Calendar: Dec. 8-14

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Wednesday, Dec. 8

Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch has been a guitar master for nearly half a century now, from his days with Pentangle, through a recent solo collaboration with freak folk’s Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. An unassuming, yet stunning, performer, he seems, at times, to be split by genre right down the rib cage. His fretting hand executes the bends and pull-offs and hammer-ons that link him to the blues. His picking hand flutters in delicate three- and four-finger patterns to anchor his tunes in folk. Jansch missed some shows earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, so if you want to see this particular living legend, now is the time. -Jennifer Kelly

9pm. $15. With Meg Baird. Johnny Brenda’s. 1201 N. Frankford. 215.739.9684.


From the makers of TEDTalks comes the first ever TEDWomen conference, bringing in men and women from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to share their ideas related to female leadership in the standard TEDTalk format we know and love. If you’re not familiar: TEDTalks are discussions hosted by the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Organization, online videos of which are cult favorites. The conference is in DC, but that doesn’t mean that Philadelphians can’t be a part of the audience—Moore will be streaming live footage from the conference all day long, so you can either witness the whole talk as it happens, or just duck in for your favorite speaker. Some of the bigger names: Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington, Nancy Pelosi and Donna Karan (yes, that Donna Karan)But lesser-known TED speakers are often the most interesting, and here they range from author/Zen priest Joan Halifax to First Lady of Sierra Leone Sia Nyama Koroma. This conference may make you feel inadequate, but should be fascinating nonetheless. -Emily Crawford

8:30am. Free. Moore College of Art and Design, 20th St. and the Parkway. 215.965.4065.

Thursday, Dec. 9

The War on Drugs
War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel and drummer Mike Zanghi are members of Kurt Vile’s the Violators, but with two solid Secretly Canadian releases the Philadelphia trio has rammed out from underneath Vile’s (much-deserved) media shadow. 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues was a working-class road album that re-articulated the restless American spirit of Woody Guthrie from the perspective of the Bush-era wanderer, and 2010’s Future Weather shows them drenching blue-collar anthems driven by krautrock’s motorik rhythms in dense walls of shoegaze fuzz. Like Tom Petty, Granduciel’s songwriting is immediately memorable: the hooks dig in and incite sing-a-longs at every turn. Tonight’s their much-anticipated first hometown gig since the new album dropped. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. $8. With Ape School. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street. 215.291.4919.

Candy DePew
The Philadelphia Art Alliance continues to spark dialogue about the place of craft and design in contemporary fine art with its guest lecturer series The Commonwealth. For the third installment, our city’s own Candy Depew gives a presentation on innovative modes of creation and redefining the role of the artist. Innovation and identity are two thematic hallmarks of Depew’s knockout artistic career; distinguishing herself as a Cultural Entrepreneur, her creations and insights are as dazzling and multifaceted as the diamonds that recur in her designscapes. Known internationally as an interdisciplinary master of artistic media from sculpture and printmaking to film and installations, Depew is also founder and director of Philly’s CandyCoated Center, a gallery which houses the StudioSchool of Decorative Art and serves as a launchpad for Depew’s chimerical projects. -Micaela Hester

7pm. $5. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 215.545.4302.

Friday, Dec. 10

Blind Boys of Alabama
For fans of the show The Wire (read: anyone who watched it), “Which version in the opening title sequence of ‘Way Down in the Hole’ was the best?” was a fun little debate. Those conversations usually lasted about as long as this: “Clearly, the Blind Boys of Alabama version from season one,” with occasional due props to Tom Waits’ season-two rendition. Their bluesy, swinging version encapsulated much of the spirit of their records: a hand-clappin’, foot-stompin’ good time with undertones of soul-stirring gospel. The Blind Boys have been recording gospel in various forms since forming at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega in 1939, and they’ve won multiple Grammys, including a 2009 lifetime-achievement award. They‘re touring in support of their new album, 2010’s Faith Moves Mountains. If these blind men don’t move you, you’re deaf. -Joe Hardy

8pm. $36. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650.

Space 1026 Art Auction

Tonight at their Chinatown gallery, the Space 1026 art collective will be celebrating their 13th anniversary with this annual auction where all proceeds go to ensure they can bring more exhibits by international artists to the city in 2011 and continue nurturing local paint-slingers, sculptors, screen printers, and a slew of other hyper-creative-types.  With Philadelphia art scene veteran Todd B. Kimmell as auctioneer, winning bidders may stride home carrying works by over 25 artists.  Up for grabs are a red skull wood cut painting by Bonnie Brenda Scott, screen prints by Andrew Jeffrey Wright, a sculpture by Craig Hein called “Ol’Rampy” that really is an ol’ ramp, a heady drawing by Luke Ramsey, a green monster painting by Matt Furie, and many more pieces by local artists.  For holiday shoppers who don’t know what to snag their lovers, nothing says “You complete me” like an ol’ ramp.  Think about it. -Elliott Sharp

7pm. Free. Space 1026, 1026 Arch St. 215.574.7630.

Reinvention and connection to history don’t have to be mutually exclusive. So while GEDo may sound a bit like a faux neighborhood name dreamed up by condo developers (a la SoSo and G-Ho) in their quest to turn Philadelphia into something bright, shiny and nonthreatening, GEDo (and the Preservation Alliance) stands for just the opposite with the art show EndangeredCities. They asked local artists to show how the city has inspired them, and received pieces in all sorts of media, including paintings, sculptures, video and fiber works. The show invites the public to vote on their favorite works, which will be displayed on the Preservation Alliance’s website for the next year, and to bid during the silent auction. Half the proceeds will go toward the Alliance’s Advocacy fund, which helps pay for legal assistance and negotiations for protecting “endangered” properties—historic spaces (buildings, landmarks, details) that are not on the historic registry, but should be. -Alli Katz

7pm. $10. Global Dye Works, 4500 Worth St. 215.828.3068.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Dave Holland Big Band
A major force in jazz since his late ’60s apprenticeship with electric-era Miles Davis, bassist Dave Holland has devoted much of the last decade to his fiery quintet. But on What Goes Around (2002) and Overtime (2005), Holland expanded to a big band format, keeping the quintet lineup intact while increasing the sound mass with horns galore. This week the Bride hosts the big band’s Philly debut. The music is a stew of stripped-down harmony and off-centered rhythmic attack, with stormy bass-driven vamps and supple grooves courtesy of drummer and aspiring bandleader Nate Smith. The soloists, including saxophonists Chris Potter and Antonio Hart and trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, do not make a habit of holding back. -David R. Adler

7pm & 9pm. $25. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.

Punk Rock Flea Market
Looking for the perfect gift for the friend who has everything and the attitude to go with it? Browse through over 200 tables of vendors and Philly locals selling crafted, found, and pre-loved treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Rare LPs, unique clothes, vintage show posters—someone’s selling ‘em. Bikes, skateboards, rare-as-hell hook-ups for the old stereo your friend is trying to piece back together? Probably there too. Some eats to keep your energy up while you shop? They’ve got you covered. Need a break from the buying? Rock some skill crane games to win tickets to shows, backstage passes, and rare records—one person will even win a lifetime pass to all R5 shows. Your $3 donation and all other proceeds go to keeping shows at the First Unitarian Church and other all-ages venues alive and kicking. -Charlie Gill

10am. $3. Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome, 461 N. Ninth St.

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