7Days: Regional arts and entertainment, by Michael Harrington
Bard and Jane For a scuffling playwright, Shakespeare truly understood the way a crown can poison even the most noble. One of his most penetrating explorations of power and corruption, Julius Caesar, is presented by the Lantern Theater Company in a samurai setting at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, and continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $38. Call 215-829-0395. . . . Director and choreographer Samantha Bellomo uses the patterns of Regency dance to illuminate Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan's stage adaptation. The drama of love and marriage goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the People's Light and Theater Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule to March 30. Tickets are $26 to $46. Call 610-644-3500.
Mensch du jour The Jewish Film Festival opens with John Turturro's comedy Fading Gigolo, with Woody Allen as a cash-strapped bookstore owner who turns to the world's oldest profession to stay afloat, persuading an amiable florist (Turturro) to be his star attraction. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. Tickets are $18. Call 215-545-4400.
Workers go flying Acrobats take on the industrial complex in Cirkopolis, the new show by the Montreal troupe Cirque Eloize. The show goes on at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $75. Call 215-731-3333.
Mad scientist When comedy giants such as Carl Reiner and Steve Martin team up, the results turn out to be something like the underrated 1983 sci-fi comedy The Man With Two Brains, directed by Reiner and starring Martin as the mellifluously monikered Dr. Hfuhruhurr, a neurosurgeon who falls in love with a preserved brain and schemes to transplant it into a woman (after briefly considering, then rejecting, a gorilla). 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.
Eclectic music The estimable chamber orchestra ECCO plays a wide-ranging recital of works by Mozart, David Ludwig, Satie, Judd Greenstein, Gesualdo, and Ravel at 8 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
Friday & Saturday
Tribute band The Philly Pops under conductor Larry Blank honors the memory of the multitalented Marvin Hamlisch with the help of three of his favorite singers - Donna McKechnie, Jodi Benson, and Doug LaBrecque - at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $30-$134. Call 215-893-1999.
Song bird Luminous British singer Ellie Goulding performs at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $45. Call 1-800-298-4200.
Travel stories Novelist Ken Kalfus reads from his new book Equilateral, about a British astronomer's effort to communicate with Mars from 1890s Egypt, while rising star Andrew Ervin offers selections from Extraordinary Renditions, his collection of novellas set in Budapest, at Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 267-331-9552.
Coming to America The troupe Celtic Nights brings together Ireland's best singers and dancers to tell the story of Irish immigration to the United States. The show goes on at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
Jazz time Pianist Eldar Djangirov brings his trio to Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-568-3131.
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.