7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Corporate ladder While we're having a long weekend (most of us), it's nice to consider the rat race with a smile, as in the great 1960s musical satire How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, about a window washer who uses a book with the eponymous title to make his way to top of his company. The show goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to July 13. Tickets are $10 to $95. Call 215-574-3550.
Distinctive voice With a five-octave vocal range, the dynamic Tamar Braxton can sing just about anything she wants. She performs at 8 p.m. at the Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby. Tickets are $30. Call 215-922-1011.
American lives A true hero, James Webb is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, successful novelist, former secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, and former Democratic U.S. senator from Virginia. He tells his story in his new memoir, I Heard My Country Calling, which he discusses at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. Tickets are $20 (includes book). Call 215-409-6700. . . . Soprano Jessye Norman tells of her struggle to overcome the racism she faced growing up in the South to rise to the top of the opera world in her memoir Stand Up Straight and Sing! She discusses her work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-567-4341.
Worth and worthiness Though best known for his samurai films, Akira Kurosawa was a deft craftsman of thrillers, as shown in his 1963 classic, High and Low, based on a police procedural by Ed McBain, in which a ruthless executive faces a moral dilemma when criminals mistakenly kidnap his driver's son. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $12; $9 seniors; $8 students. Call 610-527-9898.
Taking a slide Trombonist Jeff Bradshaw is joined by friends including Trombone Shorty, Take 6, Marsha Ambrosius, Kim Burrell, Najee, Kenny Lattimore, Eric Roberson, Bilal, and Robert Glasper for a recording concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $49 to $100. Call 215-893-1999.
Funny man The intriguing and mellifluously monikered comedian Michael Ian Black performs at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero, 10th and Arch Streets. Tickets are $25. Call 215-922-6888.
People who died The adventurous theater troupe New Paradise Laboratories revives its Fringe hit 27, a musical about rock luminaries who died at that age, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse. The show goes on at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 11 p.m. Friday, and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-925-9914.
Friday & Saturday
Soul stirrer The fantastic Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings shake it up at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., at 8:30 Friday. Tickets are $30. Call 215-232-2100.
Side man Singer and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley has backed up everybody from Ry Cooder to Jackson Browne to Bob Dylan to Linda Ronstadt. He plays solo at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $21.50. Call 215-257-5808.
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.