Calendar: June 6-12

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Wednesday, June 6

The Clean
If you’re looking for the very definition of the word ‘seminal’, look no further than Dunedin, New Zealand’s the Clean. Formed in 1978, the trio pretty much laid the foundation for that fragile, simple and strummy sound we so conveniently call indie rock these days. But please do not hate these men for all the noodly bands they might have wrought. One earful of their classic tracks like “Anything Could Happen,” “Point That Thing Somewhere Else” and, of course, “Tally Ho,” shows these guys were on a trajectory that was totally of its own in their time. And no docksider-sporting cream puff is ever gonna take that away from them. Now they’re reformed, and people born after the release of their first single can witness them in a live setting; it’s enough to make anyone with half a brain want to explode. The Clean are back. Accept no substitutes. -Tony Rettman 

8pm. $15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

The Island
Lantern Theater Company concludes its most attended season in history with Director Peter DeLaurier’s staging of The Island. Penned by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, the drama is set in the prison on South Africa’s notorious Robben Island, which for 18 years housed the country’s most famous citizen, Nelson Mandela. Like Mandela, the play’s two characters John (Frank X) and Winston (U.R.) are political prisoners—incarcerated for defying the country’s separatist policy of apartheid. Their days are spent enduring hours of torturous physical labor under the African sun. At night, however, the men escape into the world of Sophocles’ play about governmental oppression and individual dignity Antigone, which the men are rehearsing for a performance for their fellow inmates. -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $20-$36. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow sts. 215.829.0395.

Thursday, June 7

What’s so special about duos? Well, just think of where Sonny would have been without Cher. Or, how funny Ren would have been without Stimpy. While almost every major U.S. city has some sort of comedy festival, the fact that the only one specifically devoted to showcasing duos has originated here in Philly is a pretty big deal—a comedy status symbol, if you will. Now in its third year, the festival will present more than 30 improv twosomes during four straight nights of back-to-back shows, each featuring a mix of both local and out-of-town acts. Kicking it all off tonight are Pondward Bound from Toronto and Philly’s own odd couple, Rosen & Milkshake. At 10 p.m., catch local improv vets Nathan Edmondson and Steve Kleinedler (aka Half-Life) performing as two Cold War-era American spies followed by the ImprovBoston duo Work Lunch. After the show, the audience is invited to join the performers for more fun around the corner at O’Neals pub. -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $10-$12. Through June 10. The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St.

In a recent LA Weekly interview, Glenn Danzig addressed the rumor that he was about to play Wolverine in the 2000 X-Men flick. How would the Crooner of Darkness have tackled the role differently from Hugh Jackman? “It wouldn’t have been as gay.” Oh, Glenn Danzig—we fear we must laugh at you, not with you. The former Misfits leader has been undermining his own cool of late. Do you imagine him howling “Mother” as an enigmatic creep? Well, here’s a picture of him carrying kitty litter to his car. Prefer to paint Danzig (the man) as an ultra-macho type whose scowl, squat frame, and pumped fists only make Danzig (the band) more of a force to be reckoned with? Sorry, here’s the cover of indie comic Henry and Glenn Forever, with Black Flag’s most famous vocalist massaging his lover’s shoulders as a teary Danzig wonders, “Do you really think it could last forever?” Even though he’s become a go-to punchline lately, Glenn still puts on a fantastic show, and his current “Danzig Legacy” series (which plucks from Danzig’s, Samhain’s and Misfits’ catalogs) looks especially tantalizing. -Reyan Ali

8pm. $39. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

Friday, June 8

Jonathan Richman
The lead singer of the now-defunct-but-still much-loved Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman has styled his solo work in much the same way as his old band. It’s lo-fi and catchy, jangly and quirky, a sublime combination of Chuck Berry and no-wave. While the Modern Lovers were a rock band, Richman’s solo work veers more toward a mature, cabaret vibe with lively and full-fleshed tunes that abandon the Modern Lover’s naïve and poppy melodies. Richman’s latest release, 2010’s O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth, is lush yet minimalist collection of narratives disguised as songs, with Richman’s vocals and lyrics, as always, deftly intertwined with deceptively simple melodies. -Katherine Silkaitis

8:30pm. $17.50. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Saturday, June 9

Italian All-Nighter Splatter Fest
This week, Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre screens eight hours of obscure Italian shock cinema for your horror pleasure. Rather than simply showing a handful of films by Dario Argento, a master of the form, these gorehounds have trawled through the cinematic cesspool to find five films that probably have not graced a big screen in this area in more than 30 years, if ever. The selections, all shown on 35mm, include Screamers, featuring the nubile Barbara Bach and a bevy of underwater monsters suspiciously resembling the creature from the Black Lagoon, and Nightmare, the tale of a homicidal maniac on a rampage—which had the dubious distinction of being labeled a “Video Nasty” and was consequently banned from public viewing in the U.K. What these films share in common are drawn-out murder scenes, lingering attention to gruesome detail and an off-kilter combination of sleaze and nihilism. The fact that the stately movie palace showing these pictures was featured in The Blob just adds to the evening’s perverse pleasures. -Raymond Simon

7pm. $10-$20. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.1228.

West Park Arts Fest
The West Park Arts Fest is a full day of eclectic summer fun. From circus acrobatic performances by Philly’s own Tangle Movement Arts, to Philly-New Orleans transplant jazz favorite Monica McIntyre, the performances will provide plenty of distraction, maybe even some inspiration. If the Kyo Daiko Taiko drummers get hearts throbbing, or Chosen Dance Company’s performance get feet bopping, join in the Dancin’ On Air talent search. If the rhythms are too heavy or the seats too constraining, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will have face-painting and anime drawing workshops. Food and craft vendors will share their wares. And, for the historical- or transportation-minded, a Victorian trolley will be looping, extending the explorations to the Please Touch Museum and other nearby sites. -Allyn Gaestel

Free. 11am-5pm. 4021 Parkside Ave.

Philly Draw-A-Thon
For this inaugural event, several local artists and cartoonists will spend 24 hours drawing as many sketches as possible based on characters from movies, cartoons, comics and video games. This is not some sort of speed-drawing competition. The artists will be donating their time and talent to help raise money for Child’s Play, a charity that uses 100 percent of its donations to purchase video games, toys and movies for children’s hospitals across the country. Should you want to own any of the super-fun artwork produced during the event, all you have to do is make a $10 donation, which will go directly to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Then, every time you stare at it admiringly on your wall, you’ll can feel good knowing that you helped put a much-needed smile on one child’s face. -N.F.

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