Calendar: March 2-8

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Wednesday, March 2

Jim Boggia
Though his albums are shiny little gems of fine classic pop, you can’t really “get” the Jim Boggia experience until you go see him perform in person: His easy-going stage presence and considerable charm unfurl like hothouse flowers. Like Boggia’s part-time gig recreating Beatles tunes with the Fab Faux, this particular show has English roots. Last year, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Bleu, Brooklynite Tracy Bonham and Boggia found themselves touring the U.K. at the same time by happenstance, and all wound up playing a show at Borderline in London together. They had such chemistry, they decided to scratch up a mini U.S. tour and recreate the experience for lucky fans on this side of the pond. Boggia will surely be busting out his ukulele, while Bleu and Tracy will infuse his set with harmony vox. -Tara Murtha

8pm. $18-$20. With Bleu + Tracy Bonham. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

Conversations on Candy
From the Whitman’s Sampler to Frank Fleer’s bubble gum, Philadelphia has helped satisfy America’s sweet tooth since the mid-1800s. At one point in the city’s history, there were 12 sugar refineries and every neighborhood had its own confectioner. Candy makers like Wilbur’s and Young’s, have been gone for a while but Philly still has a few chocolate champions. The Berley brothers of the Franklin Fountain and Tony Walter of Lore’s Chocolates are stopping by the Atwater Kent Museum this week to drop some seriously sweet knowledge on us compiled from firsthand experience: Their family businesses still concoct toothsome delicacies here in Philly and sell the sweets around the city. They’ll be discussing the legacy and prospects of this lost confectioner’s art. -Raymond Simon

6pm. $10. The Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent, 15 S. Seventh St. 215.685.4830. philadelphiahistory.org/candy

Make Philly iProduct Design

You’re probably sitting on the next great million-dollar product (mine’s a toothbrush that reminds me to feed my cat), but then there’s all the work that goes into design and execution. Make Philly’s spring meeting, featuring Peter Bressler of the Bressler group, will give you insight on how to create and manufacture your genius product, so you aren’t stuck trying to sell your customers your superglue and rubberband combos. After the talk, a second wave of awesome happens when members of Make Philly present what they’re working on right now. Once they’ve inspired you, it’s time to get your hands on some tech with the Maker Challenge. Split up into teams, and no matter what your experience level, you can work with your team to solve a presented problem. One of these new pals might be just the person to help you launch your great idea. -Alli Katz

7pm. Free. University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St. makephilly.com

Thursday, March 3

The iStandard Producer Showcase
Producers don’t always get the rep they deserve—maybe a shoutout in a riff but mostly just a mention in tiny print in the credits—yet they are responsible for the beat that gets heads bobbin’ and booties bouncing. Entrepreneurs Don Di Napoli of Prototype Entertainment and J Hatch of Inasirkl Music Group decided to create an event where wannabe producers could platform their music in front of the big-wigs. iStandard Productions is hosting its first event of the year in the Illadelph, having become a monthly event in 15 cities across the U.S. since starting off in N.Y.C. six years ago. At bat are 10 up-and-coming hip-hop/R&B/pop producers who were chosen after submitting their work online. They’ve prepared a CD of five tracks formatted to present to judges including Bad Boy’s Senator Skid, The Heatmakerz’ Rsonist and Latif, who’s written songs for Cassie and The Roots. This is no simple battle of the beats. Entrants will receive feedback and criticism, and perhaps, a licensing deal too. You could get the chance to tell your friends how you saw the next Swizz Beatz before he made it big. -Trishula Patel

8:30pm. $15-$20. Fluid Nightclub, 613 S. Fourth St. 215.629.3686. fluidnightclub.com
 
Marnie Stern

Following her critically acclaimed third album last year, Marnie Stern made an interesting move in January by releasing a cassette of early home recordings. Kill Rock Stars signed her in 2007 based on the strength of these demos. Entering the world through Dog Daze Tapes, an imprint run by a KRS employee, studio versions of several tracks appeared on In Advance of the Broken Arm. More than a fetish object for completists only, they offer a compelling portrait of Stern’s evolution as a composer and musician. Her thorny guitar angles, spastic tempo shifts, and distinctive voice slash through but sound miles away, whirring in the fuzz that makes every four-tracker’s eyes twinkle. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $12. With Tera Melos + Many Arms. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

Friday, March 4

New Orleans: 1920s Mardi Gras
With Fat Tuesday right around the corner, the new event production company VINTAGEMUSE is bringing the glamour of the Roaring 20s and the extravagant carnival celebrations of the Big Easy to Philly for the night. In addition to an appearance by some Philadelphia Mummers, the evening’s live entertainment will include burlesque performances by The Infamous Miss Mae and Lady Saint, set to the jazzy tunes of Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. A mix of DJs will also be on hand to keep the party going into the wee hours. If you’re able to pry yourself off the dance floor, there will be a crafting table where you can make your own Mardi Gras mask and stunning accessories on display for sale from Persephone’s Jewels and Amaryllis La Creme. It’s a theme party, so wear something vintage inspired and save 2 bucks on admission. -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $10-$12. The M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577. mroomphilly.com

Kurt Vile and the Violators

Philly’s Constant Hitmaker has been letting his hometown catch him for free lately. A few weeks ago, he and the Violators (his backing band, with hairdos as long and free flowing as his own) played World Cafe Live’s Free at Noon, where they dazzled with an encore cover of Springsteen’s “Downbound Train.” Now, the boys stop by Old City’s a.k.a. music for an intimate in-store performance before heading out on the road in support of Vile’s new Matador LP, Smoke Ring for My Halo, out March 8. The new songs are something to behold, too. “Jesus Fever” surges with jaunty guitars in a catchy framework, while “Ghost Town” trudges slowly beneath Vile’s echoey, down-the-dark-hallway intonations. -Kevin Brosky

7pm. Free. AKA Music. 27 N. Second St. 215.922.3855. myspace.com/aka_music

Legalize Trans Benefit

The ad wizards at American Apparel probably thought they were doing the non hetero world a favor when they came up with “Legalize Gay” as a T-shirt slogan. Legalize Trans—a campaign to create discussion about the need for inclusiveness in the fight for gender equality—has turned this myopic misstep into an opportunity to educate and advocate. Transpyre Productions, which is all about creating safe, fun environments for Philly’s trans community, knows how to throw a party, and the proceeds from this one will benefit Legalize Trans (anyone who shows up in an LT tee gets in free). The evening’s cabaret-style entertainment includes folk pop/spoken-word trio Good Asian Drivers, performances of drag, burlesque and puppetry, and a post-show dance party. Where else can you party down, support your local trans community, and stick it to Dov Charney all on the same night? -Alexandra Jones

9pm. $5-$10. Tritone, 1508 South St. 215.545.0475. legalizetrans.com

Saturday, March 5

PBR Crafting Challenge Show
Not a day goes by that you don’t see it. It’s in your friend’s apartment, littering the street or the free drink of choice at just about any event. The 167-year-old Pabst Blue Ribbon usually brings back many forgotten or blocked-out memories, but can apparently also inspire creativity. At the Third Annual PBR Crafting Challenge Show, vendors and artists will be displaying the many alternative uses of PBR such as turning the discarded bottle caps into funky earrings, or stiching and painting the logo on everything from baby toys to cuff links. Check out all the kookiness while snacking on PBR-inspired cookies and cupcakes and listening to live performances from Cheers Elephant, An American Chinese, Dangerous Ponies, TJ and the Atomic Bomb and Levee Drivers. Buy PBR-inspired apparel including shirts, housewares and soaps, play games and, of course, drink free PBR. -Sydney Scott

3pm. Suggested $8 donation. Skybox at The 2424 Studios, 2424 E. York St. 215.423.1800. 2424studios.com

Nate Wooley
If you follow improvised music in New York, you can’t go long without bumping into trumpeter Nate Wooley, an Oregon native and former Coloradoan, now based in Jersey City. Wooley stands out on recent efforts by Adam Lane (Ashcan Rantings), Harris Eisenstadt (Canada Day), Matt Bauder (Day In Pictures) and more, but he’s particularly at home in collaborative co-led environments (check out Tooth and Nail with Joe Morris, or Crackleknob with Mary Halvorson and Reuben Radding). Playing trumpet and amplifier at this week’s live summit, Wooley joins experimental violinist/vocalist C. Spencer Yeh, assertive downtown cellist Okkyung Lee and famed U.K. drummer and free-jazz pioneer Paul Lytton. Nearing 64, Lytton will push his younger cohorts to their limits, be assured. -David R. Adler

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