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Photo: Peace Day Philly
Peace Day Philly (PDP) officially falls on September 21, but it might as well be called “Peace Week Philly” with its schedule of events taking place now through Saturday. PDP was created to give Philadelphia a voice during the United Nations International Day of Peace. Its mission is to “build positive peace and create the conditions for peace, unity and justice” in our community and world. That’s done through a week’s worth of activities that run the gamut from dialogue sessions to art exhibits to festivals and even sing-alongs. Go here for the full list of activities taking place all week. There’s something there for everyone. The anchoring event happens Wednesday at City Hall, where Mayor Kenney will welcome participants for an hour of peace-inspiring tunes, spoken word and a group art activity. September 18-24, various times and locations.
Photo: Azuka Theatre
Starting this fall, Azuka Theater is trying out an innovative idea that they hope will get communities across Philadelphia more involved in our local arts scene: pay-as-you-decide ticketing. The hope is that giving folks the chance to pay what they want for a show—after they see it—will break down the barriers that keep so many of us from heading to the theater. Azuka’s first production of the fall season sounds like a good one: How We Got On pays homage to old-school hip-hop, following three black teens trying to make it in the music industry while struggling to overcome cultural isolation and issues at home. A live DJ spins as the three stories play out on stage. September 21-October 9, pay what you want, Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 South Hicks Street.
Photo: Uhuru Book Fair
Clark Park in West Philadelphia will be bustling with activity Saturday during the Uhuru Flea Market. Sponsored by and benefitting the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF), the event draws vendors selling all the goods—from bikes to jewelry and antiques to clothing. The on-site book fair plays home to African authors and book sellers along with a schedule of kids activities promoting literacy. If you’re not in the shopping mood, gather around the stage for a full day of live performances and a reading by Omali Yeshitela, founder of the Uhuru Movement and chairman of the African Socialist International. Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Clark Park, 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Photo: Mastery Charter-Shoemaker
Representatives from 30 schools across Philadelphia gather at the Constitution Center Saturday afternoon for the fourth annual Philadelphia Family Education Fair. Parents with kids in grades Pre-K through elementary school can nab some one-on-one time with admissions staff from local schools and listen in on round table discussions with education consultants and testing professionals. While you’re doing all that, your kids can stay occupied at a hands-on “Imagination Station,” where they can take part in a host of educational activities. Saturday, September 24, noon-3 p.m., National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.
Photo: The Rescue Run 5K
Cap off your weekend with a sweaty run through the Navy Yard that supports local dog rescue organization The Monster Milers. Runners will be treated to live entertainment along the course along with a handful of water stations. Don’t feel like the workout? There are still opportunities to get involved, like sponsoring a team, volunteering on race day, or showing up to check out (and maybe adopt?) some of the The Monster Milers muts looking for homes. The nonprofit rescues dogs directly from Philadelphia’s City shelter and finds them homes through their running community and network of foster homes. Sunday, September 25, 8:30 a.m.-noon, The Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street.