Calendar: Feb. 15-21

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Wednesday, Feb. 15

Kevin Bacon
Back in October, the Kimmel Center chose Kevin Bacon as the official spokesperson for its 10th anniversary season celebrating Philly’s most legendary talents. Now, for one night, the prolific actor and Masterman alum is returning home to sit down with Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey for a candid discussion about his acting and music careers, personal life and penchant for full-frontal nudity. Meanwhile, a montage of movie clips will chronicle Bacon’s many roles in films like Footloose, A Few Good Men, Wild Things, Hollow Man and Apollo 13. For any aspiring young actors seeking insight on the industry or tips on how not to become a leading A-list actor, Bacon will no doubt be a wealth of knowledge. Also, the one or two Bacon Brothers fans out there can also look forward
to seeing them perform at the Kimmel Center this spring. -Nicole Finkbiner

7:30pm. $5-$20. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce sts. 215.893.1999.

South Philly’s Lushlife, otherwise known as Raj Haldar, has been a local favorite for years, overlaying dizzying, psychedelic synth grooves with a rapid-fire, culturally omnivorous flow. His late-2011 mixtape No More Golden Days catapulted him onto a larger stage, garnering nods from The New York Times (“long dense strings of compressed rhymes heavy with Philadelphia arcana”) and Stereogum. Lushlife will release his third full-length, Plateau Vision, on Western Vinyl this spring. On it, this confirmed genre-crosser covers Erik Satie, impersonates Animal Collective, pays tribute to John Coltrane and Television and brings in guests of all stripes, including Das Racists’ Heems, seminal Ruff Ryder Styles P, Canadian avant-rapper Shad and Titus Andronicus’ Andrew Cedermark. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $13. With Doomtree + F. Stokes. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Sex Toy Bingo
This ain’t your grammy’s church basement game. Sex Toy Bingo is celebrating its one-year anniversary by crossing state borders from its usual residence in Asbury Park, N.J., to the City of Brotherly Love. Your cover fee grants you two cards to join in playing bingo upstairs at the Balcony with self-described “out of work porn stars” Cucumber Weir, Jack the Ripper and Sarah Potter. As the rounds continue, the prizes get bigger and better. The awards, such as a doorframe sex swing and a Clone a Willy kit, are a lot more practical than a boring trophy. So, whether Cupid didn’t deliver yesterday or you’re looking to prolong the passion of last night, this game is sure to please. B-I-N-G-Oh! -Ashley Kole

8pm. $10. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality
Jay Michaelson is on a queer crusade. An openly gay man, he firmly believes that devout Americans should support LGBT rights because of their faith, not in spite of it. As a young adult, Michaelson practised Orthodox Judiasm. He struggled for a decade to reconcile his sexuality and his faith, only to discover a deeper connection to his Judaism upon coming out. Michaelson believes that public discussion about religion and sexuality should not be dominated by self-appointed moral guardians quoting a handful of verses as evidence that God condemns homosexuality. As he argues in his latest book, which includes careful scriptural exegesis, those passages are riddled with ambiguity and burdened with anachronistic moralizing. But the goal of this cheerful evangelist, who is also a practicing Buddhist, is really to persuade people of all faiths to open their hearts. Only then will we be able to accept the radical notions Michaelson identifies in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: fellowship, forgiveness, love and mercy. -Raymond Simon

7pm. Free. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. 215.732.2220.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Denise King
Jazz Bridge provides for Philly jazz and blues musicians in times of need, but this vital nonprofit also makes a point of showcasing local talent. In this installment of Jazz at the Playhouse (hosted by Jazz Bridge on the third Thursday of every month), vocalist Denise King takes the stage. She’s authoritative with jazz standards, can slay ’em in the aisles with irreverent uptempo blues, and stays true to her Philly roots even as she ventures across the pond to collaborate with French pianist Olivier Hutman (on her latest CD No Tricks). Her Playhouse band features pianist Aaron Graves, bassist Lee Smith and drummer Khary Shaheed. -David R. Adler

7:30pm. $5-$10. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215.517.8337
Edmund White and Christopher Bram
Famous for their writing on gay life, these authors have chronicled the struggles of homosexual culture and the sexual revolution. Edmund White is best known for his autobiographical novels, which include A Boy’s Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty. Christopher Bram’s repertoire includes the rise of gay consciousness in American writing in novels such as Eminent Outlaws and Gods and Monsters; the latter has been adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Ian McKellen and Lynn Redgrave. Listen to them discuss their work, and then take a shot at asking your own profoundly deep questions. -Trishula Patel

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

Friday, Feb. 17

Retrograde presents: GLAM!
Hosted by the Divine Miss Jimmi, this night of 1970s glam rock will feature live entertainment from the psycho-billy rock band Cthulhu Martini, Philly’s own Creem Circus and a burlesque show inspired by David Bowie and 1970s divas like Donna Jordan starring Ms. Kiki Berlin and Firebaby. Flamboyant/androgynous attire is encouraged but not required. Should you want to be transformed into a glam rocker right on the spot, the talented makeup artists from Lady Saint’s Styledelphia Artist Academy will offer their services. A makeover will run anywhere between $15-$30, depending on how crazy you want to go with the glitter. -N.F.

8pm. $10. The HeadHouse, 122 Lombard St. 215.922.1223.

Inspectah Deck, Writtenhouse + Kuf Knotz
One of the first instances of the Wu-Tang Clan’s self-mythologizing came when Method Man revealed secrets about the core members at the end of “Can It Be All So Simple?” on 36 Chambers. “He’s like that dude that’ll sit back and watch you play yourself,” Meth says about Inspectah Deck. Inspectah’s The Rebellion drops later this year (promising features from Nas and Snoop, with beats by RZA), but tonight he’s at the Blockley with Philly indie-rap locals Writtenhouse and the endlessly wise MC Kuf Knotz. -Elliott Sharp

9pm. $15. With Abstract Verses, Mic Stew + Nico the Beast. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Saturday, Feb. 18

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1. la_toque said... on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:32PM

“Re: Nicole Finkbiner's capsule preview on Kevin Bacon's talk at the Kimmel Center

Ma'am, your note is nothing if not snide. Give it a rest. It doesn't elevate you.”

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2. Michael Bacon said... on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:17PM

“Dear Ms. Finkbiner,

I agree with la_toque re my brother's appearance, but must add that your negative comment about our band was flip. We also have no plans to perform at the Kimmel this spring.




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