Calendar: Jan. 30-Feb. 6

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Wed., Jan. 30

East Coast
 Power Nap

It’s the inaugural presentation of a potentially bimonthly stand-up showcase. And if you’re wondering about the title, no, hosts TJ Hurley (“the brains”) and Alejandro Morales (“the looks”) aren’t suggesting that you’re going to be lulled to sleep—rather, it’s an obscure skateboarding reference, because, you know: skateboarding! Hurley and Morales will present a curated lineup of seven homegrown comedy talents, each of whom have made a name for themselves on the Philly scene and bring a very distinct personality to the table. Tonight’s roster includes the lovely Ms. Carolyn Busa, the awkward Mr. Doogie Horner and Jimmy Viola as his strange but hilarious black-metal warrior-comedy alter-ego, The Necrosexual. Meanwhile, between each set, Hurley and Morales will perform their own routines and sketches. (No word on whether they’ll reenact the shenanigans seen in East Coast Power Nap’s promotional YouTube video. ) —Nicole Finkbiner 

8pm. $5. The Balcony at the Trocodero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.


In 2010, Suli Holum, cofounder of Pig Iron Theater, flipped her radio dial to NPR and was so rattled by a story about a woman whose ovaries were not her own, she picked up the phone and called playwright Deborah Stein. Now after three years of pure performer-
designer-writer collaboration, Holum will test the boundaries of DNA and personal identity in this one-woman show. 7pm. $30. Through Feb. 2. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St.

Kindred the Family Soul

Local husband-and-wife R&B singer-songwriting duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon will keep you guessing what came first: their music or their love. Groove out to the jams they’ve been cultivating for years like their very own children. 8:30pm. $20-$33. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.


Ira Levin, playwright/author of Rosemary’s Baby and Stepford Wives, turns his attention to the cutthroat business of show in this 1978 murder mystery thriller, which ran for 1,793 performances at the Music Box Theater on Broadway. Resurrected tonight under the sure hand of director Richard Edelman, it will run for 28 more performances at the Bristol Riverside Theatre. 7:30pm. $30-$34. Through Feb. 24. Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe. St. 215.785.0100.

Tiger Waves

This Austin-based quintet traveled a great many miles to remind you that all the best indie pop bands are named after animals. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Sommelier Smackdown 

Two of Philadelphia’s most renowned wine connoisseurs go head to head—or rather, palate to palate—in the Wine School’s Sommelier Smackdown. Battle objective: To create the ideal food pairing. Who will get to sample the spoils of this war? You, of course. 7:30pm. $75. Wine School of Philadelphia, 127 22nd St.

Thurs., Jan. 31

Passport to World Cinema

Presented by the Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts, Passport to World Cinema offers a cheap and accessible way to experience some of today’s finest foreign films. Now in its second year, the series screens monthly, featuring a notable title from the recent film festival circuit along with a post-screening discussion. This month’s edition presents 4Some, formerly known as The Holy Quarternity, a racy sexual comedy from Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk. Recently seen at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, 4Some follows two middle-aged couples, lifelong friends, who seem to have everything in common: children of the same age, work-colleague husbands, and yes, even a shared house in their small town. This isn’t enough for them, though; despite each loving their own wives deeply, both men harbor a longing for the other’s respective spouse. (Who would’ve seen that coming, right?) They manage to control their urges for a while, but eventually find themselves on an erotic wife-swapping vacation on an almost deserted Caribbean island. Hilarity ensues as the two couples use this experience to rekindle the passion in their lives. —Anthony Trivelli 

7:30pm. $5. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. 267.239.2941.

Feed Me with Teeth

Touring in support of his new EP, Death by Robot, and upcoming album drop, multi-
talented English boy Jonathan Gooch uses his electro house moniker and killer stage set-up to send crowds into a state of pure, writhing bliss. 8pm. $25. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.


Douglas Appling’s Emancipator stops in Philly amidst a cross-country tour behind his new album, Dusk To Dawn. He’s kind of like a violin-heavy DJ Shadow, minus the plethora of famous guest vocalists that always make their way onto the latter’s tracks. 8pm. With Random Rab + Tor. $16-$18. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.


West Philly’s Curio Theatre Company doesn’t flinch from heavy material. Peter Shaffer’s classic 1977 play explores the relationship between man and his meanings through a child psychiatrist and a troubled, horse-obsessed boy. 8pm. $10-$20. Through Feb. 16. Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Ave.

Chico Huff Band

With more than 30 years experience playing in sessions for many artists, seasoned bass player and Philadelphia resident Chico Huff has put together a band to show off the wealth of musical knowledge accrued over a long, diverse career. 10pm. $5. Dawson Street Pub, 100 Dawson St. 215.482.5677

Dave Barry: Insane City

Pulizer Prize-wining humor writer Dave Barry returns to read from his fifth novel, Insane City, a crazy ride that starts with a bachelor party gone horribly wrong. 7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341.


Who cares if it’s the last day of January: Jimmy and the Parrots, the most requested Jimmy Buffet cover band in the America, want to take you to where the sun is shining hot and the palm trees are blowing. 7:30pm. $25-50. World Cafe Live at Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.

The Standing Cinema

Borrowing thier name from a David Bowie song, Donovan Rice, Dave DeHart and Billy Rose make up this local indie rock trio. 9pm. $8. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.256.6455.

Fri., Feb. 1

Walk the Moon

A potent combination of indie rock and swirling synth-pop goodness, Walk the Moon’s albums contain some of today’s most energetic and upbeat music. The callout vocals and driving, jangly guitar riffs on “Tightrope” call to mind Chris Martin and Two Door Cinema Club, respectively, while the beats from the Killers’ “Somebody Told Me” appear to have been the inspiration for “Jenny.” Lead singer Nicholas Petricca and the band infuse their tracks with all the energy of college kids at an all-night party. “Fixin’” is hip-swinging dance rock at its best, while the echoing, shoegazey interlude “Lions” and the almost maudlin delivery of the vocals on “Iscariot” show the band’s variety and range. Their cover of the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” on their new Tightrope EP is a surprisingly raucous affair. Walk the Moon will give you a great time in no time. Count on it. —Brian Palmer

8pm. $15. With Pacific Air. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Watts and Beethoven

Andre Watts and Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos team up to perform Beethoven’s classic concerto, “Emporer,” along with several other selections. Sure to be a powerhouse performance by two Philadelphia favorites. 8pm. $10. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1955.

Wing Bowl

Three-time Wing Bowl champion Jonathan “Super” Squibb spent an entire year without his crown. Today, he goes wing-to-wing against challengers from a dozen major cities across the United States. 6am. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600.

Gemini Club

Gemini Club is a three-piece, indie-electronica band from Chicago that’s been on the rise for the past two years. A specially designed rig allows for instant, on-the-spot, remixing of their own songs, guaranteeing that each live show is different than the last. 7:30pm. $8-$10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Get Lucid! The Activist
 Dance Party

Live music, DJs, art, and spoken-word poetry all come together to form a multimedia art experience for a good cause. The party will raise money for Philadelphia’s Attic Youth Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth in need. 9pm. $5. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. 720.364.2326.

Various Artists: “Second State, Second Edition”

Demonstrating the work of Second State Press, the premier print workshop in Philadelphia. Volunteers known as “Fob Holders” have the opportunity to make and share new bodies of work for their peers and community. Plus, free treats from the Metropolitan Bakery for this First Friday reception. 6-9pm. Through Feb. 24. Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th St. 215.545.6655.

Buke & Gase 

This Brooklyn-based band features two multi-tasking musicians who take their name from two instruments they pioneered: the “buke,” a self-modified six-string baritone ukulele, and the “gase,” a guitar-bass hybrid. 9:15pm. $10-$12. With Ahleuchatistas and Norwegian Arms. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Marc Silver and the Stone 
Throwers, Mesa Jane, 
Manatawny Creek Ramblers
 and Earl

Four local acts perform in front of a jury to decide if they have what it takes to make it into the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Presented by the Philadelphia Music Co-op. 9:30pm. $10. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.

Trixie Whitley

The Belgium-via-Brooklyn vocalist embarks on a tour for her first full-length record after a successful string of EPs. Trixie’s magnetic presence and stunning voice captivated audiences on her 2010-2011 world tour with Black Dub; she promises to do the same this year. 7:30pm. $12-$20. With Dumpster Hunter. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

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