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Do Something: Kick Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This week, get a sneak peek of the Asian American Film Festival, celebrate our creative city, learn how to cook vegan, and more

Do Something: Kick Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This week, get a sneak peek of the Asian American Film Festival, celebrate our creative city, learn how to cook vegan, and more

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!

Chop Veggies

Every Monday, the South Philadelphia Library hosts an all-ages vegan cooking class. Join Chef Char Nolan for a vegetable-chopping frenzy that’ll get you thinking about incorporating healthy plant-based eating into your diet, in a way that doesn’t feel hard or unaffordable! The Meatless Monday program is run by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center, which aims to promote literacy and nutritional education through a variety of programs. Monday October, 1 4 pm-5 pm, Free, South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Pennsylvania, 1700 S Broad St.

Celebrate The City's Creatives

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Last year, the public art and history initiative, Monument Lab, posed a question to over 250,000 Philadelphians: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Over 4,500 proposals were collected from the public, and this year that research will be released to the public through Open Data Philly. Join Monument Lab and Mural Arts Philadelphia in the unveiling of this research, which offers a reflection on the creativity by public participants. Join the unveiling and enjoy refreshments and a performance by Ursula RuckerTuesday October 2, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Free, Slought, 4017 Walnut St.

Watch a Performance of the Past

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Cotton plays an uncomfortable role in American history. At the African American Museum, artist John E. Dowell and choreographer Gary W. Jeter II meditate on the themes of the museum’s current exhibition, Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past. The intimate performance, called Cotton in Motion, comes with a complimentary glass of wine, and is a mix of improvisational movement and spoken word. Stick around after for a short conversation with the artists. Wednesday October 3, 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm, $10 Advance, $15 Door, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

Get A Sneak Peek at a Film Festival

The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival has been around for eleven years now, continuing its dedication to “celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience.” Kick off the event at a preview party on Thursday, hosted at Saigon Maxim Restaurant featuring a tantalizing menu of dumplings, lo mein, egg rolls and more. You’ll get to see trailers for the upcoming films, purchase pre-sale tickets, and learn more about the origins and importance of the event. The festival itself runs from November 8th to 18th, and is organized by the Music of Asian America Research Center and Philadelphia Asian America Film & FilmmakersThursday October 5, 6:30 pm-9 pm, $20, Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 612 Washington Ave.

Kick Off #DomesticViolenceAwareness Month

Project S.A.V.E is a crisis center and nonprofit helping survivors of domestic and sexual abuse across the city, founded in 2016. Project S.A.V.E does a ton of programming like group sessions, round table discussions, yoga, and defense classes. This Friday, join them at Studio 34 Yoga in West Philly for an open mic night to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. You are invited to perform any kind of art you’d like—just email hereFriday October 5, 7:30 pm, Free with food for sale, Studio34, 4522 Baltimore Ave.

March for Trans Rights

Hit the streets for the eighth annual Philly Trans March. This year, march to honor the resilience of trans folks of all genders, and to stand against injustices like hate violence, oppressive healthcare policies, workplace discrimination, and financial and housing insecurity. This march is “not only a rally and demonstration, but also a revolutionary movement.” The march is officially organized by Trans Equity Project, a peer-based support program run by Galaei, a queer [email protected] social justice organization. Galaei will also be hosting a sign making event, so you won’t have to show up empty handed! Saturday October 6, 3 pm-6 pm, Free, LOVE Park, 1599 JFK Blvd.

Celebrate Indigenous People in Philly

Mural Arts, Indigenous Education, and Bartram’s Garden are collaborating on this upcoming event. Learn about the indigenous connections to the Schuylkill River through a variety of programming including drumming and dancing, tours and presentations, and collaborative art activities. Indigenous Education Enrichment and Development (InDEED) is an indigenous nonprofit organization which aims to provide black and indigenous communities with venues and programs to “enhance, motivate, and empower.” This event is part of the [email protected] series, which aims to connect the public to the Schuylkill River through a variety of public art projects. Sunday October 7, 12 pm-4 pm, Free, Bartram’s Garden Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

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