Diversions Aug. 28-Sept. 3

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THEATER Broadway: A Celebration — An Original Revue Dramateurs at The Barn present a collection of Broadway music and a stroll through the years of the musicals that have become part of history, through Sept. 13 at The Barn Playhouse, Christopher Lane and Rittenhouse Boulevard, Jeffersonville; (610) 539-2276.

Buddy … The Buddy Holly Story Surflight Theatre presents the hit musical about the magical early days of rock ’n’ roll, through Sept. 5, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, N.J.; (609) 492-9477.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged Little Fish Theatre presents all 37 plays in 97 minutes in an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s works, through Aug. 28 at The Broadway Theater of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, N.J.; (856) 384-8381.

Dangerous Corner Langhorne Players present a fascinating combination of mystery and psychological study involving the story of how a dead man disrupts his family and friends, until every character and relationship is tested and revealed to be other than it appears, through Sept. 12 at Spring Garden Mill, Tyler State Park, Route 332, Newtown; (215) 860-0818.

The Full Monty ReVision Theatre dares to bare all with the musical based on the Oscar-nominated film, through Sept. 6 at the historic Carousel House on the Boardwalk, 700 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, N.J.; (732) 455-3059.

Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents John Logan’s crime drama set in spring 1924, when two young wealthy Chicagoans set out to commit the perfect murder, through Aug. 30 at Adrienne Theatre’s Mainstage, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 923-8909.

Rent The Bucks County Academy for the Performing Arts presents Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical about a community of young artists struggling to survive in the chaotic slums of New York’s East Village, Aug. 28-29 at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; (215) 547-8331.

Welcome to Yuba City Pig Iron Theatre Company presents an absurd performance work presenting fragments of mythic America in an outpost on the edge of civilization, Sept. 2-19 at The Festival Theatre at the Hub, 626 N. Fifth St.; (215) 413-1318.

MUSIC Melissa Etheridge The rock singer and gay icon performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 236-2583.

Counting Crows and Michael Franti The rock group and Spearhead frontman perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

The Smithereens The rock band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Atlantic City Hilton, Boston Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 347-7111.

Misstallica The all-female Metallica tribute band performs at 9 p.m. Aug. 28 at North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St.; (215) 787-0488.

The Black Crowes The rootsy rock group performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Donna Summer The disco queen performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Mark G. Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 449-5150.

Heaven and Hell The classic hard-rock band performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 236-2583.

Velveteen Playboys The cosmic lounge group performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Sugartown The monthly showcase of lady DJs and rockers returns with Brat Bangs, Kathia Jane & The V8s and Tammy Faye Starlite, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Tritone, 1508 South St.; (215) 545-0475.

Britney Spears The pop princess performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (215) 336-2000.

Adrian Belew Power Trio The acclaimed guitarist performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Hothouse Flowers The Irish rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Beatles and Boggia – A Celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Beatles in Philadelphia Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ first Philadelphia show with pictures, memorabilia, rare footage of the historic performance and a live performance of the Beatles’ historic set by Jim Boggia, 8 p.m. Sept. 2 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Living Colour The hard-rock group performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

ABBA The Music Katja and Camilla’s Waterloo perform ABBA hits at 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.; (215) 893-1999.

EXHIBITS Adventures in Modern Art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition drawn from the personal collection of Charles K. Williams II, a distinguished archaeologist and director emeritus of the Corinth Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, through Sept. 13, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

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.

David Kube The William Way LGBT Community Center presents an exhibition celebrating the grand-prize winner of the center’s fourth annual Juried Art Exhibition, through Sept. 25, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220.

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 Aug. 29, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

Henri Matisse and Modern Art on the French Riviera The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition inspired by the Mediterranean vacation spot, through Oct. 25, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Meanderings Artists’ Gallery presents an exhibition of work by artists Jennifer Cadoff and Gail Bracegirdle, through Sept. 6, 32 Coryell St., Lambertville, N.J.; (215) 638-4614.

A Modern Eye Part 1I Edge Gallery presents an exhibition of abstract paintings by the gallery’s stable of artists, through Aug. 30, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072.

Say Good Morning Tiger Lily ArtStar Gallery hosts an exhibition of works from mixed-media artist Amy Rice, through Sept. 13, 623 N. Second St.; (215) 238-1557.

Shopping in Paris: French Fashion 1850–1925 The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the American experience abroad between 1850 and 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.

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.

DANCE LGBT Square Dance Open House Independence Squares shows the ropes to anyone who wants to learn, at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St.; (215) 567-3668.

FILM Madagascar The hit animated film is screened at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Adventureland The hit comedy is screened at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

BOOKS Tom Ridge The former Pennsylvania governor and first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security talks about his candid memoir, “The Test of Our Times,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick The two authors host a sci-fi reading at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Robin’s Books and Moonstone Arts Center, 110a S. 13th St.; (215) 735-9600.

CABARET It’s Madame with an E The feisty and funny puppet entertains at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

ETC Kevin Pollak The comedian seen in films like “The Usual Suspects” and “A Few Good Men” performs Aug. 28-29 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.

Dom Irrera and Jeffrey Ross The comedians perform at 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Raymond The Amish Comic The comedian performs at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Sellersville Theatre 1894, 24 W. Temple St.; (215) 257-5808.

Jim Breuer The comedian performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.; (609) 317-1000.

Summer Sake Fest Sake, sushi and karaoke are on the menu at 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Summer Daze ASIAC hosts a special edition of Jaded Lounge with a summer fashion show and giveaways from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Aug. 31 at 12th Air Command, 254 S. 12th St.; (215) 629-2300.