Calendar: 12/28/11-1/3/12

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Mon., Jan. 2

Leftöver Crack
Fat, hungover, underemployed, broke, in debt to the gills? Leftöver Crack may be the best thing you can see the week after Christmas. These political shock punks once illustrated an album cover with a photo of George Bush and Dick Cheney blowing up the World Trade Center. Their best known holiday song is a cheery number called Baby Jesus Sliced Up in the Manger. Their performances often end badly, with band members Tasered, arrested, abused and banned for life from normally forgiving venues like ABC No Rio and the Knitting Factory. They’re even madder than you are, and that’s got to be cathartic. - Jennifer Kelly

7pm. $13. With Bucket Flush + Cop Problem. The Barbary. 951 N. Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. myspace.com/thenewbarbary

Tues., Jan. 3

The Levee Drivers + Andrew Lipke
The Levee Drivers’ hard-driving, explosive roots music kick finds a common thread between Johnny Cash and the Clash, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen. It’s Americana that’s not afraid of a fist fight—just listen to how the drums come up like a battering ram behind Jason Schultz on “Tennessee Girl.” They have been gaining considerable traction lately winning the Deli magazine’s Best Emerging Artist in Philly for 2011. Catch them now while the shows are still small, sweaty and personal. Get there early for Andrew Lipke, a classically trained, sonically adventurous songwriter whose new album The Plague is as emotionally affecting as it is cerebral. - J.K.

8pm. $5. With Zach Zaitlan + Kevin Killen. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Square Dance Class
The Independence Squares are fixing to kick off the new year in fine fettle. Philadelphia’s GLBT square-dancing group is offering a series of lessons designed to get beginners off the couch and on the dance floor as quickly as possible. Newbies reluctant to join the fun because bolo ties are decidedly unfabulous need not worry: Dancers are more likely to be wearing sneakers than cowboy boots. Following what’s known as Modern Western square dance, neophytes still need to learn patterns and familiarize themselves with calls, but there’s nothing preventing them from cutting a rug to everything from Broadway showstoppers to Lady Gaga. Best of all, the Independence Squares aren’t hung up on gender. Men can dance women’s parts and vice versa. The point is having fun in a relaxed, sociable environment. Straight folks are encouraged to stop by, too, just so long as they’re hip enough to be square. - Raymond Simon

7pm. $90. Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St. 267.270.5103. independencesquares.org
 

Hair
When you see director Diane Paulus’ thrilling revival of the 1967 musical Hair, don’t go expecting a sweetly nostalgic trip down memory lane. Yes, the show is replete with hippies and flower power, but Paulus’ “American Tribal Love Rock Musical” is anything but a museum piece. Instead Paulus blistering production is an alternately angry and blissful portrait of youth. Boisterous, fabulously primitive and consistently thrilling, the characters may reside in N.Y.C.’s East Village during the scary days of the Vietnam War, but their aggressive shouts of protest and social revolt are echoed today in the voices of the Occupy movement. And lest we forget that Hair’s a musical, the festive production rediscovers the rage and trippy sense of joy in Galt MacDermot’s edgy score including the anthemic title tune and the magical “Age of Aquarius.” - J. Cooper Robb

7:30pm. $20-$100. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org/broadway

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