Under the Radar: Lotus, Live Animal Center, Bomb The Music Industry!, Mt. Airy Yoga Class

Under the Radar for the week of Tuesday, 27 November 2012.

Friday, Nov. 30
9 p.m.
The Electric Factory
421 N. Seventh St.

The music scene this past fall has been on fire with top performers like the Philadelphia-based band Lotus, headlining some of the biggest events the city has seen. Performing at FDR Park this past September, Lotus put on a larger-than-life performance, packed with four openers followed by a two hour and 10 minute set. Filled with the band’s feel-good electronic funk music, Lotus kept the crowd grooving under the night sky, closing out one of the last outdoors events of the year. Lotus fanatics have been craving for more, and with that the band will be making its third appearance to the city this year. After bringing in the New Year at Festival Pier in 2011, Lotus has been loving the Philadelphia crowd, making it one of the last stops of its tour. The multi-genre-based band incorporates features of rock, jazz, funk and electronica to produce pure grooving beats for fans to get down to. Incorporating new styles and covers with an illuminated light show behind them, Lotus will be bringing it down in their hometown for a holiday-filled finale.

Live Animal Center Behind-The-Scenes Tour
Now through Nov. 30
2 p.m., Mondays–Thursdays
$5 per member/ $7.50 non-member
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Each month, the Academy of Natural Science dedicates a new theme to showcase in the museum and give a one-of-a-kind tour. Through the month of November there will be a dedication to the animals of the center, which focuses on the rehabilitation of the animals to be released back into the wild. Most of the featured animals are unwanted or exotic pets such as birds, reptiles and a vast collection of mammals from different areas of the world. Go behind the glass and ask questions, meet animals and watch as the tour guides provide care for the animals. Tours hold up to 10 members and they must all be older than eight years of age. Get close-up views of some of the biggest birds the East Coast offers as well as exotic birds from the jungles and rainforests. This type of showcase is usually only open for researchers by appointment. This event is for one month only.

Bomb The Music Industry! 
Dec. 2
7:30 p.m., all ages
The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut St.

Seeing a show at The First Unitarian Church is a right of passage for devotees of the Philly punk scene. Alternative music lovers of all ages are welcome to see Nassau County, NY rockers Bomb the Music Industry! take the stage at the Chestnut Street venue. Fellow Nassau County-natives and supporting act Laura Stevenson and the Cans will offer a noticeably different sound, with Stevenson’s sweet feminine alternative-pop vocals providing listeners with melodic hooks. While this may seem like a NY-dominated show, Philadelphia is represented in the other supporting acts. Indie post-hardcore band Luther will perform, as well as quintessential Philly punk group Glocca Morra. With four acts for $10 dollars, this show at The First Unitarian Church is an easy way to open your eyes and ears to a handful of new tunes.

Mt. Airy Yoga Class
Monday, Dec. 3
7 p.m.–8:15 p.m.
Summit Presbyterian Church
6757 Greene St.

With fall semester soon to end, stress and fatigue are the two barriers standing in every student’s way. Final projects and exams are something nobody can avoid, frustrating students with each passing day. Relieving stress is a crucial way to get your head back in the game, and taking a quick break can be the solution. Rejuvenate yourself, connect with your inner peace, clear your head and reach that sense of calm. Seated and standing yoga poses will focus your energy on your body, opening muscles for relaxation. Moving from that, there will be a number of stretches and exercises you will be taken through. Back bends, inversions and core poses will concentrate your body, strengthen your center and perfect the balance of your body. This class is primarily focused on beginner level stretching, breaking the limits to a full range of motion in your body. Get comfortable and take a breather from the daily troubles of your day, reach for success and Namaste.

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