Calendar: June 1-7

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Wednesday, June 1

Screaming Females
A product of New Brunswick, N.J.’s storied basement-punk scene, Screaming Females have graduated to bigger stages thanks mainly to the one actual screaming female in the trio—singer-guitarist Marissa Paternoster. Yes, she can let out a righteous bloodcurdling howl, but it’s her six-string that really does the screaming. Right now, no one in indie-rock puts fingers to frets and makes your jaw drop quite like Paternoster (not even Marnie Stern); her shredding combines Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Eddie Van Halen. Along with bassist King Mike and drummer Jarrett Doughterty, Screaming Females do Sleater-Kinney through a Crazy Horse filter, and they’re going to be the best band on tonight’s bill. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $15-$17. With Against Me! Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Thursday, June 2

Gender Reel
Gender Reel, a local arts collective celebrating gender variant and queer art in all its fabulous diversity, is welcoming attendees to the 10th Trans-Health Conference with an opening night soiree. Activists, health-care professionals and various gender nonconformists can relax and unwind after a long day of keynote speakers and breakout sessions with a mix of homegrown talent and national acts, including local puppeteer and ukulele player, Adelaide Windsome and the Athens Boys Choir who hail from the Deep South. Not all the action takes place onstage. The handsome studs from Original Plumbing magazine will be mingling in the audience along with other special guests. In addition to showcasing a vibrant transgender arts scene, partial proceeds will go to the Jim Collins Foundation, which provides financial support to individuals undergoing gender-confirming surgery. -Raymond Simon

9:30pm. $5-$10. Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St. 215.964.9675.

Duo Fest
From Abbott and Costello and Cheech & Chong to Jay and Silent Bob and Flight of the Conchords, every generation has had its share of famous funny twosomes. Over the next four days, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see some of the best improv duos in the country perform their hilarious, unscripted antics on one stage. Organized last year by the Philly Improv Theater, the festival puts Whose Line Is It Anyway? to shame while boosting the city’s comedy cred. This year’s lineup showcases more than 30 comedic pairings, including must-see local acts “Matt&” in which Matt Holmes attempts to create comedic chemistry with an unsuspecting audience member and the hysterical girlish romp that is the Amie & Kristen Show. Philly native, Christina Gausas who has appeared on 30 Rock and Late Night with Conan O’Brien will also be performing as half of the headlining duo, Messing with a Friend. -Nicole Finkbiner

6pm. $10-$15. The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556.

Baltimore Stroll
What can you get for a dollar in this town? How about Bassetts ice cream, mini okinomi-yaki (Japanese crepes), PBR, samosas and frosty espresso drinks. These are just a few of the tasty $1 offerings at this summer’s first “first Thursday” Baltimore Avenue Stroll. Start at the Clark Park farmer’s market or with a mango lassis at the spanking new Mood Café. All the avenue big names are offering $1 deals, including Mariposa, Milk & Honey, Dock Street Brewery, Green Line Cafe, Vientiane Cafe, Dahlak, Gold Standard, Desi Village and VIX Emporium. Neighborhood drinking spots Queen of Sheba and Elena’s Soul Showcase are practically giving beer away at $1 a can. Free West Philly mixtapes also available at Calvary Church for that dose of John Cusack-style summer romance. Large boom box not included. -Emma Eisenberg

5:30pm. Free. Baltimore Avenue, 42nd and 50st sts. 215.243.0555.

Friday, June 3

The Circle of Rhythm
More than 38 million Americans identify themselves as being part of the African diaspora community and Philly is certainly not lacking when it comes to the vibrant culture and talent that this population represents. The Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble present the Dundunba Dance Party tonight: but what exactly is a dundunba? “Dundunbas are very common in traditional West African societies. It’s a huge, communal celebration with drumming and dancing, where everyone is encouraged to get out on the floor and show what they can do,” according to Kùlú Mèlé Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie. Kùlú Mèlé have been performing since 1969, their performances rooted in the dance styles of Western Africa, Cuba and Haiti. Several generations of African-American dancers and drummers, both in Philadelphia and in New York, now trace their roots through founder Baba Robert Crowder. The night will include a buffet, African marketplace, dundunba and dancing, giving you a chance to discover your own inner rhythm. -Trishula Patel

7pm. $50. First District Plaza Ballroom, 3801 Market St. 215.662.0506.

The Dirtbombs
Gritty drive and grimy veneer are endemic to Motown’s Dirtbombs, whose ethos embraces the city’s entire legacy from sleek R&B to revolutionary rumble and garage swagger. Whether it’s Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City,” psych-punk epiphany “Stuck In Thee Garage” or primal Mitch Ryder-style boogie “Wreck My Flow,” it’s all run through the filthy, thickly grooved rock grinder. That’s the treatment old school dance and techno receives on their latest, Party Store, plucking Derrick May’s “Strings of Life” like a weed-whacker’s drive-wire. Naturally it’s a little repetitive—it’s dance music, after all—but dipped in their inimitable fuzz it possesses indomitable propulsion that’s a lot less mind-numbing than the shoegaze revival. -Chris Parker

9pm. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772.

Spin-N-Spray Show
On the surface, hip-hop seems like a nihilistic culture defined by misogyny, violence, partying and overall ign’ance. However, true hip-hopper nonstoppers know the real deal. It’s a culture rooted in not only music, but also in art. Visual art falls right into the elements of pure hip-hop and some culturally inspired works by the Sharp With Art Group (SWAG) at their Spin-N-Spray show. Sip on drink specials and survey signature hip-hop infused pieces by SWAG, EWW Creative Solutions, Taurin Clark and others. There will also be an opportunity to ball out and add one or more of the original works on display to your personal collection during the art auction. Whether you choose to cop a piece or just chill, SWAG has a good time on deck. -Ryan K. Smith

7-10pm. Free. The Top Hat, 247 Market St. 215.413.1433.

Saturday, June 4

Appel Farm Arts & Music Fest
It’s not quite Woodstock or the Philadelphia Folk Festival, but the Appel Farm Arts & Music Fest—held annually on a very rural 176 acres in nearby Salem County, N.J.—will provide you the opportunity to catch some fine music, wander through the craft fair and check out hippie vendors and jugglers, and just lay in the grass under the warm sun and get baked (in every sense of the word). Among this year’s dozen-act lineup: Gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello (doing an acoustic set), the indomitable Ani DiFranco, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, rising Philly indie-folk trio Good Old War, and the always rousing Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. -M.A.G.

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