Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Feb. 5 to 11 | Philly Views
February 1, 2018

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Feb. 5 to 11

Written by Breanna Perez

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, 2.5

Q&A with Director & Edmy Award-Winning Editor Kabir Akhtar

Platt Student Performing Arts House


Kabir Akhtar, an Emmy Award-Winning Editor and Penn alumn, has worked on many renowned shows, including New Girl, Crazy Ex Girldfriend and Arrested Development. At this event, Akhtar will be sharing his experiences in show business. The Q&A starts at 6 pm.


Mambo Mondays

Vango Lounge & Skybar


Mambo Mondays is offering lessons from Noel Rodriguez in Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Cha Cha, and more. Doors open at 8:30 pm.


La NOCHE / Free Live Latin Music & Dance Party

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


La NOCHE is a monthly live Latin music and dancing event. Different guest groups will take the stage.


Ballet Unbound

954 Dance Movement Collective


This ballet class will be covering all ballet basics in a comfortable, fun, and welcoming environment. Class is from 8 to 9 pm.


Tuesday, 2.6

A Walk Through Time

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Free after museum admission

Starting at noon, The Philadelphia Museum of Art will welcome patrons to visit a medieval gallery, a 16th century Indian Temple Hall, the Japanese tea house, and 18th century estates in France and England. This tour takes 1 hour.


Reading of James Ijames’ TJ LOVES SALLY 4 EVER

Painted Bride Art Center


James Ijames is a performer and playwright from Philadelphia. Starting at 7:30 pm, he will be reading his latest work, a story focusing on the forbidden love between a university dean and a student.


Paint Nite at Jerry’s Bar

Jerry’s Bar


This Tuesday at 7 pm Paint Nite will be taking over Jerry’s Bar to guide guests through a two-hour lively paint session.


5-Part Portrait and Figure Painting Workshop

The Common Room


Dan Kiselev, local artist, is providing participants with the materials and individual instruction to learn the fundamentals of figure and portraiture work. This event is from 2 to 5 pm.


Wednesday, 2.7

Sekere Workshop with Omomola Iyabunmi

Penn Museum


From 6:30 to 8 pm, you have the opportunity to come play with Omomola Iyabunmi, Philly’s master percussionist. The sessions are held in a gallery space with ancient artifacts. All levels and ages are welcome. This is the first day of the event and it will continue every Wednesday through March 14.


FRIEDA First Wednesday Film Club

The Ritz at the Bourse


Watch a movie at the Ritz and walk back to FRIEDA for generations for a discussion over pastries, coffee, and tea.

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Rough Cuts -Open Screen & Critique

WeWork Northern Liberties


This workshop is meant for those who already work in film and people who aspire to join the film industry. It takes place from 7 to 9 pm.


Pop-up Yoga Art + Flow

Urban Art Gallery


Art and yoga have so much in common, so why not enjoy both at once? You will explore these commonalities both on the mat an in the art exhibition. Reflecting on movement, breath, and mindfulness, you can spark the creativity within you.


Thursday, 2.8

The Humans

Walnut Street Theatre


End the week with this performance of The Humans, a Tony Award-winning play.


Image China: Dragon Boat Racing

Merriam Theater


This award-winning Chinese dance-drama was popular throughout China for a long time, and is now coming to Philly. This show is performed by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble. The show starts at 7:30 pm.


Friday, 2.9

The Slave Narratives

Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center


From noon until 3 pm, you will have the opportunity to listen to the stories from the lives of six former slaves.


How Are We Free Exhibit Launch

Institute of Contemporary Art


“How Are We Free” brings together prisoners with life sentences and visual artists who are free for creative collaboration. There will be featured speakers, a DJ, and a preview of the artwork.


Saturday, 2.10

BEND: A Qunify LGBTQ Party

La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts

$5 to 15

Qunify is a community organization that opens new places for the LGBTQ+ people of Philadelphia. This is a safe and fun space where everyone can openly be themselves. Everyone is welcome. Doors open at 10:30 pm.


Super Saturday Matinee – Adventures of Adele 

South Street Cinema


This film, based on a novel, is kid friendly. The show is from 2 to 4 pm.


Visionary Valentines Gift Market

Philadelphia Visionary Arts Gallery


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to buy something special for the one you love. This event features art, jewelry, and collectibles that are handmade and unique. This event is from noon to 8 pm.


Sunday, 2.11

Walnut Street Theatre’s StinkyKids

Walnut Street Theatre


This musical is kid/family friendly and is based on the book StinkyKids by Britt Menzies. This is the last day for this show.


Watercolor Weekend at the Museum

Museum of the American Revolution

Free with admission

During this event you will watch demonstrations of watercolor techniques that were mastered by Pierre Charles L’Enfant and other artists during the Revolutionary War. This event is from 11 am until 5 pm.


3rd Annual Writers at Work Conference

Rosemont College


This conference is meant to address the changing role of writers in the workplace and how to juggle the many hats they wear. This is a one-day conference, lasting from 9 am until 5 pm.

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