Thursday: Baltimore Taxidermy Open

Oct. 6

Depending on who's doing it and how it's done, taxidermy can range from nasty to disturbing to meme-worthy to super fucking cool. There are museums filled with nothing but stuffed animals. You might feel queasy at the thought of removing a critter's guts and wrapping its skin around a mannequin, or maybe you've actually considered preserving Captain Piddlepaws after he passes on. Last year, Baltimoreans got up close with the beautiful, grisly process at the first Taxidermy Open, making its return in what we hope to be a lasting tradition. This year, see rogue taxidermists compete for the big prize, catch a demo by Divya Anantharaman of Friends Forever Taxidermy, get a copy of " Taxidermy Art: A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself" signed by Baltimore-based author Robert Marbury, and learn about taxidermy gems in the Walters' Chamber of Wonders with curator Joaneath Spicer. 5-9 p.m., The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, free to attend. (Maura Callahan)

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