Diversions: Sept. 11-17


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

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.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Walnut Street Theater presents the story of two suave and shameless con-men with two very different styles, through Oct. 25, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Fractured Fairy Tales B. Someday Productions presents a madcap, interactive live performance for kids and adults, through Sept. 19 at the Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; (215) 413-1318.

A History of Shit: Manson in Thebes Philly Fringe and Theater of the Evangelical Scientific Revolution present the North American premiere of a play exploring and deconstructing the American obsession with Charles Manson as a counterculture icon, Sept. 11 at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., and Sept. 17 at The Rotunda, 4014 Chestnut St.; (215) 413-1318.

Missed Connections, A Craigslist Fantasia Philly Fringe and the Curio Theatre Company presents an ensemble piece created primarily from Philadelphia Craigslist personal and community forums, exploring the social dichotomy of anonymity and identity on the Internet using only found text, through Sept. 19 at Calvary Center Sanctuary, 4740 Baltimore Ave.; (215) 413-1318.

Neil Simon’s Rumors, A Farce The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater presents a production full of evasions, lies, slamming doors and assumed identities, culminating in a wildly implausible explanation of the whole tangled plot to a skeptical policeman, through Sept. 26, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore; (610) 328-4271.

Sex, Dreams & Self Control Philly Fringe presents out musician and actor Kevin Thornton performing his new one-man show Sept. 11-17 at Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; (215) 427-9255, and Sept. 18-19 at the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.; (215) 732-2220.

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

Zombie! The Musical Philly Fringe presents a production inspired by classic horror films and cult musicals, following a mad scientist, a surly sheriff, a pair of young lovers and a zombie hunter as they try to survive in a world overrun by zombies — and sing about it, through Sept. 11 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place; (215) 413-1318.

MUSIC classical David Garret The virtuoso violinist performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

MUSIC other Antigone Rising The all-female rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

Saint Mad and Tom Gala The chamber-pop artist and the humorous songwriter perform at 10 p.m. Sept. 11 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

The Sweetback Sisters The honky-tonk duo performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

The Minus 5, the Baseball Project and the Steve Wynn IV performed by Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon There is so much alt-rock street cred on display at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Marc Silver The out singer-songwriter opens for Hot Club of Cowtown, 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

The LOFT Series: “The Past is Not Present: The New Music Industry” New York Songwriters Circle presents a panel discussion on how unsigned indie artists can make strides in their career, 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Sarah Bettens The former K’s Choice singer performs a CD-release show at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

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 this 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.

Afterworlds Twenty-two Gallery presents an exhibition by Ed Marston featuring paintings of industrial sites, old neighborhoods and natural settings, through Oct. 4, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

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.

Autumnal Visions Edge Gallery presents an exhibition by artist Mike Watson exploring nature through an abstract filter, through Sept. 27, 72 N. Second St.; (215) 413-7072.

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.

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.

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.

Surfacing AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Paul Davis Jones, through Oct. 3, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

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 Kun-Yang Lin Workshop New York City-based visual artist Jeff Sable explores tai chi movement, voice and improvisation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 at Chi Movement Arts Center, 1316 S. Ninth St.; (267) 687-3739.

Urban Scuba Live Art presents the newest creation from out choreographer Brian Sanders, using wild illusions created with movement and fantastical costumes over water, resulting in humor and extreme physicality, through Sept. 13 at the pool at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.; (215) 413-1318.

LGBT Square Dance Open House Independence Squares show the ropes to anyone who wants to learn at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2111 Sansom St.; (215) 567-3668.

FILM Lawrence of Arabia The classic 1962 adventure is screened at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Who Does She Think She Is? Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a thought-provoking new documentary asking why women should have to choose between the workplace and the home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS David Allen Sibley The author of “Sibley Guide to Birds” hosts a discussion at 2 p.m. Sept. 13, preceded by a noon tree walk, at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

A Reading for Philadelphia Poets Magazine Editor Rosemary Cappello will host readings by contributors Janet Mason, Mel Brake, Joseph Dorazio, Maria Fama, Ruth Rouff and Al Tacconelli, at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Sam Tanenhaus The author of “The Death of Conservatism” will be interviewed live by Philadelphia Inquirer book critic Carlin Romano at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Jeffrey Ross The comedian and author of “I Only Roast the Ones I Love” talks up his craft as an insult comic at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

CABARET Lindsey Meredith Buffa The classically trained vocalist performs at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Harlans at The Nevermore, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

Peek A Boo Revue with El Vez The neo-burlesque group performs at 10 p.m. Sept. 12 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

AUDITIONS “Oliver” casting call for local pooch Walnut Street Theatre is casting an English or American Staffordshire Terrier, English or American Bulldog or American Pit Bull terrier with a white or mostly white coat, 1 year or older, to be featured eight shows a week from Nov. 10-Jan. 10. Auditions are from noon-2 p.m. Sept. 15, 825 Walnut St. E-mail [email protected] with the subject “Dog Auditions” to schedule an audition, and include a photo of the dog as well as your name, phone number and address.

ETC Philadelphia Alternative Comic-Con The inaugural convention celebrating comic books that step outside the mainstream of superhero comics runs from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the 941 Theater, 941 N. Front St.; (917) 514-0651.

Joan Rivers The legendary comedian performs at 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at Harrah’s Casino, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester; (484) 490-1800.

A Philadelphia Ale & Arts Adventure The Mural Arts Program and World Cafe Live present a trolley tour of the world-renowned murals of Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s own Yards Brewing Company, along with complimentary Yards beers, snacks and live music, at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Tony Rock The comedian seen on “Def Comedy Jam” performs Sept. 17-19 at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.; (215) 496-9001.