Calendar: Nov. 28-Dec. 4

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Wed., Nov. 28

Beauty is Embarrassing
Artist, director, illustrator and puppeteer Wayne White’s career is chronicled in the new documentary Beauty is Embarrassing, screening this week in Philadelphia. White has worked as an artist for many New York media outlets, and channels memories of growing up in the South as inspiration for many things that he does. In the 1980s, White worked on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, contributing his voice to many of the show’s characters and winning three Emmy awards for set and puppet designs. He also worked as set designer for the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” music video. Beauty chronicles White’s projects through interviews with those who’ve worked with him over the years including Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh, Matt Groening and Charlotte Caffey. A Q&A with White via Skype will take place after the screening. -Brenda Hillegas

7pm. $7-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. beautyisembarrassing.com

Red Bull’s Public Assembly

The only rule for Red Bull’s Public Assembly is to throw the sickest party that one thought could only exist in a million-dollar music video. This three-night rage is a competition of three DJs in three venues across the city, each battling to impress a secret panel for a feature article in JUMP magazine and enough bragging rights to send the competition back to DJ’ing Sweet 16 birthday parties. Public Assembly kicked off the event on Tuesday with Illvibe Collective and special guest Talib Kweli at the Blockley. The party continues this week at G Lounge on Wednesday, where contender Mad Decent will be joined by Das Racist and Riff Raff (free when you  RSVP at maddecentphilly.com). The final round will be next week at the Underground Arts with DJ Shakedown. Don’t miss Philly’s finest DJ collectives battle to throw a party solid enough for history books. -Jenine Pilla

$5. Through Dec. 5. Various locations. redbullpublicassembly.info

Thurs., Nov. 29

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
“Icon” is one of those words that’s bandied about just a little too freely these days, but if anyone truly deserves this hallowed status, then surely Neil Young does. He’s an unrelenting force of nature who’s trodden his own singular path for almost five decades now. His body of work remains a thing of wonder and imperious awe—“Down by the River,” “Fuckin’ Up,” “Powderfinger,” “Walk On” ... the list is endless. Indeed, we were almost tempted to list 200 words worth of his song titles alone, which, in retrospect, would have been entirely valid. He remains ridiculously prolific, and while his recorded results are sometimes patchy, it’s almost beside the point—he records because he’s compelled to, and anyway, Neil Young albums are like buses: Sooner or later, a good one’s going to come along. But where Young really soars is live performances, particularly with the barnstorming Crazy Horse. Age has not withered them; if anything, they’ve become more grizzled and ornery. As they hunch around one another on stage, heads down and hell-bent on transcendence, they resemble a gang of disparate old gunslingers straight out of a Sam Peckinpah movie, still amazed at their ability to make glorious noise. After all these years, Young remains almost impeccably cool (despite the fact that he looks like a particularly irate owl) because he appears to simply not give a shit. And why should he? He’s Neil fucking Young. -Neil Ferguson

7:30pm. $53-$258. With Patti Smith. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600.
wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Trust

Dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural landscape and artistic reputation of Philadelphia, Koresh Dance Company returns to its hometown with the world premiere of artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh’s new piece Trust. An autobiographical work, Trust draws on Koresh’s experiences inside and outside the studio to explore the role trust plays in his personal and professional relationships. The piece allows Koresh to display his versatility as a choreographer through its juxtaposition of modern dance and classic music. The choreographic investigation continues by employing a specific movement vocabulary that unifies the piece and influences the character in each section. Tonight’s performance also includes a new piece by the Koresh Youth Ensemble (which features performers ages 13-18), created by the company’s assistant artistic director Melissa Rector. -J. Cooper Robb

7:30pm. $25-$35. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420. koreshdance.org

A John Waters Christmas
While many may only be familiar with John Waters as a general personality who seems to pop up in an awful lot of shows and movies, others know him best as the off-beat brains behind such controversial and not-so controversial cult classics as Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos, A Dirty Shame and Hairspray. Either way, for one night only, the stand-up comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker is inviting locals to escape all this superficial seasonal merriment and join him on the dark side. In his new critically acclaimed one-man show, Waters pokes fun at the holidays with 90 minutes worth of unique musings and plenty of adult humor. For fans who want to see the legend—and his trademark pencil ’stache—up close and personal, VIP tickets are available, and include access to a post-show meet-and-greet. -Nicole Finkbiner

8pm. $39-$99. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

R. Kelly
R. Kelly may have a troubled past and has faced down some sordid allegations, but that’s practically par for the course for the most legendary R&B singers of our generation. No matter what you think of his personal life, Kelly is definitely among that group. The Chicago-born singer/songwriter/producer may produce campy classics like “Trapped in the Closet” (Part Ad Infinitum), but he’s also the man who wrote the sublime “I Believe I Can Fly” and penned, wrote, arranged and produced 2010’s Grammy-nominated tour de force Love Letter. He recently released Write Me Back, his 12th studio album in 20 years, and is now heading across the country on his Single Ladies tour. And if you’re hankering for more “Trapped in the Closet,” Kelly’s currently conceiving a potential Broadway production based on the saga. -Tonya Pendleton

7:30pm. $49.50-$150. With Tamia. The Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby.
thetowerphilly.com

Fri., Nov. 30

InLiquid @ William Way
After being trampled, pushed and bruised during the Black Friday madness, we would understand if you swore off shopping for good. But before you cut your credit card, head down to William Way. The Spruce Street community center will host a special holiday edition of InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor in the ballroom, selling paintings, handmade crafts and other designs. All pieces are moderately priced below $200, and there will also be a gift-wrapping station and an arts-and-crafts center to keep the little ones occupied. Light refreshments will also be available. I bet Best Buy didn’t do that. -Alexis Sachdev

5-8pm. Free. Through Dec. 2. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. inliquid.org

Graham Parker & the Rumour
Parker’s always been known for his incisive wit and penchant for hard-edged, blue-eyed soul. On most of his solo albums in the last decade, he’s indulged his lower-key singer/songwriter side, like a less countrified Nick Lowe. But reuniting with his old pub-rocking ‘70s backing band, the Rumour re-energizes Parker on his latest, Three Chords Good. Revisiting the old bristle sharpens Parker’s tongue as he lacerates warmongers (“Arlington’s Busy”), goes reggae on “Snake Oil Capital of the World” and delivers a dyspeptic take on our crumbling culture in “Last Bookstore In Town.” He’s older, and the anger’s now tinged with resignation, but few deliver sardonic rhythmic rock with such a keen bite. -Chris Parker

8pm. $25-$35. With the Figgs. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Sisters Sirens: So You Think You Can Go-Go?
Here’s a chance to join the coolest girl-gang in the Gayborhood: Sisters Sirens. They’re the hot women who do double-duty at Sisters nightclub on weekends, selling shots and shaking their booties for the delectation of patrons. These talented cuties also put down their drink trays occasionally to perform a show mixing equal parts Broadway and burlesque. Now in its fourth year, the troupe wants to add new gals and has cooked up an amusing, interactive way to audition hoofers. Tonight, the Sirens kick things off with a number of their own, but the real stars are the adventurous amateurs who hop up onto the stage to join them. Even women sipping drinks on their barstools can contribute. How lustily patrons cheer for dancers will help determine the next Sirens. The fun begins at 10:30 p.m., but arrive earlier to ensure a slot. Everyone is encouraged to try out, from lissome femmes to zaftig beauties. There might even be room for a fetching drag queen. -Raymond Simon

9:30pm. $5. Sisters, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735. sistersnightclub.com

Sat., Dec. 1

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