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Do Something: Drink for the Dogs

Join the fight to end food insecurity in Philadelphia. Plus, sit in on an LGBTQ forum, toast pooches and female entrepreneurs and more ways to be an awesome citizen 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. And find more evergreen ways to get engaged in our handy Do Something guides.

Celebrate food justice

Photo: EAT Cafe

Sunday Suppers, which offers cooking classes to low-income families, is on a mission to bring healthy eating to every Philadelphian—the same idea behind West Philadelphia’s EAT Cafe (Everyone At the Table). On Tuesday, the two hunger-fighting organizations will come together in one event, when Sunday Suppers presents EAT with the Nourishing Communities Award. The Sunday Suppers fundraiser, at Front & Palmer, includes a three-course meal, signature cocktail, a speech by Iris Pereira, a Sunday Suppers alum—and, of course, the unifying element for both groups: Community. Tickets available here. Tuesday May 23, 6-8 p.m., $30 for a young supporter to $500 for a table of 10, 1750 Front Street.

Dream, Girl

Feminist Apparel, a Philly-based independent feminist clothing store, is teaming up with four local female entrepreneurs to host a screening and discussion of Dream, Girl, the 2015 documentary about the tribulations and successes of five female entrepreneurs. Following the screening, audience members will have the chance to ask questions of Ariell Johnson, from Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse; Yasmine Mustafa, of ROAR for Good; Amy Shackelford, of Modern Rebel & Co.; and Jessa Stevens, of Inspired Brews. The event is a fundraiser for Career Wardrobe, which provides clothing and coaching for women trying to get back in to the workforce. Tickets to the event are required. Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-9 p.m., $6.27 per ticket, Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 North 2nd Street.

Air your LGBTQ grievances

It’s been a tumultuous year for the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs. First, Nellie Fitzpatrick, who led the office since late 2014, was forced to resign amidst controversy over how her office responded to accounts of racism from Gayborhood businesses. Then, last week, the chairwoman ofMayor Kenney’s new Commission on LGBT Affairs, Sharron Cooks, was also ousted from her post, after other members accused her of being prejudiced. Now the two organizations are hosting their very first “Community Conversation,” inviting LGBTQ residents and allies to voice their opinions and concerns at a forum at the William Way Community Center. The conversation is likely to be heated, but will also hopefully set everyone on the path to finding solutions, too. Have something to get off your chest? Now’s your chance. Thursday, May 25, 6-8:30 p.m., free, 1315 Spruce Street. 

¡Olé para los perros!

Do dogs love tacos as much as people love tacos? It’s not likely. But they would have to love this: Thursday’s Cantino Los Caballitos‘ Yappy Hour, benefitting Morris Animal Refuge. The East Passyunk favorite will offer special dog-themed cocktails courtesy of Corralejo Tequila, and—in case you’re in the market—adoptable perros, i.e. dogs. They won’t all be chihuahuas, but they will all be adorable—especially after a few tequilas. Thursday, May 25, 4-9 p.m., 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue.

 

 

Discuss Dear White People

Dear White People, the feature film-turned-Netflix series, has been heaped with great praise—and great skepticism—for its satirical portrayal of race relations at a mostly white Ivy League-type university. The show—which is more about the anger and alienation of African American students than the white people of the title—has landed in the midst of nationwide campus free speech controversies and a presidency that has brought out the ugliest sort of American racism. It’s also exactly the right moment for talking about all these issues. Which is what Fishtown’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse hopes will happen—respectfully—at its Dear White People Talkback & Discussion  Friday night. Amalgam will screen Chapter V (Reggie’s episode), and then open the floor for discussion about the themes of the show. Friday, May 26, 8:30-10:30 p.m., free, BYOB for those 21+, 2578 Frankford Avenue.

 

Header photo: Faith Goble via Flickr

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