Diversions: April 3-9


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., 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 Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The musical family favorite about a magical flying car runs April 7-12 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Criminal Hearts The Walnut Street Theatre’s Innovation Studio on 3 presents a screwball comedy about a burglar and a jilted wife hatching a plot for revenge, through April 19, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Defiance Bristol Riverside Theatre presents the Philadelphia-are 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.

Flatterers of Dionysis Pneuma Breath of Life Productions presents the story of the esteemed scholar who lives homeless on a park bench following a crisis of conscience, April 5-12 at Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 563-4330.

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

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 Old Neighborhood The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater’s Second Stage presents three one-act comedies from David Mamet, through April 18, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore; (866) 811-4111.

Riverdance The celebration of Irish music gives its area farewell performances, through April 5 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Vagina Monologues Ethical Society of Philadelphia presents the popular production to benefit Women Against Abuse, which runs the city’s only shelter for abused women, through April 5, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square; (215) 735-3456.

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 Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary Tour The Kimmel Center presents a jazz concert featuring Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane, Peter Bernstein, Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton, Peter Washington and Steve Wilson, at 8 p.m. April 3 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Family Concert: Green Eggs and Ham The Philadelphia Orchestra presents its colorful interpretation of the Dr. Seuss classic at 11:30 a.m. April 4 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 4 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Bob Mould The bandleader and former Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman performs at 9 p.m. April 3 at North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St.; (215) 787-0488.

Chris Cornell The former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman performs at 8 p.m. April 4 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (215) 627-1332.

DeadMau5 The trance DJ performs at 11 p.m. April 4 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

Girlyman The rock group signed to Amy Ray’s Daemon Records performs at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Katy Perry The girl-kissing pop singer performs at 8 p.m. April 5 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

Steph Hayes The out singer-songwriter performs at Michelle Malone’s CD-release show at 8 p.m. April 7 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Colin Hay The Men At Work singer performs at 7:30 p.m. April 6-7 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Jeff Beck The legendary rock guitarist performs at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St.; (215) 627-1332.

Seal The international pop star performs at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; (610) 352-2887.

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.

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.

Cristo Redentor Proximity Gallery presents an exhibition by Philadelphia native and cityscape artist Anthony A. Ferrara, through April 26, 2434 East Dauphin St.; (267) 825-2949.

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.

Victory for Tyler 2009: Sculpture Ice Box Project Space presents the second in a series of biennial exhibitions to benefit the Tyler School of Art’s Exhibitions and Public Programs department, through April 26, 1400 N. American St.; (215) 923-6552.

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 No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers The Painted Bride Arts Center presents a suite of pieces choreographed by the nation’s leading African-American dance artists, including Bebe Miller, Donald McKayle, Reggie Wilson, Andrea Woods, David Roussève and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, at 8 p.m. April 3-4, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914.

Rock the Ballet Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance perform a theatrical fusion of ballet, Broadway, contemporary, hip-hop and tap, April 3-5 at DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; (302) 656-4401.

Ballet X Spring Series ’09 The contemporary ballet company presents a diverse program featuring a new piece by Matthew Neenan, Christine Cox and Edwaard Liang, April 4-11 at the Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

Seven Deadly Sins Painted Bride Arts Center presents a performance by the Xhale Dance Company, at 7 p.m. April 5, 230 Vine St.; (215) 925-9914.

FILM Invaders From Mars The 1953 sci-fi movie is screened at 2 p.m. April 4 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

The Lavender Hill Mob The 1951 comedy is screened at 2 p.m. April 5 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Slumdog Millionaire The Oscar-winning film is screened at 8 p.m. April 6 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

BOOKS Staceyann Chin Giovanni’s Room presents the author of “The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir” for a reading at 7 p.m. April 3 at Neighborhood House, Christ Church, 20 N. American St.; (215) 923-2960.

ETC LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference Over 100 LGBTQ women of color are expected to attend the two-day event filled with thought-provoking discussion, art-making, healing and networking among different generations, April 3-4 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220.

Hal Sparks The comic best known for his work on “Queer As Folk” and “Talk Soup” performs April 3-4 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.

Kathleen Madigan The comedian performs at 8 p.m. April 3 at The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.; (302) 652-5577.

Butch’s Enormous Decade Tony Enos, Salotta Tea, Sandy Beach, Brini Maxwell, Frank DeCaro and Felipe Rose celebrate the 10th anniversary of “In Bed With Butch” from 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m. April 5 at Pure, 1221 St. James St.; (215) 735-5772.