Regional arts and entertainment events
Sunday From Broadway Two great musicals: Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, a 1964 classic based on Sholem Aleichem's tales of life in the shtetls (the Jewish towns of Eastern Europe) a century ago, was once the longest-running show on the Gre
From Broadway Two great musicals: Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof, a 1964 classic based on Sholem Aleichem's tales of life in the shtetls (the Jewish towns of Eastern Europe) a century ago, was once the longest-running show on the Great White Way. Featuring iconic songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man," the show goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to July 18. Tickets are $10 to $75. Call 215-574-3550. . . . Stephen Sondheim's 1984 masterpiece Sunday in the Park With George may not have songs that leave you humming, but it does have a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize. The magnificent musical based on the life of pointillist painter Georges Seurat and his A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to July 4. Tickets are $29 to $48. Call 215-922-1122.
Film studies Filmmaker Rea Tajiri rattles the conventions of the movies and reconstructs the fragments into new narratives in her work. She'll screen and discuss her short films History and Memory (about her family's experience in internment camps during World War II) and Little Murders (a musical about ghosts and murder), plus show excerpts from her 1998 feature Strawberry Fields (about a Japanese-American girl struggling with ethnic identity in 1971) and (Bridge) River Is Remembering (a meditative work-in-progress about a small Delaware River town) at 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater's Independence Black Box, 1412 Chestnut St. Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors and students. Call 215-222-4201.
Conan Agonistes As a kid, Henry was always bemused by the way his parents talked about the breakup of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, as if the end of a comedy act were some sort of operatic drama. When Frank Sinatra brought Dean and Jerry back together in 1976, Henry remembered the way his mother wiped away a tear and his father beamed in satisfaction. It all seemed faintly ridiculous - it was just show biz, after all. Then, The Tonight Show drama happened, and Henry was riveted, affected by the drama, feeling faintly ridiculous but somehow truly moved (that 60 Minutes interview!) - and he understood his parents just a little better.
The exiled Conan O'Brien presents his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour, a musical-variety show with a small dose of pathos, at 8 p.m. at the Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby. Tickets are $39.50 to $79.50. Call 610-352-2887.
Dance man We love Iron Man, but for us, Fred Astaire is the equal of any of the movie's top superheroes - and he provides his own special effects, as well. A mini-festival of Astaire films at Bryn Mawr Film Institute (825 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr) presents two in which he worked with partners other than Ginger Rogers. In 1955's Daddy Long Legs, he's a millionaire in love with schoolteacher Leslie Caron (7 p.m. Tuesday), while in You'll Never Get Rich, from 1941, he's a choreographer separated from showgirl Rita Hayworth when he's drafted (7 p.m. Wednesday). Tickets are $9.50; $6.75 for seniors and students. Call 610-527-4008.
Downtown on the farm Author Novella Carpenter raises vegetables, chickens, goats, pigs, and bees on her spread on an abandoned lot in inner-city Oakland, Calif. Her book Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer tells of her adventures. She discusses her work at 7:30 p.m. in the Free Library's Montgomery Auditorium, 19th and Vine Streets. Admission is free. Call 215-686-5322.
Sister act Siblings Sierra and Bianca Casady perform their quirky chamber-pop as CocoRosie. They play at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets are $19. Call 215-922-6888.
Tough guys The always-interesting Andrew's Video Vault presents typically obscure double bill of gangster films: The rarely-seen Blind Alley is a 1939 drama about mind games between an escaped killer and the psychoanalyst he holds as a hostage in his own home. It's paired with Mikey and Nicky, Elaine May's 1976 drama starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk as Philly mobsters caught in a spiral of violence and betrayal. The films screen at 8 p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-573-3234.
Friday & Saturday
Good rocking Though she possesses one of the great country voices of our time, the exquisite Allison Moorer rocks out a bit on her latest CD Crows. She plays at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $27 and $37. Call 215-222-1400.
Jazz time The prodigious saxophonist Steve Wilson, equally adept at structuring intricate solos and swinging out, joins with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Bill Stewart to form the combo Wilsonian's Grain, playing at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22. Call 215-568-3131.