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Wednesday, Feb. 2

Ozomatli’s vibrant tongue-tickling paella traverses the musical landscape with more carefree abandon than Beck, sampling liberally from Latin, funk, soul, jazz, rock, hip-hop and anything else they can find. Their brisk rhythms target the booty, while exhorting brass beguiles the hips, coalescing around shoulder shimmying grooves. The vibe’s so hot live the ceiling rains sweat. The Los Angelenos’ diverse tastes ensure an intriguing mélange, though each of their five albums has its own flavor. After enlisting producer KC Porter (Ricky Martin, Boyz II Men) for 2007’s overtly dance-pop Don’t Mess With the Dragon, they return to their roots with perhaps their finest album, Fire Away, touching on almost everything in their repertoire. -Chris Parker

8pm. $28-$38. With Psychedelphia. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Exploring the emotional aftermath of a fatal accident, the Flashpoint Theatre Company’s production of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne opens in previews tonight with the show starting proper on Friday. A man who inadvertently killed his sister when he was a teenager is the voice of this one-man show, weaving his family’s grief through his own as he tells the story of their disintegration. Rapp has frequently been praised for the lyrical beauty of his writing, and Nocturne’s combination of language and subject matter powerfully expresses the characters’ experience. Flashpoint has been presenting interesting and evocative plays in Philadelphia since it was founded in 2003, and Nocturne is no exception: Directed by Flashpoint veteran Meghann Williams and starring Kevin Meehan, it will take you deep into the family’s sorrow but bring you back to your seats in the end a little more hopeful, a little less blue. -Kerin Hayes

Through Feb. 26. 8pm. $15-$25; $5-$10 for previews. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.665.9720.

Thursday, Feb. 3

PAFA After Dark: Reload
PAFA has another installment of its After Dark programming coming up, where visitors can tramp around the museum a la The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (although bathing in fountains and stealing the change at the bottom is generally discouraged). You can browse the galleries after hours and check out the restored Gross Clinic at the Anatomy/Academy exhibit, based on Philly’s confluence of science and art, with the addition of cocktails, food, performance and art-making. Reload features the fabulous drag cabaret of Martha Graham Cracker and her band, plus art collective Space 1026 with an onsite art project about zines—you can check out their curated selection of local ones, or make your own. The After Dark series is always a good place to meet new and interesting people; if you’re getting winter cabin fever, this is a good a way as any to get out and have some interesting conversation. -Emily Guendelsberger

Thurs., Feb. 3. 6pm. $10-$15. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St. 215.972.7600.

Bells Bells Bells
Deep in the over-greased cogs of the indie rock-band-naming machine, Philly’s Bells Bells Bells might be dead ringers for one of those trendy synthesized smooth-jazz bands (lookin’ at you, Destroyer), but in reality they’re electro-Celtic sound bleeds closer to Ren Faire than any of Generation Y’s excessive digital irony. Surprise! Lead singer Amandah Romick’s earnest, opera-style vox rise out above the spooky compositions like steam hissing out of a subway grate: It’s pretty and pure but hints at the screeching trains, pick-pockets and night-shadows rumbling below. Romick says the band is eager to present “expanded versions” of tracks off 2009’s A Ghost Could Live Here, so hopefully more of the songs will get the “Little Hours” treatment, an epic six-and-a-half minute emergency evacuation from the stress and anxiety of modern living. -Tara Murtha

8pm. $5. With Acres of Diamonds + the Orchid. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Lemmy Kilmister has the best name in rock history, so it’s only fitting that this new feature-length documentary about the iconic, badass Motörhead frontman has one of the best titles in cinema history: Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch. The filmmakers­—who followed their subject around for three years and got testimonials from the likes of Dave Grohl, Ozzy, Slash, Jarvis Cocker (!) and numerous others—make it abundantly clear that Lemmy is also 100 percent awesome. The guy roadied for Jimi Hendrix, played in the pioneering ’70s space-rock band Hawkwind, and wrote the greatest rock song of all time (“Ace of Spades,” duh). Plus, he still drinks a bottle of Jack Daniels a day and smokes more than a chimney and is still going strong at 65. Maybe it’s because he’s reportedly bedded more women than Ron Jeremy. When Lemmy glares at you with that perma-scowl, abetted by that mustache and the most famous moles this side of Aldrich Ames, it seems like he’d rip your head off and shit down your neck for putting the umlaut over the wrong ‘o’ in Motörhead. But we have it on pretty good authority that he’s just a big pussycat. He’s pretty hilarious, too. Just wait till you hear the frog joke. Michael Alan Goldberg

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

Friday, Feb. 4

Tattoo Arts Convention
Perhaps you’re thinking of getting inked up for the very first time, but you’re intimidated by the idea of walking into your local “scary” tattoo parlor, even though many of them actually resemble a doctor’s office. Or maybe you’re hardly a tattoo virgin, but you just can’t get inspired to get your skinwork done in such a sterile, boring environment. Either way, your best bet might be to swing by the welcoming, circuslike atmosphere of this weekend’s 2011 Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. Not only will 200 of the best local and national tattoo artists (including Chris Nuñez of TLC’s Miami Ink) be on hand to decorate your skin in whatever ways you please, there’ll be musical acts like long-running punks Murphy’s Law (on Saturday) and sideshow performers doing disgusting things to their bodies, skin-hook suspension demonstrations, bikini bull-riding, burlesque shows and the always popular slip ’n’ slide bowling. -M.A.G.

Through Feb. 6. $20 per day, $40 for the weekend. 2pm. Sheraton City Center, 201 N. 17th St. 215.448.2000.

Girl Talk
The last time we saw Girl Talk—a.k.a. Pittsburgh mash-up king Gregg Gillis—he soundtracked a veritable riot at the Starlight Ballroom. As soon as he ran out and took his spot behind a large table that held his laptop and several monitors, the packed crowd rushed the stage like they were storming the ramparts (the norm at every Girl Talk show). Soon, Gillis was swallowed up in a neon sea of dancing bodies, glow sticks, toilet paper and confetti as his highly recognizable, highly illegal samples morphed into new, exhilarating sonic shapes. At one point, the entire table tumbled off the stage and onto the swirl of people below, but no one seemed to care. If Electric Factory allows similar Girl Talk shenanigans tonight, we’re talking one of the most epic parties/riots of the year. M.A.G.

8:30pm. Sold out. With Penguin Prison. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St.

Bhangra Dance Party
Missy Elliott was definitely on to something when she added these hot bhangra beats to “Get Ur Freak On” a decade ago—the insistent, impossible-to-hold-still rhythms of American hip-hop and what started as a Punjabi folk dance tradition go together like peanut butter and jelly. So get ready to get your bounce on—DJ Rekha is back with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Bhangra Dance Party after a three-year hiatus, during which she dropped her first album, Basement Bhangra. She’ll be spinning beats with origins in the northern Indian region of Punjab all night long, merging traditional music with hip-hop beats along the lines of Punjabi MC and Britain’s Swami. There’s also a tour of the Indian art collection, if you need a break, and thanks to his newish catering deal with the PMA, Stephen Starr will be providing India-themed food and drinks. -Trishula Patel

5pm. Free with admission. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.684.7965.

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1. Victor Fiorillo said... on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:28PM

“Note: the Martha Graham Cracker event at PAFA is 100% sold out.”


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