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The five love languages include words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, quality time and physical touch. But which love language is the language of science? This question will be answered at the Science on Tap: Untapped: My Love Affair with Science event on April 29 at National Mechanics bar. Six speakers will share stories of how they fell in love with their scientific research and their careers. The Science on Tap series is a variety of after-hours events in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festival. The event is open to all adults 21 and older. Stop by and discover your own love for science. (See here for the full listing of Festival events.) April 29, 6 pm-8 pm, Free, National Mechanics, 22 South 3rd St.
Photo: Woodmere Art Museum
Philadelphia is the birthplace of countless talented artists. Jerry Pinkney, a celebrated Germantown-born illustrator and writer of more than 100 books, is among them. In 2010, Pinkney won the Caldecott Medal for his book The Lion and the Mouse, an adaptation of the famous Aesop’s fable. An ongoing exhibit at The Woodmere Art Museum explores a different side of Pinkney, with over 100 of Pinkney’s illustrations, which focused on civil rights and the pursuit of freedom. Some of the art includes Pinkney’s illustrations for the book Minty: The Story of the Young Harriet Tubman and the “Escape from Slavery: The Underground Railroad” article by Charles L. Blockson. April 30 – May 18, 10 am – 5pm, Tickets $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for children and students, Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.
Photo: Caroline Durieux
What is Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday? It is only the best way to experience the Philadelphia Art Museum! Every Wednesday, the PMA holds one in a series of night time events, including yoga, drinks and interactive activities, with an pay-what-you-can entrance fee. This Wednesday, draw with local artist Lale Westvind, whose comics have been published in The New York Times and The Lifted Brow. Westvind’s artwork is similar to the current exhibition Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle, which displays the famous woodblock print art of the Japanese artist Yoshitoshi. Drawing materials will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase. May 1, 6 pm-8 pm, Pay What You Wish, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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If there’s one thing the annual Science Carnival on the Parkway proves, it’s this: Science is fun! The culmination of the weeklong Philadelphia Science Festival, the all day event is a free extravaganza of family-friendly science demonstrations, experiments and games, where pop, change colors, explode and surprise at every booth. Bring the family, enjoy the spring, and learn by accident how science rules everything. Saturday, May 4, 10 am-4 pm. Free, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia may be famous for scrapple, cheesesteaks and water ice, but let’s not forget about one of the city’s most underrated food loves: Pierogies, those Polish dumplings traditionally filled with potato and cheese. At the Port Richmond Pierogi Fest, though, expect to get a lot more than just the simple potato dumpling (cheesesteak pierogi, anyone?). Over 150 vendors will be at the event in Campbell Square, which will also have a special pierogi demonstration tent for anyone interested in learning how to roll their own. All ages are welcome. May 4, 12 pm – 5 pm, Free, Campbell Square, 2535 East Allegheny Ave.
Photo: Mexican Cultural Center
The last day of Philadelphia’s Mexican Week falls this year on Cinco de Mayo—the 5th of May—with a can’t miss event for both adults and children at the Barnes Foundation. In partnership with the Consulate of Mexico, visitors can join PECO Free First Sunday Family Day where they can learn about Mexican folk art, in particular alebrijes, imaginary animals, often made into sculptures using papier mache. Local artist Cesar Viveros will lead a talk about alebrijes in both English and Spanish. Visitors will also be able to make their own alebrijes in picture books to take home. May 5, 10 am – 5pm, Free First Sunday tickets available on-site at 10 am, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway