Calendar: Feb. 20-27

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Penn Dhamaka Presents: 
Take a wild ride 
through the Republic of Dhamakistan with UPenn’s first and only all-male dance troupe. These young men know how to bust-a-move, and they’ll prove it to you with dance styles that are influenced by South Asia, Bollywood, Bhangra and hip-hop. $8-$10. Iron Gate Theater, 3700 Chestnut St. 215.898.5552.


The word-surgeon from D.C. heads to the TLA with his newish mixtape. His back catalog is too enticing for any hip-hop fan to pass up. 9pm. $35. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.


Behold Bold Sam Dog

Under the umbrella of work called “Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind” collaborated by Susan Rethorst and Bryn Mawr College, explore the rhythm of sound and (hopefully) take away new feelings for things that can’t be simply defined. 8pm. $5-$20. Goodhart Hall at Bryn Mawr College. 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.526.5210.

Saturday, Feb. 23


The Zoo CREW: Save the Orangatans 

What could be better than a passionate group of teenage animal conservationists? A passionate group of teenage animal 
conservationists working out of our own backyard world of wonder, the Philadelphia Zoo. The young participants in its highly-coveted, three-year Zoo CREW program (for Zoo Champions for Restoring Endangered Wildlife) not only are privy to workshops and training sessions on nature awareness and conservation issues, but they take their special “Save Our Species” presentations to local libraries on weekends, sharing their devotion to all things animal with younger children, hopefully stoking their compassion and love for creatures small and large. This Saturday, the Zoo CREW is all about those great apes known as orangatans and, most importantly, they’re out to share strategies on what regular folk—and yes, even kids—can do to help ensure that these beautiful beasts will be around to fascinate future generations. First stop is the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Lillian Marrero Branch, then it’s off to the Widener facility. And inside word has it that a special Zoo “animal ambassaador” may join the team on their outings. / KENYA BEVERLY

10:30am. Free. Lillian Marrero Free Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave. 215.685.9794.


Vintage Trouble With 
Jeremy Zombie
Opening for 
The Who is still a big damn deal, and Vintage Trouble has earned that honor. They stop in Philly and a few other locations before joining Pete Townsend and Co. for the European leg of their tour. 7pm. $12-$15. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.


20s/30s Purim Costume Party
Sometimes referred to as the Jewish Mardi Gras, Purim is a beloved holiday that demands participants eat, drink and be merry! Celebrate in your favorite prohibition-era garb with drink specials, a Megillah reading and of course, a DJ. 9:30pm. $8-$15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.545.4400.


Iron Reagan
Iron Reagan will provide the political metal music you didn’t even know you needed until it was being jammed into your ear cavities at an unsafe volume level. 7:30pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.2914919.


The German Society’s 
Second Annual Bierfest

Eat and drink like the Germans do! Enjoy German-inspired beer samplings from 16 local breweries and a savory Bratwurst sandwich while listening to live Bluegrass tunes. Noon. $15-$60. The German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St. 215.627.2332.


Sgt. Sass
The gay rap duo out of 
Philly with the amazing moniker will shove their sexuality in your face with their high-energy sets and thought-provoking lyrics. 11pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.2914919.


Taste of Broadway Cabaret

A unique take on modern American theatre, this show tells the story of a New York Times columnist who struggles to write clear reviews on the performances. The show includes one song from every Broadway play currently on stage now. 2pm and 8pm. Free. Laurie Beechman Cabaret, 601 S. Broad St. 765.748.8375.


Murder at the Art Museum 
Scavenger Hunt
Was it Colonel Mustard with a rope in the study? 
Connect the clues hidden in the museum’s works of art and piece together the grimacing tale of lust, greed and revenge. 2pm. $34.50-$39.50. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 
Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


An Evening with Emilie 
Expect a little bit of every
thing when Emilie Autumn performs songs from her newest album, Fight Like a Girl, which draws inspiration from the book she wrote about spending time inside of a psychiatric ward. 5pm. $15. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Sunday, Feb. 24


Bridal Expo
Did your honey pop the question on Valentine’s Day, and you’ve been flipping through the pages of Modern Bride like a mad person ever since, attempting to plan the entire wedding all by yourself? Today, more than 200 professionals are eagerly waiting to help you plan every detail of the wedding of your dreams. 10am. Free. Harrah’s Philadelphia, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester. 724.427.4325.


Hamantashen Baking Class

Celebrate Purim, the most festive day on the Jewish calendar, with master bakers Rosa Esquenazi and Barbara Black by learning to bake Hamantashen—triangular cookies traditionally filled with fruit, marmalade, cheese and poppy seed—just like your Bubbie used to. 2pm. $20-$25. BZBI Synagogue, 300 South 18th St. 215.545.4400.


PC Worship
PC Worship hits the stage tonight bringing their garage rock vibes with a psychedelic edge. The melodic jammers will also be joined by psych-punk band, The Super Vacations, making the show an experimental rock session not to be missed. 9pm. With Super Vacations. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.2914919.

Monday, Feb. 25


Philly Loves J Dilla

It’s a frightening prospect, writing about Jay Dee, 
aka J Dilla, aka James DeWitt Yancey. He’s a legend, and he’s gone. To say that he’s one of the most influential figures in hip-hop history is an understatement. He’s touched nearly every legendary record of the mid-’90s and early 2000s, and basically did it all without even desiring credit for his work. As a producer, he wanted to be like Pete Rock (and ended up working with him later in his life, too). Well, he ended up being in Pete’s elite company, both creative fathers of thoughtful hip-hop.

His production credits aside, Jay also blew people’s minds as a part of Slum Village, a humble threesome of friends who became tight in high school in Detroit who loved to battle rap. They were pegged as the next A Tribe Called Quest a little too quickly for Jay’s liking; while Tribe’s following had a phrase to use to describe it—“backpack rap”—Dilla said he didn’t wear no backpack. Born to musical parents, an opera singer mother and a jazz bassist father, his mom claimed he had an impeccable ear for harmony and syncopation at two-months-old. And as he started ceaselessly collecting vinyl and spinning records whenever he could, he became obsessed.

Unfortunately, in 2006, at the ripe age of 32, Jay Dee succumbed after years of illness. He suffered from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, a rare blood disease, and seemingly lupus as well. He’d started to lose weight and perform in a wheelchair as his health dwindled. Well, this night should be a unique and exciting way to channel his monstrous musicality and celebrate his outstanding catalogue. DJs Questlove, Rich Medina and Mike Nyce will spin some of Jay’s best, which means sophisticated breakbeats, refreshing percussion runs and danceable jazz. It’s $17 in advance and $20 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Lupus Foundation on behalf of J Dilla. Pretty awesome. / Bill Chenevert

9pm. $17-$20. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.


Adam Aron
Harvard-educated Philadelphia native Adam Aron has built his life around rescuing businesses in distress. Today, the man who single-handedly rekindled Philadelphia’s faith in their 76ers will tell us how he accomplished this fete in only two short years. 4:30pm. Free. Bernarrd Segal Moot Court Room, University of Pennsylvania, 3501 Sansom St. 215.898.7483.


Live at the Writers House

Philly has been tuning their dials to 88.5 WXPN since 2001 to hear Michaela Majoun. Tonight, come see Majoun live. The event will feature the sounds of Jacob Brunner, and the spoken-word performances of six contributors of Philadelphia-based, literary magazine, Apiary. 7pm. Free. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.

Tuesday, Feb. 26


Cusses + Slutever

If your looking for an evening of “heavy-handed girl sass,” this show is a must. Speaker-blasting rock and rollers Cusses are joined by Philadelphia duo Slutever for a night of guitar-driven, power female grunge rock. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.2914919.


First Person Arts Story Slam

Grab a pen, and add your name to the list of storytellers who will weave their personal experience into stories loosely based around the theme “Danger” in front of a room full of strangers and a panel of judges. Not that’s dangerous. 8:30pm. $10. L’Etage, Sixth and Bainbridge sts.


The Double Dip

In need of an electronic dubstep fix? 
In addition to the funky glitch-hop beats pleasing your eardrums, live painters and light shows will add a visual element providing a full-blown sensory experience. 8pm. $7. The 
Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 

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