Calendar: June 22-28

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Modern Slave
In “Stripped Legacy,” one of 35 pieces on display in photographer JD Dragan’s new exhibit, an unashamedly naked black man peers intently out of the frame. He’s holding a small Confederate flag draped across his genitals, its flimsy material contrasting with the solidity of his musculature. The image is sure to engender a gamut of emotions in viewers, including surprise and discomfort, which is the point. According to the artist, who decided more than 30 years ago to concentrate on the male nude and also to photograph men of color exclusively, this is his first overtly political show. His earlier work has garnered accolades and is part of the collections at both the Kinsey Institute and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This show adds something to the aesthetic and formal pleasures he and his models conjured in earlier pieces: An exploration of the constraining effects of religion and consumerism on men of color. See it yourself before judging. -Raymond Simon

5-8pm. Free. AxD Gallery, 265 S. 10th St. 215.627.6250. a-x-d.com

Saturday, June 25

Burlesque Workshop
So you caught your beau at Delilah’s in awe of the blond and bodacious “Bambi” like a deer in headlights ... what now? You have two options: You can kick the loser to the curb, or you can throw on some sky-high stilettos so he’ll never want to leave the house. Should you choose the latter, Lace It Up Dance Studio is hosting a one-night introduction to burlesque, complete with wine, light refreshments and big-band tunes from the ’40s. Participants will learn pin-up poses, then move into warming up and finish with learning the choreography for a full burlesque number. -Alexis Sachdev

6pm. $30-$40. Lace It Up Dance Studio, 6143 Germantown Ave. laceitupdance.com

Clark Park Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice is almost upon us. Now in its 41st year, the Clark Park festival is a total celebration of West Philadelphia—its residents, its culture and its artisans. More than 40 venders will be offering their crafts and goods for consumption. Tunes from across the genres will be playing all day, starting with the plucky, maudlin folk of Philadelphians (by way of Savannah, Ga.) Lion Versus at noon to the Petty-esque, southern guitar rock of Louisville, Ky., band Dangerbird at dusk. -Darren White

Noon. Free. Clark Park, 43rd St. and Chester Ave. 215.253.4976. clarkparkfest.wordpress.com

Sunday, June 26

Fucked Up
Pretend it’s tomorrow and you missed tonight’s Fucked Up show. You know what? You fucked up. Big time. The Canadians recently unleashed their latest Matador LP, and it’s an 80-minute punk-rock opera set in Thatcher’s England. David Comes To Life tells the story of a Brit factory worker whose anarchist lover dies while executing a radical political action, and when David’s accused of the murder, the destructiveness of capitalism is amplified by the loss. The tale’s told over heroic rock compositions that reach the sonic force and refinement of an orchestra, but this music’s of and for the people. In recent interviews, charismatic frontman Damian Abraham’s alluded to the possibility of the band continuing without him, so don’t fuck up and miss this opportunity. -E.S.

7:30pm. $12-$13. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

King of Pop Hip-Hop Workshop
Admit it—you’ve totally fantasized about what it would be like to channel the King of Pop’s spirit and tear up a dance floor with an awesome choreographed dance routine. But if you really want to become the envy of the club, you’re going to have to execute MJ’s legendary
 moves flawlessly. During this 75-minute workshop, an experienced instructor will guide you through several dance combinations set to some of MJ’s greatest hits including, “PYT” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” You’ll even learn a modified version of his “Thriller” routine along with a few segments of his original choreography. No dance experience necessary; donning a hat and white glove optional. -Nicole Finkbiner

3:30pm. $12-$15. Major Movement Studio, 1624 South St. 215.645.2717. phillydancefitness.com

Mural In Motion
The students at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy have collaborated with the Fabric Workshop Museum and the Mural Arts Program to create the first student-produced digital animation projection for the city of Philadelphia. With consultation from distinguished muralist Eric Okdeh, students worked for 12 weeks to develop a short story that reflected the “city in motion.” Incorporating film, animation and music, all created by the young students, the colossal 4-foot-long and 100-foot tall, 8-minute creation will stretch across one of the exterior walls of the Fabric Workshop Museum, looping for about an hour to passersbys and guests at the Convention Center. The projection’s debut is timed to begin just as attendees of the International Society for Technology in Education conference start spilling out into the street at 8:30pm. The conference’s theme is “Unlocking Potential," and it seems these students have already found the key. -D.W.

8:30pm. Free. The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St. 215.685.0759. muralarts.org

Monday, June 27

Slang Fest 2011
Tonight’s the night to catch up on the local hip-hop scene, as Slang Fest 2011 brings five Philly artists under the KFN roof. DistantStarr, the solo project of Philadelphia-via-NYC MC Donnell Michael Jones, self-released the For Them Vol. 1 Mixtape in June. Songs like “Here We Go” have a classic, Parliament Funkadelic style, while his flow summons early Jurassic 5 and Hieroglyphics. The general blurriness and sustaining, wavering-synth of “Night Shift”—which samples the Commodores song of the same name—shows DistantStarr tapping into the hypnagogia drifting across the underground pop and hip-hop scenes. Yikes is the weirdo on the bill. His oddball tracks are built on fuzz and jaggedly assembled clips, and his vocal approach is similar to Q-Tip’s with the prankster vibe of Quasimoto-era Madlib. -E.S.

8pm. $5. With Tommy Tucker, Shaun Walker, Yikes + Buddy Leezle. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Tuesday, June 28

Centro-Matic
When people start talking about prolific indie-rock songwriters, names like Robert Pollard and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are usually the first to come up. But Texas singer/multi-instrumentalist Will Johnson is no slouch, either. Over the past 15 years Johnson’s released nearly two-dozen full-length albums, plus tons of EPs, via his own name and other collaborative projects. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a dud in that prodigious output. Centro-matic, which probably rocks the hardest of Johnson’s many vehicles, is also the most arresting. The quartet’s bittersweet, atmospheric slow burn is often reminiscent of “Cortez the Killer”-style Neil Young & Crazy Horse—ragged tales of longing and regret against a sprawling desert landscape where the stars meet the sand. They hit town tonight behind the phenomenal, just-released Candidate Waltz. -Michael Alan Goldberg

7:30pm. $8-$10. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com

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