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Wednesday, Aug. 10

Burn This
“What traitors books can be!” wrote Ray Bradbury in Farenheit 451 about a world in which firemen burn books to protect society from the dangers of reading. Taking its name from two charged words that were written on a delegate’s secret ballot that would determine the presidential election of 1800, the Rosenbach Museum’s Burn This looks at books, manuscripts and art that have endured censorship and secrecy and survived to reveal history despite acts of natural and human destruction. While you’re there, take a gander at the wild beasts in the Maurice Sendak collection or check out the Expats in Paris exhibit featuring pages from the original Ulysses manuscript, Man Ray photographs and poems by Ezra Pound. -Emma Eisenberg

$5-$10. Through Dec. 11. Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215.732.1600. rosenbach.org

Memory Tapes
Memory Tapes are one of those bands that create dreamy electro soundscapes with pop approachability and a whole lot of nostalgia and melancholy wrapped in a fuzzy, reverb haze. New Jersey native Dayve Hawk—the brainchild behind this chillwave, synth-tastic goodness and former frontman of Philadelphia-based rock band Hail Social—first released material under the monikers “Memory Cassette” and “Weird Tapes” before combing the two and releasing Memory Tapes’ first LP, Seek Magic, in September 2009. Now their second full-length, Player Piano, released in July, will have this slow-pulsed electronica pumping through your veins, mellowing you out and making you understand the simplicity of singing out “this is uh-huh.” -Kristin Toussaint

8pm. $10-12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

Thursday, Aug. 11

This Is It
The highest-grossing concert movie and documentary follows the King of Pop as he rehearses and prepares for his massive world-wide ‘This Is It’ concert, the tour that was canceled due to his death just 18 days before its premiere. Never has a film caused such a divide between devoted family and fans; the results ranging from women crying on their knees in the movie theater, to MJ worshipers boycotting the film, to the Jackson family downright denouncing it and trying to stop the film agreement at all costs. Controversy aside, the flick is truly a spectacle to behold–a flurry of lights, glitter, puppets and fantasia that almost anyone, true or casual fan, can enjoy. Moonwalk your walk to Penn’s Landing tonight to catch it on the big screen. -Abigail Bruley

Dusk. Free. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 301 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.928.8801.
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Friday, Aug. 12

Gay Men’s Romance
As the folks at leading gay romance publisher MLR Books put it, “Reading is man’s second favorite activity to do in bed.” With that in mind, MLR continues to put out award-winning gay male fiction, written by both men and women, in every form and setting imaginable—from the always popular crime, sci-fi, and paranormal/vampire genres to love and sex within traveling 19th-century Yiddish theater troupes (seriously). Tonight, Giovanni’s Room hosts 16 MLR authors—including Laura Baumbach, Rick R. Reed, Jet Mykles, D.H. Starr and Ethan Day—who’ll read from their latest books, sign copies and chat with fans. You’ll hear erotic, campy and bittersweet tales about a closeted Mormon sheriff’s deputy romancing an ex-con as he searches for a killer; the drug-fueled complications between two rock ’n’ roll stars who are more than just bandmates; and gay vegan werewolves desperate for love and sustenance. And lots more. -Michael Alan Goldberg

5:30pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room, 345 S. 12th St. 215.923.2960. giovannisroom.com

Lantern
If you’re dropping by JB’s tonight to catch the headlining set by scruffy, skewed Brooklyn indie-folk outfit Woods, you should arrive much earlier because opener Lantern could steal the show. Fronted by guitarist-vocalist Zachary Fairbrother, who recently relocated to Philly from Montreal (where he turned heads with stoner-psych ensemble Omon Ra II), the trio takes minimalist old blues as barren and atmospheric as an abandoned bayou shack or dusty desert trail and then blasts that shit with avant-noise and proto-punk fury. Lantern’s raucous-yet-experimental bent makes ‘em far more compelling than your usual quasi-retro “blues-punk” unit, and reason enough to venture out of the house a little bit earlier. -M.A.G.

9:15pm. $12. With Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

Saturday, Aug. 13

Big Art Show
Unlike the snooty, wine-sipping, credit-card-waving art shows around town, the “Big Art Show” is really just a party with a lot of art. For one night, more than 30 local artists will be given six feet of vertical space to display as much of their paintings, photography, sculpture or mixed media they can fit, totally free of charge. There’s no applications or judging and space is offered on a first come, first serve basis. While mingling and imbibing complimentary brewskies, attendees will be treated to the musical stylings of three up-and-coming bands, including local indie pop quintet Eat Your Birthday Cake and electro/indie rock duo Revolution, I Love You. -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. Free. Pterodactyl, 3237 Amber St. 215.501.7158. pterodactylphiladelphia.org

Philly Market Street Book Expo
If you love books—whether reading, writing or smelling the pages—head down to the Market Street Book Expo to celebrate literature and its authors in all its glory. With workshops and panel discussions like “Writing My First Book” or “Starting a Community Nonprofit,” this year’s theme of “Empowering a New Generation Through Pages” will definitely hit its mark. The expo puts a special focus on the African-American genre with more than 20 black authors revealing their latest releases in an open discussion with their fans. Suavv magazine will host a special event at the expo called the “Philly Author Ambassador.” This year’s “Philly Author Ambassador” is Solomon Jones, who will be on hand to discuss his journey as a bestselling author. -Kristin Toussaint

10am. $5. First Unitarian Church, Griffin Hall, 2125 Chestnut St. 267.797.7173.

Libertine Ball
Back in June, zombies threw their own sandy shindig; now it’s the kinksters’ turn to hold a loopy luau. Fetish Beach Party is the theme of the 13th annual summer celebration of variant lifestyles sponsored by Passional Boutique and its partners. There won’t be any sand, but a tiki theme will dominate. A strict dress code will be enforced, so expect the sheen of latex and the scent of well-worn leather, although daring variations on the itty-bitty bikini are encouraged. Attendees lacking the appropriate wardrobe will be stripped to their skivvies and have their bodies painted. Indoors, it’s a feast for the senses, including a working dungeon, a fashion show by designer Reneé Masoomian and demonstrations by expert dommes. Sexy aerialist Liza and the handsome dudes of LiCK will perform throughout the evening, but the real entertainment is the hot, imaginative play that will be going on all night. Keep it consensual, otherwise the monitors will teach you a whole new meaning of beach tag. -Raymond Simon

9pm. $25-$30. Shampoo Nightclub, 417 N. Eighth St. 215.829.4986. libertineball.com

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