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Wednesday, June 27

Love, Us
Back in 2010, a sold-out room of patrons experienced the beginning of the “Love Revolution.” What the hell is a Love Revolution? Well, without getting too Bohemian on you, basically it’s an annual artist production-turned-movement created by local writer/poet Ms. Wise in hopes of promoting “universal and self-love through the arts.” Now in its third year, the all-ages event will feature a packed lineup of spoken-word and slam poets including Sunni Patterson, MJ Harris, Bethlehem Roberson and Lyrical The Lyricist as well as holistic body painting by Kitakiya Dennis. The evening kicks off with an opening letter from international poet, writer, activist and Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement founder Greg “Just Greg” Corbin. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. $8-$9. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

Wawa Hoagie Day
This week, Mayor Nutter will be cutting a huge chunk out of the biggest hoagie you’ve ever seen. As part of the Welcome America! celebration this year, Wawa will be cutting up a 4.5-ton hoagie and serving it to the city. Don’t just come to stuff your face though, show up to support our troops and show appreciation to the people who serve for our country. The official USO Show Troupe, the Liberty Bells, will be performing, and the Philadelphia Police Department will be building a hoagie to benefit the Police Survivor’s Fund. There will also be a hoagie-building contest to create some of the biggest all-American sandwiches anyone has ever seen. What a great way to kick off the July 4th revelry! -Brenda Hillegas

Noon-2pm. Free. Independence Mall, Fifth and Market sts.

Portland Cello Project
We’re not sure how many cello players it takes to screw in a light bulb, but if you want an estimate on the number it takes to cover Lil Wayne, Rhianna or Justin Timberlake, try anywhere from four to 12. The Portland Cello Project, started in 2007 by Tony Rogers, marshals up to a dozen players at a time in night clubs and rock venues. They play material from a repertoire of more than 900 songs, drawn from classical music, jazz, metal, hip-hop, folk and cheesy 1970s balladry (early on, they covered John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads”).  Live, they sit in a circle, bowing away in intricate, multipart treatments of unexpected material, like Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Ni**as in Paris” or Pantera’s “Mouth of War.” -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $10. With Ensemble Sans Maitre. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Thursday, June 28

It’s surprising how Kaskade is now seen as a major player in this current, much-publicized dance-music craze that’s going on all over the place. (It’s also funny how people have forgotten about the overhyped, dance-music hubbub that went down in the late ’90s, something that died down quickly once people realized they were listening to Prodigy.) Compared to young punks like Skrillex—who appeared on Kaskade’s last album, 2011’s Fire and Ice—and deadmau5, the 40-something Kaskade is basically an old fogey. (The man has kids, for Chrissakes!) Besides, we remember the Chicago house spinner—real name: Ryan Raddon—when he dropped releases on the West Coast dance-music label Om back in the mid-aughts. Kaskade is definitely one of these vets who still remember when DJs actually spun vinyl records and none of that Serato/laptop shit. So, Philly parents, you can rest assured knowing that if your kids are going to a DJ show headlined by Kaskade, they will be in safe hands. An adult will be there, looking out for them. -Craig D. Lindsey

7:30pm. $40. With Alvin Risk, Fareoh and Kap Slap. Penn’s Landing, Spring Garden St. and Columbus Blvd.

Friday, June 29

Jesse Maline
Most think that there are two schools of thought musician Jesse Malin could fall into. Surviving the ’70s and ’80s means he could belong in the traditional “I remember when ...” school of rock ’n’ roll reserved for those who hit their prime back in the day. Then there’s the newer and more trendy school that follows the “I kept up with the changing times of rock music,” ethos reserved for those both talented and timeless. It’s no question that the 44-year-old falls into a school of his own that is both reminiscent of the beginnings of rock ’n’ roll and edgy at the same time. -Gabrielle Chepurny

9pm. $10-$12. With Lauren Mann and Andrew Winter. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St.

Dreams Come True
It may be near impossible to keep up with the Kardashians, but you do have the rare opportunity to catch up with their Olympic winning stepdad, Bruce Jenner. Tonight, Parx Casino kicks off its three-day event “Dreams Come True” in celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Competitors duke it out in the slot tournaments by day and come evening, the top three winners will be awarded bronze, silver and gold medals (and some cash prizes) by one of three gold medalists. Olympic diver Greg Louganis will be the special guest on June 29, decathlon destroyer Bruce Jenner on June 30, and gymnast Kerri Strug on July 1. Attendees are encouraged to meet and mingle with the greats after the award show. Bonus points for those who show up with a Wheaties cereal box. -Caroline Newton

5pm. Free. Through July 1. Parx Casino, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem. 888.588.PARX.

Burlesque Showcase
Pride Month comes to a fitting climax with this celebration of burlesque at Sisters, the city’s only lesbian bar. Curator Timaree Schmit, who’ll also grace the stage, has gathered a bevy of beauties for the soiree, which is guaranteed to please both first-time viewers and dedicated fans of the art form. Sure, the audience will get to see some skin, but burlesque is far more than just getting naked: It blends elements of song and dance, brief skits and plenty of ribald humor with the striptease. This evening’s performers include the lovely Kiki Berlin, a seasoned siren who’s making her return appearance, and Erica Camille, who’ll demonstrate the proper way to work a pole. Annie A-Bomb has been known to mix a bit of politics with her pleasure, and there will even be some drag courtesy of Therese. Also making her debut at the showcase is Nikki Malicious of the Rigor Mortis Revue, a group of geek girls fond of horror and sci-fi themed shows. Come on out and enjoy some kinky, queer fun. -Raymond Simon

11pm. $6. Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735.

In the Dark: Radiolab Live
The creators of Radiolab—genius composer Jad Abumrad and inventive NPR alum Robert Krulwich—are attempting to resurrect the medium of radio. Experimenting with live-action, audio wizardry, science and humor, they’ve created a storytelling hybrid that breaks from the traditions of terrestrial radio. Among the audible re-enactments: an astronaut’s retelling of his spacewalk, reality described by two blind men, and the evolution of the human eye. Assisting in the lab will be the Daily Show’s Demetri Martin, Grammy-nominated dance troupe Pilobolus, and the soulful acoustic styling of genre bending artist Thao Nguyen—think Beck spliced with Jack Johnson. Pilobolus—seen in the Busby Berkeley meets Human Centipede “All Is Not Lost” video by Ok Go—use their double-jointed extremities to contort and construct the sonic set pieces for the stories being brought to life. Martin, host of Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin, entertains with self-described “Nerd Humor.” Yes, he graduated from Yale—more importantly, he juggles. -Bill Morse

8pm. $37-$50. Academy of Music, 260 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

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