Calendar: July 13-19

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Saturday, July 16

Global Fusion Festival
Estelle may like her American boys, but they won’t be the only the ones at the Global Fusion Fest. Along with Melanie Fiona and neo-soul artist Anthony David, Estelle will grace the stage of this annual festival that’s part of Global Fusion Week, an amalgamation of different cultures from Philadelphia’s diverse community. Dance performances, ethnic cuisines and crafts are all on the agenda, bringing together Caribbean, Hispanic, African and Asian cultural performers on one stage. The festival is organized by the Multicultural Affairs Congress, and is part of their goal to increase Philly’s multicultural tourism attractions. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend, so make sure to get to this global shindig on the waterfront. -Trishula Patel

Noon. Free. Penn’s Landing Great Plaza, Columbus Blvd. globalfusionfestival.com

Bastille Day
Let them eat TastyKakes! The Bastille Day Street Fest honors the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. There will be a re-enactment with Marie Antoinette being captured by armed troops. See a real guillotine in action, and prepare to be showered by the 2,000 Butterscotch Krimpets Marie throws from the top of the prison. The day-long celebration is filled with a pet parade, fashion show, costume contest, live music by Philly Musette, bearded ladies and the Peek-A-Boo Revue. There will be tents filled with activities and exhibits, French foods at surrounding restaurants with everything wrapping up at 5:30 with the re-enactment. -Brenda Hillegas

2-6pm. Free. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300. easternstate.org

A Perfect Circle
Atmospheric art-metal quintet A Perfect Circle are a SUPERGROUP, baby! You’ve got guitarist James Iha, who probably didn’t play anything on any Smashing Pumpkins albums, but still looks cool onstage. You’ve got Billy Howerdel, who used to be the guitar tech for Tool, so you know he’s totally killer at tuning. You’ve got Josh Freese, who’s played drums for every single musical act on earth these past 20 years (Sting included!). And you’ve got the awesomely named Matt McJunkins, who as bassist for 30 Seconds to Mars has probably seen Jared Leto’s junk more than once. Clearly, the weak link here is some winemaker from Arizona named Maynard James something-or-other, who fancies himself a singer. Rock ’n’ roll is NOT the same as growing grapes, my good man! Hopefully this Maynard fellow doesn’t embarrass himself too much ... -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $49.50. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St. livenation.com

The Art of Hardcore
Francois Sagat’s cinematic oeuvre includes movies like Hole Sweet Hole, Fistpack 8 and—lamentably—Saw VI. But fans of the Gallic hunk are less interested in his body of work than they are in his body. In addition to the requisite massive pecs and firm glutes, the porn icon is notable for his tattooed scalp. Considering how often Monsieur Sagat has been captured on film in flagrante delicto, there would seem to be little left for him to bare, but QFest’s organizers know better. This evening’s feature presentation is the world premiere of an unedited documentary revealing the man behind the image. Best of all, the brooding stud will be there in person. Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto and PAPER magazine’s Mickey Boardman are the evening’s hosts. Also on the bill: Smut Capital of America, which examines San Francisco’s role in the evolution of porn from coy tease to full-on penetration. -R.S.

9:45pm. $10. Ritz East, 125 S. Second St. 215.925.7900. qfest.com

Sunday, July 17

Down and Dirty Mud Run
As anyone who’s seen Full Metal Jacket is aware, there are two kinds of people in the world: Private Joker and Private Pyle. One can get over the obstacle, and the other one can’t. Are you a Joker, or a Pyle? If you don’t know by now, you can test your mettle in the most literal way possible during today’s Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run. Some 5,500 participants—including military personnel, police cadets and plenty of Philly’s most hardy civilian-athletes—will tackle grueling 5K and 10K obstacle courses straight out of the basic training sequence of your favorite war movie. Aside from the paths and hills to run, there’ll be high walls, ropes and cargo netting to climb and tunnels to navigate. And then, of course, there’s the “murkiest, sludgiest, muddiest pit” you’ve probably ever encountered to crawl through. Fortunately, there’ll be showers at the end of the line, as well as a post-race BBQ. Proceeds from the event go to Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to U.S. soldiers serving around the world. -M.A.G.

5:30am. $50-$55. Belmont Plateau, 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr. downanddirtymudrun.com

Cass McCombs
Cass McCombs has evolved over the last decade from indie folk/pop with bedroom lo-fi innocence into a baroque sound whose shimmering elegance belies an understated straightforwardness. Like a naked man in a fierce hat and expensive shoes the creamy arrangements (which verge into dream-pop psychedelica on his latest, Wit’s End) don’t distract from the songs’ innate simplicity. Meanwhile, McCombs’ willowy tenor discovers even greater delicacy. That meshes perfectly with the album’s graceful radiance, which requires some forbearance since the tempos lag and most songs stretch past the five minute-mark and a couple far beyond. It’s an idiosyncratic approach sure to alienate some while rewarding those with patience and appreciation for subtle beauty. -Chris Parker

9pm. $12-$13. With Lower Dens. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

Monday, July 18

EMA
EMA is Erika M. Anderson, a former member of out-rock project Amps For Christ and the now defunct experimental-folk trio Gowns. Unlike the loose, improvisatory kernels of those bands, on EMA’s Past Life Martyred Saints debut Anderson’s embracing more structured arrangements and focused songwriting. Album opener “The Grey Ship” evolves from static-soaked mellow acoustic guitar strums to a hefty low-end drone and rugged rock-out finale with distorted guitars and towering drums. While sonically served with delightful dashes of pop and soul, Anderson’s lyrics are riddled with endless dread and discomfort. EMA’s noisy, doom-ridden pop is both disturbing and timely, and tonight it hits Philly for the first time. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $10. With Helado Negro. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com

Tuesday, July 19

Torche
Here’s a triple-bill worth getting excited about. Florida foursome Torche have spent the past several years honing a style that’s ruthlessly brutal and appealingly melodic all at once, ramming doom-sludge riffs and synapse-melting volume against soaring harmonies and catchy post-punk hooks. Meanwhile, Big Business—at its core bassist Jared Warren and drummer Coady Willis (of Murder City Devils), who also serve as the Melvins’ rhythmic spine—have steadily expanded from a two-piece to a “power quartet” that packs an astounding stoner/art-punk wallop not unlike the Melvins themselves. Make sure to arrive early for the tremendous Helms Alee, an also-Melvins-inspired Pacific Northwest rock trio that tempers its thunderous ferocity with male-female vocal harmonies and atmospheric side-trips. -M.A.G.

8pm. $12. With Big Business + Helms Alee. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 866.468.7619. r5productions.com

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