7Days: Regional arts and entertainment
Who's that girl
Doug Wright's 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama I Am My Own Wife tells the story of German antiquarian Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born as a man named Lothar Berfelde), who lived under both Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin, wearing aprons and pearls while collecting quotidian artifacts eventually brought together in her Gründerzeit Museum. The play also tells the story of the playwright's attempts to write about her. The Theatre Horizon production goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the company's theater, 401 Dekalb St., Norristown, and continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. Monday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $35. Call 610-283-2230.
Expert juggler Jen Slaw hosts the Five Minute Follies, a tribute to Golden Age TV shows, with her guests: country singer Chuck Schaeffer, dancer Ashlyn Gardner, hoop performer H2O Hoops (Tara Rebel Pascoe), comedian Craig Liggeons, singer Chrissy Pryor, and the tap-dance troupe Tapestry. The show goes on at 3 p.m. at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. Tickets are $18. Call 1-800-838-3006.
Cool and free
Ethiopia-born Israeli jazz singer Ayala Ingedashet displays a confident cool in her swinging world-beat tunes. She performs at 7 p.m. at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Admission is free; reservations required. Call 215-387-5125.
One man's war
Leslie Howard is the template for artistic resistance to militarism. Shell-shocked in World War I, he used his skills as an actor to battle the Nazi threat during World War II, upholding the virtues of tolerance and culture in tireless action until he was killed when the airliner he was on was shot down by the Germans over the Bay of Biscay in 1943. He starred in and directed the 1941 thriller Pimpernel Smith, one of the best espionage films ever made, in which he portrayed an effete archaeologist in 1939 Europe whose bumbling studies mask his true heroism: smuggling refugees under the nose of the Gestapo. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. Admission is free. Call 215-247-0476
What a feeling
Based on the unlikely 1983 hit film, Flashdance the Musical tells the story of a Pittsburgh welder who moonlights as a bar dancer while dreaming of getting her big break - until romance with a steel-mill boss turns her world upside down. 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 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $105.50. Call 215-731-3333.
The sensational Pacifica Quartet plays Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat Major and teams with pianist Marc-André Hamelin to play Leo Ornstein's challenging Piano Quintet at 8 p.m. in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.
The estimable modern dance company BalletX performs world-premieres from renowned choreographers Adam Barruch, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $35; $30 for seniors; $22 for students. Call 215-546-7824.
The right moves
The acrobatic dance troupe Keigwin + Company performs at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $55. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
The excellent folk-electronica duo Sylvan Esso performs as the opener for Minor Alps (Nada Surf's Matthew Caws and Juliana Hatfield) at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29. Call 215-222-1400.
When things go wrong
In novelist Solomon Jones' new thriller, The Dead Man's Wife, a South Philly detective steps in to help an ex-girlfriend apparently framed for her husband's murder. Jones reads at Musehouse Center for the Literary Arts, 7924 Germantown Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 267-331-9552.
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.