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Since 1999, The Moth has existed to celebrate and practice the art of storytelling. Though The Moth is a non-profit located in New York City, it holds storytelling events across the United States and abroad. Everyone is welcome to tell their story. The only rules are: the story must be true, no longer than five minutes and must fit the night’s theme. On December 3rd, at World Cafe Live, the Moth’s theme is “Instincts.” Tell your best story about how your intuition, sixth sense or gut feeling caused you to avoid disaster/meet someone new/find the perfect roommate – or anything at all. If you’re not interested in sharing a story, feel free to listen. Stories are most worthwhile when they are shared. Monday, December 3rd, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Tickets sold out online, but will be available at the door, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Photo: Asian Arts Initiative
What does it mean to work? We often define work in very narrow terms and value certain jobs over others. We idolize entrepreneurs and start-up founders and completely forget about the daily work that keeps our cities running. Is work always professional, or can the word also apply to emotional labor? How can we make work equitable for all? The Working Conditions exhibit at the Asian Arts Initiative asks all these questions and more about Asian American labor in the United States. The artists’ work includes video, painting, performance, installation, sculpture, and mixed media. According to their website, the exhibit “recognizes artists as workers and workers as artists.” Monday, December 3rd – Saturday, December 15th, Exhibit free, Guided group tours available for a suggested donation of $50, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street.
Photo: Hershey Harrisburg
The Christmas Village at Love Park is a can’t-miss spot this December for both kids and adults. This year, the Philadelphia Free Library will be holding holiday storytimes on Wednesdays at 11am at The Christmas Village. All kids, toddler to school age, are welcome to come. Warm blankets and festive stories will be provided. The storytime will be held on the Christmas Village stage. Parents, you won’t want to miss this. Wednesday, December 5th – Wednesday, December 19th, 11 am, Free, Love Park, Arch Street.
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The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, clocking in at 38 years running. The mission of the festival is to bring Jewish and non-Jewish community members together through engaging with award-winning Jewish film. Though the festival is coming to a close, it is not over yet! On Thursday, December 6th, the Young Friends of the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and filmmaker Yoni Brook will be screening four Jewish film shorts by young filmmakers. Vodka and latkes will also be served. The event is for those 21 years and older. Thursday, December 6th 2018, 7:00pm to 9:30pm, Free with suggested donation of $10, South Street Cinema, 327 South Street.
Photo: Jewish Federation
During the holiday season, Christmas gets all of the attention. People start decorating right after Thanksgiving and spend all of December getting ready. While that can be fun, it also means that the focus on Christmas seems to overshadow other holidays in December. Thankfully, there are many ways to celebrate Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights, throughout Philadelphia. One special kid-friendly Hanukkah celebration will be on Fri Dec 7, 2018 in Franklin Square, complete with dreidel games, food and seasonal crafts. Kids and parents are welcome to join in the fun. Friday, Dec 7, 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Free, Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.
Photo: Greensgrow Farms
Are you shopping for that special person on your list who prefers local, homemade gifts? Are you curious about what Philly artists are making? Greensgrow Farms is the perfect place to do your holiday shopping. On December 8th and 9th, there will be a wide variety of gifts, including wood crafts, jewelry, beauty and skin-care items and ceramics to choose from. Christmas trees, wreaths and other plants will also be for sale. Greensgrow Farms trees range in size from small enough to fit on a table to big enough to fill a room. There’s no better start to the holiday season than breathing in the scent of fresh pine-needles. If you are still looking for a special gift after your first visit on Saturday, feel free to come back on Sunday, because different artists’ work will be on sale each day. Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble will also be performing during the festival on December 9 from 2 to 3pm. December 8 & 9, 10am–4pm, Free, Greensgrow Farms, 2503 E. Firth Street.
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In 2015, The Huffington Post named Philadelphia one of the best cities for public art. Philadelphia has also been nicknamed the “Mural Capital of the World.” There are more than 3,600 murals in the city. Murals are some of the most democratic artwork of all – anyone who walks by has a right to observe. No museum ticket is required. On December 9th in the Reading Terminal Market, Mural Arts Philadelphia has the perfect opportunity to contribute to the city’s mural culture. Volunteers can help artist Jon Laidacker with his new mural, which will showcase the history and diversity of the Reading Terminal Market, and the connection between the Market and the SEPTA transportation network below it. After the mural is finished it will be installed inside of Jefferson Station at 12th and Filbert Streets. Sunday, December 9th, 12:00pm–3:00pm, Free, Reading Terminal Market, Food Court, 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA.