Calendar: Jan. 2-8

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Roma Mafia performs this week at Vixens & Vagabonds

Photo by StereoVision Photography

Wed., Jan. 2

Orny Adams
You may not be familiar with the name Orny Adams just yet, but don’t think that this funnyman is a comedic newcomer. He’s co-starred alongside Jerry Seinfeld in Comedian and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, The Late Show with David Letterman and MTV’s Teen Wolf. Orny spends his days writing jokes for Jay Leno and was also named The Hollywood Reporter’s favorite comedian to watch. Best-selling author Gavin de Becker explains, “It’s like we discovered Bob Dylan early, and everyone else is just about to.” Get to Helium this week and find out what all the fuss is about. -Lindsay Kenney

8pm. $12-$19. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Samson St. 215.496.9001.

Thurs., Jan. 3

Mondo Generator
Nick Oliveri has given his all as the bass player and vocalist for multiple bands over the years, including Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss, and the same is true of his band Mondo Generator. Between the pummeling rock ‘n’ roll sound of crunchy tracks like “13th Floor” and the way he absolutely shreds his vocal cords as he screams his way through songs like “Dead Silence,” Oliveri and his bandmates let it all hang out. The wailing guitars and megaton-heavy bass lines on “Simple Exploding Man” will have you banging your head and pumping your fists in no time, but Oliveri & Co. also surprise with death acoustic ditties like “Open Up and Bleed for Me” and the instrumental “Demolition Day.” Whether singing about destruction or despair, or whether using acoustic or rock ‘n roll music to drive their messages home, Mondo Generator certainly make an impression. -Brian Palmer

8pm. $15. With Saviors + Wino. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Fri., Jan. 4

The Wilma Theater starts 2013 with guest director David Kennedy’s staging of the workplace comedy Assistance. The second installment in playwright Leslye Headland’s “Seven Deadly Sins” series, Assistance is set in the Manhattan headquarters of a corporation led by a tycoon so tyrannical, he makes Donald Trump look reasonable. Instead of focusing on the boss (who remains an unseen but no less domineering force), Headland’s off-Broadway hit focuses on the young employees Nick and Nora. In normal circumstances, the young underlings might cultivate dreams of climbing the corporate ladder, but in their current hellish job, the goal is to simply survive the day with their careers and dignity intact. Kennedy’s direction of last season’s unique comedy The Understudy was a surprise hit for the Wilma, and Headland’s quirky, insecure characters in Assistance (which NBC recently announced will be developed into a TV series produced by Will Ferrell) should suit Kennedy’s talents well. -J. Cooper Robb

7:30pm. $39-$66. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

Sat., Jan. 5

Sun Airway
Tonight’s a night of local success stories who both nail their respective aesthetics. Sun Airway’s Jon Barthmus has quickly become a Philadelphia hero in our expanding indie scene. Two years ago, the debut of Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier on Dead Oceans put Barthmus and his brand of grandiose bedroom pop on the map, earning praise from far and wide (including a 7.8 out of 10 from Pitchfork). It’s a killer record, and his follow-up, Soft Fall, mere months old, is still circulating around in Philly headphones. It’s a beautifully-orchestrated collection of richly-conceived dreamlike pop confections that are laced with influences of pre-electronica (ELO/New Order), as well as modern future folk like Animal Collective and M83. Sun Airway’s fast becoming a name that’s rattled off alongside The War on Drugs, Pissed Jeans, Spacin’ and Swearin’ as up-and-coming big names in Philly. And opening for them is Cruiser, another young talent in Philly, whose excellent self-titled EP really shined this summer as a beach-infused bedroom project; Andy States’ hookup with producer Jeremy Park (Youth Lagoon) resulted in aural magic. These two acts together will be producing a ton of pretty rock. -Bill Chenevert

8pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret
Get the new year off to a naughty start with the help of Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque. The pervy performers inaugurate their monthly residency at Tabu with “50 Shades of GAY!” a celebration of BDSM and kink. Lascivious Jane, den mother and dominatrix, has assembled a lineup sure to titillate the audience with its talent and its ta-tas. Mr. Gay Philly, Rough RydeHer, will grace the stage with ribald humor and a sexy striptease. The handsome drag king is known for his fine threads and flashy ride. Baltimore beauty Roma Mafia makes her debut at V&V, toying with conventional erotic expectations in a performance that is alternately dark and funny. There’s even a tassel-twirling contest for audience members who want to give back some love. Hostess extraordinaire the Notorious OMG encourages attendees to lace up their corsets or slip on fishnets for an additional discount at the door. -Raymond Simon

8pm. $8-$10. Tabu Lounge, 200 S. 12th St. 215.964.9675.

My Brother’s Wedding
Starting in the late 1960s, a number of African-American students swelled the ranks of UCLA’s film program. Dubbed L.A. Rebellion, the movement borrowed from the Italian Neorealists and other such groups, choosing to portray black communities without the need to kowtow to mass white audiences. Of these filmmakers, the best-known is Larry Clark (Kids), but the best is likely Charles Burnett, whose terminal underemployment has still resulted in the odd masterpiece. After 1977’s Killer of Sheep, a gutter poetic look at a low-income Watts family, Burnett again had trouble with 1983’s My Brother’s Wedding, a shaggy but piercing look at an unemployed 30-something who rages against his sibling marrying into a higher class. A mixed review of the rough cut in The New York Times led to it being unable to score a distributor, and Burnett was only able to finish editing in 2006. International House will devote every Saturday in January to L.A. Rebellion films, with this Saturday also including Julie Dash’s legendary Daughters of the Dust and Jamaa Fanaka’s Emma Mae. -Matt Prigge

8pm. $7-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125.

Sound All Around Brass
There are a few ways to introduce your children to classical music. One: Blast Baby Mozart at high-volume nonstop until the child goes to college. Two: Forgo the babysitter and drag the apple of your eye to a 15-hour rendition of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Three: Take your child to Sound All Around at the historic Academy of Music on Saturday. May we suggest the latter? Since 1994, award-winning master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston has been mesmerizing preschoolers and their families as the narrator, host and songstress for Sound All Around, an interactive concert series that introduces young children ages 3-5 to music, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Each Sound All Around concert introduces the audience to a particular member of the string, woodwind, brass or percussion family. On Saturday, together with Matthew Vaughn, associate principal trombonist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alston will lead her audience on a magical musical journey centering on brass instruments. During the 45-minute concert, named Best Music Program in Philadelphia magazine’s 2007 Best of Philly rankings, Alston will share stories, lead songs, introduce actual instruments that children can examine up close and much more. -Kishwer Vikaas

10am. 11:15am. $8.50. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street. 215.893.1999.

Beyond the Auto Mode
Most likely, a majority of the pictures you take are on your smart phone using “artsy” apps that basically just drop in a filter. But if you actually want to know how to take a professional-style photograph, this three-hour workshop will teach you how to snap magical images with stop action or dreamy backgrounds, allowing you to truly capture something breathtaking on film. “Beyond the Auto Mode” will make you the master of your camera: You’ll learn how to organize a shot and navigate your controls, and you’ll leave with a solid understanding of what is required to take one-of-a-kind photographs. -L.K.

10am. $50. Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.399.2155.

Ice Cream Wars
Picture catapults filled with cold cannon balls of ice cream hurling over the edge of a giant stone castle followed by the bellowing screech of Marie Antoinette declaring, “Let them eat ... ice cream!” Nah, we’re just kidding. Ice Cream Wars is actually a sweet competition created by the Da Vinci Science Center in which competitors’ ice-cream mixes are combined with liquid nitrogen to create the frozen treat we all love. At -320 degrees Fahrenheit, the liquid nitrogen is poured into the ice cream concoction, and the room temperature mixture solidifies the liquid nitrogen. After five minutes, the creation is safe for consumption. Teams are made from the Center’s partner companies, and visitors get to try the tasty flavors for free, voting for their favorite team’s invention. The team from 401! Creative is defending the “Champion of Ice Cream Wars” title this year, meaning the competition will be tough, and the ice cream will be scrumptious. -Caroline Newton

11am. $8.95-$11.95. Da Vinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484.664.1002.

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