DO THIS: National Book Award Finalist John Lahr at Free Library Tonight

John LahrWe have a very timely guest appearance happening at the Free Library tonight. Author and longtime The New Yorker drama critic John Lahr will come to town with his latest, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, for a reading and discussion this evening.

He’s arriving on the heels of being named one of the five finalists in the 2014 National Book Award non-fiction category for his biography of celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams. The work was created using Williams’s writings and a collection of diary entries, letters, and interviews with friends and lovers (because he had quite a few of those) that had never been transcribed. NPR calls the book “both gossipy—it features unhappy love affairs, binge-drinking actresses and a drug-addicted Williams—and aesthetically serious.”

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TONIGHT: Monster Mash Up at The Franklin Institute

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Ghostly meets geeky at The Franklin Institute tonight, and you’re invited.

The monthly adults-only series, Science After Hours, always delivers clever programming for Philly’s brainiest inhabitants. Explorations of interesting topics are coupled with hands-on experiments, intriguing discussions, and demonstrations—with cocktails on the side, of course. Tonight, The Institute is embracing October’s spine-chilling spirit with a Halloween-themed event.

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Mayor Nutter to Donate 2008 Phillies World Series Ring to Philadelphia History Museum’s Baseball Collection

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Tonight Mayor and First Lady Nutter will be honored at a special event by the Philadelphia History Museum for their contributions to the city and its history. The first-ever City Social is being held in the museum’s historic building and garden to raise support and awareness for the museum and its exhibitions.

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Boyz II Men Return to Their Alma Mater for Special Concert Performance

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It looks like Boyz II Men will be making another homecoming appearance this week. The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum R&B group will perform live where they first met, at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Tuesday, October 14th. The invitation-only show, “Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men,” is hosted by SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul Channel 48 and the live recording will be broadcast on Heart & Soul Tuesday, October 21st at 5 p.m.

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Philly DJ Mural Project to Include Block Parties, Free RJD2 Show, and New Shepard Fairey Mural at 12th and Chestnut

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announced a new initiative that will combine public art with Philly’s DJ history. The year-long “Philly DJ Mural Project” brings the city’s history of raising DJs to a new generation with youth-focused events.

Philly-raised DJ Cosmo Baker will work to include members of the DJ community into the year’s events. The project culminates in a brand new mural by world-renown artist Shepard Fairey—a DJ himself— that’s inspired by ithe DJ culture. (Fairey completed his last Philadelphia mural, Lotus Diamond, this August.)

Throughout the school year, students will work on the new mural, to be installed at 1232 Chestnut Street, and participate in educational programs with DJs at Scratch Academy. Students will work alongside DJs to learn not only the technical skills needed to bring their turntable dreams to life, but also the in-depth history of the art and its influence. (Scratch Academy has its own storied history: it was created by the late Jam Master Jay.) These lucky students will have the opportunity to show off their new skills at Philly DJ Mural Project events.

This massive educational celebration kicks off Friday, October 17th, with a free, citywide block party on 13th Street between Chestnut and Sansom streets from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.. It will comprise digital, interactive activities, food trucks, and giveaways taking over the block. DJ RJD2 and Philly’s own DJ Cash Money will provide the jams for this special event.

Stay tuned for more Philly DJ Mural Project events throughout the year. Future participants include DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Brit, Ill Vibe Collective and more.

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