All-star lineup The invaluable Community Education Center presents a fund-raiser featuring dance from hip-hoppers Kyle "Just Sole" Clark and Dinita "Princess Di" Aslew, Group Motion, Charles Tyson's Underground DanceWorks, Rennie Harris Puremovement, and DanceSpora; drama from First World Theatre Ensemble; spoken word artists Just Gregg and Nicole Stacie; music by Fiidla, Urban Classique, violinist Owen Brown, and the Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble; and poetry from TS Hawkins. The show goes on at 3 p.m. at the Penn Museum's Harrison Hall, 3260 South St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-387-1911.
America's sweetheart A case could be made that Mary Pickford was the first celebrity. She was certainly the first global movie star, a critical and audience favorite whose acting style and business acumen helped create Hollywood. Her penultimate silent film, the downbeat 1926 drama Sparrows, features her as the head girl at a grim and illegal swampland orphanage. The film screens, with an introduction by Pickford scholar Christel Schmidt and live music by organist Ben Modell, at 4 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Tickets are $9. Call 610-917-1228.
Portraits of play Painter Maggie Mills based her series Second Home on her observations of children in an afterschool program. The distinctive landscapes are on display at the Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, from Monday to Saturday. Admission is free. Call 215-482-7300.
Court intrigue Verdi's political thriller Un Ballo in Maschera, in which a king's love for his adviser's wife leads to conspiracy and murder, is performed by the Academy of Vocal Arts at the Corning Theater, 1920 Spruce St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are $60; $50 for seniors; $25 for ages 30 and under; $10 for students. Call 215-735-1685.
Talking Torah The weeklong Jewish Music Festival opens with bluesman Saul Kaye, who blends the Torah and the Delta at 8 p.m. at the Gershman Y, 401 South Broad St., to May 9. Tickets are $18; $10 for students. Call 215-545-4400.
Blast off The Secret Cinema presents Kurt Neumann's 1950 B-movie sci-fi epic Rocketship X-M, in which a space captain (Lloyd Bridges) and crew bound for the moon are thrown off course and forced to land on a ruined Mars, where the natives are not friendly. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-972-7600.
Fifth act Former boxer Mike Tyson has had a protean life, going from street thug to heavyweight champ to convicted criminal to pop-culture movie prop. All along the way, he's had hopes and fears projected on him - we think we know him, but we don't. And you can be sure he doesn't know himself, because he's told us so. In the venerable tradition of John L. Sullivan, Jack Johnson, and Jake LaMotta, among others, his post-ring career has now taken him to the stage. In the one-man show Undisputed Truth, he tries to tell his own story. The Spike Lee production goes on at
8 p.m. at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Tickets are $20 to $75. Call 215-893-1999.
Chamber pop The excellent English combo Stornoway plays its lush, cerebral tunes at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-291-4919.
Friday & Saturday
With strings Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto, with the divine Hilary Hahn as soloist, plus the rarely heard Richard Strauss Love Scene from "Feuersnot", and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major ("The Titan") at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $26 to $124. Call 215-893-1999.
Jazz time The great singer Freddy Cole performs in his expressive, understated style at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at
8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 and $30. Call 215-568-3131. . . . Pianist Bruce Barth and trumpeter Terell Stafford team for a concert benefiting Germantown's historic Grumblethorpe at the 7165 Lounge, 7165 Germantown Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35. Call 215-925-2251.
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.