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Wednesday, Feb. 20


One Book, One 
Philadelphia Writing Workshop
Supporting the Free Library of Philadelphia, this program promotes reading, literacy and book discussion through a series of writing workshops. Tonight, book lovers will discuss Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic, and talk about the their own experiences with immigration. 2pm. Free. Marks Intercultural Center at Drexel University, 30 S. 33rd St. 215.895.2000.


An experimental rap 
three-piece from New York City, their sound is reminiscent of old Cannibal Ox. They’re in town this week promoting their debut EP, Wiki93. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.


Shelley Spector: “But Not 
As Much As Tomorrow”

Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s first exhibit 
of 2013 features work from Shelley Spector. This will be the first time her print series “Five And A Half By Forty” will be shown in its entirety since she started it 20 years ago. Through Feb. 23. 10am. Free. Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut St. 215.413.8893.


Hannibal Buress
Chicago-born comedian already has a one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, has made appearances on Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and Conan and is a staff writer on 30 Rock and SNL. We think he may be funny. 8pm. $18-$20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Thursday, Feb. 21


Body Against Body

Over the past 30 years, as choreographers have continued to test the boundaries of modern dance, creating works more riveting and cutting-edge than those before them, the beautifully intricate duets of Bill T. Jones and his late partner and collaborator Arnie Zane have truly managed to stand the test of time. 

Though Jones has earned numerous accolades and awards throughout his career, creating over 140 works for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, he is perhaps best known by many for having directed and choreographed the 2010 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! 

Not a rerun, but rather a piece of living dance history, Body Against Body now revisits several of the company’s groundbreaking works such as Blauvelt Mountain (1980) and Monkey Run Road (1979), which redefined modern dance in the early ‘80s and continue to be regarded as significant examples of postmodern aesthetic. More importantly, they are likely to excite and inspire audiences in 2013 with the same intensity as they did some three decades ago. All of the featured pieces address themes of race, gender and sexual orientation in small-scale duets—even sometimes in the nude—while integrating the same conflicting themes and contrasting physical styles that have defined the company’s history. 

To further illuminate the social themes presented in Body Against Body, the Painted Bride will host audience engagement events throughout its three-night run, including a movement workshop for those with or without any formal dance training on Friday and a pre-show Q&A with Jones himself on Saturday. Immediately following Thursday’s performance, the audience will have a chance to engage with the company’s associate director Janet Wong and dance scholar/cultural historian Brenda Dixon Gottschild. Meanwhile, through a three-channel video installation, the public is invited to trace the evolution of Blauvelt Mountain as it has been brought to life over the years by diverse pairings of dancers. Whether relating to this dance or simply dance as a whole, participants are encouraged to share their reactions, as their responses will be compiled into sideshow and presented prior to each of the nightly performances. / Nicole Finkbiner

Thurs.-Sat., Feb 21-23, 8pm. $25-$30. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.


Balance and Composure

Doylestown, Pennsylvania’s own Balance and Composure hit the ground running after forming in 2007. The emo rock group—formed from the shattered pieces of several other broken up local bands—have since put our five releases 
(including EPs, LPs and splits) that have gained traction with audiences across the country. Their latest full-length, 2011’s Separation, has a low-fi Nirvana-Archers of Loaf vibe to it, and they’ve since released a short acoustic LP. They’re headlining Union Transfer tonight as part of an East coast tour alongside bands The Jealous Sound and Daylight, both of whom hit that hard rock-meets-soft feelings note. / Randy LoBasso

7:30pm. $13-$15. With the Jealous Sound + Daylight. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.


The Philly Do-Gooder Awards
This event, presented by Wells Fargo, honors video submissions that use the power of storytelling as a way to connect nonprofit organizations with valuable partners and resources. You voted for your favorite on, so come out and be spoiled with tasty food, an open bar, and, of course, a red carpet. 7pm. $25. University of the Arts Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St. 215.625.7988.


The Tressels
The Delaware County rockers release the second in their American Trilogy series. American Sunset features an eclectic mix of heartland rock, psychedelic riffs and post-punk energy. 8pm. $8. With Midnight Spin, Alex Vans, and High Kick. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St.


Brooklyn musicians 
influenced by Radiohead, Bowie, Kurt Vile and Tame Impala celebrate the 
release of their debut self-titled EP, which drops this week. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.


Ancient Artifacts in Court

Can historical relics from other countries be put up for sale in order to provide restitution to victims of terrorism? Attorney Laina Lopez gives a lunchtime lecture on this, specifically discussing the case of Rubin v. Iran, and how it could affect museums in the future. 12:30pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.2680.


Turn Off Your Radio
songs of the counter-culture unite and takeover. The set list collects gems from more than 40 years of classic rap, alternative, funk, garage, new wave, dance, reggae and more. 11pm. $3. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.


An eclectic rock 
trio from West Chester with ethereal melodies and captivating hooks, their eponymous debut EP was just released, but they’ve already been working on a ton of new material that should be ready for the show. 8pm. $7. With Left of Logic. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.


Love & Sex During World 
War II
It’s hard to imagine our grandparents as sexual mavens, but this lecture discusses the idea that long before the free love of the 1960’s, World War II was in fact a tremendous catalyst for changing views on sex and love. 7pm. $14-$16. Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown.


Swagger comes to 
Tashan every third Thursday, bringing with it a plethora of food and drink specials. Each month’s installment of the party is free to enter; with proceeds benefitting a new LGBT-related charity each month. 6pm. Free. Tashan, 777 S. Broad St.


Passport to World Cinema 
This series allows you to enjoy the best foreign films at an affordable price. This month’s film selection is The Fifth Season, a Belgian film about a small village where spring refuses to arrive, therefore halting the harvest and creating chaos amongst the residents. 7:30pm. $5. The University of the Arts, 401 S. Broad St.

Friday, Feb. 22


The Justice 

Beginning at 9am, a host of renowned speakers and 
activists from 44 states and over a dozen nations will descend upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Justice Conference, founded three years ago by Ken Wytsma, president of Kilns College, in association with World Relief, a development nonprofit operating in 20 countries. A gathering designed to encourage dialogue and action around issues of social justice—like poverty, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking and human rights—think of it as an unpretentious TED talk on subjects that have actual meaning and value. But with events resided over by several nationally-known social entrepreneurs, artists, scholars and authors—including Mission Year president Leroy Barber and philosopher Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff—the Justice Conference’s real local resonance comes via its inaugural film festival’s screening and Philadelphia premiere of 3801 Lancaster, a new documentary on the case of abortion doctor-accused murderer Kermit Gosnell, of which PW’s Tara Murtha writes this week in our Philly Now blog, “The filmmakers seem to align themselves with the poor, mostly minority female victims of Gosnell’s clinic, [but] in reality, they are more closely aligned with the right-wing legislators in Harrisburg.” It’s among the 16 short- and long-form docs and narrative films exploring a wide swatch of stories aimed at informing, engaging—and frankly, outraging—the Justice Conference’s politically progressive attendees. / R.L.

Through Sun., Feb 24. $210. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.


Reagan Youth
East coast punk 
rock pioneers Reagan Youth might only boast one original member, but they can still scoff at the Philly bourgeoisie with ease as they shove their power chords down your throat. 9pm. $8. With Dust Angel, Taco Joint + Wayward Ones. Kung Fu Necktie, 
1250 N. Front St.215.2914919.


Adam & Dave’s Bloodline 
Album Release Party

This Philly-based fivesome will be in high spirits when their trippy, 2x2 EP is released on an unsuspecting public. 9pm. $10. With St. James and the Apostles, Sleeping Bag, Arrah and the Ferns. Johnny Brenda’s1201 N. Frankford Ave.215.739.9684.


40 Winks with the Sphinx

For munchkins ages 6 to 12 and their chaperones, Penn Museum’s popular 
sleepover program includes a scavenger hunt, a flashlight expedition through the galleries, arts and crafts and a souvenir patch that grants you free admission to the museum for an entire year. 5:30pm. $40-$50. Penn Museum. 3260 South St. 215.898.2680.


Buddy Miller and Jim 
Two mainstays of the country music scene join forces to remind the public that a duet does not have to be a series of sappy ballads performed in a dim light and accompanied by a twinkling piano. 8pm. With Max Gomez. $20-$34. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

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