Calendar: April 11-17

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Wednesday, April 11

Quince Productions, the city’s most lively gay theater company, takes a departure from its usual LGBT fare with Jack Heifner’s unapologetically frothy comedy Vanities. Told over a span of 11 years beginning in 1963, the play focuses on three high school cheerleaders in a small Texas town who know a lot about fashion but nothing about football. We catch up with them again in college in 1968 and finally at a reunion in 1974 Manhattan. The play doesn’t try to be groundbreaking, but there is something irresistible about this fabulously ditzy trio of Texas teens as they try to navigate the shifting and turbulent tides of a nation in the midst of an identity crisis. -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $25. Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.

Born to Run
In conjunction with Penn Museum’s latest exhibition, Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre, former PW writer Christopher McDougall, author of the national bestseller Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Ever Seen, will stop by the museum for a book signing and lecture. The exhibition allows the audience to experience the epic races of the Tarahumara people—the world’s greatest long-distance runners—through the vibrant photography of Texas-born photographer and journalist Diana Molina. Before the lecture, McDougall invites everyone to join him on a 45-minute run around University City, starting at the Philadelphia Runner store at 3:30 p.m. -Nicole Finkbiner

6pm. $5. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000.

Thursday, April 12

Lay of the Land
A few weeks ago, queer performance artist Tim Miller was the focus of local media attention when Villanova University bowed to pressure from conservative Catholic organizations and rescinded its invitation to the outspoken Miller to conduct an identity workshop on the school’s Main Line campus. This week, the artist finally hits town at InterAct Theatre Company, which is presenting Miller and his celebrated one-man play Lay of the Land as part of its Outside the Frame: Voices from the Other America Festival. Miller says he created Land in response to the passage of the homophobic ballot initiative Proposition 8, which effectively outlawed same-sex unions in California. Drawing on memories from his own life while simultaneously exploring the systematic homophobia that devalues all LGBT Americans, Miller describes Land as his attempt to “see what I can salvage of my relationship to my country that treats gay folks so inhumanely.” -J.C.R.

8pm. $25. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8079.

Ezra Furman
Plugging Ezra Furman’s name into Google turns up results that focus on Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, his indie-folk band, but the San Francisco resident has been carving out a respectable solo career for himself lately, too. The new The Year of No Returning indicates that the former Chicagoan is growing more comfortable with his lyrical and vocal quirks as he ages. Furman croons like a forlorn drifter in “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde,” whereas on “That’s When It Hit Me,” he uses spirited shouts to paint this fantastic portrait of what happens when love literally hits you. (The song begins with talk of a shattered collarbone.) Furman’s also showed a willingness to poke fun at his own image, which is always a good omen. “I was supposed to be a wide-eyed sort of singer-songwriter, but I don’t feel like that anymore,” he said during a recent South by Southwest performance. “Too bad, marketing team.” -Reyan Ali

7:30pm. $12-$14. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

Friday, April 13

Confrontational Clothing Fashion Show
If you’re going to go all out and become a mixed-martial arts fighter, you may as well look fashionable while you’re at it. Confrontational Clothing, whose designs are geared toward MMA fighters and are perfect for the cage because of their durable construction and aggressive message, is hosting their spring fashion show this week. A percentage of online sales for the first two months will be donated to Penn’s Encephalopathy program, raising awareness for brain trauma that is sometimes the result of MMA fighting. -Trishula Patel

10pm. Free. Red Zone, 35 S. Second St. 267.712.9725.

Found Memories
Tonight’s screening of Brazilian director Júlia Murat’s Found Memories marks the launch of the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival. The details aren’t yet finalized, but FLAFF will showcase films by Latin American and Latino directors at various venues across the city over the next year. This debut feature film by Murat—the daughter of journalist, television producer and award-winning director Lúcia Murat—is set in Jotuombo, a fictitious Brazilian village populated by a very small group of elderly people. They lead an extremely isolated, nonreflective existence until a young photographer, Rita, shows up and starts uncovering the villagers’ histories. Rita develops a close bond with Madalena, one of the women of Jotuombo, and their friendship gradually reveals profound similarities that transcend their seemingly conflicted identities. Show up early for a pre-movie party, and stay late for a post-screening discussion with Found Memories producer Julia Solomonoff. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. $30. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

Data Garden
One of the last installations involved with the Megawords takeover of the Art Museum includes the space’s first bio-reactive, plant-controlled show. And yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Attendees will consort with four tropical plants outfitted with special electronic sensors. The plants will perform quadraphonic audio compositions (kinda like those complicated cell phone rings) by converting the physiology, or anatomy, of human specimens into readable data. Just interacting with the plants will produce a different composition from moment to moment. Participating sound artists include Alex Tyson and Joe Patitucci, with Jessica Hans on ceramics and Sam Cusumano working the electronics. -Abigail Bruley

10am-8:45pm. Free. Art Museum, 26th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy.


Massachusetts-based noise thrashers Converge have been kicking around so long, it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t sending kids into a moshing frenzy. Old jaded bastards who need their diapers changed often bellyache how Converge appropriated the sound mined by ’90s hardcore bands such as Rorschach or Born Against and shot it through to a wider, more testosterone-fueled audience. But anyone from any age bracket with half a brain and a set of decent working ears knows the band has simply taken the controlled cacophony of such bands and experimented with it enough to make it their own gorgeously grotesque child; end of story. If any of you fogies still got qualms, feel free to come down to the gig and observe their power for yourself. See you in the pit, sir or madam. -Tony Rettman 

7pm. $15. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St.

Whole Hog
For Greensgrow Farm’s fourth annual Whole Hog event, attendees will gather in Philadelphia Brewing Company’s tasting room for a night of feasting, drinking and merrymaking. An incredible list of participating restaurants—including American Sardine Bar, Loco Pez, Standard Tap and Capogiro—will provide the food to accompany some of the city’s best brews and live music by rockabilly band Delco Nightingale. Proceeds go toward supporting Greensgrow’s Community Kitchen, which not only provides support to local food resale businesses and hosts food-related workshops, but also acts as the distribution point for the organization’s low-income Community Supported Agriculture initiative. -Kirsten Stamn

6pm. $75. Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2439 Amber St. 215.427.2739.

Saturday, April 14

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