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Scribe Video Center’s 19th annual Street Movies! series returns this week, bringing live performances and independent films to neighborhoods and parks around the city all month long. You have two chances to catch them this week: On Monday, August 1, they head to Tindley Temple for a series of short films touching on ways Philadelphians have worked to improve race relations in the city and beyond. That features a reading by novelist Lorene Cary. On Tuesday, August 2, they move to Chester for more short film screenings about the African American experience at Ruth L. Bennett Farm. Keep up with their monthlong schedule of flicks here. Monday, August 1, 7:45 p.m., free, Tindley Temple Parking Lot, Fitzwater and Rosewood streets; Tuesday, August 2, 8:30 p.m., free, Ruth L. Bennett Farm, 1208 West Carla’s Lane, Chester.
Philly’s Kinda Cool is a locally produced podcast that’s about to upgrade to bonafide radio-show status on Philly Cam’s WPPM 106.5 FM. On each episode, the hosts—a trio of civically engaged young talents—discuss everything from politics to local and national social issues before treating listeners to a setlist of Philly-made tunes. To celebrate their launch, they’re throwing a Philly’s Kinda Cool AF Party at one of our city’s coolest bars: Bob and Barbara’s. Show up to support their earnest endeavor. The bash includes live music, dancing and games presented by the show’s hosts. Monday, August 1, 7-10 p.m., free, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South Street.
Throw on some sneaks and join the Young Involved Philadelphia Run Club on a leisurely jog to Cira Green. Situated atop Cira Centre South’s parking garage, the 1.25 acre green space is the city’s first elevated public park. When the run club arrives, guests can meander around the trees, shrubs and yards on an informational tour about the environmental benefits of these kinds of green roofs. Then—if you can be pulled away—you’ll finish up at a nearby bar for drinks with your fellow YIPpers. Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m., free, Philadelphia Runner, 16th and Sansom streets.
Photo: Maternity Care Coalition
Nursing mothers across Philadelphia are invited to Franklin Square Friday morning for the Maternity Care Coalition‘s “Latch On.” The community gathering is meant to support and normalize breastfeeding through an outright display of mothers nursing their children in public. Don’t worry, the babies won’t have all the fun. Moms can enjoy live music by Me 3, activities and light refreshments—not to mention the chance to, as the “Latch On” event page explains, “create a lasting support network with other moms in your community.” Friday, August 5, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets.
Photo: 2nd Street Festival
Northern Liberties caps off the weekend with its annual—and highly attended—2nd Street Festival. Six blocks of the neighborhood close to traffic for 10 hours of live music on three concert stages, shopping local wares at the Art Star Pop-Up Market and food, food, food courtesy of dozens of NoLibs eateries, bars and food trucks. This is one of Philadelphia’s most popular signature events, sure, but your revelry also benefits a good cause. A portion of money raised goes toward the creation of a business improvement district in Northern Liberties, which will eventually fund block beautification projects, improved lighting, street and sidewalk cleanups and more. Sunday, August 7, noon-10 p.m., pay as you go, 2nd Street between Spring Garden Street and Germantown Avenue.