Calendar: June 22-28

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Wednesday, June 22

White Denim
Forget music, Austin’s White Denim need to market what they’re smoking. Trading trio for quartet on their latest, D, they remain a heady melange situated at the nexus of the ’60s and ’70s. Cloud-surfing prog shuffles past shimmery art-folk and flute-y Jethro Tull-style indulgences. Groovy jams vacillate between blooze boogie bluster, jazz-soul sophistication and head-lolling psychedelica. The melodies are surprisingly durable, despite being submerged within billowing clouds of sativa-inspired headspace. It could be a mess of melted M&Ms, stale French fries and old condom wrappers lodged between the cushions of an old Chevy Impala. Instead, it moves with lighthearted ease, eyes twinkling with delight that’s keenly communicated through the music. -Chris Parker

$10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

The disability community is a group that has been historically marginalized yet rarely heard. Inside/Out is a groundbreaking performance piece about the culture and identity of the disabled in America. The play features a collection of individual stories intermingled with historical events told from the point of view of the disabled. The performance features deeply personal stories from Christopher Imbrosciano, a young actor with cerebral palsy, and Vivian Cary Jenkins, a former health-care administrator who lost her sight. The cast utilizes humor and theatricality as well as repetition, rhythm and role-playing to create a thought-provoking and culturally poignant work. -Jessica Herring

7:30pm. $10. Amaryllis Theater, 230 Sansom St. 215.564.2431. 

Publick Intercourse
“The last thing we wanted was to open another fucking bourgie coffee shop. This will evolve into a more legitimate community space where unpredictable things happen and new ideas form,” Grindcore House co-owner Mike Barone told PW last November. Since then, the all-vegan cafe has hosted art shows, movies, book talks and more. Tonight begins a new series called Publick Intercourse modeled on the “penny universities” that formed in 17th-century London coffee houses as a platform for workers to discuss timely political and economic issues. This first installment investigates the nuances of two strains of anarchism: Kevin Tucker, the author of For Wilderness & Anarchy and a contributor to Green Anarchy mag, will argue for anarcho-primitivism, and Alexis Buss, a member of the IWW and a Anarcho-Syndicalist Review contributor, will throw down for the anarcho-syndicalist side. Will division remain, or will mutually-beneficial collaborations emerge? Only one way to find out. -Elliott Sharp

7-9pm. Free. Grindcore House, 1515 S. Fourth St. 215.839.3333.

Thursday, June 23

Tumbling Bones
Tumbling Bones 20-somethings Peter Winne, Jake Hoffman and Sam McDougle believe that grit and emotional intensity are what Old Time American Music is all about. In a former incarnation, the band’s fiery American spirituals won them first prize in the 2007 Prairie Home Companion, “People in Their Twenties Talent Competition.” Currently touring the East Coast for their new EP Risk Not Your Soul, the Bones bring back the fire, but pair it with driving fiddle tunes (“Sally Johnson”), wistful folk ballads (“East VA Blues”), and rusty country blues (“St. Louis Blues”). Highlights include a wrenching take on Bill Monroe’s “What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul?” See them here so you can say you saw them when. And don’t show up too fashionably late—girl trio the Old Fashioneds are kicking things off with fresh and technically flawless renditions of country and gospel standards that will tug on your heartstrings. -Emma Eisenberg

7pm. $5-$10. Green Line Cafe, 4426 Locust St. 215.222.0799.

Full House: A Series of Cabarets

How many cabarets can you pack into four days? Quint Productions has answered that question with seven performances, 11 performers and one cabaret extravaganza. Start the weekend early and “Forget Your Troubles” with fresh Thursday night show from Sarah J. Gafgan. But don’t forget you’ve got a hot date on Friday with Brendan Norton; the keyboard-playing, drum-beating, “gay”-song singing hotshot will have you “Breezin’ on Through the Day” in no time. Once Brendan has got you all warmed up, it’s time to get cool with the sharp-witted Michael Tomassetti, a veteran of such salacious stage-shows as “Show and Tell”—about a gay priest who pays a young orderly to get on his knees and ... pray. Stay awake for the final show, Andrew Terranova’s “You’re Gonna Hear from Bea—A Cabaret Tribute to Bea Arthur.” -Carl A. O’Donnell

8pm. $25. Through June 26. Society Hill Play House, 507 S. Eighth St. 215.923.0210.
Urban Suburban Film Festival
This three-day fest screens more than 80 original documentary, short and feature films submitted by black students and independent filmmakers. On Friday there will be a screening of 1-in-3, a drama exposing the world of domestic violence in the U.S. Saturday’s Dreamcatchers panel discussion will feature actresses Vanessa Bell Calloway (Hawthorne) and Tisha Campbell (My Wife & Kids), who will share their personal experiences in the film industry and take questions from the audience. And on Sunday, the Bahamas International Film Festival Day will screen 14 films from the Caribbean Islands with an awards presentation to wrap it all up. -Kelly Offner

11am-6pm. $10-$50. Crowne Plaza, 4010 City Ave.

Meet Me On South St.

Local musician-turned-basement anthropologist George Manney is neck deep in Philly music connections, memorabilia and stories, especially when it comes to the epic history of South Street bar and rock ’n’ roll mecca J.C. Dobbs. Just about every major rocker played the bar during its more than 20-year run including then-unknowns Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis and Lucinda Williams. Manney’s documentary film contains archival photos and videos of the bar’s most famous performances, as well as contemporary interviews on the bar’s legacy and it’s role in shaping the ’70’s music counterculture. -E.E.

7pm. $10. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

Friday, June 24

Taste of Philadelphia
Start your Fourth of July celebration early at Penn’s Landing for a three-day fest featuring more than 25 local restaurants, food trucks and musicians. Restaurants planning to set up shop include Keating’s River Grill, Kuzina by Sofia, Chenango, Tiffin, GiGi, Darling’s Diner and more. The festival has expanded two blocks over the Chestnut Street bridge to Front Street, allowing even more room for food and entertainment from previous years. Philadelphia’s own jazz sensation Gerald Veasley will start the party Friday night along with the Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra. Music will be bumping all day Saturday and Aaron Neville will take the stage come nightfall with a fireworks display over the Delaware River. -Melissa Straube

5-9pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd. 215.683.2200.

The Best of Liza Jessie Peterson
Homegirl Liza (pronounced lee’zuh) Jessie Peterson is returning to Philly for a one-night, one-woman performance to benefit the Women’s Medical Fund. The Best of Liza Jessie Peterson showcases her thespian chops—honed at the National Shakespeare Conservatory—by interpreting a carnival of characters while busting out some of the poetry skills that lead her to win slam contests at NYC’s famed Nuyorican Poetry Café. The theme is “finding light in dark places,” which makes sense for an artist who consistently addresses issues of social injustice with a sharp tongue and funny bent. “I don’t try to write funny, it just comes out that way. I guess it’s ’cause I was raised around a bunch of professional shit talkers who were always holding court.” -Tara Murtha

7:30pm. $5-$25. Drexel University, 3128 Market St. 215.895.1330.

Scott Pryor & the Common Sinners
When Scott Pryor stormed Philly’s acoustic world a few years ago, he made it his home, building a serious following through tireless playing, regular West Philly house concerts and coffee shop gigs, and particularly 2009’s Theater for the Weary, a full-length tour de folk of beautifully melodic melancholy. If We Set Out Now is Pryor’s stellar Kickstarter-funded follow-up EP, with many of the songs (the sing-along-able “Lay Me Down,” the old-timey courtship duet “Gasoline Love” with Common Sinner Emma Morrow) already in-concert faves for local fans. This record-release show will provide a suitable return for the musician who last year relocated to Austin. -Jeffrey Barg

7:30pm. $12-$15. Christ Church Theater, 20 N. American St.

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