Diversions: Feb. 5-11


THEATER Blue Door Arden Theatre Company presents the story of a successful mathematics professor experiencing a sleepless night where a series of ancestors visit to reveal the hardships and victories that have shaped their lives, through March 21, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

A Chorus Line The Ritz Theatre Company presents the smash Broadway musical, through Feb. 13, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Twp., N.J.; (856) 858-5230.

The Eclectic Society The Walnut Street Theatre presents the world premiere of a complex story of drama and humor set on a university campus in 1963 New England, through March 7, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

Gagarin Way Amaryllis Theatre Company presents a story of a botched kidnapping, exploring the characters’ conflicting impulses toward apathy and outrage as dispossessed factory workers decide to make a political statement by kidnapping an executive from the factory’s multi-national corporate owner, through Feb. 7, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 564-2431.

The Irish … and How They Got That Way The irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America uses classic songs and stories as told by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, through Feb. 28 at Kimmel’s Innovation Studio, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Master Class The Media Theatre presents Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about a diva using the class she is teaching as a platform for her own glory as she reminisces about her career and her life, through Feb. 21, 104 E. State St., Media; (610) 891-0100.

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber Six Broadway stars perform classics by the legendary composer, Feb. 9-14 at the Merriam Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Other Hands Luna Theatre Company presents an examination of love for the technological age, through Feb. 14 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

The Prince Independence Studio presents a story following a popular senator into the backroom of his politically charged court case, through Feb. 7 at Walnut Street Theatre’s Studio 3, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles The show that is the next best thing to seeing The Beatles runs through Feb. 7 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women Society Hill Playhouse presents an exuberant musical that recounts the journey of women in the 20th century with popular music, through April 18, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210.

Theater District Allens Lane Art Center presents a drama by the award-winning writer of “thirtysomething” and “My So-Called Life,” about a 16-year-old who moves in with his aloof father and his boyfriend, through Feb. 6, 601 W. Allens Lane; (215) 248-0546.

MUSIC classical Brandenberg & Suites Vox Ama Deus presents an evening of orchestral suites with multiple soloists, 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Sheherazade The Philadelphia Orchestra performs a rendering of tales from “A Thousand and One Nights,” 8 p.m. Feb. 5-6 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Sweet Honey in the Rock The Kimmel Center presents the Grammy Award-winning female a-cappella ensemble combining blues, gospel, rap, reggae jazz and African chants, 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts The Curtis Symphony presents this orchestral performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Emanuel Ax Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents the acclaimed pianist at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

MUSIC other Patty Larkin The out singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Feb 5 at Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square; (484) 732-8295.

Bob Marley’s Legend Classic Albums Live presents a flawless recreation of the reggae star’s classic album, 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Town Mountain The bluegrass/country group performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Angie Stone and Leela James The two R&B singers perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Dee Dee Bridgewater The jazz vocalist performs an evening of music celebrating Billie Holiday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

WXPN Musicians On Call Concert The nonprofit initiative that brings musicians to local hospitals to perform at patients’ bedsides hosts a benefit concert featuring Ingrid Michaelson and Mtulu at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

EXHIBITS American Pastime InLiquid presents an installation of new mixed-media work by artist Katharine Kesselring, through Feb. 5 at the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery, 230 Vine St.; (215) 592-1310.

Arabesque Expressionism AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings by Daniel Stuelpnagel and Madeline Adams, through Feb. 6, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Body Worlds 2 & The Brain The Franklin Institute presents an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of the human body through a broad collection of authentic human specimens, through Feb. 20, 222 N. 20th St.; (215) 448-1200.

Inspiring a Nation The National Constitution Center hosts an exhibition featuring World War I posters created by Philadelphia Sketch Club artists through April 25, 525 Arch St.; (215) 409-6700.

Isaac Lin: A Place Near Here Fleisher/Ollman Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works from the Chinese-American artist, through Feb. 20, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 100; (215) 545-7562.

Ragas and Rajas: Musical Imagery of Courtly India The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures from across the subcontinent, through Feb. 28, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; (215) 763-8100.

Rockwell’s America The largest 3-D Norman Rockwell exhibit in the world takes visitors on a unique journey that includes segments from the Academy Award-winning film “Norman Rockwell’s World,” 20 theatrical environments, 35 three-dimensional life-sized depictions of Rockwell’s characters and dozens of interactive educational experiences, through March 14 at King of Prussia Mall’s Lower Level Plaza, 256 Mall Blvd.; (610) 768-0710.

Supergirl! NEXUS presents an exhibition of female video artists who represent themselves as superheroes in their work, through Feb. 5, 1400 N. American St., Suite 102; (215) 684-1946.

Twenty-Two Squared Twenty-Two Gallery presents an eclectic offering of affordable original art from 22 area artists, through Feb. 7, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

DANCE Streb: Brave The Annenberg Center presents a performance blending slam dancing, extreme sports, circus arts and Hollywood stunt work, Feb. 5-6 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble This free performance celebrates the beauty of family and the honoring of Africa through traditional songs, instruments, dance and drum, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Winged Woman Dance: Residue The Annenberg Center presents the Philadelphia-based ensemble founded by Tina Heuges that is dedicated to in-depth collaborations among visual artists, musicians and dancers, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Harold Prince Theater, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

FILM V for Vendetta Mugshots Coffeeshop and Café presents the film as part of its “Graphic Novel Film Series,” 7 p.m. Feb. 5, 2100 Fairmount Ave.; (267) 514-7145.

Persopolis Mugshots Coffeeshop and Café presents the film as part of its “Graphic Novel Film Series,” 2 p.m. Feb. 7, 2100 Fairmount Ave.; (267) 514-7145.

Angels with Dirty Faces The 1930s gangster film is screened at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Zombieland The 2009 horror/comedy is screened 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-5483.

A History of Violence Mugshots Coffeeshop and Café presents the film as part of its “Graphic Novel Film Series,” 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 2100 Fairmount Ave.; (267) 514-7145.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a screening of Ang Lee’s epic martial-arts fantasy, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 527-9898.

BOOKS Book Lovers Mixer Giovanni’s Room hosts a literary speed-dating event at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

A Study of African American Men and HIV The editors of “Dangerous Intimacy,” a collection of unscripted autobiographies of 10 African-American men living with HIV, host a book event at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St.; (215) 898-7595.

James Hansen The author of “Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity” hosts a reading at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

OPERA Carmen Amici Opera Company presents Bizet’s opera at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 at St. Nicholas Hall, 910 Pierce St.; (215) 224-0257.

CABARET Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus The choral group performs at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Harlans Cabaret, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

ETC Sugar and Spice on Ice Who doesn’t like candy and ice-skating? Partake in some sweet skating from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, 301 S. Columbus Blvd.; (215) 925-7465.

First Person StorySlams First Person Arts Festival presents its performance art/storytelling competition at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

I Love You/I Hate You Azuka Lounge presents the anti-Valentine event from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Woody’s Bar, 202 S. 13th St.; (215) 545-1893.