Calendar: April 14-21

What to do in Philly this week.

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Wednesday, April 14

WERQ Wednesday
Do you work hard for your money? And by the middle of the week, just want someone to treat you right? If anyone besides Donna Summer and God understand, it’s Mimi Imfurst, NYC’s ample-bosomed drag superstar. Mimi transforms a typical booze-and-fishnet performance into a Dionysian spectacle that often spills past the doors of Q Lounge and Kitchen (formerly Bump) and onto the street. A vision of glitter, huge hair pieces and raucous standup comedy, she’ll jolt you out of your employment blues—and, if you’re lucky, make you work it onstage (strip, sing, dance, give some attitude) for more money (actual tips). How’s that for sympathy? Expect weekly prizes and contests like “Lip-Sync for Your Life,” DJ Solatta Tee’s rhythms and vodka and beer specials served by Q’s in-house queens “The Tee Girls.” Prepare to be made a glorious, queer-eyed marvel, a truly beautiful and potentially lucrative, thing. -Sharon Margolis

10pm. Free. Q Lounge & Kitchen, 1234 Locust St. 215.732.1800. qphilly.com

Greg Ginn and the Taylor Texas Corrugators
We say Greg Ginn, you say Black Flag. And then you think of iconic hardcore punk-rock and Henry Rollins screaming all over the place. But while Rollins’ oversized personality may have overshadowed Ginn’s, the latter was not only the chief songwriter and unquestioned behind-the-scenes leader of Black Flag, he brought an avant-garde, free jazz ethos to his guitar playing—an aspect of the band that really helped set them apart from their peers. That style really comes to the fore when Ginn leads his instrumental outfit the Taylor Texas Corrugators through skewed, twangy jams that merge jazz, psychedelia, blues and Western swing textures. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $8. With CSC Funk + Alasehir. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com

Thursday, April 15

Titus Andronicus
On paper, Titus Andronicus (shit name, great band), come across as a ragbag of influences that shouldn’t quite work, but do. They’re a manic, arse-over-tit collision between the booze-sodden Pogues, the Clash at their most righteously splenetic, the life or death intensity of Arcade Fire, and the epic bombast of the E-Street Band, with a huge dose of the take-no-prisoners fury of the early Replacements. Frequently, it should be noted, within the space of the same song. They verge just this much from outright ridiculousness, but somehow emerge triumphant if only through sheer will power, ferocious self-belief, and a complete and utter rejection of apathy and studied cool. To paraphrase John Lydon, “They mean it, maaaaan.” And for that, they should be applauded. -Neil Ferguson

7pm. $10. With the Babies. Barbary, 951 N.Frankford Ave. myspace.com/thenewbarbary

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

Flashpoint Theatre beefs up its repertoire of odd new plays with teeny-tiny casts with the Philadelphia premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s one-act Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake). The titular JT is one of two fedora-wearing fantasy men imagined by and interacted with by a sad, angry mother-daughter pair still trying to get over the loss of their husband/father a year ago. If the conceit of having one actor step in occasionally as both the hygiene-challenged, preadolescent daughter’s fantasy Timberlake and her neurotic mother’s fantasy Harrison Ford isn’t out-there enough, the show’s other male cast member plays a cranky anthropomorphized version of the apartment that the duo lives and feuds in; he comments on the action like an inanimate Greek chorus and occasionally tries to put them all out of their misery via malfunctioning appliances. And the daughter is building a bomb. The show’s opening night is Saturday, with a $5 preview Thursday night and a $10 preview Friday night. -Emily Guendelsberger

8pm. $12-$18. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215.665.9720. flashpointtheatre.org

A Queer Divine
Even in today’s fast-paced world we wait. The spaces where we wait (theater lobbies, for example) are occupied by performance artist Sara Felder in her new piece A Queer Divine. The show (which focuses on a character named Sara and takes place in a lobby) may be set in a world where we wait, but it is filled with movement. “I examine the positions of ballet, but also the positions of life—how your body stands on a subway ride or watches a dance concert or dies,” explains Felder. A masterful and innovative storyteller, Felder describes Divine as “a memory play” about Sara waiting beside her mother’s deathbed. “Essentially it is about transitions,” explains Felder, “particularly the transition between life and death. The ‘waiting’ of the show is both about waiting for an event as well as waiting for someone to die.” -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $15-$20. Mishkan Shalom Synagogue, 4101 Freeland Ave. sarafelder.com

Friday April 16

Trans Am

Two decades into their kraut-motorik, classic-rock obsessed joyride, Trans Am still can’t decide how seriously to take themselves. A late 2009 live album What Day Is It Tonight? catches the trio alternating between Satriani-level precision and goofball theatrics. You hardly have time to marvel, for instance, at Sebastian Thompson’s drum fill in “Futureworld” when Nathan Means enters left with silly robot vocals. You’ve only begun to process the ice-clean perfection of Phil Manley’s guitar playing, when a hint of 1970s rocking parody drifts in. This time, expect more outsized skills, more self-satire and a few more songs from Thing, the eighth Trans Am album, out now on Thrill Jockey. -Jennifer Kelly

9pm. $13. With Nice Nice + Jonas Reinhardt. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

Saturday April 17

Jean-Michel Pilc
Forget the piano—Jean-Michel Pilc can whistle a better bebop solo than many players could hope to execute on their horns. At the keyboard Pilc can be frightening, a master of the trio idiom who’ll turn an impish and youthful 50 this year. His earlier albums leaned toward reworked and exploded standards, but lately composition has played a central role on discs such as Cardinal Points and New Dreams. His latest True Story, with Boris Kozlov on bass and the great Billy Hart on drums, is fairly restrained and ruminative, not his most arresting work, although the substitution of Billy Drummond for Hart this weekend could stir some unexpected havoc. -David R. Adler

8pm and 10pm. $20. Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St. 215.568.3131. chrisjazzcafe.com


Mr. Gay Philadelphia

Judgmental bitches unite. The (m)entertainment train is coming to Philadelphia and you better choo-choo-choose wisely. Hosted by comedian and Sirius/XM talk show host Frank DeCaro and Philly drag diva Brittany Lynn, the main attraction is, of course, ogling the banana-hammocked elite—tan as a saddle and tight as a drum—who’ll cavort, flex and shimmy their way into the judge’s good graces while competing for the glittering crown. Also on hand, two cast members from Logo’s The Big Gay Sketch Show will perform between rounds to keep housefly attention spans fluffed. Since the winner will go on to represent Philadelphia at the national competition in November—which Philly was just selected to host—getting an eye-load of the prelims and then tuning in for nationals is a no-brainer. Size queens need not apply—you’re already invited. (See page 26 for an interview with judge Michael Musto.) -Tara Murtha

8pm. $25-$50. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772. nightlifegay.com/tickets

Sunday April 18

Michael Winograd
Klezmer might seem antiquarian, but artists like Michael Winograd are modernizers as well as revivalists. That’s how this young Brooklyn clarinetist, on his 2007 effort Bessarabian Hop, can come up with things like “Freylekh for Gwen Stefani.” In addition to his countless klez-credits, Winograd leads the loopy Tom Waits-ish band Infection and works in progressive jazz circles with the likes of Kenny Wolleson and Joe Morris. Not long ago, he performed in Philly’s Crossroads series with two Israeli improvisers, pianist Anat Fort and vocalist Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. This week he returns for adventures in Yiddishism with bassist/vocalist Benjy Fox-Rosen, accordionist Patrick Farrell and trombonist Daniel Blacksberg. -D.R.A.

7:30pm. $10-$30. Calvary United Methodist Church, 48th St. and Baltimore Ave. 215.729.1028. crossroadsconcerts.org

Sapphire

When Philadelphia native Lee Daniels took the stage on Oscar night, he left out one important “thank you.” Caught up in all that shiny glory, Daniels never expressed gratitude to Sapphire, the author of Push, the book on which Daniels’ flick Precious was based. Show Sapphire the proper respect when she cruises into town for the Free Library Festival. One of dozens of authors participating in the Fest, Sapphire will speak and read for 30 minutes before opening it up for audience questions. Following the lecture, she’ll be available for book signings and photos. Take the opportunity to thank Sapphire for her appearance. She’ll probably appreciate the courtesy. -Erica Palan

Noon. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.567.4341. freelibrary.org

Monday, April 19

Lair of the Minotaur
The Chicago thrash-metallists of Lair of the Minotaur introduce their latest video with a quote from one Diodorus Siculus, a first-century observer of the terrible reign of King Minos, who annually sacrified seven girls and seven boys to the Minotaur. They also slap on a warning that the video­—showcasing new single “Evil Power”—isn’t safe for work, due to, ahem, “violence and boobs.” Nothing like a classical allusion to spice up footage of scantily dressed, big-bodied girls in bondage. It also works fairly well for the kind of hard-charging, head-grinding, violently aggressive onslaught Lair of the Minotaur does best. Break out the bull helmet and it’s a party. -J.K.

8pm. $10. With Ludicra, Tombs + Krallice. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577. themanhattanroom.com

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