Calendar: March 9-15

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7pm. $12. With Tabi Bonney, Whole Wheat Bread, Ab-Soul + DJ Foundation. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

Monday, March 14

Science on Tap
Perhaps more kids would clamor for science if pints were given out with homework assignments. Those adults among us who understand the pleasures of expanding the mind while inebriating it can continue their education at National Mechanics’ bi-weekly Science on Tap forum. The informal gathering is the brainchild of the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, and the American Philosophical Society and Mütter museums. Each event features a presentation from an expert within the scientific field while attendees take down notes and brews. This month, Christine Bartos, curator of ungulates and small mammals at the Philadelphia Zoo, will lead a presentation and discussion about graceful giraffes and evolutionary adaptation. Apropos of the giraffa camelopardalis, participants can learn about the tallest mammals to roam the land while pouring the contents of their longnecks down their throats. -M.H.

6pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883.

Tuesday, March 15

Scarred Justice
What happened on Feb. 8, 1968, at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg was shocking, even to veteran reporters following the civil rights movement. “I’ve covered a lot of violence,” recounts a journalist featured in Scarred Justice, a documentary about the event and its aftermath. “We saw violence at demonstrations; we saw violence in Selma. But nothing prepared us for what happened at Orangeburg.” That night, state troopers opened fire on African-American students protesting to desegregate the local bowling alley. The shooting supposedly lasted no more than 10 seconds—just long enough to kill three students and wound 28. Despite the carnage, the Orangeburg Massacre, as some call it, has been largely overlooked. And unlike Kent State, which didn’t occur until 1970, hippie bards never commemorated this tragedy in song. Filmmakers Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson hope to rectify that by giving both victims and perpetrators the chance to speak. -Raymond Simon

7pm. $10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201.

Crystal Castles
As more dance and electronica seep into mainstream wellwater, artists push to subvert the style’s typically cold, mechanistic aura. Crystal Castles reveal where the shadow hits the light. The Toronto duo are a study in contrasts: quiet understated reflection beset by epic sonic swells, pretty icy melodies skating on a broken ground of noise and fuzz, spunky 8-bit samples and skittering background detritus parting for moments of sublime elegance. The vigorous energy of their clamorous live performances are injected with big doses of determined vibrancy, and sound like the swelling rage of a futuristic immigrant slum at the foot of a dark corpo-industrial monolith. -Chris Parker

8pm. $26. With Teengirl Fantasy. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

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