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Do Something: Light Up Percy Street

South Philly's electric street mural gets a dedication ceremony. Plus: Take in some fashion to fight sexual abuse, support local LGBTQ theater, and more ways to get engaged this week.

Do Something: Light Up Percy Street

South Philly's electric street mural gets a dedication ceremony. Plus: Take in some fashion to fight sexual abuse, support local LGBTQ theater, and more ways to get engaged this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.

Support LGBTQ Theater in Philly

Photo: John Donges

Philadelphia’s only LGBTQ theater festival, GayFest!, enters its first full week, with productions at Studio X in South Philly and the brand new Drake Theater. The festival includes four Philadelphia premieres, and a couple special events, like this Wednesday’s “Sharing Bits: A Queer Sex Project.” The show offers a series of vignettes tackling sexuality and how society’s perception of sex has changed over time. Take in a show to support festival producer Quince Productions’ mission to highlight LGBTQ storylines on theater stages around Philadelphia. Through August 27, $10-$125, various times and locations.

Dedicate South Philly's Electric Mural

Photo: Streets Dept.

You’ve likely seen images of the awesome electric mural currently lighting up Percy Street in South Philly, but this week it becomes official at a dedication ceremony hosted by artists David Guinn and Sarah Anton. Besides the cool factor, the mural, done in partnership with Mural Arts and the Knight Foundation, has a solutions-minded agenda. According to Streets Dept., this dark and all-but-forgotten nook along Percy Street was a perfect hiding spot for a slew of illegal activities, like underaged drinking, prostitution, and short dumping. So the artists and neighbors took it upon themselves to light up the street to keep the criminal shenanigans at bay. The work is part of a hush-hush “Percy Street Project” that the artists may explain more about during this week’s dedication ceremony. If nothing else, it’s a chance to see it in person and applaud the folks behind it for making a positive change in their neighborhood. Wednesday, August 17, 7-9 p.m., at Percy Street just off 9th Street.  

Celebrate Those Working to SustainPHL

Photo: Phil Forsyth

Celebrate sustainability visionaries and local community change-makers at Green Philly Blog‘s first-ever SustainPHL Awards. The soiree promises to be more than just an awards ceremony; it’s a learning experience. The night opens with a “Munch & Learn,” where you can get schooled on everything from DIY composting and fermentation practices from local folks like Phickle Ferments and Tree Philly. When it comes time for the actual ceremony, prizes will be doled out to local people and organizations who’ve shown exemplary efforts in creating impact over the past year. Some of our favorite Disruptors are nominated, like United By Blue and Philadelphia Orchard Project (pictured). Our very own Connor Barwin is nominated in the coveted Activist of the Year category. Check out the full list of nominees here. Thursday, August 18, 7-10 p.m., $65-$90, WHYY, 150 South 6th Street. 

Choose From Seven Movies in Local Parks

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s summer-long Movies in the Park series rolls along, bringing crowds to little-known communities and green spaces all around the city. This week, you have a whopping seven options to take in a flick under the stars. On August 17, the Friends of Coxe Park host a screening of The Good Dinosaur. Show up an hour before the showing (approximately dusk) for family-friendly activities. On August 18, head to Baba Yahya’s Garden in North Philly to catch a series of short films by black filmmakers. The evening opens with a (free!) performance from spoken word powerhouse Ursula Rucker (pictured). For the full list of this week’s films, locations and showtimes, go here.

Sashay for Sexual Abuse

Channel Anna Wintour in the front row of the annual Stomp the Runway fashion show, which returns to Philly this Saturday. The show was created to “spotlight a specific cause every year through a unique blend of high fashion and entertainment.” This year that cause is the fight against sexual abuse, and all proceeds will benefit one of Philly’s most vocal anti-sexual abuse nonprofits, local rape crisis center Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). Besides the fashion show that anchors the event, guests can browse vendor booths, catch dance performances and enjoy drinks and light bites. Saturday, August 20, 7-11 p.m., $35-$50, 2300 Arena, 2300 Sansom Street. 

Header photo: Conrad Benner of Streets Dept.

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