Calendar: Feb. 8-14

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Wednesday, Feb. 8

A$AP Rocky
Wanna prep for the analogy section of the 2012 Rap Test? A$AP Rocky is to A$AP Mob as Tyler, the Creator is to Odd Future. Last year we met the young Harlem spitter A$AP Rocky (aka “that pretty muthafucka”) when his white-girl-with-grillz vid for “Purple Swag” went viral. A few months after the DJ Screw/lean-nodding clip blew up the web, the 23-year-old was flossin’ about his $3 million deal with Sony/RCA. This year, you’re gonna meet Rocky’s crew, the A$AP Mob. Go to the TLA tonight and say “Hi, Mob dudes” to Yam, Bari, Ant, Twelvy, Ferg and Nast. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $15. TLA, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com

Bernheimer Symposium
Thanks in large part to the overarching brilliance of his legendary travel narratives—especially 1989’s Video Night in Kathmandu, one of the earliest books to look at the effects of globalism through a pop-culture lens—the British-born Pico Iyer is most often thought of as one of our generation’s finest travel writers. Iyer is the sort of visionary able to distill the essence of our quickly shrinking universe into language that is both whip-smart and easily digestible. During his upcoming appearance, Iyer plans to speak informally about the craft of writing, after which he’ll entertain questions. “It seems to me that more and more [literary] events are now conversation-based,” says Iyer, who’s touring in support of his latest work, The Man Within My Head, which details his long-lasting obsession with author Graham Greene. And yet according to indie-travel guru and current ArtsEdge Resident Rolf Potts, who will be introducing Iyer, “Pico is one of these guys who speaks in full paragraphs. It’s amazing. So I’m going to keep the introduction short, and just let people enjoy that.” -Dan Eldridge

6pm. Free. The Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. writing.upenn.edu/wh

Microcrisis

InterAct Theater, which specializes in staging plays that force audiences to question society’s normative values, presents the critically acclaimed Microcrisis, a play that offers a snarky look at the financial crisis. Mike Lew, who wrote the sardonic In Paris, You Will Find Plenty of Baguettes, But Only One True Love, envisioned Microcrisis as a modern-day David and Goliath story juxtaposed with the international economic collapse. While it may seem improbable to those still painfully suffering from the financial meltdown, the audience convulses in laughter watching a greedy investment banker escape unscathed after pulling off a scam using the Nobel Prize-winning concept of microcredit. In the satiric tradition of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, this is a must-see for those who want to better understand what really happened to their decimated bank balances. -Laura Goldman

7pm. $18-$40. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8079. interacttheatre.org

Thursday, Feb. 9

Mega-Bad Movie Night
The only thing better than attending a really bad movie at the 69th street movie theater—where it is not only allowed, but expected to yell at the screen throughout the movie—is attending a really bad movie at the Academy of Natural Sciences and sharing your heckles with scientists. The academy will open its doors after hours and position experts onstage to comment on the many scientific absurdities and impossibilities during The Lost World: Jurassic Park, like a live Mystery Science Theater. The museum will even open its doors an hour and a half before the film, so you can have a chance to roam the museum with beer and snacks in hand. Let’s drink to science! -Abigail Bruley

8pm. $15. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. ansp.org
 
Howlin’ Rain
To those who know Ethan Miller from his previous gig as the leader of Psychedelic scorchers Comets on Fire, the sound of his new unit Howlin’ Rain might be a hard duck to swallow. There’s no real crazed, over-the-top guitar damage to be found on their upcoming full-length The Russian Wilds. What you do get is a supersonic conglomeration of good-time grooves that wouldn’t sound out of place emanating from a muscle car in the age of hip-huggers and eight-track tapes. Crate diggers will cite Terry Reid, Trapeze or even Steely Dan upon initial blasting, while your uncle who lives in the garage will probably say it sounds just like Foghat at the Spectrum in ’76 after three bong hits and 10 Miller High Lifes. Throw in opening sets by Manhattan’s skewed rural rockers D. Charles Speer and the Helix as well as those hometown heroes of Lumber Rock Watery Love, and you’re talking the best goddamned bill this city’s seen all goddamned year. -Tony Rettman

9pm. $10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N.Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com

Knives in Hens
When Theatre Exile last staged a play by David Harrower, 2009’s Blackbird, the result was the best production of the entire season. This week, Exile returns to the talented Scottish dramatist’s work with director Brenna Geffer’s environmentally sensitive play Knives in Hens. Featuring three of the city’s most idiosyncratic actors (Emilie Krause, Jered McLenigan and Ross Beschler), Knives tells of an uneasy love triangle in a secluded rural village. Eschewing conventional seating, set and lighting designer Thom Weaver locates theatergoers within the rugged landscape and architectural shapes that create the rough-hewn world occupied by the characters. With a set that expands around and behind them, the audience is totally immersed in a harsh world where comfort is unknown and survival is uncertain. -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $18. Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St. theatreexile.org

Friday, Feb. 10

This Will Destroy You
Doomgazers This Will Destroy You headline an evening of slow-building climaxes, lyrical interludes and innard-pummeling crescendos. Like fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky, This Will Destroy favors cinematic, instrumentally based, epicly uplifting drama with guitar lines that shiver luminously in grey penumbras of drone. Understand, though, that you’ll have to bring your own story line. The bill that This Will Destroy You close—synthetically celestial Mountains, jangle-shamanic Amen Dunes and Philly’s own Power Animal—is high on atmospherics, but remarkably low on narratives. Even so, whatever movie is playing in your own head, it’ll look and feel better with these bands as a soundtrack. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $12. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. r5productions.com 

Manayunk on Ice
Sure, this winter seems to be more like an extension of fall rather than a legitimate winter, but for one weekend it might be nice to pretend that global warming isn’t real. During this three-day festival, Manayunk will be transformed from an pretentious bro-land to an ice-covered winter wonderland. The festivities kick off with a showcase of local retail vendors, a “Fiery Foods” and “Icy Spirits” contest and the lighting of the 25-feet-high ice bonfire. What the hell is an ice bonfire, you ask? Basically, it’s a huge piece of ice covered in a flammable liquid and lit on fire. On Saturday and Sunday, nationally renowned ice-carvers will compete in an ice-carving competition, creating one-of-a-kind creations. -Nicole Finkbiner

6pm. Free. Venice Island Parking Lot, Main and Carson sts. 215.482.9565. manayunk.com

Tattoo Arts Convention
Before unveiling at Chicago and Baltimore, the Tattooed Kingpin convention is bringing more than 600 of the best tattoo artists to honor all things ink in Philly. During the weekend-long celebration, daily contests will award the best body art in various categories, in addition to seminars, burlesque performances and suspension displays. Big name artists, including Amy Nicoletto of LA Ink fame, will be creating masterpieces all weekend. After the convention hours end on Friday and Saturday, walk over to the Trocadero, where after-party events encourage more tattoo-fanatic mingling for little or no cover charge depending on what kind of entrance pass you have. This event is sure to leave a mark on you. Ashley Kole

2pm. $20-40. Through Sun., Feb. 12. Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. tattooedkingpin.com

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