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Dine in Isaiah Zagar’s Workshop
After its success last year, Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers (PAUWR) is bringing back its collaborative #Right2Work dinner series to promote the rights of undocumented workers in the restaurant industry. Besides creating a platform for these workers to share their experiences, the series affords you the chance to dine with like-minded individuals in some really cool spaces around town. For the kickoff on April 25th, they’ll dine at mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar’s workshop. Food will be provided by a handful of local chefs, like Taproom on 19th’s Mike Strauss and Valerie Erwin from Geechee Girl Rice Cafe. For more info on the three other dinners taking place through June 6, go here. Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., donation based, Isaiah Zagar’s Workshop, 1005 Watkins Street.
Vote! Vote! Vote!
If you do one thing this week, for goodness’ sake—go vote. Like we told you in this piece, it doesn’t matter who you vote for, or how informed or uninformed you are, your vote (yes, yours!) makes a huge difference. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the state. Need more information about what you’re voting for besides the presidential election? See our primary election voting guide here for all the details. Tuesday, April 26, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., free, your polling place (which can be found here).
You Voted, Drink to That
Young Involved Philly and Code Philly invite all voters to the Field House on Election Day to drink with other ballot-goers as you watch the returns come in on the bar’s big screens. The night also serves as an opportunity to get involved with YIP and CP, by chatting with the organizations’ leaders about what kinds of events and opportunities they have coming up. Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m., pay as you go, Field House, 1150 Filbert Street.
Understand the Intersection of Art and Trauma
Philadelphia muralist Candy Chang, who was responsible for the global “Before I Die” project, will join street artist SWOON for a conversation about how art “can be a useful tool for healing and empowerment.” The event is hosted by Mural Arts’ Porch Light Initiative, a program that seeks to create public artwork that helps those struggling with mental illness, trauma and addiction. It’s tied in with Chang’s new interactive mural The Atlas of Tomorrow, which will be unveiled soon at the corner of South and Juniper streets. More on that here. Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., free, Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium at University of the Arts, 401 South Broad Street.
Draft Philly’s Next Generation of Leaders
The Germination Project, an organization that readies young people in Philly for a life of civic-minded service to the community, is on the cusp of drafting its newest members. That will all take place during GP’s second annual (and super high-dollar) Draft Day Benefit Gala at the Union League. Groove to live music and other performances as you congratulate the newest class of GP Student Fellows, a group of kids, Raju believes, that will “save the world.” Thursday, April 28, 6-9 p.m., $1,000-$100,000, The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street.
Take Coding 101
What is all this coding stuff people are talking about, you ask? Coded By Kids, a free tech-ed program for inner-city youth, will tell you all about it at a community Philly Tech Week event in North Philly. The two-hour gathering will be broken down into two parts: Coding 101, where you’ll get schooled on basic coding concepts; and a general rundown of Philly’s tech community that delves into all the neat, innovative things local techies are doing to make a difference in our city. The added bonus is getting to meet Coded By Kids founder Sylvester Mobley and some of the youngsters that make up this energized group. For more Philly Tech Week events, go here. Saturday, April 30, 1-3 p.m., free, Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center, 2551 North 22nd Street.
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