THE DEAD MILKMEN IN CONCERT
Philadelphia’s beloved satirical punk-rock band, The Dead Milkmen, are performing in the most fitting of venues: Laurel Hill Cemetery. Formed in 1983, the band released their debut album Big Lizard in My Backyard in 1985 and made a name for themselves in the local underground punk scene. Their original lineup consisted of vocalist and keyboardist Rodney Linderman ("Rodney Anonymous"), guitarist and vocalist Joe Genaro ("Joe Jack Talcum"), bassist Dave Schulthise ("Dave Blood") and drummer Dean Sabatino ("Dean Clean"). “Punk Rock Girl,” a single from their 1988 album entered MTV rotation and led the band to international success. Though the band broke up in 1995, they reunited in 2008 with Dan Stevens replacing the deceased Dave Schulthise. Since then, they’ve toured to great acclaim and released a number of limited-issue vinyl EPs. To coincide with the release of their new album, Pretty Music for Pretty People, coming out in early October; the band is putting on an unforgettable show at Laurel Hill Cemetery with an opening performance from cyber art rock band, S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. This is a great opportunity to see the band, as The Dead Milkmen will be playing mostly in the western United States this fall. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.
The concert will take place on Friday, September 5 at 7:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Saturday, September 6 at 7:00pm). Gates open at 6:00pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.
YOGA IN THE CEMETERY
Find inner tranquility and balance during this one-hour yoga session amongst the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery. The session will be led by experienced yoga instructor, Emily Golomb. Emily draws from Iyengar and Ashtanga styles and has created her own unique program that enhances alignment, strength and balance. Students are encouraged to form a deeper connection with their minds and bodies, whether they are new to yoga or have been practicing for years. Emily has been practicing yoga for nine years and currently teaches at Studio 1831 and Philly Dance Fitness. Yoga in the Cemetery will conclude with light refreshments. Please bring your own mat. All levels of experience are welcome. Yoga in the Cemetery sessions will occur once a month, June through September.
Yoga will take place on Sunday, September 7 at 10:30am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
THE WORLDS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON at LAUREL HILL
Adopted sons, signers of the Declaration, painters, sculptors, men of science, ladies of belle letters, famous physicians, pariahs of free press, purveyors of fine wine and, of course, political provokers both friend and foe: all recognized by Thomas Jefferson as luminaries in our nation’s early “Constellation of Worthies.” They now rest peacefully at Laurel Hill; but their stories refuse to conform to those tenets, boldly demanding to be told. This walking tour will be led by foremost Jefferson scholar and acclaimed portrayer of America’s third President, William David Barker (www.thethomasjefferson.com), who will be visiting Laurel Hill from his home in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The tour will take place on Sunday, September 7 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
EDGAR ALLAN POE: DEEP INTO THAT DARKNESS
While Edgar Allan Poe is a beloved son claimed by at least five other US cities, it cannot be denied that he flourished in Philadelphia. From 1838 through 1844, he produced some of his best known and most haunting works including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” While no written proof of such has yet been uncovered, many have speculated that Poe’s tales may have been inspired amidst the graves and gardens of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Newly opened when Poe took up residence in the city, the famed necropolis could draw more than 150,000 visitors in one season alone… Surely, Poe could well have been among those curious souls. This walking tour of Laurel Hill will focus on what history has revealed to us of Poe’s time in Philadelphia – on the literature he produced, and of the friends, associates and enemies who traveled within his circles, many of whom now reside permanently at Laurel Hill.
With the stirring of fall and Halloween on the horizon, this is a fitting time to summon the stories of the Master of the Macabre. Bring your own flashlights. The tour will conclude with wine and beer.
The tour will take place on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH (SHOW): A GRAVEYARD CABARET
The show that Philadelphia City Paper calls “pretty damn ideal” and “A TOTAL BLAST” is back (from the dead) by popular demand. After rave reviews from audiences and critics alike and selling out multiple shows, New York-based REV Theatre Company will return to Laurel Hill Cemetery to again delight the crowd. Re-conceived and re-created by REV’s Co-Artistic Director, Rudy Caporaso and directed by Co-Artistic Director, Rosey Hay; The Way of All Flesh (Show) features Felicia Anderton, Denise Shubin and Rudy Caporaso as three witty and mysterious souls departing for their journey between this world and the next. Musically directed by Rob Borchert, the show includes music from Bessie Smith to The Scissors Sisters, from Cab Callowy to Nirvana and more. Join us for a haunting evening: sip free cocktails as darkness falls and wait for the (singing) souls to appear through the mists of Laurel Hill Cemetery for a toe-tapping, spine-tingling good time. This program will be presented as part of the 2014 Philly Fringe Festival. An exhibition of unique and production-centric paintings by Matt VanAlstine and sculptures by Cait Stoddard will be on display and available for purchase in the Gatehouse.
SEE a sailor lost at sea as his widow drowns in a bathtub. MARVEL as a murderous little girl pleads for the electric chair. BEWARE because a serial-killer looks for his next victim! So come back indeed and enjoy yourself...it's (still) later than you think!!! Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.
Four performances of The Way of All Flesh (Show) are scheduled at Laurel Hill Cemetery: Friday September 12, Saturday September 13, Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20 (with prescheduled rain dates of Sunday, September 14 or Sunday, September 21.) All performances begin at 7:30pm, and will kick off with cocktails at 7:15pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.
THE ROCKET'S RED GLARE: THE WAR OF 1812 AND LAUREL HILL CEMETERY
This September marks the 200th anniversary of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, by the British during the War of 1812. This distant historical event is forever etched on the national consciousness through “The Star Spangled Banner.” The “bombs bursting in air” were quite literal and gave hope to an embattled nation in the midst of what is known as “America’s Second Revolutionary War.” Come hear the stories Laurel Hill’s War of 1812 veterans who fought, bled, and died in what was critical but often forgotten war.
This walking tour will take place on Sunday, September 14 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
BURIED IN THE LAND OF STRANGERS: CONFEDERATES OF LAUREL HILL
Fate denied them victory, but gave them immortality. Historians widely agree that 1864 spelled the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. From the farthest corners of the South, boys who had left for war became men, men who had left for war perished; and the long slog to 1865 began. In the end, though their hearts and loyalty were in the South, many Confederate soldiers found themselves buried far above the Mason Dixon line. The general who was blamed for the surrender at Vicksburg, the Confederate spy who came in from the cold, the soldier who spent long days as a prisoner of war; all were buried in a land of strangers at Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery. Learn the curious history of Philadelphians who joined the Confederacy: who they were, why they fought, and how they ended up so very far from the place they considered home.
This walking tour will take place on Sunday, September 21 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES: HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS
In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am.
September’s walking tour will take place on Friday, September 26 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
MUSIC FOR THE HEARING EYE: CONCERT ATOP THE CRYPTS
the Divine Hand Ensemble performs
With the rustling of copper colored leaves and crisp fall air comes an opportunity to enjoy the enrapturing melodies of the Divine Hand Ensemble. In the fall of 2012, their performance comprised the first time in 250 years that a program of funerary music was performed publicly and the first time ever in America. This fall, the Ensemble will be returning to Laurel Hill to enchant and delight with music unlike any other now being performed. Witness Mano Divina, leader of the Ensemble, harness electricity with his fingertips and draw music out of the air as master of the Theremin, an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. In addition to this rare instrument, the Ensemble includes a string quartet, classical guitar, two harps, a glockenspiel, a soprano and a tenor, together rendering an unforgettable listening experience. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.
The Divine Hand Ensemble’s music has been described as hypnotic, breathtaking and mesmerizing, an “amalgamation of magic, science and music.” The International Review Board notes them as “a must-see experience that will leave a remarkable impression for a lifetime.” There are thus few more appropriately ethereal settings to take in the power of this performance than historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, where the Ensemble will be performing a selection of contemporary and classical compositions for the twenty-first century audience.
This sunset concert will take place on Saturday, September 27 at 5:30pm, (with a prescheduled rain date of Sunday, September 28 at 5:30pm.) Gates open at 4:30pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.
Mano Divina is a professional concert Thereminist, performing classical compositions, chamber music, opera arias and sacred choral music with his 8 piece string orchestra, The Divine Hand Ensemble. Their international performances of Theremin music are played with such precision, grace and elegance that it touches the audience with an ethereal calm, moving them to emotion with its beauty.
The tour will take place on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
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