Pip's path Charles Dickens' best novel, Great Expectations, concerns Pip, an orphan boy in Victorian England whose ideals are expanded when he is hired by an eccentric wealthy spinster as a playmate for her adopted daughter. It's presented in a stage adaptation by Gale Childs Daly at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Dec. 14. Tickets are $36 to $50. Call 215-922-1122.
With strings Conductor Dirk Brossé leads the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Carl Stamitz's Viola Concerto in D major with soloist Ayane Kozasa, plus works by Britten and Haydn, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $24 to $81. Call 215-893-1999.
Tweety bird Although Patricia Lockwood is only unofficially known as "the Poet Laureate of Twitter," we should just go ahead and make it her title (should come with a crown, though, or a pair of nice shoes). She's already a fine poet with a comic sensibility who has been published in the New Yorker and the London Review of Books, as well as a satirist of sexts. Lockwood reads from her new collection, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
World beat On her new album Tudo, singer Bebel Gilberto deftly mixes electronica and Brazilian rhythms. She performs at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $37.50. Call 215-222-1400.
Sideshow story Former carnival barker Tod Browning had one of the most distinctive careers in movies, drawing on his background to create eerie and troubling films whose influence is reflected in the current TV hit American Horror Story: Freak Show. His 1925 silent The Unholy Three stars frequent collaborator Lon Chaney as a ventriloquist who forms a criminal gang with a strongman and a dwarf. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9211 Germantown Ave. Admission is free. Call 215-247-0476.
An actor prepares The acclaimed author of The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, discusses his new book, The Good Luck of Right Now, a tale of troubled misfits finding connections as told in a series of letters to the thespian Richard Gere, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $10. Call 215-345-7855.
Words and music Richard Strauss' valedictory opera Capriccio is a lighthearted meditation on art disguised as the story of a countess torn between two lovers: a poet and a composer. A film of the Vienna State Opera House production starring Renée Fleming screens at 7 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $20; $10 students. Call 610-527-9898.
Dance, dance The exhilarating Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company performs choreographer Rami Be'er's powerful piece If At All 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 $60. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
Jazz time The dynamite singer Jackie Ryan performs with the Larry McKenna Quartet at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 215-568-3131.
Gang of New York Set in 1980s New York, Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo's gangster drama Revenge of the Green Dragons is about the conflict of two midlevel mobsters - one placid, one brutal - dealing with a gangland double-cross in Manhattan's Chinatown. The film, produced by Martin Scorsese, screens at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10; $8 for students. Call 215-387-5125.