Enjoy the Philadelphia Magic Gardens by twilight! Student admission is just $16 for this special evening at this iconic South Street spot. Full schedule for the evening below. Don’t forget to BYOBBS (Bring Your Own Booze [21+], Blanket and Snacks)!
Last week we brought you events that were athletic and artistic, and this week we’re continuing the mix-and-match theme with art and science. STEM careers have been continually touted as the careers that are moneymakers and nation-builders–and why not, STEM pursuits are important and awesome! But many believe a better acronym is in order. STEAM notes the importance of the “A” in in the equation–Art(s). The arts and sciences shouldn’t be mutually exclusive; they talk to each other and go together in more ways than you may think. So to celebrate STEAM, here are some science events, arts events, and a few that bring both together.
Philadelphia Science Festival
When: April 24 – May 2 Where: Across Philadelphia Cost: Varies (most are FREE!)
PSF is an awesome week-long celebration of science and technology in everyday life that features over 100 interactive events, lectures, debates, hands-on activities, and science education throughout the city. Here are some that we highlighted in our article on PSF: Explorer Sunday at Rowan University, a day dedicated to STEAM that will feature exploring science through world cultures and history, designing and playing your own video games, and more; Science of Networking, a workshop and mixer that will teach arts and science students alike the science behind building a professional network; and Science Night at the Ballpark, a night of Phillies baseball and the science behind America’s pastime. Be sure to get nerdy and check out some of these awesome events!
April’s Twilight in the Gardens
When: April 24, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $12
The Magic Gardens is a perennial favorite, and it’s a great place to enjoy artwork. Twilight in the Gardens is a monthly series that puts a modern spin on several forms of classical art. As the sun sets on Philly, you can enjoy the tunes of Damn Tall Buildings and tap into your artsy side with a traditional-and-contemporary-styles-blended chalkboard art workshop with Kelly Franklin. You can also explore the mosaics, partake in an Instagram scavenger hunt, and check out the rarely-seen mosaicked basement. Bring your own blanket and snacks, and enjoy a night of art and exploration with friends! (For the 21+ crowd, bring your own wine or enjoy some for purchase at the event).
Philly Tech Week
When: April 16 – 25 Where: Across Philadelphia Cost: Varies
Philly Tech Week is another great chance for you to geek out and celebrate the creativity, the business, and the science of technology. Our article on Philly Tech Week highlighted some of the fun events going on, and there are a handful of events that have a more creative angle, including: 3D Print Me Philly, where you can get a mini 3D version of yourself printed; the Mashed Media Awards, an evening that recognizes the best youth media in Philly, from video and photography to music and spoken word; and an Electronic Music Workshop with BEEP, which will explore how to use computers and digital technology for real-time music performance, as well as how computers can be used expressively. See the full calendar of events here!
Restoring the Land Through Environmental Art
When: April 26, 1:o0 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!
This event is part of PSF, but it deserves its own slot in this week’s Top 5. You’ll have the chance to explore the Schuylkill Center‘s fields and forests, and in the process you’ll see how art can be used to solve ecological challenges (like invasive plants or decreasing pollinator populations). LandLab resident artists will discuss how their installations were conceptualized and developed, as well as how they merged art and science to creative positive change for the land. The great part about this event is that it will show how the merging perspectives of both artists and scientists can offer creative solutions to environmental issues.
Coffee & Jazz: Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Naturally Sharp
When: April 24, 8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: MacAlister Hall, City View Room, 33rd and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $7
Enjoy a night of jazz and dessert, courtesy of Drexel’s vocal jazz ensemble Naturally Sharp. Starting at sunset at the top of MacAlister Hall, the Philadelphia skyline will be the backdrop for the performance. This end-of-year concert is a relaxing environment where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of the talented jazz group. In addition to the music, coffee and dessert will be offered. Tickets are only $7 at the door, so come out and support this awesome musical group!
When you find yourself in a city, you might not know which way to turn first. Philadelphia is no different—you know about the historical sightseeing spots and the popular tourist locales, but what if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path? Well, no compilation or list will cover everything that Philly has to offer (because, if you didn’t know, there’s a ton), but we can at least start somewhere. Check out these colorful places in the city that are just some of my favorites.
Location: 3025 Walnut Street
You can hear everyone from well-known artists to local performers at World Cafe Live, one of the best places in Philly to enjoy good sounds. This multi-level venue, home to the renowned WXPN radio show, is a converted Art Deco factory building that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Downstairs Live’s contemporary design and top-notch sound system make it the perfect concert hall for nationally-renowned artists. Upstairs Live is a smaller, more intimate space with an urban chic atmosphere where local acts can showcase their talent. Weekly Monday Night Jazz Jams and Philly Rising open mic nights highlight WCL’s commitment to local talent—both offer artists from the Philadelphia area an opportunity to get on stage and perform. Other awesome artists who have passed through World Cafe Live are David Cook, Melanie Martinez, and No Good Sister. Check out their extensive full lineup here and be sure to see a show!
In the area: Both levels offer food and drinks, but for something different Koreana Food (which offers michi, bubble tea, and more) and Pizza Rustica (featuring wood-fired pizza, paninis, and charming white-and-red-checkered tablecloths) are good options. The Institute of Contemporary Art is nearby too, so check out some of the awesome art there for FREE!
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Location: 1020 South Street
Yes, odds are that you’ve heard of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens before or you’ve been already. But who’s to say you can’t go again? And if you haven’t already, it’s a must-see. “It’s such a unique place with so much to offer every time you go there,” says Tara More, a freshman at Villanova University. “It was awesome to see that an artist had a vision to take someone’s trash or recyclables and turn it into a beautiful piece of art.” The outdoor and indoor space, covered in glistening mosaics, was designed by local artist Isaiah Zagar. He constructed the madly imaginative space out of cement and funky pieces like bicycle spokes and shards of ceramic. The result is an inspiring creative labyrinth that can be viewed during the day or at night. In addition to tours, there are exhibitions and mosaic workshops. The admission is only $5 for students, and tours are available throughout the year!
Fishtown is a Catch
Location: Fishtown neighborhood
There’s too much in this flourishing Philly neighborhood to highlight just one space, so here are just a few must-see spots. Johnny Brenda’s is another awesome venue to enjoy good food and music; the menu, which changes so often that it’s only scrawled across chalk boards, features delicious locally-grown food and craft brews from the Philadelphia region (21+). Local bands representing the city’s extensive indie rock scene love to perform upstairs in the restored two-tier concert hall. If you’re less inclined to a music space, check out “hole-in-the-wall” Sketch , an art-themed burger joint that boasts meat and vegan options and an extensive toppings list (I personally recommend the smashed onion burger and their milkshakes). While you wait for your delicious patty, you can doodle and create your own artwork too! Or maybe Mexican is more your style—Loco Pez is another spot with character. It’s an affordable taqueria inspired by taco trucks in Los Angeles, and it features wallpapering with Mexican comics and a jukebox full of classic hits. For an even more relaxed scene, you should stop by Barcade (21+). It’s exactly what it sounds like: a bar and an arcade fused into one. You can grab a drink and enjoy over forty classic arcade games (with classic prices of only a quarter a game).