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Do Something: Take in the art

This week, conquer your fear of the dark and go for a running tour of our city's murals

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!

Pick Your Poison

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What’s the scientific equivalent of “Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble?” Honestly, we’re not sure either, but Science on Tap at the Mütter Museum might! Join the hosts in an educational night of extremely hands-off discussions of poisons and poultices, followed by a reception with poison-free snacks and drinks. Learn about the weird and wild history of dangerous substances in a purely theoretical way. We cannot stress enough that this event is entirely safe. Monday, August 12, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, $10, Mütter Museum, 19 S 22nd St

Murals & Miles

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Despite what security told me the last time I was at the PMA, I think we should be able to exercise and enjoy art at the same time. lululemon Philadelphia is doing something about that by continuing their all-levels 2 mile runs exploring the murals in University City. Enjoy a good workout and the urban beautification from the Mural Arts program at the same time, following the lead of lululemon ambassador Jon Lyons. Tuesday, August 13, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, free, lululemon, 3661 Walnut St

Where do you stand?

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What is victim-blaming? What is bystander intervention? How does masculinity affect both? On August 14, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) and the Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence will be holding a guided discussion challenging the societal definitions of masculinity and its impact on victim-blaming and bystander intervention. Registration is free, and any questions or concerns should be directed to Levone Cannady at levone@woar.org or 215-985-3315 ext 178. Wednesday, August 14, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, free, North Central Victim Services (NCVS), 1538 Cecil B. Moore Ave

Are you afraid of the dark?

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Hopefully you are not if you want to take advantage of this fascinating event. On Thursday, August 15, the Academy of Natural Sciences will be guiding a moonlit tour, searching for and learning about all the bats and moths in the Woodlands. The tour will start at the Hamilton Mansion, walk through the cemetery, and end at the highest point in center circle. In addition, Lil’ Pop Shop will be serving popsicles and University City Arts League will provide a nature themed craft! Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, free, The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave

Secret films, revealed

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Exhumed Films is back! Pulling some of their favorite films from deep in their archives, this event will focus on 16mm films that have avoided the gaze of the average moviegoer. The double-bill will not be be announced ahead of time, so it will be a complete mystery what films you are showing up to see. However, there is a theme, which will be hinted at ahead of time! Friday, August 16, 7:00 pm, $12, PhilaMOCA, 531 N 12th St (at the intersection of Ridge, 12th and Spring Garden)

Family Fun Time at the Oval

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The heat wave is over and Saturdays are safe for outdoor play! On Saturday, August 17, bring the whole family to Eakins Oval, where Pop-up Play will host a free play date. They’ll bring all the materials necessary to build bamboo forts, catapults, and your own mini-golf courses! Saturday, August 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, free, Eakins Oval (end of Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, directly in front of the PMA)

"All Ah We Ah One"

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The largest, longest standing festival in Philadelphia is back, baby! On Sunday, August 18, the 33rd annual Philly Caribbean Festival will be taking place at Penn’s Landing. Live entertainment, Caribbean cuisine, handmade crafts, and family activities will be aplenty. This is guaranteed to be one of the biggest street events of the year! Sunday, August 18, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, free, Penn’s Landing, 601 N Columbus Blvd

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