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, Feb. 19
National Consitution Center
Celebrate this holiday by learning the roles and duties of our President, along with one of the most important documents in our Nation’s history. There are a variety of events throughout the day, including interactive discussions, quiz games, and shows.
The Monkey Club
If you’re looking to get comfortable in front of a crowd as a comedian, then this is the perfect opportunity. This open mic night will give you a chance to try our your performance. Each comedian has four minutes on stage. Sign-ups start at 8 pm. If you don’t have anything to share, audience members can enjoy the show for free.
The Callback Bar at Punchline Philly
If you love The Office, then come out to this event. It starts at 8 pm.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Museum of the American Revolution
From 5 to 8 pm, learn about the preservation of artifacts and other information behind maintaining a museum. Guests will have the opportunity to explore areas of the museum not usually open to the public. This special event will include tours and a Q&A session.
This event teaches everything kombucha-related from recipes to health benefits. Free DiBruno Bros and it starts at 6 pm.
Come enjoy some drinks, a quality meal, and a painting lesson all in one night. This event lasts from 7 to 9 pm.
Helium Comedy Club
Are you looking to start your comedy career? Or have you been writing comedy for a while and want to get some practice? This workshop will help. Writers can have their work reviewed by the group as well as experienced comedians. Oh, and there’s food too. This event takes place from 5 to 8 pm. Make sure to RSVP for this workshop.
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
Enjoy some music from a variety of musicians while you sip on tea. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
World Cafe Live
This Los Angeles-based singer is performing live for local WXPN radio station. It starts at 8 pm.
Let your creativity flow as you unleash your inner artist at this BYOB paint night. From 7 to 10 pm, participants will be inspired by Bob Ross episodes to complete their own work of art. The fee includes your a canvas and paint.
South Street Cinema
Do you have a movie that you’ve been dying to see on the big screen? Well, now is your chance. Filmmakers can submit their works of up to 20 minutes. Anyone who is interested must email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. If you aren’t looking to submit a film, it is free to enjoy in the audience. The screening starts at 7 pm.
The Galleries at Moore
From 6:30 to 8 pm visitors can explore the research and works of Mattie Brice, an artist and design researcher. She specifically focuses on research within the topics of games, politics, and social networks.
Come see this local fashion week featuring Philadelphia’s designers and models. It lasts from 8 to 11 pm.
Thursday, Feb. 22
Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill
$5 voting ticket
Artists from around Philadelphia will have 2 hours make a work of art, and participants will decide who will continue on to further rounds. If you decide to buy a ticket to vote for your favorite artists, you will have access to specials on beer throughout the night.
South Street Cinema
This series feature classic films played at this affordable venue. It starts at 7 pm.
This event features a group discussion on self love and acceptance while learning how to paint from a guest art instructor. It starts at 7 pm.
Enjoy a performance of “Sonnets for an Old Century,” a play consisting of 28 individual sonnets. The performance is hosted by The University of the Arts. The show starts at 7:30.
Lucky’s Last Chance
Starting at 9 pm, guests can admire the unique works of local artists. The restaurant will be transformed into an exhibit to display mixed media, graphic design, and illustration. The featured artists are Devon Dadoly, Brandon Cahill, Matt McKnight, and Laura Holmes.
Friday, Feb. 23
Philadephia Museum of Art
Explore the world of music with musician and producer King Britt. This event will include live performance and workshops such as “Scribble a song” and “Music Lab: Beats Making 101.” Aside from music by King Britt, some other performers include Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Suphala, and Xenia Rubinos. The music starts at 5 pm.
Last month's #PhilaFriday "Weird Science" was a blast. This month, we've got another great event for Philly music lovers. Join us for Final Fridays: King Britt Presents, a night to experience the vision, connections, and expertise of musical maverick #KingBritt. He's tapped some of his favorite sound artists to create "The Missed Guided Tour," a new audio tour for our galleries. Learn the basics of music production with Philly-based DJ Jabair in a Beat Making 101 workshop. Create art inspired by a Spotify playlist curated by the night's collaborators. And gather in the Great Stair Hall to hear the original compositions each artist produced after a three-day residency in our galleries. Experience works by @xeniarubinos, @suphala, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, and the man himself—the legendary @kingbritt. Limited tickets available. Final Fridays are included in the price of admission. Illustration by @procrasonate
Don’t let heartache get you down. Instead, use the pain and indulge in the creative energy. Starting at 8 pm, guests can enjoy music, a dance party, and other performances at the museum. The price of the event includes access to the exhibits.
The African American Museum in Philadephia
Celebrate Black History Month with Jazz, poetry, and other music inspired by the Harlem Rennaissance. Some performers include V. Shayne Frederick, Ella Gahnt, and Nikki Powerhouse. The celebration takes place from 7-9 pm.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Franny Lou’s Porch
$10 to $15
Learn about the lives and works of Afro-poets through reading and discussion, and use that to inspire your own creations. This is considered a safe space, so participants are encouraged to share their own stories in relation to the conversation. This event takes place from 4 to 5:30 pm.
Kung Fu Necktie
This event features an all female playlist from Rihanna to Missy Elliot. It starts at 10 pm.
The Franklin Institute
If you are looking to learn a new, challenging skill, head to the Franklin Institute to learn the technological art of 3D Printing. From 11 am to 1 pm, participants will learn the basics and work towards a piece to be displayed in the Museum. Advance registration is required for this event. No experience is needed to participate.
Sunday, Feb. 25
South Street Cinema
The super-cheap B movie is sure to make anyone laugh. It lasts from 7:30 to 10:30 pm.
Bernie Rodgers contributed to this post.