Song and dance It's still a singular sensation:
A Chorus Line
is legendary, a winner of a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and owner of a 15-year Broadway run. The dance musical goes on at 1 p.m. today at
the Forrest Theatre
, 1114 Walnut St., and continues with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $31.50 to $86.50. Call 1-800-447-7400. . . . If Jerome Kern only wrote "The Way You Look Tonight," Harold Arlen just "Stormy Weather," and George Gershwin "Someone to Watch Over Me," they would still have secured their places in the popular-music canon - but the three prolific composers did much more, of course, as that's the basis for
show explores this timeless music with a cast of five and a grand piano at 2 p.m. today at
, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, and continues with shows at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $18 to $35. Call 610-283-2230.
Local heroes Three fine Philly bands with sophisticated musical chops -
Long Walk Home
(stylish power pop),
the Quelle Source
(rootsy garage-pop), and
(metalized psychedelia) take the stage starting at 8 p.m. at
the North Star Bar
, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $8. Call 215-684-0808.
Top of the key Pop perfectionists
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
play at 7 and 10 p.m. at
the Tin Angel
, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-928-0770.
Looking back The retrospective
Threads of History
collects works made in the last three decades by past artists-in-residence at
the Fabric Workshop and Museum
including Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Lipski, Kiki Smith and William Wegman. The show is at the museum, 1214 Arch St., to Feb. 22. Tickets are $3; children under 12 free. Call 215-561-8888.
In clubland A good night to be out: Pop geniuses
They Might Be Giants
play at 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. at
the Theater of Living Arts
, 334 South St. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 215-922-1011. . . . Classic rocker
plays at 8 p.m. at
the Keswick Theatre
, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50. Call 215-572-7650. . . . Two of our favorite singers,
, team up at 8 and 10:30 p.m. at
the Tin Angel
, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call 215-928-0770. . . . The traveling gypsy-rock extravaganza
plays at 9 p.m. at
the Electric Factory,
421 N. Seventh St. Tickets are $40. Call 215-627-1332.
O Dem Golden Slippers! Get ready to strut. The
ushers in 2009 in the the way only these Philly folk artists can, starting off at 9 a.m. at Washington Avenue and proceeding north on Broad to Market at City Hall. Admission is free for the parade (but tickets for the
Fancy Brigade Finale
at noon and 5 p.m. at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center
, 12th and Arch Streets, are $10 and $15). Call 215-965-7676.
Friday & Saturday
Sound and movement As the host of
on WXPN and the power behind the electronic-music series the Gatherings,
Chuck van Zyl
is the point man when it comes to the local soundscape scene. As a synthesist, he specializes in ethereal, atmospheric creations just perfect for, say, a bit of yoga. He'll provide the background of minor-key drones as yoga instructors lead a session (though you're welcome to just listen) at
the Philadelphia Museum of Art,
26th Street and the Parkway, at 5 p.m. Friday. Admission is $14; $12 for seniors; $10 for students (includes museum admission). Call 215-684-7506
Jazz man Guitarist
brings his angular, cerebral sound to at
Chris' Jazz Cafe
, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 215-568-3131.
Dance anniversary To celebrate the 40th year of
Group Motion Company
, director Manfred Fischbeck gathered a reunion of past stars, including
, for an all-star performance. The troupe will perform at
the Community Education Center
, 3500 Lancaster Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and students. Call 215-387-9895.