Calendar: Sept. 1-7

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Wednesday, Sept. 1


Hive 76
The memorandum’s been issued: You’re no longer welcome to work on your android prototype in the dining room. There are toaster parts between the couch cushions, and the neighbors have been asking for their cat again. If you’re caught sneaking another soldering iron into the apartment, the longest relationship of your adult life will come to an abrupt end. Luckily, the tinkering collective Hive 76 is opening its doors to the public on Wednesday night, and you’re welcome to engage in mad science with like-minded engineers, inventors and programmers. Grab a slice and scope out a new playground for DIY collaboration and workshopping in the fields of computer programming, hacking, gaming and hardware construction. Maybe leave the android at home. Email for more info. -Paul Montgomery

8pm. Free. Hive 76, 915 Spring Garden St., Suite 519.

Between Trains
Written by Juanita Rockwell, founder of Towson University’s MFA in Theater program and director of more than 50 works (including by fave Paula Vogel), Between Trains bills itself as a “a play with songs” that explores “multisensory realms of possibility” and poses the question: “What if you woke up lost and naked in a train station?” (This happened to me once. Once.) When it happened to me there were no jousting clowns or bursting apples or kaleidoscopes of people, so clearly I lose. The Fringe presentation is the world premiere of the finished work after Rockwell workshopped the concept to life with Teatro Abya Yala in Costa Rica on Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholarship. David Brown, co-founder of Gas & Electric Arts, says the show is a kinship between the director Lisa Jo Epstein and Rockwell that celebrates both artists’ love of language and physical theater approach. It’s Gas & Electric’s third world premiere in five years, so catch this company before it leaves the station. -Tara Murtha

Through Sept. 19. $25. The Bardo, 1151 N. Third St. 215.413.9006.

Thursday, Sept. 2


Chiddy Bang
This time last year, rapper Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege split from Philly’s nascent Chiddy Bang four-man lineup to do the solo thing, while DJ/producer/drummer Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin was working as a cook at a summer camp. Wisely, the youthful pair—who met as freshmen at Drexel two years ago—linked back up, and Chiddy Bang’s exuberant, indie-rock-sampling electro-rap has since taken the globe by storm. “Opposite of Adults” is a bona fide hit; folks like Pharrell, Q-Tip, and Bun B have ’em on speed dial; they’re superstars in England; the mainstream U.S. music press is kissing their ass; and now Chiddy Bang return to town for a sure-to-be-triumphant homecoming show. Tonight, find out for yourself why all the hype is justified. -Michael Alan Goldberg

8pm. $15. With Donnis, XV, 2AM Club, DJ Benzi + Dephonic. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

If you want to have the shit scared out of you at this year’s Fringe, you won’t do better than Tribe of Fools’ adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which emerged from director Jay Wojnarowski’s year-long study in how fear is processed. The key to frightening someone, he found, is the amygdale, a tiny section of your brain. Because surprise is the most effective way to stimulate the amygdale, Wojnarowski is mum about the specifics of the production, other than to say it is hyper-physical, audience members are required to sign a waiver and the show is constructed so the fear remains with you. “My hope is that years from now an audience member will be sitting alone when a shadow falls in their darkened bedroom and they are transported back to the night they saw Dracula,” says Wajnarowski. “And then they sleep with the lights on.” -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $20. Lantern Theater, 10th and Ludlow sts. 215.413.1318.

Friday, Sept. 3


Three extraordinary musicians—Sun City Girl Richard Bishop, Six Organ’s Ben Chasny and free-jazz-Bjork collaborator Chris Corsano—aligned for a live show one weekend last year in Seattle and the results were so stunning that a record ensued. False Flag, out now on Drag City, is a searing, blitzkrieg of improvised bravado. With just six tracks, it alternates between battering barrages of noise and lyrical introspection, and closes with a 15-minute track called “Plain of Jars” that is, perhaps, the most devastatingly beautiful piece of music from 2010. All three members of Rangda are busy guys, so it’s hard to imagine the chance to see them coming around very often. Don’t miss it. -Jennifer Kelly

7pm. $10. With the Major Stars, Kohoutek + Chris Forsyth. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave. 215.739.5577.

The audience’s essential role in theater is scrutinized in Found Theater’s Fringe production Tales, which plays through the end of the festival. Using a variety of sources (notably Ovid’s Metamorphoses) and a cast of Temple students (including an outstanding Sean Lally, who gave a searing performance in Temple’s In Conflict), Tales is a search for a new method of telling stories. Presenting stories in space rather than on a timeline, the production employs music, dance, and poetic dialogue to reveal how a story or play can have as many interpretations as there are audience members. -J.C.R. 

8pm. $15. Bookspace, 1113 Frankford Ave. 215.413.1318.

Saturday, Sept. 4

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