World beat They are not the Shins - they are the Shin. And they are not alt-rockers from Oregon, but alt-traditionalists from Georgia - the country, not the state. Using instruments such as the panduri (lute) and chiboni (bagpipes), they weave flamenco, jazz, and pop elements into the sounds of the Caucasus Mountains, and they bend their consonant-heavy Georgian lyrics into vocalese. The results range from the propulsive and rocking to the doleful and meditative. The trio plays at 7 p.m. at the Painted Bride, 230 Vine St. Tickets are $25. Call 215-925-9914. . . . The lead voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan, is possessed of a bell-clear soprano that invests her New Age pop with the essence of Ireland. She performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. Tickets are $20. Call 215-928-0770. . . . Swedish pop craftsman Pelle Carlberg plays exquisite twee gems, such as his classic "Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls," at 8 p.m. at the Khyber, 56 S. Second St. Tickets are $8. Call 215-238-5888.
Artist and analyst In conjunction with the production of Hysteria, about the 1938 meeting of Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí, the Wilma Theater presents the panel discussion The Metamorphoses of Sigmund: Freud and His Afterlives, a look at the influence the two had on psychology, art, and popular culture. Panelists include psychiatrist and poet Salman Akhtar, authors Mark Edmundson (The Death of Sigmund Freud: The Legacy of His Last Days) and Ellen Handler Spitz (Image and Insight: Essays in Psychoanalysis and the Arts), and Dalí scholar Jonathan Wallis. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilma, 265 S. Broad St. Tickets are $10. Call 215-546-7824.
Personal politics When Hugo Chavez gave President Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America at a conference last month, the Venezuelan leader may have been trying to enlist the Uruguayan writer as an ally - but artists have their own political agendas. Galeano has a long resume of resistance to dictatorship that saw him imprisoned in Uruguay and marked for assassination in Argentina. His new book Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone continues his project of combining fiction, journalism, and history in a tapestry of vignettes that recognize the role of the marginal and the mythical, as much as political leaders, in the way the world is shaped. Galeano reads at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library's Montgomery Auditorium. Admission is free. Call 215-567-4341.
Days of dance The invaluable nEW Festival presents another showcase of the University of the Arts' Dance Theater at the Drake, Spruce and Hicks Streets (call 215-359-7775). The series of double bills (tickets are $15, unless noted):
A mix of autobiographical text and movement, Share! by Gabrielle Revlock, with Eun Jung Choi-Gonzalez (DaDaDance Project) in the physical-theater piece BluePrint, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.
Four solo adaptations of a dance by Deborah Hays' I'll Crane For You, with Deborah Black, Davina Cohen, Marielle Hocdet, and Melanie Stewart, at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
A movement montage, Out, by Olive Prince Dance, with Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X in the dance-theater piece evidence of things (un)said, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
Virus, a look at the restrictions of technology by Jaamil Kosoko (KOSOKO/perFORMance), with Jeffrey Gunshol's allegorical Rite of Spring, at 7 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday.
A preview of Kill Me Now, a piece satirizing reality-TV dance shows by Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (Tickets are $10.)
Symphonic dance Conductor Charles Dutoit leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, plus dance-based works by Ravel, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, Broad and Spruce Streets, at 8 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $125. Call 215-893-1999.
Friday & Saturday
Same as he ever was Rock artist David Byrne plays his Talking Heads hits and latest works, plus songs by frequent collaborator Brian Eno, at the Mann Center, 52d Street and Parkside Ave., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 to $59. Call 215-893-1999.
Avant-dance music Composer Darcy James Argue brings his "steampunk big band" Secret Society - which imagines an alternative history of swing music evolved into funk and free jazz - to International House, 3701 Chestnut St., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12. Call 215-898-3900.
Distinctive voice One of our faves, Birdie Busch, plays her quirky folk-pop at PSALM, 5841 Overbrook Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. Call 215-477-7578.