7 Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Looking back A sensational Seward Johnson Retrospective features works by the venerable sculptor, including a 26-foot-tall stainless-steel-and-aluminum Marilyn Monroe, life-size, three-dimensional re-creations of paintings by impressionist painters, and the "Celebrating the Familiar" series of works depicting quotidian activities such as a nap on a park bench and a trip to the grocery store. The show goes on at the institution the artist founded, Grounds for Sculpture, East State Street and Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, N.J., to Sept. 21. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors; $10 for students. Call 609-586-0616.
Growing up In Herb Gardner's 1962 comedy A Thousand Clowns, an out-of-work TV writer willfully avoiding gainful employment finds his nonconformist principles threatened after a visit from a social worker indicates he will lose custody of his 12-year-old nephew. The show goes on at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Montgomery Theater, 124 N. Main St., Souderton, and continues on a varied schedule to July 13. Tickets are $24 to $35. Call 215-723-9984.
Isn't it romantic? A panel of romance writers including Megan Hart (Flying), Sara Humphreys (Vampire Trouble), and Geri Krotow (Navy Orders) discuss the genre at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
Lift every voice Camden's own Grammy-winning gospel star Tye Tribbett brings the spirit at 7 p.m. at the Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-922-1011.
Drawn to it Illustrator and cartoonist Terry LaBan (Edge City) discusses his work at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium at Rydal Park, the Fairway and Rydal Road, Jenkintown. Admission is free. Call 215-376-6292.
Big send-off Before the Philadelphia Orchestra treks off to Colorado for a couple of weeks, associate conductor Cristian Macelaru leads the ensemble, with soloist Sarah Shafer, soprano, in works by Dvorak, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, John Williams, and others, culminating in Tchaikovsky's always fantastic 1812 Overture and fireworks. The program goes on at 8 p.m. at Penn's Landing's Great Plaza, Chestnut Street and South Columbus Boulevard. Admission is free. Call 215-893-1999.
Baroque rock Multi-instrumentalists Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes, also known as the Sufi-inspired Seattle duo Iska Dhaaf ("let it go" in Somali, which Verdoes speaks fluently, it says here), play gems off their dynamite new album Even the Sun Will Burn at 8 p.m. at Ortlieb's, 47 N. Third St. Tickets are $6. Call 267-324-3348.
Never say die The 1985 Steven Spielberg-Chris Columbus cult children's adventure film The Goonies, about a gang of kids battling a criminal family while seeking pirate treasure to save their neighborhood from developers, screens outdoors at 8:30 p.m. at Penn's Landing's Great Plaza, Chestnut Street and South Columbus Boulevard. Admission is free. Call 215-922-2386.
Friday & Saturday
Her own way The great Sarah Dash has blazed her own path in pop and soul, whether as one-third of Labelle (hey, shouldn't they be in the Hall of Fame by now?) or working with Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones. She performs at the Rrazz Room in the Ramada, 6426 Lower York Rd., New Hope, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30 and $40. Call 888-596-1027.
Fab Four's first flick The creative chaos of the Beatles' early days is captured in 1964's A Hard Day's Night, directed in an influential frenetic style by Philadelphia-born Richard Lester. A newly restored version of the film screens at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, at 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. July 8. Tickets are $12; $9 for seniors; $8 for students. Call 610-527-9898.
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.