Calendar: June 13-19

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Wednesday, June 13

Sex Toy Bingo
If a good-old fashioned game of bingo has never got you feeling hot and bothered, then clearly you’ve been playing the wrong way. Join Philly’s favorite out-of-work porn stars Jack the Ripper, Dr. Sarah Potter and Cucumber Weir as they host a night of bingo debauchery. While checking your boxes nice and slow, Jack will offer saucy conversation starters from his “Sex in the News” segment, and Dr. Potter will school folks on the fascinating history of sex toys. Everyone will receive two cards—thus doubling their chances to scream out “O 69” in their best bedroom voice—and as the games get harder, the prizes get even bigger. -Nicole Finkbiner

9pm. $10. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Marissa Nadler

Waifish, fey, small-boned and big-eyed, Marissa Nadler looks too delicate to lift an acoustic guitar, let alone coax spine-chilling folk-toned melodies from one. Her voice is as silky and gorgeous as her pale-white skin. She’s also a savvy businesswoman; over the last couple of years, she has established her own label to record, distribute and promote her music. Autonomy seems to agree with her. She’s coming off a pair of self-released albums, last year’s self-titled and this year’s The Sister, that mark her best, most unworldly work yet. -Jennifer Kelly

9:15pm. $10-$12. With Faces on Film. Johnny Brendas, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Thursday, June 14

Judah Friedlander
Did you know that when this longtime comic isn’t grossing everyone out or making Liz Lemon’s life difficult as Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, he’s busy taking calls from the Pentagon, teaching karate to exotic dancers and being the greatest ping-pong player in the world? These are just a few of the many outlandish claims of greatness Friedlander will make when he rolls into town to perform as his alter-ego, “The World Champion.” Though his trademark slogan-adorned trucker hats and massive black glasses make him one of the most recognizable faces in comedy, you may not realize that Friedlander has actually penned his own book and appeared in more than 20 movies including Zoolander, Meet the Parents and Wet Hot American Summer. Oh, and he also played “The Hug Guy” in that Dave Matthews Band video. -N.F.

8pm. $21-$28. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.

In light of the incredible yet unlikely popularity of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the world has naturally focused on the song’s Belgian-Australian protagonist. But the female who adds a verse and backup vocals to the track deserves attention, too. The 20-something New Zealander, also known as Kimbra Johnson, shares Gotye’s taste for tenderhearted, lean pop that avoids too much polish or studio gimmickry. Her 2011 debut, Vows, contains two different-sounding examples of this aesthetic. The coffeehouse come-on of “Settle Down” is built out of Kimbra’s warm, agile voice, handclaps, breezy background harmonies and particularly wiry instrumentation. Meanwhile, the cool “Cameo Lover” starts with sparkling croons and a sparse club beat before exploding into an exhilarating bubblegum chorus. -Reyan Ali

7:30pm. $29.50-$36.50. With Foster the People + Tokyo Police Club. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.

Friday, June 15

Tom Paxton
When Dylan plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, most of the folk world followed, but not Tom Paxton. Paxton has continued to make eccentric, politically-charged but acoustic folk music for the last five decades, earning the respect of his peers (Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell have covered his songs) and multiple Grammys, including a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. But even as one of folk’s grand old men, Paxton retains a sharp partisan edge. His set list spans old favorites like “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Ramblin’ Boy,” vintage lefty ditties like “What Did You Learn in School Today” and up-to-the-minute skewerings of current
political figures. -J.K.

8pm. $29.50-$45. Sellersville Theater, 24 West Temple Ave., Sellersville.

Get Behind Me Satan
Since 1996, Brat Productions’ mission has been to expand the boundaries of theater and to create shows for young, adventurous audiences. This season, the company introduced Jess Conda’s acclaimed Rock & Awe “guerilla cabaret series,” which concludes this week with its fourth and final installment, Get Behing Me Satan. Directed by the inventive Lee Ann Etzold, Satan is inspired by the White Stripes album of the same name. Performing the album in its entirety, the show is structured as a church service led by a traveling Evangelical family with Conda playing the religious clan’s “Mother Mother.” Letting the music create the story, the songs emerge as parables of sorts, with the album functioning as a catalyst for the show’s theatricality that includes obliterating the fourth wall and bringing the audience into the frenzied performance as participants rather than passive observers. J. -Cooper Robb

10:30pm. $12. Underground Arts, 12th and Callowhill sts. 267.586.9093.

Yellow Submarine
For reasons that defy logic and taste, the Beatles were not terribly pleased with Help!, their second theatrical motion picture. Throw in the more or less deserved hostility that greeted their Magical Mystery Tour TV special, and the quartet were understandably leery of completing their three-film contract with United Artists. Hence, their painfully limited involvement with Yellow Submarine, an animation spectacular that recycles some song favorites—plus drops a couple unreleased tracks, including the George gems “Only a Northern Song” and “It’s All Too Much”—while voice actors rock passable Fab Four imitations. Alas, United Artists deemed this insufficient, thus necessitating the disastrous Let It Be documentary. Bad for the Beatles, good for humanity: Though Submarine, newly restored (again), is more fun before returning to hippie Pepperland—and debatably peaks early with the grim, photo-realist “Eleanor Rigby” segment—director George Dunning and crew create psychedelia whose playfulness doesn’t require drugs. Partly because it is drugs. -Matt Prigge

7pm. $5-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.895.6535.

Mani Party
Fresh from the Ladies Are Funny Festival in Austin, Texas, the gals of ManiPedi, “Philly’s most fallopian-tubed sketch comedy group,” are hosting a fun summer bash, equipped with three of the best things in life: comedy, ice cream and dancing. While licking a cone of rocky road, guests will be treated to the comedic stylings of local stand-up comic Carolyn Busa. Next up is local sketch troupe American Breakfast, four funny locals who enjoy each other’s company. Finally, ManiPedi will take the stage; if you’ve never seen five uninhibited, trucker-mouthed girls cracking offbeat jokes while donning adorable onesie pajamas, you’re in for quite a treat. After the show, the audience is welcome to stick around and join the lovely quintet for a dance party. -N.F.

9pm. $10. Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587.

The Daily Show Writers
The writers and producers of Comedy Central’s satirical news program The Daily Show are constantly heard, but not often seen. Their jokes, exhaustive research and clever political parallels are the stuff we’ve come to know and love over the years—not to mention the stuff that has earned the show 16 Emmy awards. Tonight, we meet three wheels in the show’s circuit: Co-executive producer Adam Lowitt and writers Hallie Haglund and Josh Rabinowitz step out from behind the big, blue curtain and into the spotlight. -Abigail Bruley

7:30pm. $10. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770.

Saturday, June 16

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