Saturday, December 20, 2014

Life, Life, Love

7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment

Inspirational gospel artists Mary Mary perform at the Dell Music Center on Friday. (Columbia Records)
Inspirational gospel artists Mary Mary perform at the Dell Music Center on Friday. (Columbia Records)
Inspirational gospel artists Mary Mary perform at the Dell Music Center on Friday. (Columbia Records) Gallery: 7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment


Mods vs. rockers Though based on The Who's 1973 rock-opera album (and with three new songs by Pete Townshend), Franc Roddam's 1979 drama, Quadrophenia, is no musical: It's an engrossing portrait of alienated teens living rival pop lives of desperation in 1960s England. The film screens at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Tickets are $11; $9 seniors; $7 ages 12 and under. Call 610-917-1228.

Theater people In Ken Ludwig's comedy Moon Over Buffalo, bickering married stage actors have their lives turned upside down when they get a chance to star in a Frank Capra film. The Cape May Stage production goes on at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette Streets, Cape May, at 8 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday. Tickets are $35; $30 seniors; $15 students. Call 609-884-1341.


Guitar man Justifiably known as the "King of Surf Guitar," Dick Dale has been rumbling and rattling for nearly six decades. He plays at 8 p.m. at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $30. Call 215-787-0488.


End of the Sixties Albert and David Maysles set out to document the Rolling Stones' 1969 concert tour but ended up filming the finish of the peace-and-love era after organizers of a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California decided to hire the Hell's Angels as security, resulting in injuries and a death. The Maysles' 1970 documentary, Gimme Shelter, screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $12; $9 seniors; $8 students. Call 610-527-9898.

Reckless youth Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin is based on Pushkin's tale of a selfish and profligate nobleman who realizes the error of his ways too late. The annual Russian Opera Workshop presents a concert version of the opera, with pianist Ghenady Meirson, at the Academy of Vocal Arts' Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free. Call 267-475-6500.


Strike up the band Nine of the country's top outfits compete in Drum Corps: An American Tradition, including Allentown's Cadets and Camden County's Jersey Surf, plus defending champions Carolina Crown, the Cavaliers (Ill.), the Bluecoats (Ohio), the Blue Stars (Wis.), the Spirit of Atlanta, the Crossmen (Texas), and the Colts (Iowa). The show goes on at 7 p.m. at West Chester University's Farrell Stadium, 875 S. New St., West Chester. Tickets are $20 to $50. Call 610-821-0345, ext. 125.

Movie music Conductor David Newman leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in live accompaniment to two films over two nights: First, West Side Story, with a score by Leonard Bernstein (8 p.m. Wednesday), then Star Trek Into Darkness, with music by Michael Giacchino (8 p.m. Thursday). The films screen at the Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. Tickets are $14.50 to $75 for each. Call 800-745-3000.


Have to laugh Comedian Christopher Titus wrings humor from his dysfunctional childhood at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 to $37. Call 215-496-9001.

Friday & Saturday

Betsy's B-movie thrills Mix history and cheesy horror with The Brain That Wouldn't Die, about a mad scientist trying to find a host for his girlfriend's disembodied head, screening outdoors at the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $5 (includes house tour). Call 215-686-1252.

Songs of praise The dynamic gospel duo Mary Mary will stir the spirit at the Dell Music Center, Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Drive, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 and $30. Call 215-685-9566.

With strings Harpist and vocalist Mikaela Davis brings her smart pop to the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12. Call 215-928-0978.

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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