Calendar: Jan. 15-22

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Wednesday, January 15

Tell Me a Story: Jobs
In a sharing mood? Gather in the intimate atmosphere of Shot Tower Coffee and spin tales of your tiresome—or perhaps ultimately fulfilling—career in this latest themed storytelling event hosted by comedienne Hillary Rea. Special guests include Freya Zork and Martha Cooney, winners of recent First Person Arts StorySlams. 7pm. $5. Shot Tower Coffee, 542 Christian St. 267.886.8049.

Jewish New Year at Zahav
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will join the local Jewish community’s celebration of Tu B’shvat, also known as Jewish Arbor Day and the New Year for Trees, which will feature a wine and tasting menu put together by Israeli chef Michael Solomonov, the 2011 winner of the highly coveted James Beard Award. 6pm. $180. Zahav, 237 St. James Pl. 215.625.8800.

Thursday, January 16

The Drunken Botanist
Without plants, there’d be no booze. Two outfits that know that fact well: local spiritmakers Art in the Age, and the environmentalists of the Schuylkill Center, whose director, Mike Weilbacher, will read from the bestselling book The Drunken Botanist while listeners sample Art in the Age’s potent brews. 7:30pm. Free. The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Live
Logo TV’s highly rated reality competition is hitting the road, and it’s bringing along a handful of its most notable stars. Sharon Needles, Pandora Boxx and Alaska Thunderfuck are just a few slated to make an appearance at the live show tonight. 10pm. $29.50-75. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal
It’s called the “feel-good company” for a reason. Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal has a seemingly perfect track record for showcasing the extraordinarily complex works of world-class choreographers. Tonight’s show features the Philadelphia premieres of three new performances. 7:30pm. Various prices. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.6702.
Nathaniel Popkin
More than a decade after releasing his first nonfiction book, Nathaniel Popkin is branching out into novel territory with the release of Lion and Leopard, set in a Philadelphia of years past. Tonight, Popkin will sign copies of the book and partake in a Q&A session following a short reading. 6pm. Free. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.

Friday, January 17

The Illadelph Experiment
Picture this night out: Eleven DJs, three floors of dancing, five artists exhibiting live work, a B-boy/B-girl contest, a slow-jam set and lit hookahs—and it goes on ‘til 3:30 a.m.? Uh, that pretty much knocks any other Friday-night parties on their sorry asses. Even without tips on who’s spinning or promoting, The Illadelph Experiment just sounds like a badass, labyrinthine sweatfest, something you and your friends could wholeheartedly tear into alongside hordes of other grown, good-time-seeking Philadelphians, right? Luckily, its DJs include the legendary Cash Money (above), Kenny Meez, Ultraviolet, AfroDJiak, Mike Nyce, Aktive, Mr. Sonny James, Lee Jones, Lil Dave, PHSH and DJ Foxx Boogie. (Hoo boy, that’s a list!) And it’s being presented by Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson, a fixture of Philly 360, Tastytreats, et cetera, who’s so in tune with the spirits of creativity and musicianship, she always seems to be planning successful ways to wrap this city up in absolute freshness. Wilson’s also among the the artists who’ll be on the scene too, joining Serena Saunders, Ameerah K. Art, Chuck Styles, Tone Casso and Nebulous Flair. Nice.

Philly’s DJs kill it; live art is the shit, and who doesn’t love a good hip-hop battle? With a promise to get the walls throbbing and the windows rattling, let’s hope for throwdowns of all kinds at The Illadelph Experiment—sonic, on the canvas and pop and lock-like. Show up before 11pm, and you’ll get a 50-percent admission reduction. / BILL CHENEVERT

10pm. $10-$20. Trilogy, 601 Spring Garden St. 215.454.9038.

Perceiving the ‘Just This’-Ness
New York choreographer Susan Rethorst opens Philadelphia Dance Projects’ 2014 season with her new production, which recruits the talents of the Group Motion Dance Company and Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck. 8pm. $25. Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. 215.545.1664.

“Classical” isn’t an apt enough term to describe the musical stylings of Trefoil. With a focus on the melodious sounds heard at medieval European festivals, the three-piece band evokes vivid imagery with its craft despite its minimalist outward appearance. Trefoil’s new CD, Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Bouquet, covers the likes of Guillaume Dufray and Gilles Binchois. 8pm. Free. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

Robert M. Gates: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
From 2006 to 2011, Robert Gates served as the country’s secretary of defense, and with his new memoir hitting shelves this week, he gives shockingly honest accounts of handling the wars abroad, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” controversy and the killing of Osama bin Laden. 6:30pm. Free-$30. National Constitution Center. 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600.

Tippler’s Tour with Ben Franklin
Can old Ben hold his liquor? Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 308th birthday with the man himself as he embarks on a tavern tour of colonial Philadelphia. He’ll be sure to delight his followers with stories and old-fashioned drinking traditions along the way. 5:30pm. $40-$45. Historic Philadelphia Center, Sixth and Chestnut sts. 215.629.4026.

Up From the Ashes
This new one-woman show from Kate McGrath—this year’s Philadelphia Dramatist Center playwright in residence—re-examines the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 by thrusting the audience into the mindsets of the establishment’s workers and considering the evolution of the American Dream. 8pm. $20. Off-Broad St. Theater, 1636 Sansom St.

Group Show and Red Filter 2014
This annual art show at Twenty-Two Gallery features more than 20 local artists across mediums including sculpture, painting, print work and photography. This year includes a group selection from Lambertville, N.J.’s Red Filter Gallery, a fine art photography gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary monochromatic work. Noon. Free. Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St. 215.772.1911.

Lisa D’Amour’s new stage comedy follows two couples into the woods—with some unintended consequences. 2013 Obie Award winner D’Amour weaves her unique comedic chops into this story of campers gone astray. 7:30pm. $66. Through Feb. 8. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824.

Saturday, January 18

Self Defense Family + Pity Sex
A band with a staggeringly accessible Internet presence, Self Defense Family (formerly known as End of A Year) has carved out an important standing in the modern post-hardcore landscape. After a slew of 7-inch EPs and splits, Self Defense Family returns to the full-length medium, and vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s pithy, cathartic blasts have never sounded better. Officially released last Tuesday, Jan. 7, SDF’s Try Me, which was made available by the band through digital download late last year, contains nine intensely personal studies on human relationships, religion and death, accentuated by two fascinating long-form interviews with former porn star Jeanna Fine, who also graces the cover of the LP. Unapologetic in their bluntness, Self Defense Family’s unfiltered persona is tersely summed up in Try Me’s liner notes: “Enjoy or don’t.”

Their early-Saturday show mates, Ann Arbor, MI natives Pity Sex, specialize in fuzzed-out bummers, weaving together elements of lo-fi, noise pop and shoegaze. Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake split vocal duties for the quartet, which released Feast of Love, its first full-length album, last August. The darlings of Run for Cover Records received widespread praise for their frank lyrical content—basically ruminations on self-loathing and loneliness reflective of the band’s bittersweet moniker—and Feast of Love showed a noticeable maturation from the raw sound of Dark World, their 2012 debut EP. / DANIEL GELB

5pm. $10-$12. With Ovlov + Heroes of Modern Earth. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400.

Classic Soul Fest 2014
Considering that the city spawned Gamble and Huff, the successors to the Motown sound, it’s a wonder there isn’t a soul music festival every weekend in Philadelphia. Luckily, this one features titans like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Bloodstone, the Main Ingredient and more. 8pm. $37.50-$70. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.204.2400.

Where Do We Go From Here: 50 Years Since the Civil Rights Act
A community gathering to examine the progress our nation has made since the federal Civil Rights Act was passed—as well as what remains to be done in the movement toward equality. The film Citizen King will be screened, followed by an analysis and discussion with author Ewuare X. Osayande. 3pm. Free. African American United Fund Conference Center, 2231 N. Broad St. 484.362.9240.

Grodstein & Barr-Toman
Lauren Grodstein and Susan Barr-Toman share and discuss their novels, both about carrying on with life after a family loss. Grodstein’s The Explanation for Everything tells the tale of a widowed biologist whose faith in science is challenged by a student who believes in God. Barr-Toman’s When Love Was Clean Underwear revolves around a daughter who helps her mother commit suicide, and then has to build a life afterward. 7pm. Free. Musehouse, 7924 Germantown Ave. 267.331.9552.

Meditation Day Course: Living The Dream
Monk and meditation teacher Gen Tenzin leads this class centered on the Buddhist view of emptiness. No experience is necessary to join the session, which will encourage you to free yourself from anger, resentment and shame by understanding the dream-like nature of people and things. 11am. $30. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 1102 Pine St. 267.702.3817.

Diane Coffee
Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, aka Diane Coffee, began his career as a voice actor in animated Disney flicks. He certainly spun 180 with his psychedelic, spacey surf rock solo project, releasing a debut album My Friend Fish in 2013. 7pm. $8-$10. With Killer Bangs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Comedy-Gasm! Keepin’ It Sexy
The long running Comedy-Gasm series rings in the new year with drink specials and a show featuring the cream of the crop of local, up-and-coming entertainers. Rachel Fogletto once again hosts the program, opening with Eris Vayle’s burlesque and leading into stand-up from Robert Ecks, Jenn Tisdale and more. 8pm. $7. The Irish Pol, 45 S. 3rd St. 267.761.9532.

Sunday, January 19

El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)
Lola Arias is about to pop. She’s eight and a half months pregnant and right now, as we speak, headed home to Buenos Aires to give birth. So, needless to say, the playwright won’t be present at FringeArts for the three-day run of her El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born)—but at least 10 performers from her homeland’s neighbor to the west, Chile, will. They’ll be describing the enduring effects of the iron-fisted reign of the late Augusto Pinochet, who seized power in a militaristic coup d’etat in September of ’73.

In his 17 years of despotic rule, Pinochet managed to accumulate hundreds of human rights violations (not to mention embezzlement and tax evasion charges). The numbers are astonishing: Nearly 30,000 citizens tortured, over 80,000 interned and at least 1,200—but perhaps as many as 3,500—simply executed for standing in his way. He is, essentially, on par with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden among the grossest human beings to have recently walked the earth. His legacy is still potent and powerful.

Arias, on a trip to South America that included an exploration of Pinochet’s long-lasting devastation on survivors of his regime, started to pay special attention to those born during his tenure’s terrifying aftermath. She recruited people who, in El año en que nací, tell their stories and their parents’ stories, too. This isn’t exactly a play; there’s no book to stick to here. It’s all in Spanish, but subtitled in English and partially projected on a screen serving as a backdrop for photos, maps, news clippings and saved bits of history. Dance and music will be employed, as will, no doubt, heavy emotion and grief, allowing folks aged 20 to their early 30s to show us, in an exceptionally colorful and expressive way, how history trickles down. El año en que nací aims to reinforce, to the next generation, how wrongs will not be ignored and how recalling painful pasts can open our minds to a more optimistic, brighter future. / BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sun., Jan. 19. Various times. $20-$29. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.413.9006.

Five Minute Follies featuring The Magic of Salazar
Award-winning magician Anthony Salazar has performed across the country, from the top casinos in Atlantic City to a guest spot on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16. Salazar will be joined by other performers, including comedians, singers and a tap dancer, for Five Minute Follies, an ongoing family friendly tribute to the golden age of variety entertainment shows. 3pm. $15-$18. The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 1800.838.3006.

Fitness, Body Love and Sexercise: A Workshop with Dr. Timaree
In this week's cover story, Sexologist, podcaster and PW cover model Timaree Schmit writes about the relationship between fitness and sexuality. Hear more at her Sexploratorium workshop, where you’ll learn how exercise science can help improve your sexual experience—not least by enabling you to reach more positions. 7pm. $15-$20. Sexploratorium, 317 South St. 215.829.4986.

Beautiful Thing
Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents Beautiful Thing, written for the stage by Jonathan Harvey, a play about teens surrounded by a drug and violence addled Southeast London landscape. 7:30pm. $15-$25. Skybox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.923.8909.

Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)
Tchaikovsky explores obsession in this tale of a gambling army officer, desperate to learn the secret behind three winning cards, jeopardizing his love, possessions and ultimately his own life in the process. The Academy of Vocal Arts revives this Russian drama, sung in its native tongue with English subtitles. 7:30pm. $10-$60. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St. 215.735.1685.


Hip Hop Fundamentals
Since gracing PW’s cover last June, Hip Hop Fundamentals met their fundraising goal to bring their breakdance education show into numerous Philly schools—and have even done a TED Talk. Now, they’re spending Martin Luther King, Jr. Day giving a free performance of their most popular show, using “culture young people create to engage them in learning academic content,” according to founding member Stephen Lunger. The group’s TEDx Bermuda performance was specifically about how to change the way education works in the United States. Their performance on King Day—at the African-American Museum—will focus on the history of civil rights in America. / RANDY LOBASSO

Mon., Jan. 20, noon. Free. African American Museum, 701 Arch St.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service/ Macy’s Family Day
The National Constitution Center joins this years’ 19th annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service with a day of honor for MLK. Visitors can enjoy a day of musical and dramatic performances, as well as participate in a sewing service benefiting the Women Against Abuse shelter. 9:30am. $5. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600.

Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State celebrates MLK’s legacy all weekend—with tours emphasizing the effect that the civil rights movement had on the prison. In addition, readings from King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” will be delivered by professional actors. Informal Q&A sessions will follow each reading to discuss the relevance of King’s words today. Through Mon., Jan 20. Various times. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.

Art Sphere
Founded in 1998, Art Sphere encourages civic responsibility and neighborhood restoration through various forms of art. Volunteers for their MLK Day celebration will paint over graffiti, restore murals and brighten playground equipment. The event honors King’s ethos of collective effort to accomplish community goals. 10am. Fishtown Recreation Center, 1201 E. Montgomery Ave. 215.350.1968.

National Liberty Museum
This year, The National Liberty Museum has teamed up with MLK365 to provide a free workshop based around the icon. The “upstander” workshop will feature guided museum tours, craft projects and continuous showings of King’s famous speeches. Pre-registration for the days’ free events is required, as seating is limited. 11:30am. Free. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. 215.928.2500.

Tuesday, January 21

Erotic Literary Salon
Word geeks talking genitalic fun—or even use—are lucky to be around these days. It used to be that the only sites to talk freely about intimate exploits were either stiflingly clinical or unnecessarily shameful, with bright neon lights outside and sticky linoleum on the inside. Indeed, safe spaces where people could creatively rant or rave about their awesome, mundane or downright twisted sex lives were primarily on psychiatrists’ couches or barstools a few blocks away from the neighborhood parish. Thank heaven times have changed. 

To celebrate both remorseless kinkiness and good ol’ fashioned spoken word, the Erotic Literary Salon brings together an eager audience on every third Tuesday of each month at TIME in Center City, where open souls share five-minute sex-related poems, remembrances and short stories. And for January’s gathering, attendees will welcome Ainsley Burrows, creator of the touring “pop-erotica extravaganza” dubbed Sweet Spot Nation, which hits Philly next month—on the weekend before Valentine’s Day. (Mark that calendar now.)

Burrows, who’s toured professionally as a poet for over a decade, will give a talk with a Q&A before the evening’s open mic—oh, and his ultra-hot poems are going to leave blisters. Here’s to a night that’s as publicly and positively affirming of sex and sexuality as it ought to be. / JOSH KRUGER

6:30pm. $8-$10. TIME, 1315 Sansom St. 215.985.4800.

Learn to Brew Beer
Ever wanted to break into the home-brewing world, but didn’t know where to start? This two-part tutorial uses simple equipment to guide you through the fermenting and bottling process. 7:30pm. $45. Malt House Ltd., 7101 Emlen St. 215.242.1700.

Totally Awesome ‘80s Party
Dear Diary, Bye, coming soon to the Plays and Players Theater, is based on a fourth grader’s diary from 1984. To celebrate and support the production, the theater company is hosting an ‘80s-themed fundraising party, complete with decade-relevant music, karaoke and dancing. 6pm. Suggested donation of $10-$25. Quigs Pub, 1714 Delancey Place, 3rd Floor. 866.811.4111.

Jane Pauley: Your Life Calling
A veteran of major network broadcasting for more than 30 years, Jane Pauley currently hosts the Your Life is Calling segment on NBC’s Today show. Pauley joins NBC10’s Tracey Davidson for a conversation on self-discovery and personal growth. Noon. $7-$15. Free Library, 1901 Vine St.

Wednesday, January 22

R. Stevie Moore
I used to work with a guy who loved Ariel Pink. He’s not my thing, but I admire the lad’s creative, psychedelic hobo vision. Little did I know that Pink was just a grand mimic of lo-fi wizard R. Stevie Moore, only polished into a hippified California sheen.

The son of renowned Nashville A-Team bassist Bob Moore and the grandfather of DIY weirdness, Moore, in his earliest days, may have been a creative genius without even knowing—or trying. Take a look at his discography: Dude’s put out hundreds of songs, LPs and compilations—some with a proper label (not lots) but so many others on tapes and CD-Rs. In fact, he had a little tape club (RSM Cassette Club) for a while, until he turned it into a CD-R club (CDRSMCLUB). Though he tends to focus on lo-fi punky indie rock, defining his oeuvre is admittedly difficult; Moore plays just about every instrument and specializes in every genre. Clearly, he has zero fucks to give about money, mainstream success, radio hits or recognition. The man just makes music: He’s compelled to; and sometimes, it’s brilliant.

For a good while there, the 61-year-old Nashville native called New Jersey—Montclair, mostly—home; he was an on-air personality for WFMU and made appearances on a tripped-out TV show called Uncle Floyd. Moore makes videos with crap technology, but they still manage to be great. He’s a true original. And we love him for it. / B.C.

9pm. $12. With Jimmy Whispers + Gunk. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

No Evidence of Disease
The Ritz Five hosts a screening of the powerful documentary No Evidence of Disease, which tells the story of six cancer surgeons who joined forces to create N.E.D., a rock band aimed at breaking the silence of various women’s cancers. Music and medicine become one in this transformative piece. 7:30pm. $13. Landmark Ritz Five, 214 Walnut St. 215.440.1184.

Portraits of the Human Spirit
National Geographic photographer Alison Wright has devoted her personal and professional life to documenting the human spirit. Wright’s inspiring photos take you on a journey from Tibet to Africa, sharing stories and insight of incredible scope. 2pm. $10-$20. Ritz East, 125 S. Second St.

Out of Town

Arms and the Man
George Bernard Shaw’s classic war commentary returns to the Players Club stage for the first time since 1956. Premiering originally in the late 1800’s, Arms and the Man details the fallacies of war and humanity through biting comedy. Fri., Jan. 17, 8pm. $8-$15. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore.

Alex Reymundo
Longtime funnyman Alex Reymundo has been featured on special programs on Comedy Central and Showtime. His stand-up tour Red-Nexican! riffs on Mexican-American culture, as well as everyday interactions. Sat., Jan. 19, 8pm. $20-$35. The Levoy Theatre, 130 N. High St., Millville, N.J. 856.327.6400.

3rd Annual All-Stars Of Hip Hop
The A.C. boardwalk plays host to an ensemble crew of hip-hop legends: Ice Cube, Eve, Fat Joe and many more take the stage for an unforgettable night of jams. VIP tickets for the event also include entrance to an after-party at the Trump Plaza. Sun., Jan. 19, 7pm. $45-$90. Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 609.449.2000.

Tropicana Beer Week
Tropicana’s week-long homage to the frothy libation features an arsenal of beer-centric events, including drink and food specials, craft beer premieres, as well as tasting and pairing events. Through Sun., Jan. 18. Various locations.

Compiled by Jake Abbate, Drew O’Meara and Daniel Gelb.

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