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#ThemToo shorts at Women’s Film Festival 2018

The Women's Film Festival hosts a series of short films that show "the things we're up against," including:

  • Irene Lusztig's Forty Years
  • Thiago Dadalt's Chocolate
  • Kenny Dieudonne's Tinseltown

Where: Drexel University URBN Center at 3501 Market St., Rm. 349, 19104

When: March 23, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: $10


Bourbon battle benefits Philly’s homeless animals

The Trestle's Inn's sixth annual Bourbon Battle benefits Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and gives local bartenders a chance to show off their whiskey chops. Tickets include four cocktails, complimentary snacks, drink deals throughout the night and a straight $25 donation to the animal rescue nonprofit.

Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N. 11th St., 19107

When: March 21, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: $35


First annual Rad Fest Women’s Expo

Equal parts job fair, showcase, market and conference, the inaugural Rad Fest brings together women-led businesses and ideas for a productive day of networking and celebration in honor of Women’s History Month.

Where: 421 at 421 N. 7th St., 19123

When: March 22, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

How much: $10


Drink Pliny the Younger to help Sheila Modglin

One of the most sought-after beers in the world is Russian River's Pliny the Younger. Two kegs of the rare triple IPA will be tapped and sold by the glass for $15 Monday night, with all proceeds going to the fund for Dirty Franks bartender Sheila Modglin's recovery. Things kick off at Monk's Cafe at 5 p.m., then move to Fergie's Pub at 7 p.m.

Where: Monk's Cafe and Fergie's Pub at 264 S. 16th St. and 1214 Sansom St.

When: March 19, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Try a ‘cheesesteak’ made without meat

Corresponding with National Meatout Day, PMN vegan columnist Vance Lehmkuhl has organized Vegan Cheesesteak Day in Philly. Around a dozen spots that sell cheesesteak alternatives — HipCityVeg, the POPE, Tmoms, etc. — are offering daylong discounts, like $1 or $2 off each sandwich you buy. If you've never tried a meatless cheesesteak, never been a better time.

Where: Restaurants at various locations around Philly

When: March 20, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Local authors read Ides of March prose

Beware the Ides of March...or don't, since they're bringing this opportunity to catch a trio of local authors reading stories from their works while you sip local beer and eat scratch-made food. Ru Freeman, Emma Eisenberg and Marc Anthony Richardson will be presenting, and their books will be available for sale.

Where: Dock Street Cannery & Lounge at 705 S. 50th St., 19143

When: March 15, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


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


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 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free


2018 Vision Zero for Philadelphia Conference

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting its third annual Vision Zero conference, a gathering of city and state officials and leader to discuss making the city streets safer for everyone. Mayor Kenney will keynote, followed by several panel discussions, presentations and breakout sessions. Tickets are available on a sliding scale: regularly priced $65, you can also pay less ($35) or more (if you want to help others attend).

Where: First District Plaza at 3801 Market St.

When: March 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.


Help turn a historic rail car into HQ for The Rail Park

The Rail Park is inching closer to reality, and this fundraiser has a very specific goal: to raise enough money to turn the historic rail car at Broad and Noble into the park's official headquarters. A live concert will feature Soulection artist Sango, crooner Xavier Omär, Atlanta songstress Bosco, and Philly’s own DJs Sylo, Lean Wit It and Hvnlee. Tix to the fancy cocktial party before the show run $125, but the show itself is just $20 per person.

Where: Voyeur Nightclub at 1221 James St., 19107

When: March 8, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

How much: $20 for the concert


Learn about the ‘Fierce Females’ of the American Revolution

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this happy hour event will explore stories of women who played essential roles during the Revolutionary War. Make your own button featuring quotes from women in history and hear from a descendant of Continenal Army soldier Deborah Sampson. Also, if you want, bring a new or gently used clothing item to be donated to Career Wardrobe.  

Where: Museum of the American Revolution at 101 S. 3rd St., 19106

When: March 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: $10 admission


The Southern roots of urban African American cuisine

Valerie Erwin, former chef-owner of Mt. Airy's Geechee Girl Cafe and current GM at the EAT Cafe, will lead a discussion with food scholars Jessica Harris and Michael Twitty about the concept of "Southern foodways" — the food traditions that inspire contemporary African American cuisines.

Where: Free Library Culinary Literacy Center at 1901 Vine St., 4th Fl., 19103

When: March 5, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free with registration


Temple student walkout to protest gun violence

Temple students are joining the nationwide movement to walk out of classes on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting to protest gun violence, mass shootings and current gun laws. All are welcome, including those who don't attend the university.

Where: The Bell Tower at 1210 W. Berks St.

When: April 20, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Celebrate Purim with a Klezmer rock concert

The West Philadelphia Orchestra is welcoming Philly Klezmer All-Stars Susan Watz and Dan Blacksberg for a special show celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim. Expect plenty of traditional songs mixed with plenty of music that you can dance to. Food and drink will be available to purchase.

Where: World Cafe Live at 3025 Walnut St., 19104

When: March 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

How much: $15


Watch Coogler and Jordan’s ‘Fruitvale Station’

Before they rejuvenated the Rocky franchise with "Creed" and roared into the Marvel Universe with "Black Panther," director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan made their names with this day-in-the-life portrait of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland man shot and killed by transit police in 2009. The Philadelphia Film Society is hosts this screening as part of its Black History Month programming.

Where: The Roxy at 2023 Sansom St., 19103

When: February 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $8 (seniors and students $7; kids under 12 $3)


Spend First Friday coworking in Old City for free

OG coworking firm Indy Hall is turning First Fridays into a day of free access to its Market Street space. Come through to check it out or work next to friends who are members there, then head out after work to check out the galleries and art openings taking place throughout the neighborhood.

Where: Indy Hall at 399 Market St., 19106

When: March 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Learn West African cooking in Southwest Philly

Nafisa's Kitchen is a West African restaurant that was founded by two sisters, Nafisa and Fatmatta. They'll lead a class that first teaches some Mandingo words, and then leads you through cooking two traditional dishes: broken dry rice and banana bread. The event is hands on, prepare to get messy.

Where: Nafisa's Kitchen at 5629 Chester Ave., 19143

When: February 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

How much: $15-$20


Winter soup brunch to benefit Philly teachers

All-volunteer nonprofit PhilaSoup is hosting one of its benefits to help fund teacher-led innovative classroom projects, and this one's a cozy winter brunch. Sip soup, share school stories, develop self-care plans and learn about three new initiatives that need help getting off the ground.

Where: Maas Building at 1325 N. Randolph St., 19122

When: February 25, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How much: $15 or $25 for two