Calendar: Jan. 2-8

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Sun., Jan. 6

“Tell Your Truth” Riot Grrrl Conference
Spend an evening riding the third wave of feminism, and take part in all sorts of cool activities in the company of other likeminded local ladies. In addition to a zine collection share, clothing swap, woodblock printing and an open mic featuring musicians, poets and performance artists, there will be a screening of Riot Grrrl: The Self-Told Narrative. The inclusive, community-fueled documentary and anthology explores the cultural impact of the Riot Grrrl movement from its homegrown beginnings to today, as well as examining the complexity of identities and experiences within the Riot Grrrl community. Following the screening, guests will have a chance to chat with the co-directors Vega Darling and Angie Young and catch a performance from local band the Dental Dames. -Nicole Finkbiner

4pm. $5. Eris Temple Arts, 602 S. 52nd St.

Animus, Philadelphia’s Belly Dance Spectacular
You’ve drank the last of your egg nog, unwrapped that final crappy present re-gifted you at the office party and cleared away all of the confetti from New Year’s Eve. But don’t despair: There’s still a little more winter goodness left to savor. Sunday brings Animus—comprised of Bill Koutsouros and his award-winning team of musicians Bill Phipps, Jay Mintz, Joe McCormick and Kim DiMattia—at World Cafe Live. Billed as “Eastern Mediterranean world fusion music & dance,” the instrumental group channels a variety of culturally diverse traditions, including Greek, Middle Eastern, jazz, Spanish, funk, Latin, rock, Indian, African and more. And, as always, the high-energy band brings with it a belly dancer or two, to marry its spirited rhythms and free-flowing improvisations with movement. Indeed, the original, free-flowing compositions of Animus aim to get the audience moving, so feel free—no, obligated—to shake what your momma gave you and join the belly dancer(s) in grooving to the music. Just don’t let bejeweled, tasseled bosoms distract you. In 2009, Animus won Best World Music Album in the Just Plain Folks Music Organization International Music Awards. Belly dancers + great music. Enough said. -K.V.

7:30pm. $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Quirky Quizzo
Local actor, musician, comedian and long-time quizmaster James Bradford has officially returned to the local quizzo scene with a brand spanking new night of competitive-themed trivia. Broken up into four separate rounds with 10 questions each, the weekly event adds a few quirky twists to your average quizzo game, including bonus rounds and one final “impossible question.” The questions are meant to be strictly fun, yet a tad challenging. Instead of some small bar tab, contestants can win items from local retailers including Philly Aids Thrift and Passional Boutique. Tonight’s theme is “POP! Goes the Quizzo.” If movie quotes and Britney Spears are you’re forte, than you have a pretty decent chance of going home a winner. -N.F.

7pm. Free. HeadHouse Restaurant, 122 Lombard St. 215.922.1223.

Action Item
You know what you’re in for when the No. 1 thing that a band touts on their website is an opening slot for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Yes, mindless, ingratiating, continuously auto-tuned pop dreck from a pack of 20-something males already way too old for their screaming tweener fans. The tour’s in honor of Action Item’s second full-length, Resolution, which features the smug, excruciating, edge-free “Last Day of Summer.” Despite the early start, the show will likely go on all night, what with five other bands on the bill, including the also Bieber-obssessed Before You Exit. (Their big YouTube hit is a cover of “As Long As You Love Me.”) Personally, I’d rather swim with the piranhas in Lady Gaga’s meat dress, but if you’re 12, and your mom agrees to take you, be nice to her afterward, all right? -Jennifer Kelly

4pm. $15. With Before You Exit, Deleasa, Josh Morgan, Paradise Fears + Hello Highway. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Mon., Jan. 7

Healthy Girls Night Out
The holiday season is a wonderful time when we walk away with lovely gifts, joyous memories and, unfortunately, a few extra pounds. But instead of starting 2013 feeling bad about yourself, enjoy a guilt-free evening out with the girls that won’t cause you to break your New Year’s resolution. Join certified holistic health and weight-loss coach Jessica Procini, for Healthy Girls Night Out, an event sure to get your body ready for the upcoming year. Grab a friend and start the night off at Purre Barre from 6-7 p.m., where you’ll have a chance to tone muscles you forgot you had. Then, pop over to Pure Fare, where you can nourish your newly strengthened body with a delicious and healthy meal. During dinner, Procini will share tips and advice that will help get you on the path toward better health. -L.K.

6pm. $40. Pure Barre, 1701 Walnut St. 267.234.7825

Tues., Jan. 8

Les Miserables
When it comes to big-budget musicals, nothing matches the global popularity of Les Miserables. Already seen by close to 60 million theatergoers, the legendary musical returns to Philadelphia just a few days after the debut of the long-awaited film version (which opened Christmas Day in a groundbreaking cinematic treatment starring the delectable Hugh Jackman). And if a double-shot of the musical on both the stage and screen weren’t enough to drive the show’s fans into a near-orgasmic frenzy, the tour that touches down at the Academy of Music is celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary with new staging and what it describes as “spectacular reimagined scenery.” Adapted from Victor Hugo’s epic story of obsession, passion and redemption, the new scenic design incorporates projections inspired by Hugo’s own drawings and paintings. The one thing that hasn’t changed about Les Miz is its glorious score. At one moment lifting our spirits and the next causing us to weep in recognition of a love unfulfilled, the music is a thrilling mix of rousing anthems “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and “One Day More” and breathtakingly beautiful ballads like “I Dreamed a Dream.” -J.C.R.

7:30pm. $25. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.731.3333.

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