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Wednesday, Oct. 19

Not a Vacant Lot
This five-day exhibit branches off DesignPhiladelphia’s 11-day event, which features more than 150 projects expressing how design effects our everyday lives. Not a Vacant Lot is a project created to call attention to the more than 40,000 empty lots in Philadelphia. Local artists were invited to repurpose the lots and create a space filled with art and design. The specifics of each artist team’s lot will be featured at The Play House—an 8x8 aluminum cube created by artist and curator Marianne Bernstein. Each artist team was asked to film the process of their lots and the short films will be projected on the cube each night. Live performances and other installations by architect students at Penn Design school will also be shown at the Play House daily. -Brenda Hillegas

Free. 4-10pm. University of the Arts Lot, 313 S. Broad St. phillyplayhouse.tumblr.com

MC Chris
For MC Chris, it’s not about cash, money and hoes. It’s about “Star Wars, Reese’s Pieces and being rejected by girls.” He got his start with Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force (MC Pee Pants!) and Sealab 2012, and now plans to launch his own, fan-funded show, The MC Chris Cartoon. Before he does, you can join the nerd-rapper and to promote his seventh self-released hip-hop album, Race Wars. Fans are encouraged to come to the show in costume: an audience winner will be chosen each night of his tour and a grand-prize winner will be selected at the end to win a trip to Disney. Because what could be more hip-hop than that? -Cristina Perachio

7:30pm. $13-$14. With MC Lars, Mega Ran + Adam WarRock. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.563.3980. r5productions.com

Thursday, Oct. 20

Gillian Welch
Has it really been eight years since Gillian Welch’s last album? If it has, no one’s noticed, since her songs still dominate coffee shop soundtracks, house parties and backwoods jams alike. Her newest, The Harrow and the Harvest, links tracks “The Way it Goes,” “The Way it Will Be,” and “The Way the Whole Thing Ends,” to tell a story about the “hard times” we’re in and how to find a way through. Though not a title song on her album, Welch never forgets “the way it was,” as her songs always sound like classics that have been part of our musical memories for centuries. Despite joyful bursts of harmonica and banjo by Dave Rawlings, Welch is a little more melancholy than usual these days, singing “The way you made it, that’s the way it will be.” -Emma Eisenberg

8pm. $30. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

Dylanology Symposium

Crazies who get super-hermeneutical with country-pop star Taylor’s Swift’s songwriting are called Swifties. Someone who deeply interprets Beatles’ lyrics is called Charles Manson. But the most sophisticated, intellectual clique of pop-scholars are the Dylanologists. They carefully inspect and dissect everything Bob Dylan’s written as if his wonderful collection of tunes contain the secrets of the universe. Take, for instance, “Tangled Up In Blue,” the opener from Blood On The Tracks. It’s probably named after a jumprope Dylan used as a kid. You know what “Lay Lady Lay” from 1969’s Nashville Skyline’s all about? Probably fucking. Tonight, nine Dylanologists present six-minute exegeses on “Leopard Skin Pill Box,” “Idiot Wind,” “Series Of Dreams” and more. Among tonight’s presenters is Penn English Professor Anthony DeCurtis, who’s a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. -Elliott Sharp

6pm. Free. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. 215.746.POEM. writing.upenn.edu

Rebel Style—The Anti-Style

Most of us can still remember when black nail polish was considered weird, the only place to buy band T-shirts was at a show and when skinny jeans were strictly worn by punks and metal heads. Now of course, with spikes making their way down the runway, massive pop stars sporting glasses made of burning cigarettes and places like Urban Outfitters selling youth their lifestyle, it’s pretty difficult to stick out in a crowd. Designer and global street-wear expert Keanan Duffty would like to remind us that the real rebels of yesteryear didn’t have it so easy. As part of DesignPhiladelphia, Duffty will be presenting a multi-media presentation of photos, video clips and text tracing rebel style from the ’50s to today. The hour-long exposition will cover greasers, Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and more. -Abigail Bruley

6-9pm. Free. Drexel University, 3128 Market St. 215.895.6400. keananduffty.com

Friday, Oct. 21

Rock ’n’ Roll Teaserama
For one night only, Philly’s sexiest burlesque dancers—Lady Saint, The Infamous Miss Mae, Telsa Tease and Oscar Wildchilde—will share the stage to pay tribute to the Queen of Pin-up herself, Ms. Bettie Page. Hosted by VINTAGEMUSE, the local event production team known for throwing some of the most kick-ass parties in the city, the evening’s tunes will be provided by four retro rock acts, including the Flying Graysons, Gold Crowns and South Philly’s Ang and the Dam Band as well as a special appearance by DJ Jem from Sweet Jane Vintage. Aspiring makeup artists from Lady Saint’s brand new cosmetology school, Styledelphia, will offer hair and makeup tricks and tips on achieving Bettie’s seductive and iconic pin-up look. Come appropriately dressed in vintage-style attire and you’ll save yourself $2 bucks at the door. -Nicole Finkbiner

9pm. $10-$12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

COOK Dive-Bar Food
Brian McManus loves you, Philly. He loves you so much, he wandered into your most storied, dangerous, booze-soaked haunts and wrote a book about them, Philadelphia’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the City of Brotherly Love. If one of the three Amazon reviews about it are to be believed, it is an “impressive, very civilized read.” There are some fantastic stories in its 171 pages—everything from poop-smeared walls to what it’s like to spend Valentine’s Day at McGlinchey’s. This Friday he’s going to tell many of them at COOK, the new cooking school partnership of Philly super chef Audrey Clair Taichman and Philadelphia magazine. While he does, he and chef/food writer Tim McGinnis will demo some kicked-up dive bar favorites like chili, hot wings and Fiorella sausages. There will also be potato salad. (In homage to the tubs of the stuff you can still purchase for 45 cents at Jack’s Famous Bar in Kensington, duh!) Oh, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. It’s going to be fun. So fun, in fact, Brian McManus doesn’t feel the least bit embarrassed writing about the event in third person. -Brian McManus

7pm. $75. COOK, 253 S. 20th St. 215.735.COOK. audreyclairecook.com

Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret

Producer/engineer Henry Hirsch has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Madonna and Mick Jagger. Now he’s fluffed up his portfolio by producing Philadelphia’s David Sweeny’s debut Johnny Showcase LP, Love is the Message. Locals know Johnny, PW’s pink-suited Spring Guide cover model, from the rollicking live shows wherein the loveable lounge lizard navigates all-consuming relationships—including a tempestuous affair with Martha Graham Cracker and former lover Vickie Fastlane—by breaking into silly, sweaty, soulful songs including white-knuckled monogamy anthem “Sensual, But Not Sexual (Because I’m Married).” The CD release will feature the rock stylings of Johnny’s band Sons of Thunder and the triumphant return of the Six Lady Dancers—physical embodiments of Johnny’s feelings. Hang around afterward for a dance throw-down after-party with DJ Carl Sexton spinning all the soul hits. -Tara Murtha

9pm. $11-$15. Underground Arts at the Wolf Building, 12th and Callowhill sts. undergroundarts.org

Starting at the Bottom
Curious about the keister but clueless about its ins and outs? Longing to get nailed in the can but reluctant to broach the butt with your partner? Local sex-ed collaborative ScrewSmart has got just the thing for rectal rookies. Its intro to anal play offers a friendly, informative and relaxed way to warm up to what is still a taboo topic, even for some sexually active and open-minded adults. First and foremost, they’ll demystify the ass. Really, the rump is no big deal. As J.D. Ackerman, one-third of the trio puts it, “The ass is the great equalizer. Everyone has one; everyone knows someone who has one.” These adorable sex nerds have done their homework, which means attendees will take away tips and techniques, as well as learn a bit of anatomy and physiology. Turns out, a major reason anal sex is so pleasurable is because this overlooked orifice is packed with nerve-endings. In the end, it’s about having great sex, so the instructors will be assigning their pupils plenty of homework. -Raymond Simon

7pm. $15-$30. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398. passion101classes.com

Saturday, Oct. 22

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1. Anonymous said... on Oct 20, 2011 at 02:07PM

“Mr Sharp: ".....collection of tunes CONTAINS......" Perhaps grammar is neglected when the goal is to brandish the f-bomb?”

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2. alex said... on Oct 20, 2011 at 08:46PM

“should bob dylan go fuck himself? yes, he should”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 30, 2011 at 05:51PM

“You are a classless organization with no standards. I won't be back that's for sure.”

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