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THEATER End Days People’s Light and Theatre Company presents an outrageous comedy about acceptance and the importance of family ties, with “guest appearances” by Jesus and Stephen Hawking, through Aug. 3, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern; (610) 644-3500.

Grease The popular “musical” featuring “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, through July 19 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents a production of Shakespeare’s masterfully orchestrated comedy, through Aug. 2 at Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley; (610) 282-9455.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women Act II Playhouse presents a high-energy celebration of just how much women have changed using the best songs of the past 100 years, through Aug. 2, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; (215) 654-0200.

The Rock Tenor The Wilma Theater presents a show fusing rock ’n’ roll anthems, Broadway classics, opera favorites, country rhythms and classical melodies, through Aug. 2, 265 S. Broad St.; (215) 546-7824.

Say Goodnight Gracie: The Life, Laughter and Love of George Burns and Gracie Allen Renowned Broadway actor Joel Rooks reprises his critically acclaimed role of George Burns in the Tony-nominated play, through July 18 at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse of the Cape May Stage, 31 Perry St., Cape May, N.J.; (609) 884-1341.

The Tempest The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents William Shakespeare’s magical and mysterious romance, through Aug. 2 at the Greek Theatre on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morris Township, N.J.; (973) 408-5600.

MUSIC classical Hollywood Classics Under The Stars: Star Wars and More The Philadelphia Orchestra performs classic cinematic scores at 8 p.m. July 21 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 893-1999.

Sheherazade and Other Tall Tales The Philadelphia Orchestra performs an evening of exotic music at 8 p.m. July 21 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 893-1999.

The Best of Bernstein and the Riches of Rodgers Peter Nero and the Philly Pops perform works by two of the most successful and celebrated composers of the 20th century, 8 p.m. July 22 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 893-1999.

MUSIC other Joe and Chico DeBarge The R&B singers perform at 8 p.m. July 17 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Black 47 The Irish rock band performs at 8 p.m. July 18 at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple St.; (215) 257-5808.

Robin Thicke The singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. July 18 at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 236-2583.

Stone Temple Pilots The rock band performs at 8 p.m. July 18 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Mötley Crüe The rock band performs with five other rock bands at 5 p.m. July 19 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.; (856) 365-1300.

VNV Nation The electronic group performs at 8 p.m. July 19 at TLA, 334 South St.; (215) 922-1011.

Green Day and The Bravery The punk bands perform at 8 p.m. July 21 at Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (215) 336-2000.

The Jonas Brothers The promise-ring-wearing Disney-approved pop band performs at 7 p.m. July 23-24 at Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (215) 336-2000.

EXHIBITS The Art of Japanese Craft: 1875 to the Present The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition surveying the rich diversity of 20th-century Japanese craft, through Oct. 18, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Bodies The James Oliver Gallery presents an exhibition uniting the works of Julia Day, Brooke Hine, Sky McDonagh and Dallas Shaw, through Aug. 22, 723 Chestnut St., fourth floor; (215) 923-1242.

Cadaver Corpse Space 1026 presents a corpse drawing, painting and collage show featuring over 50 artists from around the world, through July 31, 1026 Arch St.; (215) 574-7630.

Draw 4 Art Star Gallery & Boutique presents a group exhibition featuring Ryan Myers, Lisa Hurwitz, Kurt Halsey, Isaac Bushkin, Mandy Sutcliffe of Belle & Boo, Angie Mason, Ashley Goldberg, Rachel Bone and Susie Gahremani of Boy Girl Party, through July 26, 623 N. Second St.; (215) 238-1557.

Folk Art The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College presents an installation focusing on examples from Dr. David Bronstein’s collection of Pennsylvania and Northeast folk art and artifacts, through Aug. 29, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville; (610) 409-3500.

Frenz Fleisher/Ollman presents an exhibition of works selected by Will Oldham, the prolific singer-songwriter who records and performs under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy, through the end of summer, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

Hello! Fashion: Kansai Yamamoto 1971-73 The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of the work of one of the founding fathers of Japanese contemporary fashion, through July 31, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Himalayan Visions Blue Lotus Gallery presents an exhibition by Nepal-based photographer Kishor Kayastha, through July 19, 1314 Sansom St.; (215) 545-2800.

A Modern Edge Part 1 Edge Gallery presents an exhibition of abstract paintings by the gallery’s stable of artists, through July 26, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072.

New Work The Clay Studio presents an exhibition of works from artist Alyssa Welch, through July 26, 137 N. Second St.; (215) 925-3453.

Outgrowths AxD Gallery presents a solo sculpture exhibition by artist Carey Netherton, through Aug. 2, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Richard Schultz: Five Decades of Design The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of works by the legendary outdoor furniture designer through Aug. 23, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Shopping in Paris: French Fashion 1850-1925 The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the American experience abroad from 1850-1925, through Oct. 25, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Something to Wear: Fashion in Print 1850-1925 The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the world of fashion and consumer culture through printed publications, through Sept. 7, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

A Taste for Modern: The Jeanne Rymer Collection of 20th-Century Chairs The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an installation of 23 chairs by the acclaimed designer, through Sept. 20, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Urban Convergence Asian Arts Initiative hosts a multi-artist exhibition merging and morphing artistic genres and culture — high art with street art, underground with pop, fine art with street culture — through Aug. 2 at 1219 Vine St.; (215) 557-0455.

Velocity: Works on Paper by Peter G.-Ray AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by the artist, through July 18, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

What Were They Thinking: 160 Years of Bad Taste Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts presents an exhibition of styles that were the height of fashion at some point in recent history, through Nov. 8 at The Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J.; (609) 884-5404.

OPERA Siberia Amici Opera Company presents Umberto Giordano’s opera in Italian, 2:30 p.m. July 19 at Garden Church Trinity Methodist, 82 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; (610) 623-1644.

DANCE Urban Dance Explosion Buckets and Tap Shoes, along with Chosen Dance Company, perform at 11 a.m. July 20 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 893-1999.

FILM The Rocky Horror Picture Show The camp classic is screened at 10 p.m. July 18 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Bright Victory The 1951 drama is screened at 2 p.m. July 19 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Psycho Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a screening of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film July 21-22, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

Philly QFest The festival formerly known as The Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival celebrates its 15th year, through July 20 at various locations; www.QFest.com.

BOOKS James Roberts, Hal Tarr, Thom Nickels and Victoria Brownsworth The Philadelphia-based contributors to “Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation” host a reading at 5:30 p.m. July 18 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Buzz Aldrin The second man to set foot on the moon and author of “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Carolyn Wyman The author of “The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

CABARET Chantal Curtis’ All Male Review The entertainer performs at 10 p.m. July 18 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

ETC Charlie Murphy The comedian seen on Comedy Central performs July 17-18 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.

Philadelphia Family Pride Annual Summer Picnic LGBT parents and kids meet for a potluck picnic and games from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 18 at Mason’s Mill Pavilion #2, 3500 Masons Mill Road, Huntingdon Valley; (215) 600-2864.