March 17, 2015 |

Top 5 Events: Learning & Growing


This week, see the world in different ways and experience different cultures or parts of society. Whether it’s hearing what it’s like to grow up as a Native American, viewing the world from a suffragist’s standpoint, or seeing a woman learn to live when her spouse is imprisoned, this week’s Top 5 explores a variety of outlooks and perspectives. So learn something new or see something in a different way this week!

Penn Humanities Forum: Middle of Nowhere Screening 
When: March 18, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where:  International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

The final installment of the Penn Humanities Forum’s series featuring New Black Cinematography is this week. This cinema series honors the work of Bradford Young, the acclaimed cinematographer whose work captures visions of African-American communities from New York City to Mississippi (including his recent work in the Oscar-nominated film Selma). The final film in this visually-stunning series is Middle of Nowhere, the story of a medical student whose life is transformed after her husband is imprisoned. Ruby, the protagonist, must fight to maintain her marriage and make big sacrifices along the way. Enjoy a night of film at this FREE screening!

P.M. @ Penn Museum: Ancients Ink’d
When: March 18, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $20

This popular after-hours event at Penn Museum will explore the art of tattoos throughout history. The Penn Museum Williams Director, Dr. Julian Siggers, will discuss comparisons between ancient tattooing techniques and the ones used by modern tattoo artists today, as well as how the art form varies across cultures. In addition to this short talk, guests will have the chance to take a body modification tour through the galleries, have a henna tattoo drawn on them, and enjoy a performance from Philadelphia’s Olde City Sideshow. For the 21+ crowd, the ticket price includes a free drink (there will also be a cash bar). So whether you’re looking for a fun night with friends or a chance to network with other young people over drinks, this nighttime event is fun for everyone.

Modern Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop
When: March 21, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Have you ever heard of Native American rap and hip-hop artists Def-i, Tall Paul, Wake Self, or Frank Waln? While their music may not be blasting from cars or it at the top of international charts, these artists are just as talented. This unique program will include spoken word performances and a Q&A session that will highlight their experiences as Natives and how they discovered rap and hip-hop. Then at 8 p.m., each artist will participate in a live concert performance. The event is an opportunity to hear the voice of lesser-known artists with experiences and paths that we often may not consider. So come out, enjoy the art, and learn about these artists and their experiences.

Hear My Voice: A Living Voice Suffragette Performance
When: March 23, 12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Where:  New Century Trust, 1307 Locust Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5

This month is Women’s History Month (International Women’s Day was March 9), and to celebrate Philly has a long list of events. One particular performance follows the life of a young woman who campaigns for the ratification of the 19th Amendment despite the disapproval of her family and others in society. Hear My Voice: Win the Vote is a one-act play with single actress Elizabeth Rainer. Videos, photographs, and dialogue from other prominent story members will accompany Rainer’s performance. The other suffragists that Rainer meets include Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, and Lucy Burns. This innovative and unique performance is the perfect way to celebrate Women’s History Month and enjoy a show!

Women’s History at The National Constitution Center
When: Month of March , regular museum hours Where:  National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street Philadelphia Cost: Free with admission

If you’re looking for even more Women’s History Month fun, head to the National Constitution Center for information and activities. A self-guided tour through the museum’s exhibitions showcases important moments in women’s history, such as The American National Tree featuring women’s rights pioneers, artifacts from the suffragist movement, and other items that highlight the defining achievements of women in the last century. You can also enjoy an interactive show featuring Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” music video re-made to depict the women’s suffrage movement, or test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board. Learn about women who made a difference with these fun activities!


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