Calendar: August 6-13

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Wednesday, August 6

Jon McGoran’s newest thriller, Deadout, explores colony collapse disorder, a very real threat to more than just honeybees. Tonight’s reading features samples of mead from Stonekeep Meadery, honey beer from Iron Hill Brewery and snacks from Weavers Way Co-op. 6pm. Free. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

August Garden Sips
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens hosts its last August Garden Sips of the summer, offering art, refreshments, music and more. Visitors can enjoy the soothing jazz style of Fresco Jazz Duo while crafting key chains and bottle cap magnets. 6pm. $5-$15. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.

Thursday, August 7

Diplo + Mad Decent Block Party
At the risk of sounding like a tired old man, I remember when Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party was actually a block party. A girlfriend lived on Green Street by the Institute Bar, and she ordered me, via text, to come hang at this insane free party outside her front door. I consented. It was insane: hipsters everywhere hula-hooping, summer drinking and twerking before twerking became ubiquitous. These days, it’s a multi-city, traveling behemoth of a festival with a pre- and post-party at Union Transfer. All told, this is literally about 15-plus hours of straight madness, from inside the night before and outside on the day of—then back inside until 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. The party-goer that turns up the whole time deserves a medal.

You know what’ll be the apex of it all? Probably when DJ Snake takes to the Festival Pier stage to doll out his 2014 super-jam, “Turn Down For What.” There is no denying that song (and its correspondingly awesome video) has powers to make you bug the hell out. The typically young and sexy crowd on the Delaware will also delight in Chance the Rapper, a rising talent in the realm of weird and tripped-out cerebral hip-hop, and Dillon Francis, an L.A.-based EDM producer who specializes in the chiller, island-vibe flavor of moombahton.

Certainly, Diplo himself has tons of ammo to get the kids riled up. He just released a quite-good compilation called Random White Dude Be Everywhere, a collection of remixed tracks, like from his 2013 and 2012 EPs, including “Revolution,” “Biggie Bounce” and “Express Yourself.” Of course, if he wanted to, he could go deep to his 2004 debut, Florida, a nod to his Mississippi-born, U Central Florida-turned-Temple-transfer upbringing. It’s a totally tight record on par with DJ Shadow’s work, which began about eight years prior. No doubt, though, the crowd’ll be anticipating some Major Lazer staples like “Pon de Floor” or the magnificent Bruno Mars and Tyga-guested “Bubble Butt.” Hell, maybe he’ll toss in M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” if he’s feeling playful—and if he wants to blow the UT roof off at 1:40 a.m. // BILL CHENEVERT

Pre-party and afterparty: Thurs., Aug, 7, 9pm and Fri., Aug. 8, 10pm. $25. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.; Mad Decent Block Party: Fri., Aug. 8, 3pm. Sold out. With Dirty South Joe, Flosstradamus, Mike Taylor, Gent & Jawns, Swizzymack + Vic Mensa. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.629.3200.

Hampton Sides: In the Kingdom of Ice
The North Pole is one of the few visited parts of the globe that still holds a great deal of mystery beneath its icy exterior. Never even mind the mythical stuff we imagine there—the Arctic Circle’s documented history is even more captivating than anything fairy tales have to offer, starting in the late 19th century when several opposing theories were raised about the region’s true nature. Whether there was a civilized evergreen paradise nestled at the top of the world or a desolate wasteland that defied the known laws of physics, it was going to take a lot of manpower—and even more money—to make the trip to find out. Enter James Gordon Bennett, the wealthy, eccentric publisher of the New York Herald, whose obsession with spectacle made him a suitable if nevertheless unorthodox choice to finance such an expedition—and come July 1879, with the young Lieutenant George Washington De Long captaining a crew of more than 30 souls, the U.S.S. Jeannette set sail from San Francisco for what would turn out to be “the most unforgiving territory on Earth.”

Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette, is no stranger to thrilling non-fiction, having previously tackled topics ranging from World War II to the manhunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s killer. In the span of nearly 500 pages, he works his way through the group’s perilous journey with almost first-person precision. Hear all about his painstaking research into the Gilded Age grip of “Arctic fever” when he appears at the Free Library tonight. // JAKE ABBATE

7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Defending the Caveman
The everyday relationships between men and women take center stage in Defending the Caveman, a comedy about the ways the sexes have been fighting, laughing and loving each other for ages. The production is the longest running solo play in Broadway history and stars Philly’s own Vince Valentine. 7pm. $45-$65. Penn’s Landing Playhouse, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.

Quizzo in the Square
Kids aren’t the only ones who can enjoy themselves at Franklin Square. Grab your team, and head outdoors for some brain-teasing fun. A ticket gets you beer, wine, soda and snacks. 6pm. $20-$25. Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

Sejong International Music Festival
This performance transports listeners from resonant modern cello to the deeply rich Baroque cello typical of the 18th century. Afterward, cellists Edward Arron and James Wilson sit down with Artistic Director Hsin-Yun Huang to discuss the music. 8pm. $30. Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St. 215.893.7902.

Friday, August 8

King Britt and Dozia’s Back2Basics Reunion
Yes, it’s Back2Basics’ triumphant return! King Britt and Dozia Blakey’s iconic party—born in 1990 at Silk City, with a two-night-a-week model of a band joining DJs on a Monday and a straight-up dancefest on Saturday—is getting a revival at the new-and-improved Hard Rock Café. Britt and B2B took a small break in the early ‘90s to tour with Digable Planets (as Silkworm), and another hiatus came from 2000 to 2007, when they saw a successful short-lived rejuvenation. Of course, we know and love Britt for getting behind acts like Ursula Rucker and Lady Alma with his Ovum Recordings, and he’s as talented a remixer and DJ as he is a producer. Taking cues in equal parts from Quincy Jones and Frankie Knuckles, he and Dozia specialize in a groove-heavy dance music sound that’s fed a well-earned reputation far beyond our city limits.

You never know what might happen tonight in the Hard Rock’s modern made-over facility. Yes, you will dance, but who’ll they employ to really turn the party out? Could be from Curtis Mayfield to Solange, De La Soul to Everything But The Girl, Femi Kuti to Mos Def. B2B will indeed go down in hip-hop history books—seriously, there’s an entry on B2B in Mickey Hess’ 2009 Hip Hop in America; A Regional Guide—but hopefully tonight’s the beginning of a new chapter for this local lovejam. // B.C.

8:30pm. $20-$25. Hard Rock Cafe, 1113-31 Market St. 215.238.1000.

Sistahs Laying Hands Down
This spoken hand collective performs drums, vocals and dance. Tonight's performance includes African rhythms with jazz, gospel, R&B and reggae. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 7-9pm. $15. Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave.

Graveyard Shift: The Babadook
The Philadelphia Film Society’s beloved cult film series presents a screening of this year’s Australian thriller about a widow and her son, who experiences visions of a storybook monster coming to attack them. Midnight. $5-$6.66. PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom St. 267.239.2941.

The Book of Mormon
The South Park creators’ acclaimed satire of Mormonism, praised by everyone from Jon Stewart to the New York Times, continues its run at the Forrest Theatre tonight. The show has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 2pm & 8pm. $67-277. Through Sept. 14. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 215.923.1515.

‘90s Prom on the Parkway
Whip out your neon formal wear and party like its 1999 this week at Eakins Oval. Rock out to the Bayside Tigers as you hit the beer garden, food trucks and photo booths. At the end of the night, two lucky attendees will be crowned prom king and queen. 8pm. Free. Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.683.3600.

Love’s Labour’s Lost
One of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies is brought to life by the Classical Acting Company, telling the story of a small group of men who take it upon themselves to live without the company of women for three years. 7pm. Free. URBN Annex of Drexel University, 3401 Filbert St. 215.571.4413.

Journey 2 Home: Speaking with Signs
The Mural Arts Program continues its mission to address youth homeless by encouraging young people to participate in stimulating artistic activities. Today, they’re invited to create a sign, using whatever language necessary, that contributes to the discussion on housing insecurity. 4:30pm. Free. 42nd St. and Lancaster Ave. 267.972.3944.

Saturday, August 9

Jamaica Independence Concert
On August 6, 1962, the Caribbean island of Jamaica declared its independence from England; given America’s own successful schism from the same country, Philly is a more than appropriate site to host a festive party to celebrate that nation’s freedom. The Jamaica Pennsylvania Association, with Black Music Promotions, is set to present the largest Jamaican independence soiree our state has to offer, and it won’t be your average tailgating party in the park, either: A guaranteed cultural explosion is in store, offering everything from mouth-watering traditional foods, vendors up the wazoo, and, of course, fantastic live music.

Headlining the event to celebrate her illustrious 50 years in the music industry will be reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, the former I-Threes member famed for her collaboration with Bob Marley and the Wailers and her widely-loved re-recording of Bunny Wailers’ “Electric Boogie.” True trailblazers Black Uhuru, considered the ambassadors of reggae for being the first group to win an Emmy in the genre, has been bringing down houses around the world for over three decades. Other island sensations like Half Pint, I-Wayne, Mighty Sparrow, Wayne Wonder and Roy Rayan are scheduled to sizzle onstage, too, all backed by the Inner Roots Band.

Don’t forget the games and prizes woven into the proceedings: There’s a chance to win a free trip for two to Jamaica and much more. Kids 16 and under get in free, making this a memorable party for the whole family. // KENNEDY ALLEN

11:30am. Free-$40, Memorial Hall Field, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 267.592.2426.

Bug Fest: Beauty and the Bug
Learn about the art of all things insect at this annual celebration of bug beauty. Here you’ll be able to talk to Academy entomologists, watch cockroaches race and even make insect artwork to take home. 10am. $13.95-15.95. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000.

Philly Bloco
Samba, funk and reggae come together at World Cafe Live tonight, as Philly Bloco’s 20+ members plan to put on an energetic, fun-filled show its audience will never forget. 9pm. $15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

MPCC Hearse Show
Think of this as a dark take on February’s annual Auto Show, with plenty of hearses, limousines, flower cars and ambulances lining the roads of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Music by Friends with Murder and Somebody’s Circus will provide a little extra morbidity. 10am. Free. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Rock the Block
Aspen Street transforms into a veritable block party with craft vendors and live performances to benefit Rock to the Future, an organization founded to grant cost-free musical education to the city’s underserved children. 11am. Free. Rembrandt’s Bar & Grill, 741 N. 23rd St. 215.763.2228.

Unraveled curates this unconventional performance that combines different media from an assortment of independent artists. Whether it’s music, dance or installation art, the collaborative promises to “engage multiple senses” with its dark instincts and lush beauty. 7pm. $8. AUX Performance Space: Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236.

100 Bottles of Beer on the River
Indulge in unlimited craft beer samples with paid admission to this festival overtaking Cavanaugh’s River Deck, the city’s largest outdoor deck. Participants include Brooklyn Brewery, Erie Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing and many more. 2pm. $25. Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.629.7400.

Miami Connection
Set in 1987, this little-seen indie flick stars Y.K. Kim as the lead singer of a martial arts rock band called Dragon Sound that takes up the fight against Florida drug dealers armed with their hit song, “Against the Ninja.” 9pm. Free. Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American St. 215.627.6562.

Sunday, August 10

Tori Amos
Tori Amos’s 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, focuses on the trials of aging as a woman in the spotlight. Tonight, hear songs off the new album, which features the singer’s ever-impressive vocals and some of her most personal, reflective lyrics to date. 7:30pm. $45-$65. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St.  215.790.5800.

Pets in Prison
Animal lovers can enjoy a weekend of interactive and educational activities, plus learn about the roles of animals in one of the most famous prisons in the world. There will also be a chance to meet and potentially adopt a dog from New Leash on Life, a training program dedicated to improving the lives of inmates in prisons. Noon. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300.

Grim Philly Twilight Tours
Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and psychopathic killer the “Corpse Collector” will all be included in this tour of the darker, modern and more gritty side of Philadelphia’s history. Join three historians/guides as they recount tales of yellow fever death and show up-close grave visits of our founding fathers. The tour includes a complimentary beverage and a stop at a local tavern for beer and snacks. 7pm. $19.99. Independence Visitor Center. 1 North Independence Mall W. 856.829.3100.

Get ‘DWN’ at Weirdo Dance Party
Unrestricted groovin’ will be unleashed at tonight at Connie’s Ric Rac, where fans of eccentric genres can bust a move without inhibition. Ghetto Goth, Witch House, Rap, Purple, ‘90s, SadWave and Grime enthusiasts will take to the dance floor, accompanied by visual projections by Hekkate and photos of dancers getting down by TommyBytes. 9pm. Free. Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587.

Dog Date Afternoon and PetSmart Charities bring pets and their people together for an event to benefit homeless pooches. Enjoy Frisbee-catching demonstrations, playtime at the park and complementary snacks as local canines get one step closer to finding their forever home. 3pm. Clark Park Dog Bowl, 4298 Chester Ave. 215.683.3679

Monday, August 11

In 2011, Philadelphia-based artist Sarah Koljonen, who specializes in printmaking and painting, helped develop an arts-based curriculum for schoolchildren in Bolivia. This, among her other projects, resonates with the interconnected nature of art, a theme currently celebrated in the Interchange exhibit at Moore. Koljonen and many other artists, hailing from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, display their work that showcases the mutuality and reciprocation of art creation. Through Aug. 23. Moore College, 20th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy.

Shooting Stars and S’mores
What better way is there to celebrate National S’mores Week than with some of those melted treats and a night sky full of falling stars? The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most anticipated events every summer, and you’ll be able to see it in detail with some of the SCEE’s high-power telescopes. 9pm. $5. Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd. 215.482.7300.

Tuesday, August 12

Penn Science Cafe’s xLAB: Designing New Entertainment Experiences
Sleek smartphones, snap-apart tablet computers and state-of-the-art video games only skim the surface of what today’s technology has to offer, and the next wave of innovative interactive entertainment is actually much more accessible than we realize. Through a collaboration between UPenn’s School of Design and School of Engineering and Applied Science comes Penn Science Cafe, a free public lecture series that attempts to take scholarship from the classrooms and directly to an interested public, creating opportunities for open discussion and exchange of ideas.

The newly formed Experience Design and Technology Lab—or xLAB for short—began when students met to develop methods for technology to interact with its users in completely new ways. Whether via an intelligent yoga mat that knows when to pause a program until its user is in the correct position, a vest that enables movie watchers to actually feel what’s going on in their favorite film or children’s programming that interacts with a child’s toy as it’s played with, this ingenious hands-on think tank is bringing us the cutting edge of consumer technology—and working to improve upon it, right before our eyes. Tonight’s xLAB presenters—PennDesign’s Orkan Telhan, Sarah Rottenberg and Carla Diana, with Rahul Mangharam of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science—will be on hand for Q&As after each demonstration. // K.A.

6pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Horror icon Clive Barker is known for film franchises like Hellraiser and Candyman, but Crazyface is one of his numerous theatrical works making its first Philadelphia appearance. BrainSpunk Theater’s Christopher King brings us the story of Tyl Eulenspiegel (aka Crazyface) on a journey across Europe with magical substances, spies and a long-lost brother out to kill him. 7:30pm. $25. The Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.

Best of Philly Bash
Philadelphia magazine hosts “A Taste of Summer” bash inside Citizens Bank Park to celebrate the winners of Best of Philly 2014. Enjoy samplings from some the city’s best restaurants, live music, outdoor activities, games and more. 6:30pm. Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.

Wednesday, August 13

Breast Fest 2014
Hosted by Bebashi Transition to Hope, Breast Fest features health workshops, clinical breast exams, free mammograms, food, entertainment and more. A performance by G.T.K. Music Group will take place, along with special appearances by Gemma Mcilhenny, Tammy Anderson and Kendra Anderson. 10am. Free. Pre-registration required. 615 N. Broad St.

Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s 1949 classic Death of a Salesman is renowned for its timeless exploration of what happens when a life teeming with tedium and unmet expectations yields tragic results. South Philly-born and raised actor-producer Keith “Kash” Goins utilizes an exclusively African-American cast for the production of Death, a follow-up to 2013’s all-black 12 Angry Men. The production is directed by local stage master Ozzie Jones. 7:30pm. $27.50-$35. Through Aug. 17. Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.

Sittin’ In, hosted by Ursula Rucker
The Kimmel Center’s free, monthly jam session continues with local lyricist Ursula Rucker. The spoken word recording artist shares the stage with resident DJ Matthew Law, aka DJ Phsh. 8pm. Free. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

Out of Town

PA Burlesque Festival
Starring Medianoche, the 2013 Crystal Corset winner and special appearances by burlesque legend Penny Starr, the fifth annual PA Burlesque Festival features award-winning performers from across the country providing an unforgettable weekend of desire, dance and sex appeal. Aug 8-10. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 41 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

Andrew Dice Clay
Self-proclaimed “Undisputed Heavyweight King of Comedy” Andrew Dice Clay headlines the Golden Nugget, turning your favorite nursery rhymes into outrageous and inappropriate punch lines and ridiculing audience members in a way that keeps them coming back for more. Fri., Aug. 8, 9pm. $29-$49. Golden Nugget, Huron Ave. and Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J.

Third Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival
Enjoy fresh seafood, locally brewed craft beer, live music, craft vendors, farmer’s market and more. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities educational programs. Sat., Aug. 9, 11am-8pm. Free. 1048 Washington St., Cape May, N.J. 609.884.5404.
Sand Castle Contest
Ashore Reality of Brigantine presents the 5th Annual Sand Castle Building Contest, featuring live music, super-sized bubbles for the kids, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and more than $1000 in prizes for amateur sculptors. Professional sand sculptor Ian Deibert will be making rounds providing techniques to participants and creating one-of-a-kind sculptures for all to enjoy. Sat., Aug. 9, 10am. Free. 14th St. South Beach, Brigantine, N.J.

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