Nearanight Nearing

IF through fate or other forces within or without your control you find yourself in Philadelphia on this First Friday of December, the 3rd, in the evening hours, wondering where to direct your wandering feet and your attentions, please be advised that M. Nearanight will be delivering philosophical flights concerning the history of curiosity and its ramifications upon the chemysteries of nature and this, our illuminated modern age.

photo: Ted Pilonero

The Nearanight Lectures are serial reflections presented at intervals between the hours of 5 and 8 o’clock PM at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

Darwinii October 2009

Following our sold out run at the Fringe, more Darwinii performances are scheduled for October 2009 at the APS Museum:

Friday & Saturday evenings October 16, 17, 23, 24 @ 6:30PM

Sunday matinees October 18 & 25 @ 3PM

Tickets and info are available online at the APS Museum website. Seating is limited, so reserve now. For performance information, see the main Darwinii page. Please be advised: there is no late seating for this performance.


PW Picks Darwinii

The Philadelphia Weekly’s J. Cooper Robb picks “Eleven shows you can’t miss at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe”.

“The Fringe boasts plenty of alternative venues but few are as curious or fascinating as the American Philosophical Society. A majestic building boasting all manner of bizarre oddities, APS is hosting the world premiere of Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man (Sept. 4-12 and Oct. 16-25). Penned by acclaimed playwright Glen Berger ( Underneath the Lintel ) the comic exploration of Darwinism stars Brett Keyser, who gave an impressive performance a few years back in the quirky sleeper hit Horribus! Horribus!”

…though we still call it Horridus! Horridus! Thanks for remembering, J.

American Weekly Mercury, August 16, 1739

Last Week the Assembly of this Province gave Notice to the Tanners to appear before them, to offer their Objections to a Petition that Pray’d the Tanners might be removed without the Bounds of this City, and no new Tanyards made in it. Notice was likewise given to some of the Principal Promoters of the said Petition, to appear and defend the Allegations therein set forth. The several Parties appearing, the Tanners, on their Part, Alledged, That the Petition was without Foundation; that the Causes of Complaint ought to be charged to the present disorderly Condition of the Dock, which was a Receptacle for all kinds of filth from a very great part of the Town, and in the upper Parts of it without water sufficient to carry it off; abundance of Necessary-Houses on the Dock, and Communicating with it, were specially urged: It was likewise offer’d to prove, by clear Instances, that it was not truly asserted in that Petition, that the Health of the Inhabitants was affected by Tanyards, and especially it appeared that they did not promote contagious Distempers among us, because that when such Distemper ranged with great violence in this City, the Inhabitants who were in the Neighbourhood of the Tanyards were preserved from it more than in other Parts of the Town. Continue reading “American Weekly Mercury, August 16, 1739”