Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events (7/17-7/24) | Philly Views
July 17, 2017

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events (7/17-7/24)

Written by Kiley Price


When it comes to learning about art, science, and culture, Philadelphia is one of the best classrooms around. Philadelphia’s museums, institutions, and innovative residents bring endless opportunities to learn and appreciate a side of our city you don’t always see.

This is a weekly roundup of events that can help you add a little culture to your schedule.

 

7.17

Flags: Woven Symbols of Culture and History

Parkway Central Library

Free

Simon M. Joseph is a master vexillologist, someone who studies flags. He will be presenting a lecture on the history, meaning, and redesign of flags in the modern day. Joseph is the Assistant to the Director of Membership and Prizes at the American Philosophical Society, records a weekly podcast, and is very active in the community of Philadelphia. Joseph actually created and moderates the 88,000-subscriber vexillology community on Reddit.

 

7.18

First Person Arts StorySlam: I.O.U.

FringeArts

$10

Sign up to tell a story about your “battle scars” in front of a live audience for five minutes at this StorySlam. Ten audience members who sign up will randomly be chosen to present their story and the best story will receive $100 and a chance to compete in the Grand Slam season finale.

We dare you to bring your best story to First Person Arts' StorySlam on April 4th!

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The Air Around Us

The Franklin Institute

Free

In this edition of the Franklin Institute Speaker Series, Sam Kean, New York Times bestselling author, and Dr. Jayatri Das, chief bioscientist of the Franklin Institute, will host an intellectual conversation discussing the importance of air and how it impacts our lives, climate change, and the entire universe.

 

7.19

Sketching in the Galleries

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pay What You Wish

Get artistically inspired in the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with paper and pencils provided.

 

Community Night 

The Franklin Institute

Free 

Enjoy free admission this Wednesday at the Franklin Institute and explore some of their many exhibits, such as the Mirror Maze, the Giant Heart, and many more.

 

7.20

Opening Day of the Oval +

Eakins Oval at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Free

Celebrate the opening of the Oval, a pop-up park in the heart of Benjamin Franklin Parkway that has been reinstalled every summer for the past five years. The park is complete with art installations, movie nights, beer gardens, and food trucks. You can expect free jazz, music by DJ Lil’ Dave, and dance parties on opening day.

 

The Grape Escape 

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

$15 to $75

Spend at girls’ night out at “The Grape Escape,” an event centered around wine, cheese, sushi, and art. There will be chocolate fountains and fondue available to snack on, as well, while artists from the Philadelphia area present their work.

 

Opening Celebration: Folk Arts for Change

Philadelphia History Museum

Free

Deepen your knowledge about Philadelphia’s rich folk life and history, specifically within African-rooted dance and drum, at this exhibit opening.

 

7.21

Jazz 180

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

Free

Listen to some live outdoor music at Schmidt’s Commons this Friday, with a performance by Jazz 180.

 

Birdie Busch Performance

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Free with admission 

The Art Museum will be hosting Birdie Busch, local singer and songwriter, who uses mythology and everyday heroes as the inspiration for her songs. Cocktails and appetizers will be provided by Starr Catering.

 

Stuart Shils: Reaching for a Flock of Canaries

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts

Free

Join painter, printmaker, and draughtsman, Stuart Shils as he discusses how to perceive and think about art, along with understanding how certain artistic pieces reflect the world around you.

 

Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers and the West Philadelphia Orchestra

The Green Behind Walnut Street Library

Free 

In another installment of the 40th Street Summer Series, Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers, an Eastern European klezmer band, and the West Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing. There will be free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Saxby’s, and snacks from Honeygrow.

 

Islamic Heritage Festival

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Free

This two-day festival will be celebrating Islamic heritage with a citywide Jummah, a diversity rally and parade, entertainment, games, a bazaar, and more.

 

Jurassic Park in Concert

The Mann Center

$25 to $80

The Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing their rendition of the musical score from the iconic movie Jurassic Park.

 

Hometown History of the Hot Dog

Philadelphia History Museum 

$10

Historian Joel Spivak, Hot Dog Expert Bryan Kravitz, and Len Davidson will be detailing the legacy of the hot dog in Philadelphia. Free hot dogs after the presentation, too.

 

7.23

Sundays on Stage: Ginga Brasileira’s Free to Dance

Parkway Central Library

Free

Watch an expression of Afro-Brazilian culture through dance as Ginga Brasileira performs in this special show.

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