Twenty-four-year-old Philadelphia-based professional dancer/choreographer Roger Lee returns to the Performance Garage this week, leading the dance company he formed a year ago in a special performance dedicated to late company member, Chris J. Brewer. This week’s performance kicks off a second season featuring four new jazz dance works choreographed by Lee himself. 2pm. $15. The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. rogerleedance.com
First Person Arts StorySlam
Share five minutes of your life with a room full of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Tonight’s theme is Girl Power; come out and learn about the feminine mystique. 8:30pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. firstpersonarts.org
This three-piece stoner rock band’s EPs may not be sugar coated by professional production, but underneath the imperfections are catchy riffs and a contagious DIY attitude. 8pm. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
The Walnut’s newest play takes place in Boston’s Southie neighborhood, offering the audience a smart, funny and suspenseful story about people who succeed and the good folks who help. 8pm. $10-$95. Through April 28. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215.574.3550. walnutstreettheatre.org
The earliest post-punk records of the late 1970s may heavily influence MiniBoone, but they add a modern indie twist to the tried-and-true sound. 8pm. $8. With Ben the Brontosaurus, Jane Eyre, and Sunset Recorder. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Wednesday, March 13
The Future of Food with Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman’s a killer writer, you guys. Have you seen his New York Times blog? This man’s on his game. He writes about food sometimes, but mostly it’s about the grander picture of how our worlds work, how we use resources, how we’re trying to innovate ways of thinking about groceries and diet. Obesity’s a touchy subject, sometimes one that’s close to home—look no further than the brutal shade thrown at Melissa McCarthy by Rex Reed, calling her a hippo in print like that. Well, Bittman’s genuinely trying to convert the masses into a movement, and it starts with knowledge.
He’s fighting pretty hard against GMOs, or genetically modified organisms—biotechnology used for creepy, inorganic and environmentally-harmful methods of yielding the most commercial crop possible despite potential long-lasting consequences. A lot of the no-GMO believers simply want to see a more legit and realistic supermarket-item labeling system. Especially for sugar. And super-processed stuff. Cheese puffs, candy bars, dried-meat sticks, high-fructose iced tea, fruit punch—it’s all so bad for our bodies. But we love it. We’re addicted to it. We have to be stronger and start standing up to these giant companies that tempt us with their evil, delicious intoxication.
What’s worth discussing is how Bittman’s kind of thinking can get spread. Really, it could be as simple as a smarter choice about where to go in your neighborhood. Do you go to the McDonald’s on Girard or do you go to the SuperFresh a block away and buy a pound of hamburger and a loaf of good bread? If you can make it to BJs or Sam’s Club, do you get cases of soda instead of flats of bottled waters? Do you patronize local restaurants or bars that celebrate honest and fair food? It’s about spending wisely and yielding the greatest purchase power over what goes in our bodies.
Bittman’s been working with Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History for a while now, addressing the question “What Is Your Food Worth?” in a two-year-long engagement with healthy eating, socially conscience diet, public health and animal rights. Tonight’s event is sponsored by the National Museum of American Jewish History and focuses on the future of food. RSVP is encouraged. / B.C.
7:30pm. Free. Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St. rodephshalom.org
Combining an alto voice with a laid-back surfer-girl persona, Tristan Prettyman burst on the music scene in 2003 with her debut, The Love EP. Her recently released third album, Cedar + Gold, comes after a long hiatus coupled with surgery to remove polyps on her vocal cords. 8pm. $17-$28. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com
Southern Maryland’s Sam Grow is a pop/rock/soul singer-songwriter whose heartfelt lyrics and vocal range have been winning him fans all over the country. 7pm. Free. With Samantha Harlow, Elli Perry. Grape Room, 105 Grape St. graperoommusic.com
Music, Art, and Film Festival
A full day of live performances, jewelry, pottery and art exhibits, featuring a special appearance by author Buzz Bissinger. The festival supports the Arc of Delaware County, a group that provides advocacy services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sat., March 9, 11am. Free. Delaware County Community College, 901 S. Media Line Rd., Media. 610.544.6600. thearcofdelco.org
Downbeach Film Festival: Quick Flix
You don’t have to wait till April to see the award-winning films selected for 2012’s AC Cinefest. Enjoy a screening of Kvetch and Pandora’s Box alongside some of the best shorts from the festival this week at the Tropicana. Did we mention the three-course meal that’s provided, with options such as a “crispy Thai calamari with chili caramel popcorn” salad? Drooling. Sun., March 10, 1pm. $100. Tropicana’s Quarter, 2801 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. downbeachfilmfestival.org
The Queen of Mean, who won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Comedy Album of the Year, is well known for her celebrity roasts on Comedy Central and her over-the-top shtick. Proceed at your own risk. Sat., March 9, 8pm. $49.50-$59.50. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.317.1000. insultcomic.com
Vegas at Variety
If you’re craving a trip to Vegas, get your fix at Variety Children’s Charity’s annual evening of craps, roulettes and blackjack (plus, awesome prizes). Enjoy a buffet and drinks and the thrill of a silent auction. Sat., March 9, 7pm. $40-$50. Empress Room at St. Helena’s Church, 1489 Dekalb Pike., Blue Bell. varietyphila.org
New Jersey Home and Garden Show
Don’t be embarrassed, we know you love to play house in the fake kitchens at IKEA. Imagine that times 10, with sunrooms, landscapes, patios and indoor- and outdoor-living displays. You may also get to meet Roger Hazard, star of A&E’s Sell This House. Fri., March 8-Sun., March 10, 10am. Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. 210.408.0998. newjerseyhomeandgardenshow.com
Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Lindsay Kenney, Caroline Newton and Anthony Trivelli
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