7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Clothes make a man Adapted from South African writer Can Themba's famed story and directed by Peter Brook, The Suit is set in 1950s Sophiatown - before that multiracial community was flattened under apartheid laws - and tells of a husband who catches his wife having an affair. When her lover escapes but leaves his clothing behind, the husband forces his wife to treat the discarded suit as a guest, going for walks and entertaining it. The Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord production goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., and continues with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 to $75. Call 215-972-1000.
Fired up The exhibit Stoked: A Lifetime of the Cheltenham Wood Fire Kiln displays a decade's worth of distinctive ceramic work by two dozen artists. The show is at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Call 215-379-4660.
Pushkin quartet The four verse plays by Alexander Pushkin known as The Little Tragedies are not really meant to be acted, but read, as the Philadelphia Artists Collective will do at 7 p.m. at the Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St. Admission is free; tickets required. Call 800-838-3006.
Across the water In 1947, Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl sailed 5,000 miles over the Pacific on a balsa- wood raft, from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago in Polynesia, to prove that ancient mariners could have done it. In his lecture Thor Heyerdahl and Kon Tiki: A Grand Experiment in Archaeology, curator Clark Erickson discusses the feat and its impact at 6 p.m. at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-898-2680.
Funny ladies Comedians Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who perform as Broad City, started a Web series bawdily riffing on their lives as down-on-their luck twenty-something New Yorkers, saw it develop a cult following that included Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham, and now have a Comedy Central series. See them live at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-922-6888.
Father and son Vittorio De Sica's 1948 The Bicycle Thief, about a man and his little boy searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he can't work, is truly one of the greatest movies ever made. The classic screens at 7 p.m. at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Tickets are $9; $7 for seniors and students. Call 215-387-5125.
Radio days Return to a golden age when the Mechanical Theater presents The Walker and O'Dare Mystery Radio Hour, following the adventures of Jimmy Walker, a reformed thief turned private eye, with former vaudevillian Trix O'Dare as his quick-thinking girl Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Powel House, 244 S. Third St. Tickets are $18. Call 215-925-2251.
Dance dance Known for his blend of hip-hop and contemporary dance, Doug Elkins brings his troupe to 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 $20 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
With strings Lute player Miguel Yisrael performs French baroque pieces from Versailles at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080. . . . Conductor Philip Mann leads Symphony in C in John Corigliano's concerto Troubadors, with guitar soloist Jason Vieaux, and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at Rutgers-Camden's Gordon Theater, 314 Linden St., Camden, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $24 to $51. Call 856-240-1503.
Man's best friend We think we know what they're thinking, but we don't. If you have a canine companion, it's worth taking the daylong seminar, How Dogs View the World, taught by British biologist and animal-behavior expert Daniel Mills. The seminar is in two parts: first, a look at dogs' cognitive skills and sensory capacities (they're color-blind, you know); second, understanding how dogs process and apply information about other creatures (such as us). The program goes on at Penn Vet's Hill Pavilion, 380 S. University Ave., from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $50. Call 215-898-1475.
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.