Regional arts and entertainment events

Posted: November 25, 2012

Sunday

No man's land

Nick Stafford's 2007 drama War Horse is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, later made into an acclaimed film by Steven Spielberg. It's a moving story of a beloved plow horse taken for military duty in World War I and his travails on both sides of the trenches while his teenage English master searches for him. The show goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $100. Call 215-893-1999.

A bitter man

Shakespeare's Timon of Athens is one of the Bard's most experimental works - or maybe it's just unfinished (or perhaps even a collaboration with other unnamed writers). It's a stark and unsparing tale of human imperfection in which the eponymous hero, a wealthy and generous Greek, is reduced to misanthropic, homeless penury by his greedy and ungrateful so-called friends. A film of the National Theatre of London production, smartly set in the 21st century (thus making the play a sly commentary on the excesses and failures of our times) screens at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $18. Call 215-345-7855. The film also screens at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20. Call 610-527-9898.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

Country girl

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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

With strings

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.

Funny man

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.

Bummed-out Christmas

Who better to consider the state of holiday cheer with than the self-proclaimed "Pope of Trash," director John Waters ( Pink Flamingos, Hairspray). 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

Seasonal music

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.

National treasure

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.

Merry Christmas

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 mharrington@phillynews.com.

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