Calendar: Here's what to do, see and hear in and around Philadelphia, Sept. 27-Oct. 3
FAMILY AND FESTIVALS
Pa. Firefighters' Parade
Just try to keep the hook-and-ladder fans in your life from getting jazzed about this one. Three hundred apparatus, 5,000 firefighters, marching bands and more make this procession of life-protectors mandatory.
East Market to High Street, West Chester, noon-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, free, famefireco.org.
Philadelphia Cup Regatta
Please let Saturday be a nice day, because this sailboat competition requires crisp fall weather and a stiff breeze.
Delaware River, between the Betsy Ross and Walt Whitman bridges, 9 a.m. tomorrow, free, phillyseaport.org.
Greensgrow Fall Festival
Kensington's now-famed urban farm is so big that Subaru sponsors its autumnal celebration, replete with a chili cook-off, backyard chicken-raising lessons, live music, organic gardening demos and lots of activities for the future urban-farm set, naturally.
Greensgrow, 2501 E. Cumberland St., 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-427-2702, greensgrow.org.
World Culture Afternoon
Can't afford a trip abroad? The Penn Museum's a next-best bet. This time, its hallowed halls celebrate the vibrancy and history of Turkey via dance (belly), desserts (delight) and educational dish (archaeological tales).
Penn Museum, 3260 South St., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, $10-$15 (kids 5 and under free), 215-898-4000, penn.museum.
New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival
The rain-or-shine event boasts wares from more than 200 artists including photographers, woodworkers, illustrators and glassblowers. There will also be plenty of food on sale and live music.
New Hope Solebury High School, 182 W. Bridge St., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, free (free shuttle service from downtown), 215-862-9990, visitnewhope.com.
Art-Reach Fall Festival
Sure, there's a bit of an admission fee to get into this fundraising fest, but it gets you access to some great local music (the Naked Sun, Kwesi Kankam), stellar food trucks and some of the benefactors of your largesse (Germantown Recovery Choir, Creative Kids Hoop Starz).
Ridgeland Mansion, W. Fairmount Park, 4100 Chamounix Dr., noon-4 p.m. Sunday, $15-$50, 215-568-2115, art-reach.org.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin's opening weekend, with Beethoven's Ninth ("Choral") Symphony and "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage," plus Nico Muhly's "Bright Mass with Canons."
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow, sold out (check for returns), 215-893-1999, philorch.org.
Dailey & Vincent
The bluegrass they mow is pure and perfect, with unapologetically baleful vocals riding atop snappy banjo, peeling Dobro steel, weepy violin, jangly mandolin and slaphappy stand-up bass. The break-tempo instrumentals could give you whiplash; the ballads tear hearts apart.
Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville, 6 and 9 tonight, $29.50-$45, 215-257-5808, st94.com.
That thumpy, pumping "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" lit a fire under this Scottish singer/songwriter. But her new "Invisible Empire" album smolders in a softer, saloon-jazz kinda way sparked by both her dad's demise and her new atmospheric-minded producer/collaborator Howie Gelb (Giant Sand). Brian Lopez opens at this early seated show.
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 6:30 tonight, $25-$30, 215-232-2100, utphilly.com.
Giuseppe Verdi's first hit receives its first Opera Philadelphia staging. Baritone Sebastian Catana sings the title role, with soprano Csilla Boross in the high-flying role of Abigaille and bass Morris Robinson as Zaccaria. Corrado Rovaris leads his superb orchestra, with set design and direction by Thaddeus Strassberger. See it at the Academy, or bring a beach chair and picnic for one free showing on the big screen at Independence Mall.
Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 tonight and Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, $10-$232, 215-893-1999, operaphila.org. Broadcast at Independence Mall, 6th and Chestnut streets, 7 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-732-8400, operaonthemall.org.
Trippy hip-hopper gets blunt, loose and lunatic with underground hits like "Kush Coma" and "The Black Brad Pitt." Action Bronson and Trash Talk throw down, too.
TLA, 334 South St., 9 tonight, $23-$35, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Sixteen of Astral's gifted young musicians perform works by eight composers from South America, as fascinatingly diverse as Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov and Paquito D'Rivera.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $30, 215-893-1999, astralartists.org.
Joe Satriani/Steve Morse
Electric guitar heroes have inspired many to pick up an ax. And persuaded some duffers to hang theirs up.
Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $39.50-$69.50, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Bliss out with this lauded sitar-playing singer.
Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20-$55, 215-898-3000, pennpresents.org.
West Coast variants on Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend and My Morning Jacket mix sweeping melodies, achy vocals, chimey guitars and percolating Afropop beats. Dream popster Wild Nothing (Jack Tatum) wanders first into the foggy, time-warped (1980) night. We even like him better.
Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $25, 215-627-1332, electricfactory.info.
Italian-born, Philly-transplanted lead singer Valentina Raffaelli claims her musical ideas were "too strange" for her native land. Her band's droll piano pop seems right at home here, a mash up of sardonic, Ben Folds-style postmodernism with a tad of Bjork-like vocal drama and some happy-go-lucky Donovan vibes, too. Nah, Ortlieb's ain't your father's jazz club anymore (though still maintaining the Tuesday jam session).
Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $5, 267-324-3348, ortliebsphilly.com.
Reggae legend celebrates 40th anniversary of "The Harder They Come" with "memorable experiences" (stories) and songs. Beach bonfire-styled singer/strummer Ethan Tucker opens.
Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Sunday, $30-$42.50, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Pssst . . . Celt-rock bandleader Mike Scott and longtime fiddler Steve Wickham work the catalog with an otherwise "handpicked" American band.
Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. $24.50-$34.50, 215-627-1332, electricfactory.info.
Sassy songstress spins in the Duffy/Adele/Joss Stone axis. Wild Feathers, James Bray support.
TLA, 334 South St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $17.75, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Har Mar Superstar
Disco-funk? Pop? Rock? Hip-hop? All nab a role in this playful "superstar's" new world order. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 9 p.m. Tuesday, $8-$10, 215-639-4528, bootandsaddlephilly.com.
Bodacious, Belgrade-born blues babe is full of happy surprises.
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 8 p.m. Thursday, $20-$25, 610-649-8389, ardmoremusic.com.
One way or another, Deborah Harry wants to get ya, get ya, get ya. X marks the spot, too.
Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 p.m. Thursday, $48-$68, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
Tiberino Family Circle
Fully titled, "The Unflinching Eye: The Works of the Tiberino Family Circle," this new show headlines paintings and drawings by family matriarch Ellen Powell Tiberino, along with pieces by her spouse, children and inspired friends. The aim? Bring the almost inimitably eclectic vibe of the family's Powelton home-turned-museum across town.
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., through March, $14, 215-574-0380, aampmuseum.org.
What need be said about the showbiz giant whose stage show recalls the golden age of variety entertainment?
Caesars, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, Atlantic City, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $88.50-$134, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
You may be a redneck if you find Foxworthy's southern-fried shtick amusing, but you don't have to be.
Sands Bethlehem, 77 Sands Blvd., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $74-$89.75, 800-736-1420, ticketmaster.com.
- Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Lauren McCutcheon, Chuck Darrow and Becky Batcha