Calendar: March 14-March 20

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10am. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Elliott Brood
You wouldn’t want to find your friend in the crowded confines of alt-country these days, but in a room of 5’ 7” wannabes Canadian trio Elliott Brood stands 5’10”. Only three albums in, they don’t have the stature of an Avett Brothers or Lucero, but they’re still growing. They began playing hand-clapping bluegrass-folk interspersed with the occasional murder ballad. Their second album, 2008’s Mountain Meadows, was short-listed for Canadian’s Polaris award as they developed their moody side, blending dark intimacy and spirited energy in the story of an Indian massacre. Their latest, Days Into Years, steps away from traditional roots toward an acoustic/electric country-rock blend reminiscent of Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps. -Chris Parker

9pm. $10. With the Pack A.D. + the Timid Roosevelts. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com

Sunday, March 18

Sucka Free Showcase
If you happen to be a “sucka,” it may be in your best interest to keep your suck ass away from the Colosseum tonight when John “Black Cease” McKay and Nik Numbers present the Sucka Free Showcase—an event in which Philly’s aspiring hip-hop and R&B acts compete for bragging rights. Makin’ Da Band star and Bartram Village’s native son, E. Ness headlines the show with host and Smooth magazine cover girl, Tahiry. Urban X-Pressions  and New York’s Video City TV will be on hand, so you may just end up on the tube. Come out and drink, groove and be merry—sucka-free. -Ryan K. Smith

7pm. $10-$40. Club Colosseum, 2130 W. Sedgley Ave. 267.252.5200

Inside the Studio
Inside the Studio is a series of live format events bringing Philly an intimate experience between fans and their favorite artist. This week’s event features the ladies of Black Lily. Founded by Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez also know as the “Jazzfatnastees,” Black Lily is the soulful movement of female artists that introduced the world to Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Kindred the Family Soul and Jaquar Wright. This special Women’s History Month-edition of the show reunites Lady Alma, Jaquar Wright and Aja Graydon Dantzler from Kindred the Family Soul for an intimate conversation experience for fans. In the Studio’s host Liaya St. Clair leads the discussion that will likely delve deep into why and how these songstresses trail blazed their path to musical success. Dj Afrodijak will provide soulful music for your listening pleasure while artwork by Philly 360’s Creative Ambassador, Serena Saunders of Passion Art Designs will provide the visual stimulation. -Lacey C. Clark

7-11pm. Free. Warmdaddy’s, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. insidethestudioblacklily.eventbrite.com

Gene Coleman, Joo Won Park + Evan Lipson
Originally from Chicago, Gene Coleman is now a mainstay of Philly’s experimental scene, a composer and bass clarinetist merging the worlds of chamber music, free improvisation and multimedia. His recent work, witheringly abstract and yet thoroughly engrossing, involves close study of the instruments and traditions of East Asia. His younger associate Joo Won Park comes at things from a complementary angle: through digital processing he wrings music from such objects as vegetables and umbrellas. Upright bassist Evan Lipson will give some low-end percussive oomph to this anything-can-happen encounter. Sharing the bill is Brooklyn’s Natura Morta, with violist Frantz Loriot, bassist Sean Ali and drummer Carlo Costa. -D.R.A.

7:30pm. $6. With Natura Morta. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave. 215.426.2685. museumfire.com/events

Monday, March 19

Doggiewoggiez and Poochiewoochiez
Cat-related viral content on the Internet gets three times as much traffic as other content, according to Buzzfeed. But why should cats get all the attention, with their terrible grammar and flying Pop-Tart bodies? To remedy this disparity, the deranged video hoarders at Everything Is Terrible! have remade cult figure/creative polymath Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 classic The Holy Mountain using only VHS-culled clips of the canine persuasion. On top of the hours of painstakingly edited found-Fido footage, the EIT! crew will be on hand in homemade furry costumes to create a “psychedelic live experience that cannot be rivaled.” Can’t argue with that. -Alexandra Jones

7pm. $9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Tuesday, March 20

The-Dream
“Love King,” the title-track from The-Dream’s third studio album, is one of the best pop songs of the decade. The bass bangs, it has an irresistible hook, finger-snaps that evolve into claps, and it’s a lovely addition to the “girls really like me” song-writing tradition. (See “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Jay-Z and Mötley Crüe, and maybe parts of Elvis Costello’s Girls, Girls, Girls.) He’s also one helluva producer. Maybe you’ve heard “Umbrella” by Rihanna? He did that one. His fourth solo album, The Love IV: Diary Of A Madman, is out this week on Def Jam. As of press time, we have not been able to confirm whether or not Ozzy Osbourne provides guest vocals on any of the tracks. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. $25. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Global Junk Food Tour
With obesity rates in the U.S. among the highest in the world—more than 50 percent—one might say that stuffing our faces with Doritos, Snickers, Twinkies and Big Macs has replaced baseball as the great American pastime. Junk and fast food has actually played a critical role across the globe during the last 50 years. Tonight, food historian Andrew Smith shares some culinary tales from his book, Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love To Eat, highlighting the successes of our most beloved guilty pleasures and the many environmental, cultural, socio-economic and health-related issues associated with them. Guests will also get to simultaneously indulge in a three-course dinner including some of said treats. So either this event will make you think twice before downing a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, or make it taste all the more delicious. -N.F.

6:30pm. $65. The Restaurant School, 4207 Walnut St. 610.649.5220. geographicalsociety.org

“B” Picture Double Feature

Acromegaly is a syndrome in which excess hormones produce deformities, including gigantism. For one Rondo Hatton, it left his face a wrinkled block that would normally have been devised by some deranged make-up designer. Living during less-friendly times, he was able to parlay his grotesque visage into a brief and narrow movie career—so narrow, in fact, that he was thrice cast as separate characters named “The Creeper.” The Brute Man, from 1948, proved Hatton’s swan song—he died, at 51, months before its release—and predictably finds this hulking brute with an all-gravel mush-mouth avenging those who caused his deformity, including Detour’s Tom Neal. In the latest from Secret Cinema, this B-picture is paired with another freaky face. In 1947’s Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome—the fourth and final D.T. picture until Warren Beatty’s lovingly bloated take in 1990—Ralph Byrd essays the titular square-jawed G-Man, tussling with no less than Boris Karloff. -Matt Prigge

7:30pm. Free. Chestnut Hill Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. 215.248.0977 

Fela!
Philadelphia’s most famous movie star, Will Smith, turned his attention from the Hollywood Hills to the bright lights of Broadway with the result being the monstrously successful musical Fela!, which touches down in Smith’s hometown this week at the Academy of Music. Produced by Smith and Jay-Z, Fela is the true story of the flamboyant Nigerian political activist Fela Kuti. A musical pioneer who blended jazz, funk and African rhythms to create what became known in the 1970s as Aftrobea, Kuti matched the pulsating sound with provocative lyrics to attack the corrupt military dictatorship in his native Nigeria and oppressive governments throughout Africa. Director/choreographer Bill T. Jones brings Kuti’s stormy life and music to the stage in this electrifying musical that’s sensually exuberant choreography is guaranteed to set your adrenal glands on fire. -J. Cooper Robb

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