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This week, Painted Bride Art Center launches a new initiative called BrideNext that brings together young folks from different walks of life in the hopes of sparking dialogue about how Philly millennials can use art and face-to-face interaction to make our city better. With a focus on the issues of gentrification and immigration, BrideNext invites twenty- and thirtysomethings to come together to create original works of art and community events that will take place through fall 2017. The first fruit of their labor happens this Thursday: the BrideNext kickoff party. The affair features a half-dozen theater artists, activists and city workers who will swap stories about their experiences living in the city and talk about issues facing millennials and how they can be resolved. According to organizers, future BrideNext events include opportunities for art creation, civic dialogue, listening exchanges, workshops and networking. For more information about the project and upcoming events, go here. Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m., free, Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street.
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The Trestle Inn’s fifth annual Bourbon Battle takes place Wednesday night to raise $7,500 in support of the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly), a pet pantry that provides free food to Philadelphians who can’t afford to feed their dogs and cats. As the name suggests, Bourbon Battle pits four local bartenders against one another to see who can make the best Woodford Reserve Bourbon cocktail. Your ticket ($35 in advance, $40 at the door) grants you lots of perks, namely four delicious bourbon concoctions, free appetizers and a $25 donation to ACCT Philly. There are much, much worse ways to help a good cause. Drink up! Wednesday, April 26, 6-9 p.m., $35-45, The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street.
The arts and civic engagement has been a popular topic in Philadelphia lately. We told you about the flaneur exhibit at The Barnes Foundation, and, if you look up, there’s information about the Painted Bride’s civically engaging BrideNext initiative. Now the Philadelphia Museum of Art announces a massive and super ambitious project, called Philadelphia Assembled, that brings together 150 collaborators from across the city to create projects that exemplify how socially activist art can inspire community building.
The project was dreamed up several years ago by Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, who assembled a series of conversations seeking to define the spirit of Philadelphia. Since then the collaborators—among them artists, writers, gardeners and activists—have been working on community-focused projects that debut in a series of “activities and actions” over the next several months. The works hope to “illuminate a broad set of hopes, visions, and questions about Philadelphia’s future” and confront hard-hitting Philadelphia issues like sanctuary city status, gentrification, reentry, food deserts and more. The project will culminate with a participatory exhibition at PMA in September.
There’s a whole website built around the project, here. Go there to find out about all the upcoming events. There are three happening this weekend: a “world-building workshop” with youth at Mighty Writers that’s led by local sci-fi writer Marlon MacAllister; a series of Take Back the Night! marches on April 27 for victims of domestic violence; and an opportunity to plant Puerto Rican cultural crops with community garden group [email protected] [email protected] de Norris Square. It’s a lot to take in, but there’s ton of civic engagement opportunity squeezed into this one project. Dive in!
WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape) calls on Philadelphians to join them during their lunch hour at City Hall Friday in what they hope is a massive and visual show of support for people who have experienced or are experiencing sexual assault. Everyone who shows up will join hands to build a human chain that organizers hope will completely encircle City Hall. The move is an attempt to break the mold of marching to protest social injustices, and draw attention to the work that needs to be done to support agencies like WOAR that are working to snuff out sexual violence. To join, show up at the steps near the north side of City Hall around 11:30 a.m. It’s an easy way to stand in solidarity with survivors and advocates of sexual abuse—many of whom will be there to speak prior to the chain-building around City Hall. Friday, April 28, noon-1 p.m., free, City Hall.
A two-day music festival this weekend gives you the chance to hear nearly two dozen local bands while also benefiting three organizations working to help overlooked individuals get ahead in life. Get Better Records’ Get Better Fest takes place Saturday and Sunday at First Unitarian Church and PhilaMOCA, and features acts like Amanda X, Open City and Thin Lips. All of the performers applied to be part of the benefit, and were chosen based on their history of having a strong person-of-color, queer, femme or trans presence. A two-day pass only costs $25 and benefits Trans Assistance Project, which connects transgender people with resources for documentation and medical purposes; Youth Emergency Service, a 64-year-old nonprofit that provides shelter and support to local youth in need; and Women Against Abuse, an advocate and resource for ladies experiencing domestic abuse. For the full experience, also check out the kickoff show Friday night at Glitter Gallery. Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30, 6 p.m., $25, various locations.