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!
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Philadelphia has one of the largest populations of incarcerated individuals in the nation. What are those on the front lines of criminal justice doing to change the broken system in our city? Attend a panel discussion hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia including District Attorney Larry Krasner, Chief Public Defender Keri Bradford-Grey and other community advocates to hear how they’re working together on policy and reform; and glean some insights on how you can become involved in advocacy for a change today. Monday, February 11, 6:30 pm, Free, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
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You might have heard of him. Howard Schultz, former chairman and CEO of Starbucks—and now presidential candidate—is making an appearance at Parkway Central Library this Wednesday to discuss his newly released book. Part memoir and part manifesto of corporate social responsibility, From the Ground Up interweaves Schultz’s trajectory from a Brooklyn housing project to leading one of the world’s most iconic companies. Hurry, tickets are selling fast! Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 pm, $33 (single + book), Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Planning on grabbing a drink with your love on Valentine’s Day? Why not spread the love by raising one for your local non-profits, too. The Trestle Inn is kicking off their series of “Feel the Love” happy hours, where 20 percent of all happy hour proceeds will go to the chosen non-profit of the week. This week’s organization is PSPCA, (Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), so don’t just drink for your love, do it for the pups and kittens that need your love, too. Thursday, February 14, 6 pm-9 pm, Free (drink + food prices ranging), The Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th St.
As we enter the second full week of Black History Month, it’s a time to celebrate black history, arts, literature and business. On this precept, Theatre in the X and The African American Museum in Philadelphia procured The Colored Museum, in aims of redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America. Set in a fictional museum where iconic African-American figures are kept for public consumption, its 11 “exhibits” undermine black stereotypes old and new and return to the facts of what being black means. Saturday, February 16, 3:30 pm-4:50 pm & Sunday, February 17, 6 pm-7 pm, Free with RSVP, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
While many of us bundled up in our winter apparel or confined ourselves to the safety of our warm homes during the polar vortex, some of Philly’s most vulnerable—our homeless population— weren’t afforded these same luxuries. Pay it forward by donating to and/or volunteering with D.O.P.E. (Doing Our Part Eclectically) to feed the homeless this Saturday. They suggest donating hot cocoa, hot tea, soup, pasta, salad, pizza, turkey, sandwiches (no pork, no peanut butter), waters, crystal light packages, snacks or cash (for additional supplies). For further questions, reach them at (267) 281-4931. Also, consider these other ways to help out throughout the year. Saturday, February 16, 8 pm-10 pm, Free, Thomas Paine Plaza TV, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard.
Ursula K. Le Guin, heralded by The New York Times as “America’s greatest living science fiction writer” in 2016, pushed boundaries and opened new doors for the imagination throughout her lifelong career as a major feminist author, inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin firmly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace her fantastic literature. This Sunday, PhilaMoca is screening the newly released documentary Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin about her life and legacy as an influential American feminist novelist. Come see the film and learn about one of America’s most underrated writers. Sunday, February 17, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm, $10 GA, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th St.