Calendar: March 21-27

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Wednesday, March 21

Poet-tree en Motion
Each month, Poet-tree en Motion invites a selection of guest artists to come and showcase their talents, exposing audiences to an eclectic mix of performing arts—song to sideshow and everything in between. For March, however, the free event series is switching things up a bit and reserving the stage for a lineup of female talent. Hillaria Goodgame will take you through the evolution of a black woman’s identity through a fusion of poetry, song, dance and live music, while performance artist Monica Day will have you feeling hot and bothered with her honest tales of intimacy and romance. Then, just when you think you’ve had all the stimulation and estrogen you can take, local lady trio the Femme-Mynistiques will enchant you with their mystical vocals while the American Tribal belly-dancing troupe Barajagala hypnotize you with their hips. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.
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Deleted Scenes singer-guitarist Dan Scheuerman recently complained to the D.C. quartet’s hometown Washington Post: “We’re too poppy for the weirdos and too weird for the straight-ahead kids.” Dude doth protest too much—there’s a whole pool of music fans right in the middle, who like their indie-pop skewed, scuffed and quirky but still melodic and memorable. The foursome’s recent Young People’s Church of the Air often finds that balance with loopy synth-pop, blissful psych-tropicalia and harmony laden ’60s beach-pop sometimes reminiscent of the Flaming Lips or even John Vanderslice’s mid-’00s offerings. Get there early for the krautrocky shoegaze of Music for Headphones, who also keep it weirdly accessible (or accessibly weird). -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $8. With Music for Headphones + Come On Homewreckers. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Thursday, March 22

Sarah Vowell
Part scholar and part comedian, This American Life contributing editor and best-selling author Sarah Vowell skillfully unites critical historical research and wonderful irreverence. She digs deep into the past in order to find the hidden actors, practices and reasons that cause us to (unknowingly) do the things we do today. In The Wordy Shipmates (2008), she writes about the settlement of Massachusetts by the Puritans and how their belief that they were God’s chosen ones has become detrimentally embedded in America’s political and cultural identity. Tonight, she talks about her new book, Unfamiliar Fishes, which somewhat picks up where Shipmates left off. Here, she sets her sights on the Americanization and colonization of Hawaii, beginning with the arrival of New England missionaries in the early 1800s. Shifting seamlessly between the past and the present, Fishes is both edifying and outrageously witty. -Elliott Sharp

7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Hope Street and Other Lonely Places
This month, four of Philly’s top playwrights debut new works including local scribe Genne Murphy, whose play Hope Street and Other Lonely Places is having its world premiere in a production from Azuka Theatre. Hope Street is the homegrown Murphy’s first full-length play, and it’s appropriate that the city itself is a major character in this story of love, loss and renewal among five individuals divided by their physical and mental addictions. Starring Mary Lee Bednarek as a heroin user searching for a past love, the production team includes set and lighting designer Thom Weaver who is in charge of bringing Philadelphia to life in all its gritty glory. Hope Street runs through April 1, but with tonight’s 2-for-1 special, you can take a friend for free. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $15-$27. First Baptist Church, 17th and Sansom sts. 215.563.1100.

After two albums of minimalist gothic Americana, Chapel Hill, N.C.-based trio Bowerbirds court a gentler, sweeter tone on their latest, The Clearing. The subtle baroque touches that dotted earlier efforts are here in force, chasing a pretty chamber-folk vibe abetted by much warmer production than the barren lo-fi spaciousness they previously favored. The mood’s similarly flip-flopped. The hope and indomitable spirit couched in their haunted rustic paeans turns cold and melancholy, with singer/guitarist Philip Moore trying to “hold tight till spring,” on album highlight “This Year.” This probably reflects his break-up with singer/accordionist Beth Tacular, which delayed the album and nearly (for now) ended the band. -Chris Parker

9:15pm. $12. With Dry the River. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Friday, March 23

Nerdist Podcast
Fear not, proud nerds! Since the first event sold out quicker than you can say, “Is Chris Hardwick that guy from Web Soup?” The Nerdist has added an extra show tonight that features uproarious standup comedy and nerdy banter. The usual podcast crew, Jonah Ray of The Soup and Web Soup and Matt Mira of Attack of the Show,  join in on what Hardwick describes as: “A place where we nerds come together and share the nerdery that we find. It’s also my home to various elements of the Nerdist Empire.” Sounds a lot different than being a geek. -Ashley Kole

10:15pm. $29.50. Trocadero. 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Saturday, March 24

This Is How We Do It
The “This Is How We Do It” monthly dance party celebrates all that is Cross Colors, Bum Equipment and Saved by the Bell. Being touted as the ‘official Nick Carter after-party,’ you can request your favorite ’90s hit by leaving your pick on the event’s Facebook page, and DJ Money Fame Love will keep you happy all night. The little party has graduated in size to the spacious Trocadero with drink specials aplenty; they may even throw some Zima into the mix. Wear your drug-rug, spritz on some CK One and let’s make this thing official. -Abigail Bruley

10:30pm-3am. $5. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.

Shut Up and Dance
This week, experience original works designed, choreographed and performed by the dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet. The performance costs $25, but the proceeds will go to MANNA, a local nonprofit that prepares and home-delivers more than 70,000 nutritious meals to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses each month. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the one-night-only event guarantees audiences an entirely unique performance every year and features all types of dance—from classical ballet and contemporary dance to hip-hop and swing. -N.F.

8pm. $25-$100. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 215.923.1515.

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