Calendar: April 13-19

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Wednesday, April 13

In partnership with PIFA, The City Institute Library screens the first of three weekly installments of French cinematic classic, Fantomas. The silent serials captivated audiences in the wormwood haze of the early 1900s and it’s easy to see why. Directed by Louis
Feuillade, the Fantomas films are prototypes of the contemporary slasher flick, crime drama and midnight movie, concocted well before the genres were systematized. There is a darkly vicious glee to the series, whose titular anti-hero is a sinister sociopath and master of disguise. Nicknamed the Lord of Terror, Fantomas gets his kicks by snuffing out the bourgeoisie in extravagantly gruesome and theatrically elaborate murders. He rules the underground and cleverly stays several steps ahead of the law while entangled with an obsessed inspector, mistresses, henchmen and scores of victims. And Fantomas pulls it off in high style, bien sûr. -Micaela Hester

2pm and 4pm. Free. Philadelphia City Institute Library, 1905 Locust St. 215.685.6621.

Acid Mother’s Temple
At last count, there were approximately 972 different touring/recording incarnations of the long-running psychedelic Japanese ensemble Acid Mother’s Temple, including Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno (doom-rock), Acid Mothers Afrirampo (experimental jazz), Acid Mothers Guru Guru (krautrock), Acid Mothers Temple & the Pink Ladies Blues (blues), and Acid Mothers Temple & the Justin Bieber Hellride (just kidding). Tonight it’s the most famous (and best) version of AMT: Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO, which means that guitarist and founder Kawabata Mokoto will lead the group through sprawling, dynamic space-rock and atmospheric drone that’ll easily blow your mind. Tip: Try to avoid conversation with AMT “completist/expert” guy. He’s annoying. -Michael Alan Goldberg

9pm. $12-$13. With Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Thursday, April 14

Madame Saito’s Annual Sushi Competition
East meets West with Madame Saito’s annual sushi competition, where contestants vie to catch the judges’ attention with their original sushi creations. Madame Saito has served as an ambassador of fusion cuisine in the Age of Aquarius for the past 25 years in Philadelphia, integrating French and Thai cuisine with traditional Japanese themes. If the idea of trying your hand at wrapping nori around shrimp in front of the proclaimed Queen of Sushi intimidates you, never fear. You can buy a spectator ticket and enjoy the games while sipping sake on the sidelines. Sponsored by Temple University, where Madame Saito instructs students in the art of sushi styling, the night seems sure to be filled with exotic cross-culturalism for all involved—all wrapped up into several delicious makizushi rolls. -Trishula Patel

6:30pm. $10-$45. The Headhouse, 122 Lombard St. 215.922.2515.

The Go! Team
You’d have to be a real chin-stroking, anal retentive, po-faced miserabilist to resist the fragrant charms of the Go! Team. They remain a fabulous Day-Glo United Nations of batshit poptastic-ness, a hyper-kinetic explosion of (wait for it) ... Double Dutch chants, old school block party beats, ‘70s cop shows, the Banana Splits, Blaxploitation, the collected works of Vince Guaraldi, a billion deranged cheerleaders, and Evol-era Sonic Youth guitar squall—all crammed seemingly haphazardly into the same song, with bargain basement Spector-esque wall of sound/noise production values where the needle’s permanently in the red. It shouldn’t work, but by God it does, and if that doesn’t put a grin on your face and a glide in your stride, then frankly, you’re clinically dead. -Neil Ferguson

8pm. $16. With Dom + Cheers Elephant. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Friday, April 15

Green Fairy Cabaret
Ah, Paris of the Roaring Twenties! Artist-celebs like Hemingway, Cocteau and Dali stumbling drunk through the streets with the common people, chanson music echoing up and down the alleys, everyone hurrying to catch the circus—particularly the aerialists and acrobats, whose death-defying feats became even more dizzying through the eyes of the absinthe-soused spectators. For this year’s French-inspired Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts is channeling those nightly spectacles with their Green Fairy Cabaret (absinthe’s nickname is la fée verte, French for “green fairy”). PSCA’s impressive stable of fabric aerial dancers and trapeze artists (like longtime member Niff Nicholls, the flying redhead on those PIFA billboards around town), will take to the skies over the Kimmel Center’s rooftop garden to recreate those Parisian nights, while jugglers and clowns entertain with their feet on the ground. And yes, there will be an absinthe bar on hand to amplify the experience. -M.A.G.

10pm. $16-$20. Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

Saturday, April 16

Science Carnival
To ring in the Philadelphia Science Festival 2011, the folks at the Franklin Institute are trying to get Philadelphia to embrace its inner geek with an all-day, all-free, all-ages extravaganza of all things scientific. Aspiring lab rats and chemistry neophytes alike will find things to dazzle and intrigue the mind. Want to learn about mummification from the experts at UPenn’s anthropology museum? Check. Always wondered about the chemical makeup of J-E-L-L-O? Done. Want to CLONE yourself?! Well, maybe at the Philadelphia Science Festival 2050. Bring your crime-buff pal for some forensic fun, or indulge your futuristic-robot-conspiracy-theorist friend (we all have one) by learning to build and program robots. No matter what you are into, this carnival promises to be a free, fun, fantastic way to spend a spring Saturday, and if you leave with some new insights into the world around you, all the better. -Claire Noble

10am-5pm. Free. Logan Circle, 19th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

AUTO: a dance in and on a moving vehicle
Local theater lovers will remember award-winning choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace’s dance theater masterpiece CAR, the 2008 Fringe hit that exemplified Watson-Wallace’s dedication to stark, edgy dance theater that collapses the boundaries between performer and spectator in startling, beautiful and eerie ways. Three at time, audience members sat in the backseat of a car that rolled through a parking garage as dancers slid in and out the windows, pressed against panes and vanished into peripheral shadows. Now, after completing the American Spaces Trilogy with Store, Watson-Wallace presents AUTO, a companion piece to CAR. “AUTO explores how we communicate when we are encased in a small piece of metal that can speed up, stop, lock us in, blow us up or crash at any moment,” says Watson-Wallace. This time, the audience is outside the moving vehicle. As usual with the Pew winner and Philly fave, we all want to go along for the ride. -Tara Murtha

Sat., April 16, 8pm. $50. Through May 1. Parking Garage, 3300 Henry Ave.

Blue Cranes
On recent discs Observatories and Homing Patterns as well as the new EP Cantus Firmus, the Blue Cranes corral influences from Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz to Sufjan Stevens and Blonde Redhead. Having embarked on a fan-funded, eco-friendly Amtrak tour, the Portland-based quintet is headed to Philly for an evening of tuneful, biting, hard-to-classify instrumental music. Call ’em a jazz group with an art-rock heart, featuring two saxophones (Reed Wallsmith, Joe Cunningham), keyboards (Rebecca Sanborn), bass (Keith Brush) and drums (Ji Tanzer). Serving up mournful melody, avant-garde bombast and tight-knit rhythmic displacement—often in the same song—the group tells us much about the eclectic winds blowing through the Pacific Northwest. -David R. Adler

8pm. $10. With Aerial Photograph + F! Ruba Club, 414 Green St. 215.627.9831.

Sunday, April 17

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