Calendar: May 11-17

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Wednesday, May 11

Sometimes when a neglected, underrated, musical work is out there in the world, it may take a while for people to finally catch up with it. Case in point: How I Do, the debut album from singer and hometown girl Res. Released in June 2001 on MCA, Do was a challenging curio: an album full of funky/punky, boho pop from a cinnamon-sexy, dread-locked sista. You’d think since she emerged during the much-loathed, bubblegum-pop era of Britney and ’N Sync, she would’ve become a critically lauded, alt-music heroine, the same way fellow Philadelphian Santigold (who wrote most of the songs on Do) has. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, mostly because a lot of people didn’t get the album (both figuratively and literally). Thankfully, Res will be giving audiences a chance to catch up when she does a 10th anniversary concert this week, performing the whole album in its entirety. Attend the show, and see if you don’t immediately go home afterward and download that shit! -Craig D. Lindsey

8pm. With DJ Phsh. $15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Sa Va Fashion Show
Sa Va, a socially conscious boutique with responsible business practices and fair-trade raw materials, hosts a fashion show along with neighboring vendors, guest speakers and DJ Mike Mesa this week. The 1700 block of Sansom Street will transform into a catwalk where attendees can enjoy a free night out, reveling in the glory of fashion. The event is sponsored by the Career Wardrobe, an organization that assists women re-entering the workforce through a raffle. The line of threads to be featured “represent through fabric and styling the desire and pull we have to be close to nature, which is often contradicted by urban life,” says Sa Va CEO Sarah Van Aken. Instead of picking up a bargain basement deal, head over to Sansom Street and get your socially aware style on for free. -Lauren Gordon

6-8pm. Free. 1700 block of Sansom Street.

Thursday, May 12

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Epic, enigmatic, encompassing—alliteration aside, these are a few words that describe the ominous sound of progressive post-hardcore masters ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. Fans will appreciate new album Tao of the Dead, where songs like “Cover the Days Like a TIdal Wave” take ToD standards of raging guitars and pounding drums and incorporates it with cosmic keys into their patented eruption of sound, reminding us they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Frontman Conrad Keely compliments his guitar with melodic vocal riffs, making Tao an unexpected sing-along album. For all the concepts of angst, fear, and injustice ToD’s music presents to its listeners, it ultimately serves as a social commentary in the form of audio catharsis. -Ben Rosenau

8pm. $14. With Surfer Blood, True Widows + Weekends. First Unitarian Church, 2125
Chestnut St. 215.821.7575.

Judah Friedlander
Like many schoolteachers, 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander spends his summer the old fashioned way: working a second job. Although known to most as his character Frank
Rossitano, Friedlander has performed stand-up comedy for 20 years. The image he carries over from the screen is instantly recognizable in person and even more exaggerated, like watching a cartoon break into the third dimension. His trademark trucker hats and boxy glasses loom larger, his sweaty glaze a little shinier. And that’s the idea for the self-proclaimed World Champion. When Friedlander’s on stage, everything isn’t just better, it’s the best. There is no skill he hasn’t mastered, no bragging rights he has yet to earn. Friedlander smartly uses his appearance and the bravura of swaggering dimness to set his jokes up at a perfect pitch. He is a master at being both ridiculous and ridiculously funny. -Micaela Hester

8pm. $20-$27. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.

Andrew’s Video Vault
Andrew Repasky McElhinney’s passion for movies hearkens back to a time before the pictures got small. Fortunately, he’s been sharing that enthusiasm with fellow film buffs as host of his very own repertory cinema series. The latest installment pairs two rarely seen movies. Too Much, Too Soon is a Diana Barrymore biopic that features Errol Flynn as John Barrymore, the father she never knew. Alcohol had reduced the rakish Tasmanian to a mere shell of his former self by the time he got to play his idol. In his autobiography, Flynn even claimed that drinking buddies smuggled the deceased trouper’s corpse into his home as a gag, which is probably more face time than the Great Profile ever gave his neglected daughter. Less than two years after the film’s release, the former swashbuckler succumbed to hard living. Diana—no stranger to the bottle—followed shortly thereafter. The evening’s second flick, Under 18, stars Marian Marsh, who won rave reviews opposite Barrymore in Svengali. In this pre-Code melodrama, she portrays an ingénue desperately in need of cash. -Raymond P. Simon

8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. 215.573.3234.

Friday, May 13

Mason Jennings
In 2009, Minneapolis-based music man Mason Jennings worked on a collection of songs about “how hard it is to be 34 and be a parent and sane and married and true and positive and yourself and a man and funny and a decent person and a not decent person and human.” Exhausting! The next obvious step is to sink into sweet nostalgia. Jennings’ newest album The Flood is just that, a collection of lost recordings found on a cassette in a box in his dad’s basement. Jennings had a listen to his former selves and decided to re-record 15 songs spanning 18 years of his career with stripped-down production of basically just warm acoustic six-string and Jennings’ rumbling everyman vocals. The songs range from jaunty porch finger-picking of “So Many Ways to Die” and “Better Than That” to the Tom Petty-inspired vibes of “January,” and the show will be fresh full of old stuff for fans and those just getting turned on to the other Jennings. Tara Murtha

8pm. $25-$42. With Birdie Busch. World Cafe Live. 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Dance Benefit Cabaret

The Nichole Canuso Dance Company is taking its benefit to new heights this year with some big-top, fun-house flair. Far from a stuffy art event—the cabaret offers up the traditional carnie art of face painting, and its more risque cousin: body painting. Visit the mystics tent for a Tarot card or astrological reading and then participate in a Whack-a-Mole competition with a cocktail in hand. Adding to the sideshow will be a fabulous array of gypsy performers that include Nichole Canuso herself, Martha Graham Cracker and some Fancy Mummers from South Philly’s Rabble Rousers. When the barker (host Rainey Lacey) says “come on down,” slide yourself into How Philly Moves photographer JJ Tiziou’s Magic Photo Booth—after you bid on some artist-funding auction items, of course. -Allison Krumm

7:30pm. $13-$20. Underground Arts at The Wolf Building, 1200 Callowhill St. 215.413.9083.

What better way to celebrate the only Friday the Thirteenth of 2011 than with a bunch of freaks and carnies? Having now spent five years touring the country, the Squidling Brothers are bringing their circus sideshow extravaganza back to their hometown for its seventh season. As you might expect, the evening will include live music, bizarre puppetry, elaborate costumes and plenty of jaw-dropping (and potentially vomit-inducing) stunts. Swords will be swallowed, steel will be bended, heavy things will be hung from nipple-piercings and all sorts of sharp objects will be inserted where they should never be. Rest assured, these are all trained professionals. The lineup of local and traveling acts includes burlesque dancers, aerialists, human pincushions, a hula hooper, a belly dancer and Baron Von Geiger, the World’s Strangest Strong Man. Host Jelly Boy the Clown will be accompanied by his clown partner Betty Bloomerz, “The Sideshow Doll of Darkness,” and his brother Matterz Squidling, “The Impenetrable Music Man.” -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $10. The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, 3819 Hamilton St. 215.386.3784.

Saturday, May 14

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