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Wednesday, Feb. 29

Chiddy Bang
Both leap year and Chiddy Bang share a giddy generosity, the former offering the dubious gift of an extra 24 hours of February, the latter bringing the long-delayed, much anticipated follow-up to The Swelly Express. Much to label execs’ dismay, the new album, Breakfast, doesn’t include viral Youtube sensation “The Opposite of Adults.” Still, it does come with dense, fractally complex wordplay, unexpected indie rock samples and exhilarating swells of pop. Singles “Handclaps and Guitars” and “Ray Charles” may be the most accessible cuts, but see if you can catch the rererence to the highlight of Chiddy Bang’s major label ride so far in  “Out 2 Space:” a chance to share weed with the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. -Jennifer Kelly

7:30pm. $15-$17. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.
Throwback Leap Year
If ever there was a blame-free zone to drink as much as you want and do whatever you want, it’s a day that only exists once every four years. Upstairs at Time is offering the opportunity to dance the night away to throwback mixes by DJ Ben Arsenal (of Walnut Room’s Rittenhaus Mix) for cheap. No cover and $4 will get you a Fireball Washington Apple among other ridiculous drink specials that recall your earliest concoctions from the parental liquor cabinet. -Emma Eisenberg

9pm. Free. Time, 1315 Sansom St. 215.985.4800.

Thursday, March 1

Bad Boy Shakespeare
Shakespeare often gets all mixed up in the  giddy, romantic sludge that wafts from our televisions around Valentine’s Day. Of course, he was a romantic, and his sonnets and monologues are some of the most intensely passionate displays of human emotion ever put to page. Yet where there is intense passion, there is sure to be dark and lurid undertones. Producer Adriano Shaplin and Drexel dramatists the Riot Group offer up a radically alternate view of the bard as a violent competitor, bisexual misogynist, sexual deviant, literary pirate, sociopath and lapdog for Elizabethan fascism. They’ll cut through the flowery stuff and right to the orgies, the deceit and the plain ol’ evil. Abigail Bruley

8pm. Free. Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut sts. 215.895.2528.

Robert Glasper Experiment

Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper doesn’t like being limited by genres. He played on Kanye West’s Late Registration and Q-Tip’s The Renaissance. At a gig last year at New York City’s Blue Note, Lupe Fiasco and Kanye joined his Experiment quartet onstage. In addition to guest appearances by Lupe and Mos Def, the Experiment’s new album, Black Radio, features Erykah Badu and Musiq Soulchild. So, he’s also into R&B. The album includes covers of David Bowie’s “Letter To Hermoine” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” so Glasper digs glam and grunge, too. Despite this whole post-everything thing, Glasper claims his music has a “jazz spine.” Whatever you wanna call it, his music’s undeniably smooth. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $28. With Kuf Knotz. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Love theater but don’t think you can afford it? Beginning Feb. 29, the Mt. Airy-based Quintessence Theatre Group gives you an opportunity to determine the price of your ticket when they turn the box office over to the patrons at a special “pay what you can” performance of the classic drama Antigone. Instead of Sophocles’ original version, director Alexander Burns has wisely chosen to stage Jean Anouilh’s potent adaptation in a new translation by Jeremy Sams. Penned by Anouilh in 1943, during the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, the play shows how civil disobedience isn’t only a citizen’s right, it’s a responsibility. A particularly timely production, the play stars the dynamic Lavita Shaurice, who captured a 2011 Barrymore nomination for her commanding performance in the Wilma Theater’s My Wonderful Day.  -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.  877.238.5596.

Friday, March 2

Megawords is an independently published photography magazine and experimental media project currently occupying space at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Its purpose of creating “an ongoing narrative that examines daily life” will be set to music tonight in a celebration of the significant role music plays in the creative process. Performances by the West Philadelphia Orchestra and ADVENTUREDRUM (the dance band led by Man Man percussionist Christopher Sean Powell), will rely on a sense of community—within their band and with the audience—which is exactly Megawords style. -Ashley Kole

$16. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy.  215.763.8100.

Over the years, the label Fueled By Ramen has groomed some of pop-punk’s most profitable and teen-friendly titans by way of Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Panic! At the Disco. Of course, for every breakout band, several others on the label have dwindled in obscurity. One of those dwindlers is Punchline, an unsurprisingly sentimental Pittsburgh gang who’ve done their jobs competently for 14 years, even if there’s never been too much to actually do. Long off FBR, Punchline received an affirming wallop of affection last December after OG bassist Chris Fafalios threatened to quit if their new EP So Nice to Meet You didn’t reach the peak of the iTunes Albums charts. Although the stunt initially appeared disastrous (internal iTunes issues delayed a big midnight release), Punchline loyalists pushed So Nice to No. 1 on Rock Albums and eventually No. 7 overall. Slightly contradicting his ultimatum, Fafalios expressed satisfaction with No. 1 on Rock and pledged to stick with Punchline as a measure of appreciation for their fans. The story’s ending isn’t ideal, but it’s quite the triumph for the underdog anyway. -Reyan Ali

5:30pm. $10. With Just Surrender, Bright and Early + June Divided. The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave.

Saturday, March 3

Philly DodgeBowl
If you ever had the urge to pummel your bestie (or a stranger), this year’s Philly Dodge Bowl is the place to be. Last year, more than 200 people participated in the ball-busting brawl. Tailgating begins at 5 p.m. and entry to the Wings game is included in your registration fee. Come as a group and wear crazy costumes—the best-dressed guy and gal will win a mini camcorder. If you get hit first and have to sit out, don’t feel like a loser—you’ll still get a T-shirt and a wristband. All proceeds from your registration fee go toward Yoga Space—a project to help the homeless get back on their feet through yoga. -Brenda Hillegas

5pm. $25-30. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

City Arts Salon Premiere
With a growing number of artists feeling unwelcome by this city’s professional galleries, local photographer Kenny White has decided to open up his spacious Fishtown studio to fellow creators in all different stages of their careers. Slated to be held the first Sunday or Saturday of each month, the new monthly arts salon kicks off with a chill afternoon of art, food and music. The work of five local artists will be on display, including Don Stephens’ expressive charcoal drawings, Angela McQuillan’s mixed-media works and photographs by Melvin Chappell. Courtney Chobert of “Unstrung Designs” will be on hand selling her handcrafted jewelry while guitarist Mike Tyler and friends provide the tunes. Each salon promises to feature live music and showcase at least two performance artists and two visual artists whose exhibition will run for the entire month. -Nicole Finkbiner

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