Chamber music The excellent Pyxis Piano Quartet plays works by Pedro Tintorer, Alexander Tansman, and Robert Schumann at 3 p.m. at the German Society, 611 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-627-2332. . . . Trio Cleonice plays works by Richard Wernick, Carl Czerny, and Schumann at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Avenue, Wayne. Tickets are $20; $15 seniors. Call 610-649-2517.


Amazing tales With literacy on the rise in 19th-century England, a market arose for cheap books called "yellowbacks," telling sensational stories while also providing advertising space. The exhibit Yellowbacks: Don't Judge These Victorian Books by Their Covers showcases more than 100 titles at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth St., Monday through Friday to March 31. Admission is free. Call 215-925-2688.

New sound Sensational Boston synth rockers Magic Man play at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $15. Call 215-232-2100.


Bet your bottom dollar The Tony Award-winning musical Annie, about that plucky comic-strip orphan, goes on at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $115.50. Call 215-731-3333.


Old ink Turns out that tats have been hip for a long, long time. In the program Ancients Ink'd, archaeologist Julian Siggers talks about tattoos and body modification throughout history, with gallery tours to see examples, a chance to get your own henna art, and a performance by Olde City Sideshow. The program starts at 6 p.m. at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-898-4000.


He's your man When one thinks of literary rock stars, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed naturally come to mind, but there's a third singer-songwriter of equal stature, if not renown: Leonard Cohen. For the Leonard Cohen Song Symposium, nine critics offer their take on one of his songs, with Al Filreis on "Hallelujah," Jessy Ginsberg on "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong," Sarah Lindstedt on "You Know Who I Am," Anthony DeCurtis on "The Stranger Song," Brennan Cusack on "Chelsea Hotel No. 2," Mark Richardson on "Tower of Song," Greg Djanikian on "Going Home," Tom Moon on "The Future," and Cat Ricketts on "Suzanne." The program goes on at 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Admission is free. Call 215-746-7636.

Dance dance The New York-via-Doylestown troupe Jessica Lang Dance performs at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $50. Call 215-898-3900.

Friday & Saturday

To the stars Conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Holst's The Planets, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg), and Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances for the Lute Suite No. 2 at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $41 to $171. Call 215-893-1999.

Jazz time The outstanding pianist Orrin Evans augments his trio with dynamite guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel at Chris' Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 a set. Call 215-568-3131.