Calendar: Feb. 1-7

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Wednesday, Feb. 1

Dos Segundos Third Anniversary
It’s hard to believe Dos Segundos, the margarita oasis in NoLibs, has been around for only three years. It feels as though we’ve been sitting at that bar eating those tacos for a lifetime. Then again, three years in tequila time equals seven years in regular time. To celebrate, the Dos Segundos folks are throwing a bash that incorporates the power of triads. For three bucks, you can get three different kinds of tacos (we’re hoping the goat, al pastor and vegan beef are on the menu). You can also indulge in $3 drink specials (margaritas) while getting down to the sweet tunes of Philly’s top three DJs: DEL, Dirty and Billy W. -Abigail Bruley

11am. Dos Segundos, 931 N. Second St. 215.629.0500.

If you have no idea what kind of music Warbringer specializes in, checking out the Ventura, Calif.-based band’s record covers should clue you in. Worlds Torn Asunder (2011) shows two skele-angels hovering over a burning orb (probably Earth); ’09’s Waking Nightmares depicts what appears to be hell as weird wooden ruins; and ’08’s War Without End features a giant, spike-covered tank steamrolling over skeletons as nuclear-war-bred demons follow in tow. Holy fucking metal, Batman. Getting down to stylistic specifics, vocalist John Kevill has characterized Warbringer’s work as a fusion of Bay Area thrash, old death metal and classic heavy metal—“like we could be out of the ’80s but more early ’90s than anything.” In combining their greased-lightning guitars with taking-care-of-business song names such as “Wake Up ... Destroy,” “Demonic Ecstasy” and “Savagery,” you’re left with what Kevill has lovingly (and aptly) called “complete headbanging music.” Reyan Ali

7pm. $30.50. With Iced Earth + Symphony X. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Thursday, Feb. 2

TireFire Reading
The Groundhog Day edition of the TireFire reading series is sure to cast a long shadow since, face it, many authors skip us on their way to N.Y.C. or D.C. But no more! TireFire co-founder Sarah Rose Etter calls Scott McClanahan, author of Stories, Stories II and Stories V! and the forthcoming Hill William “straight up one of the best guys giving readings right now.” McClanahan, from West Virginia, uses his gravelly Southern drawl to drag the audience into his world of grandpas and young men who hit themselves in the face. Brooklynite Kendra Grant Malone and local Matthew Savoca, authors of co-written poems Morocco, read in tandem to dig into the call-and-response style of their work. Local Kirsten Kaschock is a dancer, earner of an unreasonable number of fancy degrees and author of poetry books A Beautiful Name for a Girl, Unfathoms and brand-new novel Sleight, an “usual dreamlike tale.” It’s quite an eclectic lineup, all served up right there in T-Moms next to the sticky beer residue, the bumper car and the jukebox. What’s not to love? -Tara Murtha

7pm. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. 215.238.9880.

Deep Breath Baking
This experimental workshop weaves the Jewish tradition of preparing a special bread for the weekly sabbath meal with yoga practice and philosophy to offer a delicious and relaxing experience. First, you’ll be guided through a baking session, enjoying all the sights, smells and sounds of the process. While the dough rises, you’ll be treated to a gentle, slow yoga practice with an opportunity to check on the loaf’s progress so that you can learn how it looks and feels at different stages. Finally, the workshop concludes with a period of reflection and, of course, a sampling of the goods. You’ll even get a loaf to take home and bake yourself. Just remember: “Rest is in the recipe” (both in life and when cooking challah). No previous knowledge of yoga, baking or Judaism is required and if you have your own yoga mat, bring it. -Nicole Finkbiner

6:30pm. $25-$36. The Gershmam Y, 401 S. Broad St. 215.545.4400.

Le Mirage/Dead City Philly
Don’t let the name fool you. Local group Sylvia Platypus is no joke—it’s a literate, ambitious group of bohemians with a sly sense of humor. Formed in the spring of 2010, this self-described psycho-Celtic-glam-blues band debuted at an Iggy and the Stooges tribute show where vocalist Janet Bressler belted out “Penetration.” Since then, the singer—finding the confines of the typical pop song too constraining—has been tinkering with a rock opera. Loosely based on a 19th-century novella by Belgian Symbolist Georges Rodenbach, her adaptation transfers the setting from Bruges to Philadelphia. The story concerns a young widower distraught with grief. After a chance encounter with a woman who resembles his beloved, he becomes obsessed with her double. Throughout, the sextet’s music amplifies or comments on the action. Highlights include Bressler’s smoky voice and elegant hats and the lead guitar of Bill Barone, who played in the Krautrock band Wallenstein. Charlie Rutan will rock out on the bagpipe and the rarely heard Neapolitan zampogna. Bring your own clove cigarettes. -Raymond Simon

8pm. $10. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

Friday, Feb. 3

West Philly’s Curio Theatre Comp.’s mission of producing challenging, provocative drama continues with its presentation of Eric Simonson’s 90-minute stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The author of recent Broadway hit Lombardi, Simonson condenses Vonnegut’s historical sci-fi satire into a lean 90 minutes, which is quite a feat when you consider the story constantly changes not only eras and earthly locations but dimensions and even planetary systems. Director Jared Reed (who has experience with non-linear, anti-war satires having helmed Curio’s Catch-22) uses Paul Kuhn’s shifting set and Leigh Mumford’s dynamic lighting design to represent the jangled story’s many settings. A versatile seven-member ensemble featuring several of the area’s top actors are responsible for portraying the 40 odd characters that inhabit Vonnegut’s tale of an optometrist who survives the bombing of Dresden and an unscheduled visit to the strange planet Tralfamadore. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $15-$20. Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Ave.

Flaherty Film Seminar
Mounted in honor of Robert Flaherty, the documentary pioneer of Nanook of the North, the annual Flaherty Film Seminar has, since 1955, summoned cinema’s most faithful to a week of demanding, exciting documentaries and experimental works meant to shatter preconceptions. And every year the coordinators are nice enough to let everyone else see what went down. Selections from last summer’s program, curated by NYU’s Dan Streible, hit Philadelphia over three nights, with Thursday offering the early 1970s computer animation of Lillian Schwartz and Saturday offering the new, retro animation of Jodie Mack. Friday lines up the minimalist docs of Laura Kissel and Tan Pin Pin, whose chronicles of Asia’s working class are similar but different. Tan Pin Pin amasses her city’s street musicians in Singapore Gaga, while Kissel, an American abroad, finds the hypnotic beauty of a Shanghai couple making a quilt in Tan Mian Hua. -Matt Prigge

7pm. $7-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

White Birds
Drink Up Buttercup were on a serious roll when they broke up last year. In their three-year run, Buttercup won Pitchfork and Stereogum love, a recording contract with Yep Roc (where they must have been the youngest guys on the roster) and a No. 1 slot for Born and Thrown on a Hook on our own Michael Alan Goldberg’s best of 2010. Now, three members—James Harvey, Farzad Houshiarnejad and Mike Cammarata—have reconvened as White Birds, a dreamily reverbed, gorgeously harmonized outfit akin to Fleet Foxes. Their four-song cassette (cleverly named White Birds Tape) is already attracting attention for its surreally lovely anthems like “Hondora” and “Floating Hands.” -Jennifer Kelly

7:30pm. $8. With Univox + Tutlie. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

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