Calendar: March 9-15

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Wednesday, March 9

Junior Brown
While Junior Brown has become known over the past couple of decades for his quirky “guit-steel”—a double-necked contraption he invented that’s a six-string electric guitar on top and a lap-steel guitar on the bottom—there’s absolutely nothing gimmicky about this 58-year-old honkytonk hero. Brown injects old time rock ’n’ roll spirit into the rowdy Hank/Waylon school of country music, throwing in Tex-Mex, blues and surf-rock flavors for good measure. The guit-steel’s simply a handy means to an end—he plays it like a fiend as he summons heartache, humor and hell-raisin’ with his gritty baritone voice, creating a feverish stomp that’s made him one of country’s all-time greats. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $29.50. With Beats Walkin’. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple sts., Sellersville. 215.257.5808. st94.com

Pretty Things Peep Show
A world-famous striptease vixen, a smokin’ hot sword swallower and glass eater, a mustachioed “human blockhead” emcee, and a 27-inch-tall burlesque star walk into a bar … sorry, no punchline here—we’re talking about tonight’s Pretty Things Peep Show extravaganza at the North Star. Pretty Things are pretty big-time, having toured with Ozzy and spiced up videos for 50 Cent and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In addition to the bawdy, titillating (almost) nudie acts, you’ll witness stomach-turning displays of sideshow freakiness—including the infamous Chinese Execution Blade Box, chainsaw juggling, the good ol’ bed of nails and, y’know, people pounding various sharp things into their faces and other places—and plenty of vaudevillian and rockabilly flavored merriment. We hear that members of Philly’s own burlesque sensations the Peek-A-Boo Revue will be joining Pretty Things this evening as special guest performers. Together, they’ll demonstrate how the tease can be more fun than the strip. -M.A.G.

8pm. $10-$12. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com

Thursday, March 10

LGBT Adoption Cafe
The LGBT community has made tremendous gains since Stonewall: The Matthew Shepard Act, the repeal of DADT, gay marriage in several states, those cute rainbow signs in the Gayborhood. Still, these triumphs are no substitute for children. After all, what is a queen without an heir? Prospective parents can attend the LGBT Adoption Cafe, an evening of food and information about gay adoption, which is permitted in Pennsylvania, though the waters remain murky. Let the Philly-based National Adoption Center—which, according to Director of Communications Gloria Hochman, facilitated its first lesbian adoption in the ’70s—be your guide at this event that includes LGBT parents who’ve been there and adoption agencies that have signed off on that. While you may not get your own Zahara Jolie Pitt, Hochman suggests a more logical alternative. “In the Delaware Valley, we have 1,500 children in foster care waiting for families to adopt them, waiting for permanence in their lives.” -Gerry Christopher Johnson

6pm. Free. Barrymore Club, 6815 Emlen St. 215.735.9988. ext. 304. adopt.org

Yelawolf
Isn’t it about time you heard an MC who just happens to have Indian in his family? (Seriously, the last one we remember is that Magoo guy who used to hang with Timbaland. Are there any others we’re overlooking?) Well, that’s what you’ll get when you take in the rhymes of the aptly named Yelawolf. This half-Caucasian, half-Cherokee, multi-tattooed Alabama native is a star on the move now that he’s been signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. But even though he has the Great White Hope’s seal of approval, he may have a difficult time showing folks he’s not a Slim Shady knockoff. In the video for his single “Pop the Trunk,” a title which we believe he snatched up from a bit off of Kevin Hart’s last stand-up special, his white-trash swagger is in full effect. He gives off more lower-class, trailer-park pride than Em did in his early days. (The video itself looks like one of those dream sequences from Winter’s Bone.) But we assume this guy will catch a lot of buzz. Hell, with his dirtbag good looks, we wouldn’t be surprised if he suddenly gets a let’s-get-together text from Pamela Anderson. -Craig D. Lindsey

8pm. $12-$14. With Cyhi Da Prince + Reef The Lost Cauze. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5productions.com

Friday, March 11

Composer Portrait: Fieldwork
Somehow the most skewed, abstract rhythms become magnetically appealing when pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Steve Lehman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey gather as the experimental collective Fieldwork. In a rare three-night showcase, these formidable musicians will appear together and apart, highlighting their distinct identities as solo innovators and their power as a combined force. Sorey opens on Friday with “For Kathy Change,” a quintet tribute to the late political activist who burned herself to death on the Penn campus in October 1996. Fieldwork convenes as a trio on Saturday. The JACK Quartet performs chamber music by Lehman (“Nos Revi Nella”) and Iyer (“Mutations I-X”) on Sunday, after a pre-concert chat with New York Times jazz critic (and Penn alum) Nate Chinen. -David R. Adler

Through Sun., March 13. 8pm. $12 ($30 three-night pass). Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. 215.922.1695. arsnovaworkshop.org

TV Carnage Live
If you have a gym membership, you can go ahead and cancel it because the geniuses behind TV Carnage have compiled decades’ worth of hilariously awful video clips to form the ultimate home exercise DVD. When their Let’s Work It Out International Tour comes to Philly, you’ll have a chance to see portions of the video along with other shameless TV moments you won’t find on YouTube. Broken into seven chapters—one for each day of the week—the video covers everything from naked aerobics, the “preggo shuffle” and erotic workouts for couples. Several famous faces even make an appearance to help guide you through the exercises, including O.J. Simpson, Marky Mark, Cher and Barbie. By the end of the first chapter, you’ll not only be feeling the burn in your buns and guns, but the glare from all the neon spandex unitards may actually start to burn your retinas a little. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. $5-$8. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Saturday, March 12

Final Community Paint Day
Your artwork could be the first thing welcoming visitors and world-weary locals at the Philadelphia International Airport. What’s that? Even your parents wouldn’t display your childhood drawings on the fridge? No worries. Even if you never graduated past stick figures, the Mural Arts Program wants you to come out and help create the nearly 50,000 square foot mural—the largest of any project ever completed in the over 3,000 created by the Mural Arts Program. The final product, known as How Philly Moves, will feature dancers of all ages, races, genders and abilities, originally photographed and transformed into a nearly 75-foot tall mural design by Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou. Join Tiziou and lead muralist Jon Laidacker for your final chance to be a part of this new Philadelphia landmark—and cross “display artwork publicly” off your bucket list. -Hannah Keyser

Noon. Free. (all supplies provided). The Gallery at Market East, Ninth and Market sts., top floor. howphillymoves.org

Philly Roller Girls Double Header
While every member of the Phillies’ starting lineup may have an oh-so clever nickname, none of them is quite as bad-ass as Roxy Elbowa, Shenita Stretcher and Leggs Benedict. If you’ve never experienced the fierce, puntastical world of roller derby—you’re in luck. Having just kicked off their fifth season, the Philly Roller Girls will be delivering not one, but two batches of ass-whoopings for your enjoyment. First up, last year’s Warrior Cup Champions, the Broad Street Butchers will go head to head with the league’s newest team, the Heavy Metal Hookers. The Independence Dolls will then take the track for the first time this season and look for their second win against the Cape Fear Rollers Girls from Wilmington, N.C. There will also be an after party at Bonner’s Irish Pub where you’ll have a chance to get to know the women behind all the awesome aliases. -N.F.

6pm. $15-$20. 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St
. phillyrollergirls.com

The Karma Factor Finals

Bringing their success full circle to their homebrewing origins, at the beginning of the year Yards Brewing announced their inaugural Karma Factor competition, a challenge for homebrewers to create a perfect mimic of a Yards brew. In February, two semifinal tastings were held at the City Tap House and the Hulmeville Inn, with judges weeding out the batches of near-misses and rewarding strict attention to science, a discerning palate and drinking in the name of craft. The winning duos from each event are now set for the crowning throwdown, the Karma Factor Finals, with a duplicate IPA to be poured against a copycat Brawler. The champion wins the opportunity to collaborate with the Yards team on a beer that will premiere at Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap ceremony. Throughout the night of the competition beers are only $4, and that makes everyone a winner. -Micaela Hester

5pm. Yards Brewing Co., 901 N. Delaware Ave. 215.634.2600. yardsbrewing.com

Sunday, March 13

Murs
Murs sports a dread-locked head of hair that’s tough, woolly, untamed and even, dare I say it, uniquely individualistic. Of course, you can say the same thing about the rhymes he spits. The Los Angeles-born-and-bred rapper has made a career out of being something of an independent force of nature, as both an MC and an artist. (Murs is supposedly an acronym for “Making Underground Raw Shit.”) The dude has always been on the fringe and loving it, starting way back when he was one of the key members of the West Coast hip-hop collective Living Legends. He seems to be at his most creatively charged when he’s paired up with someone. He and Atmosphere’s Slug formed a supergroup called Felt, which had them dropping albums dedicated to their favorite actresses. But, of course, he’s been doing his best work with North Carolina producer 9th Wonder. They’ve collaborated on four albums together, including last year’s Fornever. So, expect him to bring some more underground raw shit this weekend. And, for all the people in the front row, you better get back when he starts whipping that hair back-and-forth. He could take one of your eyes out! -C.D.L.

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