Calendar: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

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Catch freaky flick "Donnie Darko" this week at the Troc.

Wednesday, August 29

Daniel Beaty
He’s literally a one-man show, though you wouldn’t know it from the breadth and scope of playwright/performer/actor/singer/poet Daniel Beaty’s characters. Emergency—which was previously titled Emergence-See!—has been successful both off-Broadway and at New York’s Public Theater. The recipient of two NAACP Theater Awards, the play tells the story of what happens when a slave ship docks in New York City. In it, Beaty portrays 40 different characters, including a homeless man, an 11-year-old boy, a scientist and a Republican business executive, all of whom have varying responses to this unlikely occurrence. The acclaimed production’s being brought to you by the Brothers’ Network, a regional cultural organization that supports narratives around black male history. -Tonya Pendleton

7pm. $10-$15. Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, 3201 Chestnut St.

Street Movies
It wouldn’t be summer without outdoor movies. Every year, Scribe Video Center, the quirky West Philly media lab, brings independent movies to communities around the city. Tonight is South Philly’s turn. Soul-house-fusion-Philly crooner Alexa Gold will perform, bringing energetic, funky beats and lunar meditations to the family-friendly affair. Short films will include video postcards from denizens around the city, part of the Messages in Motion project. And then there are the movies! The Garden of Light and Shadow is a poignant portrait of the garden of the local filmmaker’s grandparents. The intimate subject shows the “link between their native and adopted homes,” bringing to life the oh-so-South-Philly Italian immigrant narrative. Every Third Bite brings us back to the summer the honey bees disappeared and introduces us to the characters on the front lines of the sticky mystery. Food for Thought, produced by Baltimore youth, is an animated celebration of food. The eclectic evening will flow together with the guidance of emcee/slam poet Jacob Winterson. -Allyn Gaestel

7:45pm. Free. South Philadelphia High School, Broad and Snyder sts.

PA Girls’ Pint Out
The world of craft beer is most certainly a boys club. But the national organization Girls’ Pint Out wants to change that. With 10 chapters nationwide, Girls’ Pint Out gives women the chance to socialize and learn more about craft beer with other like-minded boozers. This week’s meet-up at South Philly’s Bottle Shop is co-ed, but we recommend you ditch your man for the evening and absorb as much beer and beer-appreciation lore as you possibly can. Because nothing is sexier than a girl who’s beer knowledge is better than her boyfriend’s. -Tom Cowell

6-8pm. Free. The Bottle Shop, 1837 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.551.5551.

Lunch Beat
Want to go out dancing during your lunch break? Thanks to the new afternoon dance party Lunch Beat, that is no longer a thought reserved for daydreams. Today from noon until 2 p.m., the Painted Bride Art Center will host its second mid-day bash. Take a break from your long work week while grabbing a meal from the Say Cheese Philly Food Truck and enjoying the music provided by DJ NAJ. This noontime party—which is an alcohol- and drug-free environment—doesn’t have a set cover fee. Whatever you can pay for entrance will be donated to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Lunch Beat is fashioned after an event organized by a small group of Swedish employees in the summer of 2010, but is now becoming an international trend. Come be part of the movement and attend the most important business lunch of your week. -Ashley Kole

Noon. Free. The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. 215.925.9914.

Thursday, August 30

Sophie Jane Darr Summer Concert Series
Four-year-old Sophie Jane Darr was an adorably bubbly, wide-eyed sprite, the apple of her family’s eye, when brain cancer stole her from their loving clutches five years ago. But she came from good stock, obviously: After their indescribably painful journey, in 2010, the toddler’s grieving kin started the Sophie Jane Darr Children’s Foundation in her honor, dedicated to financially assisting families with ailing children and supporting charities that help with their care. Tonight’s inaugural benefit concert features back-to-back performances from Philly favorites Desoto Jones, the Hyde, Toy Soldiers and N.Y.C. roots rockers Leroy Justice, ensuring a great time will be had by all. But if you need more inspiration, check out the family testimonies—and good heavens, that group shot of the gorgeous kids in a Honduran orphanage being supported by SJDCF’s efforts—on their web site that underscore how vital and beautiful the work they’re doing is. Go. And party with a purpose. -Kenya Beverly

6pm. $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Friday, August 31

Squeaky Clean Comedy
Does a joke need to be dirty to make you laugh? If someone doesn’t drop an f-bomb 20 times during their stand-up act, is it still considered good? The Laff House is doing two shows during its Squeaky Clean Comedy Night, where the content and language is appropriate for everyone. Are your parents coming to visit? Checking out your new college apartment? Don’t be afraid to take them out; there’s no chance of offending them at this show and everyone is guaranteed a good laugh. Comedians Hamburger and Timmy Hall will be doing the clean-talk, and Ian Fidance is hosting. While you’re at it, try some of the original comedy club’s signature dishes and specialty drinks. -Brenda Hillegas

8:30pm and 10:45pm. $20. The Laff House, 221 South St.

BarStool Summer Pool Party
If you like sports, or pictures from the internet of people being idiots, you already love barstool Like an online blend of Maxim and ESPN, this foul-mouthed, sport-fanatic site has grown from a cult Boston blog into a juggernaut of jock news, with local coverage in four cities (Philly included). The site throws huge parties to help pay their bills, and they are really good at it. So if you’re a bro or a girl who loves bros, you have to be at the BarStool Summer Pool Party. The venue is the North Shore Beach Club in Northern Liberties, which owns some of the loveliest cabanas you could ever hope to collapse blackout drunk in. And to top it off, organizers are giving away two weekend passes to the Made In America festival that starts the next day. -T.C.

8pm. $10. North Shore Beach Club, 1031 Germantown Ave.

Saturday, September 1

BARBIE BLENDED: A Pop-Rockin’ Musical
Though technically, the Live Arts/Fringe Festival doesn’t start for another week, Theater Underground is kicking things off early with this world-premiere musical examining the consequences of growing up in 2012—a time when everyone’s on Twitter, porn is accessible with the click of a finger and the Kardashians are bigger than Elvis. The four-actor play centers around Sophie, an awkward 12-year-old girl struggling with the cruelties of puberty. She’s madly in love with her equally awkward, yet sweatier neighbor, Frankie. Frankie would much rather make out with Megan Fox. Eventually, Sophie must decide whether to ditch Barbie to get the boy. Amplifying their pre-teen angst are several humorous reworkings of current Top 40 tunes from hit-makers like One Direction and Katy Perry. Bring an unopened toy to any of the show’s six performances to donate to Toys for Tots, and you’ll receive free admission. -Nicole Finkbiner

2pm and 8pm. Through Sept. 9. Gershman Y Blackbox Theater, 401 S. Broad St. 215.545.4400.

Sunday, September 2

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