7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Bird man. Get your binoculars and prepare to start a new list, birders. Since the turn of the century, David Sibley's guide has been the essential birders' bible, but now it's time for him to present The Sibley Guide to Birds: Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. The illustrator and naturalist discusses his work at 2 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
Mozart trio. Conductor Matthias Bamert leads the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in three works by Mozart: Symphony No. 17 in G major (written when Wolfgang Amadeus was just 16), the mysterious Symphony No. 40 in G minor (never performed in his lifetime), and the Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major with soloist Jeffrey Khaner. The program goes on at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $24 to $81. Call 215-893-1709.
Party girls. As Bruce Springsteen sagely observed, "We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school." So it is in Roger Bean's musical Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, in which four girls gather for a bachelorette party and ponder the nature of love through the pop songs of the early 1960s. The show, starring Victoria Mayo as the bride-to-be, goes on at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Media Theatre, 104 East State St., Media, and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $42; $35 for seniors; $25 for ages 12 and under. Call 610-891-0100.
Notes from underground. Based on Minoru Furuya's manga about tormented youth, Sion Sono's 2012 drama Himizu ("mole" in Japanese) places the story of an abused teen who kills his father and then sets out to rid the world of evil amid the dystopian ruins of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami (which occurred while Sono was writing the screenplay). 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.
Talking baseball. Writers and baseball experts Daniel Okrent (the inventor of the fantasy-sports progenitor Rotisserie League, which makes him one of the greatest figures in history) and John Thorn (star of Ken Burns' 1994 documentary and the official MLB historian) get together to discuss the national pastime at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Jewish History, Fifth and Market Streets. Tickets are $18. Call 215-923-3811.
Soul girl. Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Natalie York plays her dynamite soul-folk gems at 9 p.m. at the Grape Room, 105 Grape St. Tickets are $5. Call 215-930-0321
Feathered friends, luckily. If you ever wished you could walk with dinosaurs, you can. Just head out to the front lawn and hang out with the robins and starlings - they're the ancestors of theropods such as velociraptors and tyrannosaurs (good thing they got smaller - it would play havoc with the homeowners insurance). Eminent ornithologist Richard Prum explains how scientists made the connection in his lecture Why Birds Are Dinosaurs at 6:30 p.m. at the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Admission is free; reservations are required. 215-299-1000.
Out of the past. Punk patriarchs Glen Matlock (of the Sex Pistols) and Sylvain Sylvain (of the New York Dolls) team up for an acoustic set at 7 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. Tickets are $16. Call 215- 291-4919.
Eclectic music. Conductor Donald Runnicles leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in an intriguing program: Britten's Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes" (with video by Tal Rosner) and Violin Concerto with soloist Janine Jansen, plus works by Arvo Pärt and Mozart, 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 $150. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Distinctive voices. The excellent avant-folk singer Aly Spaltro, who does business as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, appears on a four-band bill opening for similarly inclined Okkervil River at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18. Call 215-232-2100. . . .The sensational Lancaster County country-folk trio the Stray Birds plays at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18. Call 215-222-1400.
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.