7Days: Regional arts and entertainment

Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will perform Thursday at the Kimmel Center.
Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will perform Thursday at the Kimmel Center.
Posted: June 03, 2013


That's Dean In Armen Pandola's show Dino! A Musical Evening With Dean Martin at the Latin Casino, set in 1978, the great entertainer finds himself snowed in at the Cherry Hill nightclub without his band, but proceeds to regale the audience with stories of his life and renditions of hits such as "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," and "That's Amore." The show goes on at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, Ninth and Walnut Streets, and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to June 30. Tickets are $35 to $45. 215-574-3550.

Screwball comedy Howard Hawks' 1938 gem Bringing Up Baby stars Cary Grant as a shy paleontologist who gets mixed up with a daffy heiress (Katharine Hepburn), loses his valuable dinosaur bone and her pet leopard, and ends up on a wild cross-country search that turns his world topsy-turvy. It may be one of the funniest movies ever made. The film screens at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Tickets are $9. Call 610-917-1228.

Lift every voice The intrepid cooperative chamber choir Chestnut Street Singers performs works by Schumann, Kodály, Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, and David Ludwig at 5 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. Admission is free. Call 203-581-4629.


From the edge The invaluable Ars Nova Workshop presents a three-concert, monthlong festival celebrating the 60th birthday of avant-garde jazz composer John Zorn. The opening concert features gimbri (bass lute) player Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and his quartet playing selections from Zorn's massive Masada series at 8 p.m. at Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, 2015 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $30. Call 267-428-0575.


Film giants Two of the great movie monsters: The 1933 epic King Kong can still thrill, as the giant ape swipes at biplanes from atop the Empire State Building. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $10.50; $8 for seniors; $7 for students. Call 610-527-9898. . . . The summer was never the same after Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic Jaws, starring a really big shark. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $9.75; $7.25 for seniors. Call 215-345-6789. The film also screens at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $9.75; $7.25 for seniors and students. Call 215-345-7855.

From down under New Zealand alt-rock legends the Bats play at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $13. Call 215-739-9684.


Be heard The program Making Music Work: Music Technology from Concept to Consumer features a panel of experts, including Bob Wilson of Disc Makers, Jason Gano of Korg, Ray Legnini of Aviom Technology, and Dan Gold from Danny's Guitar Shop, explaining how to get your sound to the market. The program, featuring a performance by Bill Koutsouros and William Tayoun with the Drexel University Mediterranean Ensemble, goes on at at 6:30 p.m. at Drexel University's Mandell Theater, 33d and Chestnut Streets. Admission is free. Call 215-895-2787.

Good rocking Let other rock acts put together stage shows based on their music and sit back to collect the rewards. Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Dino Danelli, and Gene Cornish do it themselves in The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream, telling the story of their rise and fall and playing their hits as only they can. The show goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $24 to $204. Call 215-893-1999.


Country girl Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin presents her Americana visions at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. Tickets are $35 to $55. Call 215-893-1999.

Friday & Saturday

World beat Guitarist Jason Vieaux teams with violinist Hanna Khoury and percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain to play David Ludwig's Kantigas, a suite based on songs from the Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish) tradition, plus works by Kinan Abou-afach, Simon Shaheen, Joaquin Rodrigo, Isaac Albéniz, and Francisco Tárrega, at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $7.50 to $20. Call 215-222-1400.

Go outside Indie-pop perfectionists the National (who have the No. 3 record, Trouble Will Find Me, in both the nation and the region, it says here) play their dark, finely crafted tunes at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $39.50. Call 215-893-1999. . . . Acclaimed local singer-songwriter Meghan Cary makes her Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts debut, performing at the gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12; ages 16 and under are free. Call 610-864-4303.

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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