Calendar: Nov. 23-29

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Wednesday, Nov. 23

Dance Your Ass Off
Ladies, since you’ll be spending all of Thanksgiving with your literal family, it’s only fair to slip away from the parental abode the night before to spend time with your sisters. This annual party for women who admire women (and their allies) is sure to attract a packed house. And if the lure of lipstick lesbians and handsome butches isn’t enough to entice you off the couch, Scene Philly is offering plenty of incentives, including a modest cover charge until midnight, $3 drink specials from 9 to 11 p.m., and a special prize giveaway. DJ Goddess, who rocked the house in September, will be on hand to keep the tunes flowing and the bodies moving. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Sink or Swim, a local charity that aids Philadelphians who are either uninsured or underinsured. -Raymond Simon

9pm. $8. Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James St. 215.735.5772.

If Maynard James Keenan wasn’t such a surly sumbitch in the other absurdly serious bands he fronts (Tool and A Perfect Circle), we probably wouldn’t appreciate the bizarre comedy that’s part and parcel of his side project, Puscifer. When APC came to town several months back, the band played a crowd-alienating set and Keenan sang in the the shadows at the back of the stage the whole time. It SUCKED. With Puscifer, however, you should expect a more theatrical and engaging performance with hilarious pre-recorded between-song skits featuring MJK alter-egos Major Douche and white-trash hero Billy D. There’ll probably be a real-life Airstream trailer and operational Weber grill onstage, too. But when the band plays its music—typically an avant-pop and electro-ish version of Keenan’s usual prog tendencies—they’ll take things more seriously. Hopefully not TOO seriously, though. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $39.50-$65. Tower Theatre, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby.

Infected Mushroom
Over the 15 years of their existence, Haifa, Israel-bred, Los Angeles-based duo Infected Mushroom have cultivated a multi-hued discography while playing in and near the psychedelic trance sandbox. “Muse Breaks” is built on slippery, reserved beats; “Psycho” features cruising, slick dubstep; and “Becoming Insane” manages to mix frenetic electronica and Spanish guitar into something coherent. Infected Mushroom’s most recent record continues to evidence their open-mindedness with its interesting roster of guests. Most notably, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Ferrell gets bleak on “Killing Time,” and perpetually creepy Korn leader Jonathan Davis shows contrition for hurting someone on “Smashing the Opponent.” This seventh album also sports the fantastic title Legend of the Black Shawarma. Middle Eastern grub and tripped-out dance music—a combination with true potential. -Reyan Ali

9pm. $25. With Randy Seidman + PEX/Playloop DJs. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Christmas Village
Due to the construction at Dilworth Plaza and permanent stench left behind by Occupiers, the city’s annual German-inspired Christmas market event will be relocated this year to Love Park, where it’ll no doubt be infiltrated by skateboarders and bums. Open from Thanksgiving Day till Christmas Eve, the village will feature a mix of more than 50 local and German vendors selling a wide variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys and other arts and crafts. Catch three live performances each day from local choirs, bands and solo artists while stuffing your face with traditional European food and sweets like lebkuchen (gingerbread), waffles, strudels and, of course, classic German Bratwurst. -Nicole Finkbiner

11am-8pm. Free. Through Dec. 24. Love Park, JFK Plaza.

Friday, Nov. 25

Harvest Moon Cotillion
Say what you will about Philebrity ... no, really, go ahead and say it. Lord knows we’ve said (and heard) it all. But the fact remains that Ol’ Sweeney and company know how to throw a fabulous bash, and we’re sure that tonight’s Harvest Moon Cotillion will be no exception. While Philebrity’s similar events have been more like adult proms, replete with cheesy tuxes and chiffon, we imagine tonight may be a classier throwback soiree in line with Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan—a send-up of the “urban haute bourgeoisie” (perfect for this Occupy season). Semi-formal attire is urged, which may help you win the coveted title of Harvest King and/or Queen. There’ll also be a mustache contest; apropos since all of tonight’s proceeds go to Movember, the charity that grows mustaches in the name of prostate cancer awareness. -M.A.G.

8pm. $5. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Punany Poets
The all-female, women of color erotic theater company sets the stage ablaze this week with the finale of the Head Doctor Tour, the erotic cabaret style show that features dance, music and poetry. The group, founded by Jessica Holter and previously featured on HBO, explores ideas of love, relationships and sexuality in the age of HIV/AIDS. The show opens with a 30 minute Q&A to engage lovers, singles and friends on topics of poverty, prostitution, marriage and romance. The goal is to “edutain” and keep it hot and heavy. -Lacey C. Clark

9pm. $40. The Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St.

Sick Of It All

Righteous indignation and furious fist-pumping throttle has no iller bellwether than Sick of It All. Godfathers of New York hardcore, they’ve been stirring the mosh pit for a quarter-century without pause, establishing themselves as the form’s most enduring ambassador. Like any true old school adherents, the lyrics are relatively easily discerned and suggest OWS anthems over the brutal crash of guitars and machine gun rhythms. Earlier this month they released their tenth studio disc, the appropriately titled Nonstop, which revisits and rerecords 20 classic tracks, including their signature “Clobberin’ Time.” They even solicit an introduction from KRS-One, who appeared on their ’89 debut, Blood, Sweat and No Tears. Hardcore doesn’t get much tighter or more ferocious. -Chris Parker

7pm. $15. With Trapped Under Ice, Hundreth, Back Track, Take Offense + Betrayal. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. 215.735.4847.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Winter Beer Fest
Give thanks for the douple and triple IPAs, the imperial stouts, pilsners, pale ales and wheats, for it is Thanksgiving weekend and time again to drink your face off. Winter Beer Fest is back, this time at an even bigger location, with craft breweries from all over the world uniting in honor of a sudsy quaff. Newcomers Firestone Walker, Wild Onion and White Birch will be there, along with roughly 50 others generously topping off your glass to your heart’s content. Pay one ticket price ($33, in honor of the repeal of Prohibition in 1933) and drink all you like until the end of the session. Hell, pay another $33 and come back for session two—it’s the holidays for christ’s sake. -Abigail Bruley

1-5pm or 6-10pm. $33. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.


After enduring the excess-focused celebrations of both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it seems like Saturday should provide a firm, hard reality slap. Maybe even a spanking. This special midnight showing of 2002’s Secretary will happily assume the position. The cult favorite flick stars James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a an office relationship defined by S&M. Sexual harassment laws, be damned. Three bucks gets you all access and  a drink. Costumes are highly encouraged. -Ashley Kole

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1. Joseph said... on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:14PM

“If you did wanna buy stuff, the Art Star Craft Bazaar isn't such a bad place to do it. It's Saturday and Sunday, 11-6.”

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2. Tim McMahon said... on Nov 23, 2011 at 02:35PM

“Nicole Finkbiner,
If you love Christmas Villages so much, and you hate democracy, skateboarders, and bums... why don't you get the fuck out of Philly already and go find a nice suburb?

Happy fucking thanksgiving!!!!!

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3. Steve Crutchfield said... on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:07AM

“Its unfortunate that you chose some very harmful words in your piece about the Chrisymas Village in LovePark. It made me not want to go in hopes I wouldn't be supporting your judgmental thoughts! I think we can all do a better job accepting our people in our city and learning to make it the bestir an be! Happy thanksgiving! To all...especially the occupiers, homeless & skateboarders!!!!



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