Calendar: March 16-22

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8pm. $15. First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, 2125 Chestnut St.

Monday, March 21

Bowling For Promise
Whether you’re young, old, attractive, ugly, black, white or polka dot, bowling is just one of those things that we can all enjoy. Everybody does it (unless you’re Shomer Shabbos, of course). It’s just something about hurling those polyurethane orbs down the lane to obliterate the unfortunate wooden pins that just exudes fun. Now, courtesy of the good folks at Stars Within Reach and the Andre Iguodala Youth Foundation, you can bowl, eat, drink and be merry in the name of charity. The night will include a silent auction, Apple giveaways and appearances by Iggy’s Sixer and Eagle comrades. Proceeds will be used to provide financial and medical support for struggling children afflicted by poverty and autism. This event is the kickoff to a 10-day statewide campaign to spread awareness about inner-city youths suffering from these ailments. Ryan Smith

5-9pm. $27-$35. Lucky Strike Lanes, 1336 Chestnut St. 610.628.6331.

Salem emerged from a lorazepam nightmare (i.e. Michigan) in 2008 with a few 7-inches (one titled Yes, I Smoke Crack) that were met with horrendous reviews; then, last year they were booed off FADER’s SXSW stage. Being labeled the vanguard of the vague “witch house” genre didn’t help things. Heavily influenced by the “chopped and screwed” aesthetic of the late DJ Screw—whose remixes slowed tunes down to a snail’s pace—Salem drape eerie synths and blurred horrorshow vocals over deathly sluggish breakbeats and low-end rumbles. Opening with a witch-fucked sample of “O Holy Night,” their 2010 full-length debut created a catatonic world of beautifully dismal club-bangers. Unconvinced? Well, do you like trainwrecks? -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Tuesday, March 22

In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play
The invention of electricity brought many innovations to the Victorian household. Apparently, one of them was the vibrator. In Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play, it’s the late 1800s and Dr. Givings has begun to use an “experimental electric apparatus” to treat women for hysteria (aka having a uterus). The treatment sessions prove to be quite effective, but poor Mrs. Givings gets increasingly troubled and inquisitive as the buzzing noises and shrieks coming from the next room get louder and louder with time. Artistic Director Blanka Zizka directs The Wilma Theater’s production of this Tony-nominated play, which explores the sexuality of Victorian women and the ignorance of the men who treated them. For an additional dose of period-style atmosphere, The Wilma will exhibit five antique vibrators in the theater’s lobby space during the run of the production. All can be plugged in and seen (but not used) in action complete with original casing and user manuals. Read our review here. -Emily Crawford

6pm. $18-$36. Through April 3. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.

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