This week’s Top 5 Events all possess an artistic focus. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t something for everyone though–from popular music to movies and from Japanese paintings to popotillo, it’d be difficult not to find something that interests you. So check out some of the creativity, and even get crafty yourself if you’d like!
Rock on Philly: Billy Joel Themed Songwriters in the Round
When: May 7, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Where: Tin Angel, 20 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10
Rock on Philly will be honoring the legendary “Piano Man” Billy Joel, at their Songwriters in the Round on May 7. Joel is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with hits including “Uptown Girl,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and “Just the Way You Are.” The showcase will feature some awesome musical talent, and each will perform a Billy Joel cover in addition to his or her original music. The acts include singer-songwriters Laura Cheadle, Dominic Tursi, Ashton John, Jennifer Logue, and Jen Pague. So come out and enjoy a night of music while celebrating one of the most iconic musicians of all time!
Jurassic Park Movie Marathon
When: May 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free with admission ($16)
Have you heard about Jurassic World, the sci-fi action film starring Chris Pratt that is set to be released this summer? The film is going to be awesome and is the 4th installment in the Jurassic Park film series, which explores how humankind’s scientific pursuits can lead to tragic consequences. The iconic-in-pop-culture first film follows a billionaire and small team of genetic scientists that have created a park of cloned dinosaurs on an island near Costa Rica, and later films portray other adventures in the same science fiction world. This is your chance to catch up on the original and the sequels before the new film this summer, so stay for the whole day or pop in to watch just one. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the other great exhibits in the museum!
Scrabble Nights at Jeri’s Curio
When: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Jeri’s Curio, 1726 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
While this event may not involve the arts, its venue certainly does. Jeri’s Curio is a shop that features artwork, jewelry, gaming items, and other objects created by local artisans. It hosts a weekly Scrabble Night that is fun for beginners and pros alike. The novelty shop promotes the events as a time when phones are put down and face-to-face gaming and social interaction can occur. So instead of spending hours on Trivia Crack, enjoy some “old-fashioned” gaming with friends in the unique atmosphere of Jeri’s Curio. If words aren’t your strong suit, there are also Backgammon nights on Tuesdays, and Chess nights on Wednesdays. Seating is limited, so get there early. In addition to being free, all of the gaming events are also BYOB (21+). This is a great chance to play some board games that you might not own yourself, or to just spend time with friends.
Ink and Gold: Art of the Kona
When: Through May 10 Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: $12
This week is your last chance to see the stunning artwork of Ink and Gold, the exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that highlights the art of the Kano painters. Kano Masanobu established his school of painting in the 1400s, and for 400 years the lineage of painters continued an artistic excellence in Japan. This particular exhibition presents more than 120 works of art from the school’s colorful history. It includes large-scale, gold leaf folding screens, ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans. The majestic artwork provides a visually stunning experience, and offers pieces that are still captivating hundreds of years later. Be sure to check it out before the exhibit closes!
PECO Family Jams: Popotillo Paintings
When: May 10, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5
PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are artistic programs that are held every second Sunday of the month. This month’s program will feature Mexican popotillo art, which uses tiny dyed straws to create vibrant drawings. You’ll have the chance to see Luz Maria Salinas‘ work at the gardens, and then create your own popotillo painting! You can use your mini-framed art as a decoration for your future dorm or apartment, or you could even use the opportunity to make a Mother’s Day present for your mom. When you’re done crafting, take a tour of the Magic Gardens. Don’t miss this hands-on artistic opportunity!