Diversions: April 24-30


THEATER Birdy The Centre Theater presents the story of two Philly boys who go to war, then try to come back home physically and mentally, through April 26, 208 Dekalb St. , Norristown; (610) 279-1013.

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.

Hot ’n Throbbing Luna Theater presents this noir detective drama for mature audiences, through May 2 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Jihad Jones & The Kalashnikov Babes InterAct Theatre Company presents a fast and furious satire examining the effect of Hollywood’s stereotyping of Arab Americans, through May 10, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 568-8077.

Mack & Mabel The Players Club of Swarthmore presents the bittersweet story of a Hollywood romance between Mack Sennet, the mogul of silent film, and Mabel Normand, the girl he made a star, through May 9, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 328-4271.

Passing By The gay comedy set in the 1970s about two men whose paths cross in a movie theater — which has received rave reviews — runs through May 3 at Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 627-1088.

Show/Tell The two short gay-themed dramas run through May 2 at Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.; (215) 627-1088.

Something Intangible Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere by celebrated Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham set in Hollywood circa 1941, through June 7, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

MUSIC classical Cellblock: Stories of the Eastern State Chamber Music Now presents a collection of works inspired by the famed prison, at 8 p.m. April 24-25 and May 1 and 3, Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 7, 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue; (215) 236-3300.

Alarm Will Sound The forward-leaning classical music group performs at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

88 Keys, A Big Band and A Voice Peter Nero and the Philly Pops perform with celebrated jazz vocalist Diane Schuur, through April 26 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Denève Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the chief conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, at 8 p.m. April 25 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Juilliard Quartet The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents the revered ensemble performing three wildly different works at 3 p.m. April 26 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

AIDS Benefit Gala Choir Concert A choir comprised of members from five Reconciling United Methodist Churches presents a concert to raise money for local agencies fighting AIDS, from 4-6 p.m. April 26 at Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St.; (215) 568-6250.

Voices of Welcome: Songs of Joy A gala choir concert to benefit the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance and Community Health and Education Outreach of Delaware County will be presented at 4 p.m. April 26 at Drexel Hill United Methodist Church, 600 Burmont Road, Drexel Hill; (610) 259-2104.

Mitsuko Uchida The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents two original works performed by the revered pianist at 8 p.m. April 27 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Damnation of Faust The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Sir Simon Rattle leading a major choral-orchestral masterpiece by Berlioz at 8 p.m. April 29 and May 2 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other The Presidents of the United States of America The quirky alt-rock band performs at 9 p.m. April 24 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

The Manhattan Transfer The Grammy-winning jazz-pop group performs at 8 p.m. April 25 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Milton and The Devil’s Party The catchy alt-rock band performs at 8 p.m. April 25 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1710.

Foreigner The classic rock group performs at 7:30 p.m. April 30 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

The Bloodhound Gang The outrageously funny rock band performs at 8 p.m. April 30 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

EXHIBITS Abstract Reflections Edge Gallery presents an exhibition featuring the works of the gallery’s entire stable of artists, through April 26, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072.

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 E. Dauphin St.; (267) 825-2949.

The Exquisite Queer Temple Gallery at the Tyler School of Art presents the thesis exhibition by out photographer Dave Kube, through April 25, 2001 N. 13th St.; (215) 925-7379.

Figure Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the work of Philadelphia artist Bruce Pollock, through May 9, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

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

Liberty Bears Fourth Annual Bear Art Show Meet local LGBT artists at a cocktail reception, show and sale 7-10 p.m. April 24-25 at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St.; (215) 627-1662.

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.

OPERA L’enfant et les sortilèges/Gianni Schicchi The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents a double bill of short operas from the early 20th century that proves youngsters aren’t the only ones prone to acting up, through May 3 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

DANCE Kun-Yang Lin Dancers The Eastern-influenced dance company presents a program featuring some of its newer pieces at 4 p.m. April 25 at Chi Movement Arts Center, 1316 S. Ninth St.; (267) 687-3739.

Jeanne Ruddy Dance Ninth Season Featuring Martha Clarke The guest choreographer brings her avant-garde works to Philadelphia through April 26 at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St.; (215) 569-4060.

Philadanco Four fresh works choreographed by up-and-coming talent are performed from April 30-May 3 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

FILM The Ladykillers The 1955 comedy starring Alec Guinness is screened at 2 p.m. April 26 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Philly Black Pride Movie Madness at Midnight “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” “Stranger Inside” and “Dakan” are screened at midnight April 24 at Crowne Plaza Hotel Main Line, 4100 Presidential Blvd.; (215) 477-0200.

BOOKS Ruth Reichl The editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and author of three bestselling memoirs (“Comfort Me with Apples,” “Tender at the Bone” and “Garlic and Sapphires”) hosts a book discussion at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

ETC Dennis Leary The comedian and star of “Rescue Me” performs at 8 p.m. April 29 at the Tower Theatre, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby; (610) 352-2887.