Calendar: Oct. 10-16

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8:30pm. Free. Eakins Oval, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215.546.7550.

Wow. It’s been almost 40 years since Rush, the fabled Canadian rock trio, released their first album called, well, Rush. And the band is still at it 18 studio albums later. Clockwork Angels is their latest masterpiece, born with a story so enormous that drummer Neil Peart published a book alongside its release, telling the tale of a boy following his dreams. Although Peart isn’t Rush’s original drummer, he is the band’s primary songwriter, and in 1997, the band took a temporary break when a double tragedy struck him: He lost his beloved daughter to a car accident, and soon after, his wife to cancer. But it seems nothing can break the bond of this perilous rock band. Soaring album reviews suggest that the Clockwork Angels tour will excite both newbies and the Rushiest of Rush fans. As it should. -Caroline Newton

7:30pm. $43-$123. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 215.336.3600.

Sat., Oct. 13

Before the Bridge Festival
Jersey gets a bad rap, but for us, it’s our magical, uncharted neighbor to the East, brimming with undiscovered treasures and discount shopping. The quaint town of Collingswood, in particular, has a long tradition of catering to artists and musicians with imported-record shops and a bumpin’ indie-rock scene. The Before the Bridge festival was set up to attest to just that, urging native Jersey folk to stay local and Philly folk to suck it up and cross the bridge. Beloved Philly acts Illinois, Sweatheart and Prowler will mix seamlessly with some of Jersey’s finest up-and-comers. Bring some extra cash to wander the vendor area for some local art and wares and literature about some great causes designed to keep up the Jersey steam. -Abigail Bruley

1-10pm. Haddon and Woodland avenues, Collingswood, N.J.

Alp D’ Huez
Despite their many similarities, sports and theater don’t tend to mix much. Bucking that trend is promising Philadelphia playwright John Rosenberg’s Alp d’ Huez. Named for the legendary mountain that often proves to be the decisive climb in the Tour de France bike race, Rosenberg’s drama takes place in a Paris hotel room where a married man is forced to choose between his wife and a woman who shares his passion for cycling. Set in 2004 during Lance Armstrong’s attempt to win a record sixth consecutive Tour de France, the production by Hella Fresh Theater begins with a short film, which is available at Inspired by a friend’s disastrous vacation, Rosenberg says he wrote Alp as a way to “explore strange passions and the willingness to abandon family and friends because of a shared connection.” And if you can’t ride your bike to the company’s Kensington theater, Hella Fresh offers theatergoers in Center City rides to and from the show for a mere $10. -J.C.R.

2pm. $10. Papermill Theater, 2825 Ormes St. 510.292.6403.

Sun., Oct. 14

Scopitone Party
When MTV crowned A Hard Day’s Night director Richard Lester the “father of music videos,” he quipped that he’d like a blood test. He wasn’t joking: The music film has existed in some form since the dawn of cinema. The Phonoscène, which synched a sound recording to a silent film, was created in 1902, and Warner Bros.’ Vitaphone music shorts began in 1926. In the late 1950s, the French company Cameca invented the Scopitone, a twist on the jukebox that played 16mm music films in bars and cafes. It was an idea pilfered from the Soundies of the 1940s, and the craze, which spread through Europe and America, lasted till the late 1960s. Secret Cinema, which has toured the world with their considerable Scopitone collection, will again unleash their wares, ranging from the American (Nancy Sinatra, Paul Anka), the French (Françoise Hardy, Johnny Hallday) to the obscure (Los Brutos, a quartet of Jerry Lewis impersonators). -Matt Prigge

2pm. $5-$8. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223.

West Chester Chili Cook-off
Stroll around countless vendors and taste-test scrumptious chili from competing teams at the West Chester Rotary’s 10th annual Chili Cook-off. A $10 wristband gives participants the ability to vote for the winner and sample more than 60 varieties of chili that will be available for tasting. The team that receives the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award and a $300 cash prize. Remember to wear your fat pants. -C.N.

10:30am-4pm. Various prices. Gay and High sts., West Chester. 610.692.3900.

Mon., Oct. 15

A Slow Air
Inis Nua Theatre Company, a local troupe that presents plays by the top contemporary playwrights from the British Isles, returns for a new season of risky, audacious theater with talented director Tom Reing’s production of A Slow Air, a fragile, eloquent two-character work about a brother and sister who haven’t spoken in 14 years. The monologue structure reinforces our sense of the siblings’ estrangement, and as the two characters describe their ordinary (but surprisingly engrossing) lives, there appears to be little hope for a family reunion. One of the most deceptively commanding playwrights working today, David Harrower quietly shows us the powerful and numerous forces that divide not only families, but nations as well. -J.C.R.

7pm. $20-$25.  Off-Broad Street Theater, First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom St.
Tues., Oct. 16

Tinariwen recorded their Grammy-winning Tassili against a backdrop of sandstone turrets, dunes and eerie tessellated caves in Southern Algeria, their home ground in northern Mali too war-wracked for safe sessions. That’s a bit of an irony, since Tinariwen formed in the crucible of Tuareg rebellions, thrown together in armies that fought across sub-Saharan Africa and, at one point, for Colonel Moammar Qaddafi himself. Though the band’s members have weathered famine, drought, war and forced migration, their sound has a fantastically calm center. Tinariwen’s hand-drummed rhythms sway and slap like caravan camels, its guitars trace trance-blues slides and bends through haze, and its singers call out to one another as if over vast desert distances, campfire to campfire. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $20-$22. With Leana Song. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

The Oatmeal
The Oatmeal claims it firmly believes in truth, beauty and chest hair. We believe it is a hilarious, smart and delightfully weird web comic. To celebrate the release of his latest collection, How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You, creator/illustrator/coder Matthew Inman is bringing his weird brand of fun to Philly. The newest volume includes various illustrated guides to understanding felines, such as “6 ways to tell if your cat thinks it’s a mountain lion,” and a pull-out poster featuring a murderous cat. If you’re not already familiar with the Oatmeal, check out Inman’s previous best-seller 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) or browse other hilarious titles on his website. Be warned, though: It’s more addictive than the cutest kitty videos. -Ashley Kole

6pm. Free. University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. 215.898.7595.

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