Calendar: Nov. 14-20

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Res performs at World Cafe Live this week.

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Wed., Nov. 14

Philly Sketchfest
Kicking off the third night of the city’s 5th annual Sketchfest tonight are local writers and stand-ups Chip Chantry and Carl Boccuti. The duo will be joined by a crew of local sketch and theater vets for the debut of their new, SNL-inspired sketch comedy show, The Specific Jawns, before it makes its official debut at the Off-Broad Street Theater. The ladies of Philly’s “most fallopian tubed sketch group” ManiPedi will then dazzle the audience with their off-beat characters, slightly disturbing sketches and super adorable smiles, followed by New York’s sketch sweethearts MacCloskey & Myers. Finally, rounding out the night is the cast of The Mask & Wig Club, UPenn’s all-male collegiate comedy group, which is actually the oldest one of its kind in the country. -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $10-$20. Through Nov. 17. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 267.441.4780. phlcomedy.com

Taste of Philly
Let your taste buds discover all that Philadelphia Weekly has to offer at its 6th annual Taste of Philly sampling event. For three hours at the Crystal Tea Room, you’ll be able to eat the offerings of Red Mango, Just Cookies, West Tavern, Tashan and many more. Not to worry­—we wouldn’t leave your tongue without something to wash down your food: The beer garden will feature Doylestown Brewing Co, Barry’s Homebrew, House of Shandy and other locals. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Philabundance and City of Hope. -Brenda Hillegas

6-9pm. $35. The Crystal Tea Room,100 E. Penn Square. philadelphiaweekly.com

Thurs., Nov. 15

Sum 41
Inheriting the mantle of punk and grunge from earlier groups, Sum 41 emerged from the wintry climes of Canada to become one of the alternative rock bands that dominated the ‘90s scene. On this tour, the group celebrates the 10th anniversary of their second LP, 2002’s Does This Look Infected?, and while front man Deryck Whibley and his crew have faltered commercially since then, they still have a loyal fanbase and more than 200,000 Twitter followers. Reviews for this tour have been favorable, despite the disappointing performance of their last album, last year’s Screaming Bloody Murder. To fan boys and girls for whom Sum 41’s music gave a soundtrack to their adolescent issues, this outing couldn’t have come at a better time, as those folks are now adults who hold the band in nostalgic reverence. Expect to hear “Fat Lip,” their debut (and biggest) hit—even if it’s from the album preceding Infected, “Still Waiting,” “The Hell Song” and maybe even the once-retired riff “A.N.I.C.,” reportedly a reference to the late Anna Nicole Smith, who, depending on what you believe, the band either adored or abhored. -Tonya Pendleton

7pm. $15-$20. With  IAmDynamite. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

The Taxi Tapes
Swarthmore college alum writer/actor/podcaster Sam Dingman won the Moth Story Slam earlier this month with an extract of his solo show The Taxi Tapes based on his experiences behind the wheel of a New York City taxi. Dingman brings his act to Philly as part of the 11th annual First Person Arts festival this week playing two shows at Ortlieb’s Jazz Lounge. “I wrote this show because I loved driving a taxi cab as much as I love performing in front of live audience,” says Dingman. “New York City cab drivers are like the cowboys of the Wild West driving, unnoticed, but are the essential oil running the great machine that is New York City.” From his first fare on a cold January morning to the last, Dingman offers you a glimpse of the working class of New York City you won’t find on a subway map. Anyone from comedian Jon Stewart to drunken tourists could hop into Dingman’s backseat at any given time. No one day is the same in Dingman’s taxi cab, so buckle up! -Jessica Foley

7:30pm, $12-$15. Ortlieb’s Jazz Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.402.2055. firstpersonarts.org

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals make some of the sexiest music on the planet. They demonstrated this on their underappreciated 2010 self-titled release, and they are jazzing things up again with their latest, The Lion The Beast The Beat. “Runaway” perfectly illustrates the influence that danceable ‘70s rock and soul has on their sound, and the piano-led rhythms of “Keepsake” further augments this point. Potter sounds like a slightly raspier version of Stevie Nicks on tracks like “Stars,” and her subtly soulful performance on “Loneliest Soul” will give you goose bumps. The seductive wordplay on “Turntable” leaves little doubt what Potter is in the mood for and highlights her ability to create evocative imagery with her lyrics instead of just eliciting emotional responses. The Lion The Beast The Beat is a groovy album you will want to hear over and over again. -Brian Palmer

8:30pm. $25-$28. With the Stepkids. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info

Bathtub Beer Fest
A benefit for Philly Beer Week 2013, this Prohibition-era beer-drinking party offers local boozehounds the unique opportunity to experience what life was like when beer was illegal. Sample an array of both old-fashioned and modern brews from 20 top craft breweries including Evil Genius, Neshaminy Creek, Flying Fish and Weyerbacher. In addition to a selection of special brews being served out of sixtels chilled in bathtubs filled with ice, an exclusive PBW 2013 “bathtub brew” will be made on-site using an open fermentation style, paying homage to Prohibition-era home brewing. Just in case that’s not enough to get you into the spirit, guests will receive free admission to the Constitution Center’s new exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition and are encouraged to come donning their best 1920s-1930s attire. -N.F.

7pm. $40-$45. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. constitutioncenter.org

Res
We can probably all agree that Fleetwood Mac is awesome. From their bluesy early days with Peter Green to the astoundingly-popular Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks era, it’s all full of great stuff. (“The Ledge” from 1978’s Tusk is seriously our favorite jam in the world right now.) But perhaps you’ve listened to Rumours a few too many times to fully appreciate “Dreams” or “The Chain” again? Enter local R&B songstress Res and her upcoming EP, ReFried Mac. Featuring soulful covers of four Mac songs and Nicks’ solo classic “Edge of Seventeen,” this homegrown favorite puts some funky new life into these old standbys. If you don’t know Res from her 2001 solo charting How I Do or her work with artists such as Talib Kweli and Gnarls Barkley, The Res Documentary, an upcoming feature, will highlight the talented singer’s struggles with the music business and the realities of being an independent artist. -Bryan Bierman

9:30pm. $13-$15. With Kate Faust. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

Fri., Nov. 16

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Much like those instantaneous decisions we make when considering a sexual encounter or pursuing a potential mate, this hour-long, choose-your-own-adventure style performance invites the audience to explore and liberate their own sexual creativity, using only their most primal instincts as a guide. Featuring a provocative and informative mix of storytelling, spoken word and erotica, it doesn’t matter how you choose to follow the progression of action as all roads lead to the same intensely intimate theater experience. This is the newest solo show by Boston-based playwright/performer, sex activist and phone-sex operator Cameryn Moore, who’s been touring the North American Fringe Circuit the past three years with her first two critically-acclaimed solo productions, Phone Whore and slut (r)evolution. Joining Moore to open the show are local smut faves, Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque and several readers from the Erotic Literary Salon. -N.F.

8pm. $15-$18. The PlayGround at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8077.  adriennelive.org

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