7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown's musical, Parade, is based on the 1913 trial of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager in Georgia who was accused amid anti-Semitic frenzy of killing a young girl; the case led to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. The show goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Nov. 3. Tickets are $36 to $48. Call 215-922-1122.
People in nature
Science writer Emma Marris discusses the ways humanity can affect the natural world, especially in urban environments, in her lecture The City in the Forest at 6:30 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Admission is free. Call 215-299-1000.
On the beat
A prodigal member of the L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt is a prodigy and likely the next big thing in rap with his smart, tough rhymes and primeval rhythms. He performs at 8 p.m. at Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-922-1011.
Jean Renoir's 1937 masterpiece Grand Illusion, about French prisoners of war during World War I plotting an escape, is simply one of the best movies ever made. A newly restored version screens at 7:30 p.m. at the County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $9.75; $7.25 seniors. Call 215-345-6789.
Neo-burlesque icon Dita Von Teese performs at the Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Sts., Upper Darby. Tickets are $20 to $150. Call 610-352-2887.
What lasts wins
An extraordinary testament to the power of art in the face of cruelty, Viktor Ullmann's opera The Emperor of Atlantis was written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The Curtis Opera Theatre performs the fable about the destructive struggle between a deluded king and Death at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $35. Call 215-893-7902.
The invaluable Andrew's Video Vault presents a double bill of silent films: Roland West's 1925 mad-scientist classic The Monster, starring Lon Chaney, and Ernst Lubistch's 1918 thriller The Eyes of Mummy Ma, about a painter's encounter with the cursed tomb of an Egyptian queen. The films screen at 8 p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-573-3234.
Friday & Saturday
Avant-garde populists the Bad Plus perform their cerebral pop deconstructions at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 (first show) and $20 (second show). Call 215-568-3131. . . . Dynamite singer and pianist Diana Krall plays at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $48 to $125. Call 215-893-1999.
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.