Calendar: Oct. 3-9

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8pm. $15. With the Krass Brothers. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Philly Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
As the percentage of obese Americans rises, so does the number of those battling diabetes. Today, 26 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease, and the numbers continue to rise. This week, Philly joins forces with the American Diabetes Association to walk for awareness and to try to change the future of the disease. Join Philly Step Out and the nearly 2,500 already registered participants on their quest to reaching their fundraising goal of $615,000. Equipped with various teams sporting their homemade T-shirts, the 5K walk kicks off at the Art Museum and loops through the streets, painting the city red with awareness. Join as an individual or rally the office into a squad. Either way, the fight against diabetes will march on to spread the word. -Jenine Pilla

8am. Free. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Shifting Energy
Focusing on the human experience and encouraging self-reflection, 180 Dance Company aims to offer emotional performances that resonate with audiences. Today, they’ll present two original performances, starting with a piece titled “Momentum.” Choreographed for three women and set to the score of prolific Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s Opus 54, the abstract ballet explores the ever-shifting nature of energy. Next, New York choreographer Chip Klose shakes things up with “All Things Change in Time,” a 16-minute ballet featuring eight female dancers set to the rock song/symphony, “The Lightening Strike” by the popular Irish/Scottish alt rock band, Snow Patrol. The choreography incorporates modern and jazz influences to create a conceptual piece highlighting that transition we all make from carefree children to self-aware and critical adults. N.F.
4pm and 7:30pm. $15-$20. -Jeanne Ruddy

Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St. 215.569.4060.

Sun., Oct. 7

The Great Meatball Match Up
Beyond IKEA, beyond Volvo, beyond even the mighty ABBA, the greatest gift Sweden ever gave the world is its delectable meaty balls. Join the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philly as it opens its doors for its third annual meatball contest. Local restaurants will compete to impress the master Swedes for culinary glory, like sufferers of gastronomic Stockholm Syndrome. The contestant list already reads like a “who’s who” of Philly meatball royalty, including the Italian Stallions at Villa Di Roma, ruthlessly efficient Germans of Brauhaus Schmitz, and—it had to be—actual dudes from the IKEA cafeteria (we kid you not). You get to sample all of their dishes, and entrance is free if you buy a ticket to the museum. So come for the balls, and stay for the history lesson. Because it’s surprising how fascinating the story of the Swedish diaspora can be with a mouthful of delicious meat. -Tom Cowell

4pm. $8. American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.

Mon., Oct. 8

Das Racist
Das Racist’s first single was a comical, stripped-down bit of junk-culture that couldn’t even decide whether it was set at a Pizza Hut or a Taco Bell, a fitting start for a band that has made uncategorizability part of its brand. White or black? Neither. Himanshu “Heems” Suri and hypeman Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu are Indian, while Victor “Kool A.D.” Vazquez is a blend of Afro-Cuban and Italian. Upper or underclass? Both. Suri grew up in working class Queens, met at Vazquez at upscale Wesleyan, and they now play to an educated, creative-class audience. Smart or stupid? Sure, yes, both. They spin intricate, reference-packed riffs on flotsam like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Google. Das Racist is so ironic and post-everything that you can’t figure out who the joke is on. Chances are, it’s probably you. -Jennifer Kelly

8:30pm. $15. With LE1F, Safe and Lakutis. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Red Bull Stratos
When you hear that Red Bull gives you wings, you usually interpret it to mean increased energy and sleepless nights, never a literal pair. But in the case of Red Bull Stratos, wings are what Austrian base jumper Felix Baumgartner will need when he skydives from 120,000 feet above solid ground. Equipped with a team of experts and a high pressurized space suit covered in little red bulls, Baumgartner will ride a “stratospheric balloon” to the edge of the atmosphere, where he will leap into the longest free fall ever timed, approximately 5 minutes and 35 seconds. Join Philly’s Red Bull team at the Piazza today to watch on the big screen as Felix attempts what will be a breakthrough in skydiving as well as a the sound barrier. On behalf of science, or maybe energy drinks, we wish Felix good luck and godspeed. -J.P.

8am-6pm. Free. The Piazza, 1050 N. Hancock St.
Tues., Oct. 9

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
During two weekends in October, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists will provide a tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region. The tour will take place Oct. 6-7 for venues west of Broad Street and Oct. 20-21 for venues east of Broad Street. To kick-off the event, World Cafe Live hosts a party where participants will have a chance to win original artwork. The party’s MC, one-man sideshow David Darwin (who has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in PW), will entertain the crowd with juggling and comedy, and there will also be performances from Brazilian jazz group Sambagrilo, Philly’s Circus Arts School, Miss Mary Wanna’s sexy stylings and a burlesque show with the Liberty City Kings. All proceeds go to another awesome Philadelphia project, Made in Philly, which brings recognition to working artists across the city. -Brenda Hillegas

6:30pm. $35-$75. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

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