Feed Your Curiosity : Philly Culture and Science Events, Oct. 16 to 22 | Philly Views
October 12, 2017

Feed Your Curiosity : Philly Culture and Science Events, Oct. 16 to 22

Written by Brendan Sweeney

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, 10.16

Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan Cello and Piano Performance

Perelman Theater – Kimmel Center


Starting the week off strong is a night of musical mastery at the Kimmel Center. See what a duo of classically-trained musicians can communicate without any words at all.


The Lox, Westside Gunn & Conway, Benny Smoke DZA, DJ Statik Selektah

Theatre of Living Arts

$35 + fees

If classical music at the Kimmel Center doesn’t tickle your fancy, perhaps you need some DJ Statik Selektah in your life. This show is a hip-hop round-up artists who are not only popular for songs, but also for raising awareness of important issues.


Tuesday, 10.17

Nai Palm (of Hiatus Kaiyote) / Madison McFerrin / Sonni Shine

Union Transfer


The Australian two-time Grammy nominee headlines the show accompanied by Brooklyn’s Madison McFerrin as well as Philly’s very own Sonni Shine.

Wednesday, 10.18

Food as Medicine: Pairings for a Stronger Community



Socrates said “let food by thy medicine”, and people knew it for years; then pharmaceutical companies came along and tried to make everyone forget it. This is a health-minded cooking class and wine-pairing which aims to teach the therapeutic and medicinal value of diet.


Thursday, 10.19

Philadelphia Film Festival

Roxy Theater

$6 to $15

October 19th marks the beginning of  the 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival. The team at the Philadelphia Film Society curated the cream of the crop of international cinema and will present the findings to the city. With an average of over 100 films over the years, the annual festival represents a major, highly significant, world-class contribution to arts and culture.

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Friday, 10.20

Ben Folds – Paper Airplane Request Tour 

The Fillmore 


Ben Folds is widely regarded as a force of nature in music today. Aptly named, the tour encourages audience members to write song requests on paper airplanes and launch them to the stage.


Harry Potter Festival

Germantown Ave

Pay as you go

Dumbledore might be dead, but the spirit of Harry Potter is alive and well in Chestnut Hill. This is an all out event featuring a 5k run, costume contest, Quidditch and much, much more. Be careful not to accidentally drink too much “Firebolt” [hard liquor] and “chunder” [vomit] in the “Gryffindor Common Room” [Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill].


Saturday, 10.21

Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market


Filbert Street will be closed to vehicles and decked out with hay bales and cornstalks to make you feel even more cattle-like as you stuff your face without constraint, shame, or reason. Expect fall brews, delicious food, and live music.


9th Annual Community Apple Festival

Woodford Mansion


The mansion’s on-premises apple orchard was replanted and recreated nine years ago, and ever since has served as a living example of community maintained self-sustenance and environmental responsibility. This event is your chance to celebrate the season and appreciate heirloom apples straight from the source.


Sunday, 10.22

Philadelphia’s Sonic Soliloquy

The Rotunda


The University of Pennsylvania is held in high regard in the realm of the arts, and part of that reason is The Rotunda. This event brings local artists to the forefront, music to the ear, and zero dents to the wallet.

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