The Ten Best Events of Women’s History Month in Philadelphia, March 2023

Women Mean Business: Rock Your Revenue at Society Hill Dance Academy, March 13

The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District and its 160 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia – many of them big money-making women – honor Women’s History Month with a Women Mean Business event in conjunction with She Rocked It’s founder-host Karen Gross. Here Gross hosts a panel of successful local businesswomen such as Tara Alexander (co-founder and owner of Urban Jungle), Cathy Lee (co-owner of Le Virtù), Tanya Morgan (founder and owner of Sawubona Creativity Project’s literary and performance arts) and Amanda Rucker (co-founder and co-owner of River Twice). The conversation? How to maximize your business’ output.
Society Hill Dance Academy, 1919 E Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148


Ezra Furman, Underground Arts, March 25

A bisexual, transgender, Jewish woman with intentions of becoming a rabbi, Ezra Furman is also one of pop’s most engaging, entrancing singer-songwriters driven by character dramatics and interpersonal messiness courtesy her solo albums Twelve Nudes (2019), All of Us Flames (2022) and her work on the Sex Education series. Underground Arts is just the sort of low ceilinged, intimate venue to witness this marvel.
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA


Lifting Your Voice: Motivational speaker Jen Croneberger + NBC10 Anchor Tracy Davidson, Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, PA, March 19

“We created Lifting Your Voice after hearing from women in various circles in our own community,” writes Tracy Davidson about women speaking out for, to, and about women. “Women need a break, a pause so they could get reconnected to themselves. They need a time to shut out the noise of the world and hear their own voice, to strengthen their voice. And women need to connect with other women at a deep and meaningful level. That’s what Lifting Your Voice is all about. We talk about everything from life transitions to building confidence. From the stories we tell ourselves to how we care for ourselves in mind, body and spirit.” So, go.
Philadelphia Country Club, 1601 Spring Mill Rd Gladwyne, PA 19035


The Kick Off to Philly Theatre Week, Kimmel Cultural Campus, March 20

LaNeesh Miller-White’s Theatre Philadelphia organization welcomes hundreds of productions to produce pay-as-you-go shows during this March 23 to April 2 citywide showcase of new plays. And on March 20, Miller-White (she is also the cofounder of West Philly’s Theatre in the X company) shows off a snippet of some of the Philly Theatre Week’s finest, newest and freshest faces with:
-A selection of BEEHIVE from Grand Theatre, Home of the Road Company
-Run Boy Run Productions improv/sketch comedy experience – Improvabilitee
-Katherine Perry performing a selection of SEX TALK (the show)
-Scenes from Theatre Unspeakeable’s American Revolution: The Show
-Selections from Acting Naturally’s Chicago Teen Edition
-Scenes from New Light Theatre’s A View from the Bridge.
Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


Philadelphia artist Nataliya Yermolenko’s “Women of the Arts” collection at Hyatt Centric Hotel until April 30

For Hyatt Centric Hotel Philadelphia’s monthly “Maker Series” exhibition, Women’s History Month gets its fine lines and good bones from local artist Nataliya Yermolenko and her “Women of the Arts” collection. Yermolrnko has a fashion illustrator’s touch from her studies at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and brings that hand to paintings of iconic women from Marilyn Monroe to Frieda Kahlo to Iris Apfel to Georgia O’Keefe. “I hope that it (the breadth of women in this collection) conveys my eclectic interests and my admiration for women of the past and present,” said Yermolenko of an exhibition that runs through April 30, 2023. “My other hope is that I did them justice and if they were to see themselves personified in my style they wouldn’t be completely mortified.”
Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, 1620 Chancellor St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6323


Voices of Philly Soul – Ladies Edition, World Café Live, March 16

How better to celebrate Women’s History Month and the City of Sisterly Love and Soul than to have host-curator Carla Gamble welcome the crème of Philly’s R&B scene to the stages of World Café Live. That includes Noel Scales, Suzann Christine, Jakeya Limitless, Queen Jo, Dom B, Taylor Kelly, poet Ciara Chantelle, DJ sets from Lola Kinks and DJ LadyFx, and the Black Canvas house band. For a serious touch, Philadelphia Councilmember Kendra Brooks and multimedia journalist Toya Haynes will talk the talk.
World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Women’s Way Wednesdays at Stratus Rooftop Lounge with Jennifer Zavala, March 15

Stratus Rooftop Lounge on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco is March’s home to Women’s Way Wednesdays series of weekly pop-ups held in collaboration with Sisterly Love Collective. There is no better way to pop, show sisterly collectivity and portray independent spirit and flavor than to welcome Chef Jennifer Zavala of Juana Tamale on Wednesday, March 15. The Zavala hook-up on March 15 features Yam & Mole Tamales, Roasted Anaheim & Chicken Salad Tostadas, Nachos Aguachili, Tacos Durados and Warm Pineapple Tamales. Plus, there are tea tastings led by Christa Barfield of FarmerJawn Community Greenhouses and music from Keytar player, Badd Kitti. Dag.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2426


Peggy O’Leary’s Live Helium Records Album Recording Session, Helium Comedy Club, March 29

The queen of Delco, PA stand-up and sketch comedy has an impressive way with raunch and locally accented food jokes. Why not put that on an album? And don’t heckle her while O’Leary hits the ‘record’ button – you’ll sound like an asshole for posterity.
Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103


WXPN Black Opry Residency Showcase, World Café Live, March 24

Nashville, TN’s Denita, Boston’s Grace Givertz and Philly’s Samantha Rise are the Black, female front-and-center, country-inspired singers and songwriters for the WXPN-FM Nu-Americana live showcase.
World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Future and Friends “One Big Party” tour with Mariah the Scientist and Dess Dior, Wells Fargo Center, March 24

While America’s number one rapper and hip hop presence Future is the name above the title on this “One Big Party” tour showcase, it is the women at the party, producers, singers, rappers and songwriters Dess Dior and Mariah the Scientist that make this gig percolate.
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148

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