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!
Photo: Malcolm Jenkins Foundation
Take a photo with the Super Bowl LII Lombardi Trophy and dine with Eagles current and former in the name of charity. Titled “Blitz, Bow-Ties, and Bourbon,” Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins and his charity foundation will host a fundraiser at Lincoln Financial Field with all the proceeds going to effectuate positive change in the lives of disadvantaged youth. Each ticket comes with unlimited bourbon cocktails, an assortment of delectable bites from local restaurants, and a silent and live auction. Amy Fadool, an Emmy-award winning Sports Anchor, will emcee for the evening and show you how to fly just like The Birds. September 10, 7 pm-10 pm, $200 General Admissions, Lincoln Financial Field, Panasonic Club, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Stare up into the night sky at any given night and you can see a number of miniscule stars, planets, and nebulae. But now, at the Franklin Institute’s monthly “Night Skies” event, you can get close and personal with the great beyond. Join Derrick Pitts, the Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer, in the Bloom Observatory as he guides stargazers old and new through the many celestial gemstones that dot the night sky. The evening features an assortment of planetarium shows and activities, a live presentation on telescopes, and, of course, a cash bar. So take a leap and stare in the vast unknown of space—humanity’s final frontier. Tuesday September 11, 7 pm-10 pm, $10, The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St Philadelphia, PA 19103
Photo: Lauren Parnes
Is this real life, or is this just fantasy? Laura Parnes’ “mockumentary” film, Tour Without End, is both. Airing this Wednesday at the Lightbox Film Center, the film is an experimental cross between fiction and documentary that “depicts real-life musicians, artists and actors as bands on tour.” Shot over the course of four years from 2014-2018, the piece serves as a cross-generational commentary on contemporary culture and the politics of the Trump era. The project stars Kate Valk and Jim Fletcher of the infamous The Wooster Group, and includes musicians Kathleen Hanna, Lizzie Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), Brontez Purnell (The Younger Lovers), and the poet Eileen Myles along with many other queer and feminist icons. Wednesday, September 12, 7 pm – 8:30 pm, $10 for General Public, $8 for Students and Seniors, Free for Members and IHP Residents, Lightbox Film Center, 701 Chestnut St.
Enjoy the last few fleeting days of summer in one of the city premier garden sanctuaries—and help a good cause while doing it. This Thursday, Breastfeeding Resource Center is hosting an evening in the Morris Arboretum titled “A Night in the Garden” to raise funds to further provide expert clinical and educational breastfeeding services to Philadelphia’s mothers. Last year alone the center has assisted over 1,700 families, regardless of their economic means. Tickets come with an opportunity to stroll the gardens on a timed, guided tour, “heavy hors d’overs,” an open bar, as well as a program, auction and dancing. Thursday, September 13, 6 pm-10 pm, General $75, BRC Clients $55, Morris Arboretum, 100 E Northwestern Ave Philadelphia, PA 19118
Photo: African American Museum
Cotton has a contentious history. Today, we pad our couches and adorn ourselves with its soft fibers, but in the annals of American history the humble plant was emblematic of a dark chapter of our nation’s history when the it helped fuel the horrors of chattel slavery. At the African American Museum in Philadelphia, acclaimed photographer John E. Dowell, explores this dichotomy and the material as a symbol to “channel ideas, dreams and fantasies.” Through Dowell’s 35 large-scale photographs—as well as an accompanying installation and an altar—one sees cotton pave streets, sprout from tombstones, and burst forth from altars. A soft reminder of our dangerous past and our contentious present. Friday, September 14, 10 am-5 pm, Adults: $14, Youth (4-12 yrs.): $10, Students (w/ I.D.): $10, Senior Citizens: $10, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
Imagine what the world would be like without black women in the arts. Where would our culture be if Aretha Franklin didn’t start singing, or Samella Lewis didn’t pick up a brush? This Saturday and Sunday at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia, the 12 Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF) will celebrate the past, present, and future of black women in the arts. Cassendre Xavier, a self-coined ”renaissance negresse,” has hosted the event since she founded it in 2003, and will showcase an assortment of multimedia arts performances and exhibitions by local, self-identified black women. Saturday 15- Sunday 16, 1 pm-9 pm, FREE, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.
Round out the week with a trip to Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies play the Marlins and celebrate National Recovery Day. Buy a game ticket from the Livengrin Foundation, in partnership with PRO-ACT and the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, to help combat the opioid crisis. All of the proceeds will go towards reducing the stigma of addiction and further ensure the availability of adequate treatment and recovery support services in the Philadelphia area. There’s no better way of showing some brotherly love. Go Phils! Sunday, September 16, 1:35 pm – 4:35 pm, $25, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way