Metal men It says here that it's the "Most Extreme Tour of the Year." OK! The Dillinger Escape Plan headlines a bill of challenging prog-metal bands featuring Animals as Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Rings of Saturn, and Thy Art Is Murder at 3 p.m. at the Trocadero, 10th and Arch Streets. Tickets are $32. Call 215-922-6888.
Two poets In her work, Belgium-via-Minnesota poet eireann Lorsung delves into the ephemeral (lace, scissors, needles) to find the eternal. She reads with the New York-based Elaine Sexton at 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane. Admission is free. Call 215-844-1870.
Pretty good guitar man Roots rock legend John Hiatt plays at 8 p.m. at Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $60 and $80. Call 215-257-5808.
Movie night What you'll get is what you'll see at Open Screen Monday, in which area filmmakers are invited to have their movies put up on the big screen. The program goes on at 9:15 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. Admission is free. Call 610-527-9898.
License to thrill Sure to be on anyone's list of the best James Bond films is 1965's Thunderball, which finds 007 on the trail of stolen atomic bombs and battling a black marketeer. It's got everything: a jetpack, a weaponized Aston Martin DB5, an underwater firefight, and Tom Jones' lung-busting title song. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Tickets are $9.75; $7.25 seniors. Call 215-345-6789. The film also screens at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $9.75; $7.25 seniors and students. Call 215-345-7855.
Puppet shows The National Festival of the Puppeteers of America presents Puppet Festival (r)Evolution, with these nightly performance highlights (tickets are $18; call 267-240-3679): a shadow puppet double feature of Manual Cinema's Ada/Ava and Tom McDonagh's The Silent Shadow Cinema (Tuesday); a screening of Neil Berkeley's documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, about Wayne White, one of the creators of Pee-wee's Playhouse (Wednesday); Concrete Temple Theatre's Bird Machine, a multimedia work about technology (Thursday); and the University of Connecticut Puppet Arts' re-creation of Dick Myers' "Cinderella" with the 1960s production's original puppets (8 p.m. Friday). All performances in Swarthmore College's Pearson Hall Theater, Lang Performing Arts Center, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore.
Jazz on film Two looks at local jazz heritage: the documentary Coltrane's Philadelphia, about the tenor saxophonist's years in Strawberry Mansion, and Robert Mugge's Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, documenting a 1980 performance by the avant-garde great. The films screen at 7 p.m. at International House's Ibrahim Theater, 3701 Chestnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-387-5125.
Who's he, now? Comedian and impressionist Aries Spears (MadTV) performs at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St., at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 to $33. Call 215-496-9001.
Sound and vision German electronic-music master Ulrich Schnauss performs pieces from his sensational new record, A Long Way to Fall, with visual art by Nat Urazmetova and Anastasia Nikitina, at 9:15 p.m. at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets are $15. Call 215-739-9684.
Circus life The estimable Andrew's Video Vault presents an intriguing double bill of life under the big top: William Conrad's 1981 TV movie Side Show, about a teen who runs away to the circus and witnesses a murder, and Ray Enright's 1941 thriller The Wagons Roll at Night, starring Humphrey Bogart as a carnival owner who makes an intrepid grocery clerk (Eddie Albert) into a lion tamer. The films screen at 8 p.m. at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. Admission is free. Call 215-573-3234.
Pure genius One of the great pop craftsmen, Nick Lowe, plays at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $35. Call 215-222-1400.
Friday & Saturday
World of imagination In Martin Scorsese's 2011 fantasy Hugo, set in 1930s Paris, an orphan boy lives in a railway station fixing the clocks while trying to find a way to make his father's invention, a writing automaton, work. The film screens outdoors at Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Call 215-844-6021.
East and West Photographer Michael Block presents images of Korean and Hopi children to Aug. 31 at Home Fine Art Gallery, 2 Church St., Mount Holly, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Call 609-261-8634.
A complete guide to events in the region over the coming weekend will appear in the Weekend section in Friday's Inquirer. Send notices of events for "7 Days" to Michael Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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