7Days: Regional arts and entertainment, by Michael Harrington

The Specials bring their new-wave ska to the Theatre of the Living Arts, 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Specials bring their new-wave ska to the Theatre of the Living Arts, 8 p.m. Saturday.
Posted: July 08, 2013


It's electrifyin' The Fifties are fun in the iconic musical Grease, so return to Rydell High with Danny, Sandy, and the gang. The show gets hopping at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues with shows on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to July 14. Tickets are $10 to $95. Call 215-574-3550.


Art songs Dynamite folk-rock combo the Gallerist play their "micro-anthem" gems at 9 p.m. at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. Admission is free. Call 215-787-0488.


Good pop Powered by singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom's distinctive vocals and plangent visions, the Austin, Texas-based quartet Heartless Bastards are topping our playlist with the plaintive "Only For You." They play at 9 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-232-2100.


Knock-down stand-up Former pro wrestler Mick Foley was one of the legends of the squared circle, a hard-core performer who famously fought a match in which he lost a tooth through his nose. He was also one of the greatest talents ever to take to the microphone to wind up the crowd. After his headlock days were over, he went on to become a successful novelist and children's book writer. Now, he's going for the laughs as a stand-up comic, and you can see the results at 7:30 p.m. at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. Tickets are $25 and $32. Call 215-496-9001.

Noise rock The Brooklyn-based punk duo Japanther, known for making their concerts into art installations (with giant puppets, synchronized swimmers, and BMX bicyclists bouncing off the walls) plays at 9 p.m. at Ortlieb's Lounge, 847 N. 3d St. Tickets are $8. Call 267-324-3348.


Bard in a hurry The Commonwealth Classic Theatre presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - three actors taking a quick tour of all 37 plays, with a few shortcuts - at 6:30 p.m. at Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Tickets are $16; $14 seniors; $7 students and ages 3 to 17; under 3 free (includes garden admission). Call 215-247-5777.

Soul diva The fabulous Chaka Khan sings at 7 p.m. at Dell East, Strawberry Mansion Bridge Drive and West Huntingdon Street. Tickets are $25 to $60. Call 215-685-9560.

Trouble in mind Psychotherapist and author Gary Greenberg looks at the fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - and its discontents - in The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry. He discusses his work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.

Acting lives The invaluable Andrew's Video Vault presents a smart double bill: George Cukor's gripping 1947 thriller A Double Life, in which an actor (Ronald Colman) finds his role of Othello starting to affect his real life in deadly ways, and Irving Pichel's 1942 drama Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, in which the crippled daughter of a once-celebrated actor done in by drink becomes hopeful things will turn around when he's hired to play King Lear. The films screen at 8 p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-573-3234.

Friday & Saturday

Sellersville rocks Former Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter performs at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $50 and $75. Call 215-257-5808.

Two tone New-wave ska greats the Specials play at the Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $38. Call 215-922-1011.

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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