Shakespeare festival It's (almost) all the Bard anyone could want: The poisoned-crown tragedy Macbeth goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to April 19. Tickets are $36 to $50. Call 215-922-1122. . . . Hamlet gets a gender-bending spin with actress Zainab Jah in the title role when the show goes on at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wilma Theater, 265 S Broad St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to April 26. Tickets are $10 to $45. Call 215-893-9456. . . . The Lantern Theater Company's tango-infused interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen's Theater, 10th and Ludlow Streets, and continues on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule to May 3. Tickets are $30 to $39. Call 215-829-0395. . . . The great comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom St., and continues on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule to May 17. Tickets are $20 to $35. Call 215-496-8001.
Out of the north Swedish singer-songwriter José González plays folk-pop gems off his dynamite new album, Vestiges & Claws, with intriguing Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólöf Arnalds as opener, at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-232-2100.
Got live if you want it Baroque-pop perfectionists the Decemberists always put on a great live show. Go see it at 8 p.m. at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Tickets are $43.50. Call 215-893-1999.
Jazz time The sensational singer Lauren Lark performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St. Tickets are $10; $5 for students. Call 215-517-8337.
Sound and vision The Seattle troupe Zoe | Juniper - choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey, with dancer Ariel Freedman - present their unique mix of dance, video, and paper-sculpture installation, Begin Again, at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 215-413-1318.
Friday & Saturday
Welcome back, Jay The invaluable
had to go on hiatus when founder and main force Jay Schwartz was badly injured in a bike accident in September. But happily, he's recuperated enough to get back on the projector (as always, 16 mm on a big screen). The program
Unseen Corners of the Archives
features "films never shown before by us, and probably not by anybody else either since their original release," he says. The bill includes
, a 1936 musical documentary with the Hall Johnson Negro Choir; the 1940s X-rated comedy short
, set in a carnival; a 1968 promo film for Herman's Hermits;
; a 1909 D.W. Griffith short starring Mary Pickford; and
, a 1964 documentary on the wild youth of the era, narrated by Boris Karloff (of course). The films screen at
the Maas Building
, 1325 N. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $8. Call 267-239-2851.
Country girl Best known as the lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens has stepped out on her own with the fine Tomorrow is My Turn, a collection of country standards. She performs at the Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. Call 215-922-1011.
Men without honor Akira Kurosawa may be best-known for his samurai epics, but he was skilled at depicting the modern world as well. His 1960 classic The Bad Sleep Well limns corporate corruption in the tale of a functionary (a bespectacled Toshiro Mifune) seeking to expose his bosses' wrongdoing. The film screens at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $9; $7 for students. Call 215-387-5125.