Calendar: Dec. 5-11

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Catch “M’ow M’rrrrrrow” at Gravy Studio and Gallery.

Wed., Dec. 5

The Smitten Kitchen
If food blogs are your thing, or even just a casual interest, you know Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen. For the past six years, she’s been cooking unpretentious food, snapping beautiful photos and waxing poetic about the difference between summer and winter squash from her tiny kitchen in New York City. Her approach to food and cooking—”There are no bad cooks, only bad recipes”—has won her accolades from The New York Times, NPR and Martha Stewart. Tonight, she talks with Philadelphia Inquirer food editor Maureen Fitzgerald about her beginnings, her new cookbook and her many food philosophies. -Abigail Bruley

7:30pm. Free. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. smittenkitchen.com

Thurs., Dec. 6

Katherine Fraser: “Darkness & Light”
Does being alone lead you inward for greater awareness, or does it frighten you? Philly portrait artist Katherine Fraser lives for those moments in life when, say, you’re out walking alone in the snow and, BAM, something simple blows your mind wide open. You’re caught off guard and just standing there, staring. For her show tonight, Fraser unveils a new body of work, capturing that thoughtful loneliness sometimes paired with colder months. Not that sad, self-indulgent lonesome feeling—more like how “being alone can make us feel most alive and connected to our true nature,” she says. Her candid, dreamlike and almost photographic paintings evoke calm introspection. Capturing subjects in surreal landscapes with dramatic cinematic lighting, the mood of each painting pulls you in and leaves you wondering. Jazz by the Dan Dechellis Trio, snacks, wine and beer provided. -Sean Corbett

5-10pm. Free. 319A N. 11th St. katherinefraser.com

X + Reverend Horton Heat
Country wasn’t anywhere near cool when X started messing with it, jacking it up on blocks like a vintage T-bird and making it roar. Their 1980 debut LP Los Angeles kicked off a rockabilly revival that melded the urban angst of punk rock with the incendiary riffs, slicked-back pompadours and yodeled harmonies of roadhouse country. A year later, Wild Gift took their cow-punk hybrid mainstream, placing second on the 1981 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll. After multiple hiatuses, reunions, solo records and other diversions, X is celebrating 35 years as a band, reconvening the original line-up of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake for considerably more than a victory lap. Reverend Horton Heat, who joined the cow-punk party in the mid-1980s, is on hand with his own wild-eyed, lightning-fingered, re-imagination of surf rock and Texas swing. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $22. With Not In the Face. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Fri., Dec. 7

PPP Arts Fair: Media & Print Arts
Do your friends a favor: Give them gifts that don’t suck with the help of the Philly Punx Picnic DIY Holiday Arts Fair. For this First Friday installation upstairs at Tattooed Mom’s, the PPP presents all things media and print art: photography, vinyl, T-shirts, CDs, DVDs, books, zines, and even VHS tapes will be for sale. DIY-minded artists, screen printers, publishers, and distros, including local independent record label Sit & Spin Records, will be selling their wares. There are two more DIY Holiday Arts Fair events scheduled this month, but no other evening will be focusing on media and print goods—or taking place in a bar. -Ashley Kole

7pm. Tattooed Mom, 530 South St. phillypunxpicnic.blogspot.com

The Coup
In what will go down in the annals of music trivia as an awfully eerie coincidence, political rappers the Coup scheduled the release of Party Music—an album whose cover depicted group members orchestrating an explosive attack on the World Trade Center—for mid-September 2001. Immediately after the events of 9/11, the Coup delayed the release date and changed the photo, but not before being criticized by members of the media for their biting and sometimes violent lyrics based on frontman Boots Riley’s Marxist beliefs; still, they soldiered on. And after spending the past few years with Street Sweeper Social Club, his side-project with Tom Morello, Riley returned this year with Sorry to Bother You, the Coup’s sixth album. Featuring guests such as Killer Mike, Das Racist and Vernon Reid, Sorry to Bother You trades in the Bomb Squad-esque beats of the group’s earlier works for a live band, dishing out track after track of Lenny Kravitz-style funk. -Bryan Bierman

9pm. $13. With Japanther, Lushlife + more. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.undergroundarts.org

Wind Challenge Exhibition Series 2
You don’t always need to scale the Rocky stairs in order to enjoy art at its finest, especially in a city crawling with creative spirits. The Wind Challenge Exhibition series presented by the Fleisher Memorial aims to introduce broader audiences to the amazing art culture Philadelphia has to offer. Since its establishment in 1978, the exhibition series has introduced the world to new talent who, otherwise, lack the public exposure they deserve. Artists are chosen from a pool of nearly 250 applicants, and the majority of those selected in the past have gone on to impress not only Philadelphia city-dwellers, but art-lovers around the world. The second round of this year’s exhibition begins tonight and includes a series of “cut-out” landscape photographs, site-generated representations of light and time and cityscapes created by combining real-world structures with computer game-making software. -Lindsay Kenney

6pm. Free. Through Feb. 13. Fleisher Art Memorial. 719 Catharine St. 215.922.3456. fleisher.org

Son of Trailer Trash
Film trailers are called trailers because they used to be shown after the main attraction. This implies that people actually wanted to be advertised to. Apparently, that’s still true: On the list of most-watched items on the Internet, advertisements for forthcoming movies rank third. Whatever the appeal, these monstrosities tend to be more fascinating when they’ve aged a bit, revealing a bygone era’s interests, peccadilloes and styles. The archivists of Secret Cinema once again offer an entire program’s worth of the stuff with “Son of Trailer Trash,” some of which are better pieces of filmmaking than the films they’re selling. After ads for Riot on the Sunset Strip and Invasion of the Bee Girls, stay put for the forgotten 1976 feature Chesty Anderson, U.S. Navy, a vehicle for Russ Meyer and Shari Eubank also starring the great, insane Timothy Carey. -Matt Prigge

8pm. $5-$10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Rachael Yamagata
Over the last decade, singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata has released eight albums and EPs (her latest EP, Heavyweight, came out Thanksgiving week), contributed to albums for the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz and Ryan Adams and firmly established herself as one of this generation’s most diverse indie artists. Combining rock with piano pop sensibilities (“Even If I Don’t”), Yamagata’s sound is like a more refined Sara Bareilles. And when she tosses in country-tinged soulful stompers (“The Way It Seems to Go”) and piano ballads (“I Don’t Want to Be Your Mother”), you understand more clearly just how talented she is. Heavyweight’s six songs are filled mostly with piano ballads (the title track), acoustic ditties (“Keep Going”) and shuffling numbers that focus on the ups and downs of love and relationships, and though more somber in tone than previous releases, Yamagata’s gravelly-yet-resonant vocals mirror the inner strength she exudes in her songs. -Brian Palmer

8:30pm. $14-$16. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.563.3980. philauu.org

“M’ow M’rrrrrrow” + Gravy Studio Holiday Print Sale
It takes a strange sense of humor and some respectably wacky dedication to jump on and document the “cat show circuit,” but that’s just what Philadelphia-based photographer Dustin Fenstermacher decided to do. The resulting collection of smirky shots of freaked out felines, called “M’ow M’rrrrrrow” opens tonight at Gravy Studio. The photos are hilarious. Sometimes you can’t tell if it’s a cat or a fuzzy little toy that horrible trainer is prodding, combing or dressing. And other times the forlorn felines are peering over at Dustin, begging, “Please save me!” He immortalizes their pain with great care. One can only imagine the conversations with their owners as he hunts for the humanizing moments when these poor fucking cats “look like they’re having the worst time of their lives.” Gravy Studio also closes the season with a Holiday Print Sale, with a planned re-entry in March. -S.C.
6:30pm. Free. Through Dec. 31. Gravy Studio and Gallery, 2212 Sepviva St. gravystudio.blogspot.com

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1. Anonymous said... on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:24PM

“Mr. Prigge - correction re. "Son of Trailer Trash": Chesty Anderson, U.S. Navy is NOT a Russ Meyer movie. This film was directed by Ed Forsyth.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Dec 8, 2012 at 05:29PM

“Katherine Fraser is NOT showing at Vox Populi Gallery, rather she is presenting work on the 6th Floor of 319 N 11th St.”

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