Guide to what’s happening in Philly this week

Ben Harper plays tonight at The Electric Factory. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for details.

Music

Shellac with Helen Money
Tonight, 8 p.m.
$13, Union Transfer
www.utphilly.com

Ben Harper
Tonight, 8 p.m.
$40, The Electric Factory
www.ticketmaster.com

Grimm Legacy
with Goddamn Zombie
Tonight, 8 p.m.
$10, The Trocadero
www.ticketmaster.com

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
$28-$48, The Mann Center
www.ticketmaster.com

Zeds Dead
Friday, 8 p.m.
$15, Union Transfer
www.utphilly.com

Blood Feathers
Friday, 8 p.m.
$10, Johnny Brenda’s
www.johnnybrendas.com

They Might Be Giants
Friday, 8 p.m.
$27, The TLA
www.livenation.com

The Bangles  with Antigone Rising
Saturday, 8 p.m.
$22, The TLA
www.livenation.com

East Hundred
with Jenny Owen Youngs
Saturday, 8 p.m.
$10, Johnny Brennda’s
www.johnnybrendas.com

Food & Drink

Oktoberfest at Garces Trading Co.
Monday, 6:30 p.m.
1111 Locust St., $75
www.garcestradingcompany.com
This event pairs up a super-cozy, six-course German-inspired menu with six craft brews to kick the season off with plenty of autumn flavors. Sober vegetarians need not apply.

Avalon’s playoffs menu
Tuesdays through
Thursdays,
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
78 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown
www.pastabistro.com
Can’t stand the idea of missing the first pitch? Avalon Pasta Bistro’s three-course early-bird menu ($20) is designed to get you fed and get you home before your date realizes what’s going on.

Fall cocktails at Rum Bar
2005 Walnut St.
215-751-0404
www.rum-bar.com
Warm up with this menu blending newbies (the Root Mango Lassi) as well as returning seasonal faves (the Pumpkin Pie and Bananas Foster martinis).

The Mini Trini rolls up
Every Monday and
Thursday,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Love Park
www.calypsoch.com
Calypso owners Claudette Campbell and Iman Marcano-Sowell are taking their Trinidadian food on the road with their new, adorably-named food truck, The Mini Trini. You can catch up with them and their sweet potato fritters Mondays and Thursdays in Love Park. Follow @TheMiniTrini on Twitter for updates!

Festivals

RiverCity Festival
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Penn Treaty Park
www.rivercityfestival.org
Fishtown Neighborhood Association presents a day at Penn Treaty with kid activities, a 5K run, live music and the popular beer tent.



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