Calendar: July 13-19

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Wednesday, July 13

Nikka Costa
If you go on Nikka Costa’s official YouTube page, there’s a lovely video entry where she’s topless, with the title of her new EP, Pro*Whoa, covering her naughty bits. “I mean, what’s a girl gotta do to get her music heard?” she asks in the video. As wonderful as it is to see this beauty semi-au naturale, it is kinda unfortunate that it’s had to come to this for the gloriously voiced, funk/soul vocalist. If you’ve been a fan of hers going all the way back to the dynamic 2001 breakthrough Everybody Got Their Something, you may be a bit peeved that the gal never blew up the way she deserved to. Thankfully, as evidenced by the other clips she’s put on her page to promote Pro*Whoa (released on her own Go Funk Yourself label, by the way), Costa has got a sense of humor about it all. She’s an artist who’s just glad to be out there singing for those willing to listen. Now that there’s a clip of her half-butt-bald on the Internet, it’s quite certain she’ll pick up a few new fans. -Craig D. Lindsey

8pm. With Jessie Dee. $20-$37. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

Tig Notaro
Comedian Tig Notaro’s steady, brown-eyed gaze and slow, matter-of-fact delivery makes her seem like a sarcastic friend who loves to talk about life’s ridiculous absurdities. Notaro’s natural affinity for humor gained attention with her spot on gal pal Sarah Silverman’s show as well as stints on In the Motherhood with Megan Mullally, Dog Bites Man with Zack Galifianakis and stand-up specials on Comedy Central. Tig has Friends, her pilot for the Logo network, is set to debut next season. Check her out in person when she performs at Helium this week. (Read our profile here!)-Jessica Herring

8pm and 10:30pm. $10-$17. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. heliumcomedy.com

Thursday, July 14

Harper Blynn + The Damnwells
If Beyoncé hasn’t heard what Brooklyn’s Harper Blynn has done with her hit “Halo,” she needs to YouTube that shit ASAP! It’s an astounding three-way vocal joust that has been dropping jaws and panties alike in every room the quartet has rocked over the past year or so. Other than this meteor of a cover, the band’s flashy dance rock is a blast in person. Later in the evening, they’ll serve as the backing band for Alex Dezen’s Damnwells, a former Brooklyn mainstay rock band turned independent collective. Earlier this year, on the wings of some 40 grand in fan pledges, via Pledgemusic.com, the Damnwells released their latest, No One Listens to the Band Anymore, their fourth full-length effort. -Kevin Brosky

8pm. $12. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577. mroomphilly.com

Dining Days
West Philly has good restaurants too, we swear! And some of them even retain the underground local favorite feel that so many Center City restaurants must import or construct with decor. During Dining Days, many West Philly neighborhood staples as well as swankier University City joints normally well outside the 20-something price range will offer three-course dinners for either $15, $25 or $30. Some restaurants offer special build-your-own prix fixe menus (Vientiane, Elena’s Soul Lounge, Distrito, Marigold Kitchen and more) where others simply offer up their normal menu for a fixed price. Be warned though, volume ’round these parts can increase twofold, so reservations are strongly recommended. -Emma Eisenberg

Through July 28. West Philadelphia. ucdiningdays.com

Kink Crusaders
Mike Skiff’s documentary chronicling the International Mr. Leather competition treats its subject with a tenderness that stands in stark contrast to the ominous connotations of black leather. But as interviews with past winners and recent participants make abundantly clear, this loving care is part and parcel of the leather subculture’s ethos, which emphasizes sex that is safe, sane and consensual. Thankfully, that still leaves plenty of room for puppy play, industrial-strength speculums and even bruises. In the midst of all the kinky goings-on, a subtler portrait emerges: Like the rest of America, these dark knights are getting browner and grayer, grappling with the role of women, and finally making room for the differently abled. What began more than 30 years ago as an exclusively gay male celebration now increasingly attracts everyone from adorable butch bois to hetero couples that were first exposed to kink via HBO’s Real Sex. Here’s hoping a similarly diverse crowd makes it to the Bike Stop after-party. -Raymond Simon

9:30pm. $10. Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. 215.925.7900. qfest.com

Sugar In My Bowl
“I need a little sugar, in my bowl/I need a little hot dog, on my roll,” sings Bessie Smith on her soulful classic. And Erica Jong couldn’t agree more. The best-selling author of 1973’s sex-revolution novel, Fear of Flying, has released Sugar in My Bowl, a collection of short essays about doing it (and defiantly not doing it) by 28 female writers. Part of the Free Library’s author series, Jong will discuss the collection and field a Q&A with contributors Julie Klam and Philly native Karen Abbott. Abbott’s story describes the slow sweetness of elderly fucking; Klam agonizes over teaching her 6-year-old daughter to say the word “vagina.” Apparently those full-body aches don’t ever go away, but we treat them differently over time. We whirl from brazen to buttoned-up, starving to stuffed, from marriage to free love and back again. -Sharon Margolis

7:30pm. Free. Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org

Friday, July 15

Rebel Bingo
If you think bingo is just for old folks, you’re right. But by no means is this your average bingo game. The Underground Rebel Bingo Club was formed by a group of friends in a London basement who, shit-faced and unfamiliar with the actual rules of the game, decided to make up their own. Now their cleverly covert weekly meetings draw thousands of people in cities across the globe. What exactly goes down in these “meetings?” Well, they try to keep the deets on the DL, but you can expect a lot of shouting, dancing, loud music and heavy drinking. Even better, everyone is given washable markers at the door so they can put lewd drawings on their friends and the prizes include ridiculous things like a stuffed panda or inflatable kiddie pool. To preserve the club’s reputation, anyone wearing a plain white T or remotely fancy/businesslike attire will be immediately turned away. Be sure to leave grandma at home. -Nicole Finkbiner

9pm. $3-$15. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

Thomas Dybdahl
He may be best known Stateside in jazz circles for his work with avant-garde jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist and as part of Norwegian supergroup the National Bank, but in Europe Thomas Dybdahl’s solo career remains equally important. His five LPs worth of solo material bear resemblance to the National Bank, particularly his distinctive vocals—earnest and angelic, so tender his songs could all pass for lullabies. While the National Bank has more pop/rock qualities, Dybdahl writes music more in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. His songwriting suits his demeanor: tunes are often slightly somber, orchestral, with a Nordic quality that can only be described as emanating both perpetual light and darkness. -Katherine Silkaitis

9pm. $8-$10. With Gaby Moreno. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. worldcafelive.com

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