Calendar: May 23-29

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Wednesday, May 23

Two of the city’s top dance companies, <fidget> and anonymous bodies, are teaming up for a mini-festival that will include two weeks of performances, lectures, open rehearsals, DJs and food. (But no uppercase letters!) Starting today at noon, the intellectually invigorating <fidget>, a platform for the collaborative work of noted dancer/choreographer Megan Bridge and composer/video artist Peter Price, is hosting a public rehearsal of their new Subject in Two Parts—a cross-disciplinary piece that combines video and dance to explore the ever-evolving nature of selfhood. A unique opportunity to engage with the artists during the creative process, the open rehearsal is part of the event’s free Pop-Up Store/Gallery. Other events at the Pop-Up Store include an open rehearsal on May 25 for anonymous bodies’ self-titled work and a brunch lecture on May 26 followed by live performances from various poets, DJs, storytellers, and comedians who, according to anonymous bodies director Kate Watson-Wallace, will all be “playing in some way with an anti-establishment take on being an American.” -J. Cooper Robb

Through June 3. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.

Literary Death Match
Ding ding ding! It’s time for the third local round of the internationally acclaimed series Literary Death Match! Hosted by Painted Bride Quarterly, this round finds four top-notch writers laced up and in the ring, where they’ll read their best work to win approval from a tough audience and points from a panel of judges. Competitors include American Poetry Review editor Elizabeth Scanlon, Barrelhouse Review co-founder Mike Ingram, Stories V! author Scott McClanahan, and Apiary Magazine editor Ras Mashramani. Philadelphia Inquirer book editor John Timpane, acclaimed photographer Zoe Strauss and yours truly will be on hand to judge the ish out of their efforts. The previous two editions sold out in advance, so get your tickets early, and let the bloodbath begin! -Tara Murtha

8:15pm. $7-$10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Brutal Truth
The world is probably going to end very soon. No more work, no more taxes, no more burgers, no more nothin’. Errr, at least that’s what grindcore metal band Brutal Truth seems to think. Formed in 1990, the doomsday-predicting four-piece consists of founding members Dan Lilker (ex-Anthrax, Nuclear Assault), Kevin Sharp (Venomous Concept), and Richard Hoak (Total Fucking Destruction). Erik Burke (ex-Lethargy) joined them in 2006 after the band’s seven-year hiatus. They released End Time last year on Relapse, which is their nastiest album since the break. With a post-apocalyptic cityscape in the background, a skeleton hand grips a globe on the album cover; inside the sleeve are 23 rotten tracks filled with hate. Satan only knows what the hell Sharp is ranting about, but his despair is believable. This is the end, beautiful friend, and Brutal Truth is its splendid soundtrack. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. $15. With Nasum, Dropdead + Backslider. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

Thursday, May 24

Crotch the Throne
Comprised of comedic chameleon Billy Bob Thompson and his self-loathing platonic life partner Christian Alsis, the Feeko Bros have been deemed the best sketch group in the city by their peers and were an official selection of the 2012 Chicago Sketchfest. Now back from whatever binger they were on, the two have devised a new half-hour’s worth of sketches, which they’ll be unleashing on the public this week. The bros are two-time winners of the “Dirtiest Sketch in Philadelphia Competition,” so it’s safe to say their latest material isn’t for the prim and proper. -Nicole Finkbiner

9pm. $10-$12. Philly Improv Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556.

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express
Chuck Prophet lives in San Francisco and Chuck Prophet loves San Francisco. Since hitting the city in 1983 to attend college, the musician has grown so smitten with S.F. that he just wrote a whole album about it. Temple Beautiful takes its title from a now-defunct punk venue that sat right by a temple run by infamous cult overlord Jim Jones, and the rest of the record is awash with references to local culture: the Halloween festivities in the Castro neighborhood that ended after a 2006 shooting; Giants legend Willie Mays; the 1978 assassination of politician/gay icon Harvey Milk; and so forth. Backed by the Mission Express, Prophet’s pleasant, not particularly idiosyncratic rock carries itself like alt-country, adding unobtrusive punk and psychedelic flourishes to twangy, misty-eyed guitars. The man also does a mean “London Calling” cover that he’ll hopefully bust out during his WCL show here. -Reyan Ali

7pm. $16-$20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Colin Powell
Tonight, controversial media target, four-star general and two-time Secretary of State Colin Powell promotes his latest book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, in a conversation with Inquirer political columnist Dick Polman. Like him or not (and 76 percent of voters do), Powell is one of the most influential public figures in the United States. He covers his many life lessons in the book, along with advice on adopting sound public leadership. The event will feature a Q&A segment in which the audience will have a chance to grill Powell on all matter of politics and on the current administration. -Abigail Bruley

12:30pm. $15. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Friday, May 25

Arts on South
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is expanding its artistic corridor down South Street’s Headhouse District with a yearlong program that turns abandoned retail spaces into art galleries. Every fourth Friday, the abandoned spaces bring the work of local artists to life with snacks, DJs and music. This month, Charles Barbin’s solo work will be featured at 327 South Street. Barbin is one of many artists working on the Mural Arts Program’s new project highlighting Philly’s hip-hop royalty, the Roots. Local businesses are also getting in on the action; The Bikery will feature the socially conscious work of students from Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ after-school program. And Paradigm Gallery will feature the contemporary, whimsical work of street artist Nosego. -Allyn Gaestel

5-8pm. Free. Various locations.

Black Dice

These Brooklyn experimentalists compose soundtracks for our post-apocalyptic future. There are no words, only the sputtering thrum of malfunctioning machinery, limping along like Battlebots disabled by their stretch in the Thunderdome. Beneath the spark-spewing sputter and static exists a heartbeat. For while Black Dice’s noisy excursions conceive a world on the edge of disintegration, intimations of structure and even musicality persist. This struggle against chaos cultivates a poetic air even while their sixth album, Mr. Impossible, continues their push into more warped electronic-driven tones, like war bleeding into space, artfully blending the destruction of Japanese noise pioneer Merzbow and the dance-floor pep of LCD Soundsystem. -Chris Parker

8:30pm. $10. With Far-Out Fangtooth + Nah. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Kiss Me Deadly
In director Robert Aldrich’s 1955 take on the gumshoe genre, it isn’t the crooks you need to worry about, it’s the detective. Mike Hammer is a macho peacock draped in tailored suits who zips around L.A. in his Jaguar, but these outward signs of success can’t mask his true nature: He’s an amoral, sadistic brute. When a chance encounter plunges the unscrupulous investigator into the midst of a scheme he barely understands, he clings to it tenaciously, angling for a big score. Blindly pursuing a mysterious whatsit, he prowls a city filled with losers on the grift, but off-kilter camera angles and looming shadows undermine his bravado at every step. Although Hammer knows how to use his fists, they’re no match for feminine wiles. From the hysterical hitchhiker he picks up, to his carnally confident assistant Velda, Hammer is less a lothario than he is a patsy. Carver is his undoing. Her pixie haircut and lost-girl voice trick him into believing she needs protecting. But she’s greedy, and she knows how to use a gun. -Raymond Simon

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