Calendar: Jan. 30-Feb. 6

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Sat., Feb. 2

The Vaccines 

It’s frightening how closely the Vaccines resemble the Strokes, though 10 years down the road and across the pond. Both bands are louche and decadent in a way that only trust fund babies can be. Both have been honed to razor sharpness in the guitar-drums-bass departments, but remain slurred and offhand in the vocals. And both, surprisingly, are successful in respective decades way past the heyday of guitar rock bands. Last year, the Vaccines attempted their version of Room on Fire, a more polished but less urgent follow-up to What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? Their Coming of Age hit No. 1 in the U.K. last summer, though critical reception was decidedly mixed. BBC Music found it “fizzing with ideas,” but the Guardian called it “confused and incoherent,” and Pitchfork named it a “a dystopian nightmare.” Whoever you believe, it sounds like a severe case of adolescence. —Jennifer Kelly

8:30pm. $20. With San Cisco. Union Transfer. 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

The Mountaintop

Taking its namesake from his famous “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, this show re-imagines the events taking place before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. An exhausted Dr. King retires to Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel and encounters a mysterious stranger while a storm brews outside. 2pm and 8pm. $52-$59. Through Feb. 17. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420.

Reel Big Fish 

These mid-90s Southern California ska-punk heroes may have dropped off the radar, but they never stopped going hard. Playing more than 250 shows a year, the band still manages to garner a bigger following year after year. 7:30pm. $22. With Dan Potthast + the Pilfers. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

The Purity Myth: The Virginity 
Movement’s War Against Women

This show is part of Permanent Wave Philly’s “Create Chaos” residency, and showcases female-identified artists, musicians, filmmakers and performers. Everything is tied together around the theme of chaos and discord from a female’s perspective. 7pm. Free. Eris Temple Arts, 602 S. 52nd St. 703.507.2803

The Seagull

A fateful summer at a beautiful country house filled with love triangles, betrayal and the consequences that are still felt two years later. Set in present day, this production is filled with timeless characters you’re sure to recognize. 8pm. $18-$20. Through Feb. 2. Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane. 215.248.0546.

Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt

Watson Adventures presents this epic scavenger hunt for adults, in which staff members at the Institute are being mysteriously killed off after discovering one of Ben Franklin’s long lost inventions. 2pm. $34.50 Franklin Institute Science Museum, 222 N. 20th St.

The Great Unknown Vinyl
 Release Celebration

After four EPs and one full-length CD, the Great Unknown chose to record their latest the old fashioned way. Come listen and celebrate the release of their first vinyl album. 9:15pm. $10. With KC Jones, Alison Wadsworth. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Sip, Shop and Swap

Philly Style Blogger brings the area’s most fashionable women together for a day of shopping, style, sweet eats and savory spirits. The event kicks off with a 30-minute Q&A featuring a panel of stylist and fashion bloggers including Karima Renee of Skinny Minority and Jessie Holeva of Trend Hungry. Get there early for a VIP gift bag from Tiffany’s Bakery of Philadelphia. Noon. $5-$10. The Wardrobe Boutique, 1822 Spring Garden St. 215.804.9896.

OH BOY! A Tribute
 to Buddy Holly

This tribute to the main forefather of rock ’n’ roll commemorates the 54th anniversary of his infamous death in a plane crash. Cut down in his prime, Holly and his band the Crickets’ influence can still be felt in just about any guitar-based band. Besides, who else can say that the Beatles were big enough fans to base their name around them? 8pm. $25. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400.

Sun., Feb. 3

Dong Johnson

With a band name like Dong Johnson, you’d probably be expecting something a little more lighthearted than what they actually deliver—especially after seeing their logo: the iconic Black Flag bars replaced by um, well, dicks. Everything is all cute and funny over here, right? Nope. Aside from the goofy name and imagery, the Philly-based, four-piece punk outfit leaves little to laugh at. Musically, they are concise and abrasive, a little bit of hardcore here, a little metal there, and hey, even some surf, just because they can. Lyrically, shock is their forte, with some of their songs able to be mistaken for some unearthed GG Allin outtakes (see: “Wanna Fuck”). Their shows, fronted by singer Opal Rock, are loud, vicious and alive. He thrashes around, scowls, screams and throws his scraggly hair in every which direction, actually succeeding in being pretty intimidating. Onstage is where they truly shine, obviously the best way to get a sense of who they are and what they do. Their four-song Happy Birthday EP is also available as a safer, albeit less effective method of acquainting yourself with the Dong. —A.T.

8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

The Wild Bohemians 
29th Annual Mardi Gras Parade

Don colorful duds and masks, catch some of the thousands of beads being tossed around, and enjoy several of Philly’s top musicians in an afternoon of tunes and merriment. 1:30pm. Free. Fat Tuesdays, 431 South St. 215.629.5999.

Of Mice & Men

The popular metalcore band from Cali, still running off the success of its last album, is ready to scream TLA’s doors off their hinges.
 6pm. $16.50. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

I Made This (Mash Up)

What happens when a German ballerina, a band called Totally Super Pregnant, and Miller Rothlein (performance and visual arts company) spend one full week in a studio together? “Epic Unpredictability” is what. 2pm. $20. The White Space, 1417 N. Second St. 267.888.6476.

Fifty Shades of Cupid

Don’t be shy. Two patient sexuality educators will guide you and your partner through a crash course in Kink 101. 1pm. $20. The Velvet Lily, 1040 N. Second St.

Adam Cardone

A man of many gifts, Cardone’s family-friendly show of magic, ventriloquism, illusion, escape artistry and mind-reading is known for mystifying the masses. Join the world’s first mentriloquist for good old-fashioned fun, or just for the sake of hearing a man use four different voices at once. 3pm. $10-$30. Grasso’s Magic Theatre, 103 Callowhill St.

Pyxis Piano Quartet

These four talented and classically trained musicians, each on a different instrument, (violin, viola, cello, piano) are more than able to deliver beautiful and varied chamber music. 3pm. $20. German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. 215.627.2332

Mon., Feb. 4

Al Gore:
 The Future 

At a time of such political, social and economic uncertainty both in the U.S and abroad, it’s a good thing that we have experienced Washington “outsiders” like Al Gore to provide some answers. The former vice president and everyone’s favorite environmental activist hits town this week to talk up his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Much like his 2006 bestseller and Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s latest lays out a clear assessment of the various emerging forces that will reshape our world over the next decade and decades to come. These six critical drivers include the shifting balance of world powers, the radical disruption of the earth’s ecosystems, advancements in the fields of medicine, agriculture and molecular science and of course, America’s flawed set of economic priorities. You can expect that the Nobel Peace Prize recipient will be addressing more immediate global policies President Obama’s second term might yield, as well as perhaps the specific initiatives the president should be taking to address climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. You can also expect him to dodge questions about the recent acquisition of Current TV, his progressive media channel, by Al Jazeera America; having personally walked away with an estimated $100 million from the deal, it does little to squelch criticisms that Gore’s earthy heroics are rooted in feet of clay. If you’re wondering why admission to the event costs as much as a concert ticket, it’s because guests will also receive a signed copy of the book. Needless to say, the event is likely to sell out, so reserve your spot now. —N.F.

6:30pm. $35. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6700.

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival: Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions

Dukie Dror’s documentary tells the story of expressionist architect Erich Mendelsohn’s love of craft and his future wife in the midst of WWI and the festering resentment toward Jews in Germany that follows. 7:30pm. $5-$10. The Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. 215.545.4400.

The Music Tapes Present:
 The Traveling Imaginary

More of an interactive experience than a concert, the Music Tapes have created a show that includes a wide range of activities in support of their newest album, Mary’s Voice. Also: Everything takes place in a giant, surreal tent, so there’s that. 10pm. $15. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

Monday Poets

Michele Belluomini and Elizabeth Bodien have had multiple poems included in collections and publications over the years. Come see—and hear—why, as they share their latest work, hosted by Lamont Dixon. 6:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341.

OddCake Presents: Recess

Cheap drinks, three DJs, silly outfits. Welcome to OddCake’s new weekly Monday night dance party at Kung Fu Necktie. If the music doesn’t send you into a stupor, the lighting system just might. 11pm. $3. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Tues., Feb. 5

Taylor Branch — The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil 
Rights Movement

With a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship and other awards as proof of his authorial brilliance, Branch has earned his acclaim with skillful deliberation There are few with more perspective and knowledge of the civil rights movement. 7:30pm. $7-$15. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341.

Eternal Summers

A post-punk trio that enjoys exploring family dynamics in their special, lo-fi way. Their newest album expresses an interest in moving farther from a minimalist mindset, so the set list could be quite different from what is expected. 8pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

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