Diversions: March 27-April 2


THEATER At Home at the Zoo The first play by out playwright Edward Albee is staged through April 19 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.; (215) 985-0420.

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

The Berenstain Bears’ Family Matters If you have small children and you want to teach them stuff without actually having to talk to them, point their cherub-like faces at this show, based on the successful book characters, through April 4 at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Bus Stop The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents William Inge’s classic romantic comedy about an unlikely group of characters thrown together in Grace’s small-town diner during a howling snowstorm, through March 28, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore; (866) 811-4111.

Defiance Bristol Riverside Theatre presents the area premiere of the second play in Pulitzer Prize-winner John Patrick Shanley’s trilogy, which began with “Doubt,” through April 12, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; (215) 785-0100.

A Few Good Men Ritz Theatre Company presents the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, through April 4, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, N.J.; (856) 858-5230.

Fresh Fish Festival B. Someday Productions presents the second year of its short-play festival, April 1-19 at The Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; www.walkingfishtheatre.com.

Happy Days: A New Musical Milwaukee circa 1959 comes alive through March 29 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Irish and How They Got That Way The Kimmel Center hosts 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 and children 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 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.

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.

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 Gil Shaham Returns The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the beginning of spring with special concerts at 8 p.m. March 27-28 and 2 p.m. March 29 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Bobby Watson The Kimmel Center presents the acclaimed jazz saxophonist at 8 p.m. March 28 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Verdi Requiem Higdon Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia presents Verdi’s Requiem paired with a world premiere by Jennifer Higdon, at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Previn Plays and Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra presents conductor André Previn, highlighting his talents as conductor and, for the first time since 1969, as orchestral soloist, at 8 p.m. April 2 and 4 and 2 p.m. April 3 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Music other

Ami Verrill The out singer-songwriter performs in the round with Nancy Micciulla, Kevin McQuiston and Blair Bodine, at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Simone The singer, actress and daughter of Nina Simone performs at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

The Oddity Faire: A Mutated Mini-fest Les Claypool, Saul Williams and other fringe musicians perform at 8 p.m. March 27 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (215) 627-1332.

Lesley Gore The out 1960s pop singer performs at 8 p.m. March 28 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Rick Springfield The ’80s rock singer-guitarist performs at 9 p.m. March 28 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa’s Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

B.B. King The iconic blues singer-guitarist performs at 7:30 p.m. April 1 and 2 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Cowboy Junkies The alternative rock group performs at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J.; (856) 858-1000.

Val Emmich The rock singer best known for his role as Jesse on “Ugly Betty” performs at 8 p.m. April 2 at M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave.; (215) 739-5577.

EXHIBITS Collective Aphrodite Gallery, Philadelphia’s showcase for erotic fine arts, presents a staff art show through May 24 at Passional Toys, 620 S. Fifth St.; (215) 829-4986.

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.

Ion Zupcu: Works on Paper Gallery 339 presents an exhibition of still-life photography, through May 16, 339 S. 21st St.; (215) 731-1530.

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.

Making Arrangements Wexler Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new sculptural works by the Vancouver-based ceramic artist Dirk Staschke, through April 25, 201 N. Third St.; (215) 923-7030.

The Many Faces of Stereotypes Verdadism Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of New York-born artist Soraida’s new series of drawings, through April 30, 220 S. Berlin Road, Lindenwold, N.J.; (856) 346-3131.

Pulp Function Fred Beans Gallery at Michener Art Museum presents a wide variety of artistic expressions using handmade paper pulp, recycled paper, paper cuts, cardboard, papier-mâché and folded paper, through June 28, 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.

Yuichi Hibi: Neco Gallery 339 presents Hibi’s photographic exhibition that evokes the menace, beauty and mystery of urban landscapes at night, through May 16, 339 S. 21st St. (215) 731-1530.

DANCE Philadelphia Liberty Dance Challenge North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association presents a same-sex dance exhibition, open to all levels of dancers of all ages, with a portion of the evening proceeds, including a silent auction, benefiting the Sapphire Fund, at 9 a.m. and 1 and 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; (215) 418-4700.

Shut Up and Dance Dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet perform a show to benefit MANNA at 8 p.m. March 28 at The Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; (215) 496-2662 ext. 136.

FILM Diamonds Are Forever The 1971 007 film starring Sean Connery is screened at 2 p.m. March 29 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace The 007 films starring Daniel Craig are screened at 8 p.m. March 30 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

Community College The movie premiere is hosted by comedian Rev. Bob Levy at 8 p.m. April 1 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

BOOKS Elie Wiesel The author of “A Mad Desire to Dance” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Steve Coll The author of “The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

AUDITIONS Frontline Philly’s Dance Review Showcase Frontline Philly is holding informal auditions March 27 for dancers from all genres for a June 6 showcase to highlight up-and-coming artists, performers and choreographers. For information and locations, contact [email protected]

CABARET All That Drag! UPenn’s Queer Student Alliance hosts a drag show to benefit MANNA and the Vivek A. Patel Foundation for Depression and Bipolar Alliance from 7-9:30 p.m. at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; (215) 573-3234.

ETC Joe Rogan The comic best known for his work on “Fear Factor” performs March 27-28 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.

Philly Roller Derby Double Header Bout The Philthy Britches take on the Hustlers and the Board Street Butchers go up against the Heavy Metal Hookers from 5-9 p.m. March 28 at The 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.; www.phillyrollergirls.com.

The Scene TLBTB Productions’ newest LGBTQ party in Philly throws down from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. March 28 at Vesuvio, 736 S. Eighth St.; (215) 922-8380.

The Fags and Hags Comedy Show Comedian Katie Kohler with guests Neil McGarry, Joanne Filan and Janice Kamalski bring the laughs at 10 p.m. April 1 at Stir, 1705 Chancellor St.; (215) 732-2700.

Steve Harvey’s Radio Star 105.3 WDAS-FM presents stand-up comedy and a singing competition hosted by one of the Original Kings of Comedy at 7 p.m. April 2 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.