Calendar: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

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Wednesday, Sept. 28

Philly Unplugged
Hip-hop is one of our culture’s most entertaining and lucrative art forms, yet old, ahem, traditional music aficionados claim it lacks “musicianship.” Well, it’s time to stop bitchin’. MTV recently approached veteran Philly wordsmith Hollowman to film an “Unplugged” event—an entirely acoustic performance. Shunning the full spotlight, in true PSP (Philly Support Philly) fashion, Hollowman expanded the lineup so that more of his talented colleagues could get some shine. Come out and see Hollowman along with fellow notable hometown emcees Cyserro, Bump J (of Major Figgas), Quilly Millz, Young Sam, Stizz, Young Savage and more spit their flames backed by a live band at Philly Unplugged. If hip-hop isn’t your twist, some of the hottest R&B, spoken word and comedy acts in the city will also be on deck. Hosted by comedian Big Chuck, it’s sure to be iller than your average hip-hop show. -Ryan K. Smith

7pm. $15-$20. Arts Garage, 1533 Ridge Ave.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Surely now that Stephen Malkmus has gotten that pesky Pavement reunion out of the way, he can play solo shows with his backing band the Jicks and not have to hear people shouting out for Pavement songs all night, right? Fat chance. However, here’s something: Malkmus has crafted at least as many good songs—with all the bizarre drawly vocals and craggy guitars and off-kilter-yet-addictive melodies—as Pavement ever did. Sacrilege? Search your heart. Look past the indie-rock mythology. You know it’s true! Malkmus and company—sans longtime Jicks drummer Janet Weiss, who recently split for Wild Flag—will (hopefully) reaffirm that tonight. -Michael Alan Goldberg

7pm. $20. With Holy Sons. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Thursday, Sept. 29

August: Osage County
Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is coming back to Philly with a stud cast of veteran, local actors. Epic in story and scale (the production boasts a cast of 13 that performs in a three-story house built upon the stage), this is the kind of show that most companies are afraid to try. Audience members sit at a table with the Westons on a hot summer night and witness all the heartbreak and humor that comes from a truly human work. The emotionally loaded play will get a distinct Philly vibe that comes from the previous collaborations of the actors, letting them share real bonds outside the world of the play and letting them fall more effectively into their roles as a far-less-than-happy family. -Rachel McDevitt

8pm. $29-45. Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St. 215.922.1122.

“The bands and music that have meant the most to me have been done with almost complete—not disdain—but disinterest in the audience,” famed producer/Shellac frontman Steve Albini told us recently. You hear it in Shellac’s suggestive malevolence and dark grinding roar. They ain’t talkin’ ’bout love. Wiry slashes of guitar are strung from an imposing and churning post-punk indifference. Albini’s band Big Black set the ’80s Midwestern noise rock template, and Shellac’s maintained its allegiance, exploring similar prickly minimalist rumble. Like the world, Shellac demands you approach it on its terms, while the lyrics blend the Ramones’ primitivist banality with rust belt alienation, producing caustic anthems like “Be Prepared” and “Prayer To God.” -Chris Parker

8:30pm. $13. With Helen Money. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.821.7575.

Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival
This isn’t just a film festival. It’s a chance to see new, undiscovered talent and maybe even get involved with their next production. The four-day fest is run by Project Twenty1, a Norristown nonprofit that strives to connect artists and filmmakers through film and animation in hopes of turning their passions into careers. This festival attracts participants from all over the world. Opening day will focus on international short showcases—at least 15 of which are Philadelphia premieres. Unlike most major festivals, the selections are determined by an independent panel of more than 35 community screeners. This ensures that the films in the competition are looked at based on quality, not personal/political connections. Tonight they’ll screen Chasing the White Dragon, a portrayal of life in methamphetamine trafficking, followed by a Q&A with Director Kathilynn Phillips. An opening night party at Drinkers West will be open to All-Access Passholders. -Brenda Hillegas

Through Oct. 2. $10-$50. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.253.7640.

Friday, Sept. 30

Hella Fresh Fish
In hopes of catering to the ever-disintegrating attention spans of audiences, the scrappy Kensington theater companies B. Someday Productions and Hella Fresh are joining forces and offering theatergoers 12 new, 10-minute plays, carefully selected out of nearly 500 submissions from around the world. This includes the play Porn for Women, about three women fighting over a greasy cheeseburger, and Rental Office, which tells the story of an unsuspecting schlub who gets caught up in a devious business while trying to rent a car. Each night, Walking Fish Theater will be presenting eight of these plays while you can catch the other four just a few blocks away over at Papermill Theater. Whether you’re in the mood for a thriller, comedy, drama or futuristic fantasy, you’re going to get a little bit of everything. And if you’re not feeling one play, all you have to do is wait nine minutes for the next one. -Nicole Finkbiner

Through Oct. 23. $20-$25. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. 215.427.9255.

If listening to classical opera music underneath the stars is irresistible to you, grab your picnic basket and blanket and head to Independence Mall for a free public simulcast of the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s opening night performance of Bizet’s Carmen. Opera’s ultimate temptress, a beguiling gypsy, sets her sights on a naive, but passionate soldier in this tale of seduction, obsession and deadly betrayal. Israeli born Rinat Shaham, considered to be one of the greatest Carmens of all time, will perform the title role as she has to great acclaim in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Isreal, Portugal and Austrailia. David Pomeroy, Ailyn Perez, Jonathan Beyer, Eric Dubin and Tammy Coil round out the stellar cast. -Laura Goldman

8pm. Free. Independence Mall, Sixth and Chestnut sts. 215.893.3600.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Midtown Village Fall Festival
The sixth annual Midtown Village Fall Festival is the final Center City street festival of the year, and the organizers are ending the season with a bang. Pig roasting, beer gardens and the debut of the “I Love Philadelphia” cookie are sure to keep the party going. The Hard Rock Cafe will be hosting live bands and there will be an artisan’s corner for arts and crafts. Even your four-legged friends can join in on the festivities with the Midtown Pooch Parade. The must-see event of the night: Raw’s Sumo Wresting Competition. Attendees can slip on a life-sized sumo suit and challenge their friends in the ring. Are you game? -Nikki Krueger

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