Calendar: March 23-29

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Wednesday, March 23

Tres Mts.
In the early to mid-’00s, the ’90s quietly cross-pollinated. While many of these collaborations never saw the light of day, one of the best has just surfaced. Tres Mts.—a project of Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Richard Stuverud (Fastbacks)—mixes these guys’ bread-and-butter grunge with the heavy R&B that lies deep in the heart of each band’s sound. The resulting self-titled release sounds like an instant throwback, from the fat Southern blues of “My Baby” to the loud ’n’ lusty “She’s My New Song” to “God Told Me,” which could be straight off the Singles soundtrack. The three are touring a quick string of dates along with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready on guitar, providing a rare opportunity to see a couple of rock titans in the relatively intimate confines of the TLA. -Jeffrey Barg

8pm. $20. Theater of the the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. livenation.com

Sommelier Smackdown
Get your fine-wine drink on this week as the Wine School pits a local wine expert against one of the school’s own in a head-to-head food pairing match. Lucky contestants get to play Iron Chef as they sample each somm’s wine and food offering and offer their two cents on every bite before, ultimately, determining a winner. The two opponents are provided with a four-snack menu and must go out and purchase wine to compliment each dish from a local retailer. This time around, Michael Wertzberger of Sampan will be thrown in the ring against one of the Wine School’s grape gourmands to create an original menu in under an hour. The battle is more than just a spectacle, however, attendees also get a crash course in wine and food pairing as the contestants talk you through every little decision they make. -Abigail Bruley

7:30pm. $61.99. The Wine School of Philadelphia, 2006 Fairmount Ave. 800.817.7351. vinology.com

Thursday, March 24

The Yes Men
The infamous artist collective and activist group that performs high-profile pranks with a conscience is back in Philadelphia. Or at least one of them is, anyway: Mike Bonanno, one half of the infamous Yes Men, will be giving a lecture hosted by student group Produce Exhibitions at the Tyler School of Art. Bonanno and his partner in mischief, Andy Bichlbaum, work with a team of anonymous Yes Men and Women to reveal corporate greed and other acts of social injustice, typically by impersonating a high-profile representative of the company or organization under questioning. Most recently, they released a series of phony advertisements for Chevron Oil Company featuring incriminating slogans like “Oil companies should kill fewer people—we agree.” Produce Exhibitions is additionally celebrating the Yes Men’s history of calling bullshit on government organization and big businesses with two screenings of their 2009 documentary, The Yes Men Fix the World, at 6:30 on March 17 and March 28. The movie is great, but seeing the charismatic Bonanno talk in person is the event that really shouldn’t be missed. -Emily Crawford

7pm. Free. Anderson Lecture Hall, 1114 Berks St. 215.777.9144. temple.edu/tyler

Dipset Reunion
Too often, a group gets big, starts bickering and falls out. This scenario is more than prevalent in rock, but hip-hop is no different. NWA, Wu-Tang, Death Row, Roc-A-Fella, The Fugees and G-Unit (to name a few) have all suffered from the Humpty Dumpty syndrome. Unfortunately, Harlem’s Diplomats were not immune. After slaughtering the mixtape circuit, releasing popular studio albums, making the color pink gangsta and starting the “No Homo” revolution,  a series of mishaps brought what Dipset’s Jim Jones once labeled as “the most powerful movement in this muhfucka” to a halt, leaving their fans yearning for a comeback. The wait is over. Killa Cam, Jimmy Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey and rest of the crew have hit the road on the Dipset Reunion Tour and will be gracing Philly with some of the powerful music that they’re known for. The evening is guaranteed to be “crack.” -Ryan K. Smith

8pm. $32.50-$34. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

Friday, March 25

Moon Duo
Though motivated in geist, headcount and name by the legendary free-jazz pairing of late-Philadelphians Rashied Ali and John Coltrane, the music of San Francisco’s Moon Duo confirms their commitment to the post-Kraut/psych-rock wars. Above pre-programmed autobahn-beats, guitarist Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and keyboardist Sanae Yamada interlace labyrinthine tapestries of blotter-drenched motorcycle blues. The title-track from Mazes, their sophomore full-length due next week on Sacred Bones, is a slight departure from previous recordings: the drums remain relentless, but the bad-trip static is peeled to reveal a juicy surf-rock papaya. Note: Mazes comes with a bonus disc featuring remixes by several psych-mercenaries, including Philly’s Purling Hiss. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $10. With Lurker. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Saturday, March 26

Philadelphia Liberty Dance Challenge
Dancing With the Stars? Pshaw—Philly’s got Dancing With the Gays! Well, it’s actually called the Philadelphia Liberty Dance Challenge, the Pennsylvania championships of same-sex dancing that’ll feature everyone from novices to seasoned pros gunning for the North American OutGames in Vancouver, Canada this summer. The sixth annual PLDC kicks off at 9 a.m. with eight hours of grading and competition in tango, waltz, swing, mambo, foxtrot, cha cha, merengue and other dances, plus exhibitions of the two-step, the hustle and more. And then the sequins and serious action come out at 7 p.m. for the grand ball and championship competition, where LGBT couples will be judged on their moves and panache on the dance floor. A winner shall be crowned, but really, everyone wins—audience, participants, and the Sapphire Fund, the Philly LGBT support organization for which part of the proceeds from today’s event will benefit. -Michael Alan Goldberg

9am-11pm. $15-$40. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. philadelphialibertydancechallenge.com

The Funeral Pyre
With their blast beats, forbidding riffs and brutal, bloodcurdling howls, the Funeral Pyre sound like they should hail from some abandoned crypt in the darkest corner of Sweden, where they sit around sharpening battle axes, making necklaces out of human skulls, and sacrificing the blood of mortals to the Viking gods in exchange for a few killer tunes. However, this black metal quintet actually comes from sunny Southern California—they’re part of a dynamic and growing U.S. scene that’s giving their more famous Scandinavian counterparts a run for their spiked overcoats and furry boots. Actually, the Funeral Pyre dispenses with the silly outfits and all the other pomp; it’s simply the music that’ll eat your soul. -Michael Alan Goldberg

7:30pm. $10. With The Secret + Sadgiqacea. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.
kungfunecktie.com

Sunday, March 27

Voices Of Domestic Violence: Music And Monologues
An onstage sob, a series of hit singles and an SNL stint after assaulting Rihanna, Chris Brown is back to his pop-locking ways. Meanwhile, domestic violence, like C-Breezy, shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon: According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence-related fatalities in 2009 increased more than 22 percent from 2008. For Moshay LaRen, the midday host of 107.9 WRNB and founder of the Love Yourself Foundation, those stats hit close to home. “With me, it started with a lack of love for myself,” she says about her own experience with abuse. “The message of self love needs to be shouted out from the highest mountain we have.” This weekend, the mountaintop is the Painted Bride, as actress-humanitarian Sheryl Lee Ralph reads monologues culled from real letters by domestic abuse victims. Vivian Green, Aja of Kindred Family Soul and Carol Riddick also lend their vocals to battered women who too often suffer in silence. -Gerry Christopher Johnson

1:30pm and 6:30pm. $25. Painted Bride, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. voicesofdomesticviolence.eventbrite.com

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