Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Apr. 16 to 22 | Philly Views
April 12, 2018

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Apr. 16 to 22

Written by Alexis Rogers

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 4.16

Philly Celebrates Jazz

Katharine Drexel Branch Library


The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy is hosting a concert to showcase the city’s appreciation for Jazz. This event will feature Philly-based musician Julian Hartwell Quintet. He is a pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator.


All Vinyl, All Night



Head to South Street for a night filled with hip hop, funk, and soul during Vinyl Night. The party starts at 10 pm.


Golden Girls Trivia

Punchline Philly


Spend your night with Sophia, Rose, Dorothy, and Blanche as you test your knowledge of this classic TV show. Single or group tickets can be reserved online in order to secure a spot. The trivia night starts at 8 pm.


Tuesday 4.17

Spring Training: Boot Camp

Dilworth Park


Enjoy the view of City Hall and the sounds of the busy streets of Philly while taking part in this group workout. The trainers from Optimal Sport 1315 will be leading participants in various exercises.


Noises Off

Walnut Street Theatre

$40 to $87

This comedy follows a cast as they try to prepare for the opening night of their production, but things aren’t going quite as planned. Head to the Walnut Street Theatre to find out what happens. The show starts at 8 pm.


Improv Comedy: Hoffman +Metropolis

Philly Improv Theater


This show features two improv groups, Hoffman and Metropolis, who are sure to make your Tuesday night filled with laughs. The show starts at 9 pm.


Wednesday 4.18

Paint Nite

Santucci’s Pizza


Take a trip to the beach with this tropical surf themed paint nite. Canvases are provided and included in the price of your ticket. If you want to save some money, use the code PN2018 for 40% off.


Game Masters

The Franklin Institute

Prices Vary

This special exhibit isn’t quite like your typical museum experience.  Game Masters is an interactive exhibit that features video games of all kinds, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Donkey Kong, and Sims. There are over 100 games for visitors to play.


Strangest Things: A Night of Cryptozoology

Penn Museum


Prepare yourself for a night of myths, folklore, and legends about unknown creatures throughout history.  This event will include live music and drinks.


Thursday 4.19

Unstaged: Live Reading of 2017 SIP Winning Screenplays

Prince Theater


This event will showcase the winning screenplays from the “Set in Philadelphia” screenwriting competition. This competition has four main categories: the Grand Prize and Regional Award, the Oscar Micheaux Award, the TV Prime Time Award, and the Student Award. The event starts at 6:30 pm. Registration is required.

Join us on 4/19 for "Unstaged", a live reading of the 2017 "Set in Philadelphia" Screenwriting Competition (SIP) winning screenplays. See & hear pro actors interpret the winning screenplays + a breakdown of the winning screenplays’ structures by Brian Wade & Jillian Bullock. LINK IN BIO . Winning screenplays: Grand Prize & Regional Award, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia & the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia: The Doan Brothers, written by Ben & Oliver Samuels Logline: The incredible true story of five Bucks County Quakers who became folk heroes in the earliest days of the American Revolution. Pushed to fight and robbing from the British and Continentals alike with Robin Hood-daring, the Doans served no King or Congress, but fought for the beautiful, untouched land of the Native Peoples and William Penn in one of the greatest and most heart-wrenching love stories of unchanging men in a changing country ever told. . TV Prime Time Award, sponsored by Comcast and NBCUniversal: No Love Lost, written by Page Peter Wilson Logline: A combat veteran and his partner work tirelessly to reunite teenage runaways with their families. . Inaugural Oscar Micheaux Award, (for the best screenplay penned by a Philadelphia area resident of the African Diaspora) sponsored by Progressive Change, CDC and West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution: The Dennis Boys, written by Stephen Arthur Schaffer Logline: Two brothers, a cynic and an optimist, struggle to find common ground when their sick mother’s condition worsens. . Student Award, sponsored by the Derek Freese Film Foundation: Liberty Investigations, written by Lindsay Michel Logline: A private investigator and his intern work outside the law to solve cases in Philadelphia. Admission: FREE. Open to the public.

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Shot Heard Round the World

The Museum of the American Revolution


This event will focus on the Battles at Lexington and Concord, in which the first shots were fired on April 19, 1775. The activities will celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the museum’s opening.


Parks and Recreation Quizzo

Bottle Bar East


Pawnee meets Philly Quizzo. Grab some waffles from JJ’S Diner before testing your knowledge about this popular TV series. Teams can include up to 4 people. The top three winners will receive a credit at the bar. Parks and Recreation apparel or accessories are encouraged.


It Sounds Crazy

Good Good Comedy Theatre


The star of the show is Chanel Ali, a New York-based comedian with roots in Philadelphia. Other performers include Brian Kim, Amber Rollo, Reggie Conquest, Ashlynn Salzano, and Alex Grubard. The show starts at 8 pm.


Dining Out for Life

Various Locations

Various Prices

By dining out on April 19, you can make a positive impact by donating to Action Wellness. This organization is dedicated to helping people living with AIDS in Philadephia.  Participating restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds to AIDS services throughout the Philadelphia community.


Friday 4.20

Philly Pop-Up Art Exhibit

Open Space

$10 in advance/$20 at the door

This art exhibit will feature over 30 artists based in Philadelphia. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of work, while also enjoying wine and live music. There will also be a live painting competition. The exhibit runs from 7 pm to 11 pm.


Rocky Horror Picture Show

Ritz at the Bourse


This screening and live performance is the perfect way to start your weekend. Guests can purchase a prop bag for $3 if they are interested in interacting throughout the show. Doors open at 11:30, and the show starts around midnight.


Citywide Star Party

Various Locations


Get ready for a night of star hunting as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Participating locations include the Lenfest Center, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Laurel Hill Cemetery.


Saturday 4.21

Namas Day Spring Yoga Celebration


$50 to $145

Grab your mat and indulge in a day filled with the art of yoga. There will be a variety of classes, and yogis can choose to participate in a single class or more than one workshop. There are different packages available depending on your interest.


Patent Pending: Make Your Way to the Top

Next Fab

$10 in advance/$15 at the door

Have you ever dreamed of creating the next biggest invention? If so, then this event is perfect for you. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about invention, design, and patents while letting their creative side run wild.


Record Store Day

Creep Records Store


From 8 am to 10 pm, Creep records will be host a variety of events to celebrate Record Store Day. One of their featured events includes a skate ramp, where guests will have the opportunity to hang out with pro skaters Kevin Taylor and Kyle Nicholson.


Sunday 4.22

Beer Brunch: Fizzics Class

Yards Brewing Co. 

$40 in advance/$50 at the door

Time travel back to high school with this “fizzics” class, where you will learn all about foam, beer, and bubbles with the help of Yards Brewing Co. and University of the Sciences. Class starts at 11:30 am.


Philly Vegan Pop Flea-Mother Earth Market

Tattooed Mom


This vegan flea market is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day 2018. Some of the featured vendors include Earth Kandy, Fili Kale, Melmos Dog Treats, and HeartSeed Creations.


Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show

The Navy Yard


From 11 am to 5 pm, travel to the past with the 56th Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show. This event will feature a variety of items, including jewelry, paintings, and furniture.

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