Calendar: Nov. 24-30

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Wednesday, Nov. 24

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
America, Americana, Thanksgiving, PBR. There’s no more appropriate way to prepare yourself for Thanksgiving this year than spending Wednesday night with a couple of Philadelphia’s finest alternative country bands. Kong and the Bomb have been making a name for themselves by getting people moving on beer-soaked dance floors throughout our fair city. Known for their salty brand of roots rock, you’ll be giving much thanks when you’re rocking out to “Helena Handbasket” with whiskey warming your belly. TJ’s sound evokes images of a post-apocalyptic fall-out shelter house band with driving rhythms and TJs hell-and-high water vocals. In other words: perfect appetizer to your turkey. -Joe Hardy

8pm. $10. With Levee Drivers, Penrose, the Lawsuits + Sherman. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave. 267.671.9298.

Dom Irrera
Although he’s famous for playing Ronnie the prop comic on Seinfeld, Dom Irrera isn’t likely to bring anything but his words to the stage at Helium—well, he might have an Italian flag in the background. He’s a Philadelphian who uses his family as regular subject material, complete with voices, characters and interwoven stories. His work is what comes to mind when one thinks about pure stand-up—a guy standing up on stage and telling funny stories, without props, costumes, a guitar or a big notepad. This traditional style may not be for everyone, but he’s been doing it for a while now and it’s safe to say that he’s gotten damn good at it. Weird fun fact: Irrera voiced the character of Ernie on Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold! -Emily Crawford

8pm. $20-$30. Helium, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.

Thursday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Parade
Who cares about the glitz and glam of the Macy’s parade? It’s totally poser. Philadelphia’s own is the oldest in the country, pre-dating that New York mess by four years. So bring your kids, or your sister’s kids, or no kids at all and drag your hungry, turkey-ready self to the parade route to feel some seasonal magic. There’s the floats, including Mr. Potatohead, a whole bunch of awesome marching bands, the Eagles Cheerleaders (hopefully allowed to wear hats and mittens), Brandy and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus (how can they be two places at once? Holiday magic!) After you can go home, get drunk, and watch that other parade on DVR. -Alli Katz

8:30am. Free. Parade Route, from 20th and Market sts. to the Art Museum.

Friday, Nov. 26

Yards Tour
For those of us who consider Black Friday a reason to hide and/or drink, the nice people at Yards open their doors for a special day of tours at their 100 percent wind-powered brewery, a sustainable Shangri-La for those thirsting for both knowledge and beer. As visitors walk the SoyCrete floors (that’s a bio-based soy concrete stain), smells of yeast and barley warm the air like baking bread and friendly tour guides showcase the history and science behind the beloved Brawler and Ales of the Revolution. Afterward, head into the tasting room to tipple the goods atop reclaimed bowling alley lanes and rack ’em up at a pool table crafted in the neighborhood a hundred years ago. Finish the visit by stocking up on cases for the boozehound on your “nice” list or your own private get-me-through-the-holidays stock. -Micaela Hester

1pm. Free. Yards Brewery, 901 N. Delaware Ave. 215.634.2600.

Purling Hiss
How much noise can one guy with a guitar make? Plenty when it’s Mike Polizze, whose overdriven, drone-infused side project is on the verge of eclipsing his main gig, Birds of Maya. This fall he’s hawking not one, but two new LPs, the surprisingly melodic, song-structured Public Service Announcement on red-hot Woodsist, and the chaotic, obliterating, classic-in-the-making Hissteria, on Richie Records/TestosterTunes. The latter is to 2010 what Purling Hiss’ self-titled debut was to 2009: the epic guitar record that would have made your top 10 if you’d only heard it in time. -Jennifer Kelly

9pm. $12. With Kurt Vile and the Violaters. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford. 

Saturday, Nov. 27

Free Energy
We first met the kooky Free Energy gang when, as relatively new locals, they graciously played the Philly Rocks for Haiti concert back in Februaurt. Even though the room wasn’t as packed as it would be the rest of the year after the accolades poured in—Rolling Stone crowned them one of the best new bands of 2010—the boys jumped and ran around stage like super-charged atoms, building their own arena rock kingdom with solid 70’s riffs and top-down summer anthems. On top of the success of their debut album Stuck on Nothing and gift for performance, they’re truly sweet guys. Catch them with Foxy Shazam, an Ohio-based band that trades on similar fist-pumping fuzz lead by Eric Sean Nally, a modern-day Freddie Mercury blazing the torch of over-the-top front-man grandiosity to Americans too young to have hailed the Queen. -Tara Murtha

9pm. $15. With Foxy Shazam, Hollerado + Nico’s Gun. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Dorian’s Parlor
Consider yourself a Neo-Victorian dandy or a goggle-wearing, gear-clad machinist? Wherever you fall on the anachronistic spectrum, there’s bound to be a place for you at Dorian’s Parlor, Philadelphia’s gathering of steampunk/Neo-Victorian enthusiasts. If you’re ready to fully immerse yourself in this lively subculture, you’ll be in for a night of dancing, opera, live bands and a whole host of other performances with a historical (fictional or otherwise) twist. There’ll be a fashion show by local corset purveyors Delicious Boutique, a screening of the animated film “Twain In Vain,” a veritable bazaar of retro goods, and DJ Johanna Constantine on the ones and twos. If you’re a lover of the old-old school, swing on by the parlor. It doesn’t get much more vintage than this. -Julian Galette

8pm. $25. Doubletree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St. 215.893.1600.

Sunday, Nov. 28

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