Calendar: Dec. 12-18

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"Swan Lake" as performed by The Trocks.

Photo by Sascha Vaughan

Wed., Dec. 12

Eternal Summers
Attention everyone who desperately misses 1990s indie pop and indie rock: Eternal Summers have arrived, and their comforts are as comforting as comforts get. The duo-gone-three-piece from Roanoke, Va., provide a masterfully tuned Delorean ride to the glory years of Pavement, Pixies, Built to Spill, Sleater-Kinney and the Elephant 6 gang. None of Summers’ members seems old enough to have come of age as ‘90s indie music did, but that hasn’t stopped their self-avowed “dream punk” from drawing from that well with the utmost sincerity. Solid evidence arrives in the form of their cover of Guided By Voices’ “A Salty Salute” from the flotsam compilation The Dawn of Eternal Summers. That being said, Eternal Summers show their influences well, but also maintain a smart sense of range. July’s Correct Behavior, their second full-length, throws flavors of girl-group pop, surf pop and goth rock into their fall-colored sound. -Reyan Ali

8:30pm. $20. With Nada Surf + It’s A King Thing. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.  r5productions.com

Marlene and the Machine
Tonight, experimental theater group The Bearded Ladies present Marlene and The Machine, a dark, comic cabaret that “blurs the lines between human, music and machine.” The show combines off-kilter renditions of the music of Marlene Dietrich and Lotte Lenya. The visuals nod to German Expressionism with a lobby transformed into a dark, atonal cityscape that puts the audience smack dab in the middle of industrial macabre. Expect madness, insanity and betrayal—and expect it in drag. -Abigail Bruley

8pm. $25. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.546.7824. wilmatheater.org

Matisyahu
When Matisyahu first released Live At Stubb’s in 2005, it was something of a musical oddity; besides being a live album that shot him into prominence, which is rare in itself, it was reggae music performed by a Hasidic Jew. It was an unusual combination that brought the humble, West Chester, Pa.-born Matisyahu a lot of exposure, though he quickly gained a multitude of fans of all backgrounds. With his studio albums Youth, Light and this year’s Spark Seeker, he continues to blend roots reggae, hip-hop and a jammy sound that’s maintained his popularity worldwide. Last year, Matisyahu cut off his trademark beard—a Hasidic custom—and modernized his aesthetic, although he hasn’t abandoned his Jewish faith, as his Festival of Light tour and latest single, “Happy Hanukkah,” clearly attest. Proceeds of the single will help support New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. -Bryan Bierman

8pm. $29.50. With the Danny Zamir Band. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info

Thurs., Dec. 13

Fishtown Beer Runners
Slap on your sneaks, double-knot your laces and race down to the corner of Broad and Oregon for a beer run with 200 like-minded friends. Conceived around the hypothesis that beer hydrates better than water, the Fishtown Beer Runners were founded by David April and Eric Fiedler, who have been leading 3-to-5-mile runs pounding Philadelphia’s pavements every Thursday night for the past five years. The destination: one of Philadelphia’s swankiest watering holes. This week, you’ll end up at American Sardine Bar at 18th and Federal streets, but first you must sweat through the annual Holiday Lights Run. Rushed by endorphins, you’ll loop through South Philly’s hidden cul-de-sacs gorged in brightly lit multicolored holiday cheer. Before the run, everyone is encouraged to bring a canned good to donate to Philabundance, a nonprofit that provides food to families in our area. -Jessica Foley

7pm. Free. American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal St. 215.334.2337. fishtownbeerrunners.com

French Horn Rebellion
French Horn Rebellion’s music is massive. Whether it’s the electro beats that fill dance-happy tracks like “Up All Night,” or the fact that their debut record, The Infinite Music of the French Horn Rebellion, was an epic concept album featuring a protagonist who traveled from Florida to Antarctica and then into space, there is nothing small about the music they make. The disco-heavy beats and samples on “This Moment” are ridiculously danceable, and even on tracks like “What I Want,” with sounds more subtly hypnotic rather than overtly bombastic, this electronic duo demonstrates their ability to make a seven-minute song sound otherworldly. Going beyond this, FHR has also done a series of remixes for artists like Will Smith, Database and Savoir Adore, so they’re always looking to put the FHR stamp on tracks, even if the songs aren’t theirs. If you’re looking for a good time, this is it. -Brian Palmer

7:45pm. $20. With Of Montreal + Foxygen. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. thetroc.com

In Memoriam: Chris Marker, Cineaste
Chris Marker died one day after reaching 91, though he made enough films for at least three lifetimes. The French filmmaker is best known for La Jetée, his 1962 short whose high-concept time-traveling plot—later remade, loosely, into 12 Monkeys—is told through a series of still photographs. It is, however, an anomaly in a career largely devoted to documentaries and cine-diaries, albeit varied wildly in approach and shape, all of them united by an obsession with memory. International House’s Marker “Memoriam” focuses on his many, many shorts, a diverse lot on its own. In addition to La Jetée, there will be, among others, The Koumiko Mystery (1967), a kaleidoscopic portrait of a Japanese woman who would rather be left alone, and Remembrance of Things to Come (2001), which summons up the original Surrealist movement through photographs. You will also learn of Marker’s considerable yen for cats via the immortal 3-minute Cat Listening to Music. -Matt Prigge

7pm. $7-$9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Fri., Dec. 14

Chinatown Arts Crawl
Call it whatever you want—Callowhill, the Loft District, Eraserhood—but that peculiar part of town just north of Vine and east of Broad is very clearly the city’s next great art district. So why not get to know it a little better? This open house/walking tour begins at Asian Arts Initiative, which will host an opening reception for its new community-engagement-themed group exhibition—a collection of multi-disciplinary works from four artists who have participated in the Visual Arts Network Residency program—featuring live tunes from experimental Philly-based group the Pagode Project. After, guests will head out and explore the hood, hitting up several of its finest arts and culture hotspots along the way, including VOX Populi, the Trestle Inn, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Space 1026 and Underground Arts. Once back at AAI, all are welcome to stick around for the center’s “Live and Local” performance showcase. -Nicole FInkbiner

6pm. Free. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. 215.557.0455. asianartsinitiative.org

Streetlight Manifesto
Streetlight Manifesto didn’t even technically exist yet when Catch 22’s Tomas Kalnoky signed a multi-album deal for the band with Victory Records. But the surprise success of Everything Goes Numb in 2003 catapulted the band into the front ranks of ska punk revival. Streetlight shows—shout-along celebrations of brass-and-sax embellished, upbeat-twitching emo paced by a frenetic, bare-chested drummer—sold out on college campuses everywhere. Meanwhile, his relations with Victory, never good to begin with, soured to the point where last February, Kalnoky urged fans to download the band’s material illegally. Streetlight Manifesto’s live show, in any case, remains undiminished. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $17.50. With Lionize. Theater of the Living Arts. 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Drunk Lion
Back in June, this hilariously absurd one-man show was one of more than 15 original solo works that premiered in nontraditional venues across the city as a part of Philly’s 3rd Annual SoLow Festival. Due to the show’s success, writer and performer Chris Davis will be giving locals three more chances to catch it, now new, improved and professionally produced. Very loosely based on Davis’ time living in Mexico, where he taught English for three years, the show tells the tale of a young foreigner who develops an unlikely friendship with a lonely, alcoholic Mexican lion (who sounds a lot like Antonio Banderas) while getting hammered in a cantina. If this sounds crazy, keep in mind that Davis single-handedly morphs into each and every bilingual character. No habla Español? No worries—he also translates the scattered bits of Spanish dialogue in the midst of the action. -N.F.

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