in numerous incarnations, it seems), Beethoven, and the painter Jacques-Louis David. The show goes on at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 and 10 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. Call 267-207-4488.


Distinctive voice Singer-songwriter Jennifer O'Connor mixes downbeat folk and intense jangle-guitar rock in her pop gems. She plays on a four-band bill at 8 p.m. at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-787-0488.


High notes The expressive and assured tenor Ian Bostridge performs works by Schumann and Brahms at 8 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St. Tickets are $23; $10 for students. Call 215-569-8080.


Happy anniversary The Leah Stein Dance Company celebrates 10 years of performances with a retrospective of the adventurous choreographer's works, featuring dancer Sean Feldman, percussionist Toshi Makihara, visual artist Carolyn Hesse, and choreographer Germaine Ingram as guests. The program goes on at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 215-546-2552.

Seventies girls We've long had a bit of a crush on Philly actress Melanie Mayron - one we may have shared with Stanley Kubrick, who was an admirer of Claudia Weill's 1978 dark comedy Girlfriends, starring Mayron as one of two mismatched roommates. The intrepid Andrew's Video Vault pairs it on a double bill with Windows, the 1980 thriller starring Talia Shire as a woman victimized by a neighbor, and the only film directed by the great cinematographer Gordon Willis. The films screen at 8 p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-573-3234.

Friday & Saturday

Feeling blue The venerable combo Roomful of Blues gets down to it at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 and $40. Call 215-257-5808.

Classic rocker You've heard saxophonist Bobby Keys, even if you may not have heard of him. That's Keys on Elvis Presley's "Return to Sender," and John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through the Night." Also the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," among many others - he's been a regular sideman for the band for four decades. Besides that, he played with a who's who of rock and pop, from Joe Cocker to George Harrison to Eric Clapton to Warren Zevon to Jim Carroll - even Barbra Streisand. Now Keys steps out front with his all-star band the Suffering Bastards (featuring Dan Baird of the Georgia Satellites, Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes, Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Michael Webb of Poco), playing at the Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $29.50. Call 215-572-7650.

A complete guide to events in the region over the coming weekend will appear in the Weekend section in Friday's Inquirer. Send notices of events for "7 Days" to Michael Harrington at

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