Chamber music Conductor

Daniel Spalding

leads the

Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

in Bach's

Concerto No. 1 in D minor

with soloist

Gabriela Imreh

, piano, plus Tchaikovsky's

Souvenir de Florence

, and, a rarity, the

Concerto Grosso

by Vittorio Giannini (better known for his vocal and operatic works). The concert is at 2 p.m. at

First Presbyterian Church

, 21st and Walnut Streets. Tickets are $20. Call 1-86-403-6844.

Something happened In Sonja Linden's

I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda

, a failed writer teaching at a social services center and a refugee from the 1994 Rwandan genocide find ways to reconnect with their damaged humanity while working out a way to tell her story. The powerful drama goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. at

People's Light & Theatre Company

, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to June 28. Tickets are $29 to $48. Call 610-644-3500.

Species of dance The

Pennsylvania Ballet

presents an eclectic program featuring Christopher Wheeldon's

Carnival of the Animals

, set to Saint-Saëns' famed score, plus Peter Quanz's Mozart reverie,

Jupiter Symphony

, and two new works by Matthew Neenan,



Pampeana No. 2

. The program goes on at 2 p.m. at

the Academy of Music

, Broad and Locust Streets, and continues with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday (the Neenan works will not be performed Saturday). Tickets are $22 to $124. Call 215-893-1999.


Man on the run Alfred Hitchcock was known as the "Master of Suspense," and in his 1959 thriller,

North By Northwest

, he was at the top of his form. The tale of a businessman (Cary Grant) mistaken for a spy and pursued across the country by killers has perhaps the iconic scene of everyday life turned deadly: Grant being chased through dusty fields by a crop-duster. The film screens at 7 p.m. Monday at

the County Theater

, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $8.50. Call 215-345-6789. The film also screens at the

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (tickets are $9.25; call 610-527-9898), and at

the Ambler Theater

, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, at 7 p.m. Thursday (tickets are $8; call 215-345-7855).)


Going to the dogs We want to see them as being just like us, when all they really want is to do is be dogs and just hang around with us. Two photography shows illustrate the ways we try to meld the canine and human: In his work for Look and Life magazines,

Elliot Erwitt

created enduring images such as Vice President Richard M. Nixon poking a finger at Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev during their famous "kitchen debate" in 1959. But the photographer was more renowned for his pictures of dogs and their owners, a selection of which is on display at

the Michener Art Museum

, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, to Aug. 31. Admission is $10.50; $10 for seniors; $8 for students. Call 215-340-9800. . . . In his work posing his Weimaraners in costumes and odd situations,

William Wegman

catches the infinite patience and mournful forbearance of dogs. The exhibition


, celebrating his 10-year collaboration with one of his muses, is at the

Allentown Art Museum

, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown, to Sept. 7. Admission is $11; $9 for seniors and students. Call 610-432-4333.


An Eye to I The monthly

First Person Salon

presents artists talking about their work. This month's lineup is stellar: Author

Lorene Cary

reads from her latest memoir; filmmaker

Ron Kanter

discusses his documentary

New Cops

, following members of the Philadelphia Police Academy; and muralist

Donald Gensler

talks about his recent work at Broad and Race Streets. The program begins at 7 p.m. at

the Gershman Y

, 401 S. Broad St. Tickets are $5 to $10. Call 267-402-2056.


Funny stuff In writing as in acting, being funny is hard (we're living proof of that). And, like comedians, humor writers often get short shrift when it comes to acclaim. So we'll say it:

Ian Frazier

is one of the best writers in America. His pieces, many written for the New Yorker, have been gathered in two collections: 1986's

Dating Your Mom

and 1996's

Coyote v Acme

(in the title piece, Wile E. sues the maker of Spring-Powered Shoes). So his new collection,

Lamentations of the Father

, is about two years late, by our calculation. Perhaps Frazier will explain why when he discusses his work at 7 p.m. at the

Free Library's

Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.

Distinctive voice

The violinist and singer

Jenny Scheinman

showcases her musicological skills on two remarkable CDs being released simultaneously. On

Crossing the Field

, she continues her avant-jazz instrumental work, while on her eponymous vocal disc she performs spot-on, rootsy renditions of songs by Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, and Mississippi John Hurt (plus an exquisite rendition of the Platters' classic "Twilight Time"). She performs at 8:30 p.m. at

Tin Angel

, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-928-0770.

Friday & Saturday

Two at PSALM The weekend's offering by the Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature and Music, at


, 5841 Overbrook Ave. (tickets are $10; call 215-47-7578): Percussionist

SiriOm Singh

combines mantras with church hymns at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while

the Mark Sobol Band

plays klezmer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.