7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Dust to dust
In N. Richard Nash's 1954 drama The Rainmaker (the basis for the great musical 110 in the Shade), a picaresque drifter in 1930s Iowa plays a con on a drought-stricken farm town, only to become entangled with a girl. The show goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues on a Tuesday- through-Sunday schedule to Oct. 13. Tickets are $26 to $46. Call 610-644-3500.
Verdi's early opera Nabucco, about the Jews' battle against the eponymous Babylonian king, was seen by contemporary audiences as an allegory for Italy's struggle against the Austrian empire. Opera Philadelphia's production goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $42. Call 215-893-1999.
Mezzo-soprano Tammy Coil performs works by Brahms, Offenbach, Debussy, Bernstein, Puccini and Bizet at 3 p.m. at Eastern University's McInnis Auditorium, 1300 Eagle Rd., St. Davids. Tickets are $20; $10 for seniors. Call 610-649-2517.
Family at war
Odd and even
Mathematician/actress Gioia De Cari performs her Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze, an autobiographical one-woman comedy about gender and numbers, at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $30. Call 215-898-3900.
Cape Cod's Parkington Sisters play their distinctive chamber-folk gems at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $16. Call 215-222-1400.
In the early 15th century, the Chinese explorer Zheng He, traveling with a fleet of hundreds of ships and thousands of men, visited Southeast Asia, Indonesia, India, the Arabian Peninsula and the west coast of Africa - a half century before any Europeans did. Curator Adam Smith discusses these adventures in the lecture The Voyages of Chinese Explorer Zheng He at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-898-4000.
Filmmaker Marlin Darrah presents his documentary Madagascar, about the flora, fauna and history of the world's fourth-largest island, in a Geographical Society screening at 7:30 p.m. at Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. Tickets are $20; $7.50 for students. Call 610-649-5220.
Out of the past
New Wave icons Blondie team with L.A. punk legends X (featuring the original lineup of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake) at 8 p.m. at the Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Tickets are $48 to $68. Call 215-572-7650.
Friday & Saturday
In Park Chan-wook's 2003 thriller Oldboy, a Seoul businessman is kidnapped, framed for his wife's murder, and held in a hotel room for 15 years. After he is abruptly released, he tries to find his tormentors. The film screens at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $9. Call 215-387-5125
Mahler and more
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 4, with soloist Christiana Karg, plus Strauss' Oboe Concerto with soloist Richard Woodhams, and Britten's Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell 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 $48 to $125. Call 215-893-1999.
A complete guide to events in the region will appear in the Weekend section in Friday's Inquirer. Send notices of events for "7 Days" to Michael Harrington. firstname.lastname@example.org