Do Something: So Ya Like Jazz, Philly?

This week, dust off your trumpet and celebrate jazz, walk the bridge in honor of MLK, share women's art, and more!

Do Something: So Ya Like Jazz, Philly?

This week, dust off your trumpet and celebrate jazz, walk the bridge in honor of MLK, share women's art, 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!

Bridge the gap for peace

On the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, join volunteer group Global Citizen in honoring his life by taking a three mile sunrise walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge. After, channel MLK’s advocate spirit with others at Old St. George’s United Methodist Church to talk about how to reduce violence and work toward peace in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities. Monday, April 1, 6 am, FREE, Global Citizen, 5th and Race Streets

Celebrate Community Design

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Join the Community Design Collaborative and over 350 guests for an evening of conversation, networking, food and drink and a tip of the hat to this year’s Leverage award honoree, former Eagle (and Citizen contributor) Connor Barwin, who launched his Make The World Better Foundation to fix up city parks. In 2018, CDC volunteers completed projects with 17 community-based organizations and contributed 7,246 hours of pro bono preliminary design assistance. Tuesday, April 2, 6 pm-8 pm, Prices Vary, University of the Arts, Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street

Celebrate Jazz

This week, kick off Philly Celebrates Jazz from the comfort of your own neighborhood! Enjoy free performances by the likes of Philly-favorites Sistahs Attune and Greg Farnese, as well as a film screening and discussion of jazz documentary “Liberty Street Blues.” Free jazz festival events will continue through the end of April and pop-up in neighborhoods across the city. Check out the full neighborhood calendar hereMonday, April 1 through Tuesday April 30, various times, FREE, various locations

Visit where Planet Earth meets the Oscars

Photo: Natural Lands

If you’ve binge-watched all of Planet Earth on Netflix and can’t wait for more, the Philadelphia Environmental Film Fest is for you. Spend the weekend experiencing 10 feature-length PA premiere nature-based films and 44 accompanying shorts. After the festival, see which films won awards from the Filmadelphia jury. Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7, various times, $38 weekend pass or $12 per program, Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street

Do A Little Spring Cleaning for Philly

Photo: Kardena

De-litter Philadelphia as part of a city-wide effort to lose the nickname “Filthadelphia.” Participate in Philly’s 12th annual spring clean-up at an event in your neighborhood, like these in Newbold, Roxborough and Ridgeway. Most events also offer complimentary breakfast or lunch, and all will provide garbage bags and gloves. Saturday, April 6, 9 am-2 pm, FREE, various locations

See HerStory Chronicled Through Art

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When you walk through an art museum, most of the names on the little wall plaques belong to white men. Now, you can check out an art festival reserved solely for art created by women of all varieties. HERspace’s women’s art festival will show art of any medium made by Philadelphia-area women. Refreshments and live music will complement the gallery. Even better, the entrance fee goes toward supporting Global Girl Project, a non-profit that aims to empower young women in developing countries. Saturday, April 6, 6 pm-9 pm, $10 admission, Philly Art Collective, 253 N. 3rd Street

Photo of the Renaissance Quintet at Philly's jazz festival, 2000. Via Wikimedia Commons

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