Calendar: Dec. 21-27

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Wednesday, Dec. 21

Scandal at the Katrashian Christmas Pageant
This holiday season, the Dumpsta Players play off the Kardashian klan’s 2011 publicity woes in a cat fight meets beauty pageant, where incomparable, always impeccably dressed, Messapotamia Lafae wins Miss Universe over the Katrashian sisters, who vie to reclaim the crown. Featuring a cast of characters that include a spy who can potentially ruin Messy’s reign and the always naughty Snooki, who plans on seducing Santa Claus, the Dumpsta Players are sure to provide a night of laughs and outrage as they highlight what everyone secretly loves about Christmas but is too afraid to admit—endless drama. -Kyle Bella

10pm. $1.99. Bob & Barbara’s, 1509 South St. 215.545.4511.

The Accidental Death of an Anarchist
The best-known play by Nobel prize-winning playwright Dario Fo is based on real events that transpired in the late ’60s when an Italian man, Giuseppe Pinelli, fell from a fourth floor window of a Milan police station after being intensely interrogated about an anarchist bank bombing. The result is a slapstick comedy with dim-witted detectives attempting to cover up a suspicious death while being questioned by a fast-talkin’ maniac posing as an investigating judge. The maniac tricks the officers into contradicting themselves and admitting to the cover up of the anarchist’s death in a series of Monty Python-esque antics. -Abigail Bruley

Through Jan. 7. $10-$20. Curio Theater School, 4740 Baltimore Ave. 215.525.1350. curiotheatre.org

Mi Hed Ur Hed
Chris Covatta may be best known for playing lead guitar in Aderbat, but he’s got serious jazz credentials, too, from Berklee and the Princeton Conservatory. In Mi Hed Ur Hed, he wanders the spikey, difficult territory between jazz and rock along with saxophonist Bryan Rogers (Shot X Shot), drummer Carl Bahner and bassist Todd Erk (Hoots and Hellmouth, Birdie Busch). He calls his outfit the bastard child of Fugazi and Steve Albini, a Balkan prostitute and raised by stepdad Ornette Coleman, which seems like a lot of DNA for one kid. “The material is both angular and aggressive with bits of remorse, regret and painstaking beauty,” says Covatta. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $5. With Otto von Walmart + Starwood. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com

Thursday, Dec. 22

Kwanzaa Fair
Kwanzaa, the nonreligious, week-long African-American festival, includes a tradition of giving gifts that are handmade. Tonight, Tribal Home in Old City will host a pre-Kwanzaa celebration, where you can shop for gifts, learn about the festival during a short lecture and partake in a candle-lighting ceremony, all while enjoying refreshments and listening to live African music. Every single item at Tribal Home was made by hand by artists in Africa or Philadelphia. The pickings include cards, stocking stuffers, jewelry, furniture, dolls, masks and art. -Ada Kulesza

4pm. Free. Tribal Home Old City, 56 N. Third St. 215.592.4215.

The Return of Dirty Santa
If you’ve been naughty this year or just want to be, check out Tribe of Fools’ The Return of Dirty Santa. The annual holiday burlesque event from the physical theater company responsible for last September’s Philly Fringe hit Heavy Metal Dance Fag, Dirty Santa is decidedly nonkid-friendly holiday entertainment. The show features six different burlesque routines, all hosted by Dirty Santa (Peter Smith). A juvenile delinquent version of Old Saint Nick, Dirty Santa will be assisted by his raunchy helpers Nasty Frosty (Meghann Williams of Flashpoint Theatre Company) and Horny Rudolph (Bryan Clark from Theatre Exile). In addition to performances by Miss Calico Punk and Lil’ Joey Kangaroo, the evening will include a dirty Mad Libs contest, a raffle (prize promised is “free booze and lots of theater tickets”) and even a chance to have your picture taken with Dirty Santa himself. Proceeds go toward Fools’ 2013 Fringe production Goat Song. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $15. The Skybox at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. 215.284.1178.

Reindeer Romp

Put on your antlers and prance from bar to bar during the 14th annual Reindeer Romp. Sam Adams will provide $3 bottle and draft drink specials at each of the 10 locations. All you need to bring is $10 and a small toy or lightly used coat or jacket. Drop off your donations, which will go to Feel the Warmth’s coat and toy drive, at one of the starting point bars: Brown Street Pub, Bishop’s Collar, St. Stephen’s Green or Philly Pub ‘N’ Grub. There, you’ll receive a pair of antlers and a map of all participating bars. -Brenda Hillegas

6pm-2am. $10. Various locations in Fairmount. upcomingevents.com

Secret Pants Yuletide Variety Show
Take a break from the holiday rush to put some “merry” back in your Christmas. Local impov group Secret Pants is back to lift the holiday blues with their “Keep the Change Ya Filthy Animal: Yuletide Variety Show.” Featuring a wide selection of some of Philly’s finest homegrown acts, including the Camp Woods troupe, comedy duo the Feeko Brothers and Chip Chantry, the show is sure to have your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly. -Julian Lopez

8pm. $7-$10. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

Spacin’
The first pearl bestowed upon us in the form of a side project from Philadelphia’s finest gnarled-out Psych trio Birds of Maya was guitarist Mike Polizzes’ Purling Hiss, and now we have bass player Jason Killinger with his very killer and very screwy new project, Spacin’. Originally a basement-only solo thing consisting of Killinger playing guitar through a pyramid of amps accompanied by a drum machine, Spacin’ has started to squeak itself above ground and into the barrooms of the city with a fully functioning lineup. The dude doesn’t even need the drum machine anymore; he’s got his wife Eva pounding the skins! Sneak previews of their upcoming debut full-length Deep Thuds, shows a unit who knows the economic gain to be had from a good, hypnotic riff. For those who have ever gotten lost for days in the strains of the Velvet Undergrounds’ “Sister Ray,” Jonathan Richmans’ “Roadrunner,” Hawkwinds’ “Silver Machine” or even Deep Purples’ “Space Truckin,’” repeated listening to Spacin’ is required in excessive doses. -Tony Rettman

9pm. With Boogie Witch. Little Bar, 738 S. Eighth St. littlebarphilly.com

Friday, Dec. 23

Ryat
Ryat, the (ex-Philadelphian) Los Angeles-based duo of vocalist/producer Christina Ryat and guitarist Tim Conley, dropped a slippery pop album called Avant Gold earlier this year. Its slick beats and odd electronic warbles provided other-worldly grooves and cosmic textures for Christina’s haunted melodies to drift above. This is pop music for the future—perfect for a spaceship dance party where the ravers rave the past away while Earth goes up in flames. With opening sets by South Philly producer/MC Lushlife and Philly deep-funk five-piece Buffalo Stance (named after the 1988 hit single by Neneh Cherry, the daughter of avant-garde jazz legend Don Cherry), Ryat’s in good company tonight. -Elliott Sharp

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