House of cards Set in the 1970s, a time of turbulent political upheaval in England, James Graham's drama This House imagines the backroom struggles in Parliament. A film of the recent National Theatre production screens at 12:30 p.m. at the County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $18. Call 215-345-6789.
Love and death The novels of James M. Cain captured the chaos of human desire wrapped in mid-20th-century American desperation - in short, perfect for film noir. Tay Garnett's 1946 adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring John Garfield as a drifter caught up in a deadly affair with his employer's wife (Lana Turner), is as good as the genre gets. The film screens at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Tickets are $9. Call 610-917-1228.
Out of the past Two comedies set in bygone eras: In Philip Dawkins' whimsical Failure: A Love Story, set in 1920s Chicago, three sisters working in the family clock shop are wooed by a sharp young man, with perilous consequences. The Azuka Theatre production goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St., and continues with shows at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $18 to $27. Call 215-563-1100. . . . In Ken Ludwig's farcical Lend Me a Tenor, set in 1930s Cleveland, a renowned opera singer is unable to perform, leading to a wild ride of mistaken identity. The show goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, and continues on a Wednesday-through- Sunday schedule to June 8. Tickets are $22 to $33. Call 215-654-0200.
Chamber music The delightful Elysian Camerata plays Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes for Piano Four Hands with Jean Shook and Rahel Inniger as soloists, and Amy Beach's Piano Quintet in a recital at 3 p.m. at the Church of St. Asaph, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd. Tickets are $15. Call 610-664-0966.
Pure pop The sensational San Antonio-based quintet Last Nighters presents its finely crafted jangly-guitar rock at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. Tickets are $8. Call 215-291-4919.
Southern rock Psychedelic Georgia punks Dead Confederate team with the mellifluously monikered Florida combo Roadkill Ghost Choir at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $14. Call 215-739-9684.
Macca II He's more than just a son of a Beatle, though that had its perks - James McCartney learned to play guitar on a Fender Stratocaster that once belonged to Carl Perkins, and got experience playing backup for his famous dad (presumably, they share that "Macca" nickname). He learned his lessons well (his 2010 tune "Glisten" is a perennial on our playlist), as he'll show when he plays at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $18. Call 215-222-1400.
Last call In their final concerts of the season, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Brahms' Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham, plus works by Schumann, Janacek, and Dvorak, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $26 to $124. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Meet the Monkee Esteemed pop and folk musician Peter Tork plays and reminisces about his life and times at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Call 215-257-5808.
Go outside It's getting warm (finally) and time for the great tradition of outdoor concert series. One of the best, Bryn Mawr Twilight Concerts, opens its season with Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza performing at the gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12; ages 16 and under are free. Call 610-864-4303.
Good vibrations Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and his trio Sun Rooms play his cerebral, swinging jazz compositions at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Call 215-545-4302.