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August 21, 2017

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events (8/21-8/28)

Written by Kiley Price


When it comes to learning about art, science, and culture, Philadelphia is one of the best classrooms around. Philadelphia’s museums, institutions, and innovative residents bring endless opportunities to learn and appreciate a side of our city you don’t always see.

This is a weekly roundup of events that can help you add a little culture to your schedule.

8.21

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse

The Franklin Institute

Free with admission

For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse can be seen from the continental US. The Franklin Institute will be celebrating this occasion with an event in its Fels Planetarium, with staff teaching about solar eclipses, helping to make safe solar viewers, and a live stream from Derrick Pitts, the Chief Astronomer of the Franklin Institute, from his location in Missouri.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Falls of Schuylkill Library

Free

The Schuylkill Library will also be hosting a viewing party for the solar eclipse,as well, complete with pinhole viewers, live stream coverage, and eclipse-themed snacks.

Scratch Night

FringeArts

Free

Witness some of Philly’s most talented artist perform material they will be debuting for the first time in a variety of short performances, including contemporary dance, theater, and performance art.

Tuesday

Science After Hours: Don’t Try This At Home

The Franklin Institute

$20

This month’s “Science After Hours” theme will be “Don’t Try This At Home,” where trained professionals and scientists will perform demonstrations of wild experiments and processes. There will be a human gyroscope, a tales from the ER segment, quizzo, and many demonstrations you will simply have to see to believe.

Wednesday

Independence Day Screening

FringeArts

Free

A free screening of Independence Day will be hosted at FringeArts this Wednesday with food and drink available from La Peg.

West Philly Writers’ Workshop

Walnut Street West

Free

Meet a group of writers that share your interest and learn some new writing techniques at this workshop hosted by Blu Moon Fiction.

Thursday

Battle of the Burger

The Plaza at Schmidt’s Commons

$40

Dive deep into the food culture of Philly at this burger competition where there will be a cook-off between six of the top burger spots in the Philadelphia area. There will be Budweiser, games, music, and more.

Care: Philadelphia Premiere and Preview Screening

WHYY

Free

Be one of the first to listen to Care, a screening which highlights the struggles of elderly people and workers in the field of the geriatric care system.

Friday

Big Bleu Band Performance

The Plaza at Schmidt’s Commons

Free

Dance and move to the rhythmic beats of the Big Bleu Band as they play Motown and Disco classics, along with some of today’s best hits.

Final Fridays: Last Chance Summer Dance

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Free with admission

In another installment of it’s “Final Fridays” series, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting several artistic performers for a night of dancing and singing. Some of the performers include the Almanac Dance Circus Theater, PhillyBloco, and DJ Sylo.

So proud of Theatre Arts alumnus Adam Kerbel, seen here in COMMUNITAS, the inaugural show by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. Almanac forges ensemble-driven performances that fuse acrobatics, storytelling, and daring physicality. This evening length performance was hatched during a residency at New York Live Arts, under the mentorship of Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Co., in 2013. COMMUNITAS premiered in 2014 in Philadelphia, and Almanac has since produced three more full length works and numerous cabaret-like one offs, touring to university theatre programs, hosting workshops, and presenting at arts festivals in the northeast United States and Mexico! www.thealmanac.us #nycmarymount #mmctheatredept #mmcalumni #adamkerbel #almanacdancecircustheatre #mmcsoproud

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Saturday

Silent Philly

The Plaza at Schmidt’s Commons

Free

Experience your first “silent disco” this Saturday at Silent Philly. DJs will be performing and headphones will be provided so that you can switch stations, dance, and party without making any noise.

Philly Geek Awards

String Theory School: Vine Street Campus

$40

This awards ceremony will be honoring people all throughout Philly for their “geeky” achievements, with categories like Comic Creator of the Year, Geek of the Year, Impact Organization of the Year, and Movement of the Year.

Sounds of Inspiration Gospel Showcase 

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Free

In this daylong showcase, singers will be performing contemporary gospel, hymns, and songs of praise to celebrate the genre of inspirational music. The line-up includes the Wardlaw Brothers, James Fortune, Jay Todd, and more.

Sunday

Obon Festival

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Free

In celebration of the Japanese culture, the Obon Festival will have live music, authentic food, Japanese arts and crafts, a flea market, dancing, and more.

Sensory-Friendly Sunday

The Franklin Institute

Free with admission

The staff at the Franklin Institute has created a day for those on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities to experience the exhibits at a calmer and less staggering pace. Staff will be on-hand to answer questions and help everyone explore what the Franklin Institute has to offer without becoming overwhelmed.

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