7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Sibling rivalry In Sam Shepard's 1980 drama True West, a writer working on a screenplay in his mother's vacant house is surprised by a visit from his estranged brother, a drifter and thief who has been living in the desert. As the two engage in a competitive tussle, they begin to switch roles. The Theatre Exile production goes on at 3 p.m. Sunday at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey st., and continues with shows at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $50. Call 215-218-4022.
Chamber music The sensational Dryden String Quartet plays works by Haydn, Ginastera, and Schubert at 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Distinctive voice Husky-voiced singer Kat Dahlia delivers her hard truths of street romance in sharp rap style. She's the next big thing in pop, if it's a just world. See her at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-222-1400.
Lower case Author Susan Cheever looks at the career of one of the 20th century's great American modernist poets in her new biography E.E. Cummings: A Life. She discusses her work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Tickets are $15; $7 for students. Call 215-567-4341
Snow films As part of an exhibition of Michael Snow photographs, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents two screenings of the Canadian artist's experimental films, which use the conventions of film structure and technique and gestures at Hollywood narrative to create an abstract cinema. Program B (6:30 p.m. Wednesday) presents two later works, 1990's See You Later (Au Revoir) and 1991's To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror, in which the filmmaker appears. Program A (6:30 p.m. Friday) features Snow's 1967 masterpiece Wavelength, in which a slow zoom past characters in a crumbling room seems to tell a story of the ravages of age, along with 1968's Standard Time and 1969's One Second in Montreal. The films screen at the museum's Van Pelt Auditorium, 19th Street and the Parkway. Admission is free; ticket required. Call 215-763-8100.
Jazz man Local-hero trumpeter Duane Eubanks and his quartet play at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Call 215-517-8337.
Dance to the music A troupe renowned for mixing pop music and ballet, Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance, performs at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
Grind it out The great thing about the 1970s "grindhouse" Z-movies? They delivered their grainy, low-budget thrills in multiple doses. So it is with the Grindhouse Greatness Double Feature, which offers the 1976 blaxploitation/horror/kung-fu epic Gang Wars (a.k.a. The Devil's Express), starring the mellifluously monikered Warhawk Tanzania battling an ancient Chinese demon down in the subway and vicious gangsters out in the streets, paired with Robert Warmflash's 1977 Death Promise, about a martial artist taking on an evil slumlord. The films screen at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $9; $7 for seniors and students. Call 215-387-5125.
Sweet treat This is the time of year Swedes indulge in semlor, rich puff pastries filled with almond paste and whipped cream, in advance of Lent and Fat Tuesday (or Fettisdagen). One 18th-century king of Sweden is known only for the legend that he died after eating too many in one sitting. Take your shot at the monarch's record in the program Semlor and a Movie at the American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 (includes one semla, additional semlor $6 each). Call 215-389-1776.
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 email@example.com.