Chamber music Violinist Claudia Schaer plays works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Ibert, Massenet, and Ravel at 3 p.m. at the Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn. Tickets are $15; $10 for students. Call 267-502-2600. . . . The Jupiter String Quartet teams with Guarneri Quartet veterans Michael Tree, viola, and Peter Wiley, cello, to play works by Haydn, Janacek, Strauss, and Schoenberg at 3 p.m. at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets are $23. Call 215-569-8080.
Personal politics In Susan Bernfield's Stretch (A Fantasia), President Richard M. Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods (famed for her testimony that she erased part of a Watergate tape while reaching for the phone), lives with memories and dreams in an Ohio nursing home. The show goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the People's Light and Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to April 25. Tickets are $28 to $41. Call 610-644-3500. . . . Margaret and Allison Engel's Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins stars Kathleen Turner as the acerbic Texas columnist who delighted in skewering the establishment with humor. The Philadelphia Theatre Company production goes on at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard Streets, and continues on a Tuesday-
Sunday schedule to April 25. Tickets are $25 to $69. Call 215-985-0420.
Food for thought In her memoir Cherries in Winter, author Suzan Colón tells how she rediscovered the solace of family culinary tradition by delving into her grandmother's recipe collection after losing her job. First Person Arts presents an Edible World event, with readings by Colón from her work and a three-course meal based on the recipes. The program starts at 6 p.m. at Bridget Foy's, 200 South St. Tickets are $35. Call 267-402-2055.
Arrested development Federico Fellini's earliest success, the semiautobio-
graphical I Vitelloni, follows five small-town louts dreaming big while shooting pool, pulling pranks, chasing women, and living off their parents. The 1953 classic - an influence on Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, George Lucas' American Graffiti, and Barry Levinson's Diner - screens at 7 p.m. at Villanova University's Connelly Center Cinema, Lancaster and Ithan Avenues, Villanova. Tickets are $5. Call 610-519-4750.
Down beat Gloomy noise-rockers Xiu Xiu use a melodic amalgam of found-electronicand percussive shards under Jamie Stewart's operatic vocals, delivering waves of language poetry. Got it? It's good. The music starts at 8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-821-7575.
Welcome back After 21/2 years off the stage, BalletX codirector Christine Cox returns to performing in a program featuring her own work, plus that of Thang Dao, Lauren Putty, and Myra Bazell and Monica Favand. Performances are 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 $30; $25 for seniors; $20 for students. Call 215-546-7824.
Lobby art Performance artist Sara Felder's antic comedy A Queer Divine was inspired by Martha Graham's advice to Agnes de Mille: "No artist is ever pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." Felder's work, combining juggling, circus tricks, clowning, and object-play, looks at the interstitial nature of life and creation - and as such is designed to be performed in that most transitional space, the lobby. Felder performs the piece at 7 p.m. in the waiting areas of Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave. (Thursday); the Gershman Y, Broad and Pine Streets (April 20); International House, 3701 Chestnut St. (April 22); the Wilma Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets (April 24); and the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. (April 26). Tickets are $20. Call 215-735-7356.
Happy anniversary The estimable troupe Philadanco celebrates its 40th anniversary with a program of works by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Milton Meyers, and Ronald K. Brown at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $34 to $46. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Classical delight Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in a marvelous program of Stravinsky's Petrushka, Ravel's "Mother Goose" Suite, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, with soloist Emanuel Ax, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $39 to $113. Call 215-893-1999.
Chamber jazz Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc takes a cerebral, geometric approach to jazz on his terrific new CD, "True Story," with unexpect-
ed eruptions of rhythmic swing through-
out. He plays at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Call 215-568-3131.