7Days: Regional arts and entertainment, by Michael Harrington
American history In James Ijames' drama The Most Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington, the widowed mother of her country, ill and helpless in her Mount Vernon home, cared for by slaves who will be free when she dies, looks back on her life. The Flashpoint Theatre Company production goes on at 3 p.m. at the Off-Broad Street Theatre at First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St., and continues with shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors and students. Call 215-665-9720.
Happy anniversary The Delaware County troupe CoEXISTdance celebrates its fifth year with a performance at 7 p.m. at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $20; $15 for students. Call 215-654-0200.
X man Punk progenitor John Doe, founder of the L.A. icons X, plays a retrospective concert at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $27. Call 215-222-1400.
Twist and turns Though he's one of the great filmmakers, it's perhaps his idiosyncratic style that makes it unlikely for Preston Sturges to automatically make anyone's list of the top directors. So it's good to be reminded of his charms once in a while, as with the 1942 comedy The Palm Beach Story, a fast-paced, twist-a-minute screwball tale of twins, an unhappily married couple, a much-married society gal, and the richest man in the world (Rudy Vallee) twirling about in Florida. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $10. Call 215-345-6789. The film also screens at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10. Call 215-345-7855.
Good folk Husband-and-wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion get to the roots at 8:30 p.m. at Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. Tickets are $18. Call 267-639-4528.
Funny man Longtime Saturday Night Live star Tim Meadows performs at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-496-9001.
Country girl Good-rocking Nikki Lane gets down at 8 p.m. at the North Star, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-787-0488.
Friday & Saturday
She's inspirational In her half-century career, actress and singer Lainie Kazan has lit up Broadway and Hollywood, posed in Playboy, and given comics genius Jack Kirby the inspiration for a powerful superheroine. She performs at the Rrazz Room in the Ramada, 6426 Lower York Rd., New Hope, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30 and $40. Call 888-596-1027.
Jazz time Local heroes Duane Eubanks, trumpet, and Robin Eubanks, trombone, bring their quintet to Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 215-568-3131.
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.