Diversions: Nov. 5-11

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THEATER
Carrie Brat Productions presents out actor Erik Ranson playing the titular role in the stage version of this horror classic, through Nov. 7 at Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 340 N. 12th St.; (215) 627-2577.

Ghost-Writer Arden Theatre Company presents the story of a dead novelist and his secretary, who is still taking dictation from him, through Nov. 7, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Girls Night: The Musical Five gal-pals hit a karaoke bar, 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside; (215) 572-7650.

Jersey Boys The Kimmel Center’s Broadway Series presents the award-winning musical about Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, through Dec. 12 at Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.; (215) 790-5847.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Walnut Street Theatre presents an all-new production of the holiday Broadway musical, Nov. 9-Jan. 9, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 574-3550.

The Laramie Residency The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents “The Laramie Project” and ”The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” Nov. 11-13 at Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St.; (215) 898-3900.

Monty Python’s Spamalot PNC Arts Alive presents the popular and zany medieval comedy through Nov. 20, 915 White Horse Pike, Haddon Township, N.J.; (856) 858-5230.

Norma Doesmen Society Hill Playhouse presents a gender-bent, comedic take on “Sunset Boulevard,” through Nov. 7, 507 S. Eighth St.; (215) 923-0210.

Office Politics Quince Productions presents four short plays set in offices, through Nov. 13 at Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.; (215) 627-1088.

Run, Mourner, Run Flashpoint Theatre Company and out playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney present the story of a poor young man from a rural community in North Carolina who is suddenly thrust into a power struggle between the two richest men in town, through Nov. 20 at Second Stage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 568-8077.

Silverhill InterAct Theatre Company presents a new drama about a self-supporting utopian community whose well-being is challenged by capitalism, through Nov. 14, on the Mainstage of The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.; (215) 568-8077.

The Threepenny Opera Arden Theatre Company presents the outrageous musical in which whores and thieves prowl the streets of London, through Nov. 7, 40 N. Second St.; (215) 922-1122.

Uncle Vanya Lantern Theater Company presents its first-ever production of a full-length Anton Chekhov work, through Nov. 21 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St.; (215) 829-0395.

MUSIC
Pink Martini The lounge jazz group performs at 9 p.m. Nov. 5 at Caesars Circus Maximus, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; (800) 745-3000.

Van Zweden Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra performs with Dutch-born conductor Jaap van Zweden, Nov. 5-6 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

The Dave Matthews Band The rock band performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience The Merriam Theater hosts the Led Zeppelin tribute concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project The Beatles’ songwriter is the focus of a tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Roger Waters The Pink Floyd mastermind performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 11 at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; (800) 298-4200.

Marc Silver The out singer-songwriter opens for Shawn Mullins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; (215) 222-1400.

Bob Mould The out rock musician performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville; (215) 257-5808.

A German Evening The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Strauss’ Second Horn Concerto, Nov. 11-16 at Kimmel’s Verizon Hall, 260 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

Avi Wisnia The out singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Tin Angel, 20 N. Second St.; (215) 928-0770.

EXHIBITS
Art of the American Soldier The National Constitution Center presents the world-debut exhibition of over 15,000 paintings and sketches created by 1,300 American soldiers in the line of duty, through Jan. 10, 525 Arch St.; (215) 409-6895.

Best of Show University of the Arts hosts an exhibition of The Photo Review 2010 Competition Prize Winners, through Dec. 10 at Gallery 1401, 14th floor of Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St.; (215) 717-6300.

The Big Sea ArtStar Gallery presents an exhibition of works from artist Andrew Zangerle, through Nov. 21, 623 N. Second St.; (215) 238-1557.

Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt The Franklin Institute presents an exhibition of 150 artifacts from Egypt, through Jan. 2, 20th Street and the Parkway; (215) 448-1200.

Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of jewelry and historic photographs from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, through Dec. 5, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

Eakins on Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 10 rarely seen drawings and watercolors that survey the early work of Thomas Eakins, through December, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

400 Same-Sex Couples: Facing Inequality Bucks County Community College hosts an exhibition of photos by Liz Bradbury of gay and lesbian couples as a public reminder that same-sex couples in Pennsylvania cannot marry, gain rights through civil unions and get no legal recognition, through Nov. 6 at Hicks Art Center Gallery, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown; (215) 968-8000.

A Glimpse of Paradise: Gold in Islamic Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the unique status of gold in Islam through a small group of objects drawn from the museum’s collection, through April 2011, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

Passing Evidence AxD Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Christine Stoughton and Nancy Sophy, through Nov. 6, 265 S. 10th St.; (215) 627-6250.

Pleasures and Pastimes in Japanese Art Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of costumes, masks and poetry exploring the ways in which leisure time was interpreted across all social classes in Japanese art, through January, 26th Street and the Parkway; (215) 763-8100.

Recent Work Twenty-Two Gallery presents an exhibition of mixed-media works by Karen S. Davies, through Nov. 7, 236 S. 22nd St.; (215) 772-1911.

The Visionary State: A Journey Through California’s Spiritual Landscape University of the Arts hosts an exhibition by photographer Michael Rauner taking the viewer on a tour of California’s more eccentric religious movements, through Dec. 10 at Gallery 1401, 15th floor of Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St.; (215) 717-6300.

FILM
Trick R Treat The Canadian horror film is screened at 9:45 p.m. Nov. 5 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Laurel & Hardy Shorts The classic comedy shorts are screened at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

The Man Who Knew Too Much The Alfred Hitchcock film is screened at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; (610) 917-0223.

Lost in Translation The Bill Murray film is screened at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; (215) 922-6888.

BOOKS
Thomas James The author of “Into the Stars” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Jane Velez-Mitchell The openly lesbian journalist and author of “iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life” hosts a reading at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

Stacy Schiff The author of “Cleopatra: A Life” hosts a book event at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Central Library, 1901 Vine St.; (215) 686-5322.

Ivan Coyote and S. Bear Bergman The authors, respectively, of “Missed Her” and “Butch Is a Noun” host a reading at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St.; (215) 923-2960.

CABARET
Steven Brinberg is “Simply Barbra” The cabaret singer performs at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Bob Egan‘s New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

Ann Hampton Callaway The cabaret singer performs Nov. 6-7 at Bob Egan’s New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope; (215) 862-5225.

ETC
Louis CK The Kimmel Center presents the outrageously funny stand-up comic, 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.

She Devils Roller Derby Jello Wrestling The roller derby gets sticky and sweet, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St.; (215) 735-0735.

Kathy Griffin The stand-up comic and TV star performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at Kimmel’s Academy of Music; (215) 790-5847.

Wild West Presents: Vince Vaughn & Kevin James Comedy Roadshow The actor and the stand-up comic host a comedy show at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kimmel’s Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; (215) 790-5847.