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Do Something: Your Alternative Guide to the DNC

Eight (other) ways to experience the Democratic National Convention this week

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.

WATCH 'THE AMERICAN DREAM' MELT AWAY

As many Philadelphians know, pulling yourself up by your boot straps and upward social mobility are much harder than they once were. During this election cycle, the Melted Away Project will melt down an ice sculpture reading the words “The American Dream.” The melt-down will be accompanied by poetry readings and will occur over 24 hours. Monday, July 25, 1 p.m., free, Independence Mall.

HAVE ANOTHER ROUND

The largest Center City Sips ever is luckily happening during the DNC. Join your neighbors and fellow engaged citizens in over 100 bars across Center City—with the largest gatherings at Dilworth Park, Comcast Plaza and Centre Square. Wednesday, July 27, 5-7, various locations.

HEAR THE VOICES OF VOTING

Securing the right to vote was a hard-fought battle for many minorities in the 1960’s, with fed-up young people being the main drivers of the movement. Voices of Voting, a new play commissioned by Committee of Seventy and written by Philadelphian David Bradley seeks to shine a light on the struggle and courage it took to keep the movement alive—and successful. July 24-27, various times, free with required reservations, Science Leadership Academy, 55 North 22nd Street.

SEE A WORLD RECORD SHATTERED

Be there as Mighty Writers topple the world record for “Most Kids Writing in One Place” on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The goal is to have 3,000 kids ages 7 to 17 writing essays that begin “If I were president … “ The aim is to shine a light on the literacy crisis and launch a new youth writing movement among Philly kids. Tuesday, July 26, 10 a.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art (just look for all the kids), 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

BOOZE IT UP FOR THE #RIGHT2WORK

South Philly Barbacoa celebrates the DNC with a boozy art and dinner party on Wednesday night. The free event is scheduled to rock on through 2 a.m., with art from Mexican artist print collective Taller Grafica Popular, free food, a mini farmers market and live music courtesy of Interminable Hang. Drink proceeds benefit Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers’ Rights’ #right2work dinner series that takes place at South Philly Barbacoa every month.

MAKE A STINK AT THE DNC

Photo: Medill DC

Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you … feel the Bern? A contingent of Bernie Sanders-loving local delegates with a twisted sense of humor are hosting a “Fart In” to protest Clinton’s nomination to the Democratic ticket. Led by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the group will host a bean supper on American Street in Kensington on July 28, and then head to the convention where they’ll literally make a stink at the Wells Fargo Center during Clinton’s acceptance speech. If you don’t have a convention ticket, philly.com reports that you can take part by sending legumes to 1301 W. Porter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148. Or just eat a bunch of beans and bask in the aroma at home. July 28, 9 p.m.-ish, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

RENEW YOUR FAITH IN GOVERNMENT AND INNOVATION

The Citizen, in partnership with The Barnes Foundation, is hosting Oxymoron No Longer: Innovation and City Government, at The Barnes (sans Fart In, please). Four young mayors from around the country talk about the myriad ways they’ve disrupted government as usual to bring change to their respective cities. Guests include John Fetterman, Alex Torpey, Lovely Warren and Svante Myrick. After the panel, enjoy private access to The Barnes galleries and a DNC watch party on the night Hillary Clinton is scheduled to accept the Democratic nomination. For more details and to RSVP, go here. Thursday, July 28, 6-10 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

DANCE THE CONVENTION AWAY

Celebrate democracy and the end of a successful convention in the best way possible: dancing! South Street Headhouse District is holding a post-DNC dance party commemorating the first Democratic Convention in Philadelphia since 1948. Musical guests the BlackBird Society Orchestra provide the danceable jazz-era jams, and local restaurants serve up grub and drink from around the neighborhood. Friday, July 29, 7-10 p.m., $5 suggested donation, Headhouse Shambles, 2nd and Lombard streets.

Photo header: Flickr/Steve Bott

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