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Felix da Housecat


Pleasuretown With Felix da Housecat

Sat., Nov. 5, 10pm-8am. $15. Transit, 600 Spring Garden St. 215.925.8878.

Since its inception in 2002, the monthly Brooklyn party the Rub has been getting the Bedford Avenue set to dance to hip-hop, disco and mashups. While DJ Ayres, DJ Eleven and Philly export Cosmo Baker have been avidly taking New York by storm and garnering kudos from The Village Voice and The New York Times in the process, it's about time they showed some love on the other end of the turnpike. For their Philadelphia foray in a party aptly titled Pleasuretown, the Rub crew shares a bill with dance music impresario Felix
da Housecat, who's often credited with spawning the whole electro-house hybrid. Equally adept at DJing and producing, Felix has remixed and collaborated with a wide range of artists such as Nina Simone, the Pet Shop Boys and the omnipresent Diddy. Sharing the decks will be Brooklyn's own Jesus look-alike Tommie Sunshine. Those who've been disappointed by the 2 a.m. closing time of Philly bars and clubs (aka ex-ravers), should stock up on Red Bull, 'cause for this one, Transit's staying open till 8 a.m. (Maggie Serota)



Fri., Nov. 4, 7-9pm. Free. Matthew Izzo, 117 S. 13th St. 215.629.1240; After-party: 9pm-3:30am. Free. Pure, 1221 St. James St. 215.735.5772.

I was at Twilo a few years back, sitting on a big speaker block, legs dangling off the side, when a near-naked plastic fantastic ... person? ... told me I had to get off. "I have to do a dance," she said, her bee-stung lips and shiny small-balloon breasts putting me in a daze. It was my first encounter with "living work of art" Amanda LePore. Twilo's long gone now, but it's kind of nice to know Amanda LePore is still around, not a dimple or wrinkle gained. As a model (along with Paris Hilton) for Heatherette-the super-pop fashion baby of Club Kids Richie Rich and Traver Rains-LePore will accompany the boys this week when they introduce their holiday collection at Matthew Izzo. The boutique currently carries pieces from Heatherette's fall/winter line-including the signature Care Bear and Scratch-n-Sniff tees-and any Heatherette purchase earns you a goodie bag of candles and cosmetics. The after-party happens around the corner at Pure with DJs Michael Anderer (Matthew Izzo's manager/buyer) and Steve Richards, and a performance by "Philly's own sleazy-electro-gay-rap band" V.I.P. Just remember to stay off the speakers. (Kate Kilpatrick)


Philadelphia Stand for Africa Crusade

Sat., Nov. 5, 7-9pm. Free. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.235.2340.

Stand for Africa (SFA), founded in 2003 by Philly's own Rev. Herb Lusk, is dedicated to fighting what Lusk calls "the greatest social issue of our time." Twenty-five million people in Africa have HIV. By 2010 there could be as many as 18 million children in sub-Saharan Africa orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. Many of these children will become social outcasts. They'll be denied access to education and healthcare. They'll be shunned by frightened relatives and a slack global community. SFA consists of more than 200 Philadelphia-area churches united to spread awareness and money for prevention, education and treatment in African countries. The next stop on the group's crusade is Saturday's event with speaker Rev. Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, and gospel singers Kirk Franklin and Michael W. Smith, as well as the SFA children's and adult choirs. Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS. The SFA has faith that one event in North Philly can save countless lives-even thousands of miles away. (Kia Gregory)

Side-splitting humor: The Upright Citizens Brigade performs an original sketch at Syracuse University.

Philadelphia Improv Festival

Fri., Nov. 4, 6pm-midnight; Sat., Nov. 5, 5:30pm-midnight. $15-$50. Theatre at 2111 Sansom St.

In the world of improv, New York and Chicago are holy ground. After all, their Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade theaters seem to churn out the entire cast of Saturday Night Live. Being situated between the two iconic locales has Philadelphia's flourishing improv community champing at the bit for recognition. In order to widen the field, members of Philly's Village Idiutz conceived of the city's first national improv festival, a two-day affair with 24 troupes from around the country, including Philly's own LunchLady Doris, Rare Bird Show, ComedySportz Philly, Industrial Improv, the Cabal, the N Crowd, the Ninjas, ZombieShark, Killer Pussy and 13 Skirts. Saturday culminates in a headlining performance from the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, and UCBers Chris Gethard and Anthony King will lead workshops focusing on advanced scenework techniques. The festival is an important step in showcasing the passions and talents of newcomers. What's the draw? Improver Alexis Simpson chalks it up to "having nothing and making something wonderful." (Emily Brochin)

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