Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!
Home Brewed Events and Love City Brewing Company will be celebrating a (belated) International Women’s Day, by holding a beer making demo. Meredith Megan Williams of Home Brewed Events will be going over the history of beer, special ingredients, and brewing process. All proceeds will go to the non-profit Pink Boots, which helps women further their beer careers through scholarships and educational programs. Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm-8:30 pm, $25, Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton Street
You may be familiar with filmmaker, author, artist, and all around badass Marjane Satrapi from her graphic novel Persepolis that tells the story of her youth in Iran in the 1970s and ‘80s, which was named one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times of London. Come see her in conversation with Fatemeh Shams, Penn Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Satrapi will discuss the past and present political undercurrents found in her work over the years. Thursday, March 14, 4:30 pm-6 pm, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Free, 3680 Walnut Street
Join the Penn Vegan Socitety for a conversation about the future of sustainability with Joanne Kong, the University of Richmond professor behind the upcoming documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction about the devastating impacts of animal agriculture on our environment and global health. Kong, author of If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan, is a renowned advocate for a plant-based diet as an antidote to climate change, and the conversation will center around ways to go vegan, and innovations in the industry. And yes, they will be practicing what they preach by serving cruelty-free snacks. Thursday, March 14, 7:30 pm-9 pm, free for members, $5 for nonmembers, Bodek Lounge, 3417 Spruce St.
The Franklin Institute is offering a real Night at The Museum experience for kids 6 to 13 years old. The all night event will have live science shows, hands-on workshops, stargazing on the rooftop observatory, and access to the 11 permanent exhibits. When else will your kids have the chance to sleep next to a giant human heart? Friday, March 15, 6:15 pm-Saturday March 16, 9:30 am, $39.50 for members, $49.50 for non-members, registration required, The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St
Learn a thing or two from the annual TEDx conference at The University of Pennsylvania. This independently organized event will focus on the “value of a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving.” Speakers include New York Times best selling author Elena Botelho, co-founder of rePurpose Peter Wang, theoretical physicist Gene Mele, senior editor at New York Magazine Melissa Dahl. Saturday, March 16, 1 pm, $29 General Admission, Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.
Come out and hear the personal stories of some very talented, Philly-area women writers at this reading and panel hosted by Women Authors For Social Change. The authors will be speaking about their different journeys surmounting the odds. Those speaking include Asha Molock, Betty Jean Nobles, Omwa Ombara, Hana Redding, Renda Rose, and Carolyn Wilson. Aspiring writers—bring a pen and paper, the panel will be followed by a workshop with the authors. Saturday, March 16, 2 pm-4 pm, free, Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Ave.
As the weather gets warmer, spend some time in Philly’s great outdoors at Bartram’s Garden. The 45-acre National Historic Landmark features wildlife habitats, tidal wetlands and a reclaimed meadow. Lunch will be included in this tour by Climate Dads in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability. Space is limited—be sure to RSVP. Saturday, March 16, 10 am-1 pm, free, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.