Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events, Dec. 11 to 17 | Philly Views
December 7, 2017

Feed Your Curiosity: Philly Culture and Science Events, Dec. 11 to 17

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, 12.11

La NOCHE / Free Live Latin Music & Dance Party

The Kimmel Center

This is a free event featuring live Latin dance music. There will also be music in between sets by DJ Kevin Ngo.


Tuesday, 12.12

The Color Purple Musical Tour

The Forrest Theatre

$108 to 344

Stop by for a musical rendition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Explore 1930s Georgia as seen through the eyes of disenfranchised African-American women and played by a spellbinding cast of entertainers.

Everybody’s having a soul-shaking great time at Harpo’s Juke Joint!

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Angel Olsen & White Magic Live

Union Transfer

$22 to $24

Hailing from St. Louis, Angel Olsen brings a fresh flavor of indie folk/rock to the stage at Union Transfer. White Magic, a psychedelic folk-rock outfit from Brooklyn, brings additional starpower.


Wednesday, 12.13

Make A Christmas Wreath

Friends of Holmesburg Library


This is a free adult program that instructs you how to make a wreath for the holidays and provides supplies. Space is limited, so make sure you sign up.


Holiday Lights Ride

Performance Bicycle

Free to $35

Bikers are encouraged to come dressed in costume with seasonal decorations attached to your bike. It’s free to attend but a paid donation will enter you to win a bike raffle.

Holiday Lights Ride, should be a good time. #cyclenebraska #holidaylightsride #lnk

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Thursday, 12.14

Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight

The Fillmore Philadelphia


Fantasia Barrino of American Idol fame is coming to the Fillmore to spread holiday cheer with jazzy numbers off her album, flaunting a vocal range wider than Chris Christie’s waist.


Friday, 12.15

Shawn Wayans

Punchline Philly 

$30 to $50

Most people don’t know this, but there are actually more Wayans brothers than trees in the contiguous United States. Shawn Wayans (aka Wayans brother #21,456) will be performing stand up at the Punch Line venue in Fishtown.

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Saturday, 12.16

Punk Rock Flea Market



There will be over 100 vendors selling their punk rock wares in the boy’s gym section of the Bok building. Stop by to see just how many things they can put leather and spikes on.


Saturday Concert Series: West Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia City Institute Free Library


A brass band active in Philadelphia since 2006, the West Philadelphia Orchestra is putting on a holiday concert in the Free Library, presumably with the aim of pissing off librarians. WPO blends Romani Balkan brass, klezmer, jazz and contemporary dance music.


Star Wars Brunch & Bazaar

Buzz Cafe Philly


Ten local artists will be offering their handmade goods at this nerdtacular extravaganza honoring the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Expect an abundance of stocking-stuffers for the sci-fi fan on your list.


Sunday, 12.17

Sightseeing & Serial Killers Tour

Independence Visitor Center


A knowledgeable professor will lead you through a guided tour of popular sites in the city whilst imparting lesser known information about murderers, slayings, and all things macabre.

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