Diversions: March 6-12

THEATER Cats The longest touring musical in Broadway history hits town, through March 8 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 336-1234.

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.

Honor and the River The Walnut Street Theatre’s Independence Studio on 3 presents Anton Dudley’s powerful coming-of-age story about deep rivers and deeper emotions, through March 15, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Hugging the Shoulder The Walnut Street Theatre presents the story of a young man who kidnaps his older brother and takes him on a grueling road trip to conquer his heroin addiction, through March 8 at Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

The Irish and How They Got That Way The Kimmel Center presents an irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America that mingles laughter and sentiment in a tapestry of classical songs and stories, as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, through March 29 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Iron Kisses The heartfelt and often funny exploration of the relationships between parents runs March 10-April 5 at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; (215) 654-0200.

The Karma Cookie 1812 Productions presents a comedy following two British brothers around the globe on their quest for enlightenment … sort of, through March 29 at The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 592-9560.

The Mammy Project Touchstone Theater presents a production using original music, storytelling and historical speeches by Frederick Douglas and Halle Q. Brown to transform an oppressive stereotype into a celebration, March 12-15, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem; (610) 867-1689.

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.

Scorched The Wilma Theater presents the East Coast premiere of the epic drama/mystery written by acclaimed Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad, through March 29, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll BCKSEET Productions presents Eric Bogosian’s open meditation on the conflicts in his life, through March 14 at Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210.

Six Degrees of Separation The dark and witty play explores themes of the New York elite, racial tensions, homophobia, homelessness, obsession with status and relationships between parents and children, through March 22 at Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; (610) 970-1199.

Wrong Turn at Lungfish The comedy-drama by the creator of “Happy Days” follows an intellectual, bitter college professor and the saucy, street-wise young woman who volunteers to read to him in the hospital, through March 15 at Old Academy Players, 3540 Indian Queen Lane; (215) 843-1109.

A Year with Frog and Toad Arden Theatre Company presents the revival of the smash-hit musical based on the Newbery and Caldecott- honored children’s books by Arnold Lobel, through April 19 at 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

MUISC classical Jurowski Conducts Mahler The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a unique program of early orchestral works by two composers who reshaped 20th-century music, 8 p.m. March 7 and 10 and 2 p.m. March 8 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Ida Levin, Peter Stumpf and Cynthia Raim The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents a Russian-themed evening of music, 8 p.m. March 9 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

New Worlds The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Charles Dutoit conducting a program featuring one of the most popular symphonies of all time, Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony, 8 p.m. March 12 and 14 and 2 p.m. March 13 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Bleeding Through, The Acacia Strain and As Blood Runs Black The metal/hard-rock bands perform at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Lucinda Williams The alt/country/folk singer performs at 8 p.m. March 6 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Lucy Kaplansky The singer-songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Christine Havrilla The out singer-songwriter performs at the grand opening of Great Lodge Coffee at 8 p.m. March 7, 52 Main St., Flemington, N.J.; (908) 284-1221.

Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars with Special Guest John Wetton This talented group of musicians hopes to pull off the music of King Crimson and Asia, 7:30 p.m. March 8 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Throwing Muses The reunited alt-rock band performs at 9 p.m. March 10 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Kinky The Latin-influenced electro-rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

EXHIBITS a/chroma/scape/s AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of original paintings by Greg Minah and John Cartwright, through March 7, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

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.

Chelsea Hotel: An Artist’s Memoir The Sol Mednick Gallery presents a photographic exhibition by Linda Troeller, through March 6 at The University of the Arts Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St.; (215) 717-6300.

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.

InSights: Devon Dikeou — Marilyn Monroe Wanted to be Buried in Pucci The Galleries at Moore presents a mixed-media installation by New York-based artist Devon Dikeou through March 14, 20th Street and The Parkway; (215) 965-4027.

Landscape: Terrestrial and Extra-Terrestrial Twenty-Two Gallery presents an exhibition of “spacescape” paintings by Jerome Schwartz, through March 8, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

L’arte d’alluminar Haverford College Library Special Collections presents an exhibition of illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy, through April 22, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; (610) 896-1161.

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 The 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.

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.

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 Turandot The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents Puccini’s opera sung in Italian with English translations, 8 p.m. March 6 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

DANCE The Sleeping Beauty First State Ballet Theatre presents one of the world’s best-loved classical story-book ballets, 8 p.m. March 7 and 3 p.m. March 8 at Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; (800) 374-7263.

FILM Rethinking Sex on the Downlow The University of Pennsylvania presents an intimate portrait of four men negotiating their same-sex desires within the African-American community of Cleveland, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at International House, 3701 Chestnut St.; (215) 387-5125.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Philadelphia Rock Gym presents the best in outdoor adventure films at 7 p.m. March 6-7 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

North by Northwest The 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant is screened at 2 p.m. March 8 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

BOOKS Thomas Glave The award-winning author of “The Torturer’s Wife” hosts a reading at 6 p.m. March 12 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Elaine Showalter The author of “A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. March 10 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

CABARET Madame The legendary puppet/diva performs at 8:30 p.m. March 7 at Harlans Cabaret, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

ETC The Sixth Annual Beargata The Liberty Bears host an evening of blackjack, roulette and poker from 6-10 p.m. March 7 at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St.; (215) 627-1662.

Womyns Fest The performance and film showcase celebrates its 10th anniversary from 3-11 p.m. March 8 at the Rotunda, 4014 Chestnut St.; www.vitamindproductions.us.

Paul Mooney The comic best known for his work with Richard Pryor and “The Chappelle Show” performs March 11-14 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.