Arts & Culture

Maripat Donovan is a funny woman.

Along with co-writing and staging “Late Nite Catechism,” one of the longest-running one-woman shows, and sequels such as “’Til Death Do Us Part,” the out author and actor has deeply motivated opinions about the holy order, the papacy and cheesesteaks.

After finishing the last vestiges of costume fitting, Stephanie Blythe — one of the opera world’s finest singers and recitalists, to say nothing of her reach into contemporary popera — is ready to discuss putting on the pants of Tancredi. The title character of Rossini’s work is a love-struck young solider exiled from his troops during World War I, and in love with a woman sentenced to die for a crime she did not commit.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might want to consider the sharable nature of dim sum for your romantic night out.Philly restaurateur and chef Jane Guo has expanded upon her influence with the recently opened Dim Sum House by Jane G, 3939 Chestnut St. The venue offers a robust menu of dim sum and other familiar and traditional Asian dishes.

PHILLY GETS RICKROLLED: Rick Astley isn’t giving up. The British dance/pop singer performs in Philly 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. For more information or tickets, call 800-745-3000.

Raoul Peck’s rousing, provocative documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” opening Feb. 3 at the Ritz Theatre, is a tone poem and a clarion call. This urgent, cogent film about James Baldwin is based on his unfinished work “Remember This House.” Peck uses interviews, archival footage, film and television clips, as well as striking photographs, to reflect on the way African-Americans are oppressed in America. Baldwin considers school integration, the teachers and “heroes” he had in his youth, playwright Lorraine Hansberry (“A Raisin in the Sun”) and the lives and murders of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X to show how they impacted his own intellectual development and activism.

IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY: The POPS celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ iconic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” playing classic tracks form the album, along with other Beatles’ songs Feb. 3-5 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. For more information or tickets, call 215-893-1999.

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