Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Jan. 8 to 14 | Philly Views
January 4, 2018

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Jan. 8 to 14

Written by Bernie Rodgers

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.


Monday, 1.8

The Philadelphia Moth StorySLAM

World Cafe Live


National open-mic storytelling competition, The Moth, is hosting a StorySLAM at World Cafe Live. After ten randomly selected contestants deliver their narratives, judges will select one storyteller to move onto a GrandSLAM Championship. The theme for this competition is “Endings.”


Tuesday, 1.9

Night Skies at the Joel M. Bloom Observatory

The Franklin Institute


This monthly stargazing event is being hosted on the 5th floor rooftop observation deck. It offers an engaging array of activities, ranging from planetarium shows to a live talk on astronomy.


Sing Your Life Karaoke presents BowieOke!

Johnny Brenda’s


In honor of Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week Johnny Brenda’s is throwing a Bowie karaoke night in Philadelphia. Hosted by Sara Sherr of Sing Your Life Karaoke, it runs from 8 pm to 1 am.


Wednesday, 1.10

Art’s Rad! Art Show! PMA Bike Ride Benefit and Blanket Drive

Tattooed Mom


South Street’s Tattooed Mom is holding a fundraiser for the Positive Mental Attitude Bike Ride. This nonprofit organizes group bike rides in order to deliver pizzas to the city’s homeless population. A gallery of works by local artists will be auctioned to donate the profits to PMA Bike Ride.


Thursday, 1.11

Fascination: Inside Sigma Sound

World Cafe Live


In the Upstairs Cafe venue, there will be a free happy hour event showcasing art and narratives inspired by David Bowie. After the live readings, there will be a world premiere of The Sigma Kids, a documentary about the legendary musician by local filmmaker Anthony Crupi.


Friday, 1.12

Midnight Madness: The Room

Landmark’s Ritz Movie Theatres: Ritz Five


Ritz at the Bourse’s Midnight Madness series is now screening 2003’s indie cult-classic The Room. Come see this notoriously bizarre film on Friday at midnight.

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Friday Nights at the Museum: CNOTE NYC

Philadelphia Museum of Art

$14 to $18

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s weekly concert series will be featuring CNOTE NYC, a trio of live musicians playing a fusion of jazz, R&B, and rock. Cocktails and tapas-style dishes will be served by Starr Catering.


Saturday, 1.13

A Live Music & Burlesque to Emo

The Foundry

$15 to $40

Come see a full burlesque show exclusively dedicated to emo music. The event is 21+, offering food, drinks, and an array of performers.


A Snowy Bowie Skate

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest


Blue Cross RiverRink’s Winterfest is holding a themed skate dedicated to the Starman himself. This includes both a Bowie soundtrack while skating and a live screening of 1986’s Labyrinth. Also, face painting and games will be offered along with themed drinks and cocktails.


Do Millennials Dream of Electric Memes?



Multi-purpose community center, A-Space, will be hosting an art exhibit composed entirely of memes. This event is organized by Philadelphia Creatives for Change in resistance to the recent repeal of Net Neutrality.


Sunday, 1.14

13 Chambers 



PhilaMOCA is hosting an anthology of short horror films produced solely by female filmmakers. These flicks feature disturbing plots, ranging from inter-dimensional time travelers to murderous twins.

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Intro to 3D Printing Workshop

The Franklin Institute


Through group activities and one-on-one instruction, visitors will learn how ideas are brought to life through 3D printing. The event itself will culminate in a student-made collaborative art piece, which will be displayed in the museum. For ages 11+.

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