Born in Yugoslavia and raised in West London, Rita Ora
is really a citizen of the world of pop, deftly mixing hip-hop and rock elements in her dance anthems. And the girl's got great pipes. She performs at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero
, 10th and Arch Streets. Tickets are $27. Call 215-922-6888.
We won't presume to explain the long-theorized, recently-probably-
discovered Higgs boson - known popularly as the "God particle" because it is so crucial to scientists' understanding of how the universe works. A far better source to find out more is Rutgers University theoretical physicist Matt Strassler, whose lecture The Quest for the Higgs Boson and Why It Matters sounds like it pretty much covers the subject (and, at the very least, explains some of the jokes on The Big Bang Theory). Strassler speaks at 7 p.m. at Ursinus College's Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 E. Main Street, Collegeville. Admission is free. Call 610-409-3000.
The original undead
It could fairly be said that the entire vampire industry (a booming sector of the economy) owes it all to a journalist (and theater manager and civil servant) - Bram Stoker. His 1897 novel Dracula
set a template that spawned most of the creatures of the night that surround us now. The Curio Theatre Company
presents Josh Hitchens
in a one-man adaptation of the tale at the Calvary Center
, 4740 Baltimore Ave., at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-525-1350.
We've always liked a bit of cheese with our frights, and one that fits the requirement is Bernard L. Kowalski's 1959 B-movie Attack of the Giant Leeches
, in which a Florida game warden slowly catches on that there are monsters in the swamp (the solution is pretty simple and would please SCTV
's Billie Sol Hurok). The film screens, alongside a Halloween costume party, music by Agent Moosehead
, and the comedy stylings of Yes, Hello!
, at 7 p.m. at the Ambler Theater,
108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $10. Call 215-345-7855.
Sound and vision
The multimedia dance troupe Miller Rothlein
presents works mixing choreography, animation, video, and art installations at the Crane Arts Old School
, 1417 N. Second St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20. Call 267-888-6476.
Friday & Saturday
Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero
leads the Philadelphia Orchestra
in Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F
, with soloist Kirill Gerstein
, plus works by Barber, Copland and Roberto Sierra, at the Kimmel Center's
Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 2 p.m. Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $26 to $127. Call 215-893-1999.
Two by Lester
Philadelphia-born film director Richard Lester is best known for his work with the Beatles, but he was also a keen satirist of the excesses of military and political power, looking at it from the perspective of those affected. Here are two examples: The 1967 black comedy How I Won the War
follows an inept platoon leader, accompanied by his wry orderly (John Lennon), through World War II in an increasingly fractured war-film send-up (7 p.m. Friday), while in 1969's The Bed-Sitting Room
, written by the Goons' Spike Milligan, Londoners try to maintain a semblance of living in the aftermath of a nuclear war that lasted two minutes and 28 seconds (8 p.m. Saturday). The films screen at International House
, 3701 Chestnut St. Tickets are $9 per film; $7 for seniors and students. Call 215-387-5125.
India's Rama Vaidyanathan
, one of the leading performers of the dance style bharata natyam
, performs at the Annenberg Center
, 3680 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 215-898-3900.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.