Calendar: March 28-April 3

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Saturday, March 31

What do Slipknot, bank-robbers, your stupid 6-year-old nephew on Halloween night and SBTRKT have in common? They all wear masks. Yeah, for whatever reason, the London musician/producer SBTRKT wears one when he performs. So if this kinda thing freaks you out, stay home tonight. Costumes aside, SBTRKT blessed us with one of the best dance-pop tracks of 2011. “Wild Fire” features sci-fi/fantasy vocals by Yukimi Nagano (the Swedish-Japanese front woman of Little Dragon), and the track is built on slippery, quasi-dubstep wobbles and a neck-snapping beat. Like the rest of their self-titled debut, it’s a bona fide smooth operator. Chicago songwriter Willis Earl Beal and Philadelphia’s Luvstep open, probably not wearing masks. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $20. With Willis Earl Beal + Luvstep. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Outgoing Tide
One reason Philadelphia  is a world-class theater town is that in addition to having an abundance of great actors, directors, designers and companies, it’s also home to some of the nation’s top playwrights. One of Philly’s best dramatists, Bruce Graham, takes center stage at the Philadelphia Theatre Company with the East Coast premiere of The Outgoing Tide officially opening this week at PTC’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre. A huge hit last summer in Chicago, where it debuted and won the prestigious Jefferson Award for best new play, Tide is set on Maryland’s nearby eastern shore, where Gunner, a father and husband, is making plans to secure his family’s future. Not everyone is on board with Gunner’s plan, and with time running out, the family struggles to reach some sort of agreement. An unflinchingly honest exploration of Alzheimer’s and its effect on a family, PTC’s highly anticipated production is directed by Graham’s longtime friend and collaborator, James J. Christy, whose previous work at PTC includes the Barrymore Award-winning productions Take Me Out and The Laramie Project. -J.C.R.

Sat., March 31, 2pm and 8pm. $25-$59. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard sts. 215.985.0420.  

Beard and Mustache Championship
Didn’t know competitive bearding was a thing? Well then, prepare to have your mind blown. Hosted by the Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club, the East Coast’s first regional competition will deviate far beyond your standard pencil stache, goatee and mutton chops as contestants compete in categories like “Full Beard Natural,” “Styled Mustache” and fan favorite, “Freestyle Beard.” There will even be two female categories: “Fake Beard Most Realistic” and “Fake Beard Most Creative.” Winners will be determined by an esteemed panel of facial-hair enthusiasts, including the former Action News reporter with the killer stache, Don Polec. Keeping you entertained while votes are tallied will be vendors, raffles and a performance by Olde City Sideshow. If you’re thinking this all sounds ridiculous, you’re absolutely right. But the ridiculous will not be in vain as a large portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit animal shelter Operation Ava. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. $13-$30.  Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Sunday, April 1

Philly Farm Fest
Connect with local farmers and learn about where your food comes from during the Philly Farm and Food Fest. A collaborative effort from Fair Food Philly and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, the event features regional farmers, food producers, artisinal food businesses and, of course, a selection of locally made products to sample. Kick off your spring by learning about beekeeping, attending a guided tasting of artisan cheeses with a cheese expert, participating in a local food scavenger hunt or sampling a sustainable Chipotle taco. -Heather Taddonio

Through April 4. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

Tire Fire
The literary series for people lacking a stick up their ass is back. This round features Chicagoan author Adam Levin, whose readings of his huge (at more than 1,000 pages, we mean that both literally and literature-ly) debut novel The Instructions, which partially inspired Tire Fire co-founder Christan TeBordo to start the series in the first place. He’ll be reading from his new book Hot Pink, fresh off a killer New York Times review. Joining Levin is Bryn Mawr prof Daniel Torday reading from his new novella The Sensualist. Cozy up and order the sparkling, as the evening doubles as a book release party for Torday. Rounding out the bill is Jaime Fontaine, host of local reading series Toiling in Obscurity and monthly storytelling show Second Stories, who once witnessed Jerry Blavat call up Davy Jones to do a Jerry Blavat impression. -Tara Murtha

6pm. Free. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. 215.238.9880.
Van Hunt
There’s a slew of sensual and funky R&B crooners these days—Robin Thicke, John Legend and Anthony Hamilton, for example, have all carried the baton passed by Jodeci and R. Kelly. Van Hunt, however, not only covers the requisite Marvin Gaye-esque lovemaking tunes, but combines them with dancefloor hits and jagged punk rhythms. It’s an odd combination, but it works. Over the course of three studio albums (four albums, if you count a 2008 recording for Blue Note that was shelved and never released), Van Hunt has refined his sound, from polished urban contemporary to a healthy combination of beats and ballads and finally, the hardcore-influenced funk and ballads found on last year’s What Were You Hoping For. -Katherine Silkaitis

9pm. $12-$23. With Vintage Trouble. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Monday, April 2

Let Them Eat Cake
If you think shows like Cake Boss or The Next Great Baker are exciting, just imagine if a TV screen wasn’t separating you. Attracting hundreds of foodies, brides-to-be and general sugar junkies each year, national cancer institute City of Hope’s annual wedding-cake design competition pits students against professional pastry chefs in the ultimate wedding confection battle. Not only will the cakes have to taste orgasmic, but participants must present a concoction that looks too good to eat while somehow incorporating this year’s theme, “Under The Big Top,” into their design. Whether they decide to go traditional, ethnic, fantasy or seasonal is up to them. A panel of judges from the culinary arts and wedding industries as well as local celebrities will rate the cakes in nine categories including “Most Artistic,” “Best Tasting” and “Best Overall.” All proceeds from the event will go to City of Hope, while all the calories are likely to go straight to your hips. -N.F.

6pm. $40-$50. Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. 215.627.1200.

Girls in the Band
The Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple presents a screening of the award-winning doc, Girls in the Band, which chronicles the unsung female jazz and big-band instrumentalists from the ’30s to today. All-girl big bands were a mighty presence in the ’30s and ’40s, yet, by the mid-’50s, women were gradually taken from behind the drums, trumpets and saxophones, leaving those who sang the only females left to be recognized or remembered. Girls traces their struggles through rare footage and concerts, including interviews with jazz bigwigs like Herbie Hancock, Geri Allen and Esperanza Spalding. Prior to the screening, the Temple jazz band, under Terrel Staford, will perform hits by the many forgotten female bands. -Abigail Bruley

7pm. $15. The Franklin Institute, 20th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Tuesday, April 3

Some of My Lives
Philadelphia native Rosamond Bernier has been on the planet for 95 years and she’s taken advantage of every second. She flew planes and started a small zoo in Mexico, where she was pals with artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. In 1946, she moved to Paris to be the European features editor for Vogue, and she became buds with Matisse, Picasso and Miró (see her book, Matisse, Picasso, Miró: As I Knew Them). Nine years later, she started art mag L’Oeill, and after returning to the States in the early 1970s, she became a world-renowned lecturer—she gave more than 200 talks on art, literature and life at the MET in New York. Oh, yeah, she’s also a lifetime member of the International Best Dressed List. She’s done a billion more incredibly cool things, many of which are detailed in her latest book, Some Of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir, which she talks about tonight.  -Elliott Sharp

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