On the move An entire philosophy of living can be based on P.D. Eastman's
Go Dog. Go!
The classic has it all: drama (" 'Do you like my hat?' 'I do not.' 'Good-by!' 'Good-by!' "); action ("The dogs are all going around, and around, and around. Go around again!"); wisdom (" 'It is hot out here in the sun.' 'It is not hot here under the house.' "); existential angst ("Look at those dogs go! Why are they going so fast in those cars? What are they going to do? Where are those dogs going?"); and a happy ending (we won't give it away, but it's what we should hope for). Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz's musical adaptation of the beginner's reading book goes on at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today at the
Arden Theatre Company's
Arcadia Stage, 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to June 1. Tickets are $14 to $30. Call 215-922-122.
Good folk Fronted by dynamite singer and fiddler
, the exuberant quartet
rehabilitates string-band folk by injecting a shot of hip energy. They play at 7:30 p.m. at
the Tin Angel
, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-928-0770.
Death and the maiden With their production of Sara Ruhl's retelling of the Orpheus myth from the feminine perspective, the Wilma Theater presents the symposium
Eurydice (and Us) in the Underworld
. The discussion of afterlife concepts, featuring psychologist
, classical scholar
, and poet
, begins at 7 p.m. at the company's theater, 265 S. Broad St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-546-7824.
Our baker's dozen In his new book
The Thirteen American Arguments
posits that our nation has about that many ongoing, essential debates, and that we have constantly refined them as the United States has developed. He'll discuss the way the arguments have been manifested in the current campaign at 6:30 p.m. at the
National Constitution Center
, 525 Arch St. Tickets are $15; reservations required. Call 215-409-6700.
Unconventional suds Beer expert
, the author of
, speaks about the history of brewing and provides examples of contemporary styles that drink outside the hops. Beers featured include Dogfish Head's Midas Touch Golden Elixir, based on the oldest known recipe for fermented beverage; Fraoch Heather Ale, brewed in Scotland since 2000 B.C.; Allagash Interlude, a barrel-aged Belgian-style ale from Maine; and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, a lambic from Brussels. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. at
Tria Fermentation School
, Suite 620, 1601 Walnut St. Tickets are $50. Call 215-972-7076.
Book arts The recent work of printmaker and bookbinder
combines Hokusai's precision with the cutting expressionism of George Grosz. An exhibit of her woodblock prints examining the personal and the political is at the University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St., to June 7. Call 215-382-7811.
Distinctive voice If there's anybody playing more affecting and sparkling pop than
Laura Veirs and the Saltbreakers
, well, we don't know who it is. They play at 7:30 p.m. at
World Cafe Live
, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-222-1400
Clutch players On their new CD,
the Marcin Wasilewski Trio
take a cerebral, spacious approach to originals by their namesake pianist, as well as tunes by Morricone, Prince, Carla Bley, and their mentor Tomasz Stanko. Which is not to say they don't know when to fill up the space with contrapuntal rhythms and melodic solos. The Polish combo plays at 8 and 10 p.m. at
Chris' Jazz Cafe
, 1421 Sansom St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-568-3131.
Friday & Saturday
No joke Though they are known for vaudeville turns and commedia dell'arte flourishes, in their new piece
, the kinetic theatre troupe
looks at the destructive spiral of drug use. The ensemble performs the work at
the Annenberg Center's
Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-898-3900.
Out in the cold As part of an international conference on Arctic exploration,
the Academy of Natural Sciences
North by Degree: An Arctic Exploration Film Festival
featuring archival films of expeditions from the 1890s to the 1930s. The films screen in the academy's theater, 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $10; $8 for seniors, students and ages 3 to 12; under 3 free (includes museum admission). Call 215-299-1000.
With a song Grammy winners
("From a Distance") and
("Where've You Been") are joined by esteemed Nashville vet
("Where I Used to Have a Heart") for a round-table performance at
the Arts Scene
, 530 Union St., West Chester, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Call 610-644-6555.