Another week stretches ahead with more opportunities for fun charity events, learning, and volunteering. A few happenings, some local to Philly and some not, are listed below. For updates, consult event organizers.
Sundays, now – Feb. 24: “On Phillycam” airs 4 films by PIFVA finishing fund recipients on Comcast Cable 661966 or Verizon Fios 29/30 at 8:00 p.m. The films are David Block’s “Dancing Outside the Box,” Fiona Otway’s “Kiss the Paper,” Malia Brucker’s “Chase,” and Doris Chia-ching Lin’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous.” For more information consult your television schedules or visit www.pifva.org.
Now – Saturday, March 23: Registration is open for the Youth Arts Workshop, a multidisciplinary art program for middle and high school students. YAW after-school programs are held in Philadelphia at the Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street), South Philadelphia High School (2101 So. Broad Street) for 9th – 12th graders, and for 6th – 8th graders at John H. Taggart (400 W. Porter Street) and Southwark (1835 So. 9th Street) elementary schools. Art workshops in ceramics, Taiko drumming, hip-hop music production, theater, painting, and drawing runs from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For further details and to register contact Ellen Hwang, youth programs manager, at 215.557.0455 or email@example.com or visit www.asianartsinitiative.org.
Now – ongoing: The World Wildlife Fund asks for help to save endangered species and preserve their habitats in some of the most remote parts of the world. It assisted in protecting millions of acres in the Amazon, Borneo, Sumatra, and the Congo, in addition to wildlands in Oregon and coral reefs, such as those in the Florida Keys. Donations to keep up the momentum can be directed to the World Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 9655, Washington, DC 20077-778 or visit http://worldwildlife.org/, or call 202.293.4800 to learn more ways to help.
Now – Ongoing: Asian Arts Initiative is seeking house/event management volunteers for various parties, films, dance and other events in the center at 1219 Vine Street in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Contact Melody Wong, the neighborhood outreach and rental coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the center, visit www.asianartsinitiative.org or call 215.557.0455.
Now – Ongoing: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia reopened last year at 26 So. 6th Street in Center City Philadelphia. It is a member-supported nonprofit, special collections library founded in 1814 to preserve materials connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge for public benefit. The “Art of the Fan: Beyond the Victorian Lady” exhibition runs until March 15. Fans were an important fashionable addition to a lady’s wardrobe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This exhibition focuses on a recently acquired fan collection with Athenaeum books and periodicals expanding on the theme. Admission is free to The Athenaeum and this particular exhibition. The Athenaeum encourages you to become a member to enjoy more freebies, including admission to special events, discounts on workshops and symposia, and free access to its online Ancestry.com. For further details, visit www.philaathenaeum.org or call 215.925.2688.
Monday, Feb. 11 – Friday, Feb. 15: The National Constitution Center holds its 1st annual Homeschool Week for students and their families. This week highlights the American presidency with daily programs and workshops that include “Hail to the Chief,” an interactive quiz game about the history of the executive branch from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. offered along with the Becoming the President tour for children ages 6- 9. Becoming the President offered from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. encourages young children to imagine how their favorite American presidents grew up by literally donning their style of clothes and being guided through “Hail to the Chief” and the main exhibition “The Story of We the People.” “Headed to the White House” offered from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. is an action-packed program dissecting presidential campaigning for children ages 10-14. It is paired with “The Presidential Leadership” to guide students through the styles of five presidents between George Washington and Ronald Reagan. Other standard exhibitions are available to homeschool visitors. Admission is $10 per student, $6.50 per parent or chaperone, and $5 for center members. A second Homeschool Week is planned for June 17 – June 21. For more information, visit www.constitutioncenter.org or call 215.409.6700.
Monday, Feb. 11: Career Wardrobe Winter Bag Sale runs from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at 21 So. 12th Street in Center City Philadelphia. Career Wardrobe provides business clothing to women with low-incomes. Here is the way this sale works: former clients, referral partners, friends, and supporters are welcome to shop for a truly good cause. Admission of $20 gets shopper your first bag to fill and additional bags are $20 each. Shoppers are asked not to bring children or observers. For more information visit Career Wardrobe at http://careerwardrobe.org/ or call 215.568.6693.
Monday, Feb. 11: Grace Lee: Exploring the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality is a master class with director Grace Lee discussing the ethical, aesthetic, and practical implications of mixing scripted elements with documentary material followed by a screening of her film “Janeane from Des Moines.” The workshop runs from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Scribe Video Center at 4212 Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. Costs are $25 per nonmember and $15 per Scribe and PIFVA member. For more details visit www.scribe.org or http://pifva.org/ or call 215.222.4201.
Tuesday, Feb. 12: Ameritrade presents "Personal Finance Insights: Women Planning for Retirement" free at 6:00 p.m. with Nicole Sherrod, managing director of active trader products at TD Ameritrade. This webcast offers insights on customizing a retirement plan to meet specific needs. Plus, be inspired by stories of how other women have approached retirement strategies. Topics include the importance of starting to save for retirement, the opportunities awaiting women as they plan for retirement, items to consider when planning for retirement, and steps that you can take to begin or continue the retirement process. For more information and to register, click here.
Tuesday, Feb. 12: Nail Tite presents a special screening of “Nailgasm, the Nail Art Documentary” from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 per student. Learn more and RSVP at www.nailtite.eventbrite.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: Scriptwriters Network will share script ideas with local producers from the Cinema Alliance at this month’s PIFVA Cinema Speakeasy. The place to be is upstairs in L’Etage, 6th and Bainbridge Streets. A $5 entry fee buys you admission and 1 free drink. Admission is free to PIFVA members. For more information, contact Wayne G., the PSN organizer, at wayne.geschwindt.@greenspire.net or contact PIFVA at email@example.com or visit www.pifva.org.
Thursday, Feb. 14: The Women’s Health Source of Jefferson University Hospital presents “Heart Disease: Know the Lingo!” During American Heart Month, Suzette Flores, cardiac nurse practitioner, will explain key medical terms for you, such as BMI, non-stress test, troponin, LDL, HDL and more. Bring a friend to this free discussion and blood pressure screening. Heart healthy snacks will be provided at 12:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room at 1100 Walnut Street in City City Philadelphia. For more information and to register, call 800.JEFF.NOW (800.533.3669) or visit www.jeffersonhospital.org/whs.
Friday, Feb. 15: Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents “Valentine’s Day – The day after…” In 2 sets, Cosmo Baker, one of the top party DJs brings hip-hop, disco soul, rock, reggae, and electronic music to the museum’s Great Stair Hall from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. The Philadelphia native evolved from work with artists, such as ?uestlove of the Roots and Rich Medina, to helping found the DJ/remix collective The Rub and taking his show around the globe. Admission costs $20 per adult, $18 per senior (65+), and $14 for youth ages 13 – 14 or with student ID. Museum members and children age 12 and under enter free. The price of admission includes access to the main museum building at 26th and Ben Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building and Rodin Museum across the street, and the historic Mount Pleasant house for 2 consecutive days. There is free wi-fi in Lenfest Hall and the Great Stair Hall, the cafeteria, the Balcony Café, and the Great Stair Hall Balcony of the main museum. For more details, call 215.684.7860 or visit www.philamuseum.org.
Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17: Youth Bike Summit 2013 is the 3rd annual event by Recycle-A-Bicycle, geared toward youth, bike education, and advocacy. Whether you are a student, educator, or advocate, there is much to learn through this inter-generational exchange. This national conference offers a Keynote presentation by the former Mayor of Bogota, Columbia Enrique Penalosa, 15 workshops designed to engage participants, hands-on activities, and a thought-provoking visioning session with youth and adults. The summit seeks to create a more inclusive dialogue that addresses the issues, rights, and concerns of all cyclists. Prices vary by the individuals and groups and by the number days attending. For one day, tickets costs $10 per youth and $25 per adult. For 3 days, tickets are $20 per youth and $35 per adult. A table costs $50. Admission is free for nonprofits and GWQ/Kids Ride Club participants. Find out more at Eventbrite by clicking here.
Friday, Feb. 15: Family Style Open Mic at the Asian Arts Initiative features Gowri Koneswaran, a Sri Lankan Tamil American poet, singer and lawyer. The theme of “Stories of Where We Come From” coincides with the 2013 One Book One Philadelphia selection, “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsaka. A pre-show reception starts at 7:00 p.m. with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. Open Mic is hosted by Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh of Yellow Rose. It is where stories, songs, dance and poetry are shared. Original works are encouraged. Sign up in advance to perform at http://bit.ly/XzYAZ8. The arts center is located at 1219 Vine Street in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. For more information about the event, visit www.asianartsintiative.org.
Saturday, Feb. 16: The 16th Annual Philly Fur Ball benefits the Morris Animal Refugee “All You Need is Love” is the theme celebrating the era when flower power reigned and tie dye was the trend. This ball features an open bar with late 60’s inspired cocktails, gourmet cuisine by 12th Street Catering, silent auction, raffle prizes, and a live DJ getting into the 60’s groove. Recommended attire is groovy cocktail chic. The place to be is the University of the Arts at 320 So. Broad Street in Center City Philadelphia from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. General admission is $100 per person. Yellow Submarine level tickets are $150 each and include a 5-hour open bar (7:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.), a reserved seat, and a Morris gift. For more details, visit www.phillyfurball.com or www.morrisanimalrefuge.org.
Saturday, Feb. 16: The Gist of Freedom presents a film screening of “Slavery by Another Name” with filmmaker Sam Pollard at 7:00 p.m. in The Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center at 3940 Broadway (between W. 165th & 166th Streets) in New York City. The film reveals the dirty secret of how after the Civil War and after slavery was declared unconstitutional the South used forced Black labor to rebuild. The wording permitting this under the 13th freedom amendment was “except as a punishment for crime.” Slavery continued in the form of “convict leasing.” Tise film screening is sponsored in conjunction with The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center and Ilyasah Shabazz Enterprises. A donation of $10 is suggested at the door. For more details visit www.theshabazzcenter.org or contact 212.568.1341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 16, Sunday, Feb. 24, and Monday, Feb. 25: Free film screenings of Finishing Fund recipient Matt Pilischer’s “Broken on All Sides” and discussion. This is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences. The Saturday and Sunday screenings this month take place at the Mainline Unitarian Universalist Church, 816 South Valley Forge Road in Devon, Penna. Show and discussion times are respectively 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday’s screening runs from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Lovett Public Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue in northwest Philadelphia. For more information, visit PIFVA by clicking here.
Saturday, Feb. 16: Black Thought (i.e. Tariq Trotter of the Grammy winning Roots band) and The GrassROOTS Community Foundation presents Let’s Move It: Philly, an annual hip-hop party to benefit the health of young girls at 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. in Sigma Sound, 212 No. 12th Street in Center City Philadelphia. Performing are Black Thought, Marsha Ambrosia with DJ Aktive, Malene Younglao, Chill Moody, Dice Raw and more. Guests must be adults age 21+. Tickets cost $40 each in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, visit Eventbrite by clicking here. Donations are also welcome at www.grass-rootsfoundation.org.