Calendar: April 4-10

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Wednesday, April 4

The Harvest
The Harvest is an open mic and showcase experience hosted by Spoken Soul 215, a spoken-word artist collective dedicated to spreading live poetry throughout the region. On the first Wednesday of each month, a combination of talented poets, vocalists, musicians and emcees gather to express their artistic prose. Consisting of artists Just Greg, Lyrispect, RhapsodE, Reuben Jones and Vision, SS215 represents the experiences of those hailing from all over the country—but always focuses on representing Philadelphia. DJ maggy thUMP will spin old-school hip-hop and soul to keep the movement going throughout the night. -Ashley Kole

8pm. $9-$12. World Cafe Live, 3023 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Juan of the Dead
Fifty years after Fidel Castro revolted against the Cuban government, the island is experiencing a new disruption: a plague of the undead. As an outbreak hits the island on the anniversary of the revolution, Juan and his friends set out to conquer zombies. According to government reports, the undead are actually unruly Americans continuing their quest of undermining the Cuban regime. Casting those from the U.S. as brainless, impulse-driven monsters? Point taken. Shown in Spanish with English subtitles, this movie is premiering in Philadelphia thanks to the Awesome Fest. The project, founded by Philadelphia Underground Film Festival and Philly CineFest Artistic Director Josh Goldbloom, brings independent or otherwise overlooked movies to our city. -A.K.

8pm. $8. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Thursday, April 5

Philly’s Darian Scatton, singer/multi-instrumentalist and founder of the tiny Edible Onion label, records under the name Scallion and makes absorbing, vulnerable music full of hazy tempos and textures. This week, he shares a bill with labelmate Ember Schrag, a Nebraska-born singer/guitarist with a darker, folkier acoustic bent. Joining in from Baltimore is Susan Alcorn, whose 2006 title And I Await the Resurrection of the Pedal Steel Guitar sums up her project: bringing the pedal steel beyond its genre of origin and into the arena of improvised and experimental music. She’s done inspired solo work and collaborations with such fellow adventurers as Eugene Chadbourne, Joe McPhee and Andrea Parkins. -David R. Adler

7:30pm. $6. With Ember Schrag and Susan Alcorn. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. 215.426.2685.

The Golem
Judaism has been front and center on Philly stages this season as both the Lantern Theater and the Arden Theatre score box-office hits with plays exploring the Jewish Faith. EgoPo Classic Theater has devoted its entire season to Jewish theater—including the company’s newest creation, The Golem. Inspired by the ancient Jewish myth about a rabbi who creates a living man out of clay, director Brenna Geffers’ production takes place on a train in Prague in 1940. At first, the passengers have little in common beyond the yellow star pinned to their clothing and their shared apprehension about the train’s unknown destination. To calm their anxiety, the travelers share different versions of the legend of the golem. One tale is told by a puppet maker using Czech-style marionettes, another employs Klezmer and folk music, and a third story uses shadows and projections to recall how the golem is brought to life. The stories forge a bond between the passengers, who boarded the train as frightened strangers and disembark as a community with a shared faith and an uncertain future. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $20-$50. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 800.595.4TIX.

Brews and Bowties
If you’ve never figured out how to properly tie a bowtie, you’re in luck: Brews and Bowties is giving us all an excuse to dress up and drink. The event offers up a gaggle of cool segments (including a bowtie tutorial) and attendees will be given a keepsake glass to sample beers from some of the region’s finest craft breweries, including City Tap House, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Victory, Triumph and more. Live music, dancing and food from Del Frisco’s and Farmers Cabinet will be provided with all ticket sales benefitting Philadelphia’s chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. -Brenda Hillegas

6-9pm. $60. Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.


Sure, covering a tree trunk in a colorful little sweater may seem like nothing more than a frivolous—albeit unbelievably awesome and joyous—act of vandalism, but there’s actually much more to it. Following a demonstration, local artist Jessie Hemmons (aka “ishknits”) will discuss the evolution of yarnbombing as an international art form. Using a typically feminine craft and replacing menacing or socio-political messages with vibrant colored yarn, Hemmons aims to not only challenge the way graffiti is perceived, but to get people thinking about the role that gender plays in the world of noncommissioned street art. And while you’ve likely seen her crocheted masterpieces around town on bike racks, poles and even the Rocky statue, guests will have a chance to actually witness the guerilla knitter in action as she bombs several objects outside the Philly Art Alliance for a site-specific installation. -Nicole Finkbiner

5:30pm. Free. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215.545.4302.
Friday, April 6

Ferry Corsten
In interviews, the Netherlands-based trance tactician Ferry Corsten seems an incredibly bland character—the sort who never goes much past the “Everything is awesome”/”DJing in different places is cool” kind of POV. What the man lacks in personality, however, he makes up in scene credibility. Corsten has been in the game for well over a decade, crafting some solid tracks (e.g., the alluring “Made of Love?”), employing several aliases (Pulse, Moonman, Albion), and handling multiple record labels along the way. While speaking to Karma Loop about his new album, WKND, Corsten said, “The album has to create that weekend feeling where people relax and enjoy themselves.” Coming from someone who maintains the charmed existence of a jet setter, the statement definitely fits. If you want to get an idea of his perspective, YouTube the clip for “Radio Crash,” which is basically just three minutes, 23 seconds of him whispering, “God, isn’t my life awesome?” -Reyan Ali

8pm. $32. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Loving Openly
Lately, monogamy doesn’t seem so monolithic. When the former Mrs. Gingrich claimed that Newt allegedly requested an open marriage, reporters earnestly consulted polyamorists for comment. Any frank talk in the mainstream media about adult sexual behavior is commendable, but that doesn’t make it easier when one is grappling with these issues personally. Fortunately, ScrewSmart is here to help carnal questers. Mixing equal parts knowledge and enthusiasm, these sexy sex-educators want to help people exploring alternatives to monogamy by providing information and support. Loving Openly is a guided conversation in which everyone’s perspective is valued, whether straight or gay, single or married. Turns out, there are many forms open relationships can take, all of which demand communication and trust. They’ll also encourage realism regarding the benefits and pitfalls of open relationships. Sure, there will be some really hot sex, but there will also be some heartbreak. Learn about both tonight. -Raymond Simon

7pm. $20-$30. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398.

Counterfeit Cash
Although we’d all like to make a little extra money, forging cash is much more difficult than you’d think. (Also: illegal.) Past the paper and ink, there’s a slew of chemistry that brings our currency to life. Tonight, Penn Chemistry Professor Eric Schelter will discuss how rare-earth elements such as lanthanides are used to create fluorescent and ultraviolet dyes that are embedded in dollars and euros to prevent counterfeiting. He’ll also discuss other noteworthy ways these elements can be used in electronics and energy technologies, and explain why China has an interest in possessing—and recently withholding—these rare-earth elements and metals that are so important not only to the U.S. but also to other nations. -Pauline Hill

5-8pm. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. 215.873.8258.

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