Calendar: Oct. 10-16

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Waka Flocka Flame is a mix of testosterone, tatts, muscular beats and high-octane energy.

Wed., Oct. 10

Waka Flocka Flame
What do you get when you mix testosterone, tatts, muscular beats and high-octane energy? The prototype for the contemporary rap artist, as personified by Waka Flocka Flame. This ain’t your grandmama’s hip-hop—that is, unless she likes her music loud and profane, with ballistic beats and rebelliousness as its driving force. Waka had the good fortune of being born into a family that understood the business of rap: His mother is Debra Mizay, who once managed Nikki Minaj and Gucci Mane. It was Mane who took the aspiring Waka under his wing, adding him to his Brick Squad crew, though Mane’s subsequent split with Mizay effectively ended that relationship. Like many rappers in the beginnings of their career, Waka shined on the mixtape circuit, then released his 2010 debut Flockaveli, featuring the unbridled anthem “Hard In Da Paint.”  His second CD, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family, is out now. -Tonya Pendleton

8pm. $25-$45. With Wooh Da Kid + Reema Major. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

The Improvised B-Movie Double- Feature
For the next three weeks, Philly Improv Theater’s house team Asteroid! will use its spontaneous wits to celebrate all the low-budget fun of the sci-fi/horror films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Comprised of eight funny locals, several of whom also serve as instructors at PHIT, the always impressive troupe will take an audience suggestion each night and use it to perform not one, but two fast-paced, totally unscripted B-movies. Each show is guaranteed to be completely different, and audiences can look forward to an array of overly dramatic characters, absurd conspiracies, frequent plot twists, hilarious physical antics and maybe even a Vincent Price impersonation. The theater is BYOB, and if you spring an extra few bucks on “deluxe tickets,” you can also score yourself a free popcorn and soda. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. Through Oct. 26. $10-$20. The Shubin Theater, 407 Bainbridge St. 267.233.1556.

The Pornologues: a Philly Sketchfest Fundraiser

Say a prayer to Lenny Bruce and the ACLU, and exercise your First Amendment right to enjoy the smuttiest show in the city this week. Watch the best comedians in Philly as they gather to tell the most depraved pornography-themed stories in their repertoire. It’s all for a good cause: Proceeds go to support the Philly Sketch Fest (coming up Nov. 12-17), which hosts the annual gross-out parade that is the Dirtiest Sketch Contest. Highlights should include unadulterated filth from baby-faced comic Joe Dougherty, the laconic black nerdery of Darryl Charles, and porno tales from real-life sexologist Dr. Timaree Schmit. -Tom Cowell

8:30pm. $15. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656.

Thurs., Oct. 11

Hacker Masquerade DIY Mask Workshop
From my heart and from my hands, why don’t people understand my Halloween mask? Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman would be disappointed to learn there’s nothing weird about soft-circuit science. The purpose of this workshop is simple. Step one: take an ordinary costume; step two: make it awesome. If it moves, blinks, flashes or buzzes, chances are it can find its way into your design. Don’t know your resistor from your capacitor? It doesn’t matter! Diagrams and flexible rope-like circuits let do-it-yourselfers easily integrate LEDs and other electronic gizmos. If you can tie your shoes, you can stitch together a kick-ass mask. Makers and mini-makers alike are free to bring current costume projects from home or start from scratch. Materials are covered by the cost of admission, and the Hactory staff is more than happy to lend a hand. Donning your digital duds also grants you free admission into the first Hacker Masquearade Ball taking place later this month. -Bill Morse

7-9pm. $5. Hacktory, 3711 Market St. 215.650.7295.

Public Image Ltd.
One of punk’s most vitriolic acts got an unexpected second act when John Lydon revived PiL in 2009, reportedly using money from his Country Life butter ads to finance the reunion. Early shows, like a now legendary set at N.Y.C.’s Terminal 5 in 2010, proved that the Sex Pistols offshoot had not lost its teeth. Lydon prowled the stage restlessly, orange coiff sticking straight up as of old, voice still quavering virulently, gestures as large as ever against the dub-scented menace of “poptunes” and “Annalisa.” This is PiL, the reconfigured band’s first album in 20 years, underscored the point with stylishly enraged, rhythmically unstoppable rants that were nearly as fierce, mad and decadent as in PiL’s 1980s heyday. -Jennifer Kelly

8:30pm. $25. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

Slideshow Tour of M. Night Shyamalan’s House
Tonight, get a peek at M. Night Shyamalan’s gorgeous 125-acre estate, and see just how rich you can get making people think Bruce Willis was alive when he was dead the whole time. Ravenwood is the private residence of Shyamalan, nestled 20 miles west of Center City in bucolic Willistown, and costing the gothic-horror auteur a reported $65 million in 2004. The estate features six palatial bedrooms (each with a dark, terrible secret), an oak-paneled library, a stunning pool house and a gorgeous grove of orange trees. Architect Richard Cameron has agreed to give a rare presentation of his work and share his methods for constructing the building, all without leaving the city. Expect the slideshow to be just like one of Shyamalan’s movies: 30 minutes too long, but with an insane twist at the end. -T.C.

5:30pm. Free. Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St.

Mike Watt and the Missingmen
When the world ends, whether in nuclear annihilation or rising seas, it’s safe to say that Mike Watt will be the last rocker standing. I see him in the eerie glow of the apocalypse, riding town to town in an Econo-Van, spieling and playing brief but artful songs for starved desperados. And why not? He’s been sleeping in the van for longer than most punk rockers have been alive, first with the Minutemen, later with fIREHOSE and most recently with the Missingmen, who recreate his bizarrely imaginative Hyphenated-Man opera every night across America. Celebrate the coming end, as jazz, punk, rock and art collide in short bursts of hyper-mutation in only-from-Watt reveries like “Thistle-Headed-Man” and “Bird-in-the-Helmet-Man.” -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $12. With Lite and Split Red. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

Fri., Oct. 12

Free Man of Color
Featuring a cast of 20 led by Barrymore Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer, Free Man of Color transports audiences to early 19th-century New Orleans, where a black playboy named Jacques Cornet (Jahzeer Terrell) is busy enjoying the city’s boisterous nightlife. At least, that is, until America purchases the Louisiana Territory, and Cornet suddenly discovers that the color of his skin means he’s no longer a free man. Six years in the making, the play attempts to create a Restoration Comedy (a free-wheeling European style of theater that celebrates depraved behavior) in an American context. The play exposes a deplorable era in the history of a young nation so obsessed with empire building that it turns its back on the pursuit of the very same freedoms that Americans had fought and died for a mere 25 years earlier. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $10-$20. Arts Bank Theater, 601 S. Broad St. 215.717.6450.

Planetarium on the Parkway
For one night, the Franklin Institute will join forces with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the internationally renowned artist behind the city’s current world-premiere public-art instillation Open Air, to present a once-in-a-lifetime interactive presentation. Since launching on Sept. 20, Open Air has used the voices of locals via the project’s website and iPhone app to manipulate 24 powerful robotic searchlights positioned along the Ben Franklin Parkway. For this event, Lozano-Hemmer will be temporarily switching the interface, giving complete control over to Derrick Pitts, the Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer. Using an iPad, Pitts will direct the lights and pinpoint constellations in the night sky, something that typically isn’t possible with outdoor astronomy events. While avid stargazers are welcome to bring their own telescopes, Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Astronomical Society will have two massive telescopes on hand should you want a better view. -N.F.

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