Pulse: Out and About: The 10 Coolest Events, September


1. Concert
Philadelphia Orchestra: 2006-’07 Season Opening Night
Lang Lang is on piano, and Christoph Eschenbach is conducting the season opener for one of the world’s great orchestras. Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Chopin are on tap. September 21st. $23 to $133. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 260 South Broad Street. 6:30 p.m. 215-893-1999; kimmelcenter.org.

2. Concert
Gary Graffman
Celebration
In case you didn’t get enough brilliant classical music at the Orchestra, this lineup of master pianists helps celebrate Gary Graffman’s 20 years at the Curtis Institute of Music on September 24th. $40 to $69. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 260 South Broad Street. 7:30 p.m. 215-893-1999; kimmelcenter.org.

3. Art
Liz Osborne Exhibit
If you’re going through Jersey Shore withdrawal right about now, let Liz Osborne’s classic 1970s seacoast paintings (below) put you back in a happy place. September 8th to October 14th, Tuesday through Saturday. Free. Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square South. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 215-629-1000; locksgallery.com.

4. Theater
Madame Douce-Amere
1812 Productions is giving us a second chance at the astonishing cabaret show that took 2005’s Philly Fringe by storm. Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey portrays a woman driven down memory lane by old ghosts. A woman haunted by her past? Weird. September 29 to October 29. $10-$32. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3. 825 Walnut Street. Times vary. 215-592-9560. 1812productions.org

5. Concert
Sonny Landreth
Though he’s best known as John Hiatt’s guitarist, this bluesman is fast becoming recognized for his rich songwriting and blistering solos. September 15th. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. 7:30 p.m. 215-222-1400; worldcafelive.com.

6. Philanthropy Jerry Segal Classic
Yes, there are a million charity golf tournaments. But this one has raised more than $5 million for those with disabilities, so keep it coming. September 29th. Entry fees start at $495 per person. ACE Golf Club, 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, and Green Valley Country Club, 201 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill. 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., respectively. 215-587-3090; mageerehab.org.

7. Festivals
Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe
Having showcased Philly art for a decade, these events should be considered most popular and most likely to succeed. If you’re busy or just lousy at planning, here’s a two-week window to get your fix of theater, music and performing arts. September 1st to 16th. Free to $20. Venues and times vary. 215-413-9006; livearts-fringe.org.

8. Concert
Farm Aid
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews travel to bucolic Camden to headline the annual benefit concert, with music as tasty as Jersey tomatoes. September 30th. $37.50 to $90.50. Tweeter Center, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden. Doors open at 1 p.m. 215-336-2000; farmaid.org.

9. National
Holiday
Constitution Day
Happy birthday, Government! (She’s an intelligent yet fussy Virgo.) Visit the Constitution Center’s new website, constitutionday.us, for happenings on September 17th. Call 215-409-6600, or see constitutioncenter.org for more information.

10. Film
The Black Dahlia
Friends’ Central grad Brian De Palma comes back with the thriller The Black Dahlia, starring Josh Hartnett (hot), Hilary Swank (hot) and Scarlett Johansson (hot), about the 1947 murder of a down-and-out actress. Opens at area theaters September 15th.

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