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Wednesday, March 14

Although the terms “historical” and “revolutionary” may typically be at odds, it’s safe to say that having established their place in the history of feminist-conceptual punk (yes, such a history exists), DISBAND’s performance at AUX tonight will be radical. The all-female crew comes together for a rare reunion performance in conjunction with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery’s current exhibition You, Me, We, She. Self-described as a “punk band of women artists who can’t play any instruments,” DISBAND came together in the downtown Manhattan art scene in the late 1970s. Screeching their way through politically charged a cappella sets, DISBAND mashes rhythmic physical performance with wry humor. Although more than 30 years had passed since they last toured, a reunion concert for a 2008 exhibition in Los Angeles proved that their subject is just as relevant today as it was in 1978. -Katherine Rochester

9pm. Free. AUX Performance Space, Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236.

First Among Equals
From Nas and Jay-Z to Simon and Garfunkel, artistic collaboration often bitters into artistic feud. ICA’s spring show, “First Among Equals,” explores the inevitably unequal and shifting dynamics of artistic collaboration and the various ways in which artists attempt to reach through their own routines and motivations to incorporate those of other artists. The show brings together performance, publications, curatorial projects and artwork from Philadelphia and Los Angeles that “resist the notion that collaboration equals consensus.” The evening—which will feature work from Bodega, Extra Extra, and Marginal Unity’s Machete Group—includes an exhibition walkthrough by participating artists and curators Alex Klein and Kate Kraczon, a DJ set from Wendy Yao of LA’s Ooga Boog, a sculpture by Kathryn Andrews and complimentary La Colombe coffee. -Emma Eisenberg

6:30pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.7108.

The Promise
In conjunction with its exhibit, “Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen,” tonight the National Constitution Center screens the documentary The Promise: The Making on the Edge of Town. Emmy and Grammy Award-winning director Thom Zimny’s film offers a behind-the-scenes look at Springsteen’s and the E Street Band’s creative process during the making of the now iconic album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. The film features archival footage of Springsteen and the band from 1976 to 1978, including home rehearsals, studio sessions and candid interviews with Springsteen, band members and managers. -Laura Goldman

5pm. $15-$20. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6700.

Thursday, March 15

Henry Rollins
From Black Flag and Get In The Van, to the second (and final) episode of The Paul Reiser Show, Henry Rollins has done it all. Although he’s possibly retired from music (the Rollins Band haven’t played since 2006), the 51-year-old devotes most of his time to his writings and spoken-word performances, as well as the occasional travel documentary that chronicles his frequent globetrotting. Rollins’ newest work is Occupants, his first book of photography, highlighting his visits to Cambodia, South Africa, Ireland and more. On his latest batch of “talking shows,” Henry will share tales from his exotic voyages, some personal anecdotes and at least 10 minutes about how the Stooges were the greatest band of all time. It’s sure to be entertaining, but wear some comfy shoes, because Union Transfer has limited seating and Rollins talks a lot. -Bryan Bierman

7pm. $20-$22. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

The Knitting Revolution
Knitters of Philadelphia, unite! Take up your needles and yarn and bring them with you to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where Pamela Wynne Butler will discuss the relationship between this popular craft and feminism. As an avid knitter and an academic, she’s well-suited to unravel the tangled skein of claims regarding the handicraft, which experienced a resurgence of interest between 1995 and 2005. At the time, the popular press portrayed young women’s embrace of knitting and crocheting as if it were revolutionary, but Butler, a visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame, believes otherwise. She’ll present examples intended to show that the real story behind all those booties and afghans is more complicated and richer than the media’s glib summary. Her talk compliments HSP’s current exhibit, “Fiber Points,” which includes documentary evidence of Philadelphia’s once thriving textile industry, pattern samples preserved in family papers and even a gorgeous family Bible with a needlepoint cover. Best of all, the evening begins with a knitting demonstration courtesy of Rosie’s Yarn Cellar. Pre-registration is encouraged, but all are welcome. -Raymond Simon

6pm. Free. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St.

A Chuckle in Time
Bloomers—the nation’s first and only all-female collegiate musical sketch comedy troupe—dispel any lingering doubts about the talent of female comediennes. Besides having been invited to comedy festivals around the country, the troupe has produced numerous comedic talents, including current Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer. Each year, the talented young comediennes write, direct and produce two student-run productions revolving around a certain theme and accompanied by an awesome all-girl band, putting their own spin on classic female-empowering tunes. For their spring show, Bloomers are taking audiences on a journey through space and time—not really—with a variety of original musical numbers and topical sketches tackling everything from the current state of our economy and GOP race to Harry Potter and a yet-to-be released Disney princess. Expect a generous helping of dick and vagina jokes scattered throughout. -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $8-$10. University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce St.

Friday, March 16

Cyro Baptista
Famed percussionist and São Paolo native Cyro Baptista might be 61 years old, but he’s got more punk energy than your average teen. Leading his flamboyant Beat the Donkey ensemble, he does more than play percussion: He summons entire musical universes, drawing on Brazilian idioms, psychedelia and modern jazz to create shows full of spectacle and abandon. He’s also worked with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon to the Chieftains and John Zorn, always managing to marry pop accessibility with avant-garde edge. He’ll hit Philly with his Banquet of the Spirits, featuring keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist Jason Fraticelli, guitarist John Lee and drummer Tim Keiper. -David R. Adler

5pm. Free. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.763.8100.

Saturday, March 17

Hardware Hacking
Founded in 1966 by Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma, the Sonic Arts Union was a collective of American experimental composers and musicians who paved the way for electronic music. Ranging from grinding noise to meditative ambient music, many works by SAU members were performed using homemade instruments. As part of its ongoing SAU Retrospective, International House offers a hands-on workshop led by composer and former Lucier student Nicolas Collins. As he did in his book Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, Collins provides simple instructions for how to make contact microphones, oscillators, circuits and other instruments essential for the electronic musician. At 8 p.m., pianist Jenny Lin and violinist Conrad Harris perform music composed by SAU co-founder Mumma. -Elliott Sharp

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