7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment
In the hood
West Philadelphia playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes is not only a Pulitzer Prize-winner; her 2008 musical In the Heights, written with Lin-Manuel Miranda, won a Tony Award. The show, about life in the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights, 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 Oct. 20. Tickets are $10 to $75. Call 215-574-3550.
Baritone Jonathan Beyer performs works by Sibelius, Copland, and Dvorak, with pianist Susan Nowicki, at 1 p.m. at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd. Tickets are $18. Call 215-887-8700. . . . Cellist Talia Schiff and pianist Karen Burgman play works by Beethoven, George Crumb, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff at 3 p.m. at the Church of St. Asaph, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd. Tickets are $15. Call 610-664-0966. . . . The Wister Quartet plays works by Frank James Staneck, Haydn, and Beethoven at the German Society, 611 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Call 215-627-2332.
The greatest American playwright, Eugene O'Neill, got his start with productions staged on a Cape Cod wharf. The Philadelphia Artists' Collective returns to those roots, presenting two of the Nobel laureate's earliest plays, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone, about sailors on a tramp steamer, at 8 p.m. on the tall ship Gazela, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 215-413-1318.
The nation's 28th president is about to become very hip: It seems that Leonardo DiCaprio has signed to produce and star in a movie based on A. Scott Berg's new biography Wilson. Based on newly discovered papers, Berg's book follows Woodrow Wilson from his academic career at Princeton University to the governorship of New Jersey to the White House, where he led the nation through World War I and tried (and failed) to create a worldwide peace treaty. Berg discusses his work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Tickets are $15; $7 for students. Call 215-567-4341.
The Drexel University-born indie-folk quartet Wild Rompit play their intense gems as openers for sparkling Canadian pop quintet Said the Whale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-222-1400
Former U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur genius grant, reads from her minimalist yet densely thoughtful works at 7:30 p.m. at Bryn Mawr College's Goodhart Music Room, 101 North Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Admission is free. Call 610-526-5210.
The invaluable Secret Cinema presents the 1971 exploitation artifact The Big Doll House, starring Pam Grier as one a group of jailed women plotting a jailbreak. The film screens at 8 p.m. at Eastern State Penitentiary, 22d St. and Fairmount Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 215-236-3300.
Old and new Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in an engaging choral program, with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage paired with the premiere of Bright Mass with Canons by rising-star composer Nico Muhly. The concert - featuring soloists Christine Brewer, soprano; Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano; Christian Elsner, tenor; and Shenyang, bass baritone - goes on at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $48 to $125. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Chart-topping bluegrass stars Dailey & Vincent play at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, at 6 and 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29.50 and $45. Call 215-257-5808.
North Indian sitar virtuoso Shujaat Khan performs at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
A 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.