Calendar: Jan. 17 – 24



Film | ‘Glass’ Advance Screening

Leave it to Philly to produce an amazing filmmaker who creates some of the best movies in the world over a span of a few short years, only to then suddenly be reviled because they follow those masterpieces with a string of ridiculous, poorly-made twist-fests. M. Night … we still believe in you. And if “Split” was any indication, you’ve still got it. Plus, we’re onboard with anything that changes up the superhero formula. | 7pm. $13. Philadelphia Film Society, 1412 Chestnut St.

Dance | Back to School Party

The concept of a 21-and-over party that also allows people to enter who are 18-and-over has always confused us. It’s like, are you asking for underage drinking-related citations? Because that’s how you get underage drinking-related citations. But if Concourse is willing to risk it, then we’ll hype it. Just make sure you use the back entrance and, if you just so happen to be of the under-21 variety, be prepared to shell out an extra couple bucks at the door. That last part is not a joke, though we find it funny as hell. | 10pm. $15. Concourse Dance Club, 1635 Market St.

Food | The Main Course: A Culinary Experience with Chef Andrew Pearce

“Overpriced as fuck” is how we should describe an event like this. While that may well hold true, we have to keep it real and the real is that food ain’t cheap, and a really good, truly delicious culinary experience is even costlier. Look, there are plenty of opportunities around the city every day to get a good or even great meal for little to less. But every once in a while you gotta go whole hog, just let that inner foodie really hang out and as Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would say … “treat yo’ self.” | 7pm. $140. Hugo’s Philly, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.

Music | Guster

We remember – in the way back when, of course – a time when Guster was all the rage. That one song, what was it … “Satellite” maybe? “Amsterdam”? We honestly can’t actually remember. Like, we just listened to both those songs and didn’t have even a single moment of recognition. Oh no. Is this the end? Is this how it all comes crumbling down? Have we finally reached the point of mental degradation where we no longer remember the artifacts of our youth? Maybe. Or maybe we’re just thinking of a different band. O.A.R. probably. Or Moe. | 8pm. $28.50. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Music | Carol Riddick and Gerald Veasley: The Music of Nina Simone

Nina Simone was an amazing woman. Seriously, we’re not going to lay out all the things she did in her too-short lifetime, but you should go look it up if you’ve got a few extra minutes (and let’s be honest – you’ve got more than a few). The most stunning aspect of her life is that her music, as astounding and influential as it was, may not have been her greatest contribution to the world. As such, this isn’t just an evening of celebrating her accomplishments as a singer or composer or pianist; it’s a celebration of the beauty of her soul. | 9pm. $30. SOUTH, 600 N. Broad St.

Comedy | Third Thursdays Improv: N Crowd with Rooster Boiz

Who the hell wants to be part of the in-crowd anyway? We’d much rather be part of the “N Crowd” … whatever the hell that means. Seriously though, we’re gonna keep harping on this because we’re worried you aren’t quite getting the message – Philly has an amazing abundance of awesomely creative events going on these days. So get off your damn couch and find out what Philadelphia funny is all about. Also, quit trying to be cool. No one thinks you’re cool. We’re cool though. Like, for sure. For sure, for sure. | 730pm. $12. Ruba Club, 2030 Sansom St.

Party | Boys of Summer Leather Conference Kickoff

We don’t get the whole leather thing. Not that we’re in any way judging or suggesting that to enjoy leather or BDSM or any variation thereof is bad. Just that we legit don’t get it. Leather is uncomfortable, people. Like, legitimately uncomfortable. And yeah, yeah we understand the point isn’t necessarily to be comfortable, hence the whole dominance, submission and sadomasochism stuff. But still. It gets warm and sticks to you and then you’re just a sweaty, sticky uncomfortable mes – oh. I guess we do get it. | 10pm. $10. The Bike Stop, 204 S. Quince St.

Film | ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Free Showing

We see a little silhouetto of a man. Scaramouche, Scaramouche, you don’t even need to use Fandango! Seriously though, you don’t need tickets at all for this entirely free Freddie Mercury-themed event. We haven’t actually seen the film yet, though we’ve heard plenty. And while the other members of Queen may not have enjoyed the final product, we think any movie about someone as fabulous as Freddie is bound to be worth our time, and yours. | 7pm. Free. Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.


Drink | Whiskey Tasting

Spend an evening sipping Knob Creek varieties, turning your nose up at passed hors-devours (because the truly refined never eat in public), and whiling the night away as you learn about the distillation process and slowly slip into inebriated bliss. | 6pm. $65. M. Brown’s, 400 Chestnut St.

Network | Young Professionals Night: Winter Wild

Ahh, yes. Young professionals. That doe-eyed band of party-seeking revelers looking to recreate those “wild” days at Penn on a wintery Friday night by dressing up really nice and then drinking so much they want to puke into their suit jacket or purse. Laugh all you want, but we know they’ll be the first ones to the gym in the morning, pounding out miles, because, overachievers, amirite?| 7pm. $35. The Barnes Foundation, 42025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Party | 90’s Night

Starter Jackets. Pogs. The cast of “Saved by the Bell.” What do all these things have in common (besides being amazingly awesome, of course)? They’ll all be at 90’s Night at Howl at the Moon this Friday, either in body or in spirit. Seriously though, is there any cast better than the original “Saved”? And does anybody else remember the insane episode where Jessie Spano gets hooked on caffeine pills? We miss the 90s. | 5pm. Prices vary. Howl at the Moon, 258 S. 15th St.

Party | 80’s Dance Party

Acid washed jeans. Shoulder pads. A Flock of Seagulls. What do all these things have in common (besides being amazingly awful, of course)? They’ll all be at the 80’s Dance Party at Evil Genius Beer Company this Friday, either in body or spirit. Seriously though, is there any decade worse than the 80s (besides now, of course)? And does anybody else remember the rise of Reaganism and the New Right? We don’t miss the 80s. | 8pm. Free. Evil Genius, 1727 N. Front St.

Music | Travis Scott: Night At The Rodeo

It’s time to go “Sicko Mode.” Ain’t no “Antidote” for this level of awesome. We can’t wait for you to feel these “Goosebumps.” We’ve got a whole lot of … “Drugs You Should Try (It)?” OK, not that last one. Definitely not that last one. Seriously though, we thought for a second this was an actual Travis Scott concert. Turns out it’s just a night dedicated to his music. Still cool … we think. Though in all honesty, we … “Can’t Say.” | 8pm. $15. The Foundry, 29 E. Allen St.

Food & Drink | MLK Weekend Shabbat Dinner

We’ve heard amazing things about South Philly Barbacoa. We wish we could tell you it’s amazing firsthand, but it’s so popular these days that, if you wanna eat there on the weekend, you’ve gotta show up at – no joke – about 7am. And even then you’re not guaranteed to get in for at least a few hours. Crazy. But also, apparently crazy delicious. And crazy conscientious. Kick off MLK Weekend of Service the right way; with conversation and … tacos? | 6pm. Free. South Philly Barbacoa, 1140 S. 9th St.

Music | Jamison

We’ll be honest – we don’t know what the hell an “Ancient Order of Hibernians” is. Or, at least we didn’t know before we googled it. Now we know that it’s an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization. Hooray for learning! And the internet! We also googled Jamison. Turns out they’re a Celtic rock band, which, in case you’ve never heard Celtic rock, is actually pretty cool. Not necessarily our thing, but definitely fun. And wild. | 9pm. Free. Ancient Order of Hibernians Division #39, 7229 Tulip St.

Learn | Criminal Record Expungement Project

This is gonna sound like a trick and we swear we’re not secretly cops (though we can’t speak for the FBI agent watching you read this … right … now), but … have you ever been arrested in Philly? Is your arrest record hindering your ability to get a job or feed your family? Head to Drexel Friday afternoon and see if you qualify for a free record expungement. See? We ain’t no narcs. | 2pm. Free. Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St.


Party | Poe’s 210th Birthday

It’s gonna be a dark, dreary, highly-informative evening to celebrate vaunted author of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe’s 210th day of birth. Listen as “Philly Poe Guy,” Ed Pettit, chats through all things terror and terrifying, then tour ol’ Edgar’s former home. Or is it his current home? As in, has his spirit returned from beyond the grave to torment any poor souls stupid enough to rap, rap, rap upon his chamber door, a chilling testament to his legacy of blood-curdling horror? Nah. | 130pm. Free. Fans of Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N. 7th St.

Community | Women’s March Philadelphia

It’s somewhat sad what’s happened to the Women’s March in the wake of the inaugural event in Washington those … holy fuck it’s been more than two years! Good sweet jesus. Anyway. Infighting and accusations of impropriety have marred what was meant to be a beautiful movement, a testament to the strength and will of women. It’s time we get back to basics, people. | 10am. Free. Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Music | Kimmel Center Presents DRUMLine Live!

Percussion is such an underrated element of music. It’s the base on which everything else is built. A drummer, no matter what band they’re in, acts as a metronome, a guiding light that all the other players can return to should they ever lose their way. But the wild minds behind the “Drumline” movies know that’s not all drums and percussion are capable of. And this live show proves it. | 8pm. Prices vary. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

Comedy | Impractical Jokers “The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour”

We gotta be honest – Impractical Jokers isn’t really our thing. Which may be mean, but we feel like it’s OK because Impractical Jokers is one of those things where you either hate it or you really, really love it. Like … really, really love it. In all its cringey, how-do-people-not-just-punch-you-in-the-face kind of awkwardness. As such, we bet that if you’re a fan, you didn’t even read this and went straight to buying tickets. Good for you. | 5pm. Prices vary. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St.

Party |  Hair O’ The Dog-25th Annual w/ T-Pain & Party Favor

Again, we gotta be honest – we don’t know what, exactly, Hair o’ The Dog is. But we do know that this event sounds fucking. Awesome. Like, legitimately amazing. T-Pain at the Crystal Tea Room! That’s enough to pay the 100-plus bucks alone. Add on an open bar and the fact that a portion of proceeds goes to Morris Animal Refuge and it sure sounds like there’s no way in hell there’s anything better you could be doing on Saturday night. | 8pm. Prices vary. Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square.

Give Back | Free Baby & Kid Goods eXchange

Still got those boxes of baby clothes you thought were too precious to throw out but now you’re wondering why you ever kept in the first place? Got a bun in the oven and a job that just doesn’t pay enough (side note: few jobs pay enough, which is why clothes swaps like this exist). Come to Circle of Hope Church on Saturday and give or get, depending on what you need. There’s more than enough and it’s important we share what we have. | 10am. Free. Circle of Hope, 2007 Frankford Ave.

Learn | Hands-on Pasta Class

Let’s face it – everyone wishes they knew how to make delicious homemade pasta. But if everyone could do it … then everyone would do it, right? Not when there’s a bunch of ingredients and a whole host of steps involved. Only the few, the proud, the truly gluttonous amongst us (some prefer the term “food-committed”) would be willing to learn and make and eat, eat, eat. We are one of those few … are you? | Noon. $125. Amis Trattoria, 412 S. 13th St.

Community | Black Lives Matter Philly Open Meeting

It’s our duty to fight for our freedom. That goes for everyone. If you’re reading this and wondering if that applies to you, wonder no more – the answer is a resounding “yes.” Freedom isn’t free. Rednecks and racists don’t get much right, but they’re right about that. Freedom comes at a cost. And at the very least that cost is the effort it takes to stand up and shout that the status quo is not enough. | 11am. Free. Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus, 5301 Media St.


Food & Drink | Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux

Swanktastic. Maybe more like swankalicious. We’re not sure which swank-an-ized word we should use to describe this event, but there’s one thing we know for sure … it’s gonna be swanky. Which, in all honesty, is a weird way to describe an event where people will be swishing alcohol around in their mouths and then spitting the remnants into buckets. But hey, that’s showbiz, baby! | 1pm. $250. The Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.

Party | Millenium Age Hosts: Silent Party Philly

OK, so this is one of those events where we’re really just so intrigued by the entire idea behind it. Like, we get what it is, of course. You go to a party and put on headphones and listen to music and dance or take your headphones off and watch other people dance in complete silence. But it also leaves us asking … why? Like, legitimately. We think the idea is cool and it has to be so wonderfully jarring to see all those people dancing and gyrating in silence, but still. Why? | 930pm. $12. Haute Restaurant & Lounge, 1420 Locust St.

Food & Drink | Cheese and Beer Pairing

The evil geniuses at Evil Genius really have their shit together. Honestly, they’re a good example of the kind of awesomeness that’s brewing (see what we did there?) in and around Philly these days. Take this cheese and beer pairing, for instance. You pay a flat fee, you get to drink some beer and eat some cheese. That’s a fuckin’ win-win if we’ve ever seen one. | 3pm. $40. Evil Genius, 1727 N. Front St.

Nature | 2019 Lunar Eclipse

We’re going *rips off sunglasses as dramatically as possible* … Maximum Eclipse. Just kidding. Well, sort of. So we know this isn’t your (or, more accurately, our) traditional Philly event. But we thought it was too cool to pass up an opportunity to tell a bunch of people to go outside around 1130pm and look up at the moon, because at almost that exact moment on Sunday all of Philadelphia will be able to see the 2019 Lunar Eclipse. And we’re not crazy or anything, but it definitely could possibly also maybe be aliens. Maybe. Probably. | 1130pm. Free. Everywhere.

Music | Black Thought Presents: Delirious

Black Thought is bad … in the best way possible. Seriously, The Roots frontman has been killin’ it on the mic since before you even knew hip hop wasn’t just the name of Tupac’s pet rabbit (it was, look it up). Now, the always socially conscious Thought is teaming up with some fellow do-gooders to put on an MLK-inspired … comedy show? God damn right. Bruh’s got range. Haven’t you watched “The Tonight Show” (also did you look up that Tupac thing)? | 8pm. $20. Punchline Philly, 29 E. Laurel St.

Music | The Amity Affliction & Senses Fail

Emo screamo and it ain’t no dream-o. Seriously, if you wore too-tight pants and had black-as-night bangs that hung well below your nose in high school, this is probably the concert for you. And even if you didn’t there’s plenty of fun to be found at just about any event at Franklin Music Hall. It’s a beautiful venue with some awesome acoustics and it’s probably high-time you got your ass there. | 7pm. $25. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St.

Party | Winterfest Brewfest

What could be better than sipping some suds and skating like the wind at a winter wonderland? Seriously. We defy you to come up with anything better. We’re not even sure we could come up with something better. Maybe … a Nutella crepe castle? A Zahav-catered cruise to the Caribbean? Maybe. Maybe all three, one after the other, would be better. But … nope. Still goin’ with the beer and blades. Just be careful with those sharp edges. | 1pm. $20. Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

Comedy | Drag & Dine

Yes! Our favorite. Drag queens and dinner. Cross dressing and cuisine. Divas and deliciousness. What a pair they make. Decadent and daring and deeply, deeply debauched (OK, maybe not that deep). Join John Burd and the rest of this amazing crew of vivacious vixens for an evening of laughs, lust and vittles (not necessarily in that order, but also not necessarily not in that order). | 6pm. $65. M. Brown’s, 400 Chestnut St.


Film | ‘Personal Statement’ Free Screening

Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. lived and died as a servant to all of humankind. Were he still with us today, he’d likely offer careful, but ultimately kind, words for the current state of affairs, while at the same suggesting that, in truth, things could be better. The three high school students who are the focus of this documentary don’t perfectly encapsulate that, but working to help their peers to reach college, when even they’re not sure they’ll make it, is damn close to the spirit of MLK. | 3pm. Free. Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St.

Learn | A Principled Man – MLK Day of Service Open House

In today’s world, it seems principles are as important as ever. You know, principles. Those silly things that act as accepted truths upon which we build our beliefs, our monuments to what is right and good. Reverend Leon Sullivan was a principled man. He worked tirelessly to find hope for people of color in Philadelphia, to secure them jobs and futures. Celebrate the man with a short documentary, stay to discuss the lasting principles of his legacy. | 10am/1230pm/230pm. Free. Leon H. Sullivan Human Service Center, 1415 N. Broad St.

Music | Kindred the Family Soul ft. Kool Moe Dee, Kwame, MC Shan, Jaguar Wright

Gather together with some of the most influential culture-builders in the world of hip hop, soul and R&B and hear the previously untold true stories of what life is like as a musician of color. Through conversations and performances you’ll get an intimate look at what it really means to make, to live the creative life from tumultuous start to, well, wherever that winding road may end. | 530pm. $27.50. Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 738 S. Broad St,.

Learn | The Trees Rooted in the Civil Rights Movement

This MLK Day of Service, discover your roots … literally. When you think of the Civil Rights Movement, of Dr. King and his fearless followers, the sit-ins and the seemingly endless strife, you don’t often think of trees. But they played a larger part than many of us realize. What was a tool of the hateful and hooded became a symbol of the spreading branches of equality … growth that still continues to this day. | 10am. Free. UC Green, 4601 Spruce St.

Learn | MLK Day Open House: Stenton Museum

Stenton Museum is a historic house museum administered by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, which is a fancy way of saying it’s maintained by a group committed to honoring the legacies of the women and men who have helped shape our nation. On MLK Day, enjoy free entry, a chance to meet the fine firemen of Ladder 18, and a photo op with Dinah, the dame who, in 1777, helped save the house from those damn Brits. | 10am. Free. Stenton Museum, 4601 N. 18th St.

Learn | Xtreme Bugs Closing Weekend

MLK Day of Service is of vital importance, of course, but we can’t live in the serious and solemn forever. To that end, if you’ve got some time left after volunteering or taking in one of the informative events above, head on over to The Academy of Natural Sciences for one last look at its Xtreme Bugs exhibit, filled with creepy crawlies, icky insects and, of course, a whole bunch of real, live bugs. | 10am. Prices vary. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Give Back | Philly Farm Crew: Seed Keeping

MLK Day is amazing for so many reasons, not the least of which is that people really go out of their way to make events as accessible and impactful as possible. Free is the name of the game, and while we have Dr. King to thank for so many more important things, that’s another small one we’ll tack on. Here, you’ll have a chance to contribute to community food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture by sorting and packing seeds to be sent to conscientious farmers across the country. | 4pm. Free. Repair the World, 4029 Market St.

Give Back | Uhuru MLK Day Event & Volunteer Project

This is an annual project put together by the African People’s Education and Defense Fund and Black Star Industries commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy through presentations, videos and, of course, service. Learn more about Dr. King, Malcolm X, the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, as well as the importance of self-determination, then get out into the community and spread the word with your fellow volunteers. | 10am. Free. Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, 832 N. Broad St.


Learn | Science After Hours: Winter is Coming

Honestly, we’re getting kind of sick of waiting for winter to show up. Not like, waiting for “Game of Thrones” to come back, although of course we wish it was tomorrow, though that also means it’d be over a lot sooner. Ugh. We miss you, Daenerys. But no, we mean actual winter. Like, it’s finally cold out now, but also it’s almost February and there’s been like what, one instance of snow? Just show up already, winter! No one wants to wait anymore! | 7pm. $25. Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

Party | DIY Succulent Workshop & Drag Show

We weren’t sure what category to go with for this one. At first, we were like, “it’s definitely Learn, because they’ll be teaching people how to pot and care for succulents.” But then, we were like, “it’s a drag show first and foremost, so it should definitely be a Show, maybe even Comedy.” But we really just couldn’t decide so we figured we’d split the difference and call it a Party, because you know it’s gonna be one hell of a good time. | 7pm. $30. L’etage, 624 S. 6th St.

Learn | History After Hours: A Winter’s Ball

Extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials, and full access to the museum’s exhibits, including timed screenings of Washington’s War Tent – this is gonna be one hell of a Winter’s Ball. Oh, and don’t forget to come dressed to the nines; your dancing just won’t look right without a remarkably wide 18th century gown fanning out about you. | 5pm. $10. Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.

Learn | Anatomy Eats, Part Three: The Musculoskeletal System

This is the third class in a series (we know, we know; it’s called “Part Three”) that focuses on “physiological systems of the body by way of cuisine and anatomy.” Sounds delicious, right? In all honesty, it actually is delicious (sorta?), but it’s also informative as heck. This week focuses on, you guessed it, the musculoskeletal system, affording you the chance to (no lie) taste diaphragm, tendon and aspic, as prepared by chef Ari Miller. Gross/cool! | 6pm. Prices vary. Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center, 1901 Vine St.

Learn | Collection Review: Preserving the Past

People love to collect stuff. Historians love to collect, well, even more stuff than the average person. Like, who would think to collect George Washington’s hair? We don’t have an easy answer, and we don’t think there is one. Sure, it’s a testament to how meaningful good ol’ George’s life was that people sought to preserve a lock of his hair while he was still alive. But also like, why? What good does having a lock of George Washington’s hair do? Unless … clones! | 230pm. $10. The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St.

Book | Benjamin Franklin: A Philadelphia Story

We’re lucky to live in a city with such rich history. So much of what has made America great (and yes, America is still great and does not need to be made great again … although certain improvements are certainly necessary) was born and raised right here on the cobblestone streets of the City of Brotherly Love. This Tuesday, join British historian Nick Bunker for a journey into the past and a glimpse into just what Philadelphia was able to do for The First American, Benjamin Franklin. | 330pm. Free. Colonial Dames Society, 1630 Latimer St.

Learn | Penn Lightbulb Café: The U.S. President & the Middle East

Penn Lightbulb Cafe is a free public lecture series exploring current research initiatives by Penn faculty and students. This week, follow along as Professor Ian Lustick of the political science department delves deep into the murky waters of the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process,” focusing on the future of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and parsing the problems that have kept this particular carousel spinning unabated for decades. | 6pm. Free. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St.

Comedy | Sketch Riot featuring Idaho, Wham! & Stop Trying

You gotta appreciate a sketch group named Stop Trying. Like, the deliciously dark nature of that name just makes us want to gobble it up and keep eating. Just think how many times they’ve probably heard that. How many times some sodden jackass in the front row of a dank club has shouted something to that effect. And yet … here they are. Still going. Still trying. Still making buttholes like us laugh. Good on ya, kids. | 730pm. $5. Philly Improv Theater, 2030 Sansom St.


Network | Philadelphia Job Fair

AT&T, Wodify, Independence Blue Cross, SmartWatt, Starbucks, Amazon, Nestle, Wells Fargo, Friends Hospital, Southwest Airlines, Target, Dignity Memorial, Allied Barton Security Services, JetSense and more. Live interviews. 300-plus jobs available. If you need a full-time, part-time or anytime gig (or the government shutdown, well, got ya down) there’s no better place to be this Wednesday. Plus, it’s free! | 11am. Free. Courtyard by Marriott, 4100 Presidential Blvd.

21+ | Drake Night: So Far Gone

Drake’s a wild dude. His music is killer, his history legitimately unique – chances are we’ll never see another musician like him ever again. He was a kid-actor on Degrassi for Drake’s sake! And his first name is Aubrey! And he’s a (dun, dun DUN) … Canadian! It’s like all that stuff together shouldn’t be possible. Like it defies the laws of physics or something. And yet, here we are, touting an event centered on Aubrey the Canadian and Former Disney Star’s musical oeuvre. Wild. Truly wild. | 9pm. $10. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Food & Drink | Dinner w/ Psychic Medium Lisa Lorenzo

Yooooo. This is legit the coolest event we’ve seen in a while. Like, how awesome would it be to sit and eat pasta while a person tells you everything that’s going to happen for the rest of your life? OK, maybe that last part wouldn’t be so awesome. And we totally get it if you think mediums and the entire idea of ESP are silly. But if you can’t get into chowing down on a calzone while Lisa Lorenzo gives you a glimpse into the mysteries of the ethereal plane, then maybe we just can’t be friends (please still be our friend). | 6pm. $75. Lorenzo’s Cafè Espresso & Ristorante Italiano, 4741 Princeton Ave.

Learn | MLK: An Interfaith Commemoration and Conversation in Social Justice

Featuring a conversation with the Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Dr. Camille Z. Charles, plus musical entertainment and the presentation of the MLK Community Involvement Awards, this event is free and open to the public, although registration is requested. And honestly, we should all probably be looking to learn a little more about Dr. Barber’s “Forward Together Moral Movement” (look it up, you won’t be disappointed). | 6pm. Free. Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.

Art | Hatch: Opening Reception

Hatch is a show curated by Dr. Susanna W. Gold in partnership with InLiquid (we’re not sure what all those words mean either). It’s a collection of work by artists including Andrew Chalfen, Carole Loeffler, Denise Philipbar, Donna Sensor Thomas, Jay Walker, Paul Santoleri and Stan Smokler. Hatch is also a reference to the term “hatching,” which in the art world involves placing short lines close together and having them repeat on and on to ultimately produce a full visual experience. This concludes today’s lesson. | 6pm. Free. Park Towne Place Premier Apartment Homes, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. North Tower.

Dating | Lesbian Speed Dating 20s and 30s

“Well, I’ve spent a lifetime lookin’ for you; singles bars and good time lovers were never true. Playin’ a fools game hopin’ to win; and tellin’ those sweet lies and losin’ again. I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, lookin’ for love in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of.” That’s good ol’ Johnny Lee for those of you wondering (and still reading … thank you, kindly). If any of the above applies to you and you’re still holdin’ out hope for that winning hand, head on over to Stir Lounge for an evening of quick dates and (hopefully) delicious dreams. | 7pm. $25. Stir Lounge, 1705 Chancellor St.

Learn | First Listen: Writing Workshop

Author Jesmyn Ward has been the focal point of 2019’s One Book, One Philadelphia series. Part of what made her stunning novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing,” so impactful was a throughline of a song without words. A poem to the soul. In this public writing workshop, you’ll learn deep-listening techniques to not just hear the perspectives of others, but to learn to truly listen to them. You’ll also get the chance to connect with families who have been impacted by mass incarceration. | 130pm. Free. Institute for Community Justice, 1207 Chestnut St.

Network | Our Night, Our Philly

Along with all the awesome creative stuff happening in Philly these days, there’s also a burgeoning LGBT+ community (coincidence? … we think not). Like, there’s legit a place called the Gayborhood … how awesome is that! Anyway, if you’re part of that LGBT family and looking to meet some of the other ambitious young professionals on the Philly scene, head out to Tradesman’s on Wednesday night for the January session of Our Night, Our Philly. | 6pm. $5. Tradesman’s, 1322 Chestnut St.


Music | FRQ NCY & Mindset – Perplexity Tour

We can’t even imagine how awesome it must feel to be a young producer like FRQ NCY and watch as the music you create starts to pick up steam, gaining notoriety across all of music-dom for its complexity and crunch. That’s right, kids. Crunchy grooves will abound at The Music Ward this Thursday, so bring your dancin’ shoes and get ready to dance the blues … wait. Bowie Week was last week. But also time is a flat circle and Bowie is of the stars. *shrug* We’re just gonna go with it. | 9pm. $10. The Music Ward, 5101 Grays Ave.

Party | A Mrs. Maisel Marvelous 50s Cocktail Party

Man, we really gotta watch this show. We’ve heard such good things from so many people but it’s just hard to add another streaming option to an already fully-booked schedule. Not like, a life schedule, obviously. Because if that were the case we wouldn’t be sitting on our asses watching reruns of “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” and … ya know what? The hell with it. We’re squeezing in Mrs. Maisel before season 2 drops. Right after we watch the “Dinner Party” episode one more time. | 6pm. Prices vary. The Midtown, 114 S. 12th St.

Music | Wu-Tang Clan – 25 years of 36 Chambers

Tickets for this event aren’t cheap, but did you ever expect that they would be? It’s Wu-Tang for ODB’s sake! The RZA. The GZA. The aforementioned Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP), live and uncut. Their styles are unbreakable; you might even say, shatterproof. They speak to the young youth. Of course, these cats aren’t young anymore. But neither are you. Man, if you wanna feel good about yourself and about going to this concert, do yourself a favor and don’t look up when 36 Chambers was originally released. | 830pm. $99. M. Brown’s, 400 Chestnut St.

Dance | Latin Night at the Lodge

Join Dance Republic, Telemundo 62 and Blue Cross RiverRink for “Latin Night at the Lodge” with LIVE Band, part of Philly’s biggest and best winter Latin dance events. It might be cold outside (ya know, assuming the seasons don’t continue to act like a teenager all hopped up on hormones, refusing to make up their mind about anything and swinging wildly from warm and inviting to frigid and fierce) but it’s gonna be hot, hot, hot in here. But not too hot. Like, just the right amount of hot. | 9pm. $5. Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

Music | Four Year Strong

Hardcore, emo pop, pop-punk … acoustic? You read that right. This is for all those emo screamo fans who like to keep it woodsy. You know the type. All bangs and bears. Hiking and Hot Topic. Camping and … wait, this is a thing right? We didn’t just make up an entire subsection of music fans, did we? Oh, we did. Well, in that case, ignore everything we just wrote and go see Four Year Strong at The Fillmore … with or without your favorite Bad Brains sleeping bag. | 715pm. $17. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St.

Party | Guys & Dolls

“Guys & Dolls” is a musical written by Frank Loesser and based on a series of New York underworld short stories written by Damon Runyon. That is not this “Guys & Dolls.” This “Guys & Dolls” involves a lot more guys, a lot more makeup and a whole freakin’ life’s worth of panache and pizzazz. Seriously, these ladies might not be 1930s gangsters, but they’re serious as hell … except for when they’re joking. So keep your wits about you – it might get wild. | 8pm. $10. L’etage, 624 S. 6th St.

Workshop | Culinary Herbs and Warming Spices for Medicinal Benefit

Herbs, spices and medicinal brews – not just for witches anymore! Seriously though, we use a dash of this, a pinch of that to ensure that any meal we make has the requisite depth of tastiness to make us go whole hog. But there’s more to the likes of marjoram and turmeric and cumin and coriander and rosemary and basil and … well, you get it. Find out what winter warming spices are the most nutritious, delicious and bound to make you a witch (just kidding on that last one). | 7pm. Free. Mt. Airy Nexus, 520 Carpenter Ln.

Food & Drink | Battle of the Brews

Evil Genius, Love City, Kurant Cider … Philly has a metric fuckton of awesome in-city brewing going on these days. In fact, there’s so much deliciousness floating around it can be hard to get a handle on just which one is actually deserving of being called your favorite (of course, you’re also allowed to have several favorites … this is America, after all). And now is your chance to crown the King/Queen of Philly Fermentation. The Lord/Lady of Libations. The Duke/Duchess of Deliciousness. The .. Best Damn Beer in Town. | 5:30pm. Free. WeWork, 1010 N. Hancock St.