7Days: Regional arts and entertainment, by Michael Harrington
Sunday Farewell performance After 44 years of making music, the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet is calling it a day in July. For their final performance in Philadelphia, the ensemble performs works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Bartók at 3 p.m. at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets are $24. 215-569-8080.
Farewell performance After 44 years of making music, the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet is calling it a day in July. For their final performance in Philadelphia, the ensemble performs works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Bartók at 3 p.m. at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets are $24. 215-569-8080.
She's a rainbow Adapted from Jerry Spinelli's award-winning novel, Y York's Stargirl is a delightful coming-of-age tale in which the appearance of an eccentric, ukulele-toting homeschooler throws a high school's power structure, and the heart of a shy classmate, into a tizzy. The show goes on at the People's Light & Theatre Company, 39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern, at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $25 to $40. Call 610-644-3500.
Wolfgang Amadeus Conductor Dirk Brossé leads the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in an all-Mozart program, with violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen and violist Roberto Diaz as soloists, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. Tickets are $24 to $81. Call 215-893-1709.
Family band The California quintet He's My Brother She's My Sister have the eponymous siblings up front, but they also bring a tap-dancing drummer, virtuosic lap-steel guitar, wild standup bass, and an anarchic punk vibe with a hippie attitude to their folk-rock gems. They play at 8 p.m. at the North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. Tickets are $12. Call 215-787-0488.
He built this city It's Ed Bacon's world - we just live (and work) in it. Among the projects the urban planner and architect made happen were LOVE Park, Market East, and Society Hill. Biographer Gregory Heller discusses his book Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia at 6 p.m. at the Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-898-6623.
Pretty vacant In Keir Politz's 2013 drama Detonator, the ex-frontman of a once-famous Philadelphia punk band finds his world turned upside down by a former bandmate. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $9.75; $7.25 seniors and students. Call 215-345-7855.
London calling Studiously retro punks Palma Violets play their fresh take on the old sounds at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 215-739-9684.
Sound and vision The Jewish Music Festival closes with a screening of the 1918 German silent The Yellow Ticket, about a young woman in the Pale of Settlement who wants to go to medical school, with live music by klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner. The program goes on at 8 p.m. at the Gershman Y, 401 South Broad St. Tickets are $18; $10 students. Call 215-545-4400.
Four-footed For their performance of Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals, the Pennsylvania Ballet is joined by esteemed actor John Lithgow as narrator. The program, also featuring two Balanchine works, goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $30 to $125. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Girls rock Lou Adler's 1982 cult film Ladies and Gentlemen . . . The Fabulous Stains may be the greatest movie ever made about rock and roll. Though evidently meant to be a gritty drama about a blue-collar girl who forms a band with her sister to escape the lower depths, the tale of their bus tour with a moribund heavy metal act and a British punk group is truly an allegory of the way pop's raw power is monetized and molded into pale product. The film screens at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $9; $7 seniors and students. Call 215-387-5125
Comic icon Hard to believe that comedian David Steinberg has been shredding sacred cows for nearly 50 years. His hilarious satirical sermons were a highlight of the Smothers Brothers' TV show in the 1960s and he was a regular of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. He performs his one-man show Might Be Something Big . . . Might Not at the Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $36 and $48. Call 215-862-2121.
Songbird's songbook Powerhouse singer Caroline Kearney performs her favorite pop standards in a cabaret show at the RUBA Club, 416 Green St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Call 215-627-9831.