Athletic pursuits Gounod's opera
Romeo et Juliette
is presented in a film of the Salzburg Festival production conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (here with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts Thursday through Friday). The film screens at 12:30 p.m. at
the Ambler Theater
, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $26. Call 215-345-7855. . . .
The Jewish Film Festival
presents two on the sweet science at
the Gershman Y
, 401 S. Broad St.: Jason Hutt's documentary
looks at welterweight Dmitriy Salita's effort to balance boxing and religion (2 p.m.), while
Max Baer's Last Right Hook
is a mockumentary by Avida Livny about a fictional bout between the former heavyweight champ and a German challenger in 1942 Palestine (7 p.m.). Tickets are $10 for each film. Call 215-446-3019.
Chamber music Accordion virtuoso
shows off the versatility of her instrument in a recital including works by Bach, Scarlatti, Sofia Gubaidulina, Alexander Pushkarenko, Chiel Meijering, Tatiana Sergeyeva and Astor Piazzolla at 3 p.m. at
the Trinity Center for Urban Life
, 2212 Spruce St. Tickets are $16; $14 for seniors; $5 for students. Call 215-735-6999. . . . Violinist
plays works by Bach, Brahms and Bartok in an alumni recital at
the Curtis Institute of Music
, 1726 Locust St. Tickets are $28. Call 215-893-7902. . . .
the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
in works by Mendelssohn, Nielsen and Vladimir Martynov, with soloist
, flute, at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 2:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $20 to $70. Call 215-893-1709.
Turn the beat around John Waters' subversively sweet film
makes a natural stage musical, and so it is that the tale of a zaftig teen's rise to TV dance-show fame goes on at 8 p.m. Sunday at
the Walnut Street Theatre
, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday- through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 4. Tickets are $10 to $70. Call 215-574-3550.
Starting words Former presidential speechwriters
Mary Kate Cary
(George H.W. Bush),
(Bill Clinton), and
(Jimmy Carter) discuss what goes into writing inaugural addresses at 6:30 p.m. at
the National Constitution Center
, 525 Arch St. Tickets are $15; reservations are required. Call 215-409-6700.
In the spirit The estimable
plays her deft mix of Sufi mysticism and trance-rock on a bill with folk-pop perfectionist
at 8:30 p.m. at
the Tin Angel
, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-928-0770.
Mayhem has its rewards Bam Margera gained fame risking serious bodily injury (and often achieving it) in skateboarding videos, on MTV and in movies. Which, of course, perfectly suits his new venture as a businessman as owner of the region's newest music venue,
. Genial pop-jammers
play at 8 p.m. at Bam's place, 142 E. Market St., West Chester. Tickets are $18. Call 1-800-594-8499.
By the numbers In his new book
looks at elite researchers' efforts to create a mathematical profile of human behavior from commerce to crime. He discusses his work at at 7:30 p.m. at
the Free Library's
Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
People are strange The invaluable
Andrew's Video Vault
presents a title-themed triple bill: William Castle's 1944 film noir
When Strangers Marry
, starring Robert Mitchum as a guy helping an ex-girlfriend find the mystery man she married; Matthew Chapman's 1983 noir homage
, starring Peter Coyote as a 1950s film director manipulating the cast of his mob-financed B-movie; and Joseph Zito's 1979 thriller
Never Pick Up a Stranger
about a Times Square serial killer hunted by a small-town detective. The films screen at 8 p.m. at
, 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-901-3771.
Friday & Saturday
Lift every voice The luminous vocal ensemble
performs medieval songs and carols at
St. Mark's Church
, 1625 Locust St., at 8 p.m. Friday. . . .
the Mendelssohn Club
's performance of works by Mendelssohn, Bach and Glenn Rudolph, with organist
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30; $15 for students. Call 215-893-1999.
Jazzed up The outstanding bassist
Montgomery County Community College's
Science Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $22; $18 for seniors and students; $10 for ages under 12. Call 215-641-6518. . . . With her smoky tone and fine phrasing, singer
displays a sure, swinging way around the standards. She performs at
Chris' Jazz Cafe
, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Call 215-568-3131.
Flaming youth Philly Fringe fave
presents an unexpurgated version of Frank Wedekind's 1891 drama
, an avant-garde Victorian shocker about sexually aware students, at the
Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $45. Call 215-898-3900.