ARETHA Franklin and her famous pipes have always demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Friday night, visitors to Chestnut Hill's Woodmere Art Museum have the chance to experience the Queen of Soul's classics through the powerful vocals of Lisa Chavous.
The museum's Friday Night Jazz program is dedicating an entire evening to "Ree-Ree," featuring such songs as "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Dr. Feelgood" and "Rock Steady." Backing Chavous is the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, which has been preforming at the Friday Woodmere sessions for more than two years under band bassist Warren Oree. The evening celebrates the singer's journey to earn her royal title.
"I'm not interested in being a cover band or having someone who can mimic Aretha, but someone who can bring the spirit of her," Oree said.
At every event, he likes to provide fans with information about the night's theme. So head over to "Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul" and learn a thing a thing or two about her while listening to the songs that made her the famous.
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., 6-8.p.m. Friday, $20, 215-247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org.
- Amanda V. Wagner
'CINDERELLA' AS OPERA
Most people can't fly off to London for a Royal Opera performance, but you won't have to get on a plane to see the Royal Opera's performance of "La Cendrillon," a French adaptation of "Cinderella." On Sunday, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will bring the opera to you in a high-def screening.
Opera screenings in movie theaters have caught on in a big way, which isn't surprising, since the medium offers some unexpected charms. BMFI public relations manager Devin Wachs explained that a filmed performance gives audiences the best views of each scene. "Who hasn't spent an evening stuck in the nosebleed seats?"
The performance, praised for its humor and fairy tale charm, was filmed in July 2011 and stars Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) and Alice Coote (The Prince). The sets are giant reproductions of one of Charles Perrault's old manuscripts of the story. See a first-rate performance for a fraction of the cost of attending a live opera.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 1 p.m. Sunday, $20, $18 members, $10 students with ID, 610-527-9898, BrynMawrFilm.org.
- Kailey Kluge