The unshackling of racial and stylistic restrictions is one of the key developments in hip-hop over the last year, and the Universal Amphitheatre's five-act bill puts the movement on display with eclectic L.A. rap acts Everlast and Black-Eyed Peas hosting Detroit bad boy Eminem and Philly veterans the Roots. Neo-soul singer Macy Gray opens.
* Everlast, Eminem, the Roots, Black-Eyed Peas, Macy Gray, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 8:15 p.m. $25.50 to $41.50. (818) 622-4440.
8 pm: Theater
South Coast Repertory opens its season with one of its favorite playwrights, George Bernard Shaw. In "The Philanderer," a fellow meets his match in a "new woman" who says she won't be any man's property in this comic treatise on marriage and the avoidance thereof.
* "The Philanderer," South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Ends Oct. 10. $28 to $47. (714) 708-5555.
8 pm: Theater
Open Fist Theatre presents "The Life of Galileo," Bertolt Brecht's drama exploring ethics, morality and the boundaries of freedom and creativity in art and science.
* "The Life of Galileo," Open Fist Theatre, 1625 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ends Oct. 16. $15. (323) 882-6912.
8 pm: Pop Music
Out on the fringes where country mingles with folk, rock and pop, Kelly Willis has long been a respected figure whose career never quite got into gear. With her fourth album, "What I Deserve," she's been pulling in more raves, and her Friday show at the El Rey marks the Austin, Texas-based singer's biggest L.A. appearance yet.
* Kelly Willis, with Alejandro Escovedo, El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 8 p.m. $18. (323) 936-4790.
all day: Movies
Supernatural thrillers seem to be the hot movie genre of the moment, and this weekend two more join the fray--MGM's "Stigmata" and Artisan Entertainment's "Stir of Echoes." In "Stigmata," Patricia Arquette plays a not particularly religious woman whose hands and feet bear wounds that resemble those associated with the Crucifixion. When it appears that she is also possessed by a demonic spirit, the Vatican dispatches an expert (Gabriel Byrne) to investigate. In "Stir of Echoes," Kevin Bacon plays a cynic whose participation in a parlor game involving hypnotism turns sinister when, long after the game has ended, he finds himself plagued by searing headaches and horrific visions. Incidentally, "Stir of Echoes" is Artisan's first release since its summer phenom "The Blair Witch Project."
* "Stigmata" is rated R for intense violent sequences, language and some sexuality. "Stir of Echoes" is rated R for violence, sexuality and language. Both films open on Friday in general release.
8:30 pm: Music
For his penultimate weekend of the 78th Hollywood Bowl summer season, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri leads his ensemble in "The Great American Concert--Swing Night." Assisting in the festivities will be the swing band Royal Crown Revue; clarinetist Gary Bovyer, who will play Artie Shaw's Clarinet Concerto; and actor James Naughton. All this and, at the end, the Bowl's signature fireworks show.
* "The Great American Concert--Swing Night," with John Mauceri and the Bowl Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 8:30 p.m. $3 to $100. Also Saturday, 8:30 p.m. (323) 850-2000.
FREEBIES: The Unity Festival and Carnival offers food, arts and crafts, health screenings, a petting zoo and music at Ports O' Call Village, on the waterfront near 6th Street, San Pedro. 4 to 9 p.m. (310) 547-1367. Also Saturday and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Ozomatli performs at California Plaza, 300 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A., noon. (213) 687-2159.