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Saving Philadelphia: The Art of the Dumpster Divers
Opens Fri., Jan. 16, 5-9pm. Free. Through March 14. Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7137 Germantown Ave. 215.248.9229. www.sedgwickcenter.org

Anyone who's walked down South Street has likely seen the work of mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, who also did the enormous mosaic that envelops the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City. Zagar's a member of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, a consortium of local artists who get most--if not all--of their materials out of the trash. This exhibit brings together work from more than 30 Divers, ranging from Neil Benson's cufflinks made from typewriter keys to Leo Sewell's sculptures of animals made entirely out of plastic, metal and wood objects he finds in the street. Complementing the exhibit is a series of meet-the-artist events featuring demonstrations, lectures and slide presentations. (Doree Shafrir)


Brother JT
Fri., Jan. 16, 8pm. $7. With Mondo Topless + Some Action. Balcony, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com

He's been a puppet, a poet, a pirate, a pawn and king. He's been up and down and over and out--and he still really likes the LSD thing. He's Brother JT and he's come to tell us all that the emperor has no clothes, the sky is falling, God is dead and, most important, God is great. He's also leading the protest movement against the war going on in this country about looking good. The new album features a blurred image of Christ on the cross, and the title Hang in There Baby--a twisted twist on those cutesy-poo inspirational posters you'd see hanging in, say, Ned Flanders' house. Musically, expect the sorta cerebellum-tickling, zap-your-head psychedelic sturm und drang the good Brother has been cranking out for well-nigh on a decade. Some nudity implied. (Jonathan Valania)


CZW Street Fight 2K4: Ultraviolence Meets Extreme
Sat., Jan. 17, 7:30pm. $20-$30. Viking Hall, Swanson and Ritner sts. 856.742.7061. www.czwwrestling.com

'Twas a time in professional wrestling's past when the only thing more "extreme" than George "the Animal" Steele's frequent feasts on turnbuckle stuffing was Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart's antics with "foreign objects." As anyone familiar with pro wrestling can attest to, the term "foreign objects" was used to describe anything in the ring that wasn't a fist, boot or those ball-hugging unitards. Nowadays, with wrestling enjoying an inexplicable resurgence in popularity, several wrestling companies have not just deregulated the use of foreign objects, they actually endorse it. Combat Zone Wrestling describes itself as "Ultraviolent Entertainment," and a quick glance at the details of Saturday's lineup reveals that "tables and chairs are legal!" Hmm ... a bunch of big fat guys hitting each other with furniture in South Philly. Must be Eagles playoff time again. (Joshua Valocchi)


House Music Madness
Sat., Jan. 17, 10pm. $10. With Chris P + Matt Wich. Silk City, Fifth and Spring Garden sts. 215.592.8838

As the days of sweat-soaked, back-to-the-wall, raunchy dance-a-thons fade from the city's memory, House Music Madness arrives to get some attention, and Foundation Productions welcomes Milwaukee underground house guru Dan X to tweak the evening out right. Start stretching those limbs: X's jazz-inflected, four-on-the-floor sound reeks of dance floor longevity. Listen for bouncing Derrick Carter-approved mid-tempos (perfect for shaking tail), sly vocal snippets and of course that house beat. As founder of Peaches music and half of the monthly XM Radio show No Assembly Required, X is part of a new direction for the Midwest house scene. Foundation's Matt Brownell and Frank Scott are blowing the early whistle, so you'd best get onboard this one-stop party train. (Suzann Vogel)


In With the Old, In With the New
Sun., Jan. 18, 7pm. $5 suggested donation. Playground at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.563.4330

The Eureka Theatre Project launches In With the Old, In With the New, a reading series that includes both classic plays and world premieres. Helmed by Eureka artistic director Henry Gleitman, the series' first installment is Jean Anouilh's stunning adaptation of Sophocles' ancient tragedy Antigone. Starring veteran actor Dan Kern and promising young talents Davey White, Sara Pauley and Julie Czarnecki, this production of Anouilh's Antigone--first performed during the Nazi occupation of Paris--explores the use of resistance toward an occupying force. It's a subject that should give any American pause-- especially as our armed forces patrol the streets of Baghdad. (J. Cooper Robb)

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