You might want to pack an umbrella yet again there's another chance of rain this afternoon. Though today's weather isn't as cool as it was over the weekend, you can definitely feel autumn in the air thanks to the release of our fall arts guide. But if that doesn't get you excited for the changing seasons, maybe a midterm election preview will. Just less than two months out, it's already shaping up to be an energetic day in our region.

— Aubrey Nagle (@aubsn, morningnewsletter@philly.com)

The leaves are already falling, the weather has cooled (somewhat), and football is back. That can only mean one thing: it’s about to get very artsy around here.

Philadelphia will soon be full of concerts, festivals, comedy shows, exhibits, movies and more. Our critics have picked the best of what's coming for our fall arts guide so you can sit back and enjoy the harvest.

It’s not just you — the upcoming midterm elections feel unusually charged. Though every national election carries significant stakes, voters are feeling the energy as Democrats try to gain a foothold in Congress and Republicans look to protect their stronghold.

Surveys even show registered voters think it's more important to cast a ballot in November than in past midterms.

Why does this election feel so different? Division over President Trump and his agenda have turned the midterms into a referendum on what the U.S. is and what it could be.

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Concert sounds from Camden’s BB&T Pavilion were heard more than a mile away Sunday night in South Philadelphia.
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Concert sounds from Camden’s BB&T Pavilion were heard more than a mile away Sunday night in South Philadelphia.

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On Monday, a Judas Priest concert in Camden could be heard loud and clear across the river in Queen Village. Listeners have a “perfect auditory storm” to thank (or blame).