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.
The Barnes Foundation
This display features an extensive and varied body of work by renowned Algerian artist, Mohamed Bourouissa, including video, costumes, sculptures, photos and drawings. His current exhibition centers around costumed North Philly horse-riders.
“One day, I realized that I wanted to put “my people” and these subjects that were mine on the same level as the subjects and the characters of the great paintings. I wanted to raise them to the same level. It was a simple idea, but it was very important to me.” ––@mohamedbourouissa Subverting cowboy stereotypes, #UrbanRiders cuts right into the heart of a North Philly community of horse riders and reveals how art can inspire social change on a hyperlocal level. ⠀ ⠀ Final days to see the show! Free with your next Barnes visit. Check out today's Instagram story for a peek.⠀ ⠀ 📷 @thenotorious_n_a_t pictured with Skin and Paper, 2014 Color Photograph
2424 E. York St
An event aimed at lovers of food and dogs, Chef’s Night offers the chance to experience some of Philly’s best culinary artistry all while benefiting animal welfare.
36th and Filbert St
WHYY hosts a night of science-themed Quizzo, enhanced by beer and tacos. Teams are limited to four, so leave your less intelligent friends at home. Also, check out guide to Quizzo, organized by day of the week.
Free Library of Philadelphia – Culinary Literacy Center
If you’re experienced in creating foul smells, you’re already half way there. Learn the simple joys of making homemade cheese with food writer and cheesemonger Alex Jones (no, not that one). Come to explore the culture and methods surrounding the process, or just enjoy a night free of judgement for your own natural odor(s).
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Dust off your lederhosen, because every Wednesday for the month of October, the balcony at the museum is transformed into a beer garden. The event is complete with local craft beer, pretzels, bratwurst, and games. Discounted rates for tickets are available when bought in advance.
In the spirit of the Halloween season, the Piazza is having an outdoor screening of Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Pull up a chair and get to know your neighbors.
World Cafe Live
Embrace music and culture of Cuba with food and drink specials, as well as the music of professional ensemble Conjunto Philadelphia.
Helium Comedy Club
Hailed as the “Seinfeld of France”, Elmaleh has a reputation as noticeable as his accent. He has been featured on “Conan”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and has now come to grace the City of Brotherly Love.
13th and Chestnut St.
Celebrate the autumn season, aka the three weeks of tolerable weather before everything is freezing and awful for five months. The festival features food, beverages, live entertainment, and plenty of shopping. The event spans several blocks, centered around 13th and Chestnut.
6400 Germantown Ave
Take a step back in history to a simpler time, and celebrate Germantown’s rich history in this day long event complete with food, beer, re-enactors, and live music.
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North 3rd St and Arch St
If you thought walking on regular streets while plastered was tough, try cobblestones. On October 8th, the streets of Old City showcases restaurants, local history, retailers, designers, and walking blunders aplenty.