Regional arts and entertainment events
Sunday 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.
Chamber music Conductor
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Concerto No. 1 in D minor
, piano, plus Tchaikovsky's
Souvenir de Florence
, and, a rarity, the
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
presents an eclectic program featuring Christopher Wheeldon's
Carnival of the Animals
, set to Saint-Saëns' famed score, plus Peter Quanz's Mozart reverie,
, 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,
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,
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
reads from her latest memoir; filmmaker
discusses his documentary
, following members of the Philadelphia Police Academy; and muralist
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:
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
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
Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
The violinist and singer
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
, 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
combines mantras with church hymns at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while
the Mark Sobol Band
plays klezmer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.