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.
Nerd Nite Philly is hosting a multi-themed night in the new Reading Viaduct park this week. Join fellow nerds for a presentation on saving birds through healthy watersheds and—because these are nerds after all—a conversation on comics with Amalgam Comics owner Ariell Johnson. Wear your silliest, nerdiest tee for the event’s dry T-shirt contest and win some dorky prizes. Wednesday, July 20, 7:30- 9:30 p.m., PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park, 10th and Hamilton streets.
Have a drink with the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, a local organization focusing on youth in the criminal justice system. Among their passions is working to make sure kids in the criminal justice system are treated like, well, kids, and fighting to end the practice of sentencing children as adults. Libations at the event include a free domestic draft and half price apps. Thursday, July 21, 5-8 p.m., $10 donation, Tavern on Broad, 200 S. Broad Street.
Pride may have come and gone, but the Gayborhood is gearing up for another one-night-only hoopla to raise money for an excellent cause. Over a dozen local bars in the ‘hood are working together to raise money for the victims of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting that occurred on June 12. Guest bartenders including Mayor Jim Kenney and Senator Larry Farnese will be slinging drinks at various watering holes, like Tabu, Woody’s and Boxers PHL. Come show your pride while raising funds for those in need. Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m.- 2 a.m., $10, Gayborhood.
Moore College of Art & Design leads this three-day symposium that touches on the arts and its ability to increase social engagement in society. “Deep dive” presentations will be led by folks like Sean Kelley of Eastern State Penitentiary, Louise Pilar Martorano of RedLine, and more. During lunch events, Moore art students get involved with the discussions, and host a student-curated film festival on the theme of ethics, attention and intention. Friday, July 22-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street.
Back in 1972, political journalist Timothy Crouse wrote Boys on the Bus, which, while capturing the unique experience political journalists have while covering a presidential campaign, failed to recognize that girls were part of the process, too. At this event, Committee of Seventy and Young Involved Philadelphia aim to recognize both the girls and the boys on this bus, and highlight how much covering the presidential election has changed since 1972. Show up to hear a panel of journalism experts, including Scott Detrow of NPR, Caitlin Huey-Burns from Real Clear Politics and CNN’s Dan Merica, explain the 24-7-365 news cycle and all the pressures that come along with social media in the 2016 election. Sunday, July 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $15, The Graham Building, 30 South 15th Street.