Monday, December 22, 2014

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7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment

Puss N Boots , (from left) bassist Cat Popper, singer Norah Jones, drummer Sasha Dobson, bring their act to TLA. (Richard Ballard)
Puss N Boots , (from left) bassist Cat Popper, singer Norah Jones, drummer Sasha Dobson, bring their act to TLA. (Richard Ballard)
Puss N Boots , (from left) bassist Cat Popper, singer Norah Jones, drummer Sasha Dobson, bring their act to TLA. (Richard Ballard) Gallery: 7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment


Tears of a clown The title of Douglas Carter Beane's 2013 drama The Nance refers to the stereotypical camp homosexual headliner played by straight men in the twilight of burlesque. Nathan Lane stars as a closeted gay man stuck in the role in a seedy theater in the late 1930s, in a film of the Lincoln Center Theater production. The film screens at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, at 1 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Call 610-527-9898.

Music man Rock musicologist Matthew Sweet puts on a rock show with power-pop maestro Tommy Keene as guest star at 7:30 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $29.50 and $45. Call 215-257-5808.


New classic rock Powered by Terri Nunn's soaring vocals, the New Wave band Berlin had a solid run in the 1980s with hits such as "No More Words" and "Take My Breath Away." They play at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $16 to $35. Call 215-222-1400.


Lepidoptera lessons National Moth Week starts Saturday - who knew they had anything going on besides slamming into the screen or careering around a lightbulb? Clearly there are extra dimensions to the butterflies' duller cousins that make them not quite as dull as they seem. Get an early start on the national celebration and learn some facts to amaze your friends at your backyard party with the Prep for Moth Week Class featuring Drexel University entomologist Stephen Mason presenting examples from the Academy of Natural Sciences' collection and demonstrating field collecting and bug-pinning methods. The class starts at 6 p.m. at the academy, 19th Street and the Parkway. Tickets are $25; registration required. Call 215-299-1060.

Into the woods In the interactive exhibition Nightfall, hikers along a woodland trail will encounter supernatural creatures and mythical beasts portrayed by the acrobatic actors of the Almanac Company. The show goes on at 8:30 p.m. at the Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media. Admission is free; not suitable for children younger than 8. Call 610-566-9134.


An enchanted evening The delightful Concert Operetta Theater performs works by Rodgers & Hammerstein at 7 p.m. at the Michener Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Tickets are $18; $17 for seniors; $16 for students; $8 for ages 6 to 18; ages under 6 free (includes museum admission). Reservations required. Call 215-340-9800.


Antic Bard Shakespeare's riotous romantic romp Twelfth Night is presented by the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company, with 17th century Illyria updated to the beginning of the 20th century and musical interludes including Hollywood themes and country tunes. The show goes on at 7 p.m. at McMichael Park, 3800 Henry Ave. Admission is free. Call 215-849-0829.

Friday & Saturday

Dance plus The renowned troupe Philadanco performs with guests Fuego Dance Theater; Just Sole: Street Dance Theater; Iquail & Company; and the Pure Project at the Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10. Call 215-387-8200.

Super group Jazz drummer Sasha Dobson and country-rock bassist Cat Popper have teamed with singer Norah Jones for a few years as the trio Puss N Boots, playing covers and originals with Jones on guitar, but they just got around to putting out a record, the dynamite No Fools, No Fun. They play at the Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. Call 215-922-1011.

Two by Carax A double bill of the first two films by the intriguing French auteur Leos Carax: 1984's Boy Meets Girl, an homage to the 1960s New Wave starring the director's frequent collaborator (and alter ego) Denis Lavant as a depressed aspiring filmmaker who falls in love with a suicidal girl he meets over an apartment intercom, and 1986's Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood), a dystopian fantasy in which an STD is killing anyone who has sex without love, and a teen rebel (Lavant) becomes part of a scheme to steal a cure. The films screen at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9; $7 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
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