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Time to take off your pussy hat, ladies. It’s summertime. Instead, show off your feminist pride with handmade (by you!) feminist buttons, courtesy of a button-making workshop at the brand new Lume Creative Studios. The Badge of OnHer event is open to everyone, button making beginners to button making experts. Bring your own slogans, design ideas and beverage of choice. The rest will be provided. Tuesday, June 6, 7-9 p.m., $20, Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 East Passyunk Avenue.
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, the Arabic arts and culture organization, has spent the year engaging with students at Northeast High School in a cross-cultural exchange intended to create connections across several neighborhoods in the city. The program—part of its citywide Tabadul: Cross Cultural Exchange Through the Arts project—brought a poet, photographer, percussionist and other artists to the school to work with students, who engaged in forums across the city, with oher students from Germantown Friends, the U School, and Palumbo Academy. On Thursday afternoon, Al-Bustan holds its final forum of the year at Northeast High, with performances, art displays and food from the diverse community around the school. Thursday, June 8, 4-6 p.m., free, 1601 Cottman Avenue.
Photo: Fleisher Art Memorial
Head over to the 700th block of Catherine Street this Saturday for a celebration of the arts. The annual ARTspiration Block Party will showcase inspirational art ranging from musical performances to locally made artwork. The Block Party is returning for it’s 11th year with the goal of bringing together local artists and residents to illustrating the impact art can have on the community. Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m-3 p.m., 700th block of Catherine Street.
Photo: Pennsylvania SPCA
Sure, you could spend a lifetime bringing your own booze to small Philly eateries. But bringing your own pooch? That’s a rarity—unless you’re brunching at Square 1682 in Rittenhouse Square. Starting Sunday, the restaurant brings back its weekend BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) Brunch, a monthly fundraiser for the Pennsylvania SPCA. For every BYOD dish or drink purchased, Square 1682 will donate $1 to the animal welfare organization, which will also be on hand with adoptable puppies from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Sunday through September. Come for good drinks, good dogs and goodwill! Sunday, June 11, 10 a.m-1 p.m., through September, 121 South 17th Street.
Photo: The Equality Coalition
This year’s annual celebration of all things LGBTQ feels more important than ever, given the frightening state of our national politics. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is always a fun and raucous affair; this year, more than it has in a long time, it also feels imperative. Linked to the national event in D.C., Equality March celebrates the progress made in the past decade for LGBTQ communities and the continuing fight against the injustice many still face on various fronts—sexuality, gender, religion, ethnicity, immigration status, disability, and more. Sunday, June 11, 12-6 p.m., free, Thomas Paine Plaza, Broad Street and JFK Boulevard.