Do Something: Talk Art and Activism

This week, run to flip Congress, go to an award winning musical, learn why Vivek Shraya is afraid of men, and more

Do Something: Talk Art and Activism

This week, run to flip Congress, go to an award winning musical, learn why Vivek Shraya is afraid of men, 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!

Run to Flip Congress

Maybe you’ve heard about the four women who ran from Harlem, NY to Washington, DC in the depths of winter to attend the historic 2017 Women’s March, raising $100,000 for Planned Parenthood in the process? The team behind this feat is now known as Run 4 All Women, and they’re back with a 4-mile, all-ages run happening on Monday. Profits from registration fees will help support candidates who are committed to “core values regarding women’s health and women’s rights, commonsense gun laws, LGBTQ issues, immigration rights, criminal justice reform, and healthcare.” Monday, September 17, 6 pm-8 pm, $10–$15, Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

Share Your Edgy Story

Photo: The Crimson

Got a story to tell? Here’s your chance. First Person Arts is a nonprofit whose work centers “the power of the personal.” Every month, First Person Arts hosts a storytelling competition for anyone attending to share their experiences around a common theme. This month, the theme is “On the Edge.” Winners get $100 prize and may get to compete in the season finale. Tuesday, September 18, 8 pm-11 pm, $10, L’Etage, 624 S 6th Street

Pay What You Can for a Tony Award-Winning Musical

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Come down to one of Philly’s most prominent theaters for a pay-what-you-can performance of Once, a musical about an Irish musician and Czech immigrant drawn together by their love of music. The best part? All proceeds go to Settlement Music School, a community arts school providing high quality music instruction and art therapy to children and adults regardless of background. Wednesday, September 19, 8 pm, pay-what-you-can, The Arden Theatre Company, 40 N 2nd Street

Talk Art and Activism

Photo: Mural Arts

Join local artists Sheldon Abba, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Keir Johnston, and Ginger Rudolph in discussing the issue of art and politics in public spaces. They’ll be giving Ted-style talks to tackle issues at the intersection of art, empathy, and activism. This event is a part of the Philly Public Arts Forum, so look out for more free events through the first week of October! Thursday, September 20, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Free, Temple University Libraries, 1210 Polett Walk

Get Fierce at the Barnes Artist Bash

Come celebrate the power of women at the Barnes Foundation’s fifth Artist Bash, featuring artists whose work has helped shape conversations from community building to immigration reform. The lineup also includes a dance performance by Cambodian American Girls Empowering, an acrobatic showcase by Tangle Movement Arts, and a social tango led by Meredith Klein of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School—bring your dancing shoes! This event is in anticipation of the exhibition Berthe Misot: Woman Impressionist, opening in October. Friday, September 21, 8 pm-11 pm, The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Celebrate Philly AIDS Thrift’s Lucky 13th

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Philly’s iconic thrift store is turning 13, and you don’t want to miss it! Come out to commemorate Philly AIDS Thrift’s success in supporting local organizations that fight against HIV/AIDS. The event will feature artists DJ Robert Drake, The Cheddar Boys, Squidling Brothers, as well as activities like face painting, carnival games, and other classics. Saturday, September 22, 12 pm-6 pm, Free, Philly AIDS Thrift, 710 S 5th Street

Learn about gender and its reinvention

Vivek Shraya is a trans woman who was raised by South Asian immigrants in Canada. In her new book, I’m Afraid of Men, she explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl. Join Vivek for a reading and Q&A on the question of gender and its reinvention in the twenty-first century. Sunday September 23, 1 pm–2 pm, Free, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street

Photo Credit: Mural Arts

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