Calendar: Aug. 24-30

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Wednesday, Aug. 24

PW Concerts at the Piazza
The second show of this year’s free PW Concerts at the Piazza series is a taste of three local indie-rock-ish outfits that’ll also be playing the Philadelphia Film & Music Festival (a.k.a. Philly F/M) in late-September. You’ve got Hezekiah Jones, the Raphael Cutrufello-led ensemble that’s turned their earthy indie-folk more orchestral and otherwise sonically ambitious of late. There’s Cheers Elephant, which injects Mod spirit into their sparkling psych-pop. And finally, Nico’s Gun—four young gents with plenty of synths, guitar riffs, swagger and LCD Soundsystem electro-funk sensibilities. -Michael Alan Goldberg

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

Wicked Priest
The 1968 film, directed by Kiyoshi Saeki, follows actor Tomisaburo Wakayama (best known in America for his appearances in the Lone Wolf and Cub series), aka, the wicked priest, a holy Buddhist man with a  hunger for blood, gambling and women, who travels the land righting injustices by his sword. “Let all evils fall on me. I live for the challenge of conquering them,” the wicked priest narrates, before slaying the throats of crooks in a massive bloodfest. The film is part of Cinedelphia’s Unknown Japan: Little-Seen Artifacts of Japanese Cinema program. It was first released by Toei Studios, known in the ’60s for yakuza, or violent crime movies before it mothered four sequels and a spin-off series for Sugawara. Though, few will argue, the original is still the best. -Abigail Bruley

7:30pm. Free. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. 215.735.4847.

Jeebus H. Christmas—I think I put a KFC bucket on my head when I was 5, and all I got for my trouble was some greasy chicken crumbs in my hair and a spanking. Brian Carroll puts a chicken bucket on his head and a creepy white mask on his face and suddely he’s BUCKETHEAD—adored by millions! (Well, tens of thousands, we’ll say.) Oh, right, the crazy guitar playing, too. The 42-year-old Buckethead is an avant-metal genius and utterly ridiculous shredder. Dude’s played with Mike Patton, Les Claypool and Bootsy Collins, and there was that four-year stint in Guns N’ Roses, which probably paid for a lifetime of 12-piece meals. Tonight he’s going to do things to his guitar that will amaze and frighten you. -M.A.G.

7pm. $25. With Wolff. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Artists Against Censorship
Rebellion comes in many forms and can erupt in any culture, but the methods to quell such stages of discontent are always the same: violence, imprisonment and, often, death. Even the most passive means of voicing criticism or rebellion—through literature—has received its fair share of aggressive responses beyond just censorship. And for Burma, writers and poets are living in fear of facing the same dismal fate of many imprisoned or killed for their messages against the government. The Philadelphia chapter of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, an organization dedicated to promoting human rights and democratic freedom, is hosting an event in honor of these fallen soldiers to raise awareness on this issue and money to help current political prisoners in the country. An open mic will be open to poets, musicians and performers, and all proceeds benefit the campaign. -Alexis Sachdev

5:30-8:30pm. $5. Moonstone Arts Center, 110 S. 13th St. 845.591.8960.

Tim Kasher
Tim Kasher’s a born minstrel, wedded to stories and a dramatic mein. His albums are operatic odes to heartbreak told in three-act arcs of boy gets girl, boys loses girl, and boy attempts to stave off bitter despondency with liquor, sex and indolence. Since 2000’s arresting divorce album, Domestica, Kasher’s obsessed over the fractional details and inner workings of romance in both band (Cursive) and solo projects (The Good Life), with occasional diversions, such as 2006’s religiously-themed Happy Hollow. While Cursive traffics in slashing post-punk, Kasher’s solo material—lately released under his own moniker—is more refined, embellished with strings, horns and keyboards while soaking in his romantic existentialism. -Chris Parker

9pm. $12. With Aficionado, Laura Stevenson + the Cans. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

While you probably don’t need an excuse to go out and enjoy a few caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverages, the fact that you’ll be simultaneously helping the fight against HIV/AIDS is definitely a great incentive. Nearly two dozen coffeehouses and bars across the city will be participating in the second annual, all-day fundraising event, including Café 12, Tavern on Camac, PYT, Woody’s, City Tap House, the Bike Stop, Café Cret and La Colombe. Each will donate a portion of their proceeds to four local HIV/AIDS service organizations, which provide medication, health care, counseling and legal services to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in our area. Also in support of the event, volunteers will be selling tickets for a huge raffle at several of the participating bars and the City of Brotherly Love Softball League will be holding a pub crawl through the Gayborhood. Nicole Finkbiner

All day. Free. Various locations. 215.981.3328.

Friday, Aug. 26

The new show at the Center for Emerging Visual Arts, featuring work by Philadelphia photographers Noah Addis and Bohyun Yoon, explores what happens when people leave home behind—out of desire or necessity—and create new lives in the places in which they find themselves. Addis, a Drexel graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner, focuses on communities in the American West that depend on the Colorado for survival, historicizing the impact of the river on the development of the Western landscape and population through generations of settlers. South Korea native Yoon, who currently teaches at Tyler School of Art, contributes photographs of his Fishtown neighbors—the immigrant and mixed-race communities that have settled in the neighborhood over the years to create its rich history. The photographs are printed on sheets of glass, whose transparency speak to the commonality of all these people (and indeed Yoon) in their experiences living within the hyphen of Americanicity. In eliminating the first half of the hyphenation for just a second—forgetting African, Asian or Greek—these photographers speak to what it means, historically and in the modern world, to be American. -Darren White

5-7pm. Free. Through Sept. 15. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th St. 215.546.7775.

Arc In Round

Philadelphia’s Jeff Zeigler earns steady shout-outs on these pages for his accomplishments as the boss of Uniform Recordings. He’s produced many of the records that have put the city on the map over the past several years, working in his studio with Clockcleaner, Kurt Vile, the War On Drugs and Pattern Is Movement, to name just a few. But he also has his own damn band and they’re real damn good. Arc In Round, the shoegazey rock quartet led by guitarist-vocalist Zeigler, self-released their second EP back in July. Taking cues from both My Bloody Valentine and Can, their sound is herculean, dreamy, syrupy, cinematic, romantic and astonishingly rhythmic. -Elliott Sharp

7:30pm. $8. With Brown Recluse + Royal Shoals. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Boney James
If you’ve never heard of Boney James, chances are you’ve never been inside a swanky, soul-food restaurant or a black beauty salon or anyplace where you’d find upwardly mobile black folk, decked out in their best duds, coming together to get their classy on. These people need a soundtrack, and James’ adult-contemporary, soulful sax grooves are often what’s playing. The dude may fit the saxophone-playing hepcat profile, but his music shouldn’t be dismissed as Kenny G-style smooth jazz. A soul-music fan from way back (he even started out playing with R&B bands), his albums have included collaborations with a slew of R&B vocalists—Faith Evans, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone and Dwele, just to name a few. On his latest release, Contact, he gets Mario, Heather Headley and former Destiny’s Child LeToya Luckett to provide vocals. But even if you’re not a buppie and just prefer your R&B all jazzy and mellow, nice background music to have while you sipping on some yak or a full-bodied glass of Chablis, you can’t go wrong with Boney. -Craig D. Lindsey

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