Calendar: April 13-19

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Danielson + Hermit Thrushes
It’s been five years since Danielson last released an album, but don’t worry: The vocals are as squeaky as ever, the music still cymbal- and xylophone-heavy and the songs playful and doe-eyed, like a state carnival’s Ferris wheel compressed into a sound wave. For nearly 15 years, the band—led by Daniel Smith and often approaching a dozen collaborators—has taken its Christian-influenced, highly melodic, lo-fi music around the country, often performing in costumes ranging from nurses to fruit trees. Given that set of unique characteristics, local act Hermit Thrushes couldn’t have been a better choice for openers. They, too, are fans of rainbow-colored costumes, unusual rhythms and mallet percussion. -Katherine Silkaitis

9pm. $10-$12. With Strapping Fieldhands. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Art Live: A Reason to Live
By a certain age, the party scene becomes quite monotonous. Every week it’s the same thing: You get sloshed and start freaking on the dance floor to pop songs blaring through the speakers. Sometimes a grown and sexy affair is called for. The Vivant Art Collection has just such an event in store: a live jazz show within an art museum. Hosted by WTRI’s J. Michael Harrison, the collection—which will be making its premiere at PIFA’s Gallery Night on the April 15—is inspired by the Black movement in Paris (mainly the jazz culture) during the 1920s when black artists migrated to Paris to get respect since the African/black aesthetic was shunned in the States. The evening will also include a live performance headed by bassist Warren Oree, founder of LifeLine Music Coalition Inc. and producer of the West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival. All of these elements point to a pretty swagged-out Sunday afternoon. -Ryan K. Smith

4-7pm. $10. Vivant Collection Art Gallery, 60 N. Second St. 301.612.4636.

Fairmount Arts Crawl

One day a year, a slew of local artists unite in Fairmount, transforming the neighborhood into a massive clusterfuck of creative ingenuity (but in a good way). In addition to live music and other performances, the work of more than 70 artists will be on display for your perusal in nearly 40 businesses throughout the community. Should you feel inspired to explore your own artistic talents, you can head to LifeSport Fitness for a free, introductory swing or tango lesson before checking out a pottery demonstration at Neighborhood Potters. The Fairmount Art Center will also be holding its annual Sidewalk Bash, where you can make some miscellaneous crafts to take home while enjoying live music, a student exhibition and free food compliments of Misconduct Tavern. Note: Unlike the booze-fuled crawls you might be accustomed to, this is supposed to be a family-friendly event. So drink responsibly and wear comfortable shoes. -Nicole Finkbiner

2pm. Free. 2300 Fairmount Ave.

Monday, April 18

Handsome Furs
Remember that glorious summer of ’05 when Wolf Parade’s Apologies to the Queen Mary came out and all the indie-hippies were singing “Shine a Light?” Well, if you do, you’ll believe in anything because the album wasn’t released until September. Of the multiple side-projects created by the Montreal band—Frog Eyes, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Atlas Strategic—guitarist and vocalist Dan Boeckner’s Handsome Furs is by far the handsomest. With his wife Alexei Perry on keyboard and drum machine, the duo has since released two LPs on Sub Pop, Plague Park (2007) and Face Control (2009). Abundant with celebratory angst, the panic-laden anthems wave the ’05 flag high. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $12. With Grimes. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Flavor Tripping
Drop some LSD on your tongue and who knows what bizarre shit will happen. However, we know what’ll happen when you drop a “miracle berry” (which is much more legal) on your tongue and swirl it around for a minute: It transforms flavors of foods into something entirely different, so sour things, such as lemons, become candy-sweet; sweet things become almost unbearably sweet; and everything from beer to spinach to vinegar to oysters becomes rather indescribable and completely mouth-and-mind-scrambling. The magic of the tiny red miracle berry—a native West African fruit—is miraculin, a glycoprotein that screws with your taste buds for about an hour, so it’s not quite a trip from which you’ll never return. This evening, you’ll get “dosed” with a miracle berry before digging into an array of edibles and drinkables (feed your head, maaaan) and you’ll be part of a mass flavor freakout. Willy Wonka would be proud. -M.A.G.

6pm. Continental, 138 Market St. 215.923.6069.

Tuesday, April 19

Quincy Scott Jones and Holly Melgard
The Emergency Reading Series at the Kelly Writer’s House strives to create a dialogue among contemporary poets about the future of the genre. This week’s featured speakers include Quincy Scott Jones, a performance poet and adjunct professor at Arcadia University whose first book The T-Bone Series was published in 2009. Holly Melgard is the incoming co-editor of P-Queue (journal of prose, line, and verse) and author of poetry book Narsolicitation. After the reading, mingle with the modernist poets over refreshments for an opportunity to release your inner academic. -Hannah Keyser

6pm. Free. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.

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