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Do Something: Steal Ideas

This week, shake off that food coma, get up and see what's happening around the city!

Do Something: Steal Ideas

This week, shake off that food coma, get up and see what's happening around the city!

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!

Talk City Segregation and Solutions

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Cities may be among the most diverse places in America, but they’re also among the most segregated—in fact, Philly is the fourth most segregated city in the US. On Monday, attend a free panel presented by Urban Consulate and 5th Square, featuring five experts from across Philly who will talk about their ideas to tackle the problem. Hear from Lauren Murphy-Sands (The Nomads), Erike de Vyra (Center / Architecture + Design), B. Jawuan Jones (Haircuts4Homeless), Hazima Sayed (Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture), and Bradley Maule (Mt. Airy Supper Sessions). Monday, November 26, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 

Participate in Giving Tuesday

The ’round the table drama of Thanksgiving, madness of Black Friday and glazed over scrolling of Cyber Monday are done and over. Now, it’s time for the real deal: Giving Tuesday. Use this day to give back to the people or organizations you believe in and need people like you to donate time, money, and everything in between. Check out our alternative giving guide for more creative ideas:

Have a Gay Old Time

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Shake off that post-Thanksgiving stress by coming down to A Gay Old Time Comedy, showcasing some of Philly’s best LGBT comics. Despite the roadblocks of onscreen representation, the past few years have seen a rise in LGBT comedians whose acts are getting bolder and defying tradition. This lineup features both familiar faces and up-and-coming comics, including Michael Kelly, Megan Chialastri, Betty Smithsonian, and Brian Bahe. Wednesday November 28, 8 pm, $15–$20, Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel St.

Read with Puerto Rican Writers

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While Puerto Rico is still dealing with the after effects of Hurricane María, Puerto Rican writers and poets in the rest of the U.S. look on, and wonder how to navigate from a distance. Join poets Denice Frohman and Cindy Jiménez-Vera for a conversation on their work and contemporary Puerto Rican poetry more generally. The talk will be hosted by Philadelphia Poet Laurate Raquel Salas RiveraThursday November 29, 6 pm-7 pm, Free, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk

Steal Ideas With Us!

Join The Citizen at our very first Ideas We Should Steal Festival! Cities across the country have figured out smart ways to fix urban challenges. At the festival, we’ll be discussing ways to implement them right here in Philly. This all-day event will be full of opportunities to connect with hundreds of local leaders and disruptors from all over, several of whom we’ve featured before. Hear from them, and let’s talk about what we should do next. Friday November 1, 8 am-5 pm, up to $65 with group rates and scholarships available, Drexel University’s Mandell University, 3220 Chestnut St

Queer Your Shelves

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Queering the Shelves is a podcast that—you guessed it—is about adding more diversity to your reading list. Together with Book Corner, they’re hosting Philadelphia’s first queer zine fest. Zines are noncommercial publications, often made at home or online, that play a large role in many queer and feminist subcultures. Word is that Book Corner is also home to two cats, so you can hang out with the felines while you LGBT artists and activists. Saturday December 1, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm, Free, Book Corner, 311 N 20th St.

Shop Local

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Gift buying season is no one’s favorite, but you can at least partake with comfort in knowing that your purchases are supporting local artists. Greensgrow Farms is a nonprofit, promoting urban agriculture and social entrepreneurship while reconnecting city dwellers with rural food producers. Throughout the year they have projects ranging from garden centers and Farm Share Programs to community kitchens and farmstands. Of the many handmade craft fairs that usually go up around this time of year, Greengrows’ Farms is especially diverse, featuring visits from Santa, Christmas trees, and edible gifts in addition to the usual paraphernalia of jewelry, ceramics, and other crafts. Sunday, December 1-2, 8-9, 10 am-4 pm, Free, Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland St.

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