Marc Snitzer Marc Snitzer is a freelancer, Temple graduate and usually up to no good. Things that interest him include rock and roll generally, storytelling, Walt Whitman, science fiction, marine biology, 1980s anime, punk rock specifically and Bruce Springsteen.
[Oct. 19-20] The first rule of Shell Club — is it "Don't talk about Shell Club"? Nope, just have a dope shell collection and want to show and tell with other conchology nerds. Presented by the Philadelphia Shell Club and hosted by the home of the third largest mollusk collection in the world (10 million specimens, amazingly), this weekend of competitive collecting might give way to some shell shock (sorry) to the uninitiated in the underground world of international shell black markets, dissections and craft-making. So here are some conversation points and quick tips for the shell-curious: Not all conchologists are shell collectors and vice versa. Some folks just dig shells for their aesthetic value. Also, mollusks may be the second largest phylum in the spectrum of animal species and include all sorts of invertebrates, but not all of ‘em rock shells, so keep that squid talk to a minimum and please don’t embarrass me in front of Shell Club.
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 19-20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free with $15 admission, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy., 215-299-1000, ansp.org.