DO THIS?: Philadelphia Has an Alternative Taxidermy Competition

56818_165594550143012_5531263_oThe word “taxidermy” may bring many things to mind: mounted moose heads in log cabins, Psycho, a prized catch-of-the day, bad Steve Carell movies. Not everyone would immediately think of taxidermy as an art form, but they’ve probably never been to the Philadelphia Alternative Taxidermy Competition.

The second-annual competition, which takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 15th, at Keystone Mini Golf and Arcade, will show off created and collected alternative taxidermy. The pieces will be displayed around the course for a live audience and tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door). Pathology assistant Nicole Angemi, fine artist Paul Romano, and Mike Zohn, proprietor of New York’s Obscura Antiques will judge the selections.

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INTERVIEW: Melissa Etheridge On Becoming a Gay Icon, Defeating Breast Cancer, and Why You Should Bring an Extra T-Shirt to Her Concert

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“There’s an exchange of energy and spirit between the audience and myself,” says Melissa Etheridge, the iconic singer/songwriter who is bringing her “This Is M.E.” tour to Philadelphia in November. “For some people, it’s the only spiritual thing they do: go to a concert to move, to feel.” Read more »

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What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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Neil Young

Neil Young
October 8th and 9th
Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park Closes With Free Concert and More


Photo by Matt Stanley

Spruce Street Harbor Park officially closes on Sunday, September 28th, but, as you can probably imagine, it’s not leaving without a big ol’ bash.

The weekend-long closing festivities climax with a free concert on Saturday night by Philly bands Bardo Pond, Spacin’, and Needle Points.

The show starts 7 p.m. and will go until 10 p.m. More information here.

Besides that, there is a whole weekend schedule of events to celebrate the park’s departure—everything from circus performers to photo-booth antics to pumpkin-carving contests. Check out the full lineup below:

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