Calendar: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

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Wednesday, Aug. 31

Food Revolution Screening
MIND TV, the non-profit media channel dedicated to airing independent-minded content and innovative programming screens their new show Food Revolution at Triumph Brewery tonight. The documentary-style show highlighting everything local and edible, aims to teach its viewers all about where their local food is coming from, the back-stories of Philly farms and farmers markets and the many initiatives set up around the city to teach our youth about healthy eating. The screening will be accompanied by plenty of Philly brews and food from Triumph’s ‘home-grown’ menu. The We Bee brothers will also be on hand to discuss the connection between diet and health and give out samples of their super-powered raw honey. -Abigail Bruley

6pm. Free. Triumph Brewing, 117 Chestnut St. 215.625.0855. mindtv.org

Cranes Are Flying
If anything, upstart West Philly foursome Cranes Are Flying—originally from North Jersey—have too many musical ideas and perhaps not quite enough self-editing acumen. On their new EP, Somnambulist, the band stitches together indie-tropicalia, meandering post-rock, moody indie-folk and noisy, shoegazery outbursts (and some proudly off-key vocals), though the results sometimes feel jumbled and forced. Still, there’s enough promise in their melodies and sonic textures to make them an outfit worth watching, particularly if they can boil all those ideas down to something focused and engaging. Maybe that’s how they do live. You’ve got nothing to lose (except time) by dropping by tonight and finding out, since the gig is free. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. Free. With Lamagier + With Our Teeth. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Thursday, Sept. 1

Basseyworld Live: Philly
Nigerian born writer and five-time Def Jam Poetry poet Bassey Ikpi brings her one-woman show to Philly once again and this time she’s teaming up with the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) for an unforgettable evening of spoken word. With DJ Williams Ellis spinning all night, Ikpi will open the show with a mix of fan favorites and some of her new work then pass the mic over to the members of PYPM who just took the top honors back in July at the Brave New Voices poetry slam—the longest running spoken word event in the world. The restaurant’s offering food and drink specials with 10 percent of the event’s ticket sales going to helping PYPM match their 2011 Knights Arts Grant. Since 2006, the nonprofit has been empowering at-risk youth, providing them the opportunity to discover and express their voices through free weekly poetry workshops, monthly slams and community service events. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. $10-$15. TIME Restaurant, 1315 Sansom St. 215.985.4800. timerestaurant.net

Hunx and His Punx
As Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art says of their recently inked Bay Area foursome behind the new album Too Young to Be in Love: “Hunx and His Punx might be the first ever ‘girl group’ fronted by a flamboyant gay male whose dream in life is to sound like a girl.” Indeed, the leopard-print-speedo-wearing Hunx (a.k.a. Seth Bogart) is super-duper (and then even more super) gay. And along with his three lady cohorts that form the Punx, he leads the campy quartet as they emulate the Ronettes and Shangri-Las, occasionally scuffing up their sugary pop with Richard Hell, biker-jacket trash-punk and often reshaping that old-fashioned girl-group lyrical romance and drama with Hunx’ proudly queer twist. -M.A.G.

9pm. $10. With K-Holes. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com

Fall Arts Preview
Not ready to commit to a feature-length film? Squirming at the prospect of sitting through a long performance? For those of us who like choices, and many of them, International House offers us a smorgasboard of cultural snippets as part of their Fall Arts Preview. In addition to a sneak peek at the upcoming season, the evening features a performance by N.Y.C.-based musician Steve Moore. Layering pop and ambient elements, Moore’s synthesizer-rich music cocoons listeners in a steadily spun web of cinematic electronica. With a short musical performance, a mini movie premiere and regular-sized libations, the Fall Arts Preview piques palettes for a season of music, film and visual art, served with a side of complimentary food and drink. -Katherine Rochester

7pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Baroque Suite
“Listen to image” and “see sound” demands Baroque Suite, a short film by Philadelphians Alex Tyson and Troy Herion. The 15-minute trip’s modeled on five movements of a classical baroque suite—overture, courante, minuet, sarabande, and gavotte—and references baroque’s compositional style and themes. Traditional acoustic instrumentation, though, is modified with electronic glitches, drones and white noise, and it’s all smoothly spliced with images such that any aural-visual hierarchy vanishes. During the minuet, a delicate piano lingers and twinkles while a cat strolls atop a table contemplating the chicken and rabbit corpses hanging by their feet just inches above its curious paws. It’s moderately morose, but surprisingly soothing; panic arrives with the gavotte. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Friday, Sept. 2

The Absolution Lab
Butch Cordora may be a bona fide Philly celebrity best known for gay chat show In Bed With Butch and “Straight and Butch,” a pinup calendar featuring his meticulously sculpted and groomed body artfully draped around naked bodies of other hot, albeit cock-teasingly straight, men, but with his latest project he wants you to know: As a visual artist, he is about much more than engorge-ous peen. “It’s good people doing bad things, bad people doing food things and how at the end of the day, all any of us are looking for is some sort of absolution that never seems to come,” says Cordora of his second solo show. The new work is Warholian familiar, featuring reappropriated iconic pop culture images such as the wreckage of JFK Jr.’s plane being hoisted out of the water alongside wonk-eyed Hilton heiresses. Bonus material includes rarely seen photos of a young, buck-naked David Beckham, arms akimbo, cock dangling, telegraphing raunchy-hot sexts with his beautiful eyeballs. Strongly recommended for “art enthusiasts” of all persuasions. See page 25 for more First Friday picks. -Tara Murtha

6-9pm. Free. Ven & Vaida Gallery, 18 S. Third St. 215.592.4099. venandvaida.com

WHYY Connections Festival
The WHYY Connections Festival kicks off with a free preview screening of renowned documentarian Ken Burn’s latest project, Prohibition. Burns has earned seven Emmys and two Academy Award nominations for his previous work, Civil War, Baseball and Jazz. Prohibition illuminates a period when religion first took center stage in politics. Although the dry movement occurred in the 1920s, the documentary draws subtle comparisons with today’s debates about the legalization of marijuana and same sex marriage. Prior to the screening, Hot Club of Philadelphia will perform prohibition era jazz. The festival continues on Saturday with a concert featuring alt-country singer-songwriter
Justin Townes Earle and Philly faves Dr. Dog. -Laura Goldman

6:30pm. Free. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut Street and Columbus Blvd. whyy.org/connectionsfestival

Saturday, Sept. 3

Screw Smart
Anybody remember Screw Your Roommate, that twisted, age-old college tradition of fixing your roommate up on a painfully awkward blind-ish date? Well, its finished its degree, broken up with its college sweetheart, gotten all grown up and come back in the form of ScrewSmart, a Philadelphia-based sex-education collaborative founded in 2009 by J.D. Ackerman, Rebecca Alvarez and Kira Manser. The ladies conduct workshops that create sex-positive dialogue, with topics such as open relationships and queer history to 101 courses on strap-on-sex and anal play. Tonight they offer us a taste of what they do best, performing with the Liberty City Drag Kings, those kings and queens of kinky drag and burlesque. Featuring a tittie tassel twirling contest and Emcee the Notorious OMG as usual, but with fresh LICK meat never before seen in public. DJ Evil spins after the show, so stick around if you see someone you like. -Emma Eisenberg

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