Going up

Audio producer and artist Yowei Shaw's project Really Good Elevator Music is an experiment replacing the usual Muzak with aural creations pumped into office buildings in the Chinatown North/Callowhill area through March 31. The idea is that the new sounds might stimulate social interaction (as in saying "What the heck is that?" instead of staring at the floor).

Among the 13 two-minute pieces, created in collaboration with six artists and musicians, are one in which an eighth-grade music class tries to a figure out a medley of Miley Cyrus songs for their graduation, and another in which participants in an audio production workshop at a homeless shelter talk about their favorite food. But you don't have to ride the elevators and hang out in a waiting room or lobby to hear the results. Shaw hosts a listening party at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. Time: 6 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 215-557-0455 or


That's cold

Dancer and choreographer Gunnar Montana, a Fringe Festival fave, presents his new multimedia work Hybernate, a meditation on winter, at the Latvian Society, 531 N. Seventh St. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $15. Information: 924-708-1124 or


Hung up

The multidisciplinary work The Clothesline Muse, with art by Maya Freelon Asante, choreography by Kariamu Welsh, and live musical score performed by composer Nnenna Freelon, explores the task of washing clothes and transforms the clothesline into a metaphor of community lifeline. The show goes on at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. Times: 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets: $30. Information: 215-925-9914 or


Chamber music

The innovative Prometheus Chamber Orchestra performs works by Bartok, Vaughan Williams, Grieg, Sibelius, and Bruch at the Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St. Time: 8 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 757-277-3701 or


Play time

Pennsylvania Ballet performs Coppelia, the delightful comic charmer about a toymaker, his doll, and a young couple in love, at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $75 and $105. Information: 215-893-1999 or