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! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
Difficult behavior occurring in the classroom can often be linked to underlying issues, such as childhood trauma, and tend to be overlooked rather than addressed, especially in lower income schools. This approach can have a deep influence in the lives of children and adults, and directly feeds the school to prison pipeline. Come listen to Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, the current president of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference and a retired educator, talk about trauma and the short and long-term impact it can have on the socioemotional lives of children as well as their academic performances. Duvall-Flynn has over 40 years of experience in the education system, and has taught students in classrooms from preschool to graduate school. Monday, November 27, 7 pm – 9 pm, free, 5039 Baltimore Ave.
Taller Puertorriqueño, in collaboration with Scribe Video Center, is screening Gurumbé, a film by Andalusian film maker Miguel Ángel Rosales. Part documentary, the film aims to question the mainstream understanding of Spanish identity, and to give credit to the black influence of Flamenco, a genre rarely credited to Afro-Andalusians. During colonial times, thousands of Africans were brought as slaves to Seville. Though some were taken to the new colonies in America, many stayed in the city. Over time, these slaves and their descendants carved a space for themselves in Sevillian society. They sought out avenues for self-expression in music and dance while struggling with the realities of being black in Seville. From these artistic affirmations of identity and struggle, came Flamenco. Come hear and honor the stories of those who danced to find their voices. Tuesday, November 28, 7 pm – 9 pm, Free, Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N 5th St.
To commemorate the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1st, the Institute of Contemporary Art is hosting a series of performances and activities. First, Poet Gabriel Ojeda Sague will read a selection of poems. Then, there will be a screening of Alternate Endings Radical Beginnings, which centers on black narratives and perspectives within the context of the AIDS epidemic. Lastly, the ICA will be celebrating the launch of “the moon will sink into the street,” a text which addresses “questions of (queer) futurity, linearity, and the im/possibilities of historicizing AIDS.” This publication will be free of charge to all and available for print on demand, as well as online through the ICA’s website. Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Free, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S 36th St.
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Although it’s been two months since Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still reeling from the storm. Fifty percent of the island still does not have power and over 155,000 have left for the United States. Concilio, the oldest Latino nonprofit in Philadelphia, created Unidos PA’PR to unify hurricane relief funds in Philadelphia for people affected by the storm. On Thursday, it’s throwing a dance party to support local Puerto Rican and Latino led grassroots efforts to get PR back on its feet. Come dance the night away—and do good while you’re at it. Thursday, November 30, 9 pm – 1 pm, $10 cover, South Bowl, 19 E Oregon Ave.
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How can the city create a more sustainable, fairer, and democratic food system that works for all sectors of the population? This is the question the Equal Exchange Action Forum and Fair Trade Philadelphia seek to answer at an evening discussion and dinner on Friday night. Through conversation and actions, the groups seek to analyze the challenges that marginalized communities face in securing healthy food; the environmentalist’s pitfalls of the food industries; and how you can take part in resisting the status quo as a citizen-consumers. Food provided, so please RSVP. Friday, December 1, Free, 6 pm – 8 pm, 1501 Cherry St.
Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia Assembled, and Everybody Colors have joined forces to tell the stories of our region’s waterways. Learn about the environmental policies and consequences of human impact that affect our water. The event will be split up into two parts: the first will be a presentation about the impact of fracking and the natural gas industry on the people, flora, and fauna of Philadelphia and its rivers. It will be followed by an interactive art project, where participants will create the River’s Timeline and add it to the Philadelphia Assembled Panorama. The Timeline will include individual anecdotes as well as collective and historical events. Saturday, December 2, 2 pm – 5 pm, Free, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Bartram’s Garden, the beautiful 45-acre botanical garden in West Philadelphia, needs citizen help to organize and hand-process collected seeds. These seeds will be sold by the garden to support the community work it does and will be planted in the coming spring. Mary Mantey of Bartram’s Garden and Owen Taylor of Philadelphia Seed Exchange will also be teaching how to save seeds and how to handle different kinds. Hot tea will be provided to keep volunteers warm and cozy. You can sign up here to volunteer. Sunday, December 3, 3 pm-5 pm, Free, Bartram’s Garden, 54th and Lindbergh Ave.