Calendar: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

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Brat RockPile

Wed., Sept. 26

Brat RockPile
Philly Fringe ain’t over just yet, folks! Brat Productions, the musical masterminds behind the 2011 Fringe hit 24-Hour The Bald Soprano are giving audiences one last chance to catch their latest epic rock ‘n’ roll double header. Madi Distefano, Brat’s founding artistic director, will kick of the evening with her international award-winning solo show about the end of Boston’s underground punk scene, Popsicle Departure, 1989. Next, Brat all-star Jess Conda blends theatrical spectacle with live music in the glam rock cabaret, “Eternal Glamnation,” which features a selection of tunes from the likes of David Bowie and Queen. Audiences can expect both performances to serve up a generous helping of sex, drugs, ear-piercing rock ‘n’ roll and a whole lotta glitter. The best part: One ticket gets you into both rockin’ shows.  -Nicole Finkbiner

9:30pm. $25. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

R. Stevie Moore
R. Stevie Moore has been home recording since the late 1960s and, over the course of 40 years, has released more than 400 albums via his R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club (later R. Stevie Moore CDR Club). He’s technologically omnivorous, as well as prolific, adapting to the age of YouTube—with more than 100 clips from every decade of his career—and Bandcamp to distribute his music. His performances are free-form, flitting from toss-away experiments to spoken-word rants to gemlike psychedelic pop songs. It’s an outsider art polished to lapidary beauty, and lately an inspiration to lo-fi mainstays like Ariel Pink and John Maus. Come and, like them, follow the leader.  -Jennifer Kelly

9pm. $10-$12. With Ecce Shnak + the Interest Group. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Thurs., Sept. 27

The State of Young Philly
You might look around at the city of Philadelphia and wonder—as much good as there is, when will the city rise to another level? You’ll find your answer at the 3rd Annual State of Young Philly. Experience a fresh generation of 20- and 30-somethings who have bright, bold new ideas on how to improve Philadelphia. Instead of a pipe-dream, these young adults have serious ideas and plans that look to make a significant impact on improving the city in education, economy and sustainability. Among a variety of events during the two-week series is an open competition­—the YIP Challenge—designed to encourage young Philadelphians to not only introduce new ideas to improve the city, but immediately act upon those plans. The winner of the competition will be announced at the Final Showcase on Oct. 13 at the University Arts’ Hamilton Hall. If you’re tired of seeing things you dislike in the city and have ideas to make a positive change, State of Young Philly is the place to meet like-minded people, have fun, learn and make a legitimate change. -Reginald Hall Jr.

6:45pm. Free. Kimmel Center, 1420 Locust St.

Arrested Development
With their innovative 1992 debut 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of..., Arrested Development cemented their spot in hip-hop history. In the vein of progressive groups like Sly and the Family Stone before them, the Atlanta-based AD curated a group comprised of diverse musicians and creative folks hoping to spread a message of spirituality and humanity. The collective included leader Speech, spiritual advisor Baba Oje, vocalist Dionne Farris, dancer Montsho Eshe, Rasa Don, DJ Headliner (followed by DJ Kemit) and several other members with varying backgrounds. Three singles from the group’s debut were Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Year, including the soaring “Tennessee,” anchored by Speech’s evocative rapping and Farris’ commanding vocals. Though their first LP marked the height of their success, and personnel has shifted in the years since, Arrested Development released their ninth recording, Standing at the Crossroads, last month. And 3 Years’ 20th anniversary is worth celebrating. -Tonya Pendleton

8pm. $17-20. With The Rebel Yell + Philadelphia Slick. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St.

Fri., Sept. 28

Jeff Krulik
With the keen foresight that people of the future would want to see the bad haircuts and worse manglings of language of Reagan-era metalheads, filmmaker Jeff Krulik made Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which chats with young tailgaters at a Judas Priest show in Largo, Maryland, 1986. A famous bootleg-turned-institution, it is a vision at once hellish, endearing and comic. (“I’d jump his bones,” one lady says of Rob Halford, Priest’s gay frontman.) This fantastic idea has yielded a cottage industry of like-minded videos, some from Krulik himself, including Parking Lots on Neil Diamond and Harry Potter. Krulik will be present at PhilaMOCA to discuss his life, including a storied stint working public access, and show his work. That means HMPL, but also the hugely warm Ernest Borgnine on the Bus, a 1995 travelogue that hangs with the late Oscar winner as he laughs, raps on positive thinking and generally proves why he lived to 95. -Matt Prigge

8pm. $8. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.

Shemekia Copeland
For singer Shemekia Copeland, blues is in the blood: Her father is Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland. And like blues queens before her, the lady Copeland’s voice is a big, robust expression of life, love and the struggles of humanity. Although she was born in Harlem, N.Y., Copeland’s family ties helped her establish her own career after, as a teen, her pop’s failing health made her realize she wanted to continue the family’s musical legacy. Now in her early 30s, she’s worked with blues stalwarts Buddy Guy, who plays guitar on “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo,” and Dr. John, plus shared stages with the likes of Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. Her six albums have helped crown Copeland the new “Queen of the Blues,” a distinction bestowed on her at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011, where she was literally presented Koko Taylor’s crown by Taylor’s daughter, Cookie. Copeland’s latest LP, 33 1/3, was released this week to stellar reviews by the music press, including The New York Times. Long may she reign. -Tonya Pendleton

7:30pm. $25. With Wanamaker Lewis. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.
Lebowski Fest
Dudes, unite! If you’re a fan of the Coen brothers’ cult comedy, then this is the festival for you. Sure, maybe you’ve been to one before and even dressed up, but this is THE Lebowski Festival. Even The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, has given this national festival his blessing. There will be trivia, contests, prizes and, of course, a screening of the movie. So, if you’ve been living life like The Dude and his buds, come out to the TLA and join others like you. Special guests and live performances are a regular thing at Lebowski Fests, so get off your rug, throw on your best bowling shirt and make sure you have a White Russian in hand. -Brenda Hillegas

7pm. $15. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St.

Sat., Sept. 29

Sugar Town
It’s been a crap year for people with both brains and uteresus. What the world needs now is to get Doc deep in ‘90s riot-girl vibes, no? Yes. With that in mind, Dear Althea is the gateway plug into the latest Sugar Town showcase.  From the Dick-less Dale beach-party shimmy of  “Oh, Today” to the head-bobbing booby-bounce of “Girl V. Ex-Lover,” what we want now is chug after sweet chug of electric lady riffs. Joining in on the beautiful beats are the Pretty Greens—you used to know them as Go-Go’s tribute band Lust2Love—and Kate Ferencz. Billed as “a little Le Tigre, and a little bit Kimya Calvin K,” Ferencz has got a deliciously strange range, scraping weird sounds and words off the walls of those jagged hallways of acute anxiety that keep narrowing and narrowing until you have to write it all down in one big burst on the nearest napkin. That’s better. DJ set by Avalon Clare. -Tara Murtha

11pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

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