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7Days: Regional arts and entertainment

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival´s "50 Shades! The Musical" - a ladies- book-club parody of the erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" - is in performance at Merriam Theater.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival's "50 Shades! The Musical" - a ladies- book-club parody of the erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" - is in performance at Merriam Theater. CLIFFORD ROLES
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival´s "50 Shades! The Musical" - a ladies- book-club parody of the erotic romance novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" - is in performance at Merriam Theater. Gallery: 7Days: Regional arts and entertainment


The other world

In Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, a wealthy widow builds an orphanage to distract public and personal attention from the misdeeds of her dead husband. Lanford Wilson's adaptation of the 1881 masterpiece goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. at the People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Feb. 9. Tickets are $26 to $46. Call 610-644-3500.


Love and shame

Suzan-Lori Parks took two passes at retelling Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The first, 1999's In the Blood, tells of an impoverished woman's growing desperation as she tries to raise five children without the help of their fathers. A reading of the play with Tony Award nominee Forrest McClendon (The Scottsboro Boys) goes on at 7 p.m. at Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown. Admission is free; reservations required. Call 610-283-2230.


Dog Star man

In the exhibition Canicular, New York artist Demetrius Oliver questions what constitutes a print and challenges the traditional use of gallery space. At the center of the show is an installation projecting a live feed of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, from a high-power telescope on the roof of the Franklin Institute. The exhibition also includes a related, multipart video installation, a telescope crafted from five-gallon paint buckets, and an audio component, composed and performed by the artist on a dog whistle. The show, open only when Sirius is rising (and visible), is at the Print Center, 1614 Latimer St., from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays to March 22 (weather permitting). Admission is free. Call 215-735-6090.

Local heroes

They live up to their name. The indie folk-pop combo known as the Extraordinaires brings some deceptively woozy, musically complex skills to their fun stage show (a swordfish guitar!). See them at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-291-4919.


Pictures tell a story

Graphic novelist and illustrator Chris Ware has created some of the best books of the 21st century in Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth (2000) and the ingenious Building Stories, a boxed set in which the story is told through a variety of methods - books, comics, posters, newspapers, broadsheets, and flip-books - that can be read in any order. He discusses his work at 7:30 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden's Stedman Gallery, Third and Cooper Streets, Camden. Admission is free. Call 856-225-6306.

The other guys

Tom Stoppard's 1966 play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead weaves an existential comedy out of a simple question: wouldn't the minor characters in Hamlet see themselves as the heroes of their own dramas? Tim Roth and Gary Oldman star in Stoppard's 1991 film adaptation of his play, screening 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.


Naughty bits

Besides selling millions and setting feminine hearts aflutter, the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey has been a boon to the parody industry. In the Edinburgh Fringe Festival send-up, 50 Shades! The Musical, a ladies book-club interpretation gets a Broadway treatment. The show goes on at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $37.50 to $49.50. Call 215-893-1999.

Friday & Saturday

With strings

Violinist Bella Hristova plays a recital of works by Beethoven, Lutoslawski, and Messiaen at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.

Out of sight

Roger Vadim's 1969 pop-art sci-fi epic Barbarella has a script cowritten by Terry Southern and stars a pre-lib Jane Fonda as the pneumatic eponymous heroine, an interstellar agent who relies on her obvious charms more than on gadgets. The cult film screens at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 5 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

Michael Harrington Inquirer Staff Writer
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