Calendar: Nov. 9-15

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Wednesday, Nov. 9

Corked and Forked
Impress your next date with your knowledge of food and wine pairings and maybe get extra brownie points by learning how to make them a meal from scratch. This week, the Wine School of Philadelphia’s president, Keith Wallace, shows off recipes from his latest book, Corked and Forked. The class promises no wine snobbery and will include four food and wine pairings with a step-by-step cooking demonstration. Known for his playful eccentricity, Wallace is of the most in-demand wine connoisseurs and teachers in Philly. He’s also worked as both a professional chef and winemaker to boot. -Trishula Patel

7:30pm. $61.99. The Wine School, 127 S. 22nd St. 800.817.7351.


The four Wisconsin lads that make up Locksley last rolled into town a few months ago in tuxedos as sharp as the blaring, white-hot rock ’n’ roll they furiously churned out in front of a stunned crowd. With no consistent frontman, the three nondrumming members rotate positions in a kind of musical Chinese fire drill between songs, lead vocalist on the center mic. The quartet released a self-titled LP earlier this year, their most polished work to date. “The Whip,” has already become a favorite of sports arenas, with its jarring guitars and euphoric chorus of “whoa”s and “oh”s. Recently, the band rearranged it into an ominous, apocalyptic soundtrack for the EP Ghosts. -Kevin Brosky

8pm. $19-$39. With Will Hoge. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Nerd Nite
Once a month, the curious, the inquisitive, the elite and the bespectacled gather together to do what they do best: listen to lectures, ask questions and form thoughtful opinions. You can call them nerds—a name they sport like shiny sheriff badges—but we all know that “nerd” is the new cool. For six bucks, you can get a giant pretzel and a beer, or, for eight, a beer and a sausage—the perfect compliment to Jay Parrish’s talk on “Art, Deception and Image Processing,” Caroline Grace Ashurt’s “Demystifying Acupuncture” or Physiologist Rocky Parker’s titillating discourse on “Sexy Serpent Smells: A Sense of Snake Scents.” The high-bred affair is even accompanied by the music of the Philadelphia String Quartet. Be there and, as always, be square. -Abigail Bruley

7:30pm. Free. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.634.3338.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Umberto Eco
Italian author Umberto Eco (The Name Of The Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum) constructs elaborate fictional worlds where behind every mysterious door waits a mysterious book that contains a mysterious map to another mysterious door (where there waits another mysterious book containing another mysterious map). Merging philosophy, semiotics, colorful historical context and bizarre conspiracies, solving a murder is never as simple as solving a murder. With an interview conducted by Chronicle Of Higher Education critic Carlin Romano, Eco discusses his latest book, The Prague Cemetery, tonight at the Free Library. In Paris, on the eve of the 20th century, misanthropic forger Simone Simonini crafts a document about a conspiratorial meeting in a Jewish cemetery in Prague where elders of Zion plot to dominate the world. Like much of Eco’s past work, it provides insightful, but discomforting, commentary on the inseparability of myth and history. -Elliott Sharp

7:30pm. $7-$15. The Free Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

Friday, Nov. 11

Michael Ian Black
Who doesn’t like some dark humor? We’re talking some seriously Black comedy. Well, Michael Ian Black. The comedian returns to the Trocadero for the first time since his visit in March, a performance that was filmed for his Comedy Central special Michael Ian Black: Very Famous. (Keeping with that trend of stating the sarcastically obvious in his tour names, this go-around is titled “Black is White.”) Best known for MTV’s The State and his work in the movie Run, Fatboy, Run, Black always displays a somehow charming and distinct blend of awkward and clever. Local laughster Doogie Horner, who won the 2010 Helium Comedy Club contest for Philadelphia’s Phunniest and has been featured nationally on America’s Got Talent, will also be on hand. Tickle your funny bone at this seated show and find out what happens once you go Black. -Ashley Kole

8pm. $20. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Despite his many and varied crimes against humanity (his championing of “Dadrock” at the height of Britpop, wishing AIDS upon various Blur members, simply being related to that simian gobshite of a brother, Liam ...), it’s hard not to warm to Noel Gallagher. He did write one of the great debut albums of all time in the shape of Definitely Maybe, as good a summation of British working class dreams as you’ll ever get. He has an undeniable knack for stadium-rousing anthems, and, in person, he’s witty, hugely entertaining, and quite the raconteur. Oh­, and his new solo album is pretty damned great, with most of the elements that made Oasis so initially attractive, intact (minus monkey boy of course). Come forth, Britpop nostalgists and unreconstructed Anglophiles, and bow down before his monobrowed magnificence. -Neil Ferguson

8pm. $25-$95. With the Hours. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.893.1999.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Kurt Vile and the Violators
Yes. We write about Kurt Vile every time he plays town. So what? Wanna fight about it? Philly’s psych folk prodigy has blown up the last couple of years, partially because this affable longhair always seems to have a gem of a release at the ready. This year’s Smoke Ring for My Halo, a critically acclaimed tour de force, may have been his most shining accomplishment to date. This week Matador releases his newest EP, So Outta Reach, which features bonus cuts from the Smoke Ring sessions, and a cover of Springsteen’s “Downbound Train,” a staple of recent live sets. What’s more, attendees of Saturday’s gig will receive a free 7-inch rekkid, only available at the gig! Just another reason to go watch a man who has invented his own distinct style of guitar plunking. -K.B.

8:30pm. $14. With Blues Control + Far-Out Fangtooth. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

It’s OK 2 Laugh
If you’ve bowed to the Queens of Comedy, you now have a chance to check out the Angels of Comedy. A new comedy show is bringing the funny but holding the curses for a night of family-friendly chuckles. It’s OK 2 Laugh presents an all female, all clean, Gospel comedy show featuring comediennes Lady Luncha Bell, Tee-sah, Darlene Sistrunk,  and headliner Miss Clareese. The event will be jam packed with inspiration and entertainment with additional performances from Gospel recording artist, Pastor Lorraine Logan, spoken word artist Kina the Prophetic Poet and will be hosted by 88.7’s own Denise Hillery Jones. DJ Praize will be spinning gospel jams throughout the night to keep spirits high. -Lacey C. Clark

7:30pm. $22. Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad St. 215.715.9486.

Craft Beer Express
Like beer? Like good beer? The owners of various bars around the city—including Kraftwork, Bishop’s Collar, Kite & Key, the Institute and Johnny Brenda’s—have teamed up to provide intimate tastings of their finest brews in a pub crawl that spans the city. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, those who are both passionate and knowledgeable about their beverage of choice, will get a feel for each of the 12 participating bars before moving on to a new location. The best part? Tickets are only $10 and allow access to the shuttle buses ingeniously provided to herd tasters’ increasingly drunk selves around the city. Tickets are limited to prevent overcrowding, so snap yours up either online or at any of the participating venues. Kirsten Stamn

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