Bard on screen Given that it was said to have been written with an audience of law students in mind, the main theme of Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labour Lost - putting the allure of romance aside for the discipline of study - makes sense. It also explains why the tale of a group of nobles whose vow of ascetic scholarship is shaken by the visit of a beautiful princess and her comely court is one of the Bard's most intellectually witty plays. The film of Dominic Dromgoole's production at London's Globe Theatre screens at 1 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 825 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Call 610-527-4008.
Silly season The English holiday tradition of sending up a well-known tale in a "panto" with topical humor, slapstick, and audience participation has become our tradition as well, thanks to the People's Light & Theatre Company. For the company's seventh annual panto, The Three Musketeers (The Later Years), director Pete Pryor went across the pond to take in the genuine article and discovered that the local version hews a bit more, ah, strictly to story (as in, pantos in Blighty don't exactly have what you'd call a narrative). But the current effort by Kathryn Peterson and composer Michael Ogborn does leave plenty of room for improv and general zaniness. The show goes on at 2 p.m. at the company theater, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. Performances continue on a Wednesday-
Sunday schedule to Jan. 9 (with added shows Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Dec. 27). Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 610-644-3500.
Bach story You may have learned that Bach wrote the Goldberg Variations for a musician tasked to play the clavier through the night for an insomniac count. The veracity of the account may be questionable, but it should be the truth, just because a masterpiece demands a memorable origin. The excellent pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs the 32 pieces at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut St. Tickets are $36; $30 for seniors; $5 for students. Call 215-735-6999.
recommendation Two things we know about the resume of Sarah Jaffe: She lists Edith Piaf and Harry Nilsson as influences, and her urgent chamber-pop country lament "Clementine," off her new album Suburban Nature, is at the top of our playlist. That's enough for us to highly suggest you see her at 7 p.m. at the M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. Tickets are $8. Call 215-739-5577.
Cutting edge The French-Norwegian quartet Dans les Arbres brings unusual instrumentation (harmonica, banjo, sruti box) to its minimalist free-jazz mix. They play at 8 p.m. at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-545-4302.
Living large You could call the White Buffalo (a.k.a. Jake Smith) a folksinger and you'd be right, but you just might want to mention the big man's intensity in singing and songwriting to be exact. He plays on a bill with Chad Stokes of State Radio, Matt Embree of Rx Bandits, Matt's sister Lauren Coleman, and Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $22 and $27. Call 215-222-1400.
New music Flutist Jeffrey Khaner and pianist Charles Abramovic premiere works by Jan Krzywicki, Adam Wernick, Curt Cacioppo, and Ingrid Arauco in a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital at 7:30 p.m. at Settlement Music School's Curtis Branch, 416 Queen St. Tickets are $16.50. Call 215-569-8080.
Home and hearth A winning recipe of food writers: Amanda Hesser (The Essential New York Times Cookbook), Madhur Jaffrey (At Home with Madhur Jaffrey), and Judith Jones (The Pleasures of Cooking For One) discuss their work at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library, 1901 Vine St. Tickets are $15; $7 for students. Call 215-567-4341.
Jazz time Singer Lauren Lark has a clear tone and an easy, affecting way with the standards. She performs with her trio at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mount Pleasant Ave. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Call 215-517-8337.
Friday & Saturday
Four in front The tour
Where's the Band?
gathers front men
of the Get Up Kids,
of Saves the Day, and
of Bayside and puts them in a show that you can see at
, 1003 Arch St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $19. Call 215-922-6888.
Written on the body Performance art pioneer Joan Jonas performs her work Reading Dante II in a multimedia installation of artwork, video, and paper sculpture that fractures the 14th-century epic The Divine Comedy and reconnects it with 20th-century avant-garde and 21st-century upheaval. The performance is at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 215-561-8888.