7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
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Top local talents Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs star in the cabaret show Let's Pretend We're Famous, a collection of skits, songs, and improv going on at 2 p.m. Sunday at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, and continuing on a Wednesday-through- Sunday schedule to Jan. 26. Tickets are $23 to $34. Call 215-654-0200.
Violinist David Kim plays a recital of works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Prokofiev, Joaquín Rodrigo, Fritz Kreisler, and Pablo de Sarasate, with violist Juliette Kang and pianist Natalie Zhu as guests, at 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, 105 S. Fifth St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Featuring a score by Queen and a book by Ben Elton (Mr. Bean), the musical We Will Rock You is a cheeky dystopian tale of a world where corporations rule (seems familiar), group-think is encouraged (ditto) and rock-and-roll and musical instruments are banned (to the barricades!). The story of rebel bohemian kids raging against the machine goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $105.50. Call 215-731-3333.
Though we usually only see the bright side of sports careers, for every meteoric rise there are a thousand disastrous falls. Benny and Joshua Safdie's 2013 documentary Lenny Cooke tells the cautionary tale of a high-school star who was once on a par with the likes of future stars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, but who never played a game in the NBA. Cooke, who routinely averaged 30 points and 15 rebounds at the prep level, chose to spurn college scholarships and enter the NBA draft. After every team passed, he bounced around various levels, from playgrounds to China and the Philippines to the D-League to the CBA, without getting his career off the ground. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $12; $9 for seniors; $8 for students. Call 610-527-9898.
The redoubtable local troupe Group Motion performs a new work by the fine choreographer Susan Rethorst at the Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-387-9895. . . . The kinetic company Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal performs at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
The inventive jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel plays with his new quartet at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Pure pop for now people
Husband-and-wife team the Kennedys bring their jangly guitars to the Steel City Coffeehouse, 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18. Call 610-933-4043. . . . Power-pop geniuses the Smithereens play at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $27. Call 215-222-1400.
Nelson Lyon's 1971 cult comedy The Telephone Book sends up the counterculture, the sexual revolution, and underground filmmaking with its story of a bored young scene-maker (the helium-voiced Sarah Kennedy) whose search for the world's greatest obscene phone-caller (voice-over star Norman Rose) leads her through a demimonde of hedonist characters played by then-unknowns (Jill Clayburgh, William Hickey, Lucy Lee Flippin), Warhol regulars (Ondine, Ultra Violet), and TV actors (Barry Morse, Roger C. Carmel, Dolph Sweet). The film screens at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9; $7 for seniors and students. Call 215-387-5125.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.