Broad Street Ministry's radical hospitality program for vulnerable Philadelphians includes a twice-a-week therapeutic art class. For people experiencing poverty, the chance to draw and paint with color can be uplifting in its own right, but this month it's even more exciting: They'll get to show finished works to the public. Metropolitan Gallery 250 is hosting a BSM exhibit that kicks off with two nights of fundraising. The money's great, but the exposure is almost more special.
The mushroom farms in Chester County have always counted on high volumes of immigrant labor, so it's not surprising the area was targeted by ICE officials. At the end of April, agents raided a private facility, flashing photos of four men who ostensibly might work there. No one knew or had heard of those men (lawyers say it may have been a ruse), but everyone was questioned anyway, and several were detained and arrested. Now, a couple weeks later, the community is scared and shook.
What is a Jurassic Park Jeep doing in West Philly? Looking amazing, that's what. Plus, see exactly how you're not supposed to park in front of a ROSS and read about the time somebody encountered a few bros tailgating and playing beer pong in a parking garage. It's the week in Philly parking.
On the Calendar
A panel of experts from diverse walks of life — a former prison commissioner, criminal justice nonprofit leaders, journalists — will discuss how to identify and replicate ways to make reentry after life in prison easier, and stem recidivism. Free registration requested
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia at 701 Arch St. 19106
When: May 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Prolific and renowned author Marita Golden will share her experiences with the memory disease through readings from her body of work, and talk with Philly radio icon Patty Jackson (that's Ms. Patty Jackson to you) about its broader impact on the Black community. A live podcast recording, the session will end with audience Q&As. Registration is free; donations accepted.
Where: Art Sanctuary at 628 S. 16th St. 19146
When: May 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: Free with registration; donations accepted
Survival of the fittest, and all that, but apparently Charles Darwin also had a sister theory — he called it "the taste for the beautiful" — that said sometimes, creatures chose mates just for the pure beauty or pleasure of it. Brilliant bird plumage may be an example of this, and Yale ornithology prof Richard Prum will discuss his new book on the topic at this annual lecture. Free registration required.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103
When: May 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Coopering is the art of barrel making, which sounds boring until you realize it's essential for making whiskey and wine. Wood artist Keunho Peter Park will talk cooperage technique and how he incorporates it into his work, while locally made Dad's Hat Rye is served to complement the topic. There's also a raffle for a $150 woodworking prize. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit art center in Old City.
Where: The Center for Art in Wood at 141 N. 3rd St. 19106
When: May 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $15
Make it a Friday night in Mayfair, and score a house for those birds chirping next to your window on spring mornings. Sixpoint Brewing is bringing a bunch of kits, plus cans of Puff, a 9.8% ABV Imperial IPA. (Maybe get all your hammering out of the way before you down one of those delicious but potent brews.)
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: May 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go