Holiday treat The "panto" is an English tradition dating to the 19th century in which a fairy tale is loosely adapted with added elements of topical humor, slapstick, audience participation (cheer the hero, boo the villain, sing along), mild double entendre, and general zaniness. The People's Light & Theatre Company presents its sixth annual panto, a Snow White set in Hollywood, with script by Kathryn Peterson and music by Michael Ogborn, at 2 p.m. at the company theater, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. Performances continue on a Wednesday-through- Sunday schedule to Jan. 3 (with added shows Dec. 15, 22 and 29). Tickets
are $35 to $53.
Bold sounds When pianist Leon Fleisher lost the use of his right hand to a neurological condition, he turned to left-hand repertoire and took up conducting. Fleisher leads the Network for New Music in works by Hindemith, Stravinksy, and Ligeti, with guest performers from the Peabody Institute, at 8 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $23.
The lower depths We come to praise Marlon Brando, not bury him, for his less-understood outings. His Oscar- winning turn in The Godfather was justly celebrated, but pretty much a line drive for the slugger. He followed with a couple of roles that showcased his quirks and range. In the 1976 Western The Missouri Breaks, one of our faves, he plays a psychopathic gunman with an Irish brogue and granny dress. By contrast, in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1973 drama Last Tango in Paris, he almost underplays, in a lacerating performance as a man who tries to erase the pain of his wife's suicide by indulging in lust and self-loathing, starting an anonymous, degrading sexual affair with a young woman he meets while looking at an apartment. It may be the closest he ever came to playing himself on screen. Regarded as a high-class dirty movie at the time of its release, with the passage of time, it can be seen as a truly adult film exploring the confusions and complications of emotional life. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets
are $9.50; $6.75 for seniors and students.
One hand First, local guy Alec Ounsworth made good as front man for the monster buzz-band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Then, he put together indie super-group Flashy Python. Now, he steps out solo, behind his new album Mo Beauty. Ounsworth performs songs from all three at
9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $10. Call 215-739-9684.
Chamber pop Singer-songwriter Vienna Teng plays her perfectly crafted gems at 8 p.m.
at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $25 and $39.50. Call 215-257-5808.
Wonderful life For his new book, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, author Terry Teachout drew on new sources, including backstage recordings, to expand our understanding of the great jazzman and his influence on popular culture. Teachout discusses his book at
7:30 p.m. at the Free Library's Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
Sound and vision It's a happening: The multimedia chamber- music group Pieris Music presents as a party Eric Haeker's work Fountain - based on the Greek myth of Peirene, whose tears of grief for her slain son eventually turned her into a fountain of inspiration. It's performed by the Lumia Ensemble, accompanied by video from Ricardo Rivera's Klip Collective, and interspersed with electronic-remix sets by Tleilaxu at 8 p.m. at the Annenberg Center's Harold Prince Theater, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-898-3900.
Friday & Saturday
With strings Jazz violinist Regina Carter brings her distinctive mix of classical and African sounds to Montgomery County Community College's Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors and students; $10 for ages 12 and under. Call 215-641-6518.
City sights When the Secret Cinema gathered selections from Temple University Libraries' collection of film from the TV news departments of WPVI (formerly WFIL) and KYW for Films from the Urban Archives: Secrets from Philadelphia's Past, the program proved so popular, it has inspired a revival. Including a 1966 documentary on North Philadelphia, scenes from the old Electric Factory and Connie Mack Stadium, and the building of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the films screen at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th and Race Streets, at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 215-965-4099.
Christmas music For
A Feast of Carols, conductor Alan Harler leads the Mendelssohn Club in works by William Billings, Daniel Pinkham, Irving Berlin, Eric Whitacre, and Donald St. Pierre, along with traditional favorites, at
St. Paul's Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., at
4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 and $30; $15 for students. Call 215-893-1999.