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Flugtag Philadelphia: Check out this display of homemade aviation on Sat., Sept. 15.

Wed., Sept. 12

Part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, Feastival was created two years ago when the festival decided to come together with some of the city’s world-class restaurants to celebrate both our artistic and culinary scenes. The event will be co-hosted by three local culinary icons: Steven Starr, Michael Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman. Attendees will be able to sample foods from chefs Jose Garces, Marc Vetri, Georges Perrier and Michael Schulson, all while watching live performances by artists from around the world. Some of this year’s presenters include Reading Terminal Market, Rittenhouse Tavern, Shake Shack, Sugar Philly Truck, Table 31, Union Trust Steakhouse and Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro. -Brenda Hillegas

5-9pm. $250-$350. Pier 9, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Thurs., Sept. 13

Ignite Philly
Want to hear some amazing stories about local happenings? Want to be inspired by the people who live in this city with you? The 10th installment of Ignite Philly is headed to Johnny Brenda’s for an evening of speakers who will entertain and educate you with all of the great ideas they are bringing to life here in Philadelphia. The event features a series of stories told in five-minute increments. Some of the topics you’ll learn about are urban mechanics, creating a universal Philly, comics on the web, a brief history of herringbone and many more. Tickets are going quickly. Grab one, and be inspired. -B.H.

7pm. $5. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Kendrick Lamar
He may be straight out of Compton, but Kendrick Lamar is no gangsta rapper. He and his musical clique Black Hippy are more interested in giving back to the ‘hood than bringing any more negativity to their doorsteps. Born Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, the 24-year-old says he is influenced by the late Tupac Shakur, particularly after witnessing the filming of the latter’s “California Love” video when Lamar was just 8 years old. Thug life isn’t his aim, as he saw plenty of it in his own family, but Lamar wants to have the same kind of critical and commercial acceptance as his idol. To that end, his many mixtapes and independently released recordings led to the respect of heavy-hitting peers like Dr. Dre, Snoop, Drake, The Game and a major label record deal with Interscope and Aftermath via his Top Dawg imprint. His first official single, “The Recipe,” featuring Dr. Dre, was released earlier this year, and his major label debut, Good Kid,  m.A.A.d City, drops soon. But he’s only new to those outside of his already widespread reach. -Tonya Pendleton

7pm. $47-$62. With Ab Sol + Jay Rock. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Fri., Sept. 14

The Consul: An American Opera
For most people, opera conjures images of palatial theaters, titanic performers warbling in some foreign tongue and excessively wealthy patrons clad in furs and diamonds. Seeking to change Philadelphians’ perception of opera is the Philadelphia Opera Collective, which continues its mission to introduce opera to new and younger audiences with their staging of Gian Carlo Menotti’s surprisingly dark and gritty opera The Consul: An American Opera at the Philly Fringe festival. Directed by innovative and daring theater artist Brenna Geffers (who is best known for her work with the edgy theater companies Theatre Exile and EgoPo Classic Theater), the 1951 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera concerns a group of political refugees suffering under an oppressive government. Described by the company’s musical director Reese Revak as a “piece of high drama from start to finish” the production is intended to bring “a new vision of visceral performance to story-based opera.” Presented in a small art gallery with the audience surrounding the action, Menotti’s story of working-class people searching for freedom and economic liberty should resonate strongly in our current divisive political climate. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $20. Jolie Laide Gallery, 224 N. Juniper St. 215.413.1318.

D23’s Disney Fanniversary
Whether we’re 4 or 40, we all have a special place in our hearts for Disney. Especially since they keep churning out some pretty great films—Brave, The Muppets, Secretariat, The Avengers. Presented by D23, “The Official Disney Fan Club,” this “Fanniversary” celebration has sold out in every city it has been held in so far this year and is expected to draw hundreds of fans when it comes here to Philly. Hosted by a Disney archivist and a D23 team member, the two-hour presentation features rare film clips, audio tracks, concept art, photography and behind-the-scenes stories, many of which have never been heard or seen before. Your trip down Memory Lane will include more than 40 Disney milestones spanning 75 years, from Goofy’s first-ever on-screen appearance in 1932 to the opening of the popular Star Wars attraction at Disneyland. You can also expect plenty of classic Mickey Mouse cartoons. -Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. $25. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.4000.

Olde City Sideshow: A Night of Vaudeville Wonders
Pallid organs play, ghastly screams bellow, lights flicker, stomachs turn, craft beers and veggie burgers are served—it’s carny night at National Mechanics, where Dr. Zanzibar’s Olde City Sideshow perform their vaudevillian macabre for your delight and disdain. Watch, mouth agape, as the merry band of freaks do some good ol’ fashioned sword swallowin’, face nailin’, flame blowin’, bed-of-nails layin’, bug eating and other grisly acts for your dining and drinking accompaniment. Watch, drink and be disturbed. -Abigail Bruley

9pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883.

Sat., Sept. 15

Flugtag Philadelphia
While the term flugtag means “flying day” in German, this display of homemade aviation is more often associated with sinking than soaring. The Red Bull-sponsored Flugtag invites courageous teams to launch their flying machines from a 30-foot high deck. All of the odd aircrafts must be human-powered and may not weigh more than 450 lbs. Despite the regulations, it seems that there is no limit to the imaginations of those who compete. Pictures and video footage of past events feature a flying baseball bat, a Flyers zamboni and bug-shaped planes. You can check out the 33 teams when the hangars open at noon, but the first flight takes off at 1 p.m. -Ashley Kole

11am. Free. Camden Waterfront, 2 Riverside Drive.

Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play
Chicago is home to some of America’s most prestigious theater companies and comedy troupes. For years, the Windy City company Second City has seen its members go on to find homes on Saturday Night Live. In the 21st century, however, the most popular theatrical export from the Windy City isn’t actors or Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, but the drunken free-for-all comedy Bye Bye Liver: The Drinking Play. Created by Byron Hatfield and produced by the Pub Theater Company, Liver made its debut in Chicago six years ago and has since set up shop in a number of North American cities. A 75-minute collection of interactive games like Name that Tune in between skits about booze,
bars and the people who love them both, the producers helpfully add the name of the host city to the play’s title in case the audience forgets what town they’re in. Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play makes its Philly Fringe debut tonight at the Urban Saloon. We suggest you arrive in advance of the show’s 8 p.m. start time so you have plenty of time to bend your elbow at the bar before the festivities begin. -J. Cooper Robb

8pm. $15. Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave. 215.413.1318.

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