Calendar: Aug. 17-23

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Wednesday, Aug. 17

Dntel
Jimmy Tamborello is probably best known for being the music-and-beatmaking half of beloved indietronic duo the Postal Service—he and Death Cab for Cutie warbler Ben Gibbard issued one album almost a decade ago and fans have been desperately clamoring for a follow-up ever since. Both have said it’s not gonna happen, mainly because they’re busy with their primary creative outlets. For Tamborello, that’s his long-running electronic project Dntel. At various points, Dntel has explored jittery breakbeat/IDM, billowy ambient soundscapes, glitch, and warm, tender electropop. Tonight, all of that may very well lift you to such great heights. But not in that way. -Michael Alan Goldberg

9pm, $12. With the One AM Radio + Geotic. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

PW’s Concerts at the Piazza
The always-free C-in-the-P is a long-standing summer tradition around these parts. And this year there’s a new twist—the good times are moving from Rittenhouse Square to the Piazza at Schmidt’s. Tonight, the series kicks off with a handful of area and regional reggae/jam bands. Baltimore’s Jah Works, the sextet led by vocalist Natty Roc, blends traditional rasta riddims with hip-hop and drum ’n’ bass flavor. Philly’s own mrCharlie channels the Grateful Dead through a Motown soul filter. And Atlantic City seven-piece Simple Minded Budz will cover the likes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Matisyahu, plus sprinkle in some of their own tunes and do their best to get the crowd to go green, if you know what we mean. -M.A.G.

6pm. Free. Piazza at Schmidts, 1001 N. Second St. 215.467.4603. atthepiazza.com

The Point
International House invites viewers to bring lawn chairs and beach blankets to its free outdoor screening of this animated feature based on an album by pop tunesmith Harry Nilsson. But given the early-’70s vibe suffusing this philosophical fable, bean bag chairs and shag carpet would be more appropriate. Mike Lookinland, best known as Bobby Brady, plays Oblio, a round-headed child born in a country of pointy-headed people. When this good-natured boy is unjustly banished from his family and community for not having a point, he and his faithful dog, Arrow, must wander through the Pointless Forest. There, encounters with odd creatures and novel situations eventually bring wisdom. Originally broadcast in 1971 as an “ABC Movie of the Week,” this was the first animated special to be aired in prime time. Director Fred Wolf imbues the whole affair with a casual feel, favoring squiggly lines and smeary, magic-marker colors. The point, however, is Nilsson’s absurdly catchy songs, including “Me and My Arrow,” which is likely to get firmly lodged in viewers’ heads. RAYMOND SIMON

8:30pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Thursday, Aug. 18

Drivin’ ‘n Cryin’
Formed in the mid-’80s, hailing from Georgia, and sorta college-rock-y at the start, Drivin’ ‘n Cryin’ was hoped to be the second coming of R.E.M. (a band they were pals with), both by music fans and record label types. Thing was, the Kevn Kinney-led quartet pushed their melodies and nasally vocals in a harder rockin’ Southern-rock direction rather than toward moody alt-rock, almost like a precursor to the Black Crowes. So D’nC never really blew up in a major way, although they did score a gold record with 1991’s riff-happy Fly Me Courageous and nabbed opening slots for Neil Young and Soul Asylum tours. Since the late ’90s, the band was mostly quiet while Kinney pursued a folkish solo career, but they’re back now, hoping to be appreciated for what they are, not what some people wanted them to be. M.A.G.

8pm. $19.50-$30. With Wineskin. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple sts., Sellersville. st94.com

Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night
Love him or hate him, Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky is a Hawaiian-shirt-wearing Philly tradition that comes with his own tradition: Every year since 1981, Stu’s held court at his annual Candidates Comedy Night, a fundraiser for children’s charity Variety. Since its inception, the event—during which Philadelphia politicians actually try to be funny—has raised more than $400,000, proving Stu can raise as much money as ire among urban bicycling enthusiasts. Fresh off his much disputed “Bill Cosby” moment lecturing old black folk about reigning in their children, Mayor Michael Nutter, AKA DJ Mike, will return as headliner. Witness gems like this one from Pat Toomey last year: “Last week President Obama celebrated his birthday in Chicago. He had dinner with Oprah and Gayle King. At the end of the evening Gayle was overhead saying how incredible it was to have dinner with the most powerful person in the world. And how nice it was that President Obama joined them.” Tara Murtha

$75. 8pm. Finnegan’s Wake, 537 N. Third St. 215.574.9240. finnegans.com

Ladies of Laurel Hill
It was 101 years ago today that the 19th Amendment was ratified, putting an end to the suffrage movement and guaranteeing women the right to vote. What better way to celebrate than by honoring some badass chicks from this city’s past? On the roughly two-hour tour, you will be guided through the massive historic cemetery, visiting the graves of some of its most famous females whose accomplishments in life have been largely neglected, forgotten or marginalized throughout history. Now, six feet under, their stories will finally be unearthed. This includes Mary Ann Lee, one of the first American ballerinas; Anna Justine Magee, whose endowment funded Magee Rehab; and Anna Lockhart Flanigen, one of UPenn’s first female students. The tour will conclude at the Cemetery Gatehouse, where everyone will get a chance to toast to the ladies behind the headstones. Nicole Finkbiner

6pm. $15-$20. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200. thelaurelhillcemetary.org

Friday, Aug. 19

Philadelphia Geek Awards
Get up the courage to finally ask out that cutie from LARP or the IT guy who thinks you don’t know how to use mail merge, because you’re going to need a date. This week, the Academy of Natural Sciences rolls out the red carpet and dweebs will don their clip-on ties honoring achievements in Philly geekdom. The first black-tie Philadelphia Geek Awards boasts close to five dozen nerdy nominees for 19 categories including Best New Blog, Outstanding Achievement in Local Comic Art, Best Local Viral Video and more. After the cocktail hour, with bites from National Mechanics and Polish Goodness, join local comic and MC Doogie Horner for an awards ceremony in the museum’s theater. Guests can also enjoy the live butterfly garden and the environmental mini golf exhibit, Fore! The Planet. Don’t leave your pocket protector at home. Cristina Perachio

6:30-9:30pm. Free. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000. phillygeekawards.com

Stockpile
Philly hardcore quartet Stockpile have a real motherfucker of a drummer in Vince Klopfenstein, who also bashes his guts out with Satanized, Sickoids and the presently-on-hiatus Witch Hunt. He’s an aggravated concrete-killing jackhammer and a stylistic shapeshifter to boot, maniacally shifting from grindcore blast beats to D-Beat grooves with dismaying, panther-like velocity. Stockpile just dropped a bangin’ debut 7-inch on Destroy Me Records, and its six songs clock in at under nine minutes: short, fast, pissed and perfect. Tonight they open for two San Francisco outfits that represent the cream of the West Coast crop. Thrashcore specialists Punch ram more joy and raw emotion into a 45 second outburst than Flaubert could in one-thousand pages, and Loma Prieta are the only screamo band you need to know. Elliott Sharp

6:30pm. $10. With Punch + Loma Prieta. The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. r5productions.com

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