Sunday, February 1, 2015

Life, Life, Love

7Days: Regional arts and entertainment, by Michael Harrington

"The Book of Mormon" is at the Forrest Theatre to Sept. 14.
"The Book of Mormon" is at the Forrest Theatre to Sept. 14.
"The Book of Mormon" is at the Forrest Theatre to Sept. 14. Gallery: 7Days: Regional arts and entertainment, by Michael Harrington


And now, something Pining for the fjords? Running from the Piranha Brothers? Stricken with a silly walk? Here's the remedy: Monty Python Live (Mostly), the legendary comedy troupe's reunion in London, wherein they perform some of their greatest bits, with a few new twists. A film of the performance screens at 1 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Call 610-527-9898.

Door to door What do you get when South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone team with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez? The Book of Mormon, a Tony Award-winning satirical musical about two naïve missionaries sent to a remote part of Uganda to gain converts while dodging the local warlord. The show goes on at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Sept. 14. Tickets are $67 to $227. Call 1-800-447-7400.

Wild blue yonder Even in these days of CGI wonders, the 1927 war movie Wings, which won the first-ever Oscar as best picture, can stun viewers with its realistic scenes of aerial combat. The biplanes and zeppelins seem real because, well, they are - director William Wellman and actors Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen doubled as stunt pilots in making the silent film, while 3,500 extras were used in a faithful recreation of the epic battle of Saint-Mihiel. The film follows two friends in love with the same girl (Clara Bow) as they go through training (watch for a young Gary Cooper in his first big role) and on to the killing fields of France. The film screens at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Tickets are $11; $9 for seniors; $7 ages 12 and under. Call 610-917-1228.

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    Blues man The great guitarist Buddy Guy plays at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Center Studios, 63 Concord Rd., Aston. Tickets are $39.50 to $59.50. Call 610-492-7722.


    Chamber pop Remember last winter? Yeah, August's humidity doesn't seem so bad now, does it? The snow and cold knocked out a show by the sensational Danish singer and pianist Agnes Obel in March, but she returns to perform her somber, ethereal gems, with cello and viola accompaniment, at 8 p.m. at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-222-1400.


    At the movies Tsai Ming-liang's 2003 drama Good Bye Dragon Inn tells its story in a series of nearly wordless tableaux as a sparse crowd watches King Hu's 1967 martial-arts classic Dragon Inn on the last night of a crumbling Taiwan movie palace. The film screens at 7 p.m. at International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Tickets are $9; $7 for students. Call 215-387-5125.

    Happy anniversary Narberth's Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet celebrates its 40th year with performances by alumni, including Connie Flachs of the Grand Rapids Ballet, Pam Kubiak of Manassas Ballet Theatre, Tiit Helimets of the San Francisco Ballet, Heather Holajter of the Colorado Ballet, Bryan Koulman of the Milwaukee and Charlotte Ballets, and Tim Early of Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company, at 7:30 p.m. at Lower Merion High School, 315 E. Montgomery Ave., Ardmore. Tickets are $10. Call 610-664-3455.


    Straight shooter Though he was already a Hollywood star, Jimmy Stewart truly established himself as one of our finest screen actors in his 1950s films with Alfred Hitchcock and Anthony Mann. The first of the westerns he made with Mann, 1950's Winchester '73, in which Stewart plays a cowboy chasing an outlaw who stole his rifle, screens at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau St., Princeton. Tickets are $10.50. Call 609-683-4656.

    Friday & Saturday

    Party for a cause For the 15th year, the AIDS Law Project presents its Summer Movie Party: This year, it's the 1957 musical Funny Face, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, screened by Secret Cinema with an introduction by film critic Richard Barrios (Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter), plus refreshments at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St., at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-587-9377.

    Funny folks There's a lot of comic talent collected for the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, including Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Dave Attell, and Chris D'Elia, but for us the standout stand-up Hannibal Buress is the reason to see the show, which goes on at the Susquehanna Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 to $99.75. Call 1-800-745-300.


    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

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