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7Days: Regional arts and entertainment,

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Pretty, perky

That's how George Gobel always described Peggy King on his 1950s TV show. The legendary singer and actress worked with everybody from Harry James to Mitch Miller to André Previn. Arthur Hamilton wrote "Cry Me a River" for her, but Miller wouldn't let her record it because it had the word plebeian in it! She'll sing that song, though, among other hits when she performs at 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Ethical Society Building, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $25. Call 215-730-1789.


News that stays

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written compelling and influential works on Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Her new book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, looks at the way the unraveling friendship of the two men who became president affected the nation up until our time, along with portraits of some of the country's greatest journalists, including Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and William Allen White. Kearns discusses her work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Tickets are $15; $7 for students. Call 215-567-4341.


Art of war

Among their many crimes, fascist operatives looted art from throughout Europe during World War II, with some works never recovered by their owners and others being returned even now (a 17th-century baroque painting by Bernardo Strozzi was recently donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after being found). John Frankenheimer's hard-edged, engrossing 1964 wartime thriller The Train tells the story of a French Resistance member (Burt Lancaster) as he tries to prevent a Nazi officer from taking works of art to Germany by rail. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. Admission is free. Call 215-247-0476.

With strings

The esteemed Juilliard Quartet, with guest Ricardo Morales, clarinet, performs works by Bach, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, and Mozart at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets are $24. Call 215-569-8080.


From outer space

J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's The History of Future Folk is the story of the alien warriors from the planet Hondo who come to Earth to destroy it, but instead become a beloved bluegrass duo in New York after they fall in love with our music - and girls. The sci-fi comedy epic screens at 7:30 p.m. at the County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $9.75. Call 215-345-6789.

Holiday spirit

The no-longer hirsute, but still intense, orthodox reggae rapper Matisyahu performs his annual Hanukkah show at 8:30 p.m. at the Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. Tickets are $40. Call 215-222-1234.


Funny man

Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer performs at 8 p.m. at the Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets are $45 to $110. Call 215-572-7650.

Distinctive voices

Swedish singer-organist Anna von Hausswolff has one of 2013's best albums in the stately chamber-pop outing Ceremony. She headlines a bill with the equally intriguing Brooklyn guitarist-filmmaker Noveller and local psychedelic explorer Bad Braids at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $12. 215-739-9684.

Friday & Saturday

Peace on earth

Christian Carion's 2005 holiday drama Joyeaux Noël tells the story of the impromptu Christmas 1914 truce by soldiers who left their trenches to play soccer, share candies, sing carols, and forget about the war for a time. The film screens at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 610-544-1818.

Dance dance

The electrifying troupe Philadanco performs a tribute to choreographer Christopher L. Huggins at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $29 to $46. Call 215-893-1999.


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

Michael Harrington Inquirer Staff Writer
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