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7Days: Regional arts and entertainment

"Arsenic and Old Lace" stars (from left) Peter Schmitz, Jane Ridley, Mary Martelloat the Walnut. (J. Urdaneta Photography)
"Arsenic and Old Lace" stars (from left) Peter Schmitz, Jane Ridley, Mary Martelloat the Walnut. (J. Urdaneta Photography)
"Arsenic and Old Lace" stars (from left) Peter Schmitz, Jane Ridley, Mary Martelloat the Walnut. (J. Urdaneta Photography) Gallery: 7Days: Regional arts and entertainment


Other lives In the exhibition Humankind, accomplished photographers Donald E. Camp, Lydia Panas, and Lori Waselchuk present unique looks at portraiture. The show is at the Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Rd., Haverford, through Thursday. Admission is free. Call 610-525-0272.

Family plot Joseph Kesselring's 1939 black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, about a drama critic trying to deal with his wacky family, including a pair of kindly (and murderous) spinster aunts, is a classic, of course. But it's familiar to most from the 1944 film, so the chance to see it on stage is quite welcome. The show goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to April 27. Tickets are $10 to $85. Call 215-574-3550.


Words on stage Two play readings: People's Light & Theatre presents Jeanne Sakata's drama Hold These Truths, about a Japanese- American college student in Seattle struggling with internment during World War II, at 7 p.m. at the company's theater, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. Admission is free. Call 610-644-3500. . . . The InterAct Theatre Company presents a reading of Mia Chung's drama You for Me for You, about two sisters whose attempt to cross from North to South Korea grows into a surreal test, at 7 p.m. at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-557-0455.


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  • Rhyme and reason A talented poet and novelist and an accomplished critic, Ben Lerner (The Lichtenberg Figures, Leaving the Atocha Station) discusses his work at 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Admission is free. Call 215-746-7636.

    Sixties flicks We called them "art films" back in those days: Louis Malle's 1960 New Wave comedy Zazie dans le metro, about a precocious 10-year-old girl exploring Paris, screens at 7 p.m. at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Tickets are $9; $7 for students. Call 215-387-5125. . . . Karel Reisz's 1966 comedy Morgan!, about an unbalanced failed artist who stages a series of bizarre stunts to win back his about-to-remarry ex-wife, screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. Tickets are $5. Call 215-247-0948.

    Show time The twice-a-month New Voices Cabaret features some of the best in the biz. This week's lineup of Katie Wicka, Ricky Rotandi, and Chelsea Stotter goes on at 7:30 p.m. at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. Tickets are $15. Call 610-212-8709.


    Soldier's journey It's early, but worth it: One Book, One Philadelphia author Kevin Powers reads from his novel The Yellow Birds, a gripping tale of soldiers in Iraq, at 9 a.m. at Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. Admission is free. Call 215-751-8346.

    Under the sun Sandy Mortimer's travel documentary Lure and Lore of Deserts chronicles visits to castles, temples, and ghost towns in Egypt, Israel, and the United States. The film screens at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. Tickets are $20; $7.50 for students. Call 610-649-5220.


    Triple threat Philly-via-Memphis singer, songwriter, and guitarist Andrea Carlson delivers her jazz-blues gems at 8 p.m. at the Twisted Tail, 509 S. Second St. No cover. Call 215-558-2471.

    Friday & Saturday

    Chamber music The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet plays works by Brahms, György Kurtág, and Beethoven at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.

    Smart pop Despite the Anglophile spelling, the dynamite math-pop combo the Colourist hails from California. The musicians play their angular tunes at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-787-0488.


    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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