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Wednesday, April 25

Raekwon
The Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon is one of the best crime rappers in the history of crime rap. Only Built For Cuban Linx parts 1 and 2 are the rap equivalent of Francis Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather films. They’re damn near perfect—dope beats, well-developed characters, world-building and scene-setting, memorable hooks and astute lines. When you listen, you can smell the coke and gunpowder. Unfortunately, his latest mixtape, Unexpected Victory, is the equivalent of Godfather 3. It stinks. Due to the sloppy volume fluctuations alone, it’s damn near impossible to listen to. (Just ’cause it’s a mixtape doesn’t mean production’s unimportant, Rae: See any tape by Curren$y or Freddie Gibbs.) Raekwon still has the lyrical might of a werewolf during a full moon, but aside from “A Pinebox Story,” “MTV Cribs” and “Silk,” Unexpected Victory fails. Hope this show’s better than that tape. -Elliott Sharp

9pm. $25. With Maino, JD Era, Kofi Black, Mic Stew, Jaye + DJ Active. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. theblockley.com

A Behanding in Spokane
Young playwright Martin McDonagh penned six plays in the mid-1990s that took the theater world by storm. Graphically violent and filled with brutal but also sympathetic characters from rural Ireland, McDonagh was hailed as the most exciting playwright of his generation. At the peak of his success, he turned away from theater and focused on films. There was talk that he would never write another play. Thankfully, those dire predictions proved false with the 2010 appearance of A Behanding in Spokane, which makes its Philadelphia debut tonight in a production from Theatre Exile. The first McDonagh play set in America (specifically, a seedy motel in a barren Ohio town), the grisly story focuses on a killer who has spent the last 47 years searching for his lost hand. A twisted and graphic look at America’s obsession with violence, the production stars Pearce Bunting, whose previous colaborations with director Joe Canuso include the wildly successful Killer Joe and Blackbird. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $40. Through May 13, $25-$30. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. theatreexile.org
 

Thursday, April 26

Nerd Nite
As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, the ever-popular Nerd Nite returns. This time around, it’s a scholarly ode to the 2012 apocalypse mania. After an initial meet-and-geek hour, three engrossing oracular discussions will take place: Mayan expert and National Geographic contributor Simon Martins’ discussion “The End is Not Nigh: Fact and Fantasy in the Maya 2012 Phenomenon,” will lay some apocalyptic myths to rest; Doctoral mythic studies student, Li Sumpter, will present her dissertation “Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing through Image in the Age of End Time,” an examination on the effect the ominous media has on our psyches, destinies and the phenomenological world as a whole. And, just in case the end of time does decide to occur, historian of modern cities and technology professor Scott Knowles will enlighten us on “How to Survive the Apocalypse.” Afterward, dance like it’s the last night on earth to the sounds of the West Philadelphia Orchestra. -Abigail Bruley

7:30pm. $5. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.634.3338. philadelphia.nerdnite.com

Dining Out For Life
Today, more than 200 restaurants around the city will donate a third of their profits to fight HIV and AIDS. From hot spots like Vedge and Lolita to neighborhood joints like Dahlak and Mama Yolanda’s, your night out will feed your appetite and your soul. Proceeds support local AIDS service organizations including Action AIDS, the city’s largest AIDS service organization, which offers a full range of support for the positive community from testing to case management. Celebrating its 22nd year, Dining Out for Life holds events in 60 cities and raises close to $4 million a year. So whether you pepper your weekends with protests and rallies, are a closet slacktivist or just like to eat out, today is the perfect day to wed your appetite with your good intentions. -Allyn Gaestel

Various locations. diningoutforlife.com

Hollywood Rides a Bike
There are few finer uses of Tumblr than “Rides a Bike” (ridesabike.tumblr.com), Inquirer film critic Steven Rea’s parade of images devoted to classic Hollywood stars astride two-wheelers. Updated “twice or thrice a week,” Rea’s site offers shots of instant happiness, as well as careless law-breaking: Terry Melcher perched on the handlebars of mom Doris Day’s Schwinn; Doris Day inside a basket; Dorothy Malone riding with no hands; and not a helmet in sight. To commemorate the release of the site’s inevitable coffee-table book, Rea will discuss his wares, along with bike-related cinematic miscellany courtesy of Secret Cinema. Avoiding the usual suspects (Bicycle Thieves, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Rad), the evening instead showcases the 1933 tongue-in-cheek bike history Handlebars, ’50s bike trickster Paul Gordon and ’70s educational films, plus François Truffaut’s earliest surviving work, Les Mistons, in which boys obsess over Bernadette Lafont’s fetching biker. -Matt Prigge

8pm. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. 215.735.4847. thesecretcinema.com

Friday, April 27

Good Old War
Before they formed Good Old War, a couple of the dudes in this steadily rising Philly indie-folk trio were sloggin’ it out on the low-level emo-punk circuit as members of Bucks County’s Days Away. Then they got the fine idea to throw away the crunchy chords, pick up acoustic guitars, embrace Simon & Garfunkel/Buffalo Springfield vocal harmonies and warm, winning melodies, and become our city’s answer to Fleet Foxes. GOW’s new Come Back As Rain is a worthy successor to their excellent 2010 self-titled LP (the band’s second)—the countrified, Laurel Canyon vibe is even more acute and the harmonies, like always, are show-stoppers. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $16-$18. With the Belle Brigade + Family of the Year. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

Thighs, Lies & Spies
Your not-so-secret mission, should you accept it, is to attend this 1960s spy-themed party and mingle while dressed to kill in your finest Mad Men gear, deceptive defective wear and sleek mod attire. Browse the art show or track down the double agent and ask them what your secret mission is in order to win prizes and spy gadgets. Ladies who think they could be a femme fatale can enter the Bond girl contest to win a photoshoot with local pin-up artist Dr. Sizzle and other swanky gifts. Music by Gommy Dreco, Kacie Marie and the Sharkskins add to the ambience. -Ashley Kole

8pm. $5. North Bowl, 909 N. Second St. 215.238.2695. northbowlphilly.com

The Fractals
The ’90s brought us lots of things, some of them easily forgettable—America Online, the Tamagotcihi, the Macarena. But it also brought us things we’ll never forget­—Bill Clinton’s cigar acumen, MC Hammer’s pants and, of course, Philly guitar wizards Huffamoose, the fractured remains of which still plug in their amps under a new moniker, the Fractals. A decade of making music together in their current form means these guys lay down tracks with skill and precision that redefine every old-school notion you had about pop-punk. Relive the ’90s and enjoy the bands born-again success, but please, leave the pager at home. -Gabrielle Chepurny

11pm. $7. With Hello Cleveland + Crobot. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St. 215.930.0321. graperoommusic.com

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1. Yet another disgusted reader said... on Apr 25, 2012 at 03:57PM

“MY HEAD IS IN MY HANDS

Martin McDonagh's play is titled A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, not A BEHEADING..., as you call it more than once. Nor, as I remember, is it clear that the play is set in Ohio.”

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