Calendar: March 30-April 5

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7pm. Free. Swarthmore College, LPAC Theater, 500 College Ave. Swarthmore. 610.328.7750. swarthmore.edu

Sunday, April 3

Yoga + Beer
Sunday’s the day to beat your hangover. As experts in the field, Philadelphians know the two surest cures: exercise and drinking some more beer. Do them at the same place, at the same time, for the same ticket price and discover the joys of transcendence through hedonistic indulgence. Dock Street Brewery will host a 75-minute all-levels yoga session with the spirited and flexible Justicia Friese DeClue, which will be immediately followed by a brewery tour and tasting. Just don’t try any crazy stuff after you’ve started drinking. The ancient sages said that true flavor couldn’t be expressed by mere words; it must be embodied. This workshop will bring you to the full embodiment of crafted hops, to unify your mind, spirit and liver. Discover the essence of beer, and get yourself drunk on enlightenment. -A.K.

12:30pm. $35. Dock Street Brewing Co., 701 S. 50th St. 215.726.2337. dockstreetbeer.com

Monday, April 4

Destroyer
The most super part of so-called “indie supergroup” the New Pornographers is Dan Bejar (with Neko Case finishing in second place). Bejar has recorded as Destroyer since 1996, with the last eight albums of his discography released by recent Grammy-winning label Merge. Given the nostalgia movement sweeping the popular-indie world, some may quickly discount Destroyer’s 2011 release Kaputt as representing an already exhausted trend. But while the tunes are soaked in 1980s elevator-pop grease and New Age body oils with traces of Kenny G-inspired smooth jazz, Kaputt is more a reappropriation of kitsch than an escapist’s return to the womb. Guiding with his erudite wordplay, Bejar revives highly danceable sonic wastelands to disclose the impermanence of taste. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $13. With War on Drugs. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

Tuesday, April 5

When The Spirits Dance Mambo
If your only exposure to Santería has been the horrible Sublime song or the 1987 Martin Sheen shlockfest The Believers, you may want to swing by International House tonight for a screening of When the Spirits Dance Mambo. The 90-minute documentary—shot in both Cuba and New York City—traces the journey and evolution of the sacred, somewhat mysterious, and often misunderstood La Regla Ocha (better known as Santería) religion from its West African roots to the Caribbean (16th-century slaves brought their Yoruba belief systems with them to Cuba and elsewhere as a means of maintaining identity and strength) and ultimately the United States. Created by filmmakers Robert Shepard (who’ll be on hand this evening for a question-and-answer session) and Marta Moreno Vega, the vibrant, colorful Mambo examines the ways in which Santería embedded itself in Cuban music, dance and rituals, and how Cuban immigrants carried those traditions to America. -M.A.G.

7pm. $5-$10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

The Black Angels
With all-consuming monochrome drones and death-shaking, low-frequency grooves, the Black Angels’ Directions To See A Ghost (2008) painted a dystopian portrait of an LSD-based free-community where doses were secretly spiked with PCP. The Austin, Texas-based five-piece plunged into the dark heart to confront the sick cult’s Godhead, and upon finding the blood-sucking snake disguised as a dove, they decapitated it. On Phosphene Dream (2010), they make a slight departure from Velvet Underground-esque dirges to incorporate more 13th Floor Elevators-inspired blues and rock riffs (which makes sense since they toured as Elevators’ founder Roky Erikson’s backing band in 2008). While their palette has evolved, thankfully, the uptight trembling and bad vibes remain. -E.S.

8pm. $13. With Suuns. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

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