15 fun things to do in Philly this weekend


Reflections: Painting Memory
Through Oct. 14, 10 a.m.
Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South

Longtime local painter Elizabeth Osborne puts her still life paintings on display, depicting scenes from her studio, silhouettes of family members and an entrancing “Emoji” oil painting. The exhibit opens Sept. 8 on the gallery’s second floor.

What in the World?
Sept. 9, 10 a.m.
Penn Museum
3260 South St.

This exhibit takes a peek inside the Philadelphia-broadcast “What in the World?” game show that aired on CBS during the 1950s—an of-its-time series that had guests try to guess where in the world the museum’s artifacts came from. The exhibit uses photos, letters and surviving episode clips to tell the story of the show.


Future of Art—Breaking the Mold
Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
1010 N. Hancock St.

The latest in the Future of Philly event series, spotlighting influencers in Philadelphia culture through conversation, this art-themed panel with Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden and Philadelphia Museum of Art Associate Curator of Education Damon Reaves, among other cultural leaders, zeroes in on what’s next for Philly arts in academia, public spaces, museums and more.

Philly Naked Bike Ride
Sept. 9, 5 p.m.

While the location of the ride is still shrouded in secrecy, with an announcement to come 24 hours before the event, the cycling advocacy event—meant to highlight the environmental impact of car culture–is slated for another year of buns-out street riding. Pre-ride festivities are scheduled for 3 p.m.


Sept. 7 and Sept. 9, 8 p.m.
The Tusk
430 South St.
Pay what you wish

In a fictional but strangely true-to-life world filled with judgment and greed, a gaggle of money-grubbing clowns—Shylock, Portia and Bassanio—try to unite on common ground in a society where “The Banker,” whom is an actual character in the show, always wins. The show features an original score.

Sept. 8 through Sept. 21
Walnut Street Theater Studio
825 Walnut St.

In 1920s Ireland, two women are imprisoned in a mental hospital as a consequence for challenging the era’s gender norms. Charlotte Jones explores this true story of their relationship inside the hospital, with Michaela Schuchman and Michelle Johnson in the leading roles.

Leaps of Faith
Through Sept. 19
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.

True to the eyebrow-raising Fringe spirit, Leaps of Faith is a bizarre envisioning of seafarer cults, fanatical belief and “human idiocy”—all expressed through acrobatics and live music. The performance comes from Almanac, founded by a duo of Pig Iron graduates. 

Marx in Soho
Sept. 7 through Sept. 22
Ethical Society of Philadelphia
1906 Rittenhouse Square

Bob Weick reprises his role as Karl Marx in the one-man show “Marx in Soho,” in which he explores the political philosophy of Marx while also offering humorous commentary on the events of the world today—through a Marxist lens, of course. Produced in conjunction with Iron Age Theatre and directed by John Doyle, this performance—part of Fringe Festival 2017—kicks off a national tour of the show to commemorate Marx’s 200th birthday.


Philadelphia Honey Festival
Sept. 7 through Sept. 10
Various Locations
Free with suggested donation 

Conceived in 2010 to honor Lorenzo Langstroth, who designed the movable-frame hive, the seventh annual Honey Festival features a “Honey Happy Hour” at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Glen Foerd on the Delaware, honey tastings and presentations at Wyck Historic House on Saturday and beekeeping demonstrations on Sunday at Bartram’s Garden—plus garden tours. 


Billy Joel
Sept. 9, 8 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way

The Piano Man—a receiver of six Grammy awards–once again takes the stage at Citizens Bank Park to swell the air with his soulful voice and piano strings. The setlist includes songs from most of his albums through the decades, including many of his Top 40 hits.

Brian Newman
Sept. 10, 11:30 p.m.
1100 Chestnut St.

Newman served as band leader for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s co-headlining tour, but is also a masterful trumpeter and vocalist on his own—touring with his quarter, with jazz influences described as reflective of a magical, “old New York.” This show may be one to watch: past shows have featured a surprise guest appearance from Gaga herself.

Sept. 10, 8 p.m.
The Fillmore
29 E. Allen St.

Part of his Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour, Def Jam artist 2Chainz—of the Playaz Circle rap duo—performs hit song “Duffle Bag Boy,” as well as tackles a few covers—of songs from Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Juicy J and other rap contemporaries. 


Chad Daniels
Sept. 7, 8 p.m.
Punch Line Philly
33 E. Laurel St.

This stand-up staple has performed on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and other late-night programs, teasing about everything from family life to high school culture. Daniels is touring in support of his new album, “Footprints on the Moon.”


Trans Flag Raising
Sept. 7, 1 p.m.
City Hall
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

To kick off the 16th annual Trans Health Conference, hosted by Mazzoni Center, Mayor Jim Kenney and Executive Director of LGBT Affairs Amber Hikes gather with members of the trans community to hoist the trans-flag colors beside City Hall. Attendees of the conference can meet at the registration desk at 12:50 p.m. for a march of solidarity to City Hall. 


Tabletop Thursday
Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m.
Free Library of Philadelphia: Central Library
1901 Vine St.

As part of the library’s ongoing Tabletop Thursday series, area gamers have a space carved out in the Teen Center for RPG play sessions—whether BYO or with the library’s on-site collection. Follow it up with next week’s “Geekscape,” for discussion about all your favorite series and games in geek culture.



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