Diversions: Feb. 19-25

Diversions: Feb. 19-25

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THEATER Any Given Monday Theatre Exile presents a world premiere by Bruce Graham about political correctness, religious faith, class discrimination, social injustice and how one man defines right and wrong, through Feb. 28 at Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St.; (215) 218-4022.

Blue Door Arden Theatre Company presents the story of a successful mathematics professor experiencing a sleepless night where a series of ancestors visit to reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives, through March 21, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Bye Bye Birdie The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents the Tony Award-winning musical, through March 6, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (866) 811-4111.

The Eclectic Society The Walnut Street Theatre presents the world premiere of a complex story of drama and humor set on a university campus in 1963 New England, through March 7, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue The Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 presents the story of a Marine on leave to recover from his wounds from the war in Iraq, Feb. 23-March 14, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Master Class The Media Theatre presents Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about a diva using the class she’s teaching as a platform for her own glory as she reminisces about her career and life, through Feb. 21, 104 E. State St., Media; (610) 891-0100.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women Society Hill Playhouse presents an exuberant musical that recounts the journey of women in the 20th century with popular music, through April 18, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210. Our Funny Mother: I’m Not Crazy Showbliz presents a comedic perspective on marriage, motherhood and the unrealistic expectation of perfection that is thrust upon women, through Feb. 20 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

The Irish ... and How They Got That Way The irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America uses classical songs and stories, as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, through April 18 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Music classical McCoy Tyner Quartet The jazz pianist leads his quartet, 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Philadelphia Premieres The Philadelphia Orchestra performs an evening of new works, 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Mozart: You Kid, You The Philadelphia Orchestra performs a family concert at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Absolute Ensemble The Kimmel Center presents the “Bach Re-Invented” project, featuring charismatic pianist Simone Dinnerstein, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Doug O’Connor & Friends Astral Artists presents the saxophonist performing with violinist Saeka Matsuyama, accordionist Lidia Kaminska and pianist Michael Mizrahi, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St.; (215) 735-6999.

LolliPOPS & Roses Peter Nero and the Philly Pops perform with Grammy-winner Jack Jones for a special program of sentimental songs, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 and 27 and 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 26 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Chamber Music Concert Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents performances by special guests at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Brahms’s Violin Concerto The Philadelphia Orchestra performs with Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, 8 p.m. Feb. 25, 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Music other John Prine The Kimmel Center presents the legendary folk singer at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Sophie B. Hawkins The singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic The legendary group brings the funk at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

David Choi The singer-songwriter and producer performs an all-ages show at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

English Beat with Fishbone The raucous rock bands perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

The Pink Floyd Experience The Pink Floyd tribute show kicks off at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Verve Pipe The alternative-rock band performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Cassendre Xavier The singer-songwriter, founder and director of Philadelphia’s annual Black Women’s Arts Festival and recipient of a Leeway Foundation Transformation Award performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

The North Mississippi All-Stars The blues-rock band performs at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

EXHIBITS Fabricated Stories AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of mixed-media works by Dolores Poacelli and David Carrow, through March 6, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Body Worlds 2 & The Brain The Franklin Institute presents an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of the human body through a broad collection of authentic human specimens, through Feb. 20, 222 N. 20th St.; (215) 448-1200.

Inspiring a Nation The National Constitution Center hosts an exhibition featuring World War I posters created by Philadelphia Sketch Club artists, through April 25, 525 Arch St.; (215) 409-6700.

Isaac Lin: A Place Near Here Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works from the Chinese-American artist, through Feb. 20, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

It Was Good While It Lasted Space 1026 presents a joint exhibition by Blake E. Marquis and Justin Van Hoy, through Feb. 26, 1026 Arch St., second floor; (215) 574-7630.

Nameless and Reverberating Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents a solo exhibition for new drawings by Chicago artist Luis Romero, Feb. 25-March 27, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

Photography, Burlesque and Fun with Henry Horenstein Philadelphia Photo Arts Center presents a special event in conjunction with the release of Horenstein’s newest book, “Show,” from 8-11 p.m. Feb. 19 at Bahdeebahdu, 1522 N. American St.; (215) 627-5002.

Ragas and Rajas: Musical Imagery of Courtly India The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures from across the subcontinent, through Feb. 28, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Rockwell’s America The largest 3-D Norman Rockwell exhibit in the world takes visitors on a unique journey that includes segments from the Academy Award-winning film “Norman Rockwell’s World,” 20 theatrical environments, 35 three-dimensional life-sized depictions of Rockwell’s characters and dozens of interactive educational experiences, through March 14 at King of Prussia Mall’s Lower Level Plaza, 256 Mall Blvd.; (610) 768-0710.

Sanbao: A Way of Living and Working The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of works from Jackson Li, through March 14, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

DANCE Atypical The Painted Bride Arts Center presents Three Aksha, Sonic Liberation Front and work by Makoto Hirano, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914.

FILM The Fantastic Mr. Fox The animated film is screened at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Batman Begins Mugshots Coffeeshop and Café screens the superhero film as part of its “Graphic Novel Film Series” at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 2100 Fairmount Ave.; (267) 514-7145.

High Sierra The Humphrey Bogart film is screened at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Road to Perdition Mugshots Coffeeshop and Café presents the film as part of its “Graphic Novel Film Series” at 7 p.m. Feb. 22, 2100 Fairmount Ave.; (267) 514-7145.

Dick Tracy Mugshots Coffeeshop and Café presents the pulp-noir film as part of its “Graphic Novel Film Series” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 2100 Fairmount Ave.; (267) 514-7145.

BOOKS Terry Galloway The author of “Mean Little Deaf Queer” hosts a book signing at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Kim Barnouin The author of “Skinny Couple in a Box” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

OPERA Viva Italia Amici Opera Company presents an evening of arias, duets and Neapolitan songs, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Dock Woods Community, 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale; (215) 224-0257.

Tea: A Mirror of Soul The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents a contemporary opera that marries Western lyricism and Asian influence in a breathtaking union, through Feb. 28 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

CABARET Miss Gay PA US of A Pageant Hopefuls compete for a chance to go to Dallas for the nationals, 9 p.m. Feb. 20 at Harlans Cabaret, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

Drag Brunch Enjoy a buffet brunch with plenty of live entertainment, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Harlans Cabaret, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

ETC The WaitStaff Sketch Comedy VD Show: Desperate and Dateless The irreverent sketch comedy troupe performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Whitney Cummings The comedian seen on “Chelsea Lately” performs Feb. 25-27 at Helium, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.


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