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Wednesday, Sept. 19

The Eric Andre Show
Anarchic comedian Eric Andre brings his anti-talk show from Adult Swim to a live audience this week. Expect anything and everything: Andre physically destroys the stage during every show. And that’s just his opener. He and his polar opposite co-host—the zero-energy Hannibal Buress—then create an awesomely bizarre alt-variety show with a punk-rock feel, somehow set in a world of cable-access ineptitude in which you can get away with murder every night. Between conversations with pseudo-celebrities, “fake” celebrities and actual weirdos, Andre may sing a song to the president, hold an eating contest or tap-dance with a chicken taped to his face. Cut between these segments is footage of Andre terrifying members of the public in his preferred ways: suddenly emerging from trash cans, robbing coffee shops in an absurd cat-burglar outfit or doing bong-rips outside police stations. It’s actually quite impossible to describe, but imagine Wayne’s World hosted by black people, with fewer catchphrases and more interviews with deranged hobos. -Tom Cowell

8pm. $12. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Stephen Marley
He may be the offspring of reggae royalty, but Bob Marley’s second-born son has achieved a great deal of success in his own right. Stephen Robert Nesta “Ragamuffin” Marley made his reputation with his older bro’s group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, but the eight-time Grammy winner has made credible career for himself as a solo artist and producer. He just won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his latest work Revelation Pt. 1–The Root of Life, and has been his brother Damian’s most constant collaborator, producing several of his LPs. Though he’s obviously most closely associated with roots reggae, Marley has proven his musical versatility, working with Snoop, Melanie Fiona, Buju Banton, the Fugees, Erykah Badu, Maya Azucena, Capleton, Dead Prez and others. He inherited his father’s spiritual and political consciousness as well; his single “Made in Africa” featuring Wale and the cast of Fela pays homage to African contributions to the world. And tonight’s opening act roster includes dance-hall don Spragga Benz, effectively pushing it into full-on can’t-miss status. -Tonya Pendleton

8pm. $25-$27. With Spragga Benz, Jo Mersa, Ghetto Youths Crew + Solomonic Sounds. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Thursday, Sept. 20

The Changing Patterns of Philadelphia English
If you didn’t grow up in Philly, admit it: Sometimes, our unique accent can sound a little weird. A wry observer once quipped it “sounds like an Irishman impersonating Jack Nicholson.” Ever wondered why? University of Pennsylvania professor Bill Labov, one of the most respected scholars in the history of linguistics, will tell you everything you need to know. This is the lecture to attend if you want to solve our proud dialect’s most enduring mysteries. Like, why do we pronounce “Philadelphia” more like “Fulluffya”? What is this “wooter” stuff your waitress wants to get you? And why does our football team somehow rhyme with “giggles”?  Zero prior knowledge of linguistics is needed to enjoy the talk, and you’ll be a Philly accent expert as fast as you can ask, “Yo! Yiz wanna hoagie?” T.C.

7pm. Free. Tyler School of Art at Temple University, 2001 N. 13th St.

The Bucket Cure
Neurosis has always been somewhat of a blessing for comedic writers. It’s the mental challenge that every writer would love to possess and will even somewhat exaggerate for affect. The obsession with obsession is well-founded, however, for us, the audience. We didn’t fall in love with Woody Allen for his social confidence and rationality, after all. The Bucket Cure aims to shine a light on the most captivating of neuroses: the phobia. The three-act play examines phobias from every angle, withdrawing with some pretty absurd humor and a side of educational programming. Act 1, “The Date with Death,” examines what the Grim Reaper himself might be afraid of. Act 2, “The Fringe Phobia,” has the GiggleMill players ponder what would happen if speed-dating were an honest practice and littered with Tourette’s, and Act 3, “The Bucket Cure,” educates the audience on emetophobia, the fear of vomit. -Abigail Bruley

8-9:15pm. $10. Moonstone Arts Center, 110-A S. 13th St. 215.413.1318.

Shale Gas Outrage
While the Shale Gas Insight 2012 is occurring inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, protesters will rally outside to voice their anger. Hosted by Protecting Our Waters, the demonstration seeks to remind many of the risks posed to air, water, food and climate by tapping into shale gas supplies. A press conference will begin at 10 a.m., leading to the rally at noon. Speakers include Gasland director Josh Fox, journalist Bill McKibben and author Sandra Steingraber. An interfaith service and informal networking event are scheduled for the evening to continue the momentum of the day and unite those involved. Still feeling the rage? A morning conference on Friday about health and gas drilling, held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia building, will provide more information about hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting gas from rock formations underground. -Ashley Kole

Noon. Free. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch and 13th sts.

Matthew Perryman Jones
Nashville singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones is making his mark on 2012 with his latest release, Land of the Living, a stunning collection of folk, rock and Americana tracks that’s among the year’s best. Jones’ brilliance is nakedly apparent on Living, where he seamlessly weaves myriad genres, themes and emotions together, resulting in songs that are simultaneously cohesive and varied. The hypnotic dream rock of “Cancion de la Noche” is spellbinding from the opening note, and the title track purposefully, gracefully goes from Americana ballad to boiling rock number to easygoing pop before fading out with an ethereal, Enya-like vocal. Jones sings with overflowing passion or subdued introspection depending on the mood, and his lyrics run the gamut from love to loss to finding your purpose in life. Profound without being pretentious, Jones and his songs will leave an impression on you. Brian Palmer

8pm. $12. Matthew Mayfield + Callaghan. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

The Engagement Party
Over the last two years, states across the country, including Pennsylvania, have seen an unprecedented spike in laws designed to restrict access to abortion. With so much going on, it can be intimidating for newbies and nonpoliticos to figure out how to get involved. Now there are no more excuses: The Engagement Party is a stylish, friendly hang where you can learn what’s happening and simple ways to push back. “I want people across race, gender, socioeconomic and even party lines to realize that women’s issues are everyone’s issues,” says Tracey Olkus, party host and a stylist by trade. “Voting is not only for old people, and being involved in making positive change is hot!” Sponsored by the Women’s Medical Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, the evening will feature a screening of the documentary Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion; a policy update from WMF Director Susan Schewel; a talk by Rita Poley, whose deft use of social media helped stop the merger of Abington Health and Holy Redeemer; and introductory social-media training. Full disclosure: I’ll be there talking about reproductive policy and how to shame dastardly politicians online. Come say hello. Light fare will be provided, but feel free to bring some drinks. -Tara Murtha

7-9pm. Free. Loft near 27th St. and Girard Ave.

Michelle Shocked
It’s been more than a quarter century since Michelle Shocked’s raucous, home-recorded Texas Campfire Tapes set off an unlikely major label bidding war, and just about that long since the rueful “Anchorage” held sway on adult alternative radio stations everywhere.  After 1991’s Arkansas Traveler, Shocked slipped out of the mainstream, but she has continued to tour and record. Political from the start—the cover of Short Sharp Shocked showed her being hauled off by police at the 1984 Democratic National Convention—she has lately become one of the Occupy movement’s most fervent supporters, even getting arrested again last fall at an Occupy protest.  Her hallmarks—passion for justice, down-home charm and rollicking folk ballads for the Everyman—remain as strong, and as necessary, as ever. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $25. Tin Angel. 20 S. Second St. 215.928.0770.

Friday, Sept. 21

red, black & GREEN: a blues
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts gets in on the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival with its presentation of the multi-disciplinary work red, black & GREEN: a blues. A mix of theater, dance, spoken word and gospel music, the piece is the brainchild of poet innovator Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Performed on a set of row houses constructed entirely with repurposed materials, the piece seeks to define the meaning of sustainability in urban America.  Featuring an ensemble cast that includes performers from the full spectrum of performing arts, the show uses movement, songs and monologues to tell a collection of personal stories that explore the impact violence, poverty and “racial consciousness” has on urban communities. Preceding the performance tonight is a mini poetry slam featuring Philly Youth Poetry Movement. -J. Cooper Robb

7:30pm. $10-$35. Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900.

Peter Gabriel
As a great sage once said, “The world don’t move to the beat of just one drum; what might be right for you may not be right for some.” Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re all for freedom of choice, but there’s a few things that are just non-negotiable. Before you start dating a special person, ask ‘em if they like Peter Gabriel’s 1986 hit “Sledgehammer.” If they say no, cut the cord immediately. “Sledgehammer” is one of the greatest pop songs ever made, and if they can’t see that, then trust us, they’re not worthy. Released on his 1986 classic So, the song (and album) solidified the ex-Genesis frontman’s megastar status. In honor of the new 25th anniversary re-release—it’s actually been 26 years, but we digress—Gabriel is performing the entire LP live with many of the same musicians who helped make it. Nobody at the show isn’t going to love “Sledgehammer,” so find somebody new there. -Bryan Bierman

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