Cinematic Wonders: After last night's bravura opening ceremony, the 2011 Philadelphia Film Festival is officially upon us. Tonight begins the full schedule of films, including Michel Hazanavicius' much-heralded silent film The Artist and Steve McQueen's controversial sex-addiction drama Shame. $12 Showtimes vary.
Disarmed: It's been a few years since their heyday back in the '90s, but Smashing Pumpkins can still pack a wallop with their forceful live sets. They play tonight at the beautifully ornate Tower Theatre. $52-$79.75 7 p.m.
Dums the Word: Rocketing up the indie charts for a while now, the plaintive vocals and hazy orchestrations of the Dum Dum Girls have managed to catch a small but potent piece of the zeitgeist. Check them out tonight in the confines of Philly's newest music venue, Union Transfer. $12-$15 8 p.m.
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