What to do around Philly this week.
A fixture in Philadelphia’s experimental dance scene, dancer/choreographer/massage therapist Nicole Bindler is known for riveting performances during which she draws not only from modern dance traditions but yoga, butoh, healing arts and martial arts movements. Though Bindler has 15 original works to her name, it’s her improvisational dance that seems to get the most attention and acclaim; tonight she teams up with local composer and bass clarinetist Gene Coleman for a fully improvised presentation at Andrea Clearfield’s Salon—aka the performance space in the Center City home of local composer Andrea Clearfield—which should make for a unique event. As Bindler says, “My work is always site-specific in that I seek to activate and enliven all spaces that I dance in, whether they are theaters, studios, homes, places of business or the outdoors. I also seek to connect audience members to their own embodied, corporeal experience with the immediacy and spontaneity of performance.” M.A.G.
8pm. Andrea Clearfield’s Salon. For more information about this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shdwply Records Showcase
Tonight, the way up ’n coming Norfolk, Virginia, label Shdwply Records shows what it’s got in the form of five bands. Philly’s the G makes gritty, noisy indie-rock reminiscent of the Pavement/Dinosaur Jr./Nirvana super-nineties, while Fishtown’s the Spooks go the slinky, speedy surf-rock route like the Ventures on meth. Virginia’s Super Vacations play reverbed, Nuggets-inspired ‘60s garage-rock somewhere between the Zombies and the Kinks; Brooklyn ensemble Columboid kick out some creepy, rudimentary synth-and-drums jams; and Massachusetts’ Sore Eros delve into shimmering psych-rock and indie-folk that imagines a duo of Syd Barrett and Neil Young.
8pm, $7. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com
Keeping The Peace
In 2004, the world watched in horror as 26-year-old Philadelphia native Nicholas Berg—who’d gone to Iraq as a telecommunications contractor—was beheaded by Islamic militants in a chilling video. (The CIA said the infamous Abu Musab al-Zarqawi himself committed the deed). In the aftermath his father, Michael Berg—a pacifist and longtime anti-war activist—ramped up his efforts against the Iraq war and stirred up controversy by blaming his son’s murder on President George W. Bush more so than Iraqi insurgents, and saying he was “saddened” by al-Zarqawi’s eventual death in a U.S. military airstrike, insisting it would “perpetuate this endless cycle of revenge.” In 2006, Berg moved to Delaware and made an unsuccessful bid for Congress as a Green Party candidate, running mainly on an anti-war platform. It’s all documented in a new 89-minute film, Keeping the Peace, which will be screened tonight with co-directors JJ Garvine and Tai Parquet on hand for a Q&A. M.A.G.
8:30pm. $5.75-$9.50. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave. 610.527.9898. brynmawrfilm.org
Constellations + Drink Up Buttercup
Self-conscious quirk is the new black, as shifty indie acts skirt classification and court offbeat aesthetics like a lothario that sniffs low self-esteem. Atlanta’s Constellations possess a funky, cowbell-bashing ‘70s swagger queued behind singer Elijah Jones’ gruff, dispassionate late-night croon. Locals Drink Up Buttercup are less urbane, affecting a capering sideshow energy that’s equally psychedelic, but significantly more twee. The arrangements are fringed with ramshackle shamble as though they only came together in the last five minutes, bubbling with the infectious joy of giggling stoners at a cartoon festival. C.P.
8pm. $8-$10. The Note, 142 E. Market St., West Chester. thenotewc.com
Bringing together elements of new-Americana roots-rock, rough-edged ’60s soul-rock, drone and old-time blues and folk music, San Diego quintet Delta Spirit makes a lively, heartfelt racket that fans of such Philly institutions as Dr. Dog, Man Man and Alec Ounsworth (of CYHSY/Flashy Python) will certainly recognize and probably appreciate. There’s a bit of the Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano in frontman Matt Vasquez’s magnetic warble, and his yearning lyrics occasionally reveal his (and some of his bandmates’) emo-punk roots. These days, they’re punctuating their concerns with bouncing piano, warm tube-amp fuzz, and the occasional clanging trash can lid, ultimately creating more uplift than angst and ensuring everything remains, well, mighty spirited. M.A.G.
8pm, $12. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com
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