GO WEST Craft Fest!
While the slew of local holiday craft festivals are still ways away, there’s really no time like the present to support local artisans and independent businesses. For its fall edition, the beloved West Philly craft extravaganza has invited more than 50 of the region’s best artists and crafters to sell their creations—home goods, accessories, bath and body products, screen-printed tees, original artwork and more. Some of the vendors you’ll definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for: Seam Poets, Topstitch Design, Treat Shoppe Charms, Foxglove Factory, Exit 343 Designs and VIX Emporium. There will also be live entertainment every hour, including performances by Preservance Swing Band, the Citywide Specials and Tinycircus. Should you work up an appetite while navigating through the sea of one-of-a-kind treasures, Black Orchid will serve up its vegan specialties, along with a handful of other local food vendors. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday. -N.F.
11am. Free. The Woodlands Cemetery, 4000 Woodland Ave.
Two Door Cinema Club
In 2009, America was introduced to Two Door Cinema Club via their critically acclaimed EP Four Words to Stand On, then in 2010 came their lively dance-rocker Tourist History, and it wasn’t difficult to like the results. With lead vocalist Alex Trimble sounding like Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, and with driving tunes that fans of Phoenix and Bloc Party could dance themselves silly to, it was easy to see why their album was so widely adored. Fast-forward to 2012, and their latest, Beacon, sees them going in a slightly new direction. Heavier on the synths this time around (“Next Year”), with dashes of disco-era sounds (“Handshake”) and a desire to slow things down on the first half of the record (“Sun”), the band has definitely matured. That’s not to say they’ve forgotten what worked before, though, as tracks like “Sleep Alone” recall the fast-paced tunes of Tourist History, while “Someday” features some of Trimble’s trademark tongue-twisting word play. -Brian Palmer
8pm. $26.50-$29. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. electricfactory.info
Sun., Sept. 30
Zoos are cool and all, but let’s be honest: We’d all much rather smother animals in hugs and kisses with that embarrassing baby voice. At Sproutfest, more than 20 animal rescues will bring plenty of animals in need of smothering love! For three years in a row, Finding Shelter Animal Rescue has organized Sproutfest in honor of Sprout, an abandoned, blind Chihuahua found on the side of the road two years ago. Aside from the potential adoptees, there will be food, vendors, entertainment, games and raffle prizes. Even if you’re not in the market for a little friend, this event is sure to be the cat’s meow. -Caroline Newton
11am- 3pm. Free. Upper Merion Township Building, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Live Score
Experience Michel Gondry’s surrealistic ode to soured love all over again, with a live soundtrack. The Bethlehem-based, roots-rock, jazzy duo, XVSK will play along with the flick, creating a 360-degree viewing experience. The twosome includes Trevor Exter on cello and percussionist John Kimock blending in and out between rhythm and melodies, marking time code with drum beats and filling the air with an overload of sentiment. The music is the perfect accompaniment to the dream-like examination on love, loss and regret. -Abigail Bruley
7pm. $10. PhilaMoca, 531 N. 12th St. philamoca.org
What’s better than supporting local business and dressing up like your favorite Japanese video-game character? Hardly anything. After six successful mini conventions, J1 Studios brings back the fun with J1-Con: an event chock-full of anime, cosplay (costumed role-play), card games, video games and vendors. Not only will there be a talent show and a cosplay competition, J1-Con is featuring a rad, bad and totally mad dance party with DJ Cutman, a video game music mix-master. And if you’re not convinced yet, live performances by hip-hop duo Law 27 and R&B/soul artist Alexa Gold should win you over. There will be $5 tournaments happening throughout the day for you competitive cats, and if all the excitement is too much, you can tune in to one of the three feature films playing at the convention. -C.N.
8pm. HeadHouse Restaurant, 122 Lombard St. 215.922.1223. j1studios.com
Mon., Oct. 1
InterAct Kick-off Event
InterAct Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary and 25 years of Philadelphia theater with its special season opener InterAct Kick-off Event. Hosted by the dean of Philadelphia actors, Tom McCarthy, the night is a trip down Memory Lane to the beginning of the Philadelphia theater renaissance. “We really wanted to create a special event that not only celebrates InterAct’s 25th anniversary, but also shines a light on Philadelphia theater,” explains InterAct’s producing artistic director Seth Rozin. “Philadelphia has a long theatre tradition, but it wasn’t until 25 years ago that the professional theatre boom really started.” Founded in 1988, the same year the Arden Theatre Company made its debut, InterAct has devoted the past 25 years to producing plays that explore issues of political, social and cultural relevance. Tonight, the audience will be treated to personal stories from prominent local theater artists like Barrymore Award-winning performers Grace Gonglewski and Frank X and playwright Thom Gibbons, whose spectacular plays 6221 and Permanent Collection are among the company’s landmark world premieres. -J. Cooper Robb
7pm. Free. Adrienne Theater mainstage, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8079. interacttheatre.org
The library’s getting a little spicy tonight. The ever emotional, patriotic and dramatic Wyclef Jean will be talking about his new book Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story and singing some classic acoustic jams. From the mean streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to the perhaps meaner Brooklyn and Newark, N.J., avenues, Clef wants to make sure you hear his version of his story. Much of the book focuses on his love triangle with singer Lauryn Hill and his (still) wife Claudenette, and the passionate boom and bust of the Fugees. To justify the salacious dishing, Clef told CNN, “Someone’s going to end up writing it in history so I have to make sure that I write the truth.” -Allyn Gaestel
7:30pm. $15. Central Library, 19th and Vine sts. freelibrary.org
Tues., Oct. 2
San Diego’s favorite righteous rockers have made a career out of doing the unexpected. Whether breaking out of the Christian music ghetto to sign with a major label or singing about some of the messier aspects of faith that most artists would avoid like the plague, Switchfoot has long stepped to the beat of their own drum. It is for this reason that their latest album, Vice Verses, is arguably their strongest yet. The aggressive rock of “Dark Horses” and “Afterlife” are classic Switchfoot, as is the thought-provoking powerpop track “Rise Above It,” but the band really shines on epic numbers like “Restless” and the closing track “Where I Belong,” where notions of the eternal come to the forefront. Singer Jon Foreman is as razor-sharp as ever with his observations, especially on “Selling the News,” a hip-hop-meets-spoken-word-meets-rock ditty whose unflinchingly honest evaluation of society’s need for instant gratification is spot-on. -B.P.
7pm. $23.50. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com
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