Calendar: May 30-June 5

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Wednesday, May 30

Whether you remember Godfrey from his role in Zoolander or want to pretend you don’t recall him from Soul Plane, the Nebraska native has become an increasingly prevalent name throughout the comedy scene. His first gig was the warm-up act at The Cosby Show, and since then he’s made a name for himself in movies and comedy tours. This year, he’ll be featured in Funny: The Documentary, which profiles and connects various comedians, but you can catch all the hilarity in advance this week at Helium. -Ashley Kole

8pm. $12-$19. Through June 2. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.

Harper Blynn

Seems like it’s only gotten harder to tell where Harper Blynn are coming from. In the past, you could pretty easily pin them to the Brooklyn indie world, but their new Busy Hands sounds more all over the map—and that’s a very good thing. While “In Another Life” tosses out California sunshine and beach-boy “ooo ooo ooo”s, “Lovely Thing” pulls inspiration from ’80s Brit rock and fat, swirling Midwestern guitars. Then there’s the gorgeous “I’ve Got Time,” which sounds like a dreamy, rainy New England summer evening. It’s a journey anyone can take for free, as the band decided to offer up the whole album as a free download at At tonight’s CD release show at the Tin Angel, if this collection of new tunes is any hint, there’s no telling where you’ll end up. But it’ll be a hell of a trip. -Jeffrey Barg

8pm. $10. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770.

A Dybbuk
EgoPo Classic Theater, which moved to Philadelphia from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, culminates a yearlong festival of Jewish theater with A Dybbuk. The play, written originally in Yiddish by Russian playwright S. Ansky, was seminal in establishing Yiddish theater in the United States and Israel. The soul of a deceased Kabbalah scholar, who died of longing because he was denied permission to marry his true love, possesses her on the day of her wedding to another man. The erotic story explores the need to defy death as well as the need to physically and emotionally possess the person you desire. -Laura Goldman

8pm. $20-$50. Prince Music Theater 1412 Chestnut St. 800.595.4TIX.

Thursday, May 31

Philadelphia Live Arts gets a head start on its annual performing arts extravaganza with the launch of Jumpstart. “This new program is an opportunity to discover the next wave of new talent in Philadelphia” says Live Arts producing director Nick Stuccio. The six artists selected by a panel include dancers, poets, actors, clowns, playwrights and choreographers. Perhaps the most intriguing work on the docket is Lessons for the Lobotomized, the first piece from new company the Brothers Beffa. The play relates the chilling story of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker who suffered a horrible accident that resulted in a two-foot iron rod piercing his skull. Gage miraculously survived, but his shocking behavioral transformation made him a human guinea pig for unscrupulous psychologists more interested in their career than their patient. -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $12-$18. Through June 2. Live Arts Studio, 919 N. Fifth St.

Philly Comic Con
If you think the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con is just for comic book/horror/sci-fi/anime nerds, you’re sorely mistaken. The annual convention attracts tens of thousands of fans from across the region each year and caters to pop-culture enthusiasts across all genres. Guests can expect a slew of lectures, workshops, panel discussions and dealer booths in addition to fun events like “Jedi Lightsaber Master Class,” a “Superhero Pub Crawl,” and “Sci-Fi Speed Dating.” Yet, the convention’s biggest draw is the impressive lineup of celebrity guests who will be holding meet-and-greets and/or Q&As. Guests include B-list ’90s heartthrobs Melissa Joan Hart and Jason Priestly, and current hotties Hayden Panettiere, Sean Patrick Flannery and True Blood’s Sam Trammell. As far as top-tier celebs, this year’s headliners include Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captains Kirk and Picard (William Shatner and Patrick Stewart) and comic-book legend himself, Mr. Stan Lee. -Nicole Finkbiner

5pm. Through June 3. $45-$80. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 646.380.2490.

No matter what happens, Busdriver (aka Regan Farquhar) will always get our thumbs up for three reasons: First, his dad wrote Krush Groove. (That alone should be worth, at least, two generations of street cred.) Second, his lightning-fast rapping on the song “Imaginary Places” is forever burned into our brains as a result of its appearance in Tony Hawk’s addictive Playstation 2 game Underground. And three, his 2005 single “Avantcore” samples a pretty obscure Can song titled “Turtles Have Short Legs.” (We can’t describe the music nerd hard-on we received upon first listen, because they’re gross, and we have a word limit.) The wild ’n’ weird Busdriver is clearly a music nerd himself, as his latest album Beaus$Eros and collaborations with diverse artists (Islands, Modeselektor,
Deerhoof) will attest. -Bryan Bierman

9pm. $10-$12. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.

Friday, June 1

Hammer of Glory Relay
Pat’s vs. Geno’s? Stale. The Mummers? Zzzzzzzzz. Running up the Art Museum steps like Rocky? Oh, fuck off. A Philly tradition worth giving a damn about? The annual Hammer of Glory relay! In what’s become a staple of the city’s enormous Beer Week festivities, the HOG—a comically oversized keg mallet “forged from the sweat and blood of 10,000 brewers” (actually, it was crafted by Fishtown metal artisan Warren Holzman)—does a 12-hour bar crawl while transported from location to location by a variety of creative human-powered means (like pogo sticks, kinetic sculptures, zip lines, Roller Girls, etc.). Around 6:30 p.m., it’ll wind up at Independence Mall, where Mayor Nutter will crack open Beer Week’s ceremonial opening tap—this year, the keg holds a brew called Brotherly Suds 3. If you want to follow the HOG’s all-day adventures, SugarHouse Casino is offering free rides on a double-decker bus that will trail all the hilarious action. -Michael Alan Goldberg

6:30pm. Free. Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall West.

Strider + Westmarch
The Philly Improv Theater has just assembled two more batches of talented improvisers and tonight, Philly comedy fans will get to see the newest house teams in action for the very first time. While the names of the teams and their members are still being kept under wraps (“Strider” and “Westmarch” are just codenames), both include a sprinkling of long time performers as well as recent PHIT Training Center graduates. Directing the teams are improv vets Steve Kleinedler from Boston Improv Theater and Maggy Keegan from IO West, Groundlings and Second City LA. Can’t make it out to the show tonight? Don’t worry—you’ll have a chance to see them perform every Saturday night along with PHIT’s five other resident ensembles. -N.F.

8:30pm. $10-$12. Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556.

Foundation Ball
Tonight’s the night to party like it’s 1977 Harlem, and get back to the roots of the drag ballroom house scene. Pretty boys, thugs, school boys, butches and many more will walk the walk and compete in runway, vogue and “power couple” match-ups for cash and prizes. The party is all part of the Trans Health Conference, a yearly event bringing together trans people, allies and health providers for workshops and discussions aimed at improving the often treacherous health-care experiences of the trans community. -Allyn Gaestel

10pm-2am. Free. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St.   

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