Kimya Dawson comes home

The venue’s bigger (thanks, Juno!), and the crowd will likely skew younger, but let no one forget that Kimya Dawson was a local long before she helped make Diablo Cody famous. She is apparently unchanged by all the attention—her plans for a new, market-resistant suite of children’s songs, entitled Alphabutt, continue apace—and reportedly still ends most shows, no matter how large, with an audience-wide group hug. A pact with fellow Moldy Peach Adam Green to not play the duo’s old songs is mostly honored, so no “Anyone Else,” unless, of course, Green shows up—which he might. More likely, though, things will tilt toward the PG—expect a set appropriate for Panda Delilah, Dawson’s two-year-old and newest tour mate. With Angelo Spencer and L’Orchidée D’Hawaï. At 8, Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, 212-353-1600, $18–$20




Pennsylvania pop-punkers Weston reunite

Like the Dead Milkmen before them, Weston finessed a lovelorn and suburban Philadelphia childhood—chasing girls at the mall, buying Sex Pistols records downtown, running from the cops—into a decade’s worth of teenage rebellion. One of the last victims of a major-label system that routinely seduced, signed, and then shelved bands who’d outgrown the independent labels that nurtured them, the band broke up in 2001, ending an 11-year run. Three spontaneous shows in 2006 led to this year’s reunion tour. Anyone interested in feeling like a kid again should take note, and make time; as the band says: “If you’re not a teenager, you are tonight.” With Scream Hello, Love Automatic, and General Miggs. At 7, Europa Night Club, 98-104 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-383-5723, europaclub.com, $12




Gay performance festival leaves nothing out

The selection of works at the Left Out Festival, a celebration of gay performance art, portrays many facets of gay life, from social awkwardness and desperation, to academic exigencies, to whimsical good humor. Highlights include Anthony Johnston’s Art’s Heart, in which a childlike recluse likened to Pee-wee Herman spies on his handsome neighbor with binoculars; Bait, in which Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco play two friends who attend a speed-dating event—and all the men they meet at three-minute intervals (28 characters total); and The Misadventures of Julia Child, in which Michelle Ramoni imagines a lesbian inner life for the legendary cooking star. The festivities culminate with a “Gay-la” on April 13, wherein performance artists and drag queens illogically but quite fabulously mingle with straight soap hunks—All My Children‘s Aiden Turner is the celebrity guest DJ. Through April 14, 212-868-4444, leftoutestival.com, $15