7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Angelo Parra and Miche Braden's musical The Devil's Music stars Braden as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith performing her last concert at an after-hours club in 1937. The show goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at People's Light and Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues with performances on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Nov. 24 (no show Nov. 4). Tickets are $26 to $46. Call 610-644-3500.
A half-century later, the death of President John F. Kennedy still haunts the nation. In his new book If Kennedy Lived, veteran political reporter Jeff Greenfield imagines the way a second term for JFK would have unfolded. He 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.
In Newt Arnold's creepy 1962 thriller Hands of a Stranger, a concert pianist loses his hands in an accident and and is given a new pair by a surgeon some might call mad. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. Admission is free. Call 215-247-0476.
Get ready for Halloween with the Oregon metal/noise duo the Body, who call their sound "avant doom." They share a bill with punk experimentalists Krieg at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-291-4919.
This is the new sound
One of our favorite performers, Karen Mould (better known as the naughtier-named member of the agitprop duo Bitch and Animal), has a dynamite new project in the electro-rock combo Beach, playing at 8 p.m. at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $13. Call 215-222-1400
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in concertos featuring the ensemble's harp, flute, and bassoon principals. Harpist Elizabeth Hainen features in Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women on Thursday and Friday; Jeffrey Khaner plays Behzad Ranjbaran's Flute Concerto on Thursday and Saturday; and bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa takes the lead in David Ludwig's Pictures From the Floating World on Friday and Saturday. Bernstein's Overture to "Candide" will be played Saturday, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances will be on all three programs. The concerts go 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
Adventurous violinist Tim Fain plays an intriguing recital of works by Kevin Puts, Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour, William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lev Zhurbin, and Patrick Zimmerli at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
The sensational blue-eyed soul outfit Fitz and the Tantrums plays on a bill with the similarly inclined Capital Cities at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-627-1332.
Sweet-voiced guitar virtuoso Molly Tuttle plays at Medford Friends Meetinghouse, 14 Union St., Medford, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Call 609-217-1388.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.