Calendar: June 5-12

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Wednesday, June 5

Tayyib Ali
Local young buck Tayyib Ali may have only 18 years on earth under his belt, but he has already been making a name for himself in the local rap game. His youthful, energetic rhymes over laid-back beats are reminiscent of a summer afternoon. 9pm. $9-$16. With Mr. Lif, Chris Vance, Pooda Dappa, Michael Milehigh. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St.

Party on the Plaza
Embrace your love of free beer, cheap food, shoulder pads and leg warmers while watching the Philadephia Union take on the Eastern Conference Columbus Crew. Throughout the summer, PPL Park will open the gates early so you can enter a wonderful food coma before the game even starts. 5pm. $25. PPL Park, 1 Stadium Dr., Chester.

Center City Sips
The downtown district’s happy hour promo finally returns. Enjoy $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. throughout the summer. Various locations. 215.440.5500.

Best Coast
Despite gaining a large amount of fame and publicity over the last two years, L.A. duo Best Coast’s sound has hardly changed. Good news for fans of catchy, lo-fi surf rock. 8pm. $20. With Guards, the Lovely Bad Things. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Thursday, June 6

The Dirk Quinn Band
Take a look at guitarist Dirk Quinn’s stops on tour this summer, and it’s obvious the man has a love for the Keystone State. After all, before shipping out to Oregon, Oklahoma and Indiana in August, his four-piece Dirk Quinn Band is hitting Doylestown, Boyertown, Sanatoga, Warrington, Reading, Oley, Kintnersville, Harrisburg and Carlisle—those places! And to kick it all off, he’s hitting the World Café Live tonight, with help from a couple other Pennsylvania outfits.

They include Flux Capacitor—named Jam Band of the Year by the Philly-based Tri-State Indie—who look and sound like the ‘70s never ended, and Vibratek, the funk-fusion players whose beats beg you to drop at least a little acid, describing themselves as not just a band, but “a vehicle that propels forwards and backwards through time and space.” Their website and YouTube clips sort of scream “final frontier,” so maybe they’re onto something.

Meanwhile, the Dirk Quinn Band is touring in support of their newest LP, called Live at Home, a finely honed collection of tracks recorded over five shows around Philadelphia. Their style of improv and jamminess is highly refined, according to the Indie: “These guys have mastered the manipulation of meter and rhythm. It’s mismatched but purposeful—there are no mistakes here.” Not unless you miss the show. / Randy LoBasso

7pm. $12-$15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

The Secret Lives of Humans
Local artist Jeanine Leclaire asked her friends to send her secrets; her responses revolved mainly around sex. These secrets inspired the paintings in her new show, highlighting taboo subjects like sex toys and nude selfies. Through June 30. Free. Rodger LaPelle Galleries, 122 N. Third St.

PGMC’s Pride Drag Revue
The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus Drag Revue fundraiser returns for a second year. Proceeds will fund scholarships and outfits, as well as an all-chorus trip next year to Portland. 8pm. $10. iCandy, 254 S. 12th St. 215.731.9230.

Cabaret of the Exiled
Theatre Exile has proven itself as a company where plays containing risky and challenging subject matter can be explored. Come celebrate their off-kilter ideals with a night full of entertainers, music, food and silent auction packages all benefiting the theatre’s “dependably unpredictable” programming. 8pm. $40-100. The Ruba Club, 414 Green St.

Left of Center PA Night
This concert brings together local bands for a night of entertainment with a cheap ticket price. Styles range from indie rock to barbershop quartet jazz, so there’s something for everyone. 7pm. $5. With Second Hand Suits, Hot Jam Factory + more. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Nature likes to give things in pairs, and comedy should be no exception. The Philly Improv Theater has put together 30 comedic duos for a 4-day check on bladder control. Through June 9. Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St.

Friday, June 7

Ladyfest Philadelphia
Would a Ladyfest by any other name smell just as punk? That’s just one of the many questions facing Ladyfest Philly organizers Grace Ambrose, Jessi Holton, Sara Sherr and Maria Tessa Sciarrino. After all, the first Ladyfest erupted way back in the olden times of Olympia in 2000 AD, back when Neko Case toured with Her Boyfriends, Cat Power covered Bob Dylan, and sewing your own glittery pantaloons was still relatively subversive. After the debut ‘Fest, likeminded ladies all over the world built fests of their own, including a sprawling one here in Philadelphia in 2003. Ten years later, four local women—two who helped put together the last local Ladyfest—have created a three-day extravaganza of diverse bands and workshops that appeals to old school shit-kickers/gender warriors and younger women who may not connect to the idea of “riot grrrl” at all—or, for that matter, the word “feminism.”

That’s always been the feminist challenge, hasn’t it? Finding and uniting on common ground while aggressively—but also kindly—carving out safe, constructive spaces for women of diverse experiences, genders, sexual orientation, bodies, voices and opinions. To that end, Ladyfest 2013 organizers cultivated a diverse set of workshops designed to empower, educate, inspire and recognize that the pragmatic can be the political. You can learn how to translate your life into autobiographical comics with renowned graphic novel author Liz Prince and, with the help of Girls Rock Philly, how to drum and how to hook up guitar pedals and amps. You can also learn how to fix a flat tire, create herbal remedies and learn more about how the web works. (On Sunday, I am leading a workshop in how to identify victim-blaming in the news and what you can do about it.) Workshops are presented, of course, between bands, which range from grindcore to folk, featuring Brooklyn “homopop” four-piece Aye Nako, Girls Rock Philly bands Blizzard Babies and BBNK and garage witch-punk Shady Hawkins, among others. / Tara Murtha

June 7-9. $10-$40. Various times and venues. 

The B-52s
In the summer of 2004, I was working at Wawa, making sandwiches for your average Wawa customer, hating every monotonous minute of it. There was this management-approved soundtrack played on a loop nonstop, and every day, without fail, I’d hear “Love Shack” by the B-52s three times during an eight-hour shift.

For the first couple weeks, the upbeat, late-‘80s hit was sort of a pick-me-up. Maybe it was the bright, optimistic vocals of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. Maybe it was the robotic wailings of Fred Schneider, almost mocking their audience for finding him entertaining in the first place. I don’t know. But I’d be in the middle of an Italian Shorti, and suddenly, my shoulders would bend up and down to the tune. And compared to some of the other music on that playlist (Ace of Base, Cyndi Lauper, the Bee Gees, oh my), it was hard to resist that kind of catchy weirdness. By the third week, all the tracks had blended together into musical mush. By the fourth: The mush was still there, but so were the B-52s, standing out, like always, for conveying the tongue-in-cheek, thrift-store punkiness that assured you that they were in on the joke.

No doubt the long-revered quartet will play this, their most popular tune, just once tonight, and they’ll be playing hits like “Roam,” “Rock Lobster” and whatever else tickles their fancies. Yours too. / R.L.

8pm. $67.50-$77.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650.

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show
Visit America’s longest-running outdoor art show. Started in 1932 by a group of students looking to show their work, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show grew more popular each year. The event is now so large that it spans the entire perimeter of the square. 11am. 135 S. 18th St.

Lorraine Raywood: The Missing Years
Raywood spent four years at a Catholic boarding school, and the product was “The Missing Years,” a collection of digital and mixed-media photographs. Raywood uses digital photography and imaging, plus pieces of memorabilia to visually display her memoirs. Noon. Free. Muse Gallery, 52 N. Second St.

Black Landlord
Philadelphia locals Black Landlord combine the elements of an old Motown review with old-school hip-hop for a unique new sound. The band combines the talents of many, with members from the Goats, G-Love, Delta 72 and Psyclone Rangers making appearances. 9:15pm. $10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

In case you haven’t heard, the Dolphin Tavern is a new hot spot, with DJ nights, shows and other events in the works. Broadzilla, the DJs who you may or may not remember from Making Time’s Hypercage, will be visiting the reopened Dolphin Tavern to help you shake your goods. Get twisted, get excited ... just get there. $5. 10pm. The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad St.

Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
Try to stump these improv comics with outlandish suggestions as they perform entirely dependent on the audience’s lead. The troupe performs about 80 minutes of completely unscripted hilarity. Come with a list of things to yell to the actors, and get ready for an interactive night of comedy. 8pm. $12-$15. The Actors Center, 257 N. Third St.

The Smokin Gun Revue
What do live music, sideshow entertainment, comedy and burlesque have in common? Well, they’re all wildly entertaining, and they’ll all be part of the Smokin Gun Revue, Philly’s newest sideshow experience. Watch burlesque by Ladie Katie, Margot Go, Aliya Strychnine, Loretta Vendetta and Miss Mary Wanna and listen to live music by This Way to the Egress. 9pm. $10. The Station Bar and Grill, 1550 McKean St.

Chelsea Mitchell CD Release
Folk singer Chelsea Mitchell teams with Peter Joseph, who compliments her raw lyrical honesty with banjo, melodica and electric guitar. They released their EP, Married in the Aviary, in April. 8pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Saturday, June 8

InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor 14
Dedicated to keeping art accessible and affordable to a younger, poorer generation of collectors, InLiquid’s annual block party/art sale returns once again, packing the Crane Arts Building for an entire weekend of fun, food, music and art. More than 100 emerging local artists, designers and crafters will be in attendance, their selection of one-of-a-kind creations such as paintings, prints and photographs, clothing, jewelry and ceramics. Best of all, everything you see will be priced under $200, with most items falling in the $20 to $100 range. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, sure, a piece of artwork might seem like a frivolous expenditure, regardless of how moderately priced it may be. But let’s face it: You know you’re just going to wind up spending that money on something way more frivolous. Plus, artists are known to get pretty generous once they’ve got a few drinks in them—just something to keep in mind. Creating a party-like atmosphere, an eclectic mix of local musicians will be performing each hour on both days, including Chuck Berry tribute band It’s Marvin, Your Cousin Marvin Berry on Saturday, and the soulful shouters and stompers of the GVTs on Sunday. Guests should also set a few extra bucks aside for refreshments and food truck fare, whether it’s a gourmet burger from SPOT, gourmet ice cream from Zsa’s or a fresh, locally sourced dish from The Farm Truck. If you want to get first dibs on the featured goods, a ticketed cocktail party/preview event will be held Friday night benefiting the AIDS Fund. / Nicole Finkbiner

Through Sun., June 9. Free. Noon. The Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St. 215.235.3405.

Face to Face
California punk outfit Face to Face got their start in the early ‘90s, gaining steam by opening up for huge bands like the Offspring. Their latest, Three Chords and a Half Truth, was released in April, and although it doesn’t break any new ground, it shows them still proudly clinging to their original values. 7:30pm. $20-$22. With Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals and Joshua Black Wilkins. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.

The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream
Four rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famers are together as one for the first time since 1970. This theatrical performance was written and directed by Steven Van Zandt and features scenic design by Marc Brickman. Listen to the group perform “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure” and “People Got to Be Free.” 8pm. $24-$204. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

The 3rd Annual Vendy Awards
This cook-off between the top sidewalk chefs in Philly doubles as both a festival of gratitude toward our truck-dwelling friends and as a fundraiser for the Food Trust. Your ticket purchase grants you all the food you can eat, all the Brooklyn Brewery beer you can drink and is tax deductable. 2pm. $35-$55. Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave.

Multicultural Festival of Colors
June is National Caribbean Heritage Month, so the Caribbean Heritage Carnival Group celebrates by putting on a festival to allow everyone to learn a little something about their culture, music, art and food. There is also a concert portion, featuring a mix of genres, with artists such as Gyptian, Benjai, Rafiya, Ronnie Homer, Khari Kill, Nikita and more making appearances. Noon. $10-$48. Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave. 484.843.0768.

REVIVE: Recycle, Upcycle, and the Lost & Found
This collection features the work of local artists created with at least 50 percent recycled materials. Kevin and the Shapes will perform live at 7 p.m., and there will be a dance party at 10. 7pm. Free. Hancock Garage, 2024 N. Hancock St.

Market East
A record release party for Market East, whose sophomore effort, Children of Summer, was just released. The band has a healthy dose of Beach Boys influenced Americana, some jangly guitar and three-part harmonies, but manage to stay completely contemporary. 8:30pm. $10-$12. With Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, Night Panther, Mohican, and Former Belle. Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St. 215.925.6455.

Box Score
Randel Plowman, author of The Collage Workbook, presents a series of mixed-media baseball collages as featured in Kevin Varrone’s interactive app, Box Score: An Autobiography. Of course, in classic ballpark fashion, there will be beer, lemonade, popcorn, peanuts and pretzels for you to munch on while soaking it all in. 6pm. Free. Frame Fatale, 1813 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.755.0904.

Philadelphia Voices of Pride: Game Over
The Philadelphia Voices of Pride are a vocal ensemble comprised of people from all walks of life, united in their passion for promoting a positive image of the LGBT community. Their latest performance, Game Over, is led by artistic director Daniel Schwartz. 8pm. $12.50-$25. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St. 215.732.2515.

Zo! (The Foreign Exchange Music), Deborah Bond
Fatnice hosts this split gig between multi-instrumentalist/producer Zo! and soul vocalist Deborah Bond. Both artists have been making big moves this year; Zo!’s latest album, ManMade, just came out late last month, and the video for Bond’s single, “See You in My Dreams,” is currently in heavy rotation on VH1Soul. 8pm. $16-$20. With Lady Alma + Ursula Rucker. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Philadelphia Writers’ Conference
Hey writers! Get inspired during this weekend conference of workshops and lectures. George Anastasia, former Philadelphia Inquirer crime reporter, will be the keynote speaker this year. Three-day workshops focus on short story, poetry, memoir, novel, mystery/thriller, playwriting, writing for young adults and nonfiction. Through June 9. $240. Wyndham Hotel, 400 Arch St.

Prison Food Weekend
Check out what prisoners from three different time periods dined on during their stay at the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary, some of which is still actually served today. $10-$14. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave. 215.236.3300.

Sunday, June 9

PrideDay Parade and Festival
Pride means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, their first, it’s a day they’ve been looking forward to eagerly just to be surrounded by queerness and celebration. For a host of others, out for decades, rejoicing in the brother- and sisterhood of gay simply never gets old. For 362 days of the year, we have pride in our own individualistic ways. But in June, for one weekend of every year, we come together in the spirit of Harvey Milk and Giovanni’s Room to shout “We’re here! We’re queer!” And with Philly Pride celebrating a quarter century of PrideDay this year, folks are having no problem getting used to it.

Friday night is a kick-off block party on 12th Street between Walnut and Spruce from 6 to 11 p.m.; word is that there’ll be a mechanical shark to ride, something called “wrecking ball” and outdoor dancing, followed by Gayborhood revelry. On Saturday, you get the William Way Center’s homecoming and the annual Philadelphia Dyke March. Then on Sunday, the city explodes with rainbows. Starting at noon at the intersection of 13th and Locust, the PrideDay Parade finishes with a Penn’s Landing destination, where things’ll get a little weird and very gay. More than 150 groups and organizations are participating, and so is the evilly bewitching reality TV star Omarosa Manigault, with Henri David as the fest’s master of ceremonies. Miss and Mr. Philly Gay Pride will be heralded, youth grand marshals will beam, and gays will dance until their legs hurt. Pride month is here! And it is most certainly queer. / Bill Chenevert

Noon. Various locations.

Mobb Deep
It’s strange to think that Havoc and Prodigy put out their first album 20 years ago. The Infamous, the hard, hungry, minimalistic album that ate New York City and the world in ’95, is still one of the best examples of the raw power of hip-hop. They will be stopping by Philly with an album baking in the oven, so testing out piping-hot tracks is a distinct possibility. 8pm. $20-$65. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Rock to the Future Year-End Showcase
Get your weekly dose of shame as students still in high school or younger rock so hard, the feelings of inadequacy you hold in check burst forth, unable to withstand the torrent of greatness and drive present in people who, in some cases, still need babysitters. Seven groups of would-be rock stars will perform two original tracks and two covers. 3pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

The No Brainer Benefit Concert
Help raise funds for brain tumor research by listening to live music from local bands and eating heaping plates of food. 2pm. $35-$40 Citizens Bank Park, McFadden’s, One Citizens Bank Way. 215.952.0300.

Dock Street 5th Annual Music Fest
Beer and music are the peanut butter and chocolate of social interactions. And it is even better when the brews are fresh, and the music is live. Dock Street Brewery will have you munching on their delicious pizzas and partaking in their refreshing seasonal draft list as you play kingly games usually resigned to the parking lot at Citizens Bank. 2pm. Free. Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th St. 215.726.2337.

I Heart Burlesque!
The brand new burlesque troupe puts on a show about James Bond’s numerous, sometimes euphemistically named lady friends. Drink, and dinner specials will be unveiled as Dr. Holly GoodHead and Pussy Galore show you their golden guns. 8pm. $12. Dolce Restaurant, 241 Chestnut St.

Odunde Festival
The longest running and largest African American street festival is back, covering almost a mile-long stretch of the street with more than 100 vendors, capping off Odunde’s week of events. 10am. Free. 23rd and South sts.

Monday, June 10

Punk Rock, Mental Illness and Recovery with Craig Lewis
Crusty Craig may most easily be identified as part of the Boston punk rock scene for the past 25 years, but he also harbored a secret side to his life, one full of instability and symptoms of mental illness. Today he is successfully rehabilitated and working as a mental health counselor, but still revisits his struggling days in hopes that his story can uplift others still going through it. 7pm. $5-$10. A-Space Anarchist Community Center, 4722 Baltimore Ave. 215.821.6877

First Person Arts Story Slam: “Overnight”
Everyone’s got a story to tell, but if you really think you can captivate a group of strangers for five minutes, this is your moment. Each night features a new theme to follow: Come prepared to regale the audience with your best overnight tale. 8:30pm. $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Tuesday, June 11

Tricky put out two records in the ‘90s that were mind-blowing: 1995’s Maxinquaye and 1996’s Pre-Millenium Tension. Of course, he’d been an integral part of the groundbreaking Massive Attack until then, but these two LPs felt like achievements—complete, brilliant artistic statements. The 45-year-old Bristol, U.K., native’s a pretty odd duck, so it feels only appropriate that he made his big-screen debut in 1997’s The Fifth Element. But some of the weirdest dudes on earth have proven to be some of our most inspiring and game-changing musicians.

And with this brand new and fresh False Idols, Tricky says he found himself again. Luckily for us, it’s an incredibly strong LP, harkening back to those debut solo LPs, and reflects the Tricky Kid we’ve always known and loved. Sure, there’ve been some discs in his deep catalogue that weren’t homeruns, but the man’s a legit legend in the trip-hop world. His grimy, gravelly rumbles over blissed-out beats are one of a kind, and he has a real ear for tapping angelic young female vocalists to flesh out his visions—or night terrors, same diff. The fact that Philly’s one of his 10-date domestic tour destinations is truly celebration-worthy. Trip-hop fans rejoice, and get your asses to Union Transfer for a really memorable occasion. / B.C.

8:30pm. $20. With Royal Canoe. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

A Deliciously Rewarding Photo Contest at Le Viet
Le Viet wants you to take pictures of the food they serve, and then post it on their Facebook page. If they like it the mostest, they’ll give you money so you can spend it all taking even more photos of food you had no hand in preparing. Le Viet, 1019 S. 11th St. 215.463.1570.

Daniel Clayman: Shifting Scale
Clayman’s latest exhibition features glass molded into ribbed pieces of various colors, resembling temples of worship from an alternate reality via Stargate. Your eye will be as easily captured as the light that fills up his ornamental art. Through June 30. Wexler Gallery, 201 N. Third St. 215.923.7030.

Wednesday, June 12

Roosevelt Dime
These five, seemingly normal guys from Brooklyn got lost on the Mississippi, drunk on bathtub gin, and woke up in the French Quarter of New Orleans where they were somehow changed into a swampland blues band, complete with banjos and washtub basses. 8pm. $10. Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770.

Saul Williams
A well-traveled wordsmith, working with the likes of Nas and Mos Def, Williams knows how to tie words together to get your mind working and engaged. 7pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Out of Town

Billy Idol
The hugely popular punk rocker with the permanent sneer comes to Jersey with the intention of doing what his dreadlock-era (yes, that happened) album, Cyberpunk, didn’t do: entertain. He will give us the hits we all want, and we will leave satisfied, knowing that the man with radioactive blond hair is still out there, yelling himself hoarse for our benefit. Sat., June 8, 9pm. $50-$75. House of Blues/Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. 609.236.2583.

Urinetown: The Musical
The title and tone belies the darkly comedic and highly political nature of this self-aware, musical satire by Greg Kotis. In this bleak world, there has been a 20-year drought, and harsh laws were created over everything involving water, including bathroom breaks; you have to pay to pee. Of course, mayhem ensues. Through June 29. $23.50-$28.50 The Eagle Theatre, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, N.J. 609.704.5012.

Sea Isle Craft Beer and Rock Festival
More than 100 brews will be on hand for your thirsty gullet to gulp down as you apply the third layer of sunscreen. There is no award for drinking them all, unless you count forgetting you are currently in New Jersey through sheer inebriation a prize. Sat., June 8, 3pm. $30-$35. 63rd and Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, N.J.

Clover Market
Unlike your new iPhone or car, older stuff was built to last; like those indestructible Nokia phones from the late ‘90s, old stuff was just made better. The Clover Market features 140 vendors that specialize in vintage and antique items as well as salvaged items from old buildings. Sun., June 9, 10am. Free. 12 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.

Philly Beer Week Beer Challenge
Thirty teams of two will put their beer brains to the test in this blind taste-testing challenge. Taste 12 craft beers, and answer questions about style and flavor. One team will win a trophy and be named the most knowledgeable beer person of 2013. Prizes will be awarded, food will be available, and spectators are welcome. Sat., June 8, 12:30pm. $25 per person. Keg & Kitchen, 90 Haddon Ave., Westmont, N.J.

Compiled by Nicole Bonaccorso, Michael Brady, Drew O’Meara and Anthony Trivelli.

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