Calendar: Oct. 12-18

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Wednesday, Oct. 12

Dracula Fest
Long before Edward Cullen munched on bunny rabbits, there was a vampire whose very name evoked terror in all who heard it. All month long, the Rosenbach will be hosting Dracula-themed events in honor of the vamp who started it all. At the Dracula and Friends exhibition, visitors can see Bram Stoker’s research notes for his novel. Leslie Klinger, the editor of In the Shadow of Dracula, will hold a book signing on Oct. 12, and Josh Hitchens will perform Stoker’s Dracula on Oct. 27. On Oct. 29, the museum hosts a Dracula D.I.Y., a free event in which visitors can make Dracula crafts and pose in costume at a photo booth. No sparkling bloodsuckers in sight. -Nikki Krueger

$5-$10. Through Oct. 29. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008 Delancey Place. 215.732.1600. rosenbach.org

Reef the Lost Cauze
To say that Philadelphia rapper Reef the Lost Cauze keeps it underground would be an understatement. Along with being a gritty/witty wordsmith (his 2005 track “Sound of Philadelphia” is one vivid, vicious breakdown of the City of Brotherly Love’s mean streets), the emcee still prefers to work with other like-minded, on-the-fringe rappers and producers. Still a card-carrying member of the Philly hip-hop clique Army of the Pharaohs, Reef has collaborated in the past with the likes of Kool G Rap, Jedi Mind Tricks MC (and Pharaohs founder) Vinnie Paz, R.A. the Rugged Man and others. Not a damn thing has changed with regard to his upcoming album, Your Favorite MC, which drops on Oct. 25. On this release, he worked exclusively with German production team the Snowgoons (yeah, we didn’t hear of them until just now, too), and includes appearances by Boston rapper Slaine, former Non Phixion member Sabac Red and Wise Intelligent of the Poor Righteous Teachers. And this is why we respect Reef, a rapper who surrounds himself not with the most well-known of hip-hoppers, but certainly people who know what the hell they’re doing. -Craig D. Lindsey

8pm. $7-$10. With Mic Stew, S.I.R., Voss + I.R.V. The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut sts. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

Thursday, Oct. 13

The Smokers Club Tour
For better or worse, marijuana’s become as much a part of hip-hop as beats and rhymes, and the five MCs blazing into the Troc tonight under the Smokers Club banner are partly responsible. Method Man: the elder statesman who dropped his “roll that shit, light that shit, smoke it” calling card on the now-classic Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Curren$y: the silk-lipped New Orleans spitta who zooms jets just to see how high he can fly. Smoke DZA: the rising Harlem boss whose latest album’s cleverly called Rollling Stoned. Big K.R.I.T.: the Mississippian puffer whose candy-coated pearl tires forever rotate. Fiend: the ex-Ruff Ryder/No Limit trooper who burns one on the cover of 2003’s Can I Burn? 2. Forecast: It’s gonna be a cloudy night. -Elliott Sharp

9pm. $29.50. With the Pricks + Corner Boy P. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

Laurie Anderson
When multimedia artist Laurie Anderson’s dog, Lolabelle, died on Palm Sunday, the rat terrier entered the bardo. According to Tibetan Buddhism, that’s the transitional zone where creatures go while awaiting rebirth. For several weeks, the stately pooch swirled in a dreamlike world of ghostly figures, white light, white heat and prayer wheels, and even bumped into Osama bin Laden. Anderson’s Forty-Nine Days In The Bardo, a series of massive drawings now showing at Fabric Workshop & Museum, documents the fantastic voyage. Also showing is Anderson’s “Iron Mountain.” In a dark room, tiny illuminated beings—including a 4-inch tall Anderson playing violin, Lolabelle, and a woman awakening on a sofa—dwell and pulse. The voyeuristic sensation—as if you’re gazing at someone’s most private moment—is exhilarating and disturbing. There’s even a clay violin containing Lolabelle’s remains. Tonight, Anderson discusses the work and performs. -Elliott Sharp

6pm. Free. Through Nov. 19. Fabric Workshop & Museum, 1214 Arch St. 215.561.8888.
fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Friday, Oct. 14

Broke-Ass Stuart
It all started in 2004 with a cheaply printed zine known as Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco. It was nothing more than a samizdat brochure that smartly unveiled to its cash-strapped readers a Babylon by the Bay filled with cheap food, drink and entertainment. But then something unusual happened: The zine’s penniless author—Broke-Ass Stuart, who looks not unlike a 20-something Tom Waits—became an overnight cult sensation in the Bay Area. He teamed up with a reputable publisher, which released his irreverent guides to living cheaply in both San Francisco and New York. And perhaps not surprisingly, a quirky travel show on the IFC network was the next step on Stuart’s ladder to career respectability; the first season of Young, Broke & Beautiful aired this summer. Currently, Stuart is touring in support of his latest tome, a sort of all-inclusive guide to life on the cheap. In Philly, his obligatory author reading and Q&A session will end in true Broke-Ass style, with an all-out dance party featuring DJ Handsome Sam. But not to worry, fellow broke-asses: This one’s free. -Dan Eldridge

8pm. Free. Smith’s Restaurant and Lounge, 39 S. 19th St. 267.546.2669. smiths-restaurant.com

First Glance Film Festival
Tonight’s opening night screenings of the First Glance Film Festival will feature three shorts, including a film about the last man on earth who tries to get a job from the second-to-last man on earth and a full-length horror/comedy by local director Derek Lindeman. The fest runs all weekend, with a prime time screening Friday, and screenings on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. Each screening features at least three—and up to five—films. They aren’t crappy, over-budgeted sequels, they are the latest in independent and local filmmaking. The afternoon shows will set you back a meager $8. -Ada Kulesza

Through Sun., Oct. 9. $8-$60. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1200. firstglancefilms.com

rjd2

Philly-based multi-instrumentalist and producer rjd2 has his roots in hip-hop, but as his last two albums demonstrate, he’s broadening his boundaries. Last year’s The Colossus was a blend of nu-soul and electronic hip-hop, a sort of Robin Thicke meets Diplo. And nowadays, he’s collaborating with Aaron Livingston, frontman of Philly rock group the Mean, in a group called Icebird—the same group that’s opening his show at Union Transfer. Icebird is a funky, dirty beast, a garage rock-cum-soul act with sultry vocals, full instrumentals backed with clever samples, and a strong resemblance to the Roots, whom Livingston has previously collaborated with. -Katherine Silkaitis

8pm. $15-$17. With Icebird. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. utphilly.com

Saturday, Oct. 15

Minus the Bear
There’s always been an iciness to MtB’s intricate math rock, keyed to their use of keyboards. While the guitars shimmer atmospherically, they also slash and twist spasmodically to match the slithering post-punk rhythms. The synths are the icing on the cake, sometimes layered thick enough to dull the guitars’ hard corners. So it’s perhaps inevitable they release an album like last year’s Omni, which bit into a ’80s new wave/soul sound displaying a disconcerting resemblance to Phil Collins, Howard Jones and Rick Astley. Hopefully now that the indie retro prog-soul’s out of their system, they’ll liberate the guitars and we can expect a return to their post-punk/art-rock roots. -Chris Parker

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1. Pat said... on Oct 12, 2011 at 07:10PM

“Broke-Ass Stuart is Friday, not tonight.”

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