Calendar: Jan. 23-29

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Ellie Goulding plays the Electric Factory this week.

Wed., Jan. 23

Exotica Music Films 2: Music And More!
Jay Schwartz has the perfect antidote to the midwinter blues: two hours of sun-kissed flicks accompanied by the groovy sounds of Exotica. The impresario behind the Secret Cinema has unearthed rare gems for this screening, including New Horizons: Caribbean, a Pan Am travelogue shot in glorious Technicolor. Music lovers will be transported to far-flung destinations by the bongos and ululations of Exotica, which first enjoyed a brief vogue during the Eisenhower-era, transforming numerous suburban dens into Tiki bars. Despite the tropical trappings, the moonlighting jazzbos who created these far-out soundscapes largely fabricated them, which doesn’t mean they aren’t a blast. Tonight, Schwartz will treat the audience to an array of artists ranging from Korla Pandit, who donned a turban and pumped out spooky sounds on his Hammond B-3 organ, to Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz bopping their way through The Girl from Ipanema. Schwartz hasn’t shown most of these clips since the 1990’s Exotica revival, so get into the spirit of things by donning a Hawaiian shirt and ordering a kooky cocktail from one of the go-go dancing waitresses. —Raymond Simon

8pm. $7. The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th St. 267.239.0290. thesecretcinema.com

Thurs., Jan. 24

Assassin
InterAct Theatre Company and Act II Playhouse team up for the world premiere co-production of local playwright David Robson’s exploration of regret, forgiveness and football. Robson’s play draws on a real life incident at an NFL pre-season game involving defensive back Jack Tatum and wide-receiver Daryll Stingley. Nicknamed the “Assassin,” Tatum was known as the toughest player on the Oakland Raiders, a team that took great pride in its ability to bend rules and punish opposing players with pain-inducing hits. Tatum’s hit on Stingley left the player paralyzed for life. The play fictionalizes their story to explore America’s obsession for violent entertainment. Tonight is also “Young Friend’s Night,” a new program from InterAct aimed at young adults. For just $25, you get a ticket to the performance plus admission to a pre-performance party with drinks and food. Just enter the code YF1213 when you buy your ticket. —J. Cooper Robb

8pm. The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8079. interacttheatre.org 

Femi Kuti & the Positive Force
As the son of legendary band leader and activist Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti has had enormous shoes to fill. He’s done quite a good job at that. Learning the music and message directly from his father, Kuti joined Egypt 80, Fela’s band, at the age of 15. Some years later, he formed his own group, the Positive Force, who have been playing the music of Afrobeat ever since. (In keeping with this custom, Femi’s oldest son, Made, has since joined his band.) Kuti has gained worldwide success and shone a light on the problems facing his father’s home country of Nigeria. Following in his dad’s proud tradition, he is unapologetic about the political messages dispatched in his music, especially African unity. And his upcoming April album, No Place For My Dream, is said to feature more of the funky, politically charged sounds of his earlier work. —Bryan Bierman

9pm. $25-$38. With DJ Ruder1. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

Ayana Mathis: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
There was a little voice in Philly-born, Brooklyn-based Ayana Mathis’ head that urged her to write her first novel, and the result: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, a marvelous and moving, largely autobiographical work. It chronicles the life of the Georgia-born Hattie, who moved north to Philadelphia in 1925, and the promises, perils, inventions and dimensions of her 11 children during the Great Migration, in which millions of black people left the dirty South for the seeming promised lands north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Oprah Winfrey read the book, made it a pick in her Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, and the rest is history. Now, Mathis triumphantly comes home to the Free Library and talks about her book, with fellow author Emily Raboteau. Don’t be surprised if Mathis also talks about her real-life mother, who also moved up North, read the classics to her in utero, and set the stage for the creation of a new homegrown literary sensation. —Eugene Holley, Jr.

7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5369. freelibrary.org

Fri., Jan. 25

KaleidoCabaret
Tonight, the freshest of local emerging musicians, modern dancers, aerial artists, actors and jugglers will intersect at that perfect incubator of original work, the Performance Garage. Come hear the music play and the genres crash in a series of 2- to 5-minute self-conceived performance pieces. After the show, stay for dessert, taste the wine and enter the Kaleid Theater-raffle for a chance to win prizes. —Jessica Foley

8pm. $25-$60. The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. kaleidtheatre.org

Ellie Goulding 
Petite platinum blonde Ellie Goulding displays a child-like glee when she wriggles, bounces and thwacks at a spare tom-tom located near her mic, yet there is nothing childish about the British pop star’s voice, which threads the interstices between well-tooled pop, machine-sleek electro and slithery classic soul.  The singer, who once dated Skrillex, is adept at lighting sparks of human energy in glossy architectures of synthesized sound. Her guttural belts, her soft-furred whispers, her falsetto trills—a la late five-octave legend Minnie Riperton—combine to put the heart into chart-engineered hits like “Starry Eyed” and “Lights.”  If her version of Elton John’s “Your Song,” famously performed at a recent royal wedding party, is a bit of a slog, stick around for “Anything Could Happen,” which all-out soars. —Jennifer Kelly

8:30pm. $35. With St. Lucia. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info

Sat., Jan. 26

PhillHarmonic
First there was American Idol. Then X-Factor, The Voice, The Sing-Off, Nashville Star, Q’Viva and dozens more shows gave us every iteration of the star-search singing competition you could imagine. Still, just when you think you’ve seen it all, there somehow manages to be a new twist keeping things interesting. Living up to this challenge, the South Asian Alliance of North America presents a live a cappella competition for South Asians to showcase their singing abilities and reconnect with their ethnicity. Five teams from across the country will try to harmonize their way to the grand prize of $5,000, and more importantly, the chance for an artist development contract with Capitol Records. Indian pop sensation Jaya will host, and the judges table is stacked with notables such as DJ Apache Indian, producer Jim Beanz and vocalist Amar Dhanjan. —Anthony Trivelli

7pm. $21.25-$34.75. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org

Paint Day
Have you always wanted to pick up a paintbrush, and attack a canvas with paint, but find the task overwhelming because growing up you’ve heard your family and friends say too many times: “Painting isn’t practical; its what rich people do to kill time.” Tell them all: Philadelphia is the public-mural capital of the world and today is the Mural Arts Community Paint Day. Grab a brush, dip it in some pre-mixed paint, step up to the parachute cloth alongside Designer-Artist Eurhi Jones for an hour long session and tackle a small section of an 8,000 ft. Philadelphia Zoo-Mural, funded by the Barra Foundation. Find out for yourself why the mural-making process has been a successful vehicle of social change, unifying Philadelphia’s neighborhoods since 1984. —J.F.

11am. Free. he Gallery at Market East
, Ninth and Market sts. 215.685.0753. events@muralarts.org

Big Ass Beer Fest
This time of year is always a little rough: cold rainy weather, no fun-filled holidays to look forward to and wallets that are looking mighty thin. But pout no more. The Big Ass Beer Festival is here and offering a fun-filled day of spirits and merriment that will be sure to thaw those frozen toes and attitudes. Sample more than 60 delicious beers from around the world, the majority of which have an ABV of 8 percent or more. Just $45 gets you the chance to try as many brews as you like, ranging from imperial porters and stouts, to double IPAs and barleywines all crafted by top-notch breweries such as Lagunitas, Weyerbacher, and Dogfish Head. —Lindsay Kenney

1pm. $45-$55. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St. 215.769.2780. bigassbeerfestival.com

Sun., Jan. 27

Citizen Cope
Part of the appeal of Clarence Greenwood, aka singer-songwriter Citizen Cope, is you get a little bit of everything. From the laid-back, orchestral folk of “One Lovely Day” to the Americana blues of tracks like “Dancer from Brazil,” he takes you on journeys that are as different as the paths we choose each day. The groovy, piano and percussion-led track “Back Then” simultaneously makes you sway and think as Cope croons about how life’s temptations rob you of your youth as you age, and the joyful and reverent way in which he praises the beauty of the skies in “Southern Nights” will make you want to find your local tourism office and head south yesterday. Cope’s dusty, soulful vocals make you feel like everything will be all right, and the organic, earthy, vibrant music he creates paints stirring pictures that leave you feeling good at the end. —Brian Palmer

8pm. $35-$119. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com

Bad Seed
This week, Mauckingbird Theatre Company hosts a benefit to support GLBTQ theater in Philadelphia that includes a staged reading of novel-turned-award-winning-play-turned-film Bad Seed. Maxwell Anderson’s fabulous stage adaptation of William March’s 1954 novel concerns a young girl (Amanda Schoonover) whose angelic appearance masks a sociopathic personality. Mauckingbird artistic director Peter Reynolds explains that with Seed, “we wished to explore the significant style of camp as it is such a crucial part of queer theatre history. I have loved the film for decades and wanted to introduce our audiences to the story via this ‘all-star’ reading of the piece.” Reynolds says that depending on the audience’s reaction, Mauckingbird may mount a full production of Seed in the future. The benefit will be hosted by local drag superstar Miss Martha Graham Cracker. —J.C.R.

2pm. $15. Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St. 215.923.8909. mauckingbird.org

Pretty Things Peepshow
Sideshow stunts, circus acts, classic burlesque: The Pretty Things Peepshow has it all. Now embarking on their 16th national tour, New York’s “girly roadshow” will stop in Philly for one night, delighting locals with their vintage vaudeville performance. Starring a quartet of quirky characters—Go-Go Amy, Lil Miss Firefly, Vivacious Miss Audacious, Mr. Donny V—the show features 22 mind-blowing acts, all set to the live tunes of three-piece house band the Peeping Toms. Besides the juggling, sword-swallowing and scantily clad dancers, audiences can expect to be pushed to the edge of their seats as the cast walks on glass, contorts their bodies and cracks a few whips. —Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $10-$12. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656. creperie-beaumonde.com

Mon., Jan. 28

Quicksand
In the early ‘90s, the American hardcore punk scene was going through a transitional stage. Many of the musicians from the genre were tired of playing to rooms full of sweaty, moshing dudes. They wanted to move along, experiment and maybe write a song over the duration of two minutes. If any band from that time frame defines the collectively unconscious leap across the loud-fast-rules chasm into the realm known as post-core, it’s Quicksand. Made up of members from such classic New York hardcore bands as Gorilla Biscuits, Beyond and Absolution, the band took the basic, visceral charge of hardcore, slowed it down, tuned it down, dubbed it up and refined it enough to score a major label deal with Polygram Records. In 1995, after recording two full lengths, they disbanded, but left a lasting influence on generations to come. And even though band leader Walter Shreifels swore up and down they’d never reunite, here they are, back and more sonically relevant than ever. If you missed them the first time around, here’s your chance to bask in all their visionary glory. —Tony Rettman

8pm. $25. With Cymbals Eat Guitar. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

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