Diversions: Jan. 23-29

THEATER Altar Boyz The Media Theatre presents the satirical story of a Christian boy band from Ohio dealing with the marketing of religion, the judgments people make toward one another and the fact that everyone should basically be just who they are, Jan. 28-Feb. 15, 104 E. State St., Media; (610) 891-0100.

Citizen Paine Iron Age Theatre presents William Hollenbach’s historical drama through Jan. 25 at Centre Theater’s First Floor Black Box Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; (610) 279-1013.

The Day of the Picnic People’s Light & Theatre Company presents a mysterious new play about a witch doctor’s revenge on the widow of a white missionary 30 years later, Jan. 28-Feb. 15, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern; (610) 644-3500.

Exit, Corpse The dark comedy by Philadelphia playwright Nicholas Wardigo runs through Feb. 1 at Plays & Players Theater, 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, through 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.

The New Works Festival The Society Hill Playhouse presents new play readings through Jan. 25 at The Red Room, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210.

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

O Captain, My Captain: Whitman’s Lincoln The Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 presents the story of two great men with one grand vision for America, through Feb. 8, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

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.

The Rant InterAct Theatre Company presents a new drama in which the witnesses of the shooting of a young African-American teenager offer varying accounts of the event, through Feb. 22 on the Mainstage of The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 568-8079.

Resurrection Philadelphia Theatre Company presents a new play by out playwright Daniel Beaty about five men from one community ranging in age from 20-60 who have their lives transformed by an extraordinary 10-year-old boy, through Feb. 22 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; (215) 985-0420.

A Streetcar Named Desire Walnut Street Theatre presents the Tennessee Williams classic as part of its landmark 200th-anniversary season, through March 1, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

MUSIC classical Garlitsky performs Mozart The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents selections from Mozart and Tchaikovsky at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Visions of America Peter Nero and the Philly POPS present a visual and musical journey through America at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and 31 and Feb. 1, and 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Scott Weiland The Stone Temple Pilots singer and ex-Velvet Revolver frontman performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

Sugar Town’s Eighth Anniversary The monthly show of lady rockers and DJs features transgender punk group The Shondes along with The Lemon Treasures, She Ends All and DJ FCK Yeah at 9 p.m. Jan. 23 at Tritone, 1508 South St.; (215) 545-0475.

Yo Majesty and Sgt. Sass The out hip-hop groups perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Manhattan Room, 15 W. Girard Ave.; (215) 739-5577.

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.

First Members’ Exhibition Twenty-Two Gallery presents 17 area artists exhibiting works in a variety of media, through Feb. 11, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

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

Impressions of an Age: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Berman Collection The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College presents an exhibition of woodblock print (ukiyo-e) art made popular during Japan’s Edo Period, through April 17, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville; (610) 409-3500.

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.

New Works: Vivian Beer and Marilyn Kirsch Wexler Gallery presents an exhibition featuring new works from furniture artist Beer and New York-based painter 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.

The Polish Poster Leonard Pearlstein Gallery presents an exhibition of 1,500 remarkable Polish posters created between the 1930s-’90s and originally collected by Prof. Frank Fox, through Feb. 6 at Nesbitt Hall, 3215 Market St.; (215) 895-2548.

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.

Sendak on Sendak The Rosenbach Museum and Library hosts an exhibition exploring the work of gay artist/author Maurice Sendak, through May 3 at 2008-10 Delancey Place; (215) 732-1600.

Shift: Investigations in Contemporary Art James A. Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition featuring paintings, photographs, film and sculpture with recurring elements, unusual juxtapositions and narratives that skew both time and space, through April 12, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown; (215) 340-9800.

Urban Organic The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists present an exhibition of work by eight artists affiliated with both organizations, through Jan. 31 at Projects Gallery, 629 N. Second St.; (267) 303-9652.

Women through the Lens of Time The Galleries at Moore presents a photojournalism exhibition featuring people, subjects, issues and events that student curators feel have reflected or shaped women’s lives, drawn from the archives of The Inquirer, which span 180 years, through March 14, 20th Street and The Parkway; (215) 965-4027.

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.

Yumi Kori: utatane The Japan-based architect transforms the Goldie Paley Gallery at Moore College of Art using video and sound to create a multi-sensory, interactive environment, through March 14, 20th Street and The Parkway; (215) 965-4027.

OPERA Respighi’s La Fiamma The Academy of Vocal Arts presents an opera in concert form, sung in Italian with English supertitles, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23-24 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Beatrice Di Tenda Amici Opera Company presents Bellini’s opera fully staged at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Garden Church, 82 Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; (215) 224-0257.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents the opera film at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

AUDITIONS The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie is casting soldiers, martial artists, dancers, gymnasts, athletes and families to works as extras, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24 at Wachovia Spectrum Bullies Restaurant, 3601 S. Broad St.; (215) 574-7878.

Philadelphia Chamber Chorus PCC is auditioning singers of all voice parts for its 2009 season on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2; call (610) 352-3565 or e-mail [email protected] for details and an appointment; www.philachamberchorus.org.

FILM Cat Ballou The 1965 Western spoof starring Jane Fonda is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

The Sea Hawk The 1940 movie starring Errol Flynn is screened at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Choke The 2008 film based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, the openly gay author of “Fight Club,” is screened at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Italy! Inside the Tuscan Hills Filmmaker John Wilson presents a vivid portrait of a place where ancient traditions have never disappeared and gives an insider’s look at the rich rural culture of Tuscany, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at The Academy of Natural Sciences, 19 Ben Franklin Parkway; (610) 649-5220.

BOOKS Azar Nafisi The author of “Things I’ve Been Silent About” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Michael Davis The author of “Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.; (215) 545-4400.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot The author of “The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

ETC. Gelek Rimpoche: Engaging Compassion The Tibetan Lama hosts a free public talk from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, and a workshop (pre-registration required) from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. at Philadelphia Meditation Center, 8 E. Eagle Road, Havertown; [email protected]

The Scene TLBTB Productions hosts Philly’s newest LGBTQ party with DJs Just Jess and Klembott from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Vesuvio, 736 S. Eighth St.; (215) 922-8380.