Calendar: Dec. 7-13

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Wednesday, Dec. 7

There’s been a lot of cross-over between indie music and hip-hop this year. The many handjobs Odd Future earned from the indie press are partly responsible, but more importantly, many young producers have been actively blurring the line by supporting rap bars with the blurry, Instagram-esque pop juices currently lingering in the indie-underground. One such producer/rapper is South Philly’s Lushlife, whose No More Golden Days mixtape’s a prime example of the emerging sound. He spits hard and cleverly about Philly, with surrealistic ramblings scattered over the streets, and he does so atop silky, woozy beats like Clams Casino’s pivotal “Motivation” instrumental and his own brand of indie/hip-hop coitus. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $8. With Tygerstrype, Teeel + Nestled Like Spoons. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

My Philadelphia
No matter where you’re from originally, the ethos of Philadelphia will soak into your blood and affect everything you do. Prelude Gallery’s upcoming show, My Philadelphia, will present the view of Philadelphia from the perspective of the fine-art students and recent graduates of Philly’s top visual-arts institutions. Featuring work from a variety of media, including printmaking, painting and drawing, the jury-curated show will select a winner at the end of the night. That winner will receive his or her own feature wall in an upcoming exhibition at Prelude, a gallery that has been integral in helping Philadelphia art grads make the transition from student to exhibiting artist. Take a few minutes to step in and see your lovely city through a new set of eyes. -Darren White

7pm. Free. Prelude Gallery, 406 S. 20th St.

Material Construction
Kelly Writers House hosts more than 150 different public events in this cozy, intimate space each year. Its latest program, “Material Construction,” brings together area visual and performance artists—including Megan Bridge, Meg Foley, Laura Neuman and Peter Price—to explore how text and movement can become materials that are embodied communally. Part multimedia performance and part participatory workshop, Kelly Writers hopes to promote a deeper awareness of how writing operates in the context of performance-based arts. -Kyle Bella

7pm. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Tantra Wisdom
Tantra is the culmination of sexuality, sensuality and spirituality. The ancient Taoist, Buddist and Hindu art form is said to increase sexual energy and the power of the present moment. This week, Anita Defrancesco from the Center for Authentic Love will teach how to balance physical, sexual and emotional powers in her Tantra Wisdom seminar at the Sexploratorium. Empower your sexual self beyond fear, shame and guilt and learn the possibilities of full body orgasms, compassionate communication and real heart-to-heart connections with yourself and others. It’s guaranteed to warm your holiday season. -Lacey C. Clark

7pm $20. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St.

Why Torture Is Wrong

The New City Stage Company brings Chris Durong’s recent off Broadway hit, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them to Philly this week. Bucks County playwright Christopher Duran brings us a woman who wonders if she is the only sane person in an insane world. Is her recently married husband a terrorist? Is her father’s butterflying hunting a cover for right-wing activity? Is her mother insane or just a theater-loving eccentric? Durang’s screwball comedy questions homeland insecurity and plays on everyone’s private fears in a post-9/11 world. -Laura Goldman

8pm. $10-$35. Through Jan. 8. New City Stage Company, 2030 Sansom St. 215.563.7500.

Tin Horses
Keil Everett—seen of late playing bass in Philly’s steadily rising Purling Hiss—steps to the front to sing and play guitar in his own similarly craggy (yet less psych-rock) ensemble, Tin Horses. While not averse to the kind of peppery guitar clamor found on early Dinosaur Jr. and Buffalo Tom albums, Everett and company tend to steer their tunes down the more slow-burning, quasi-Americana road also traveled by the likes of Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Magnolia Electric Co. The Horses’ fantastic seven-song debut album, American Radiance, released in March, is packed with twangy atmosphere and some righteously gritty jams that’ll probably be even grander tonight. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm, $8. With Levee Drivers + Bronze Float. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.

Friday, Dec. 9

International House Holiday Bazaar
Give your Christmas gift shopping an international twist at I-House’s Holiday Bazaar. The International House is home to residents from 95 countries across the globe. To demonstrate the different cultures and traditions represented at the house, the nonprofit is hosting a bazaar that celebrates the holidays with gifts that show off the diversity of it’s members. Check out crafts, food, jewelry, custom prints, toys and fashion from around the world. Trishula Patel

1pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.895.6531.

Jesse Malin
It took some time for Jesse Malin to work it out. The former D Generation/Heart Attack frontman wasted his first couple albums chasing an Americana vibe coming off as a pallid copy of his solo debut’s producer Ryan Adams. Returning to a band approach a few years ago helped, and together they wrote last year’s Love It to Life, rediscovering the charm and swagger of Malin’s earlier bands. It channels the Replacements’ ramshackle garage energy and the hard candy hookiness of classic Black Francis into a punchy, exceptionally tuneful mix. The leather-jacketed rebel now has lines around his eyes and world-weary dispassion in his demeanor, but his heart still bleeds like a sieve. -Chris Parker

9:15pm. $10. With Toy Soldiers, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Robin Thicke
So, how long are we gonna let Robin Thicke get away with flaunting his hot wife in our faces? In the new video for his latest single, “Love After War” (the title track from his latest album), Thicke has his missus, actress Paula Patton (who co-stars in that upcoming Mission: Impossible sequel, by the way), wearing a blond wig and the skimpiest, most scantily clad shit as they snog and tussle with each other, just like they did in the “Lost Without U” video. We defy any man not to have instant hateration for Alan Thicke’s son after seeing this damn video. We admit the boy has proven himself to be a credible, blue-eyed soul singer, now five albums deep into the game. But, gotdammit, does he have to remind every man he has this woman—and we don’t—in EVERY VIDEO HE DOES? Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of smitten sistas, and a bunch of seething brothas, at his show this week. -Craig D. Lindsey

9pm. Sold out. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

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