Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Apr. 9 to 15 | Philly Views
April 5, 2018

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture & Science Events, Apr. 9 to 15

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 4.9

Improv Comedy: The Future Presents

Philly Improv Theater

$0 to 8

This explorative and experimental comedy show is sure to bring some entertainment to your Monday night. The show starts at 9 pm.


Philly Celebrates Jazz

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library


Celebrate Jazz Appreciation month with this musical event. The show will feature V. Shayne Frederick, accompanied byJeff Scull (guitar), Christopher Coyle (bass), and Claudio De Pujadas (drums). This event is hosted by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and the Jazz Bridge Project.

I got a piece in the City Hall Art Gallery for the Transforming Jazz exhibit to celebrate Jazz month. This Thursday evening Come see what's hangin'. Each year, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy leads the City of Philadelphia in Philly Celebrates Jazz, a celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April. The month-long celebration features live performances, art exhibitions, and film screenings. It showcases the power of jazz in different shapes and raises awareness about Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage. For more information, visit http://creativephl.org/jazz/. Thu, March 29, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT LOCATION Mayor's Reception Room City Hall, Room 202 Philadelphia, PA 19107 #cityhallphiladelphia #cityhallartgallery #philadelphiaartists #renaissance #visualart #physicalart #celebratingjazz #celebratinglife #transforming #phillycelebratesjazz #philajazzproject #jazzmonth #apriljazz

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Mambo Mondays

Vango Lounge & Skybar


Celebrate Mambo Mondays and enjoy a variety of Latin genres, including salsa, bachata, cha cha, and much more. There will be a DJ and a dance lesson during the night. Doors open at 8:30 and the party goes until 2 am.


Tuesday 4.10

Paint Nite 

Field House


Start your week off by channeling your creative side. At this paint nite, participants will be painting a black cat. If you use the code PN2018, you will receive 40% off of your registration.


Night Skies in the Observatory

The Franklin Institute


Grab your star map and a telescope to observe the night sky. Stargazing will take place continuously from 7 pm to 10 pm. Throughout the night, there will be a variety of other events including shows, lectures, and interactive activities that are all about astronomy.


Reading: Featuring Samuel R. Delany & Sam J. Miller

Irish Pub

$5 donation suggested

If you are a fan of the science fiction and fantasy genre, then this event may spark your interest. Samuel R. Delaney and Sam J. Miller will be sharing and discussing their work. Their latest pieces include “The Art of Starving”(Delany)  and “The Atheist in the Attic” (Miller). Audience members will be able to purchase their books at the event, as well as get them signed by the authors.


Wednesday 4.11

Drink & Draw: Monica O.

WeWork Northern Liberties


Practice and develop your drawing skills with a Philly-based designer and illustrator. Some supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Feel free to BYOB to enjoy while you express your creativity. Although this is a free event, registration is required.


Sailor Moon: The Musical at Ritz Five 

Landmark’s Ritz Movie Theatres Philadelphia


The encore of “Sailor Moon: The Musical” will start at 7 pm, so don’t miss out on this special screening. Discounts and passes will not be accepted for this event.


RAW Artists Philadelphia presents Magnify

 The Trocadero Theatre

$22 online/$30 at the door

This isn’t your traditional art show filled with paintings and drawings. While you will find these mediums present, this event features a whole new level of showcases and styles from up and coming artists in Philadelphia. Some of the styles of art that you will see include photography, dance, makeup, fashion, poetry, music, and hair styling.


Lecture: Shakespeare & Religion

Free Library of Philadelphia


Delve into the world of literature with this lecture presented by the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Dr. Annalisa Castaldo is the featured speaker. The lecture will start at 6 pm. Registration is required for this event.


Thursday 4.12

Philly Film Showcase – April Short Film Program

Prince Theater


This event helps to support filmmakers of all ages who are trying to break into the industry. The films for this month are Indo, Some Gloomy Guy, Cure, and Giraffe. The viewing starts at 7:30 pm. After, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the filmmakers.


Rick & Morty Quizzo

The Grey Lodge Pub


Test out your knowledge of this animated series. The trivia starts at 8 pm.


Door 19: Off the Hook

The Academy of Natural Sciences


This event puts a twist on traditional science. Visitors will be able to see some behind the scenes collections as well as participate in interactive activities based around water and the creatures living within. There will also be food, an open bar, and live music.


Great Great w/ Matt Hendricks & Maddie McLennon

Good Good Comedy Theater


Did you ever think you’d have the power to control a show from your seat? Well, this show features an improv group that will base their fun and fast-paced performances off of the suggestions of audience members.


Friday 4.13

DJ Deejay #throwback00s

Kung Fu Necktie


Go back through the 2000s with some of your favorite hits. Reminisce and enjoy this throwback party with $3 drinks until midnight.


’80s Party

The Tusk


Travel back to the ’80s with this theme party. “The Hair Ball” will include a DJ and live band. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best ’80s style, as a king and queen will be named based on their outfits. This event benefits the Pennsylvania SPCA.


Pop in Pop Culture: Friday the 13th Edition

Alchemist Society


Whether you are a fan of horror or fear this superstitious day, head to the Alchemist Society for  Friday the 13th themed libations. Guest will learn how to make two cocktails based on the movies, as well as taste a murder-themed beer. Make sure to brush up on your Friday the 13th knowledge, as there will also be trivia about the horror series.


Saturday 4.14

Restorative Justice in the face of mass incarceration

Circle of Hope


This event features Dominique DuBois Gilliard, author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for a Justice that Restores. Copies of the book will be available at this event.


2018 Rally for Science

Thomas Paine Plaza


Are you a strong supporter of science? Join Philadelphia Science Action in the 2nd Annual March for Science. This event was designed to advocate for science to influence policy creation within the government and help people to realize the importance of science in everyday life.


Ballroom/Latin Dance Workshop

Merge Dance Studio


Spend the afternoon learning Latin-style ballroom dancing. You do not need any experience to participate, and you do not need a partner. The workshop starts at 3:30. Advanced registration is required for this event. To register, email info@mergedancestudio.com.


Sunday 4.15

Sakura Sunday

Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park

$12 to $16.85

Travel to Japan with Sakura Sunday, one of the many events throughout Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy a variety of performances, music, art, and fashion as you delve into the Japanese culture. The festivities take place from 10 am to 5 pm.


StrEAT Food Festival

Main Street Manayunk

Cost Varies

Bring your appetite to the Manuynk StrEAT Food Festival to enjoy over 50 options of food trucks and gourmet food vendors. Some of the names you will find include Undrgrnd Donuts, Sugar Philly, The Tot Cart, and Mama’s Meatballs. There will also be music along the route to enjoy while you indulge in delicious food.


Andy Grammer-The Good Parts Tour



In December of 2017, Andy Grammer released his new Album “The Good Parts.” Now he is on tour sharing his new music. The concert starts at 8 pm.

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