Calendar: Oct. 30-Nov. 6

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Wednesday, October 30

The Roc Reloaded
Philadelphia may not be the epicenter of the rap universe, but once upon a time, Beanie Sigel and Freeway were noticed by Jay Z—and thus began a Roc-a-Fella moment in time that put Philadelphia on the radar of many a hip-hop head. The two were the backbone of Roc’s State Property, and for a minute there, everything was comin’ up Philly; Jay’s in the “Flipside” video and everything. Indeed, “What We Do” and “Flipside,” which had Peedi Crakk on it, were two of Freeway’s biggest hits from his debut a decade ago. Then Mr. Leslie Pridgen had a crisis of faith and went on a Hajj, and Sigel was jailed. State Prop was pretty much done for.

But then came some young bucks to revitalize Philly’s hip-hop luck. Young Chris, for instance, has been shakin’ it up via Young Gunz with Neef Buck since 2004’s excellent Tough Luv. More recently, pups like Chill Moody have been causing a ruckus. His youthful chillhead hip-hop’ll be a welcome diversion on this lineup (after hardness and thug life are put on blast). And while Free and Peedi rep North Philly, G-Unit’s Omillio Sparks is set to bring the West Philly flavor. This is like a super-show: All of ‘em will be here, and a few visitors from New York who’ve been known to fuck with Philly will make appearances, too, including Memphis Bleek. So let’s hope no bad blood transpires. (Have you seen the video for Young Chris’ “I’m Alive”? It’s real.) It’s no secret that Philly’s a hard city in spots, and the majority of the emcees will be spitting about surviving the game. Still, we know in our heart that hip-hop in our city isn’t just about that: It’s about celebrating our uniqueness. Tonight promises to do just that. / BILL CHENEVERT

9:30pm. $20. With Mont Brown, Pace-O Beats + Astronauts Really Fly. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.2599.

Cigars & Stilettos Costume Party
The name itself implies class, so expect pizzazz at Cigars & Stilletos’ 7th annual Halloween celebration. The best costume will earn a cash prize, but the losers can still enjoy the  buffet and drown their sorrows in happy hour drink specials. 7pm. $20-$25. Trilogy Hookah Lounge, 601 Spring Garden St. 215.925.5000.

Caravan of Thieves
Blending gypsy swing and pop music, Caravan of Thieves play the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper in its
entirety with another set of original music. 8pm. With Primate Fiasco. $10-$12. World Cafe Life, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Grover Silcox’s “Edgar Allen Poe and the Flip Side of Comedy”
Edgar Allen Poe would undoubtedly disapprove, but what would local comic Grover Silcox be if not a little subversive? With his latest one-man show, he takes a lighthearted approach to the legendary poet’s dark works. 6:30pm. $10. Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St. 215.563.3737.

Thursday, October 31

Rory Albanese
Comic-writer-producer Rory Albanese announced his departure from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart three weeks ago via Twitter. The following night, Stewart used the show’s tail-end “moment of Zen” to earnestly sing the praises of “this punk kid from Long Island,” who, as Stewart’s fable told, was hired in 1999 as a production assistant “sitting with his naked ass on a toilet in Times Square” before working his way up the ranks, eventually serving as executive producer of the late-night staple for the past five years. “Whatever job we gave him, he kicked that job’s ass,” Stewart declared of his longtime colleague—and thank god: Albanese has signed a script development deal with Warner Brothers TV and sold a script to CBS. One of the comedic ventures is supposed to be about a drug store run by a conservative father and liberal son “who are constantly butting heads,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As Albanese’s history suggests, giving him a sitcom shouldn’t be much of a gambit. The man’s got nine Emmy Awards, plus he’s been keeping his standup skills sharp for years. He joined Lewis Black’s 2006 Red, White and Screwed tour and regularly performs alongside TDS correspondent John Oliver. He even has a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special to brag about that, oddly enough, isn’t that political but sure is hilarious. Don’t trust me? Trust Jon Stewart. / RANDY LOBASSO

Through Nov. 2. Various times. $12-$33. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. 215.496.9001.

Splintered Sunlight
The Blockley celebrates All Hallow’s Eve with the Dead. Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight plays at what’s sure to be the grooviest Halloween party the city has to offer. 8pm. With Tauk. $8-$10. The Blockley, 38th and Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.
Dead Rockstar Zombie Happy Hour
Where can you find Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and Tupac Shakur all in the same room? At Yakitori Boy this Halloween! Come dressed as your favorite zombified rock star, and be treated to an open bar, complimentary bites and karaoke. 6pm. $30. Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St. 215.923.8088.

4000 Miles Meet-the-Artists
Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles, currently showing at Philadelphia Theatre Company, is already an award-winning play. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A session with the cast following the show. 10pm. Free. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.

Friday, November 1

Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman: Hollywood Babble-On
In the words of Chasing Amy protagonist Holden McNeil’s churchgoing grandmother, “the big bucks are in dick and fart jokes.” Now well into his 40s, the film’s writer/director/co-star Kevin Smith still proudly embraces this wisdom, no matter how gratuitous it may seem. 

After all, it’s been paying his bills since he impressed audiences at Sundance almost 20 years ago with his cost-effective debut, Clerks. But, his relationship with his devoted fanbase suffered over the years as he attempted to branch out beyond his “View Askewniverse” series, eventually leading him to announce his impending retirement from filmmaking. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about Smith’s family going hungry because he’s got plenty of other projects, like his AMC series Comic Book Men and, of course, his transition into the world of internet podcasting.

Anyone who’s seen his straight-to-DVD college Q&A’s knows he’s an excellent public speaker; his stories about writing a Superman screenplay and working on a documentary for Prince are legendary. Under his SModcast banner, Smith has produced dozens of podcasts, including the now-touring Hollywood Babble-On, for which he and voice actor Ralph Garman dissect the film and entertainment news of the day. (Its Philly stop is now sold out, but the Prince Music Theater has added an 11pm bonus show, Babble-On Comic-On Theater, for the duo to act as some of their favorite comic book characters.)

Say what you will about Smith’s more recent films, but give him a $30,000 budget and he just might surprise you. Put a mic in his hand, however, and he’s one of the most candid Hollywood-types you’ll ever meet. / JAKE ABBATE

8pm. Sold out. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215.569.9700.

Midnight at the Barrelhouse
Waltz back to the 1920s with this evening jam-packed with jazz and a burlesque performance. 9pm. $10. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

CHF First Friday: Breadmaking
Let your kitchen and science skills (or lack thereof) collide, and learn the science behind baking a loaf of bread and its history. 5pm. Free. Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. 215.925.2222.

Pennsylvania Conference for Women
Get inspired and connected to influential ladies in a variety of fields while attending seminars and talks direct from top leaders, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, at this 10th annual, day-long professional and personal development conference. 7:30am. $165. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 215.418.4700.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
Explore the spooky skeletons in Philadelphia’s closet with this nighttime tour, complete with haunted houses and ghost stories. 7:30pm. $10-$17. Starts at Signers Garden, Fifth and Chestnut sts. 215.413.1997.

Awesome Fest: Drive-In Movie Theater
Get the full experience of a drive-in theater without a time machine, with food servers on roller skates! Tonight’s double-feature screening includes Christine, the 1977 classic about a killer car. Dress up your car in a costume, and you could win a cash prize! 7:30pm. Eakins Oval, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Pediatric Global Health Conference: Violence Against Children
Led by experts from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, this conference explores the short and long term consequences of child abuse and the global response to violence against children through talks and interactive panel discussions. 7:30am. Colket Translational Research Building, 3501 Civic Center Blvd. 215.590.5263.

Saturday, November 2

Nichole Canuso Dance Company: The Garden
As part of Fringe Fest 2013, one of Philadelphia’s premier dance companies presents an intimate performance dealing with the themes of solitude, observation and immersion. Each full-length show, with sound via headphones, is available to only four audience members at a time. 7:30pm and 9pm. $10-$35. The Powerplant Basement, 233 N. Bread St. 215.413.9083.

Cuisine From the Collections
Adventurous eaters gather for this second annual event featuring foods based on the collections of the Academy of Natural Science. Bugs, snakes, snails and more are paired with specialty cocktails, all inspired by the museum’s 18 million plant and animal specimens. 7pm. $150-$250. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215.405.1542.

Katt Williams
The OG miniature pimp brings the party to Philly with his famously outrageous and highly quotable standup routine. Expect lots of material about weed, animal impressions, dating advice and other lessons to help you be a boss in your everyday life. 7pm. $45-$125. The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 215.204.2400.
Black Tie Masquerade Ball
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund advocates for families with seriously ill or disabled children. Don a mask for their Young Friends fundraiser featuring three floors of open bar, food and dancing. 9pm. $75-$100. Stotesbury Mansion, 1923 Walnut St. 215.643.0763.
Philadelphia Business and Community Expo
Local organizations gather for this booth exposition featuring open forum discussions. Be here if you have a business, want to start one or just to support local commerce (vendors will have products and services for sale and sample). 11am. Free-$200. Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport, 4101 Island Ave. 800.325.3535.
Muge Lithuanian Fair
Meet the Philadelphia Lithuanian community at this ethnic festival featuring live music and folk dance performances. Traditional comfort food like potato pancakes and imported Lithuanian beer will also be on hand. Noon. Also on Sun., Nov. 3. Lithuanian Music Hall, 2715 E. Allegheny Ave. 215.739.4831.
Mütter Museum’s Day of the Dead Celebration
At what more fitting venue could you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Decorate sugar skulls and enjoy traditional food and drink while absorbing a discussion from exhibit co-curator Linda J. Lee. 10am. Free-$15. Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St. 215.563.3737.
Y-100 Tribute Party and BeerFEASTival
Celebrate the late, great alt-rock radio station and the era that it filled the airwaves: the ‘90s. Two live bands plus beer from local breweries should help to bring out your inner Hole. 9pm. $5. Smokin’ Betty’s, 116 S. 11th St. 215.922.6500.

At the Philadelphia Open Air Market, vendors sell food, art, vintage items, furniture, crafts, jewelry and just about anything else you can imagine. The outdoor smorgasboard bonanza is active each week Spring through Fall. 10am. Free. 23rd and Arch Street.

Sunday, November 3

Big Freedia
Are you as tired of people talking about twerking as I am? Sigh. This is just another one of those moments of culture getting co-opted, watered down and rendered ubiquitous. However, Big Freedia, also known as Freddie Ross, specializes in a special and far-less-annoying kind of twerk energy called bounce or sissy bounce. Yes, there is a strong element of making your booty pop, making it clap, sticking your ass out and acting like a hyphee fool. But Ms. Thing’s brand of insane party-friendly dance music’s been cookin’ up since the early aughts—even the tail end of the ‘90s—in New Orleans. Thankfully, now’s her time, and she’s snatching it like a bad bitch in a girlfight claws a cheap weave.

Mama got some giant exposure guesting on RuPaul’s outrageously fun “Peanut Butter,” and now has a full-on television program in FuseTV’s Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. She’s outrageous and full of extraordinary energy and personal style: the hair, the jewelry, the ratchet clothes, the seemingly endless source of sass. Songs like “Excuse” and “Duffy” are sickening dance-floor fodder, turning tipsy queens into carefree, uninhibited party monsters. The future is bright as hell for her, and tonight is a thrilling opportunity to get turned out by the Queen Diva in an intimate venue before she becomes mainstream—and before sissy bounce becomes as ubiquitous as twerking. / B.C.

8pm. $14. With El Malito and the 33rd Century + Sugur Shane. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Free to Breathe Walk
Breathe deep and band together with survivors of lung cancer and their supporters to walk, run, raise funds and contribute to the fight against the disease responsible for the most cancer-related deaths for all Americans. 7am. $10-$35. Fairmount Park: Memorial Hall, 4321 Avenue of the Republic. 608.833.7906.

The 13th Peoplehood Parade
Bring your best puppets and costumes and assemble together to be a part of this parade of puppets alongside advocacy groups, after school clubs, marching bands and people of all ages—no group is too small! 1pm. Free. Clark Park, 4951 Walnut St. 215.474.1378.

Monday, November 4

Jewish Film Festival
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 33rd season with a screening of 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, a film about a Center City Jewish couple who traveled to Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1939 in an attempt to rescue 50 children. 7:30pm. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd.
Theatre Philadelphia: Barrymore Awards
The theater community gathers for this annual event celebrating thespian achievements. An awards ceremony will be followed by an after-party with open bar, hors d’oeuvres and special performances. 7pm. $25-$100. Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St. 215.922.8900.

Tuesday, November 5

Drive-By Truckers
Music snobs often stop short of calling the Drive-By Truckers a “southern rock” band, but why? Their obvious twang is practically addictive—they’re from Athens, GA, for crissakes, by way of The Shoals–and actually have albums called Alabama Ass Whuppin (2000), Southern Rock Opera (2001) and The Dirty South (2004). Maybe, since the nine studio LPs they’ve released since 1996 represent a mix of genres identifying with so many audiences to define them so simply would be rude. As Stereogum recently put it, the Drive-By Truckers’ tracks contain “some of the sharpest and most exhilarating Modernist-Primitive rock music produced since a certain Canadian first pointed his beloved hearse at the Pacific Ocean.”

The Drive-By Truckers have been doing their thing their way for nearly 20 years, recording their music on 16-track open reel tape recorders and releasing their records on vinyl, without exception, since before it was cool to do so. They’ve collaborated with and/or counted at least 21 musicians as part of their outfit at one point or another, though they currently only record and tour with five permanent members. That collaboration, which features just two original DBT members, hits TLA tonight. Just keep your nose out of the air before someone in the Truckers’ seemingly unshakable fan base personally delivers one of those LP titles. And we don’t mean the opera. / R.L.

8pm. $29.50. With Old 97’s. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Pat Conroy: The Death of Santini
One of the leading figures in the Southern literary tradition, Pat Conroy found critical and commercial acclaim with his 1976 novel The Great Santini. His new memoir, The Death of Santini, addresses his relationship with his often-tyrannical father, the inspiration behind the Santini character. 7:30pm. $7-$15. Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Enjoy a slice of authentic India as this party promises traditional music, food, dance and—most essential to the day—celebration of the five-day Hindu festival. 6pm. $8-$10. International House Philadelphia. 3701 Chestnut St.

Wednesday, November 6

Movin’ On: A Philadelphia Children’s Alliance Benefit
The statistics are chilling. This year alone between January and June, there have been an estimated 102,803 child victims of sexual abuse. Other studies show that one in six men and one in four women were sexually abused before the age of 18. Crunch those numbers further, and you’ll discover that there are more than 42 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Perhaps most troubling of all, a five-year study conducted by the Justice Dept. found that 60 percent of sexual abuse cases go unreported in North America, so, in essence, all of these numbers are a gross under-representation of an unbearably ugly truth. Clearly, this is an issue deserving of attention.

That’s why projects like Movin’ On and its benefit concert are so necessary and worthwhile. A joint venture between MECA Music Heals, World Cafe Live and Philadelphia Weekly, this show raises funds for the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, a leading resource for victims and families of child sexual abuse. Movin’ On, a compilation LP released in May featuring 11 talented acts—Ben Arnold, Eric Bazilian and a reunited The Caulfields among them—aims to inspire and empower victimized children. And with live performances tonight by the likes of Cliff Hillis, Lauren Hart and Minerva (pictured), as well as readings from Ari Bank and Jennifer Clare Burke, contributors to PW’s groundbreaking book of true first-person stories, The Survivors Project, you’re guaranteed an evening that will be at once poignant, entertaining and hopeful. / MAX UFBERG / photo by Gary Regulski

6:30pm. $15-$25. With the Caulfields + Nik Everett. World Cafe Live. 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

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. Through Nov. 10. InterAct Theatre Company, 2030 Sansom St. 215.568.8077.

Deschutes Brewery’s Pin-Ups and Pints
Hells yeah! It’s a pin-up theme! That means lots of red lipstick, done-up hair and vintage clothing. We’re not quite sure what pin-up guys look like, but they’re very much welcome too. 10pm. Free. Deschutes Brewery, 941 Spruce St.

Out of Town

Grillmington BBQ Pop Ups
Winter is just around the corner, but apparently no one told Delaware’s World Cafe. Enjoy fresh home-grilled ribs served by the top competing BBQ teams (yes, there are actual teams) from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Wed., Oct. 30, 4pm. Free. World Cafe Live, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.

Grace Kelly: Beyond the Icon
Explore the iconic actress’s life with this exhibit, from her early days in Philly to an illustrious career that included film, theater, advocacy and a princess title. Through Jan. 26. $8-$18. Michener Art Museum, 138 Pine St., Doylestown.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
More than 250 artisans from around the U.S. gather to sell their wares like pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, fine art and more. Nov. 1-3, 10am. $8-$10. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. 100 Station Ave., Oaks.

Atlantic City Tattoo Expo
Calling all ink aficionados! This three-day event features more than 60 tattoo artists from around the world, along with seminars, contests, parties and, of course, tattoos. Nov. 1-3. $20-$40. Tropicana Casino & Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.

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