Straight arrow Swashbuckler was our second career choice — after journalist, of course — so we've always had a soft spot for the derring-do of guys like Robin Hood. Greg Banks' version of the adventures of the green-clad archer and his band of merry men (we've always been one of those, though ink-stained) goes on at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule to June 24. Tickets are $16 to $32. Call 215-922-1122.

Two by the Bard The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater presents both sides of the author: The antic comedy Twelfth Night — setting the tale of mixed-up love and mistaken identity at a 1930s seaside resort — and the bloody tragedy Titus Andronicus — using puppets to enhance the gory goings-on in the Roman court. The plays run in repertory at the company's theater, 2111 Sansom St., with shows at 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 215-496-8001.


Father and son The program Community Matters presents a staged reading of the moving and humorous Beautiful Boy by esteemed local actor Pete Pryor, an impressionistic autobiographical portrait of a father dealing with his son's autism and trying to find understanding and support after the diagnosis. The show goes on at 7 p.m. at People's Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern. Admission is free; reservations required. Call 610-644-3500.

Distinctive voice British blue-eyed soul man James Morrison delivers his gems with a Marvin Gaye intensity and a David Ruffin rasp, but avoid the temptation to pin his style as pastiche — the emotion and skill he brings to his dynamite new record The Awakening is all his own. He plays at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-222-1400.

Jazz time An exciting double bill of experimental sounds, with the Chicago Underground Duo (teaming Exploding Star Orchestra cornetist Rob Mazurek and Natural Information Society drummer Chad Taylor) and Congs for Brums (a solo project by These Arches drummer Ches Smith), takes the stage at 8 p.m. at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-545-4302.


Local heroes Delaware quirk-rock musicologists the Spinto Band (their Harry Nilsson/Michael Jackson mashup "Take It" is at the top of our playlist right now) celebrate their new self-produced, self-released album at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 Front St. Tickets are $8. Call 215-291-4919.


On the beat Powered by Channy Leaneagh's somehow simultaneously ethereal and urgent vocals over a bass-and-two-drum attack, the Minneapolis electronica outfit Poliça purveys a moody, compelling dance-pop. They play at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 215-739-9684.


The art of living The final opera by Mexican composer Daniel Catán, Il Postino, is based on Antonio Skármeta's novel of the relationship between the poet Pablo Neruda, living in exile in a small fishing village and waiting to hear from the Nobel committee, and his mailman, who develops a hero worship of the writer and his own poetic aspirations. The Center City Opera Theater performs the 2010 work at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $39 to $79. Call 215-238-1555.

Moving images The kinetic troupe Momix presents a retrospective of its three decades of dance at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $70. Call 215-898-3900.

Friday & Saturday

Big finish The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concludes its season with a typically excellent offering: St. Lawrence Quartet violinist Scott St. John plays an intriguing recital of works by John Knowles Paine, Charles Ives, Miklós Rózsa, Erich Korngold, R.R. Bennett, and John Novacek at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $23; $10 for students. Call 215-569-8080.

Together and alone The innovative Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company presents multimedia works by Mulgrew, plus solo works by John M. Wilson and Eva Stone performed by guest artist Deb Birrane, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20; $15 students. Call 215-462-7720.

A complete guide to events in the region over the coming weekend will appear in the Weekend section in Friday's Inquirer. Send notices of events for "7 Days" to Michael Harrington at