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September 2015



Out and About: September 7, 2015

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Tour the Haunted USS Olympia
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Looking to start Halloween festivities early? Ghost Tours of Philadelphia is offering tours of the haunted USS Olympia.  Now docked on the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, served as both a training ship and a battleship during World War I. Featured on shows such as Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel) and Ghost Hunters (Sci-Fi Channel), the over 100 year old ship is said to be haunted by the ghosts of past sailors. The 75-90 minute tour will takes visitors through the interior of the maze-like ship, passing through locations such as the captain’s cabins and the spot where the ship’s most prominent ghost, “Gunner” Johnson, is often seen. Reservations required. More information can be found at

When: Every Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., Oct. 2 – Nov.1
Penn’s Landing, S. Columbus Blvd. near Spruce 
$19 here

– Tiana Timmerberg

End of Summer Sale in Northern Liberties


Boutiques in Northern Liberties will host a two-day end-of-summer sale  Sept. 12-13. SWAG Boutique will have $1, $5, $10 and $15 clearance bins that include jewelry, stationery and home goods. Ritual Ritual will have $25 sidewalk merchandise and 25 percent off retail price in-store. The event is hosted by Art Star, a gallery and boutique located on 2nd Street near Spring Garden and Fairmount Ave. More information is available at

When: Sept. 12 – Sept. 13, hours vary
WhereVarious locations in Northern Liberties
Cost: Pay as you go

– Emily Scott

Student-Produced Musical at Asian Arts Initiative


In Tale of the Phantom Ship, an out-of-towner encounters folks gathered at 19th-century tavern in Charlottetown, Canada where the locals tell a tale of the legendary Ghost Ship of Northumberland Strait. In this story-within-story, songs, dances, boos and brawls are used to embody the story of a young fisherman who faces the eerie mysteries of St. John’s Island in 1774. Accompanied by the sounds of a four-piece Celtic band, this new, student-produced musical features 11 students from Temple’s Theater Sidestage Season. More information can be found at

When: Sept 10-14; times vary
Where: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Cost: $15 at door; current Temple students can get free entry at

– Grace Maiorano

Experimental Opera on Scientific History Premieres at Fringe Festival


September marks the season of autumn, the start of classes, and for most Philadelphia residents, it is the month to celebrate the seventeen day FringeArts Festival. This year, “Jump the Moon,” a production by Philadelphia Opera Collective, will focus on the silenced women in scientific history through its three protagonists Williamina Fleming, Annie Jump Cannon and Antonia Maury. More information can be found at

When: Sept. 16-19, nightly at 8 p.m.
Where: The Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom Street
Cost: $20

– Tatyana Turner

Twenty One Pilots to Perform at Penn’s Landing


Indie-pop/alternative hip-hop duo Twenty One Pilots will perform at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier this Friday. Riding the success of their latest album, “Blurryface”, the group was nominated this year for “Best Live Band” at the Alternative Press Music Awards. More information is available at

When: Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd.
Cost: $48.60

– Eamon Dreisbach

Battle of the Burger Returns


Philadelphia Magazine’s third annual Battle of the Burger, sponsored by Budweiser, will be held Monday. 20 of Philly’s top restaurants will compete to determine who has the best burger in the city. Attendees (must be 21+) can enjoy a taste of each eatery’s signature patty in addition to complimentary Budweiser products and wine. More information is available at

When: Sept. 14, 6-9:30 p.m.
Where: 23rd St. Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
Cost: $50

– Eamon Dreisbach