7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
A sweet old time
Learn about bees, their importance to the environment, and all about honey at the Philadelphia Honey Festival. Films, talks on beekeeping, kids' activities, honey-getting and -tastings are among many offerings. Events start at 10 a.m. Bartram's Garden, 54th St. and Lindbergh Avenue. Free. Information: 215-729-5281, www.bartramsgarden.org.
It's green, they say
Celebrate one of the greenest cities in the land at Greenfest Philly, lauding the efforts of the city's enviro-orgs. Live music, films, local and organic foods, kids' activities, a fashion show, an organic pastry contest, and more. Historic Headhouse Square, 2d and Pine Streets. Free. Information: 215-413-3713, www.southstreet.com.
¡Celebrate Latino culture!
Music, dance, and kids' activities will be part of Feria del Barrio, the annual festival presented by Taller Puertorriqueño, Congreso, HACE, and Raices Culturales Latinoamericana. Puerto Rican band Plena Libre will play. El Centro de Oro, N. Fifth St. Free. Information: 215-426-4990, www.facebook.com/ElCentroDeOro.
Both of them
A woman's story
The Fringe Festival rolls into Week 2. It's theater, it's performance art, it's big. At Life and Times: Episode 1, the Nature Theater of Oklahoma performs the first of a five-part epic on one woman's life. Episode 1 (early childhood: rhythmic gymnastics) is at 7 p.m. On Wednesday (7 p.m.), Episode 2. Thursday (7 p.m.), Episodes 3 & 4 (high school: a locked-in mystery play). Friday (7 p.m.), Episodes 4.5 & 5. Saturday (a dozen or so hours starting at 1:30 p.m.): A gala marathon of the whole thing. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. Tickets: $35 per show, $65 for the marathon. Information: 215-413-1318; Info@FringeArts.com.
New into old
One is the premier Italian architect of our time, the other a Gold Medal-winning American building designer. Paolo Desideri and Peter Bohlin engage in a conversation about the challenges of creating new buildings in older cities. Moderated by Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron. Fabio Finotti, chair of Italian studies at the University of Pennsylvania, frames the conversation in opening remarks. 6 p.m. at the Atheneum, 219 S. Sixth St. Free. 215-925-2688, www.philaatheneum.org.
Two early one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill will open in the Neighborhood Fringe part of the Fringe Festival Arts: The Sea Plays. Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone will be performed by the Philadelphia Artists' Collective aboard Tall Ship Gazela, Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, north end of Penn's Landing. 8 p.m. Through Sept. 23. Tickets: $15. Information: 215-413-1318, Info@FringeArts.com
Cynthia Hopkins, a Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist and theater artist who writes, composes, sings, and collaborates with designers to create stage sets and costumes, gives a performance/talk at the Fabric Workshop and Museum as part of its "Convergence: Declarations of Independence" series. 6:30 p.m. 1214 Arch St. 215.561.8888 or www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.
Frank Velardo, guitar, and Ansel Barnum, harmonica, play together in No Good Sister, a swingin' blues/honky-tonk band fronted by a trio of lovely ladies singing gorgeous three-part harmony - but this time, it will be just the two of them - dedicated to preserving the blues tradition in forward-looking ways. At the Twisted Tail, 509-511 2d St. 215- 558-2471.
Relentless funnyman Tony Braithwaite holds class at Ambler's Act II Playhouse in Didn't Your Father Have This Talk With You?, about his days teaching sex education at St. Joseph's Prep. Through Oct. 6. 8 p.m. Tickets: $27-$34. 56 E. Butler Ave. Ambler. 215-654-0200.
Animal band with strings
Cult band The Dear Hunter comes to Philly, complete with a string quartet. With Laura Stevenson. The hunt starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $20. Information: 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com.
A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.