Calendar: May 22-29

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Ruminations: Stephanie Rogers & Rita Reisser
The paintings of Stephanie Rogers may appear different from the lithograph and sculpture work of Rita Reisser, but they are similar in their usage of abstract forms to process their ruminations on life. This is the second Cerulean exhibition for both of these artists, who are also both graduates of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Through June 8. Cerulean Arts Gallery, 1355 Ridge Ave. 267.514.8647.
Revisit the golden age of hip-hop with DJ’s Brownske and Argo Lexx as they spin a ton of forgotten gems and old-school classics. Coupled with $2 PBRs, this should get interesting quick. 10pm. Free. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348.

Peedi Crakk
Despite brief flirtations with fame as a result of guest verses, soundtrack appearances and mixtapes, Peedi Crakk largely remains a Philadelphia secret. His still-unreleased debut album has been in the works since 2005, seeing several different working titles but constantly being plagued by delays and record company switches. 9pm. $12. With Black Deniro, Chase Allen, MZ Lynx, and Teff. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Undercover Gluten-Free: Vietnamese Cuisine
Chef Laura Hahn will show you how to create an entire Vietnamese meal at home, while managing to still keep it gluten-free. Vietnamese cuisine is full of fresh new flavors and is ideal for spring and summertime get-togethers. Noon. $35. Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 2139 E. Cumberland St. 267.283.6787.

Cornelius Varley: Through the Looking Lens
This exhibit highlights the watercolor work of British artist/inventor Cornelius Varley. With much of his work taking place before the advent of photography, Varley captured real things in his wondrous images by using drawing instruments and optical lenses he created. Through Aug. 17. American Philosophical Society Museum, 104 S. Fifth St. 215.440.3400.

Sunday, May 26

Let’s Dance: A Tribute to David Bowie
In a world of creepy tribute bands that not only cover the music of their chosen artist, but take on their on-stage personas and dance moves, it’s nice to experience a night of bands that don’t take said tributes too seriously. Such is the case of Let’s Dance, a tribute to David Bowie put on by local production company Deathwaltz and featuring groups playing all sorts of David Bowie-centric tunes, an art show, auction, burlesque and—hell yes!—a motherfuckin’ Bowie costume contest.

Among the bands taking on the Bowie sound is Nicos Gun, the Philly-based glam punk band that was basically birthed for this sort of event. They’ll be playing the classic Bowie 1983 LP, Let’s Dance, and Tom McKee’s Spiders From Mars will be playing 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. “A lot of Bowie’s songs are generally unknown by the public because the bigger hits from each album overshadow them,” Barney Cortez, lead singer of Nicos Gun, tells PW. “They come to life when performed live … This is one night you can see the evolution of Bowie’s music throughout the years.”

The event also promises a performance by the Burlet Cabaret, and the to-be-announced, “rad as hell” costume prizes will be awarded to the best Bowie or Bowie-esque get-up. The Blockley’s preview may describe the contest best: “Let’s get weird.” / Randy LoBasso

6pm. $10. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

Venus in Fur
A quasi-update of the eponymous novel, playwright David Ives brought the tale of domination to modernity and covered it in a robe made of black comedy. Directed by Kip Fagan, this show will leave you sweating and asking politely if you may have more. 8pm. $46. Through June 23. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420.

Directed by Tom Stoppard, this adaptation of a French play introduces us to three aged war heroes who hatch a plan to escape from their retirement home. Through June 9. $28-$38. St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow St. 215.829.0395.

Monday, May 27

Philadelphia International Tango Festival
Whether you are an advanced tango dancer or just a casual viewer of Dancing with the Stars, learn some new moves at the third annual Philadelphia International Tango Festival. This year’s four-day event features 22 workshops, five milongas (tango social dances) and nightly performances by world-renowned tango dancers. May 24-27. $35-$260 Ruba Hall, 414 Green St.

Mad Anthony
This Cincinnati three-piece punk band combines elements of jazz, prog rock, psychedelic and mostly good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll to create a kick-ass show. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Tuesday, May 28

Hennessey Bonfire CD Release Party: A Grand Bazaar for Marriage Equality
Celebrate the release of Hennessey Bonfire’s new release, Let’s Get Carried Away, and support Shawn Hennessey’s moms, Mary Beth McIntyre and Maureen Hennessey, while they work to provide end-of-life benefits for Maureen. 8pm. $12. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Input/Output: Photography as Exchange: Jetsonorama
Jetsonorama is the only permanent physician in northeastern Arizona’s Indian Health Services clinic on a Navajo reservation. His dedication to his patients is shown in his work, but also in his photography of the Navajos, which he displays as wheatpastes on trailers, buildings and roadside structures in the desert between monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. 6:30pm. Free. Lincoln Financial mural Arts Center at the Thomas Eakins House, 1727-29 Mt. Vernon St.

Free Skin Cancer Screening
Protect your skin this summer and attend the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin tour. Get a free, full-body skin cancer screening, skin cancer information, sunscreen samples and more. 9am-4pm. Free. Rite Aid, 9920 Bustleton Ave.

Wednesday, May 29

Alice Walker
Alice Walker is known for a lot of things. She was a civil-rights pioneer who traveled back to her native Georgia after college to fight for equal rights. She met and volunteered with Martin Luther King Jr., has written poetry, essays and, perhaps most notably, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. What she’s known less for are the recent revelations she’s let slip over the last couple years. Like in 2011, when, after a somewhat recent trip to Gaza with anti-war group Code Pink, she told Foreign Policy magazine that the United States and Israel were “terrorist organizations.” Last year, she refused to let The Color Purple be translated into Hebrew by an Israeli publishing company.

Oddest, though, is her recent embracing of British writer-philosopher David Icke, best known for creating and publicizing the theory that most world leaders are actually what he calls “reptilian humanoids” descended from another planet, who feast on human misery and are able to “shape-shift.” Say what?

Anyway, Walker’s new book, The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way, is undoubtedly far less controversial, and she’ll be reading from it, along with new poems from her The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers. Come. And please, ask questions. / R.L.

8:15pm. $15. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St.

Lecture and Music: James Goggin and Lattimore/Zeigler Duo
Designer James Goggin will speak on the nuances of color in design. After, Zeigler Duo, the harp and synthesizer coupling of Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, will perform an improvisational performance. 6:30pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St.

View contemporary Lithuanian textiles, and learn about this nation’s history of rich and vibrant art. Study works such as Vita Geluniene’s “The Hunt of the Unicorn” and Baltos Kandys’ collaborative “Feast.” Through Aug. 18. $3-$5. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 261 S. 19th St.

Outer Limits: Events in the Greater Philly Region

Lend Me a Tenor
Chaos ensues when Italian superstar Tito Merelli (Jeffrey Coon) goes missing just before his debut with a local opera company. Through June 8. $22-$33. Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler.

NASCAR Style Racing Experience
This Rusty Wallace Racing Experience package includes a 45-minute orientation followed by a race on the speedway. May 25-27. $99-$124. Mountain Speedway, 183 Mill Mountain Rd., Drums, Pa.

Renoir: A Legacy
Famous French Impressionist Pierre-August Renoir and his two great grandsons, Alexandre and Emmanuel, are the focus of this gallery opening. The reception includes an on-sight painting by Alexandre Renoir and curatorial lectures by the Renoir brothers. Fri., May 24, 6pm. Through June 2. Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, N.J.

Mary J. Blige
R&B superstar Mary J. Blige returns to the tri-state area with her extensive catalog of chart-topping hits.  With eight multi-platinum albums and nine Grammys under her belt, this veteran’s career shows no sign of slowing down. Sat., May 25, 9pm. $100-135. Caesar’s Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City. 609.348.4411.

Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller, Kevin Nealon
The three SNL alumni and comedy titans reunite for one show in A.C. Worth the price of admission just to see Hans and Franz (pomp … you up!) together again. Fri., May 24, 9pm. $55-250. Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.

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

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