Note: Alexis Rogers contributed to this post
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.
Chris’ Jazz Cafe
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the unique jazz stylings of “The Inner Urge.” After their East Coast tour, their new album will be available for purchase. The music starts at 8 pm.
Sound Space Performing Arts
Follow Lee-Ann Doncevic through a candle-lit yoga session while listening to soulful sounds. This event will surely get your positive energy pumping through various postures. This weekly session begins today and will go through May 21.
Philadelphia City Institute Free Library
Sit back, eat cheese, drink wine, and participate in a Q&A with PA ballet soloist, Dayesi Torriente. Here you will learn about her preparations for Snaw Lake. This event is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Secret Synth Society Philadelphia
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you have the opportunity to come tinker with musical equipment to make come cool sounds. These synthesizers meet to show off their gear, network and, of course, jam out. From jam sessions to basic learning classes, these meeting are different every month. They will provide equipment, including a PA and various synths and sequencers, but they encourage you to bring gear to experiment with. This event is from 8:30 to 11:30 pm.
One Book, One Philadelphia
Come and learn about what it was like for black communities in the 19th and 20th centuries. This pop-up exhibition and book talk will let everyone explore historic Philly neighborhoods through authentic passages, personal stories, and discussions. This event is from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Walter Mosley, renowned for his crime and mystery fiction, will be hosting a reading and signing. At this event, he will read and sign his new novel Down the River Unto the Sea, a novel about a wrongly convicted NYPD investigator. This event is from 7:30 to 9 pm.
Our #BookTuesday pick for February 20 is #DownTheRiverUntoTheSea by #WalterMosley. Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him all those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed—and why. "Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women….It's the perfect moment for Mosley to unveil an exciting new hero and a series set in the present and confronting the issues that drive today's headlines,” says #ALA’s Booklist. Grab a copy today! #bookrecommendation #bookrec #bookstagram #instabook #detective #mysteries #crimefiction
Museum of American Revolution
Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the role of women in the Revolutionary War. Guests will be able to make a button with a quote from an empowering woman of the past. Alex Meyers, the author of “Revolutionary,” will discuss his book about the first female soldier who managed to fight in the war disguised as a man. There will also be a clothing drive for Career Wardrobe, an organization that works to help women with professional development. Guests are encouraged to bring a new or gently used item as a donation.
The Franklin Institute
If you are a space enthusiast, this event has your name written all over it. Once a month, you will have the opportunity to dive into the unknown and, this month, it is held today from 7 to 10 pm. In addition to telescopic observation, this event includes planetarium shows, live presentations and hands-on activities You will be instructed by Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer. This event is going until November 13.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Monic O, guest host, will provide you with an awesome and fun experience. At this event you will talk about Monica’s work, get inspired for your own artwork, and socialize with other artists from the area. Markers, paper, snacks, and beverages will be provided. This event is from 6 to 8 pm.
Didik Nini Thowok is an acclaimed Indonesian dancer who is here to teach traditional Indonesian dance. Tickets include water, snacks, photo op, Q&A, and an opportunity to participate in a rare event. This event is from 6 to 8 pm.
Punch Line Philly
Get ready for a night of laughs at this Pro Comedy Showcase. The headliner for this event is Darryl Charles, and other entertainers include Matt Hyams, Sylis P, Sarah Bell, Seamus Millar, and Doran Vasquez. The show starts at 8 pm.
Come get a sneak peak of what The Women’s Film Festival has in store for Philadelphia. With a half-hour of drink specials and small dishes, you will have the opportunity to network and get inspired. The Women’s Film Festival is meant to celebrate the power of women in the entertainment industry and will be from March 16 through 24. This preview party will be held from 6 to 9 pm.
As Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX is presenting a series that will allow the audience to dig deeper into the world of ballet. This will be done through the pre-show conversations with artists from 8 to 10 pm, which is one of their two signature events. This is the first day of this event and will run until March 18.
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There’s no better way to celebrate Women’s History Month than attending an event dedicated to some of history’s most determined women. WHYY will screen Women Outward Bound, an award winning documentary that focuses on the first all-female expedition in 1965. After the screening there will be a discussion. This screening will start at 7 pm.
The Gershman Y
This introduction class will let you get your feet wet with Yiddish Dance master, Steven Lee Weintraub. With no dance experience required, you will be introduced to many dance concepts through different lessons of klezmar music. This is the first day of the series.
Lightbox Film Center
With international attention, Rosamond Purcell continued to develop a photo series that exemplifies her fascination with nature. Conversation and valuable insight on photography will be followed. This event is from 7 to 8:30 pm.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Philadelphia Orchestra, along with violinist Janine Jansen, will honor the works and musical genius of Rachmaninoff in this classical concert. The music starts at 7:30 pm.
The Whole Shebang
Today is the last day to check out this weekday workshop with Eroca Nicols. Here you will learn the poetic and political meaning behind touch, such as expectations, engagement and consent. This event is from noon to 3 pm.
Annenberg Center Live
Watch these festive acrobats defy gravity with trick-cycling, tumbling, juggling, gymnastics, and other impressive talents. Performing to the beats of live music, these acrobats will bring a modern appeal to older traditions. This is the first day of this two-day show. Friday’s show is from 7 to 9 pm.
Twenty dancers, both professional and beginners of any age, will perform on stage by interpreting a series of dances from various eras. Each dancer will show their own imagination, desires and joy through their personal movements. This event is from 8 to 10 pm.
This event will feature six short films created by aspiring filmmakers. After the screenings, there will be a Q&A session for audience members to learn more about the productions. It is recommended that guests reserve their tickets in advance. The showcase starts at 7:30 pm.
The Clay Studio
Amanda Feifer, author and fermentation expert, will be hosting this unique workshop to teach you anything there is to know about vegetable fermentation. Learn the basics, including the benefits, safety of this process, and other tips and tricks. From 1 to 3 pm, dive into this one of a kind, science experience.
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Scientific History Institute
The theme of this lecture is “The Invisible Woman: Pop Culture and the Scientific Divide.” It will explore how women are represented within the science field in pop culture. After the discussion, there will be a Q&A with complimentary tea/coffee. Reservations are not required for this event.
Good Good Comedy Theatre
Who thought that reminiscing on old VHS tapes could be so entertaining? This show will be hosted by Joe Pickett, who has written for The Onion and Nick Prueher, who worked with the Late Show with David Letterman. There will be two performances, at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm.
Philadelphia Shambhala Center
Did you have a hectic week and in need of mediation to start your weekend? Shambhala aims to awaken wisdom and goodness within society and, this two-day event, will showcase that mission. Join Alexander Devaron for this level 1 training to develop confidence and openness within ourselves and our world.
Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia
This photo tour will be a tribute to the Greek-American musical experiences. Hosted by Greek American Heritage Society, you will dive into a cultural and musical experience that will unravel Greek bands and musicians, festivals, and organizations that contributed to the Greek American experience. From 6:30 to 8:30 pm you will learn this through photos, exhibits, timeline displays, guest speakers, films, and more.
Philly AIDS Thrift
From 1 to 3 pm, you can dive in the true LGBTQ+ experience by learning how people in the community use fashion to shape their identity and expression. This event will include mingling and story telling from speakers.
This dance choreography workshop will focus on hoop dancing along with different techniques that accompany it. This workshop is from 5 to 7 pm and invites all levels of dancing.
Penn Museum Culture Films
If you haven’t already seen Arana, here’s the chance to do along with engaging with guest speakers. Special guest Seema Vaidyanathan will talk about South Indian cuisine at the free catered reception.