Best bets this weekend

Posted: June 23, 2012

Film

New this week: Brave sssd A feisty princess will have none of the clownish suitors her parents want her to consider for marriage — she'd rather ride her horse, shoot her arrows, wield her sword. And when a witch puts a curse on her lovely mother, she has to do all of that, and more. Pixar's 13th animated feature isn't up to the studio's best, but there's still plenty of heart in this Celtic-inspired yarn. PG (violence, scares, adult themes)

— Steven Rea

Fine arts

Resistence is futile. Half the visitors to Rodger LaPelle Galleries are tourists — understandable, as the building is hard by the Betsy Ross House. Fortunate walk-ins during this summer's "Irresistible, and Made in America" show will see 71 mostly representational works by 30 regional painters, both regulars and newcomers. Providing character, quality, and interest to this show are three who also have the longest associations with the gallery — Fred Danziger, Joe Naujokas, and Martin Poole, their 32-, 43-, and 22-year ties, respectively, adding up to nearly a century. Danziger is a favorite, especially for his neighborhood scenes shaped by the history and events of particular places. Naujokas is a keenly perceptive interpreter and translator of city maps, aided by training he gained at Boeing. And Poole has a way of capturing atmospheric interiors of gathering places.

— Victoria Donohoe Open noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through July 29 at Rodger LaPelle Galleries, 122 N. 3d St. Information: 215-592-0232..

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