Calendar: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

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Wednesday, Nov. 30

Matt Kish’s Moby-Dick
Face it, captain. Even though Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is one of the canonical books everyone’s supposed to read in order to be a “good person,” you still haven’t read it. Most people still know what it’s about on at least a cursory level: Captain Ahab’s maniacal quest to snag the big whale at any cost. He’s so determined to overcome the beast, the lives of his shipmates lose importance. Ohioan artist Matt Kish, who’s at Brickbat Books tonight, embarked on a similarly bonkers mission in 2009 when he started illustrating his 552-page Signet Classics paperback copy of Moby-Dick. Using a variety of mediums—layered images, pen, pencil, crayon, watercolor—Kish created an image for each page inspired by the text. The blog he started to document the project led to a book, Moby-Dick In Pictures: One Drawing For Every Page, which was published this year by Tin House. -Elliott Sharp

8pm. Free. Brickbat Books, 709 S. Fourth St. 215.592.1207.

Philly Beer Week Benefit Raffle
Ah, Belgium. You know, that small-ish country that borders France, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg? Yeah, Belgium’s got a lot going for it (besides not having a fully formed government right now). It serves as headquarters for the E.U., NATO and other super important international organizations. More importantly, it produces more than 500 varieties of beer. There’s one in particular that you may know well: Saison Dupont. Its maker, Brasserie Dupont, has been around for more than 150 years. They know their shit. Which is why this year’s official international Philly Beer Week brew is going to be delicious—because Brasserie is going to help make it. And so can you, if you go to City Tap House in West Philly tonight and pay $5 to enter a raffle. If you win, you and a local brewer of your choosing fly free of charge to Belgium to witness this momentous brewing event. Oh, yeah, there’s another prize you can win if you enter: PBW’s “Beer-Stravaganza,” which includes the opportuninty to help brew PBW’s local collaboration beer (Brotherly Suds 3), two tix to Opening Tap and, of course, free brews. Not as cool as Belgium, but we’ll take it. -Nina Hoffmann

7pm. $5. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. 215.662.0105.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Koresh: A Pathway to the Future
Roni Koresh is no stranger to Philadelphia—his dance company has been around for 20 years, and he’s called the city home for 30. His dance school is one of the most successful around, and features an outreach program in Philadelphia public schools, dance classes that are open to adults of all levels, and a pre-professional training program. The choreography is where Koresh’s Israeli roots shine. Famed for his moves that aren’t based on a single technique, Koresh’s constantly evolving dances are powerful and passionate. To celebrate the Koresh Dance Company’s 20th anniversary, this season’s shows draw from previous years’ productions, displaying the transformation of Koresh’s work over time. -Trishula Patel

8pm. $25. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.751.0990.

Eat, Sip, Shop
Tonight’s event, sponsored by Dress for Success (a local nonprofit that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women), brings together local artists for an evening of fun and a chance to buy holiday gifts while supporting a great cause. The event features a trunk show, wine, food, raffles and fashion shows. Tickets for the event are only $10, which gives you access to all the food and booze you can consume in one evening and also makes sure you stay off your family’s shit list for not getting them gifts. Sydney Scott

5-9pm. $10. Dress for Success, 233 N. 12th St. 215.351.1150.

Local Holiday Miracle
Back in 2009, while talking part in 1812 Production’s “Women in Comedy Bootcamp,” local funny ladies Andrea Kuhar and Aubrie Williams decided to join forces and a make a beautiful comedy baby named Local Holiday Miracle. A female sketch duo is a welcome change in Philly’s male-dominated comedy scene. LHM performed their first full show at the SoLow Festival and has hosted several gigs around town. If for some ridiculously sexist and outdated reason you need confirmation these ladies have what it takes to amuse you, proceed to check out their first video, “Expectation.” You may be a little disgusted, but definitely not disappointed. Nicole Finkbiner

8:30pm. $10-$15. The Philly Improv Theater, 407 Bainbridge St.

Friday, Dec. 2

Sigur Rós’ Inni
Like some dusty relic dug up from the inner recesses of grandma’s attic, Sigur Rós’ second film, Inni, is something of a hidden treasure. The follow-up to the band’s 2007 self-centric documentary, Heima, Inni works to give fans a glimpse of the band like they’ve never seen them before. The film focuses solely on the band and the band alone—an intimate, monochromatic close-up on performance presented in tunnel vision. The film, directed by Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir), is a 74-minute homage to the band’s illustrious career, blending past with present, interweaving shadowy snapshots of gossamer light with almost claustrophobic catch-alls of the boys in action. Inni is not only an emotional look at the band’s inner workings and a perfect example of the purity of cinematic experience, but also an event the secret Scandinavian in you won’t want to miss. -Meghan Wright

7pm and 9pm. $7-$9. Ibrahim Theatre, 3701 Chestnut St.

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Jessica Lea Mayfield sure can have a deceivingly gentle presence. At the beginning of the video for “Kiss Me Again” off 2008’s With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, the Ohioan sits unassumingly with an acoustic in hand—a naïve waif in a strapless dress who isn’t quite sure of what she’s doing there. Then, out pour those spare notes, unadorned lyrics, and lovably simple “Ah-uh-ah” refrain, and you realize that Mayfield knows exactly what she’s doing. Like sundry balladeers and outlaw cowboys past, she’s there to do her bloodletting with guitar in hand, using agonized revelations to slice deep into the listener. (Key lines: “You can touch me if you wanna/ Oh, I don’t really care/ But I have ruined everything that I’ve ever loved.”)  Mayfield is now of legal drinking age, yet she wrote most of Blasphemy around 16. If we can be cruel for art’s sake, hopefully she continues to find reason to write such penetrative confessionals. -Reyan Ali

8pm. With Ryan Adams. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.893.1999.

If you’ve been sifting through potential First Friday art openings, Witness: Artists Reflect on 30 Years of the AIDS Pandemic stands out among the offerings. Creative and individual while still maintaining a political and collaborative approach, it provides unique insight into how HIV/AIDS changed social, political and cultural life in the 30 years since the virus was named. Curated by David Acosta, it features two dozen artists who explore the virus across race, gender, sexual orientation, age and geographical location. Whether or not your own life is immediately impacted by HIV/AIDS, Witness welcomes you to participate in the conversation, believing that the virus, even 30 years later, has unmistakable influences on all of our day-to-day lives. -Kyle Bella

6-8pm. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.

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