Run around the block to benefit the MS Society

The folks at Evil Genius love the idea of a run to benefit nonprofits, but don't like running all that much. Hence, the first annual .5K - right, half a kilometer. The event will celebrate the brewery's first birthday on Front Street. Tickets include a swagbag, bib, two beers and prizes.

Where: Evil Genius Beer Lab at 1727 N. Front St., 19122

When: March 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

How much: $30

Concert to help fund Philly’s first shelter for people AND their pets

Currently, there are no shelters in Philly that allow people experiencing homelessness to bring their pets with them. SREHUP, the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia, is opening one — but they need more money to make it happen. Local band Fitzwater is playing a benefit concert at this Italian Market dive, with proceeds donated to the shelter cause.

Where: Connie's Ric Rac at 1128 S. 9th St., 19147

When: March 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to March 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

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Students organize Meek Mill-inspired discussion on criminal justice reform

Organized by student groups at Penn, Temple and Drexel, this event brings together entertainers, thought leaders, criminal justice experts, youth organizers and educators — including Rev. Al Sharpton, activist Bryan Stevenson and Meek Mill's mother, Kathy Williams — for a discussion around the U.S. criminal justice system. Titled REFORM: Bringing Injustice to Light, a series of panels will examine Meek's legal case and "inspire attendees to positively push for nationwide reform."

Where: Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania at 3401 Spruce St., 19104

When: March 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free

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Turning insect crystals and medical data into jewelry

A pair of unusual and acclaimed jewelry designers are pairing for this Fishtown show. Tyler Thrasher works with "nature and its respective curiosities," which is another way of saying he grows crystals on dead insects and skeletons and turns them into wearable art. The result is stunningly beautiful, as his 135k Instagram followers can attest. Doug Bucci is a professor at Tyler School of Art and also has pieces in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. His jewelry is often based on medical data — but you'd never recognize it.

Where: The Convent Philly at 1648 E. Berks St., 19125

When: March 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free

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