Calendar: Oct. 16-23

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Wednesday, October 16

Cosi fan tutte Preview
Often translated as “Women are like that,” Mozart’s acclaimed Cosi fan tutte classes us up this week. Join conductor Christofer Macatsoris, stage director Nic Muni and the Academy of Vocal Arts’ artists-in-residence for a discussion and musical selections from the opera in which two young men wager whether their fiancées will remain faithful, even under extreme circumstances. 5:30pm. Free. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St.
Lured by Lenses
This film screening is inspired by the American Philosophical Society Museum’s new exhibition, focusing on lenses and the way human beings perceive scale. Rare short films will be presented in 16mm, and the exhibition itself will be open for exploration just before the screening. 6pm. Free. APS Museum, 104 S. Fifth St. 215.440.3442.
Dumpsta Players
The Dumpsta Players are a freaky, over-the-top theater experience parodying society’s joys and ills with drag queens and “queer party boyz from Ibiza.” Join them for Octoberfist (no, that’s not a typo), an offbeat celebration of mythic tales related to the fall season. 11pm. Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South St.

Thursday, October 17

The Terror Film Festival
Halloween season is more than just pumpkin-spice stuff: For three days in mid-October, horror fans can screen dozens of original films from across the globe as the Terror Film Festival touches down at the Ethical Society in Rittenhouse Square. Along with six short film programs containing more than 25 fright-filled entries, three full-length features are set for screening at the fest—among them, Mortal Remains, an examination of the mysterious death of slasher movie pioneer Karl Atticus; 2012’s horror comedy Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas; and this year’s creepy The Visitant.

Started in 2006, the Terror Film Festival touts itself as a “passionate, professional and honorable film festival that offers incredible, ground breaking, precedent setting benefits and concepts” for filmmakers and their projects alike. True to this form, the festival plans to give props to all those who’ve participated in turning this indie dream into reality: Attending actors from the participating films, for instance, get free admission with their headshots. And, the event’s annual Claw Awards commemorates the cream of the crop, with 20 categories for excellence in horror filmmaking and screenwriting. Boasting heavyweight sponsors like Paramount, Warner Bros., and Fangoria, the event is a fresh spotlight on an old genre that still finds new excitement every year. / KENNEDY ALLEN

Thurs., Oct. 17-Sat., Oct. 19. Various times. $5-$55. The Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. 215.735.3456.

Bill Cosby
He’s one of the most influential comedians and actors in American history—and, hey, he went to Temple! He’s come back on several occasions over the years, for good times and bad, but mark your calendars, because The Cos just can’t stay away from Philly (and we’re better for it). After telling more than 9,000 graduating Temple seniors in May, “For God’s sake, get a job,” this week he’s hitting the school’s Performing Arts Center. The standup show is a part of the 35th-anniversary fundraiser for the Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts. Bushfire, founded by Al Simpkins, is the famed troupe of African-American playwrights and local actors based in the century old Locust Theater at 52nd and Locust streets in West Philly.

As Cosby said to the Philadelphia Tribune last week: “I can’t tell you how important this theater is to the community, to people who, right there in Philadelphia, can take the family to see something that has the intelligence and the education, the integrity—there is no foolishness—in [Bushfire Theatre] plays.”  / RANDY LOBASSO

7:30pm. $30-$50. Temple Performing Arts Center, Lew Klein Hall, 1837 N. Broad St. 215.204.9860.

Game Changers
Even though videogames are a big biz industry now, women still comprise a small minority within the videogame design industry. So, this day-long event highlights a dynamic roster of women game artists, featuring workshops and discussions from a distinguished all-female panel. Noon. Free. Moore College of Art and Design, 20th St. and the Parkway. 215.965.4000.
Birdie Busch with Slowey and the Boats
A depressed hostess in Center City before focusing on her voice and garnering airplay on local radio with her first studio album, The Ways We Try, Birdie Busch is a Philly favorite. Tonight, she shares the stage with local steel guitar group Slowey and the Boats. 9pm. $8. With DJ Slow Poke. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St. 267.324.3348.

African Independence
African Independence explores the epic story of Africa through four watershed events: World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War and the era of African Republics. UPenn professor and PBS History Detective Tukufu Zuberi wrote, directed and produced this award-winning documentary. 5pm. Free. Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

Philly Pixel Party
Design Philadelphia presents this novel project disguised as a party. Guests enjoy music, ping-pong, food and drinks while strategically positioned cameras build a pixelated, photographic time-lapse of the evening’s revelry, resulting in a unique web experience that party-goers can enjoy after the festivities. 6pm. Free. VIUS, 1639 N. Hancock St. 215.546.2829.

Friday, October 18

Hearkening back a few hundred years and armed with rustic-looking wind instruments, the folks who make up acclaimed renaissance band Piffaro give new meaning to the phrase “band geeks.”  Since beginning in 1980, the septet—which derives its name from the Italian word for pipe—is led by artistic directors Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken. And, the group channels the baroque spirit of the 14th-17th century cultural movement with an acute frame of historical reference and a comprehensive musical know-how.

Though primarily based in Philadelphia, where they offer a subscription concert series on an annual basis, Piffaro now makes a name for itself on a global scale, having toured throughout Europe, Canada and South America in support of its recorded arrangements.  A total of 16 albums have been released under their banner since 1992, with the latest, 2012’s Los Ministriles in the New World, paying homage to renowned Spanish composers of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Its members may each be accomplished musical educators in their own right, but don’t think for a second that this band is afraid of bringing on outside help.  For added authenticity, they’ve augmented their lineup with a handful of singers, along with a few more obscure instruments such as dulcians, sackbuts and shawms.  Sure, those names might sound funny at first, but hey, you’re learning. And then you’ll be grooving. / JAKE ABBATE

8pm. $15-$40. Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce sts. 215.732.2515.

Arden Uncorked
Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and cabaret performances while supporting the Arden Theatre Company. Master sommelier Brian Healy will be on hand to teach even the novice taster a thing or two. Hit the open bar, much on some snacks and grab a raffle ticket—tonight, everyone's a winner. Prizes range from an expensive bottle of champagne to a box of Franzia. 7pm. $100. Arden Theatre Company's Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.

Selena Gomez
Released one day after her 21st birthday, Selena Gomez’s debut solo album, Stars Dance, finds the former Wizard of Waverly Place taking a fairly tame approach to entering adulthood … unlike, y’know, that other former Disney starlet. 7pm. $26-66. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad St. 215.336.3600.

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society, sponsors of the city’s annual flower show, turns its warehouse into a rustic-chic party locale for PHeaSt, now in its sophomore year. Local farmers and the area’s best chefs will come together to benefit the PHS City Harvest program. 6pm. PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard, 5201 S. 13th St. 215.988.1698.

Malcolm Gladwell: David + Goliath
TIME hails Malcolm Gladwell as “one of the brightest stars in the media firmament” because he transcends his journalistic experience as a veteran staff writer for The New Yorker in books that encourage people to view the world from a different perspective. His latest tome explores the deeper meaning of the many obstacles life has to offer. 7:30pm. $7-$15. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322.

ICA Birthday Party
The Institute of Contemporary Art epitomizes inspiration and freedom of expression, so what better way to celebrate its 50th birthday than with a cake inspired by abstract painter Clyfford Still? Chief curator Ingrid Schaffner will be on hand to give her annual “What is Contemporary?” lecture focusing on the institute’s own history. 6:30pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.5911.

Harry Potter Festival
It may not be as extravagant as Universal Studios (now Universal Orlando), but Chestnut Hill College still brings the magic of Harry Potter to Philly. Complete with a Quidditch tournament on the softball field and the transformation of Chestnut Hill into Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, the Harry Potter Festival won’t leave you Hagrid. 10am. Free. Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave.

Saturday, October 19

Fiona Apple + Blake Mills
Let’s get down to it: Fiona’s a bit temperamental. She’s emotional, she’s intense and, well, she’s a little wild. So do not fuck with her. Last week in Portland, a heckler shouted “Fiona! Get healthy! We want to see you in ten years!” Apple was ripshit: She had the house lights turned on and the heckler ushered out. And that had come after about 90 minutes of stunning performance oscillating between her and her Idler Wheel ... tour-supporting guitarist and comrade Blake Mills. She tried to eke out one more song, but the emotions had already overcome her—she pushed through “Waltz (Better Than Fine),” sobbing, and apologized before heading offstage.

While Mills isn’t a household name, in the music biz, he’s a staple: a session and touring guitarist who’s played with Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Band of Horses and Julian Casablancas. And his 2010 solo debut, Break Mirrors, is excellent wanderer everyman rock. For all the locals who know and love Ms. Apple—and who adored every minute of her sold-out Tower moment last year and expect nothing less than gut-wrenching beauty from the piano-powered songstress (Seen the video for “Hot Knife” yet?)—this double bill offers a chance to see more fully into the creative kernel she and Mills nurtured for more than a year. / BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $49.50-$65.00. The Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.

The Improvised B-Movie!
Just in time for All Hallow’s Eve, the Asteroid improv team hosts unrehearsed performances inspired by the schlocky sci-fi/horror films of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Grab some popcorn, and welcome back familiar favorites in all their low-budget glory, from mutant insects to extraterrestrial armies and beyond. 7pm. $8-10. Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge St. 215.592.0119.
Boo at the Zoo
Don your scariest apparel, and bring your kids to trick or treat at the zoo for ghost stories, games, spooky tunes and plenty of treats. 9:30am. $18-$20. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.

Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO
Inspired by a real-life letter written by a USO starlet, this energetic show travels back to 1940 to follow an adventurous USO singer who put her life on the line to entertain American troops during World War II. 8pm. $20-$30. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900.

The latest from award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, this intimate play follows a man grappling with his newfound understanding of sex and love. 8pm. $20-$40. Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St. 215.218.4022.

Shell Show and Festival
The largest shell show in the Northeast, this extravaganza gives attendees the opportunity to dissect mollusks, sharpen their crafting skills, shop an international market of shells and get a sneak peek of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ vast collection of specimens—10 million at last count—from the Malacology Collection. 10am. $15. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000.

Between the Buried and Me
With 13 years of experience and seven studio albums under their belts, Between the Buried and Me are practically a household name (at least for fans of progressive metal). After touring with bands like Coheed and Cambria, August Burns Red and Lamb of God, the five-piece is on the road again for another full U.S. tour. 7:30pm. $20. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

4,000 Miles
This comedic drama centers on an unlikely pair, 21-year-old Leo and his 91-year-old grandmother, who become unexpected roommates when Leo arrives at her doorstep following a cross-country bicycle trip. Over the course of a month, the two bond and discover the fragile line between growing up and growing old. 2pm and 8pm. $52-$59. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215.985.0420.

22nd Philadelphia Film Festival
Philly cinephiles, unite! This year’s film festival brings more than 200 screenings of 100 domestic and international films to a number of venues across the city. Various locations. 215.925.4535.

We Are Proud To Present
Brooklyn-based playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury’s new production about African genocide in the 20th century already earned an Edgerton New Play Award thanks to its powerful message, anchored by a balance of chilling drama and comic relief. 7pm. $22-50. InterAct Theatre Company, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8077.

Sunday, October 20

Pennsylvania Ballet
The discounted price of a matinee ticket will get you 50 years’ worth of performance highlights from Pennsylvania Ballet’s rich history at the Academy of Music. Be sure to dress to impress: Today’s performance is set to be filmed by WHYY for an upcoming PBS documentary. 3pm. Free. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999.
David Darwin
He didn’t win on America’s Got Talent, but David Darwin, the self-described “One Man Sideshow,” is still pretty neat. Juggling, plate spinning or unicycling, Philly can’t get enough of him. 3pm. $15. Grasso’s Magic Theatre, 103 Callowhill St. 215.413.2917.
Flames of Desire
Ten dancers, five of whom are recent world tango champs, accompanied by an Argentine music quartet, and bring new innovative techniques to the seductive art of the dance under the creative direction of young choreographer German Cornejo. 4pm. $35-65. Merriam Theater, Broad and Spruce Streets. 215.893.1999. 

AIDS Walk Philly and AIDS Run Philly
From the same folks who bring Philly GayBingo!, the Philly AIDS Run/Walk draws thousands every year. The event supports local charities in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 8am. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and the Parkway. 215.731.9255.

The Brothers Size
This backwoods play follows the recently-paroled Oshoosi Size as he tries to embrace a fresh start in life. When a friend offers an alternative to working in his brother’s repair shop, Oshoosi must choose between family and following his dreams. Through Nov. 3. $15-$25. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

Bunny Bunny
SNL writer-turned-playwright Alan Zweibel’s poignant play examines his relationship with former SNL actress Gilda Radner. The play explores their longstanding friendship and examines the relationship that could have been. $30. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

Monday, October 21

Shemi Zarhin
Israeli writer Shemi Zarhin has made several art films over the past two decades; now, he’s also decided to take on the book world. Zarhin’s debut novel Some Day—written in Hebrew, as are his movies—was recently translated into English and published by the New York-based New Vessel Press. The story revolves around a family over several decades, stuck in a cycle until “mysterious curses cause people’s hair to fall out, their necks to swell and the elimination of rational thought amid capitulation to unhealthy urges,” according to its official description. Can we get three cheers for magic realism, please?

Sponsored in part by the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia, the author’s appearance takes place at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. He’ll read from Some Day and speak with the audience; a wine and cheese reception follows the program. / R.L.

5pm. Free. McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, 3355 Woodland Walk.

The Dude Hates Cancer: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Channel The Big Lebowski and assemble your team to compete with fellow cancer-haters at this annual charity bowling event. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hopes to raise $100,000 this year with a goal of 400 participants and 40 teams (its biggest year yet). 11am. $280. North Bowl, 909 N. Second St.

Giving Up
Friends since they were all mischievous 16-year-olds, this garage band trio takes their folk-punk sound and two full length albums on tour. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.

Jason Rhoades: Four Roads
This exhibit pays tribute to L.A-based artist Jason Rhoades, who died seven years ago at the age of 41. Using materials including neon, power tools, plastic buckets and even a V-8 engine, Rhoades’ eye-catching, detail-oriented works are both humorous and engaging. 6:30pm. Free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. 215.898.5911.

Tuesday, October 22

Particle Falls
Maybe you don’t work in a smoke-producing power plant, drive around a Hummer, or go around spraying aerosol fumes all day. Even so, this outdoor, real-time light show allows you to see what all these things (and more) are doing to our city’s air quality. 7pm. Free. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215.893.9456.

First Person Arts StorySlam: Spooked
Leave your stage fright at home and instead frighten others with your spookiest secrets and most terrifying tales at the latest First Person Arts StorySlam. 8:30pm. $10. L’Etage, 624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656.

Wednesday, October 23

Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion hit that magic mix of hype, momentum, harmony and sheer charm with “Go Outside,” the track that propelled the success of their self-titled debut three summers ago. Now, the NYU duo have become way more than just a girl who sings and a guy who plays guitars and drums: Onstage, they’re five deep, and the energy is extremely fresh. Percussion forms the sturdy backbone for their brand new sophomore, Static; they love to play with rhythms. Even if they do tend to lean toward the nostalgic sound of ‘60s-era California sun, they also expertly employ elements of tropicalia, jazz, funk and even a little bit of hip-hop. Their Johnny Brenda’s performance a couple years ago packed in a growing following, who’ll no doubt be bolstered by this excellent new LP. As far as buzz bands go, they’re awfully likable, as you’d hope a couple of college friends who’ve managed to weave their hobby into a rising rock act would be. Their sense of fun’s palpable on record; they just love to jam and dance and rock out and have a good time. You will, too. / B.C.

8:30pm. $16. With Mood Rings + Sacco. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599.

Witch Craft Beer Crawl on East Passyunk
Party like the Wicked Witch of the West, as the Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl takes over 14 bars and restaurants in East Passyunk. Admission gets you three craft beers, an awesome witch hat and a witch stamp card. 5:30pm. $6.66. Garage, 1231 E. Passyunk Ave.

The Consciousness Bearers
Ruth Golan offers a reading of her new book, looking at spirituality through a psychoanalytic angle.  How’s that? Well, that’s why you’ve got to go hear her speak yourself. 6:30pm. Free. University of Pennsylavnia Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St.

Out of Town

World Food Day 2013: “Global Perspectives on Food Justice”
This year’s World Food Day theme is “sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition.” Offer your support to end global hunger, and listen to speakers introduce strategies to fight hunger outside of the U.S. Wed., Oct. 16, 4pm. Free. Rutgers Camden, 411 Cooper St. Camden, N.J.

Atlantic City Zombie Walk
Zombies—otherwise known as Steve Buscemi without makeup—are invading Atlantic City. Hordes of walking dead will take to the A.C. streets, leaving a trail of  blood and guts through the casino-laden streets. In a surprisingly human move, part of the proceeds go toward the Atlantic City Humane Society. Sat., Oct. 19, 5pm. $10-$20. Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.

Jon Lehrer brings his unique choreography to the Stockton Performing Arts Center. Drawing upon a spectrum of modern and jazz dance, Lehrer’s work focuses on the organic, accessible aspects of the human condition. Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30pm. $10-$30. Stockton Performing Arts Center, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, N.J.

Machine Gun Kelly
One of rap’s most promising up-and-comers takes to the stage, where he’ll be playing material from his 2012 debut, Lace Up, and his latest mixtape, Black Flag. Fri., Oct. 18, 9pm. $32-$42. Showboat/House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk. Atlantic City, N.J.

Compiled by Lauren Arute, Nicole Bonaccorso, Jake Abbate, Drew O’Meara and Max Ufberg.

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