Philadelphia is an underrated hotbed for art, science, and culture. Home to an array of venues, museums and institutions, there’s really no good excuse to be bored in this city.
Feed Your Curiosity is a weekly roundup of events in Philadelphia that will broaden your horizons, tantalize your mind, and hopefully sophisticate you into something more than the heathen that you are. Here’s what’s going on this week.
Kicking off at 9 am from City Hall, the Mummers Parade runs down Broad St to Washington Ave. Party on Two Street after and prepare to hate yourself at work the next day.
Philadelphia History Museum
This is the last day to catch this exhibit. It features 42 nostalgic Norman Rockwell prints, illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post.
Punch Line Philly
On the first Wednesday every month, you can see eight of Philly’s best stand-up comedians. The headliner this month is Chris O’Connor.
Parkway Central Library
Head to the Rare Books Department to see books and items that are just way too big to be displayed regularly. This includes a 15-foot-long handwritten scroll that belonged to King Edward IV.
Presented by Riot Nerd, this dance party will pay tribute to the Blade Runner movies. $5 drink specials and costumes welcome.
World Cafe Live
This is a monthly celebration of Cuban culture, food, cocktails, and music by Conjunto! The event free, but admission is for 21+ only.
The Franklin Institute
Unfortunately, this only for ages 10 to 15, but if you’ve got kids that age, you can tag along.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Free after admission
Live music, cocktails, and more inside in the Art Museum. This Friday includes a live performance from JD Walter & Orrin Evans Duo.
You can see Auguste #Rodin’s original, or medium-sized, “Thinker” at @philamuseum. We think he looks pretty good with Troyon and Daubigny. • “The Thinker,” modeled in clay 1880–81 by Auguste Rodin; cast in bronze 1924 by Alexis Rudier. “Leashed Hounds,” c. 1860, by Constant Troyon. “Mill,” 1857, by Charles-François Daubigny.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Check out a handful of tuition-free mini courses to sample continuing education classes from PAFA. These include Art as Therapy, Anatomical Drawing, Oil Painting Basics, Lithography, and Animal Sculpture.
Technically, you can go to this all week, but Sunday is the last day to see the French-inspired holiday display. Timed tickets required.