Valentine’s Day will inevitably hog a lot of attention this week, with special restaurant menus and events catering specifically to that mushiest of holidays.
We’re breezing past all that to spotlight some events that give you a chance to show some love to good causes—whether it’s supporting the brave souls sharing tales at the annual Ex-Files StorySlam or raising a glass to a Fishtown distillery celebrating a successful three years in business.
Find details on those thins and more in our guide to this week’s do-gooder events below.
Things to do in Philadelphia this week
Local writer and storyteller Sofiya Ballin debuts the latest installment of her essay and storytelling series Black History Untold at the Museum of the American Revolution. Part of the museum’s History After Hours series, the evening features film vignettes that explore the idea of revolution through the lens of the black experience, and, according to Ballin, conveys a message that “black people are never alone in the fight for their civil and human rights …” The screening concludes with a panel discussion with some of the film’s participants, including Jamira Burley and Mike Africa Jr. Tuesday, February 11, 5–8:30pm, $10, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street.
This week, as part of its thoughtful Pennoni Panels series, Drexel hosts “Passing the Torch: Generational Shifts and the Politics of Change,” a panel that explores questions about disrupting the status quo to create real “generational” change in our politics—and how we can make those changes in a way that is collaborative, rather than combative. The panel, which will be moderated by Citizen Executive Editor/Co-Executive Director Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, features Nicolas O’Rourke, the new organizing director for the Pennsylvania Working Families Party; Gerald Bergen, the GOP Ward Leader for the 12th Ward in the Germantown Section of Northwest Philadelphia; and Patrick Christmas of Committee of Seventy. Tuesday, February 11, 6-7:30pm, The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place. —Jessica Press
Does Valentine’s Day have you feeling all “meh?” Join a roomful of like-minded individuals on February 14 for the 10th annual Ex-Files StorySlam, which finds a host of locals spinning five-minute tales each about former flames. The stories run the gamut from hilarious to downright pissy—and almost always make you feel better about your own situation. Ticket sales benefit First Person Arts, the local org that champions community-building and connection through the art of storytelling. Friday, February 14, 7pm and 9pm, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
Relive (or get a redo on) your prom night this week in South Philly. Nonprofit Philly Phairytale hosts a grown-up prom event to raise funds for its mission to provide local people in need with gowns to wear to prom. Your ticket grants you unlimited beer, wine and appetizers, and of course there will be dancing all night. Prom attire is encouraged. If you can’t make the event but dig the organization’s mission, they’re always accepting gown or cash donations. Learn more here. Saturday, February 15, 8pm, $40–$45, Mummers Museum, 1100 S. 2nd Street.
Consider your Sunday Funday plans secured: Local business Philadelphia Distilling celebrates its third year in the spirit-making game with a daylong birthday bash at their gorgeous headquarters in Fishtown. The party features a menu of $8 cocktails made with their signature Bluecoat gin, a build-your-own G&T bar, free tastings and hourly giveaways. Sunday, February 16, 1–9pm, Philadelphia Distilling, 25 E. Allen Street.
Philly Theatre Week rolls into its second week, giving local culture hounds the chance to see some good shows while supporting Philadelphia’s diverse theater scene. The citywide event includes 300-plus performances, including world and local premieres, such as Arden Theatre Company’s My General Tubman, Theatre Exile’s Babel, and family-friendly “eco musical” Ants On a Log (pictured). Shows and workshops cover all kinds of important current themes—from LGBTQ+ and Black history to women’s rights and minority empowerment. Check out the full lineup here. Through February 16, various times, free–$30, various locations.