Calendar: April 17-24

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Wednesday, April 17

Leif Elggren, That Little Idiot Telling Truth
Catch the freshest solo work from this Stockholm, Sweden-based writer, stage performer and composer, who has been a figure head in the international scene of performance art since he graduated from the Academy of Stockholm in 1978. His most recent self-conceived solo work includes Under Freud’s Coach, a recording of the therapy sessions that took place in the founding father of psychoanalysis’ therapy office. 6:30pm. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St.

BalletX Spring Series 2013
Since 2005, artistic directors Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan of Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary ballet company, BalletX, have dedicated themselves to producing new work that stretches the rigid boundaries of the genre. Tonight, their Spring Series kicks off with new work featuring the choreography of Olivier Wevers, Gabrielle Lamb and Tobin Del Cuore. 8pm. $22-$35. BalletX, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

Jane Irish: Sông Hương: Withdrawing Room
The five latest egg-tempera murals from painter Jane Irish are Vietnamese landscapes executed with delicate brush strokes evocative of the 18th century. Named after a river in Vietnam, this exhibition turns our attention to a time when Vietnam was not yet a colony but an object of French conquest. Through May 10. Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square South. 215.629.1000.

Thursday, April 18

Snarky Puppy
Quick: What’s the most World Cafe Live-sounding band you can imagine seeing at World Cafe Live on any given night? Indie rock? Hip-hop? Or a jazz-ish, world-ish instrumental multi-racial collective of more than 25 musicians in rotation who, originally from Texas, relocated to—where else?—Brooklyn and proclaimed their music to be “for the brain and booty”?

Well, slowpoke, it’s the last one, and they’re called Snarky Puppy. The Village Voice dubbed their sound “an exultant throwdown of smart danceability,” while Philly’s own Musiq Soulchild says they're “what music should be.” Plus, if you’re looking for a better word for what music should be, look no further than one jazz author’s classification of their sound: “jafunkadansion.” That gem’s courtesy of Cicily Janus, author of the 2010 book The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow.

Whatever the classification, we stick with our original argument: Snarky Puppy’s infectious fusion of multiple trumpets, percussionists, guitars and what some might call a funky beat makes them just about the perfect band to inhabit upstairs at WCL, whether the term “world,” “café” or “live” piqued your interest in the first place. That’s a guaranteed good night out. / Randy LoBasso

8pm. Sold out. With Hildegunn Gjedrem. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Science Carnival After Dark
View 3-D printers, breathe smoke like a dragon, make cocktails out of paper, and taste specially brewed beers at the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival Kickoff Party.  6:30pm. $15. Next Fab Studio, 2025 Washington Ave. 215.921.3649.

Ryan Leslie
Although now known as a recording artist in his own right, Washington D.C.’s Ryan Leslie first gained fame for his hit-making production work with Cassie, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Carl Thomas and New Edition. His style and attitude go back and forth from soft R&B guy, as heard in “Addiction,” to hard rapper guy in “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere.” 8pm. $20. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

Nicole Daedone
What is orgasmic meditation? Wouldn’t you like to know? Join OneTaste founder Nicole Daedone for a sex talk much unlike the one your parents did or didn’t give you. 7:30pm. Free. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.

North of the Boulevard
Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham, author of Any Given Monday and The Philly Fan, takes on the topic of poverty in his blue-collar comedy about three childhood friends’ attempts to escape their dead-end lives. Using both a humorous backdrop and biting honesty, Graham paints a portrait of modern urban decay, corporate royalty and survival. 7pm. $10-$37. Through May 19. Theatre Exile’s Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St.

Metal Alliance Tour 2013
This head-thrashing mashup brings together several heavy hitting and genre-mixing metal acts, including Municipal Waste, Exodus, Shadows Fall, Holy Grail and High on Fire. Headliners Anthrax will be performing their fan-favorite breakthrough 1987 album Among the Living in its entirety. 6pm. $35. TLA, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Friday, April 19

The West Philadelphia-born Philadelphia Dance Company, aka Philadanco, has forged an admirable path since 1970. Then, Joan Myers Brown, its pioneering founder and artistic director, wanted to create and foster a space for African-American dancers to grow and mature in an encouraging environment, as they were routinely denied entry to area dance schools. Since then, it has slowly built itself up to be a premier dance company in the city, one of the best in the country—and indeed, the world—and it’s always a thrill to see what months of rehearsal will yield from its top-tier talent. Philadanco’s versatile, athletically gifted members are steeped in contemporary, modern, ballet and jazz techniques, and in The Big Bang—their 2013 season debut at their home theater, the Kimmel Center—they’ll use all of these skills to take us on an intergalactic journey with only their bodies.

The Big Bang is a Philadelphia International Festival Arts-inspired take on the creation of the universe, taking us back 13 billion years through the use of four impressive pieces, among them Love n’ Pain, choreographed by Milton Myers, with music by Aretha Franklin; Ray Mercer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; and the performance’s title work, choreographed by Christopher L. Huggins. And what a perfect coincidence. As PIFA explores the notion of what you’d do with a time machine, Philadanco answers with a dual response: They’re going back to 1971, to revisit Harold Pierson’s classic Time/Space, one of the first large-scale ballets they ever performed, in Time & Space (A Step Back In Time), and simultaneously going back to the inception of our world as we know it.

Sounds tricky, doesn’t it? How are these dancers going to express the idea of the most momentous galactic occasion of all time? That mystery is exactly what’s going to make The Big Bang so exciting—and illustrate why Philadanco is the perfect vessel for its wonder. / Bill Chenevert

Fri., April 19 through Sun., April 21. $29-$46. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

FutureFest Play Festival
While lots of performance troupes in town seem more interested in taking a trip down memory lane now that PIFA has given them a time machine, for their second annual play festival, Luna Theater Company is looking into its crystal ball for the “unsuspecting revelations of things to come.” For just $25, you’ll see the world premiere of six one-act plays by six Philadelphia playwrights, each one dealing with a specific moment in the future. In just two hours, the audience will actually be taken on an adventure spanning more than a thousand years. Starting in the not too distant future—Dec. 12, 2013, to be exact—Kristen Scatton’s play The Last Man on Earth is set one year after the Mayan apocalypse (if it had happened), while The Big Crunch by playwright Joy Cutler flashes forward to June 8, 2092, a special day in Earth’s evolutionary development when humans may or may not become dinosaurs. Equally devastating yet far less monumental, playwright C.J. Celeiro ponders what it would be like if pianos became obsolete. All of the featured works aim to explore how our visions of the future—both our hopes and our fears—inform our understanding of the world and who we are today. So as far out as their different scenarios and events might seem now, perhaps you have more to gain by suspending your disbelief. / Nicole Finkbiner

Through April 27. 7pm. $25. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St.

Gaming and Neurodiversity
If you grew up with your parents telling you that video games would turn your brain to mush, this talk will finally prove them wrong. Learn from game developers and neurological researchers about how gaming and competition can be a healthy pathway to interaction, and play a few games in the process. 6pm. $10. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Get Lucid! The Activist Dance Party for Women Against Abuse
Dance to DJ Deadkat and Red Richards, listen to spoken word, and help raise money for victims of domestic violence. 9pm. $5. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

The Greatest Game of Pong
The most practical way to play a video game is on the side of a building; it allows you to gloat to a large portion of the populace and it is nearly impossible for one of your friends to block your view. As a part of Philly Tech Week, traipse down to the Art Museum to play Pong on the side of the Cira Building. If you need to ask why, the answer is because you can. 8pm. Free. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Where Heaven’s Dew Divides
A cohesive piece of moving art involving song, dance and video projection will investigate Philadelphia’s African-American religious past. A discussion of the show with Bill Adair, the director of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage will follow the performance. 7:30pm. $19. Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut St. 215.790.5800.

Reefer Madness
Learn about the “horrors” of marijuana use from this comedic parody of the 1936 film by the same name. The Coalmine Players will convince you to just say no after seeing the insanity that can ensue from your first toke. Through April 21. $25. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215.923.0210.

Robert Straight: Shadows and Reflections
Delaware artist Robert Straight’s layered and textured abstract paintings are the product of the artist’s fascination with nature’s organic and geometric structures and systems. Through May 11. Schmidt Dean Gallery, 1719 Chestnut St. 215.569.9433.

Collie Buddz
American-born and Bermuda-raised reggae artist Collie Buddz stops in Philly as part of his Light it Up tour. His debut single, 2007’s “Come Around,” stood as an ode to marijuana and inspired a slew of remixes, most notably Busta Rhymes’ unauthorized version, which brought Buddz a whole new audience. 9pm. $17.50. With Cris Cab, and New Kingston. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

The Porch Beer Garden
What says springtime better than day-drinking? Enjoy the warming weather, live music and a few craft beers at the Porch’s outdoor beer garden. 3pm. The Porch, 30th Street Station.

Saturday, April 20

That Time
We all have something in our past that, if given the opportunity, we would go back and change. So, rather than arbitrarily transporting you to some (in)significant period or event in history as some of PIFA’s “time machine” shows have, the critically-acclaimed cast of Tongue & Groove is teaming up with the dance company RealLivePeople (in)Motion and finally putting you in control of your own time machine. Through an interactive timeline, the two companies will ask audiences to anonymously submit their responses to the simple, yet poignant question: “If you could go back in time to any moment in your own life’s story, where would you go and why?” These answers will then be used to inspire a one-of-a-kind collage of humorous and touching scenes, monologues and dance pieces, all created right there on the spot. Combining athletic movement with provocative real-life interactions, the members of RLPiM will even be performing to the live improvised tunes of a harmonica. Essentially, in each of the four shows, these troupes will seek to reflect the unique experiences and spirit of its audience. And let’s face it: The only thing that could be more thrilling than being able to actually relive a moment in your past is watching a group of strangers relive it for you. / N.F.

Through April 21. 5pm and 8pm. $10. Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

Go West Craft Fest
Spend your day soaking in rays while checking out the funky crafts made by dozens of Philly’s finest craftmakers. Treat yourself to a one-of-a-king necklace and homemade candle or enjoy a dazzling display of artful acrobatics and live music while savoring a picnic lunch among the colorful azaleas and historic monuments of the Woodlands. 11am. Free. The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave.

Women in Tech Summit
Help women end the boys’ club that currently dominates the tech world! Keynote speakers and presentations will address UX, Cloud, Mobility, App Development, Security Social and Big Data. 9am. $40-$65. Philadelphia University, 4201 Henry Ave.

Rhye’s sensual, tangled, synth-loving album Woman currently stands as the bookend to The Weeknd’s Trilogy for lushly produced R&B that sounds specifically recorded for baby-makin’. Try to restrain yourself until you get home rather than gettin’ busy when this duo slides onstage. 8pm. $15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Please Touch Museum’s Storybook Ball
Spend the evening dressed up as your favorite storybook character, enjoying family-friendly cuisine and themed entertainment. 6-9pm. $35-$160. The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 215.581.3181.

Archives, Affects & Activism: Perserving Queer & Trans Histories
Learn how Philly’s bookstores, libraries, archives zine fests and media artists are creating and preserving queer and trans histories and making them available to the public. This event is part of the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series. 7-9pm. Free. Giovanni’s Room Bookstore, 345 S. 12th St.

Science Carnival
Participate in experiments, activities and games in this family-friendly whirlwind of science and fun. Enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream, make gak, meet zoo animals, take a tour of a helicopter, extract DNA from a strawberry—the list goes on and on. 11am. Free. Ben Franklin Parkway Outer Drive between 20th and 22nd sts.

Heading into the middle of their Future Forest Tour, Papadosio’s blend of jam-band electronica and crazed fluorescent light show will you breathless. 9pm. $17-$20. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St.

Take It All Back Community Walk and Speak Out
Help end the silence surrounding sexual violence in this eighth annual event that welcomes men, women and children to join Women Organized Against Rape in a 1.5-mile walk through Center City. After the walk, a speak-out gathers survivors and professional speakers to offer information on sexual violence. Nina and Joel Hoffmann, co-editors of The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse, will be there to discuss the book and share their story of healing. Noon. Love Park, Between 15th and 16th sts. at JFK Blvd.

We wonder who thought a Grateful Dead cover band and pig roast would be a good coupling for 4/20. Twenty bucks gets you all the barbecue you could possibly fit in your stomach, as well as access to Brooklyn Brewery drink specials. Noon. $20. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St.

Pop Up Exhibition and Fundraiser
For $20, you can look artsy while you save the earth and quench another’s thirst. This year’s theme, “Help the Earth, Ditch the Plastic,” offers more than 40 individual artworks including stainless steel water bottles, and by buying them, you will provide one person with clean drinking water for life through Charity Water. Noon. B Square Gallery, 614 S. 9th St. 215.625.0692.

Uhuru Health Fair
Listen to African drumming, learn yoga and line dancing, receive health screenings and eat some healthy food at this festival and flea market. 9am. Free. Clark Park, 43rd and Chester St.

Etta Winigrad
Combining humor with the realistic and fantastical, nationally renowned sculptor Etta Winigrad’s clay and mixed-media pieces create fertile soil for each viewer’s personal interpretation of her work. The University of Pennsylvania graduate has commissioned pieces at Philly’s Liberty Museum and many galleries across the country. Through April 28. Free. Muse Gallery, 52 N. Second St.

Sunday, April 21

City of Brotherly Love Softball League Opener
The City of Brotherly Love Softball League brings together men and women of every color of the rainbow for casual, friendly sport and has been a charitable force in the Philly’s LGBT community for three decades. Its Opening Day Sunday at Fairmount Park’s Dairy Fields (located across from Kelly Drive from the Schuykill River jog/bike trail, up the hill beyond the Grant-on-his-horse statue and through the stone archways) marks 30 years of fun and recreation, and the opening ceremony’s the official kickoff after a morning full of first games of the season. They start early—at 9 a.m.—and it’ll be the first time in uniform for bunches of new team members.

But in order to celebrate the weekend properly, the day before there’ll be a little Camac Street Block Party kicking off at 2 p.m., then for five hours Saturday night, a bunch of gay jocks and aspiring jocks will gather for a mix of things we love: drinks, loud pop music and celebratory team spirit.
Thanks to CBLSL’s efforts, hundreds of boys and girls from all over the city, New Jersey and the suburbs bus, bike, drive and carpool into Philadelphia every week to practice and play games in Fairmount Park. And exercise is merely a plus in running ‘round the diamonds; the league also encourages new friendships, loves, a general positive identity and taking part in something more meaningful than just you and your friends going to Woody’s. / B.C.

Games at various times; opening ceremony at 1:15pm. Free. Dairy Field 1, on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Reservoir drives.

ReelAbilities: Philadelphia Disabilities Film Festival
This film festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives and artistic expressions of people living with disabilities. ReelAbilities boasts the most accessible festival in the country, with all-captioned content, American Sign Language interpretation, computer assisted translation, braille programs and audio descriptions. $10-$36. Through April 28. Various locations. 267.256.2255.

BDSM102: Intermediate Kink
Learn how to get freaky without freaking your partner out. Two seasoned sexuality educators will teach you safety precautions, plus enjoy a 10 percent dicount on same day purchases. 1pm. $20. The Velvet Lily, 1040 N. Second St.

Skinned, Stuffed and Mounted
Not for the faint-of-heart (or animal-rights activists), this discussion and demonstration will employ the knowledge of local artist, taxidermist and recent PW cover star Beth Beverly and Rachel Poliquin, author of The Breathless Zoo. Learn about the history of this practice surrounded by the more than 100,000 stuffed and mounted specimens in the Wagner Free Institute of Science. 2pm. $10. Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 West Montgomery Ave.

Zapping Aliens and Drinking Beer
Put your beer balls to use by saving the world, one video game at a time. Play both old- and new-school games, and listen to techno and 8-bit tunes. 6-9pm. The Grey Lodge Pub, 6329 Frankford Ave. 215.856.3591.

Headdie Beer Fest
With the weather warming, beer fests are popping up like clockwork, and we aren’t complaining. This one features more than 15 breweries’ styles, some of the more well-known being Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, Abita Purple Haze and Sixpoint Righteous Ale, all of which will be poured into a collectible souvenir tasting glass. 2-5pm. $30. Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1232.

Surfer rock brought ashore and forced to get a job, which seems to be putting as many of their songs as possible into commercials. Finally excise the musical earworm by hearing that damned jingle from its source. 9:15pm. $10-$12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Monday, April 22

Blackout: Reinventing Black Media in the Digital Age
This panel will discuss three longstanding and respected Philly businesses as they work to stay relevant in the African-American community during the digital age: Wilco Electronic System, Inc., one of the largest African-American owned private cable operators in the Eastern United States; 900AM WURD, the only African-American owned talk radio station in Pennsylvania; and the Philadelphia Tribune, one of the oldest continually published African-American newspapers in the country. 5:30pm.
Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Philly Robotics Expo
Have some geeky fun with the Central High School Robolancers as they unveil their new and exciting advances in the world of robotics. Play with real robots, attend electrical, mechanical and programming workshops, participate in robot scrimmages and more. 9am. Free. Drexel University’s Bassone Research Center, Market St. between 31st and 32nd St.


The Entrepreneurs Pre-Nup
Seriously thinking of opening up your own business? Sit down with award-winning entrepreneur Mel Baida and discuss the challenges and pitfalls that young businesses fall prey to. Then stop in to listen to a panel of attorneys adept in drafting start-up contracts discuss the ins and outs of equity splits, vesting and buy-out provisions. 5pm. Free. The Quorum, 3711 Market St.

Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing
Audiences have grown deaf to the one-way messages of commercials sitting in front of their television and radios for 60 odd years. Michael Serazio examines how advertisers cut through public distrust and technological advances by resorting to guerilla marketing tactics: product placement, tweets, status updates and word of mouth. 5:30pm. Free. Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.6623.

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