Diversions Jan. 9-15

THEATER Alice in Wonderland Plays & Players presents a play with music based on Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy for children of all ages, through Jan. 18, 1714 Delancey St.; (800) 595-4849.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum The New Candlelight Theatre presents the musical featuring the witty lyrics and toe-tapping tunes of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. Jan. 10-March 14, 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, Del.; (302) 475-2313.

Give My Regards to Broadway The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents the story of how Broadway developed into a purely American art form, through Feb. 1 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 893-1999.

My Name is Asher Lev Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere of the story of a young Hassidic artist torn between his observant Jewish community and his need to create, through March 17 at Arden’s Arcadia Stage, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

No Child … Two actors portray 16 characters in a live drama drawn from the vivid experience of teaching inner-city kids in New York City, Jan. 14-Feb. 1 at Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington; (302) 594-1100.

A Raisin in the Sun The Stagecrafters present the passionately moving portrayal of an African-American family in 1950s Chicago, through Jan. 24, 8130 Germantown Ave.; (215) 247-8881.

Romance/Romance The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents the musical exploring the question of whether years of marriage can survive when flirtation threatens to become something more, through Jan. 17, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 328-4271.

Season Teasers: Leaving The Wilma Theater presents a free reading of the upcoming production with special guests including Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus,” “Scarface”), at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

Sleeping Beauty Storybook Musical Theatre presents an original musical adaptation of the Charles Parrault tale about a young princess who is cast into 100 years’ sleep by an evil fairy and the prince who faces many “thorny’’ problems in trying to rescue her, through Jan. 10 at St. Joseph’s University’s Bluett Theater, 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue; (215) 659-8550.

CABARET Good ’N Plenty IV: All You Can Eat Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus members and longtime friends Albert Fernandez and Mark McClurg serve up a smorgasbord of fun, frolic and friendship in the fourth installment of their dark cabaret, at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at The Red Room at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; for reservations, call (215) 923-0210 or visit www.societyhillplayhouse.org. With Nile Weber on piano.

MUSIC classical Runnicles Conducts Brahams The Philadelphia Orchestra presents an evening of the elegant sounds of waltzes, polkas and other favorites, at 8 p.m. Jan. 9-10 and 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Young Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents an evening of the famed composer’s early works in music, song and dance at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 7:30 p.m. Jan 12 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Chamber Music Concert Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents two members of the Díaz Trio joined by the associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and an internationally renowned pianist, at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Eschenbach Returns The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Christoph Eschenbach returning with acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for performances of Bruch’s ever-popular First Concerto, at 8 p.m. Jan. 15-16 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Melissa Ferrick The out singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

The Smithereens The pop-rock band performs at 9 p.m. Jan. 9 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Ellis The out singer-songwriter performs at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Vonda Shepard The actor and singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

The Refugees Solo artists Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland and Wendy Waldman perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

An Evening of Tribute Bands Unchained (Van Halen), Mistress of Puppets (all-female Metallica), Tragedy (metallic Bee-Gees’ songs) and Ziggy Starley (all-female David Bowie) perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

The Fray The alternative-rock band performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

EXHIBITS Black Hands, Blue Seas — The Untold Maritime Stories of African Americans Independence Seaport Museum presents an exhibition that explores the African-American maritime experience, through March 22, Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; (215) 413-8631.

Claus Mroczynski: Sacred Places of the Southwest James A. Michener Art Museum presents the German-born photographer’s exhibition featuring sacred Native-American places of the Southwest, through Feb. 1, 500 Union Square Drive, New Hope; (215) 340-9800.

Cross-Coupling AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of circuit-board mosaics by New York City artist Annette Cords, through Jan. 24, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Flower Power Edge Gallery presents an exhibition of floral-themed artwork through Feb. 1, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072.

A Maine Island Life Allens Lane Art Center presents an exhibition of new photographs by David Graham, through Feb. 20, 601 W. Allens Lane; (215) 248-0546.

Vivian Beer and Marilyn Kirsch Wexler Gallery presents an exhibition featuring new works from furniture artist Vivian Beer and New York-based painter Marilyn Kirsch, through Feb. 28, 201 N. Third St.; (215) 923-7030.

No One We Know The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of sculptures by John Casey, through Jan. 24, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

RE: Work (malaprops, homophones, tangents and turquoise) The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of works by Jeremy Brooks, through Jan. 25, 139 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

Saving Face: Portraits from the Collection of Robert Infarinato James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of artists and celebrities from the collection of Bucks County resident Robert M. Infarinato, through March 15, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 340-9800.

Scents and Form James Oliver Gallery presents an exhibit combining the work of world-renowned master painter Ron Johnson and the preeminent sculptor Emil Alzamora, through Jan. 17, 723 Chestnut St., fourth floor; (215) 923-1242.

Sendak on Sendak The Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts an exhibition exploring the work of gay artist/author Maurice Sendak, through May, at 2008-10 Delancey Place; (215) 732-1600.

Works on Paper 2009 Philadelphia Sketch Club presents an exhibition featuring works on paper by many of the prominent artists of the region in a variety of media, including transparent watercolor, gouache, acrylics, prints and collage, through Jan. 24, 235 S. Camac St.; (215) 545-9298.

AUDITIONS La Ronde (Reigen) The Living End Theatre Company is seeking male actors 21 and over for an all-male production of “Reigen” by Arthur Schnitzler in Philadelphia. The play will involve full nudity and physical contact. There is a modest performance stipend. Experience and training are welcome but not essential. For information, e-mail [email protected] or call (302) 224-0598.

DANCE Concerto Six Twenty-Two Lar Lubovitch Dance Company premieres two works and its masterpiece featuring a male duet, Jan. 9-10 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

FILM The Adventures of Robin Hood The 1938 movie starring Errol Flynn is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

The Pineapple Express The stoner comedy is screened at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Hollywood’s Magical Isle: Catalina The film presented by talent manager Chuck Liddell relays stories of the stars at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at The Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St.; (610) 649-5220.

The Elephant Man Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents the 1980 Oscar-nominated film at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

Quiet Beauty: Silent Film Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a four-week course that introduces students to silent film, a blanket term covering the period in cinema from the Lumieres’ Paris premiere in 1895 to the establishment of synchronized-sound feature films as the Hollywood standard in 1929, through Jan. 27, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS Natalie Hardiman The author will sign copies of her children’s book “The Starmaker” from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 10 at Borders Bookstore, 2000 Route 38 #1420, Cherry Hill, N.J.; (856) 665-6494.

The Goddess Persephone and the Myth of Winter Poet and artist Zaharati Morfesis will present a reading during Rutgers Camden’s Cappuccino Academy at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Barnes & Noble, 200 W. Route 70, Marlton; (856) 225-6627.

ETC. Longform Improv: Fletcher and Rare Bird Show The improv show, featuring one of the funniest improv groups in the city, is held at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 p.m. Jan. 10 at Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 592-0119.

Longform Improv: BWP and Mister Licorice The improv show featuring BWP, two lovely ladies who serve snack cakes and solve your problems, is held at 10 p.m. Jan. 9 and 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 592-0119.

Unbridaled Wedding Expo The alternative to the traditional wedding expo focuses on local, handmade, environmentally friendly and creative services for wedding planning, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St.; www.unbridaledexpo.com.

Healthy Kids Fest Independence Blue Cross hosts the annual event celebrating ways for kids to have fun that encourage adequate nutrition and exercise, from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 11 at Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Market Street; (215) 925-7465.