On the beat
North Philly rapper Freeway
(a.k.a. Leslie Pridgen) brings a flipside flow and novelistic storytelling skills when he performs at 9 p.m. at the Blockley
, 3801 Chestnut St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-222-1234.
The luminous Shelby Lynne
plays an acoustic set at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live
, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $35. Call 215-222-1400.
We can dance
"Everybody look at your hands." If you recognize that line from "The Safety Dance," the synthpop hit by Men Without Hats
that was inescapable back in 1983, you might want to check out lead singer Ivan Doroschuk's reconstituted version of the Canadian New Wave sensations at 8 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater
, 24 West Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $19.50. Call 215-257-5808.
The sensational violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen
teams with Philadelphia Orchestra violist Roberto Diaz
for a recital of works by Liszt, Max Bruch, Schumann (arr. Fritz Kreisler), and Arthur Benjamin at 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society
, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Best known for his work on Queer as Folk
and Disney's Lab Rats
, as well as his political commentary on satellite radio, Hal Sparks
is also a deft stand-up comic. He performs at Helium Comedy Club
, 2031 Sansom St., at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $16 to $33. Call 215-496-9001.
Who better to consider the state of holiday cheer with than the self-proclaimed "Pope of Trash," director John Waters
( Pink Flamingos
). As might be expected, he takes an eccentric bent in his one-man Christmas show. The show goes on at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero
, 10th and Arch Streets. Tickets are $42. Call 215-922-6888.
Friday & Saturday
Baritone Alexander Dobson
performs Schubert's great song cycle Winterreise
(Winter Journey) at Haverford College's
Roberts Hall, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 610-896-1011.
They don't make country singers like Loretta Lynn
anymore, mostly because the Nashville scene that gave the girl from Butcher Hollow, Ky., a musical home has become a prefab pop-country factory. But she's no oldies act - she's worked with the likes of Jack White and Sheryl Crow. The coal-miner's daughter performs at 8 p.m at the Keswick Theatre
, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $55 to $67.50. Call 215-572-7650.
Singer Dianne Reeves
performs jazzy arrangements of holiday standards at the Annenberg Center
, 3680 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $70. 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 email@example.com.