Calendar: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

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Wednesday, Oct. 26

Screaming Babies Comedy
There’s no question that Philly’s indie comedy scene is alive and burgeoning like never before and that Dan Eastman of the ‘Screaming Babies Comedy Night’ has become something of a patron saint of the ha-ha. The night lives within the walls of the former Vesuvio’s establishment in South Philly, where half-assed Italian food and paltry DJ nights have been replaced by an honest-to-god talent showcase with the dusky, dark cool of a speakeasy. Tonights lineup is heavy on the snicker with stand-ups like Alex Perlman, Jaime Fountaine, Mykal Carter-Jackson and ‘Hot Topics’ with Jason and Steve. Come for the comedy, stay for the $2 tacos and PBR. -Abigail Bruley

8-11pm. Free. Little Bar, 738 S. Eighth St.

Electric Six

Electric Six frontman Dick Valentine looks like a bank manager and sings like an 8-foot-tall rock god with four naked chicks in one hand and all the cocaine in the world in the other. Actually witnessing the fieeee-yahhhhs and deyah-villls bellow from his mouth is weirder than watching Rick Astley in concert. And way more fun. E6 has been kicking out its tongue-in(ass)-cheek disco/cock-rock—I once described them as “Spinal Tap faking their way through a Village People convention”—for well over a decade, issuing an album a year and touring nonstop. By totally rocking out totally ironically, they manage to make both hipsters and bros happy, which certainly maximizes their income potential. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $15. With Kitten + Boy Wonder. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

Open Video Call
As the Philadelphia Film Festival showcases independent films generating festival buzz this week, Open Video Call at the ICA will feature the lesser-known films that comprise the area’s vibrant underground, experimental film scene. The juried films of area artists were selected by local curators from the ICA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Vox Populi and Little Berlin. As with any open call, quality will vary from lo-fi, grainy film to high-definition digital production. But the element of mystery is what enhances the excitement of the only curated open call exhibition of film outside of a festival setting this year. In addition to the selections a video by Alex Da Corte and a short film by Christina M. Acevedo will be shown. The directors and curators will be on hand for a discussion after the screenings. -Kyle Bella

6:30pm. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.7108. icaphila.org

Thursday, Oct. 27

Chuck Prophet
Chuck Prophet was one of the leaders of California’s early ’80s “Paisley Underground” with his Bay Area psych-rock band Green on Red. When they broke up in the early ’90s Prophet went solo, releasing 10 albums in the intervening two decades. While roots rock is a handier description than singer-songwriter, Prophet nonetheless has a splendid feel for songcraft, enriching his Neil Young-ish country-rock predilections with soulful heartland rock swagger and hooky indie pop shimmer. There’s candor, wit and intelligence behind his songs that recalls Ray Davies and Warren Zevon. When not adding to his current string of terrific releases, Prophet’s co-written with Alejandro Escovedo, who’s contributed heavily to his last two albums. -Chris Parker

8pm. $20. With Ben Arnold. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770. tinangel.com

Pinktober
Hard Rock Cafes around the world have created their own movement to fight breast cancer. Pinktober brings together live music and a pink-themed merchandise line to raise money for the cause. Tonight, Philadelphia’s Hard Rock hosts a fashion show featuring designs from Christine Phillips, Duke Winston and student designers from the Art Institute. The styles will be available for purchase through a silent auction. Misstallica, the world’s only all female Metallica cover band, will be rocking out to keep the party poppin’. All the money from ticket sales will be donated to the Young Survivor Coalition of Greater Philadelphia which helps breast cancer survivors under 35. -Brenda Hillegas

7:30-11pm. $12-$15. Hard Rock Cafe, 12th and Market sts. hardrock.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Mixtape: A Halloween Extravaganza
Halloween offers an ideal occasion for Gender Reel to celebrate the remarkable fluidity and diversity of Philadelphia’s transgender community. It’s the one time of the year when everyone is encouraged to play dress-up and give free rein to their imagination, so this version of the quarterly event, which raises funds to support a local transperson’s gender reassignment surgery, should elicit extra creativity from all involved. Queer burlesque artist Miss Mary Wanna hosts the bash. Given the zaftig cutie’s self-proclaimed love of sequins, glitter and feathers, you can be certain she expects attendees to put some flair into their costumes. The lineup is a veritable fall harvest of local queer and transgendered talent, including drag diva Dynasty; the lo-fi noise aggression of EX. By V.; and spoken word from poet Jane Cassady. To top off the night, the indefatigable ladies of local sex-positive education troupe ScrewSmart will debut a new routine. Proceeds from the event benefit Evelyn Manlove, a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in sound, who spins deep tracks under the moniker DJ evil v. -Raymond Simon

9pm. $5-$10. Tritone, 1508 South St. 215.545.0475. genderreelfest.com

Philly Photo Day
If you’re already constantly snapping pictures of random things you spot around the city, now you actually have a chance to share your photographic masterpieces with the public (as oppose to just your Facebook friends) and maybe even make some cash in the process. For the second year, the Photo Arts Center is inviting city residents to capture a day in the life of Philadelphia using any kind of camera they own. The only rule is that the photo has to be taken within city limits. Once you’ve picked your best shot, you can upload it to PPAC’s website, where it’ll be printed then hung inside their gallery. During the exhibition’s opening reception in November, every photo will be available for purchase for $25. If your work sells, you’ll get a cut of the money and more importantly, the satisfaction of knowing it’s hanging inside someone’s home. -Nicole Finkbiner

All day. Free. Citywide. 215.232.5678. philaphotoarts.org

Boris
Music scholar Julian Cope followed his classic book Krautrocksampler with Japrocksampler in 1997. Charting the rise of Japan’s psychedelic-rock scene, Cope shed light on groups like Flower Travelin’ Band and Magical Power Mako that led the country’s mysterious rock rebellion in the 1960s. Boris, a 9-year-old Japanese trio that serves gargantuan electric riffs and throbbing noise, represent Japrock’s second generation. Unleashing three albums this year—New Album, Heavy Rocks II, and Attention Please—Boris remains hyper-productive and viciously HEAVY. Opening are N.Y.C.’s Aesobi Seksu, a shoegaze/pop outfit fronted by Japanese native Yuki Chikudate, and Liturgy, the high-minded Brooklyn-based black metal band responsible for 2011’s metal blog wars. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $15. With Aesobi Seksu + Liturgy. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

Mustache Madness
While most Halloween parties out there focus on keeping things hair-raising, this shindig is all about the hair-praising. Mustache Madness is a holiday collaborative effort between a community-based creativity nest, Indy Hall, and the blog that still lives with its mom, Geekadelphia. Unlike other costume parties, this event welcomes you to indulge in the fine world of facial décor. Dress as your favorite hero with a handlebar, rock the Fawkes or go full-on perv with a pencil ’stache. Your upper lip is your canvas. Prizes for different categories will be awarded—to keep the competition fair, ladies are encouraged to slap on a fake set of whiskers. It’s the creativity in costuming that matters. If you’re not blessed with an arc of hair beneath your nose, there will be enough drink specials to ensure you get a foam one from your beer. -Ashley Kole

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