Calendar: Sept. 7-13

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Wednesday, Sept. 7

The National, Yo La Tengo + Wye Oak
This powerhouse triple-bill should satiate any live music jones. Headliners the National fashion elegant, keenly crafted music that balances moody mannered orchestration and propulsive indie rock. Whatever they sometimes lack in hooky immediacy is ably compensated by vibrant dramatic arrangements and Matt Berninger’s alluring smoky baritone croon. Yo La Tengo’s catalog overshadows the National, spanning a quarter-century and a stylistic range running though bracing punk rumble, indie rock spunk, noisy experimentation and dreamy, quiet downtempo pop. Up-and-coming opening duo Wye Oak are even more impressive live. Drummer Andy Stack also plays keyboards with his left hand, and Jenn Wasner’s seductive alto slinks alongside the spidery sometimes spiky, folk-inflected guitar melancholia. -Chris Parker

7pm. $39.50. Also on Thurs., Sept. 8. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce sts. kimmelcenter.org

Zon-Mai
Zon-Mai is an idiom meaning “at home, elsewhere,” and this live multimedia installation aims to present exactly that—dancers performing in their most personal and intimate interior spaces, outside for public viewing on what appears to be inside-out houses with no windows or doors. Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and filmmaker Gilles Delmas traveled across the globe to the homes of 21 dancers who have experienced migration and displacement. They filmed them performing choreographed dances inside their houses and apartments—inside their kitchens, bathrooms and even below and above their furniture. The footage will be projected on massive 20-foot screen houses inside an old pumping station, across from the new (and very pretty) Race Street Pier. -Nicole Finkbiner

5-8pm. Free. Through Sept. 17. Race Street Pier, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. livearts-fringe.org

Uncaged
Let’s face it, if there’s two things we all love, it’s puppies and watching burley dudes beat the shit out of each other. Normally, the combination of the two would be cause for concern, but this event is 100 percent animal-friendly. For one night, local boxers and mixed martial arts fighters will battle it out in the Old City studio’s boxing ring and MMA cage not only for the sadistic enjoyment of others, but to help raise money for PAWS, the largest animal rescue organization and only no-kill shelter in the city. In addition to raffles and prizes and a fine art show from Silent K Studios, guests will be treated to hors d’eouvres courtesy of Cuba Libre and drinks compliments of Finlandia vodka. Best of all, PAWS will be bringing along some adorable pets that are in need of a new home. -N.F.

7pm. $45. Brazen Boxing & MMA, 45 N. Third St. 215.995.0215. brazenboxing.com

ICA Fall Opening
Artists—like magicians—craft meticulous, thought-provoking works, and yet we rarely get the chance to sneak a peak behind the velvet curtain. The ICA is lifting the proverbial veil with its take on a retrospective of the late Philadelphia minimalist Bill Walton. Walton was always interested in exploring the elemental properties of his materials—wood and metal—to the point that those explorations became equally important as the finished work. In this exhibition you can see the artist’s sculptures in his obsessively organized and well-curated space. In some cases, the studio is so organized and beautified it’s difficult to tell the finished work from the pile of tools used to create it. This show provides a rare opportunity to experience art in its original creative environment, expanding our traditional notion of how we display and look at art. -Darren White

6-8pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215. 898.7108. icaphila.org

Thursday, Sept. 8

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
In the late ’80s, strange tiles began appearing at intersections around Philadelphia. Embedded in the asphalt, each generally bore just four lines of cryptic text: “Toynbee idea, In Kubrick’s 2001, Resurrect dead, On planet Jupiter.” Most pedestrians overlooked the message underfoot, but Justin Duerr was intrigued. When the lanky 17-year-old spotted his first tile in 1994, a search for the origin and meaning of the tiles began that lasted more than 15 years. The investigation is chronicled in this thoughtful documentary, which won at Sundance this past weekend for best director. (And we wrote about the making of the doc in a February cover story). Before tonight’s screening, the first of five, Director Jon Foy will discuss documentary filmmaking with Producer Doug Block. -Raymond Simon

5:30pm. $6-$15. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

Campbell’s: 142 Years of Design—Women, Soup and Warhol
The Campbell Soup Company has put together a display of items found in its private collection available for public exhibition. The exhibit—which opened in August at the Art Institute—focuses on the influence women have made throughout Campbell’s history. Soup fans can check out vintage advertisements, a collection of soup labels, dolls and the original 12 red dresses created as part of the Go Red for Women campaign. There will be a variety of photographs and presentations showing commercials and radio advertisements as well as a film documenting the creation and rise of Pepperidge Farm. The exhibit runs until December but during the free opening reception everyone will be able to sample some of Campbell’s favorite foods. -Brenda Hillegas

Free. The Art Institute of Philadelphia, 1610 and 1622 Chestnut St. 215.405.6710. artinstitutes.edu

Erasure
After a nearly five-year hiatus, the enduring English disco-pop duo Erasure—which just marked its 25th anniversary—is back with Tomorrow’s World, arguably the best album singer Andy Bell and synth-wizard Vince Clarke have issued since their ’80s heyday. That’s great and all, but the thing to get really excited about: Erasure live! For the first time in ages! Their gigs are flamboyant spectacles which, in the past, have included walking cacti, satellite hats, assless chaps, angels, devils, confetti, and sparkly underpants, just for starters. Plus all the hits you want to hear. We hear the new stage set is a gargoyle-laden ruined cathedral—sounds creepy, but it’s hard to imagine an Erasure show being anything but effervescent. -Michael Alan Goldberg

7pm. $35. With Frankmusik. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. tlaphilly.com

Friday, Sept. 9

Gender Reel
From gender nonconformists, for gender nonconformists, Gender Reel is a festival dreamed up by gender visionaries from Philadelphia and beyond who were tired of not being represented in mainstream media. With video installations, film, photography, spoken word, watercolor and a little porn thrown in, Gender Reel has it all, and is the East Coast’s first and only multimedia festival dedicated to enhancing visibility of gender variant folks. Kicking things off with a word from the organizer’s as well as spoken word performances and film shorts from the Queer Women of Color Media Arts project, the weekend also features a keynote address from trans activist Pauline Park, numerous films including “50 Faggots and Keisha Knows,” a Drag King Extravaganza, late night panel discussions on queer and trans pornography, and a closing party at Tabu by trans activist/spoken word artist/first ever Mr. Trans Man, Kit Yan. -Emma Eisenberg

7pm. $10-$20. CBS auditorium, 320 S. Broad St. genderreelfest.com

Weedeater
Wilmington, N.C., trio Weedeater approximate the thick sludgy accumulation at the bottom of Jeff Spicoli’s bong, ambling through throbbing, sometimes directionless, stoner metal with billowing, bottom-heavy insouciance. Reminiscent of early Nebula, there’s a strong blues-psych element accompanying the deliberate, resin-caked grooves. Indeed, the feral, throat-scraping vocal growl of singer/bassist Dave “Dixie” Collins is the band’s only truly metal aspect. Operating on an appropriately baked time-frame, their last three albums have been separated by four years, the latest, Jason ... The Dragon, was recorded with Steve Albini. He’s a fine choice because the band’s inherent raw muscularity recalls Midwest noise rockers like Jesus Lizard, something his no-frills production style showcases like a sleeveless -T. C.P.

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