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Do Something: Rock Out for Homeless Women

A cookout and concert Saturday benefits local women experiencing homelessness. Plus, the three-day MOVE conference, a performance by Cuban flaneur Tania Bruguera 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.

Don't Fall for Fake News

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A panel at the National Constitution Center Monday night takes on the topic of fake news. Three journalists from around the country gather to discuss the “alternative facts” phenomenon that stemmed from the rise of polarization and a media landscape that has become increasingly divided. Speakers include Susan Glasser of POLITICO, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN. They’ll offer their own take and experience with fake news, and offer up some solutions on how to fix it. Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., $18, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street. 

Catch a Flaneur in Action

You only have about a month left to catch The Barnes Foundation’s major flaneur exhibition, which spotlights an international array of artists who have utilized their cityscapes and skills as keen surveyors to highlight issues plaguing urban spaces around the globe. The bulk of the exhibit exists in a spacious gallery within The Barnes Foundation, but there’s an outdoor element, as well. Throughout the show’s run, artists have conducted pop-up performance art pieces on the streets of Philadelphia, and installed curious art pieces around the city. One of the most-anticipated of those performances is happening this week, when Cuban artist Tania Bruguera comes to town for a lecture and demonstration of her performance piece entitled Displacement, in which she tackles the concept of oppressive political regimes by wandering through cities wearing a terrifying costume made of mud, rusty nails and more. Catch the provocateur on May 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in a lecture on “How to transform political affect into effectiveness.” Then, on May 4, she’ll slip into the costume and make her way around Philly, hitting up spots like City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, the National Constitution Center and more. This will be the first time she’s done the performance in Philadelphia, where it could take on a whole new meaning in a political landscape rife with corruption. It’s not to be missed. Go here for more details about times and locations.

Get Schooled on MOVE

The MOVE family, who still reside in eight homes around West Philadelphia, host their very own MOVE Conference this week to enlighten the media and public about what really happened in 1985 when the Philadelphia Police Department bombed their headquarters on Osage Avenue. Those who lived through the MOVE bombing and subsequent coverage of the group may recall media coverage that overlooked MOVE’s larger systematic concerns. This three-day conference seeks to change that. Called “On A Move: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Move,” the event also delves into the black liberation group’s present work on racial and social justice issues, and how they’ve partnered with movements like Black Lives Matter to improve the welfare of people of color in Philly and beyond. Cost to attend the conference is $50 per day, or you can pay $100 to get access to all three days of activities and information sessions. That money will go toward helping MOVE pay for the event space, and future projects. For more information, email onamovellja@gmail.com. Friday-Sunday, May 5-7, various times, $50-$100, Universal Audenreid Charter High School, 3301 Tasker Street.

Cook Out for WomanSpace

A cookout and concert at Rigby Mansion Saturday seeks to raise funds for Womanspace of Germantown, a shelter and mental health services nonprofit for homeless women in Philadelphia. Reach Out and Cook Out features eight exceptional local and female-fronted singers and bands, like 2015 The Voice contestant Nadjah Nicole, modern-rock outfit Resilient and dreamy-voiced singer-songwriter Jasmine Cassell. Event hosts Philadelphia Creatives for Change (PCC) say they’ll donate all proceeds of the $10-$15 ticket sales to Womanspace, which will use the funds to purchase toiletries, clothing and take care of general upkeep expenses. If you’re in an extra-giving mood, PCC is also accepting donations of toiletries and art that the ladies of Womanspace can use to decorate their personal spaces. Saturday, May 6, noon-7 p.m., $10-$15, Rigby Mansion, 523 East Church Lane.

Laugh it Off

This Sunday is World Laughter Day (WLD), a movement created in 1998 to inspire community building and peace through laughter. You can get in on the fun locally in Media—a short 30-minute trip from Philly—in a session hosted by area laughter yoga instructor Alexa Drubay. The concept is simple, if not a little silly. She’ll lead guests through a series of exercises in which they’re tasked with making themselves and each other laugh by making funny faces and maybe even a fart noise or two. The guffaws may feel forced at first—you may feel more embarrassed than humored—but the mere act of mimicking laughter tricks your brain into releasing all the joy-inducing juices that come from a big belly har-har. (You can read more about the concept behind laughter yoga here.) It could be just the medicine we need right now in this crazy political climate — and at the very least an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow Philadelphians in a fun and unique way. The event is totally free and includes a one-hour laughter yoga session and mindfulness meditation focusing on world peace. Snacks and water will be provided. Sunday, May 7, 2-3:30 p.m., free, Rose Tree ParkAmphitheater, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media. 

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