Events 2/16-2/22

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, Feb 16 to Thursday, Feb 22. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.



The Great Backyard Bird Count 

Saturday, February 17

8 – 11AM

West Laurel Hill Cemetery

225 Belmont Ave.

Cost: FREE, Registration required

In partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, West Laurel Hill Cemetery is offering an opportunity to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count to help further bird research and education.


Chinese New Year Celebration at Reading Terminal Market 

Saturday, February 17

10AM – 12PM

Reading Terminal Market

12th & Arch St.

Cost: FREE

PCDC and Reading Terminal Market have partnered for a full day of family fun in honor of the Chinese New Year. There will be a full day of events including a Lion Dance Performance, Chinese Calligraphy, and more!


92.9 FM Germantown Community Radio Listening Party 

Saturday, February 17

2 – 5PM

Germantown Espresso Bar

26 Maplewood Mall

Celebrate the launch of Germantown Community Radio for a pop-up listening party where there will be giveaways, and the opportunity to meet the show hosts themselves.


ICA Gather x Philadelphia Printworks: The Audre Lorde Syllabus

Saturday, February 17th

4 – 10PM

Institute of Contemporary Art

118 S. 36th St.

Cost: FREE

The Institute of Contemporary Art and Philadelphia Printworks co-present “The Audre Lorde Syllabus: A Road Map During Times of Paralysis.” Enjoy an evening of workshops, teach-ins and self-care as we celebrate Audre Lorde’s birthday. There will also be a DJ, live screen printing, and catering by Atiya Ola’s Spirit Foods First.

This event will feature a teach-in, a poetry workshop, a roundtable discussion, a DJ set by bb basura, live screen-printing, and more. For a full schedule of the day’s events, click here.


End Mass Incarceration Dinner and Discussion

Sunday, February 18


1149 S. 9th St.

Cost: Donation with a minimum of $35

Attend the second installment of the End Mass Incarceration Dinner series and join in dialogue with those affected by mass incarceration, community members, and policy makers over a meal. This event will be curated by Pastor Carl of Culture Changing Christians, and will focus on the effects of sentence reform and mandatory minimums. All proceeds from this event will benefit Books Through Bars.


Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light

Wednesday, February 21

5:30 – 8PM

The African American Museum

701 Arch St.

Cost: FREE with RSVP

Join WURD, the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Art Sanctuary as they present a special FREE screening of “Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light.”
The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Julia Browne, who created the first ever tours of Black Paris in 1994 while studying under Sorbonne Emeritus Professor Michel Fabre, founder of the Centre For African American Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle.


Who Belongs? Exodus & Arrival: Jacobia Dahm & Roksana Filipowska

Wednesday, February 21

6:30 – 8PM


31 E Columbia Ave.

Cost: FREE. Drinks and light snacks will be served.

Discussion around refugees and immigration often dehumanize their subjects through abstractions, statistics, or hyperbole. How can photography serve as a tool to begin conversations about “the refugee” as a human, whose livelihood is both particular and precarious, and remains in the hands of policy makers? Join us for a presentation of work by photojournalist Jacobia Dahm followed by a conversation with Roksana Filipowska, PhD Candidate, about the ethical considerations of Jacobia’s work photographing refugees.


Poetry in Context: An Encuentro with Dr. Eve Ewing 

Wednesday, February 21

7 – 8PM

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse

2578 Frankford Ave.

Cost: FREE

Join Amalgam Comics and Dr. Eve L. Ewing for an evening where Dr. Ewing will read several poems from her book Electric Arches, as well as other work. Dr. Ewing uses her work as a sociologist to draw connections between race, history, gender, and contemporary events to create a deeper story behind many of the poems in her book.


Screening: The Watermelon Woman

Wednesday, February 21st


Lightbox Film Center

3701 Chestnut St.

Cost: $12

Co-presented by Wolf Humanities Center and Penn Cinema Studies Program. The Revisiting the “Race Film” series examines works of independent African American cinema produced from the 1910s to the 1940s. “The Watermelon Woman,” is a “fake documentary” starring the film’s director, Cheryl Dunye, as a fictionalized version of herself. Dunye plays a Black lesbian filmmaker who, captivated by an elusive, queer 1930s black film actress, decides to make a film about her. The movie follows Cheryl, played by Dunye, as she attempts to make a documentary about Faye Richards, better known as the Watermelon Woman: a gay, black 1930s actress whose roles as mammies and housemaids did not do justice to her elusive and complex life. In the process, Cheryl works her day job at a video rental store, begins a relationship with a white woman, and learns more about black women’s history—in film, in the gay community, and in her native Philadelphia—than she ever anticipated.


The Empty Bowl: Women, Food, & Sexuality 

Wednesday, February 21

7 – 8:30PM

Space 2033

2033 Frankford Ave.

Cost: $25

Join food educator and Hungry founder, Megan Haupt for a 90 minute workshop to explore the origin of women and their complicated relationships with food and their bodies. This workshop is a mix of lecture, writing and mind/body exercises, group discussions and snacks.


Innovative Leaders Driving a Green & Equal Philly

Thursday, February 22

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Saxby’s Headquarters

2300 Chestnut St. #310

Cost: $10

Join a roundtable discussion and hear how social entrepreneurs are building effective organizations that drive change. This discussion will address how to build a strong organization, and how to create a future of diverse leaders.


Understanding Taxes for Artists Hosted by Leeway Foundation 

Thursday, February 22

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Leeway Office

1315 Walnut St., Suite 832

Cost: Free, Registration required

CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Leeway Foundation, and Vision Driven Artists have teamed up to help artists demystify taxes. Whether receiving grants, profiting from your art, self-employed, or have an LLC, tax consultant Christianne Knapp will be present to help!