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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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.
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.
This Tuesday at 7 pm Paint Nite will be taking over Jerry’s Bar to guide guests through a two-hour lively paint session.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walnut Street Theatre
End the week with this performance of The Humans, a Tony Award-winning play.
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.
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.
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.
La Peg Brasserie at Fringe Arts
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.
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South Street Cinema
This film, based on a novel, is kid friendly. The show is from 2 to 4 pm.
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.
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.
Museum of the American Revolution
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.
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.