Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events (9/19-9/26) | Philly Views
September 17, 2017

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events (9/19-9/26)

Written by Brendan Sweeney

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, 9.18

Making in America: How DIY Technology is Transforming Industry

The Franklin Institute


An age of innovation is upon us. Learn more about the modern day Renaissance of amateur entrepreneurs, inventors, and tinkerers that harkens back to the days of old, when things were made by hand.

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Tuesday, 9.19

Performances by Will Hoge and Dan Layus

World Cafe Live

$17 to $27 

Known for his ability to strike immediate rapport with audiences as well as his vocal prowess, Will Hoge has been at it for years – and it shows. Also performing is Dan Layus, former frontman of the critically-acclaimed band Augustana, so you can lose your girlfriend twice in the same evening.

Launch Party and Book Signing: Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide with Patrice Banks

Parkway Central Library


Let’s face it, we’ve all been blindsided by an auto mechanic. One second you’re nodding with a glazed look on your face, and the next you’re forking over hundreds of dollars for an engine part you’re fairly sure doesn’t exist. Patrice Banks aims to empower women with her do-it-yourself guide to auto maintenance. Price of admission gets you a signed book, a chance to meet Patrice Banks, as well as complimentary beer.

First Person Arts Storyslam: Old School

Punch Line Philly 


Everyone likes a good story. Part of the Philly Fringe Festival, this storytelling competition dares ballsy audience members to stand before the crowd and recount true tales of their past into a microphone.


Wednesday, 9.20

The Turn of The Screw

The Drake Proscenium Theatre

$10 to $15

Theater, like spinach, is often something you are forced to endure as a child, but only learn to enjoy as an adult. Starting on September 20th, stop by the Drake to envelope yourself in a psychological tale of suspense, ghosts and mystery.


Thursday, 9.21

Movie Night – The 5th Element

The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons


Pull up a chair and enjoy an outdoor screening of the futuristic sci-fi thriller “The 5th Element”, starring Bruce Willis in one of his less contemporary, less bald roles.


Friday, 9.22

Combo Melaza Performance

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Free after admission

Salsa is a delicious condiment, but also an equally delicious musical genre. Experience it firsthand courtesy of Combo Melaza at the Great Stair Hall.

Couples Collaboration Paint Night

ARTrageous Brush & Flow


Enjoy the combination that sent Van Gogh’s life into a downward spiral: drinking and painting. This BYOB event offers the opportunity to drunkenly paint with a friend or lover, and combine the two canvases to create one single masterpiece and/or piece of garbage.


Saturday, 9.23

Opera on the Mall – The Marriage of Figaro

Independence Mall 

Free; Advance Registration Required

Currently on its seventh year, Opera on the Mall offers an al fresco, big-screen broadcast from Opera Philadelphia on the one and only Independence Mall. Bring a chair, a blanket and perhaps some opera glasses on a stick, if you want to be a weirdo.

Into the Veil – Hosted by Atlas Obscura

Laurel Hill Cemetery 

$50 ($45 for members)

Bring a flashlight and enjoy an unconventional evening of art, music, and cocktails against the backdrop of the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Take advantage of the darkness to trick others into thinking that you’re less ugly than you really are.


Sunday, 9.24

Fall for the Arts Festival

Germantown Avenue


Every year Chestnut Hill rings in the new season with food, art, music, and boutique shopping with the Fall for the Arts Festival. It also offers a unique opportunity to stroll down Germantown Avenue without being demolished by oncoming traffic. Also, here are some other fests this fall.

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