7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Flower of grace With all that ice and snow outside, it's a good time to consider a warm and inviting beauty: the giant Victoria water lily, first discovered in the backwaters of the Amazon and brought to the gardens and conservatories of Philadelphia 160 years ago. In his lecture Victoria, the Seductress: Meet Her Aquatic Majesty, Longwood Gardens curator Tomasz Anisko discusses the remarkable plant and tells tales of his collecting expeditions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. The program goes on at 2 p.m. at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Tickets are $16; $14 for seniors; $8 for students and ages 3 to 17 (includes gardens admission); reservations required. Call 215-247-5777 ext. 125.
Soldiers home West Philadelphia's own Quiara Alegría Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for her drama Water by the Spoonful, about an Iraq war vet struggling with civilian life who connects with an online chatroom. The show goes on at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., and continues on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule to March 16. Tickets are $36 to $48. Call 215-922-1122.
Still rocking You know, for a prefab group, the Grass Roots were pretty good, before they started slowly crumbling around 1969. Their guitarist Creed Bratton left the band about that time. Wonder what happened to him? Sure, rumor has it that he started going by the name William Charles Schneider and ended up drifting between Canada and northeast Pennsylvania, working a dead-end job, but we think that was Bratton playing himself on the hit TV show The Office and that he's back playing music. See for yourself when Creed Bratton plays at 7:30 p.m. at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $29.50 and $45. Call 215-257-5808.
Take a chance Using the hits of 1970s superstars ABBA, Catherine Johnson's musical Mamma Mia! follows a young bride-to-be who tries to find the truth about the past of her mother, a carefree former singer. The show goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $105.50. Call 215-731-3333.
Life or death In the unlikely 2011 comedy 50/50, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young cancer patient relying on his quirky best friend (Seth Rogen) to get him through treatment with the titular odds of survival. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $12; $9 for seniors; $8 for students. Call 610-527-9898.
Key player The sensational pianist Lydia Artymiw performs a recital of works by Mozart, Robert Capanna, and Schumann at 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Dancing across the water Choreographers Nora Gibson of Philadelphia and John Scott of Dublin present new works at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 215-387-9895.
Friday & Saturday
Dance music Conductor Stéphane Denève leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Stravinsky's Suite from "The Firebird" and Dumbarton Oaks and Prokofiev's Excerpts from "Cinderella," with guest artists Philadanco, and Poulenc's Aubade in collaboration with Philadanco and soloist Eric Le Sage, piano, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 2 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $48 to $150. Call 215-893-1999.
Distinctive voice Avant-pop genius Annie Clark, doing business as St. Vincent, plays her gems at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. Call 215-232-2100.
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.