Calendar: Nov. 21-27

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Join facial hair aficionados from all over the city at Mustachio Bashio.

Wed., Nov. 21

PINK Pub Crawl
Oh, Thanksgiving Eve, you’re such a double-edged sword. So close to the long-awaited feast and the laziness that accompanies it, yet also shrouded in the pressure of being “the best bar night of the year.”  This year, the original PINK Pub Crawl returns with an all-night tour of the best LGBT bars in the city. It all starts at 9 p.m. at iCandy, where there’ll be drink specials and a vodka pie-eating contest. The crawl continues through the Gayborhood with stops at Tabu, Woody’s and Voyeur. Tickets for plain-clothes folk are $30, and include dance floor admission and three free drinks. Donning pink clothing to the crawl will get you $5 off tickets, which can be purchased at the first and second stops of the night. -Anthony Trivelli

9pm. $25-$30. Starting at iCandy, 254 S. 12th St. 267.324.3500.

Thurs., Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Day Parade
Much to our delight, Mitt Romney failed to kill Big Bird. Sesame Street’s banana-yellow bird will join Elmo and friends on Thanksgiving Day at the 93nd Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade this week. Hosted by 6ABC and corporate sponsors, the nation’s oldest turkey day parade commences at 8:15 a.m. at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard. The fleet of floats joining the Sesame Street cast: Disney’s Magic Kingdom, a kitten-themed float by HHGregg, Campbell’s Bountiful Harvest and, of course, Santa. Area marching bands, dance schools and school choirs will also parade down the 1.4-mile trail, which travels down JFK Boulevard to the Ben Franklin Parkway and around Logan Circle. For parade-goers, family favorite celebrities will be out and about, too: Kristen Alderson of General Hospital, Disney Channel star Coco Jones, Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler and the Phillies’ Ryan Howard. Plus the giant, inflatable celebs: Cookie Monster, Frosty the Snowman, Scooby Doo and more. For those staying in the city through the holiday, fill up your Thermos of piping hot cocoa, pack some gloves and a blanket and bunker down on the Art Museum’s steps for the parade’s grand finale. Then, get home, chow down and give thanks that the Eagles’ season is almost over. -Alexis Sachdev

8:15am-noon. Free. Starts at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard.

Fri., Nov. 23

Mustachio Bashio
We know you’ve been dying to show off that fashionable rug decorating your upper lip. But where? Well, you’re in luck, because Fado Irish Bar and Restaurant is hosting Mustachio Bashio—a charity event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, silent auction and mustache contest all wrapped into a night of “Pour Your Own Pint” Guinness-drinking fun. There will be prizes for the best (real and fake) mustache in the house, in addition to a mashed-potato-eating competition. Join facial hair aficionados from all over the city in celebration of the evolution of the ’stache. -Caroline Newton

5-9pm. Free. Fado Irish Pub, 1500 Locust St. 215.893.9700. Un-Sale
Black Friday brawls over blenders remind us what the holiday season is really all about—material goods. Yet as the prices in the department stores get slashed, is hiking up its prices for its “Un-Sale.” During the weekend of Black Friday through Cyber Monday, all products of Made by Survivors, an international nonprofit that educates and employs survivors of slavery and other human-rights abuses, will be marked up. These extra cents will be put toward its goal to rescue at least one woman from modern-day slavery in India. Multiple charities will be participating in the “Un-Sale” and giving their earnings to their respected causes, whether it’s food for a poverty stricken child or shelters for the homeless. So while you’re waiting in those mile-long lines for your discounted cashmere, thumb over to and buy something worthwhile. -Jenine Pilla

Through Nov. 26.

Kid Koala
12 bit Blues, the latest record from Canadian DJ/producer Kid Koala, comes with one incredibly enticing gimmick. Limited runs of Blues CDs and LPs are packaged with a miniature flexi-disc and a small DIY cardboard gramophone kit. Put in some arts-and-crafts elbow grease, and voilà: The contraption plays the vinyl without any electricity. While the item certainly isn’t a necessity—its playfulness makes it hard to turn down, plus it marks another experiment from a guy smitten with them. In the past, Koala (born Eric San) has made video games and comics to accompany his music, and DJed events where dancing is prohibited in favor of drawing and writing. Sonically, 12 bit Blues finds him fileting and re-arranging old blues tunes into tasty beats that could pass for golden age hip-hop tunes. Koala’s current Vinyl Vaudeville Tour is decidedly off-kilter-sounding, too: A press release promises no less than puppets, robots, dancing girls, parlor games and that cardboard turntable in gargantuan form. -Reyan Ali

10pm. $15. With Adira Amram & the Experience. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Sufjan Stevens
Like a trendy haircut seen in a photograph years later, Sufjan Stevens seems interested in putting as much distance as he artistically can between himself and 2005’s bubbly chamber-pop breakthrough Illinoise.This led to 2009’s classical Koyaanisqatsi-style instrumental album, The BQE, and the clattering electronic-inflected manner of 2010’s The Age of Adz. The warm, fey orchestral flourishes are all but absent, though Stevens is still a meticulous producer of deftly arranged pop, just with a darker, weirder, more mechanistic undertone. He also possesses an abundance of Christmas cheer, evident last week when he released his second, 58-track collection of Christmas standards, Silver & Gold, the follow-up to 2006’s Songs for Christmas, emblematic of Stevens’ playful pop culture-biting idiosyncrasy. -Chris Parker

8:30pm. $20. With Sheila Saputo. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Sat., Nov. 24

Union Transfer Winter Beer Fest
The time has come to give thanks to the city that nourishes your craft beer consumption. Philly’s annual winter beer fest brings you more than 100 beers to sample from around the world, including seasonal spiced ales, once-a-year strong ales and limited-edition drafts. There will be your favorite old standbys and a whole slew of new breweries to sample, like Twisted Pine, DuClaw, Kona, Neshamity Creek, Susquehanna Creek, Evolution and tons more. Food concession stands and samples will ensure you don’t lose all that precious brew all over the sidewalk, and beer-related paraphernalia will ensure you’ve got gifts for all your friends who couldn’t make it. -Abigail Bruley

1-5pm or 6-10pm. $40. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Lamb of God
Lamb of God’s last tour, slated for the summer, was canceled when frontman Randy Blythe spent 35 days in a Czech jail, charged with manslaughter in the 2010 death of a fan at a Prague concert. Police say Blythe pushed the fan off the stage. He hit his head, went into a coma and later died. (Weirdly, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube.)  Blythe was released on bail last August, but still faces trial. For the moment, though, it’s devil horns up for the Richmond, Va.-based head-bangers, who bring blistering riffs, hair-tossing theatrics and throat-shredding aggression to a temporarily interrupted party. They’ll be showcasing Resolution, their seventh album in 13 years, which Q magazine called “a furious and unrelenting broadside of searing riffs and invention.” -Jennifer Kelly

7pm. $38-42. With In Flames, HELLYEAH + Sylosis. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

Let the Roots Show

The legendary African-American dance company Kulu Mele continues to build on the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora with their new Let the Roots Show. Produced in collaboration with The Requisite Movers (which was formed in 2012 to produce the works of black movement artists), the show celebrates a number of local emerging choreographers whose work is rooted in and inspired by African dance. Part of Kulu Mele’s Dance to the Rhythm of the Drum, the two-evening program features five separate dances. The evening is anchored by Kule Mele’s classic piece Oya, which is choreographed by the company’s legendary artistic director Dorothy Wilkie. The revised version tells the story of Oya, who, when enraged, creates all manner of turbulence, including tornadoes and hurricanes. Other works from Kulu inlcude Wassolonka Suite—with choreography by Cachet Ivey—and Acacia Reed’s Triba. The Requisite Movers is represented by choreographer Lela Aisha Jones’ “living-moving history” Gathering and Street Grace Series: Native Portals of Lynching and Love, a collection of short performance works that blur “textual and bodily memories.”  -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $12-$15. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914. 

Sun., Nov. 25

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