7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
The curtain falls Charles Busch's angsty, hilarious comedy The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, starring Marilu Henner, Marsha Mason, and David Garrison, ends its two-week run with a 2 p.m. matinee at the Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Tickets are $65, $75, and $85. Information: 1-866-692-6742, www.bcptheater.org.
Pass the pierogi You don't have to be Polish to have a good time at the the 48th Annual Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair, from noon to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, near Doylestown. And the fun doesn't stop on Monday - the festival continues next Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $10. Information: www.polishamericanfestival.com.
The curtain rises A very modern musical opens the 205th season of a very old venue, as the Walnut Street Theatre presents the first preview performance of the Tony-winning In the Heights, the story of a New York neighborhood in flux, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $81.75-$14.25. Information: 215-574-3550, www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
Two too-talented artists Tim McFarlane ("Presence") and Stuart Netsky ("A Leopard Doesn't Change Its Spots") show new and recent work at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut St. Information 215-413-8893, www.bridgettemayergallery.com.
Green, green The legendary folk group New Christy Minstrels, featuring Randy Sparks and Barry McGuire, take the stage at 8 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets: $29.50, Information: 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
Friday & Saturday
Fringe Festival After a Thursday opening, the annual fall celebration of art on the edge, through Sept. 22, roars to larger life in its first weekend with premieres by Norway's Jo Stromgren Kompani (The Society) at the Painted Bride and the ever-popular Brian Sanders' JUNK (Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak) at the 23d Street Armory, and the mysterious The Quiet Volume by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells at the Free Library.
Continuing are AJAX, the madness by Greece's Attis Theatre at the Wilma, Pig Iron Theatre's revival of Pay Up at the Asian Arts Initiative, and The Ballad of Joe Hill by Swim Pony at Eastern State Penitentiary. Information: 215-413-1318, www.fringearts.com..
Laughing outdoors The Oddball Comedy Festival, presented by the website Funny or Die, brings Dave Chappelle and a comic lineup that includes Flight of the Conchords, Al Madrigal, Brody Stevens, Chris D'Elia, John Mulaney, and Kristen Schaal to the Susquehanna Bank Center at 5 p.m. Friday. The center is at 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets: $112.90-$40.50 Information: 1-800-653-8000, www.livenation.com.
A guide to events 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.