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Photo: The White House
It wasn’t an easy—or some would say fair—journey, but Donald Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch will officially fill the long-empty eighth justice seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. To provide a little insight into how his presence will influence the Court, the National Constitution Center has assembled an hourlong panel session that delves into his record and what his presence may mean for the future of constitutional law in the United States. Panelists for the timely discussion include Joan Biskupic of Reuters News, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center. If you can’t make it to the Constitution Center that night, the event will be streamed live here. April 20, 6:30-7:30, $10-$18, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.
Photo: Killing Colorado
If you sign up to host a Dine 4 Democracy dinner this month, proceeds will benefit local and national environmental causes—the independent organizations like Greenpeace, United By Blue and TreePhilly, who are working to save our planet. If you want to go the extra mile for your dinner, consider putting together a dinner-and-a-movie-type experience. Grab a meal at home, then go out and catch a film at the first-ever Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, which takes place Earth Day weekend, April 20-23. The three-day festival brings dozens of films from around the globe to the Prince Theater—short films, feature films, animated films—the whole shebang. And they all spotlight some aspect of the way in which human beings impact the health of our planet. The flicks run the gamut from gut-punching to serene. There’s Calm, Quiet Strength, U.S. director Mike Cullen’s sappy (in the best way) homage to a 200-year-old Appalachian Mountain tulip tree. Or, for more of a blood-boiler try Killing the Colorado. Alan and Susan Raymond’s exposé concerns a devastating manmade water shortage that could soon deprive 40 million people in the American West of precious drinking water, and—now they’re speaking our language—proposes solutions to preserving water for future generations. There are way too many good ones to mention here. Check the full schedule of films, and find out about ticket prices and times, here. April 20-23, $11 (individual tickets), $30 (weekend passes), Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street.
Local women and allies gather for a hoopla at Connie’s Ric Rac Friday night to collect feminine hygiene products and diapers that will be donated to women and children living in Office of Supportive Housing shelters across Philadelphia. Hosted by Femme Freedom, the night features more than a dozen female performers, like Ali Wadsworth, Raw Honey and Sweetbriar Rose, and special raffles all night long. Regular-priced admission is $10, but you can get in for $5 if you donate an unopened package of pads, tampons or diapers. All proceeds will go toward buying more feminine hygiene products and diapers for these ladies. If you don’t have extra cash to donate but want to help this cause, you can host your own Femmebox donation center at home or work. For more information on that, email [email protected]. Donations will be accepted through June 1. Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth Street.
On Earth Day science nerds and those who love them gather in Center City for a global event that recognizes and promotes the role science plays in our everyday lives. Philadelphia is one of 400 cities around the world participating in the first annual March for Science, which was organized by a group of scientists in response to some decidedly anti-science actions that have taken place since Trump’s inauguration—like the silencing of some federal science agencies and freezing key grants that some say would would stall scientific progress. Philly’s march begins at City Hall before zig-zagging its way to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. There, the rabble-rousing continues with live music from “half-human, half-cartoon band” The Really Cooks and orations from various March for Science speakers who will call attention to Philly’s historic and continuing impact on the sciences. Among those speakers are Paul A. Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, Derrick H. Pitts. For more information on the day’s agenda, and information about ways to get involved, go here. April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, starts at south side of City Hall; ends at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
A swanky food festival and soiree at the Navy Yard Saturday night benefits ACHIEVEability, a local organization that works to give formerly homeless families a boost in life by helping them find jobs, purchase homes and attain higher education. The party is expected to draw 600 attendees to the stylish Urban Outfitters headquarters for food and drink from nearly two dozen Philly eateries, like Bud & Marilyn’s, Cheu Noodle Bar and Pizzeria Vetri. There will also be food demonstrations from local chefs, live music, activities and comments from former Philly Mayor and Governor Ed Rendell. For more information, and to register, go here. Saturday, April 22, 7-10:30 p.m., $125-$350, Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard, 5000 S. Broad Street, Bldg. 543.