Calendar: Nov. 10-16

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Wednesday, Nov. 10

Sufjan Stevens
For beloved indie-folk troubadour Sufjan Stevens, no more albums about U.S. states—a la 2003’s Michigan or 2005’s Illinois—since last year he admitted his now-abandoned-but-never-really-intended-to-come-to-fruition “Fifty States Project” was little more than a “promotional gimmick.” And no more albums about highways, a la 2009’s The BQE, either. These days, rather than leaning mainly on geography and character sketches, Stevens is getting personal. His visceral The Age of Adz is an excavation of self, with artfully constructed treatises on loneliness, heartbreak and frustration. The touching of his own nerves manifests itself in sometimes jolting vocals and digital noise and chaos that chews at his usual chamber-folk orchestrations, ultimately making for some of the most exciting music he’s ever crafted. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. Sold out. Academy of Music. 300 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life
Vegan activist, cook, author and DIY-er Melisser Elliott is the creator of The Urban Housewife and Cruelty Free Face blogs and the founder of San Francisco bakery Sugar Beat Sweets, which will soon be opening the first all-vegan,
women-owned bakery storefront in the Golden Gate City. Tonight at Grindcore House, she’ll be selling, signing and talking about her new book, The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, most likely with a towering mountain of dairy-free cupcakes within arm’s reach. Several all-star vegan ladies contributed their words, including bloggers and authors Kelly Peloza (The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur) and Jenn
Shagrin (Veganize It…Don’t Criticize It!). In addition to addressing vegan ethics and recipes, the book includes tips on vegan-friendly beauty products, craft projects and vacation destinations. -Elliott Sharp

6pm. Free. Grindcore House, 1515 S. Fourth St.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Original Plumbing
You don’t have to be a trans dude to appreciate Original Plumbing. The San Francisco-based quarterly focuses on the diversity of FTM experience in words and (gorgeous) pictures. OP chose a slew of Philly models to pose for its fashion issue—sexy drop party included. Along with spinning by DJ Evelyn Manlove, the evening features performances from burlesque to drag to hip-hop, safe-sex demos by Screws of Screwmart and appearances by OP editor Amos Mac and Issue No. 5’s hometown hotties. Proceeds will support the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, the largest of its kind in the world. It’s the perfect opportunity to support two awesome political causes (gender equality! health-care access!) and celebrate the wide spectrum of gender identities and various lovely down-there bits. -Alexandra Jones

7pm. $5-$10. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave.

RRIICCEE featuring Vincent Gallo
Pretty much everything Vincent Gallo does is the creative equivalent of filming himself getting a sloppy blow job and calling it art. Yet as obnoxious as he is, most of his output is worth at least rubbernecking. With RRIICCEE, Vincent Gallo keeps two of his most obvious characteristics alive in one tidy package: being both super annoying and somewhat interesting despite it. Originally founded in 2008, RRIICCEE rotates members every year. For the 2010 edition, Gallo’s playing with Woody Jackson and Nico Turner. (Bonus trivia: Jackson was in the high school band that went onto become the eight-legged monster that was LIVE.) Gallo spends most of his interview time trying to explain how RRIICCEE performances are improvised without using the word “improvised,” arguing that they’re improvising within preconceived notions of transcending preconceived notions, kind of like hippie jazz but nothing like the blues and they never, ever jam. Got that? -Tara Murtha

8pm. $13-$15. North Star, 27th and Poplar sts. 215.787.0488.

That Pretty Pretty
When That Pretty Pretty; or, the Rape Play premiered in February 2009, it was just as disturbing as the title indicated—yet the macabre production, in which two ex-strippers roam the country slaying right-wing pro-lifers and blogging about it in gruesome detail, is still disturbingly hilarious. Writer Sheila Callaghan knew exactly what she was doing when she constructed the masochistic, gun-toting feminists who enjoy random sex, slutty clothing and Jell-O wrestling. Callaghan’s use of misogynistic feminist stereotypes and pop culture in developing her characters are best manifested in the play’s heroine: Jane Fonda circa her ’80s workout phase. The story becomes a mind warp when we meet a self-described “gender-blind” screenwriter who may have created these characters and happens to worship Godard, Scorsese—and Mel Gibson. -Maryline Dossou

7pm. $18. Through Dec. 5. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. 215.218.4022.

Friday, Nov. 12

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti + Os Mutantes
By the time California-based Ariel Pink was born in 1978, Brazil’s Os Mutantes were about ready to disband. They had spent more than a decade performing and recording some of the era’s most inventive psychedelic rock, a blend of the Doors and the Beatles combined with tropicalia’s Gilberto Gil and bossa nova’s Antonio Carlos Jobim. Meanwhile, in the following decades, Ariel Pink became a cult icon with his one-man cassette tapes and CD-Rs. His music challenged traditional indie rock with its frequent use of body percussion and influences as varied as psychedelia, new wave and lite FM rock. On separate trajectories, Os Mutantes reunited in 2006, and Pink formed a steady live touring band. Now both polished pros are coheadlining a tour, to the ecstasy of music nerds everywhere. -Katherine Silkaitis

9pm. $17-$19. With Old King Cole Younger. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Danilo Pérez’s PanaMonk Revisited
Pianist Danilo Pérez has blazed a trail from his native Panama to the U.S. and beyond, amassing a lofty body of work with Wayne Shorter’s quartet, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and many others. He played Philly earlier this year with an international cast in tribute to the great Dizzy Gillespie. Now he returns to tangle with the music of Thelonious Monk, continuing what he started on 1996’s minor masterpiece PanaMonk. It’ll be quite a switch from the densely textured, strings-enhanced ensembles of Pérez’s latest effort, Providencia. Instead, Pérez will appear with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, fellow virtuosos who’ll relish the task of bringing Pérez’s Latin-themed Monk homage to life. -David R. Adler

7:30pm. $32-$38. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215.731.3333.

Mr. Gay Competition
Homosexuality is not just beautiful—it’s hot. There’ll be less hairspray and more oiled-up washboard abs at the U.S. National Mr. Gay competition, which is hosted this year in Philly. The two-day event starts Friday at Q Lounge + Kitchen with a meet-and-greet with the 20 contestants from across the country; then on Saturday at the Voyeur Nightclub, marvel as the chiseled contestants duke it out in a three-round competition of swimwear, eveningwear and a Q&A with the five finalists. The winner will move on to compete on the international level. Embrace your sexuality and prepare for two nights of modest seduction and plenty of eyesex. -Kenneth Thapoung

8pm. $10. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St. 215.732.1800.

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