Diversion March 13-19

THEATER Born Yesterday The Walnut Street Theatre presents one of America’s original screwball comedies, about a business tycoon who goes to Washington, D. C., to break into “special interest” business with an ethically challenged senator, through April 26, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

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.

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 through 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 of power, through March 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.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue The Walnut Street Theatre and Isis Productions present the Neil Simon comedy, through March 29 at Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

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.

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead Shakespeare fights zombies in the East Coast premiere production, through March 28 at Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 735-0630.

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.

MUSIC classical 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, at 8 p.m. March 13 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the family-oriented concert at 11:30 a.m. March 14 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Kodo Drummers The Kimmel Center presents the theatrical and musical journey between the ancient and modern worlds of Japanese culture, at 8 p.m. March 17 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Firebird The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Charles Dutoit bringing together a mixture of French and Russian sounds, at 8 p.m. March 19, 21 and 24, and 2 p.m. March 20 and 22 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Avi Wisnia The out singer performs at 7 p.m. March 14 at The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.; (267) 671-9298.

Duncan Sheik The alternative singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. March 14 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Hall & Oates The pop hit-makers perform at 8 p.m. March 14 at the Borgata Hotel’s Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Ozomatli The Latin/World music-influenced band performs at 9:30 p.m. March 14 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Butch Walker The prolific rock songwriter performs at 9 p.m. March 15 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

The Ting Tings The English pop duo performs at 8 p.m. March 19 at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St.; (215) 563-3980.

EXHIBITS Assembled Abstractions AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of original paintings by Barbara Klein and Michael Smith, through April 25, 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.

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.

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 Wozzeck The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents Alban Berg’s powerful, psychological thrill ride where the title character’s dark life is spiraling toward a seemingly inevitable conclusion, at 8 p.m. March 13, 2:30 p.m. March 15 and 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

DANCE Ballet Boyz The U.K. dance troupe performs four Philadelphia premieres by celebrated choreographers Russell Maliphant, Liv Lorent, Rafael Bonachela and Craig Revel Horwood, at 7:30 p.m. March 17-18 at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

Cinderella The Pennsylvania Ballet presents the rags-to-riches story through March 21 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

FILM Rockabilly Baby Backseat Film Festival presents the film written by gay writer and actor Leslie Jordan, 7 p.m. March 13 at 941 Theater, 941 N. Front St.; (215) 235-1385.

Thirst Collingswood Library hosts a free screening of the documentary examining the global access to water, at 7 p.m. March 13, 771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, N.J.; (856) 873-3260.

The Mask The 1994 comedy starring Jim Carrey is screened at 2 p.m. March 14 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The 1965 suspense thriller is screened at 2 p.m. March 15 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Jerusalem is Proud The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents a documentary on the events leading up to Jerusalem’s first gay pride parade as part of its Documentaries and Dialogue Series, at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-1042.

Precious Places Community History Project Premiere Scribe and IHouse present 10 new documentary shorts, at 7 p.m. March 16 at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.; (215) 387-5125.

Role Models The 2008 comedy is screened at 8 p.m. March 16 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Superman II The 1980 film where the Man of Steel fights criminals from his home planet of Krypton is screened at 7 p.m. March 17 at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS Peter Singer The author of “The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Samuel R. Delaney The influential and openly gay science-fiction author hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

CABARET Revival Burlesque: A Boob Tube Fantasy Join Annie A-Bomb, Heather Henderson, Deana Colada, Chloe Valentine and Monsieur Thojone as they channel sexy small-screen characters from that Jeannie in a bottle to the red-headed screwball comedienne from the 1950s, at 10 p.m. March 14 and 8 p.m. March 15 at Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; (215) 427-9255.

ETC Paul Mooney The comic best known for his work with Richard Pryor and “The Chappelle Show” performs March 13-14 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.

Paul Case and Shawn Hollenbach The two openly gay comedians perform at 8:30 p.m. March 14 at Harlans Cabaret, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

3-Dollar Bill Dance Party The up-and-coming dance party for everyone regardless of sexuality, race or background starts at 11:30 p.m. March 14 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.