Stage masters Works by two great playwrights: Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo tells the story of how the astronomer's discoveries brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. The drama goes on at 2 p.m. today at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., and continues on a Tuesday- through-Sunday schedule to May 19. Tickets are $35 to $50. Call 215-546-7834. . . . David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross is an incisive look at the blood sport of business, set in a real estate office. Theatre Exile's production goes on at 3 p.m. today at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St., and continues on a Wednesday-through- Sunday schedule to May 13. Tickets are $15 to $40. Call 215-922-4462.

Gambling with love Jules Massenet's Manon is a masterpiece of French opera, a tragic tale of an innocent girl seduced into a world of glamour and gaming. The AVA Opera Theatre performs the work at the Academy of Vocal Arts' Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St., at 2:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets are $15 to $48. Call 215-735-1685.

Soul man Singer-song-

writer Tyrone Wells puts a Stevie Wonder backbeat on the pop gems of his excellent new album Hold On. Opening act is Leigh Nash, former Sixpence None the Richer lead singer, which makes this even more of a don't-miss concert at 7 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $11. Call 215-222-1400.


Meet the composer A composer of craft and care, Jan Kryzywicki will be on hand for performances of his works by pianists Charles Abramovic, Matthew Bengston and Susan Nowicki, oboist Frederic Cohen, and baritone saxophonist Marshall Taylor at 7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-545-4302.


Under the surface Photographer Zoe Strauss' exhibit If You Break the Skin You Must Come In draws its title from a sign in one of her photos, and features both photographs and a documentary on the artist. The show is at the University of the Arts' Gallery 1401, Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St., to Friday. Admission is free. Call 215-717-6300.


Verdi and the Bard Verdi's final work, Falstaff, is a rare comedy from the operatic master, based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Opera Company of Philadelphia's production goes on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets, and continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. next Sunday, 7:30 p.m. May 9, 8 p.m. May 11, and 2:30 p.m. May 13. Tickets are $7 to $195. Call 215-893-1018.


Happy anniversary Celebrating their 38th year, the Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble presents a gala performance with guests Sankofa Dance Theatre and Rennie Harris Puremovement at 7 p.m. at Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St. Tickets are $25. Call 267-252-6366.

]Jazz man Saxophone great Larry McKenna plays at 7:30 p.m. at Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave., Collingswood. Tickets are $10. Call 856-858-8914.

Friday & Saturday

Summer sounds Warm weather brings back memories of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Down the Shore. They play an inland date at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29.50 to $39.50. Call 866-468-7619

Danger girl The immensely talented Amy Winehouse sounds like Billie Holiday fronting the Crystals, but she's hewing a bit close to the train-wreck lifestyle. The 23-year-old English singer gained tabloid renown for her drastic weight loss, foul-mouthed tirades, canceled concerts, and drunken TV appearances. "Rehab," the first single off her amazing new album, Back to Black, suggests that soul music, not therapy, might be the answer to her woes. It's catchy, but an unlikely prescription for health. There seems to be a glimmer of hope in her recent onstage refusal of a drink at a London club, but fans are already talking about the good old days of three years ago. See her while you can at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Call 215-627-1332.