Calendar: Aug. 25-31

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Wednesday, Aug. 25


Paul Thorn
Paul Thorn’s unassuming nature translates to his music in understated charm. There’s a sly wit lurking beneath his gruff, forceful delivery as this Pentecostal preacher’s kid winds through swampy blues, sundried gospel soul, and rough-hewn classic rock. You might hear a trace of Adult Contemporary in the way some songs sidle along, but it’s generally shadowed by Thorn’s sweaty vocal and earthy writing. Raised in Mississippi, his songs are told by and populated with an oft-amusing array of ornery, hard-living characters worthy of John Kennedy Toole. Despite a major label taste, he’s generated props slowly, hitting the charts for the first time with his recent sixth album, Pimps and Preachers. -Chris Parker

8pm. $19.50. With Patrick Sweany. Sellersville Theatre, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. 215.257.5808.

Midsummer Night’s Dream
Since its debut in 2008, Mauckingbird Theatre Company has specialized in putting a gay spin on classic plays to great effect; their stunning all-male version of The Misanthrope used Moliere’s text to portray a gay society that favors youth and beauty over sincerity. Now Mauckingbird turns their queer eye toward Shakespeare with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Co-directed by Peter Reynolds and Lynne Innerst, the show (Shakespeare’s original text with a few cuts and pronoun alterations) moves between an elite prep school and a futuristic forest inhabited by fairies of various genders.  Occupying a world that questions conventional boundaries between masculinity and femininity, Mauckingbird’s Midsummer shows us that sexuality is far more fluid than fixed.  -J. Cooper Robb

7:30pm. $15-$20. Randall Theatre at Temple, 2030 N. 13th St. 215.923.8909.

Thursday, Aug. 26


Wallace And Gromit
Bring a blanket to watch Wallace along with his intelligent but silent dog Gromit try to guard gardens from a ghastly bunny before the upcoming Giant Vegetable Competition in 2005‘s Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the duo’s first feature-length outing. The two entrepreneurs’ humane pest-control and veggie-security company Anti-Pesto is doing well trapping adorable bunnies with until a mysterious creature begins terrorizing the town’s vegetables.  A steadily fattening Wallace and overly competent sidekick Gromit must find a way to rid the town of the mysterious “were-rabbit” whose herbivorous massacre has caught the attention of hunting enthusiast and all-around asshole Lord Victor Quartermaine. The Clay Studio will also be premiering three shorts produced by the budding artists in their kid summer camps and offering a free, hourlong stop-motion workshop for children at 7:30. -Rachel Stumpo

Dusk. Free. Flagpole Park, 139 N. Second St. 215.925.3453.

Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang
Former Dr. Dog drummer Juston Stens —who left the band in late 2009 after six years and five albums—has pulled a Dave Grohl, stepping up to the mike with guitar in hand to front his new outfit, Juston Stens & the Get Real Gang. After spending the first half of this year recording in Arizona and North Carolina, Stens and company made their live local debut earlier this summer, and just unveiled a self-titled digital EP. The new tunes are impressive as hell: Warm, rollicking, countrified rock with a dusting of late-period Beatles and Morricone-ish desert textures, all of it led by Stens’ rich voice, a cross between Mark Eitzel and XTC’s Andy Partridge. Yep—old Dog, new tricks. -Michael Alan Goldberg

7pm. With Spinto Band. Mojo on Main, 270 E. Main St., Newark, Del.

Friday, Aug. 27


Pissed Jeans
As another summer vanishes into the wasteland we call memory, there’s no healthier way to rejoice its final fleeting moments than to descend into Danger Danger’s fiery depths to burn up alongside Pa.’s unrivaled kings of jeans, hardcore and hardcore jeans. While Pissed Jeans’ last LP came out in 2009, the battering-ram force of King Of Jeans will surely allow it to bash through the metaphysico-temporal barricades and onto Best of 2010 lists. In the flesh, though, is the purest experiential mode for the band’s sonic brutality and the disgruntled howls of Matt Korvette’s subtly sophisticated everyman confessions. Expect blood and beer stains. Seattle lo-fi squad Unnatural Helpers and quickly-rising local rock outfit Hot Guts turn on the lights. -Elliott Sharp

9pm. $5-$10. With Unnatural Helpers + Hot Guts. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave.

Anything But Clothes

Don’t get too immersed in fall fashion just yet. Party With a Purpose, the nonprofit whose monthly fundraisers assist local grassroots organizations, is hosting an Anything But Clothes Party tonight at Studio 34. Should any further explanation be necessary, the goal of this party is to use your creativity to leave the house without opening your closet. Wear postage stamps, coffee cups, silverware pilfered from your grandmother’s china cabinet or any other assortment of atypical attire—the more outlandish, the better. One male and one female with the best outfits will each win a round-trip plane ticket to anywhere in the continental U.S. (perhaps to escape embarrassment). $25 is donated straight to community-arts organizations Art to Save the World and Life Unchained, and gets you an open bar, snacks and the chance to appreciate your peers’ creativity. Just don’t forget the scotch tape. -Emily Freisher 

9pm. $25. Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave. 215.387.3434.

Arc In Round
Formerly known as Relay, Arc In Round front-man Jeff Zeigler also runs North Philly’s Uniform Recording studio and has produced albums by local heroes Kurt Vile, Pink Skull, War on Drugs and Clockcleaner. Presently on the market for a label to release their recently completed EP and LP, the group creates epic, fully-absorptive pop that combines the dreamy gaze of My Bloody Valentine with the guitar-centric momentum of Built To Spill. Expect to hear some new material and to walk away with proof that this is a Philly band to keep your eyes and ears on. -E.S.

8pm. $10. With Tre Orsi + Busses. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

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