Calendar: March 20-27

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Wednesday, March 20

Pua Ali’I ’Ilima
For anyone who dreams of escaping to a Hawaiian oasis—which is pretty much all of us—there’s good news: the Asian Arts Initiative is going to save you the expensive airfare, bringing some authentic island entertainment to you. Founded in 1977 and based in Honolulu, this school of traditional Hawaiian dance (whose name means “the royal ‘Ilima blossom”) has traveled all over the world showcasing the ancient teachings of hula. During their weeklong residency at the AAI, made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program, the company will acclimate locals to the art form during community workshops for adults and youth, held Monday and Tuesday, all culminating with a special evening performance tonight, featuring a selection of mele hula (ancient-style) and mele ’auana (modern) dance techniques. 

The show will also mark the debut of E Hui Ana Nā Moku (“The islands will unite and rise”), a piece created by the company's artistic director Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine specifically for the occasion, which uses ancient-style hula movement to animate sacred ancestral chants with the aim of uplifting and rallying people in times of upheaval. 

Following the hula program, audiences will enjoy a special guest performance by Germaine Ingram, an internationally recognized tap artist from Philly known for her choreography, teaching, oral history and stage production. Last, but not least, be sure to stick around for a post-show discussion on the intersection of art and social change. / Nicole Finkbiner

7:30pm. $8-$10. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. 215. 557.0455.

Tracy K. Smith
Celebrate the poetry of the African diaspora at this event co-sponsored by UPenn’s Department of Africana Studies. Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award; and The Body’s Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. 6pm. Free. The Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. 215.898.4965.

Balkan Beat Box

These Israeli-born New Yorkers have a Mediterranean influenced electronica sound. Inspired by protest movements across the globe—from Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street—Balkan Beat Box’s new album Give captures the cautious hope and Everyman spirit of our time. 8:30pm. $17-$20. With Delhi 2 Dublin and World Town. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Entertainer of the Year

Delilah’s most dynamic exotic dancers compete for the coveted title of “Entertainer of the Year.” Christa Dagger and Joey Martini of Peek-A-Boo Revue host a night of prizes, celebrity judges, drinks and g-strings. 7pm. $20. Delilah’s Gentleman’s Club and Steakhouse, 100 Spring Garden St. 215.625.2800.

Food that Shaped 
the Modern World
UPenn professor Lisa Mitchell explains the correlation between our desire for beverages like coffee, tea and cocoa and the development of the modern world. She also explores the reasoning behind Catholics and Protestants embracing different drinks and the driving force behind England turning into a nation of tea drinkers. 11am. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5331.

Thursday, March 21

Brown Girl Burlesque: 
She’s a Shake-a-Ning! 

Miss AuroraBoobRealis, jazabel jade, Essence Revealed, Jeez Louez—the whole crew of saucy ladies (called the Lovelies) will be coming into town for the world premiere of their first Brown Girl Burlesque all-star show, She’s a Shake-a-Ning!, a roundup of some of the most talented burlesque performers from around the country. “It’s a very sexy, but also thought-provoking take on classic burlesque,” says BGB vet and featured performer Chicava HoneyChild. Adding to the diverse lineup, comedians Robin Cloud and Simone Shif will joining the gals on stage, while Philly poet St. Skribbly LaCroix will be delivering a few of his politically charged pieces as the evening’s host. 

Although burlesque has traditionally been known for showcasing women of different shapes and sizes, that inclusivity hasn’t necessarily been enjoyed by women of color. This N.Y.C.-based troupe was formed five years ago with the desire to see all women finally represented in the art form. Since first hitting the stage with their debut show, The Jimi Experience, the Lovelies have performed around the country, as well as having been featured in several publications. And whether they’re performing for audiences in a quaint college classroom or a massive theater, BGB never skimps on spectacle or seduction. / N.F.

8pm. $20. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

The Addams Family
Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, together with composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa, bring Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch and the rest of the gang to life. Through March 24th. 7:30pm. $20-$100. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Whitest Kids U’Know

This New York-based comedy group has been bringing the funny since 2000. Together they’ve gotten more than 50 million hits on YouTube, completed five seasons of their self-titled comedy show on IFC and put out a film called The Civil War on Drugs. 8pm. $18-$20. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

David W. Jacobsen
Singer/songwriter David W. Jacobsen mixes social commentary with melancholy reflection to create catchy songs that combine poetry, satire and storytelling. 7:30pm. Free. Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 6224 Wayne Ave. 215.844.1170.

Little Green Cars
The Dublin-based quintet finally drop Absolute Zero, their debut album, which took five years to complete. The band experimented with numerous styles before finding their folk-rock sound. Zero comprises a mountain of their demo tapes. 9pm. $10-$12. With Dan Croll and the Quelle Source. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Raphael Xavier: 
No Bicycle Parking

Compiled over 10 years, No Bicycle Parking is a photo collection of more than 400 stripped and abandoned bikes from cities all over the world. Raphael Xavier will be at the gallery tonight seeking feedback from local cyclists for his upcoming book. Through March 22. Noon. Free. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.

Esben and the Witch
Matador’s Esben and the Witch are a three-piece hailing from Brighton, England. Their ethereal guitar texturing can best be heard on Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, their second studio album, an LP that has been slowly climbing the U.K. charts since it dropped in January. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.


These English indie rockers describe their unique sound as “folk-step.” The band, whose name is pronounced “Alt-J”, dropped the debut album, An Awesome Wave, last year, with songs featuring folk, rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic and more. 8pm. $15. With Hundred Waters. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Porch Light documentary 
film screening and panel 

The inaugural screening of Academy Award-winning director Nigel Noble’s Porch Light documentary focuses on public art’s role in community wellness. Afterward, there will be a discussion about the role of public art in behavioral health featuring Dr. Jacob Tebes, director of Prevention and Community Research and Director of the Consultation Center from Yale University; Dr. Arthur Evans, commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services; and Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program. 6:30pm. Free. Drexel University, Geary Auditorium, 245 N. 15th St. 215.685.0739.

Friday, March 22

Art Uncorked: 
Art Made Simple

Similar to the way that everyone always sings karaoke way better when they’ve had a few, the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill is capitalizing on the creative juices found in the mystical connection between creativity and hooch. All you do is show up and pay ($30 for non-members and $25 for members), and you walk away a little more relaxed, carrying a new piece of art that you just made yourself—with lots of help, all as part of a series called Art Uncorked: Art Made Simple. Tonight, the focus is “Painting Made Simple ... Really Simple.” You don’t need paints, brushes, canvasses or easels—just a ride to Germantown Avenue, a thirst for wine and a spot on your wall for a new piece of “artwork.” This isn’t a class where you show up, a model drops a robe, and you make horrible freehand line drawings. No. This is like paint-by-numbers, by the line and with guidance. It may not be your vision, but you made it. And when it’s in your living room, and someone asks admiringly, “Oh, who did this?” You can honestly say, with your chest a little swoll, “I did.”

Can’t make it this week? Next Friday, its focus is similar: “Wine + Fun + Paint.” Nice title! Stefanie Lieberman leads both sessions, and no doubt knows how to put people at ease. It seems unlikely that there won’t be some kind of calming classical music or perhaps inoffensive world tunes playing, and chances are that everyone in attendance is simply looking to chill so hard that they won’t even glance over at your paltry skillset. Or they’ll be super-buzzed on booze and will gush over your promising future as a painter. Either way, everybody wins. / Bill Chenevert

7pm. $25-$30. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. 215.247.0948.

The Feelies

Surfacing originally in the New York City underground music scene of the late ‘70s, this new wave band went on to share bills with the likes of Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and the Dead Milkmen. They took a 17-year hiatus between 1992 and 2008; catch them in top form tonight on the first stop of their 2013 East Coast tour. 8:30pm. $22. Union Transfer,1026 Spring Garden St.  215.232.2100.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
Tyler Perry may have adapted and directed For Colored Girls for the screen in 2010, but it was poet/playwright Ntozake Shange who took home the Obie in 1977 for the distinguished Off Broadway production of her play. Shange’s choreopoem consists of 20 pieces inspired by Shange’s own life experience, addressing universal issues women face, including virginity, abortion and rape. The piece is performed by nine African-American actresses associated with different cities in the United States. 8pm. $15-$22. Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave. 215.387.1911.

One: Gifts From Afar

Choreographer Kun Yang Lin left his home in Taiwan, and traveled west to Philadelphia, where he founded a contemporary dance company infused with the traditions of Eastern Asia. Tonight, the Kun Yang Lin dancers take you on a choreographed journey that dismantles aesthetic differences of cultural boundaries in this world premiere of an original work inspired by the game of chess. $27-$35, Mandell Theater of Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut sts. 267.687.3739.

Freshly Ground
In 2002, these seven musicians hailing from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa came together in Capetown, and an Afrobeat funk band was born. Before they embarked on this current U. S. tour, they produced and dropped Take Me To the Dance on their own record label, Freeground Records. Catch these self-made musicians tonight before they leave the continent. 8pm. $8-$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Saturday, March 23

The Mimi Jones Band

When jazz bassist Mimi Jones founded the group Jazz Sabroson in 2003, it’s safe to assume she didn’t think the act would take her to international stages on behalf of the United States government. And yet, within three years, she and co-founder/drummer Antonio De Vivo found themselves commissioned by the Kennedy Center and Department of State to participate in an exchange program, performing and educating in Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Barbados, Jamaica, Nevis and the Dominican Republic—and later in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria. 

Since then, Jones has shared stages with a ton of big names in the jazz world and begun releasing solo albums, all while dedicating her time to nonprofits in her home city of New York. Her sound manages to be super easy-listening without the hint of elevator or CVS overture potential. A multi-instrumentalist, she says she takes elements of rock, jazz, blues and world music in her solo work.

Still not convinced? Then hear this: Those of you looking to class up your lifestyle—for at least just one night—should continue reading. Jones’ performance is not just at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, but presented in accordance with the Women Producers Guild and Jazz on the Square. / Randy LoBasso

7pm. $20. Ethical Society of Philadelphia. 1906 So. Rittenhouse Square.

Scuba Touring Network
Alive and kicking into its ninth season, this co-operative of professional dance companies allow early to mid-career dancers a chance to take their work on the road. Tonight, the efforts of Philadelphia Dance Projects and Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center converge on one stage with Philadelphia’s own, self-proclaimed dance-theater, the Green Chair Dance Group, followed by The Real Shannon Stewart of Seattle. 2:30pm. $5-$20. Conwell Dance Theater, 1801 N. Broad St.

The Fighting Jamesons

Irish rockers the Fighting Jamesons would love you to buy them a drink. With Mike Powers on the banjo, Geo Bauman on electric guitar, Jon Bidanset on bass, Paul Bidanset on drums and Jeff McLaughlin on the fiddle, you’ll convince yourself St. Patrick’s Day is still going. 9pm. $14-$15. Trocadero, 1004 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Fight For Air Climb

Don’t walk, don’t run, but climb up 1,088 steps (or 50 flights of stairs) to the top of Three Logan Square for the sake of the American Lung Association. Each year, too many lives are lost to lung disease, and this is your chance to climb, raise money and make an impact in their honor. 8:30am. Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St. 610.941.9595

Theresa Rebeck, Pultizer Prize-nominated playwright and creator of the television series Smash, presents Seminar, a comedy in which a world-renowned novelist critiques the novels of four aspiring writers in a series of seminars on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 2pm and 8pm, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420.

Anne Lindberg

Lindberg’s first solo Philadelphia exhibition consists of seven systematic, non-representational thread drawings ranging in size and color. Shrouded in formal abstraction, these thread drawings address the universal vulnerability of the human condition. Through April 13. Pentimenti Gallery, 145 N. Second St.

Sky Ferreira

This model/actress/singer-songwriter hailing from the City of Angels launched her music career by sending a message to the right people Swedish record producers Bloodshy & Avant via Myspace. (It also didn’t hurt that she was an opera singer in training.) Before she was old enough to vote, she signed with Parlophone Records; she’s just been named the face of Forever 21’s Capsule Collection, but it’s her voice will grab your attention tonight. 9pm. $13-$15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Take It Off & Ride It
Look west, young lady, look west. Host Annie Wilson and the ladies of Pink Hair Affair—the Philadelphia-based collaborative dance company—throw on their cowboy boots, a hint of denim and not much else when they exercise their artistic freedom tonight. Their annual homage to the wild southwest and the art of burlesque will make you scream “America the Beautiful.” 8pm. $15. Mascher Space, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

Richard Estell: 
Natural Order

Philadelphia-based painter/teacher Richard Estell gets to take a break from nurturing the work of his students at PAFA, CCP and Drexel to show off his own work, oil paintings highlighting the complex combinations of light, color and structure in nature. Through April 13. Cerulean Arts,1355 Ridge Ave. 267.514.8647,

Actor, director, designer, playwright and co-founding artistic director of West Philadelphia’s Curio Theatre Paul Kuhn has left the Philadelphia theater community wondering if there is anything he can’t do. In 2003, he wrote Madville, which revolves around an imaginary world created by four children in the isolated woods of Canada. Then he handed it over to his artistic associate Rosemary Fox, who kept the script in a drawer for 10 years before deciding to direct the world premiere production herself, featuring Kuhn and the Curio Company’s ensemble. 8pm. $10-$20. Through April 13. Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Ave. 215.525.1350.

Sunday, March 24

Tricks to Please Your Partner

Utilizing OK Cupid (*cough* Craigslist classifieds) might have seemed like a great idea until you realized that placing your most misleadingly attractive photo on the Internet might actually work. Then it did. Congratulations! Now it’s just you, your partner, after-service Sunday brunches and once-a-month missionary-style sex. And, due to the latter, unnecessary boredom. 

Gynecological teaching associate Kira Manser and an open mind could change all that. The founding member of ScrewSmart, a sex education collaborative that teaches “sex-positive classes” and holds “community events that support sex-positivity,” Manser will be bringing one of her courses on sexual health to the Velvet Lily, an adult shop in Northern Liberties, this Sunday. She’s a licensed social worker who last year told Sexually Smarter she’s set a goal of becoming “a therapist, educator, presenter, organizer and advocate” to “spread the belief that sex is something that can be incredibly healthy and positive.” 

Sunday’s session is open to women of all orientations looking to spice things up—and let’s be honest, who isn’t looking for a little spice, what with OK Cupid going all mainstream and all? Skip your regular post-church meal this week, and feast on what Manser’s cooking at the Lily. Attendees will get an offer for 10-percent off all in-store purchases. / R.L. 

1pm. $20-$25. Velvet Lily. 1040 N. Second Street. 267.687.7973.

Lisa Loeb
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is the human embodiment of ‘90s nostalgia; she dated Dweezil Zappa for years and owns a designer cat-eye glasses company, which has products named “I Control the Sun” and “Waiting for Wednesday.” Still, Loeb is a talented songwriter with a great voice that is worth hearing on any day. 7:30pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Disappeared Children in El Salvador and a Mother’s Search

Hear the heartbreaking tale of Maura Contreras, a mother of four that had three of her children taken by the Salvadorian government during the civil war in the 1980s, and her struggle to reclaim them. A locally produced documentary film on the subject and discussion will follow. 2pm. St. Joseph’s University, Campion Student Center, 5600 City Line Ave. 267.825.6989.

Tyler, the Creator

Shock rapper and shit-stirrer extraordinaire Tyler, the Creator heads to the TLA a few weeks before his new album, Wolf, drops in April. If you ever wondered what it would sound like if someone made lyrically impressive scatological references over echoing, almost minimalistic R&B, he’s your man. 9pm. $25. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Peter Serkin

As part of Haverford College’s Guest Artist Series, renowned American pianist Peter Serkin will be entertaining the crowd with an all-Beethoven program. 3pm. $5-$15. Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave. 610.896.1011.

Classy Broads and 
Daring Dames: 
The Ladies of Laurel Hill

In honor of Women’s History Month, Laurel Hill Cemetery is conducting a special tour that highlights the life stories of a few of Philly’s most prominent women in history who are buried there. 1pm. $9-$12. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Jesus Christ Superstar 

Make Easter weekend more exciting with a sing-along showing of the 1973 classic, Jesus Christ Superstar. Words are provided, costumes are encouraged. 7pm. Free. Old Pine Street Church, 412 Pine St. 215.925.8051.

Monday, March 25

Monday Jazz Jam
Bring your instrument to World Cafe Live and join the house band on stage for a quasi-open mic night. If the thought of standing in front of a crowd seems frightening, just sit back and enjoy the talents of strangers. 5:30pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

The Enemies

This Irish rock band has a country edge and a tendency to turn their songs into jam sessions. One of their guitarists, Colin O’Donoghue, also pulls double duty as Captian Hook on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. 8pm. $10-$12. With the Parsnip Revolt. Hard Rock Cafe, 1131 Market St.

Tuesday, March 26

Nada Gordon
Pratt Institute instructor Nada Gordon is an accomplished poet who recently became a novelist with the release of her book, Vile Lilt, earlier this month. Gordon is partly a flarf poet, meaning she searches the Internet and compiles phrases to make an interesting collection of words, which, in turn, means that this will be nothing if not entertaining. 6pm. Free. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. 215.746.7636.

Comedy Bonfire

Advertised as three shows for one price, the bonfire ignites stand-up, burns bright as a platform for a live podcast with Trailer Trash and dies an open mic. 8pm. $7. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave.

Mount Moriah, 
Blessed Feathers, Edison
All three bands on this bill are worthy of your attention. Head over early, and check out Edison, the spacey, local opener with a ton of talent before Blessed Feathers wows you with their brilliantly arranged, back-and-forth folk songs. Mount Moriah will close the night out with hard-edge country from their recently released and warmly received album, Miracle Temple. 9pm. $10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Out of Fort Collins, the opening act is worth the price of admission without the help of Nicki Bluhm’s great country pipes. You Me & Apollo’s bluesy folk rhythms and strong voice will get you moving. 8pm. $15. With You Me & Apollo. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

30 Rock Quizzo

Still sad about 30 Rock? Test your knowledge and dry your tears during themed quizzo at Drinker’s in University City, the stomping grounds of great people, the birthplace of wonderful ideas and possibly the source of Kenneth’s immortality. 8pm. Free. Drinker’s West, 3900 Chestnut St.

Wednesday, March 27

The Revival Tour

Chuck Ragan used to shred with his band Hot Water Music. The Gainesville, Fla.-based post-hardcore punk act was loud, fast and in your damn face. Their’s was also a new kind of punk that commanded respect from music fans afraid of headbanging and studded leather. It was thoughtful, artistic and inspired a new sensibility: No matter how hard you rocked, you could also be intelligent and write a killer lyric. 

Yet, when Hot Water Music disbanded amicably in 2006, and Ragan started making his own music, it was pretty far from what HWM had created. He was primarily acoustic, folky and owning that nefarious singer-songwriter title. And own it he does. That term may denote the slippery slope into boring and emotional drivel that’s too coffeehouse-like or amateur hour/open mic night, but that is the exact opposite of Ragan and his contemporaries on this now-annual outing that celebrates collaboration, creative expression and spontaneous artistry. 

The Revival Tour brings together musicians from a bunch of different walks of life and capitalizes on everyone’s collective musicianship and performance power. Anything can happen on these nights: Songs can be improvised that’ll never be played again; Ragan may call on a few of his tourmates to join him on stage and jam, or his guitar-smart friends might just form an impromptu cover band. At the TLA, he’ll be joined by Toh Kay, Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato and Jenny Owen Youngs. They all have lovely, listenable new records and seem to be on Ragan’s page, celebrating the joys of honest creativity and the time-tested folk tradition of humbly presenting songs before an audience. No two shows will be alike. And that’s enough to make tonight’s show worth the price of admission. / B.C.

8pm. $18. With Dave Hause, Jenny Owen Youngs, Rocky Votolato + Toh Kay. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Show Me Your Soul #2

A music showcase of nine artists that mix rhythm and blues with gospel. 7pm. $9. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

An Evening with Chef Walter Staib

Listen to Walter Staib describe what the first five presidents of the United States and their families liked to eat. Hopefully, he will not bring their leftovers. Staib will also show clips from his Emmy-winning cooking show, A Taste of History. 6pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Engineering Your Body to Better Health with Nick Gunther
Philadelphia-based freelance journalist Nick Gunther is out to teach people how to eat properly. He does not have a background in nutrition, but believes that his specific vegetarian/vegan diet is beneficial for all. After his discussion, everyone will go to Starbucks and get grande-sized coffees and talk about how much healthier they feel. 7pm. Free. Essene Market and Cafe, 719 S. Fourth St. 215.922.1146.

Out-Of-Town Events

Sheetal Gandhi: “Bahu-Beti-Biwi”
A commentary on the customary role of Indian women in society, this contemporary performance blends dance, song and percussive text into a humorous and lively story. March 22, 8pm. $5-$20. McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.526.5210.

Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra
This world music ensemble connects the sacred to the secular and past to the present in a high-energy fusion of four percussion instruments and choral compositions. March 22, 7:30pm. $7-$10. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. 610.622.1189.

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