Calendar: Sept. 5-11

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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra play the TLA this week.

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Wedneday, Sept. 5

Found Footage
Most everything you can buy at a garage sale is pure garbage with occasional gems thrown in the mix. That’s why we go, and why we keep coming back. Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett are professional gem finders who have mined the caves of other people’s cheap merchandise for 21 years. Along the way, they’ve become gem finders extraordinaire, and their specialty is odd video nuggets of extreme WTF bliss, like Rue McClanahan hosting a weirdo cat show, a mullet-sporting Danny Bonaduce getting his kung fu on, “How To Seduce A Woman Using Hypnosis” and Corey Haim being Corey Haim. Prueher and Pickett are found footage purists, and only include bits in their festival that they have scavenged themselves: No cheap Internet finds here. You’ll easily waste an hour or two on their website, and the live show promises heretofore unforeseen clips. -Brian McManus

7:30pm. $12-$14. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.
Thursday, Sept. 6

Fashion’s Night Out
For the first time, Philly will be taking part in this one-night-only shopping extravaganza, joining more than 500 cities nationwide. Dozens of retailers around town will be staying open late, welcoming locals to come and celebrate the fall fashion season during an array of free events—from runway shows and trunk shows to presentations and panel discussions. You can sample fragrances at Juicy Couture, discover emerging designers at Kembrel, get styled from head to toe at BCBG, peruse the fall lines of Skai Blue Show’s exclusive brands at Knit Wit and support American jewelry designers at Joan Shepp. Other participating retailers include Free People, Destination Maternity Ralph Lauren, Aoki Boutique, Nicole Miller, Third Street Habit and Macy’s. FNO is just a preview of what you can expect when the Philadelphia Collection kicks off its weeklong series of fashion and style events on Sept. 13. -Nicole Finkbiner

6pm. Free. Various locations.

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow is coming. My editor said that we couldn’t let him come to the area unnoticed, so she asked me to write this. I don’t like Barry Manilow and wouldn’t feel right pretending that I do, but I also don’t like being mean to somebody who hasn’t directly harmed me. So this is me writing about Barry Manilow as truthfully as I can without being snarky: Barry Manilow is a singer/songwriter who’s recorded a bunch of hit records that you probably know. That song “Mandy?” He sang that. He also did that one that goes “I write the songs that make the whole world sing,” although he didn’t write that one. And he does that song about the Copacabana, which has been stuck in my head since I started this piece, which is pretty frustrating, to be honest. I’m pretty sure my grandma liked Barry Manilow. This one’s for her. -Bryan Bierman

7:30pm. $10-$120. Sovereign Center, 700 Penn St., Reading. 610.898.7469.

Friday, Sept. 7

Red-Eye to Havre de Grace
When I first saw Thaddeus Phillips, he was standing on a corner in Old City intently filling up a small kiddy pool with water. When I asked what he was up to, he said he was preparing to perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Phillips’ magical solo street production took place in the early days of the Philadelphia Fringe, when the festival was contained to a few streets in Old City. The fest has come a long way since then, and Phillips has been there every step of the way, building a loyal audience with a string of ingeniously staged and innovatively plotted productions. Phillips’ fascination with Edgar Allan Poe (he’s created several works about the writer) continues with Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. The play incorporates ideas from all his previous Poe shows, as well as a musical score from the Wilhelm Brothers. Reportedly one of Phillips’ most visually arresting productions, the wildly theatrical show employs sleight-of-hand, illusions and stage trickery to examine the life and loves of one of America’s most enigmatic artists. -J. Cooper Robb

7pm. $28-$35. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.413.1318.

Saturday, Sept. 8

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Melodies shimmer like precious metals shrouded beneath a veil of distortion, while the sleepwalking tenor harmonies of brothers Jim and William Reid waft overhead, trailing the Beach Boys. Their influence is felt across the underground—Wavves, Best Coast, Black Angels, A Place to Bury Strangers—despite reaching their apogee two decades hence with Honey’s Dead. The Reids broke up in ’99, divided by a (Noel/Liam) Gallaghers-size enmity. They reunited five years ago and last hit these shores in ’08, but despite promises to the contrary, no new album’s emerged, raising questions about the durability of the siblings’ relationship. Catch ’em while you can. Few do thunderous, fuzzed-out, hook-laden pop-rock better. -Chris Parker

8pm. $35. With the Psychic Paramount. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100.

South Philly Co-Op 2nd Annual Fall Garden Tour
Whether you’ve got a green thumb or the touch of death, chances are it wouldn’t kill ya to spend an afternoon outdoors appreciating nature—especially when it’s for a good cause. For this self-guided tour, a total of 20 beautiful and bountiful community, public and private gardens throughout South Philly will be open for your viewing pleasure. Should you be interested in doing some urban gardening yourself, folks will be on hand at each location to offer tips and answer questions. All proceeds from the event will help the South Philly Food Co-Op in its ongoing efforts to make the neighborhood greener. Their goal is to establish a place where community members can find high-quality, locally sourced and organic foods and products for a fair price. At 5 p.m, ticket-holders are also invited to an after-party at Cantina Los Caballitos, where they’ll receive 20 percent off drinks. -N.F.

1pm. $20-$25. Urban Jungle, 1526 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.952.0811.

The Great Urban Race
Taking place in various cities across the U.S., the Great Urban Race allows you to explore your city (or learn about other cities) by going on a scavenger hunt. Each team (of two to four people) will be given clues and will have to take on brain teasers, physical challenges and puzzles in order to be declared a winner. Go at your own pace to explore the city, or try to do it in record time. If your team is one of the first 25 teams, you will receive a medal and the opportunity to compete at the national championship race in Las Vegas. When you register, you’ll receive a T-shirt, water, snacks and, obviously, a clue sheet. When you get to the end of the race, if you’re over 21, you’ll also get beer since the event is sponsored by Miller 64. -Brenda Hillegas

11am. $50-$70. Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 N. Columbus Blvd.
Sunday, Sept. 9

GreenFest Philly
Hosted by the Clean Air Council, this annual all-day environmental festival is actually the largest of its kind in Philly. This year, more than 100 exhibitors and vendors will be in attendance, offering a plethora of products, information and resources to help locals live more sustainable lifestyles. Take a spin in an electric car, swap your unwanted clothes for cooler, gently used duds, stuff your face with organic snacks or retreat to a beer garden. There will also be live music, raffles, kid’s activities and demonstrations. -N.F.

11am. Free. Headhouse Square, Second and Pine sts.

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