Calendar: Jan. 11-17

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Wednesday, Jan. 11

Out of the Beardspace
From your dad, your IT guy, all the way down to your friendly, neighborhood music critic—everyone loves prog-rock. If you like your music in suites (and your copy of Tales from Topographic Oceans is worn out), Jersey collective Out of the Beardspace will soothe your jangled nerves. An offshoot of Sexoffice, the Beardspace boys met while attending the Cherry Hill, N.J., chapter of the School of Rock, the Philly-founded music academy for kids. In fact, several of the members are still under the legal drinking age, though that hardly affects their performance—shifting time-signatures, jazzy bass lines, existential lyrics (it is prog-rock, after all)—their level of skill is tremendous. So, while other bands are on their fifth Jägerbomb, Beardspace will be practicing Lydian scales and seeing the face of God. -Bryan Bierman

8pm. $10. With Stratospheerius, Jazz Vs. the Space Tiger + Syrrah. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com

Thursday, Jan. 12

Motion Pictures: Early Animation
Eight animated films made between 1908 and 1933 screen tonight at International House. In A Love Affair in Toyland (1908), by Frenchman Émile Cohl, who’s often called “the father of the animated cartoon,” morphing stick figures are the stars of several comic vignettes. American artist Winsor McCay puts characters from his long-running In the Land of Wonderful Dreams strip in motion with Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), where the cartoonist communicates directly with his playful dino-star. “Nevermind that sea serpent! Gertie, raise your left foot,” McCay instructs. He eventually enters the film and Gertie gives him a ride. McCay paved the way for the three Walt Disney films that follow: Newman’s Laugh-o-Grams (1920), Steamboat Willie (1928) and Mad Dog (1932). The latter two feature early incarnations of an “actor” who went on to become a huge star: Mickey Mouse. Maybe you’ve heard of him? -Elliott Sharp

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

King Krule
Londoner Archy Marshall’s a freckle-faced 17-year-old with poofy red hair who makes music as King Krule. He released a gloomy five-song EP on True Panther last November. Atop barebones sonics—twangy guitar, dubsteppy beats, atmospheric electronics—Archy articulates his pains more than his hopes. He growls about dead love and loneliness, but all the while a grander, unidentifiable doom is growing. An uncertainty looms above young Archy, some inescapable terror. It’s very mysterious, but he’s young—there’s plenty of time to give it a name. For now, what’s striking is how cool he is about it all. Evil’s lurking and Archy just runs his fingers through his fiery feathers. He knows something we don’t. -E.S.

9pm. $20. With Girls. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

Radical Faeries
A Faery Fashion show, a goat boutique, a maypole, impromptu drum circles, the infamous five-person dress and bean-bag-chair cuddle piles: just a few of the sparkling treasures you’ll encounter at the kickoff to this year’s Radical Faery Gatherette. Conceived as an interactive exhibit replacing a museum’s “please don’t touch” attitude with a “come play” invitation, the evening will showcase the history and traditions of the Radical Faery movement, as well as the general fabulousnesss and diversity of the faeries the Philadelphia Gatherette attracts from far and wide. The goat boutique features a big hamper full of costumes from which visitors will be encouraged to assemble an outfit, then become (if briefly) a part of the exhibit as they showcase their look on a modeling platform. Precious fae artifacts, historical documents, photographs documenting the past 15 years of faery gatherettes and issues of Radical Faery Digest will also be on hand for those craving a more traditional exhibition experience. -Emma Eisenberg

6pm. Free. William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.  215.732.2220. waygay.org
 
Friday, Jan. 13

Friday the 13th Part VII
What better way to mark this ominous day than by spending it in the company of Jason Voorhees, the pop-culture icon who has become indelibly linked to the date? Thanks to the perverse programmers at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre, horror buffs can get their fill of carnage at Camp Crystal Lake. In a diabolical stroke of genius, they’ve eschewed the easy choice of showing the first film in this blood-soaked franchise and have opted instead to plunge viewers into the midst of the mayhem by screening the seventh entry. The movie has its share of awkward moments, like embarrassing 1980s hairstyles, but that’s more than made up for by the troubled but feisty female protagonist whose telekinesis keeps the homicidal maniac at bay. It’s also the first appearance of Kane Hodder, a fan favorite and the only actor to portray Jason more than once. Atmosphere is crucial in horror films and on this night it comes courtesy of the quaint movie house, which was featured prominently in 1958’s The Blob, a fact that should lend it instant credibility to lovers of scary cinema. -Raymond Simon

9:45pm. $9. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.1228. thecolonialtheatre.com

Taking Notes on the Underground
Maybe you’ve seen the work of local photographer Shane Canyon Walsh in Philadelphia magazine or Food & Wine, but he’s been working on something else since the mid-1990s. That’s when he started going to punk and hardcore concerts and taking pictures of bands for his zine, Conundrum. He’s since taken hundreds of photos of Northeast bands, and this exhibit opening tonight at Grindcore House features about 40 of these images. Many were taken at Philadelphia venues with local bands, showing the evolution of the city’s underground scene from early R5 shows to the present. Locals photographed include Need New Body, the A.K.A.s, and Bardo Pond side project Alasehir. “One aspect of doing this for so long is I’ve started shooting some of these musicians’ newer, and less hardcore bands,” says Walsh. “And quite a few of those people will be at the opening. It will be like a reunion.” -E.S.

7pm. Free. Grindcore House, 1515 S. Fourth St. 215.839.3333. grindcorehouse.com

Eldar Djangirov
Great jazz pianists have emerged from hotbeds like Detroit and Philadelphia—and how about Bishkek, in the seldom-noted former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan? Eldar Djangirov is a young and fearsome player who landed a major-label deal at 17 and showed great poise and creativity on his 2005 debut, simply titled Eldar. Since then, he’s ventured into complex electric post-fusion with Re-Imagination and Virtue, but he hasn’t abandoned the acoustic sensibility at the heart of Eldar and the sophomore release Live at the Blue Note. His latest, the solo-piano keeper Three Stories, veers between jazz repertoire and treatments of Bach and Scriabin. It’s the work of a traditionalist in the best sense of the term. -David R. Adler

5pm. Free with museum admission. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and JFK Blvd. 215.763.8100. philamuseum.org

Natural Process: A Study in Worn Denim

Departing from traditional art exhibits, Elixr Coffee hosts a new exhibit titled Natural Process: A Study in Worn Denim this week. The Center City spot hopes to show how seemingly mundane activities leave their mark on one of the most commonly worn articles of clothing—in this case, jeans. On display will be jeans from construction workers, metal workers, artists, baristas, musicians, students and more. The exhibit, also a nod to natural-process coffee—which is left in the sun to dry before it is roasted—celebrates the connections between production and the final products we savor and, ultimately, find comfort in. Root, Snap, and Rhuby cocktails will be provided courtesy of Art in the Age’s Craft Spirits. -Kyle Bella

8pm. Free. Elixr Coffee, 207 S. 15th St. elixrcoffee.com

Saturday, Jan. 14

Ravi Coltrane
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane—son of jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane—isn’t just getting by on the grounds of his parentage. Although it took him a while to embrace jazz as a calling (he didn’t release his first album as leader until age 32), Coltrane has worked hard to hone his chops, to both critical and popular acclaim. As his straight-ahead bop has slowly morphed into more explorative, free-form jazz, and his tenor sax shares time with a soprano, Coltrane has also become more willing to address his ancestry, through both musical influences and interpretations of songs associated with his parents. On his own, however, Coltrane’s tone is warm, his original compositions are rich and poignant, and his covers of standards are provoking and creative, oftentimes to the point of non-recognition. -Katherine Silkaitis

8pm. $20-$40. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. pennpresents.org

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1. Anne Leighton said... on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:44AM

“Bryan Bierman rocks! Thanks for promoting the prog show at the Northstar on Wednesday night, Sir!!”

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