Bestselling author, religious critic, and philosopher Sam Harris will discuss his new book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, this evening. In conversation with 6ABC Action News anchor Tamala Edwards, the popular skeptic will highlight details from his latest book, including "hard truths from history’s greatest saints and prophets." Whatever your views may be, Harris's work is worth looking into. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available here. Monday, October 6th, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1901 Vine Street.
Embark on an anatomical journey of species both exotic and familiar at The Franklin Institute's latest exhibit, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out. Guests will "explore the intricate biology, zoology, and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures" by examining actual plastinated animals. Tickets, and more information, can be found here. Monday, October 6th-Sunday, April 12th, daily hours, $8-29.50, The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st Street.
There are some new brews on the Philly block, and Memphis Taproom is rejoicing. Popular Midwestern brewery Boulevard Brewing Company has made their craft beers available in our 'hood, and you can sample them along with traditional BBQ fare at the Taproom's beer garden this Tuesday evening. For more information, click here. Tuesday, October 7th, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street.
From G Philly: Standup dramedian R. Eric Thomas is bringing his smash hit, one-man rom-com, Always the Bridesmaid, back to the stage. Thomas, known for hosting acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and for previous sell-out runs like Will You Accept This Friend Request?, gives his take on dating disasters, love, and delves into the religious and individual views on marriage and what it means to the gay community, Thomas’s show will make you think, yes, but most importantly it’ll make you LOL. The event is a double-hearder with cabaret drag diva Martha Graham Cracker, who will take the stage when Thomas closes his set. A not-to-be-missed evening of funnies and song. Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30 p.m. (Thomas), 10 p.m. (Martha), L'Etage, 624 South Sixth Street.
U.K. natives and self-described "pop" band (of the indie variety), The Kooks, will play Union Transfer this Tuesday evening. Their influences tap into the 1960's British invasion and their tracks experiment with a hodge-podge of genres, but their songs are simply too catchy to chalk them up as an alt-rock cliche. Crooning and low lighting? A solid date-night option for sure. Tickets are available for purchase online. Tuesday, October 7th, 8 p.m., $25-28, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
In celebration of Philadelphia's beloved parks, the Fairmount Park Conservancy will illuminate the Strawberry Mansion Music Pavillion for an ethereal evening of live music, food, drinks, and partying–all for a great cause. Tickets, which can be purchased online, include an open bar, delicious eats, and a night of fantastic live entertainment. For more information on how to get glowing, click here. Thursday, October 9th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $45 for Conservancy members or $75 for nonmembers, Strawberry Mansion Music Pavillion, S. Strawberry Mansion Drive.
Join local nonprofit, Philly Give & Get, for an evening of networking, community engagement, and celebration of Philadelphia designers. Philly Give & Get: DESIGN edition is a nod to "those masters of mindful aesthetic who design our daily experiences here in fair Philadelphia." The charity auction offers guests the chance to network with fellow creatives while bidding on specialized prize packages, including private experiences with Philly-based designers. All proceeds benefit local youth, with this month's auctions dedicated to Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, a program focused on teaching young Philadelphians about the maritime arts. For more information about Philly Give & Get, click here. Tickets, which are donate-what-you-can, are available for purchase online. Thursday, October 9th, 7 p.m., Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue.
Grab a blanket and lawn chair and get cozy in Dilworth Park's new front yard. Weekly family-friendly al fresco screenings will give you the chance to enjoy those perfect autumn nights under the stars. This week, Kinky Boots is on the big screen. Pictures in the Park is free of charge. Thursday, October 9th, 7 p.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Streets (West Side of City Hall).