Welcome to another edition of the Geekend! We’ll visit some fun things you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and the Lunar New Year, as well as a musical about working at a start-up. Oh, and there’s also going to be some sexy burlesque!
Want to spend some time checking out awesome fossils? Then you’re in luck, because the Academy of Natural Sciences is having another Paleopalooza, full of activities about dinosaurs. You can even get your face painted, and “hunt for and keep real fossils.” There’s also musical performances by the Diggity Dudes. I can’t make this stuff up!
Or, if you’re looking to be a little more patriotic, there’s a Presidents Day weekend celebration at the National Constitution Center. Kids can make their own campaign buttons and presidential seals, as well as participate in Presidential Trivia. There will also be re-enactors walking around, so you can run your campaign slogans by them and see what they think!
Interested in seeing a musical about working in a corporate start-up? The Penn Glee Club is putting on Office Bass: A Corporate Musical on Friday and Saturday for $20. “As the newest members of DMY Corporation, these interns must find a way to fit into an office divided by its shortcomings and run by a violent and tyrannical CEO.” Hopefully it has at least one character named Michael Bolton, or it’s probably not even worth the parody! Catch the show Friday at 8PM, or Saturday at 1PM or 8PM.
Friday, February 15
Start Friday off right with Free at Noon at the World Cafe Live. This week’s performers are Anthony Sherrod and Robert Belfour. Or, if you’ve got teenagers and want to keep them off the cold streets, you can send them to Anime Fun Night with Jordan Kocak at the Queen Memorial Branch of the Free Library. Kids will be able to play Japanese games and snacks, while they watch and discuss anime. The program runs from 3:00 to 4:30, which doesn’t really constitute “night,” in my opinion!
Head to the International House at 7PM to celebrate the Year of the Snake at their Lunar New Year Party, which costs $12 and includes “the Lion dance, traditional cultural performances, and a sampling of foods.” Or spend the night with Tuvan throat singing and beat boxing at the Rotunda. Starting at 8PM, they’ll have performances by several musicians, including Alash and Shodekeh. The event is free, but donations are encouraged.
Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a sexy way? Check out the Peek-A-Boo Revue Valentine’s Shows at the World Cafe Live. The show starts at 8:30 and costs $19. Or, if you’re looking for something a little geekier (which wouldn’t be surprising), there’s Robot-Human Theater at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. Written and directed by Oriza Hirata in conjunction with the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, “this inventive and boundary-breaking performance contemplates what it means to be human and questions the roles of work and technology in our everyday lives.” Of course, it has both robots and humans, as you would expect. The show runs from 8PM to 9:15 and costs $28, though couples can opt for the CupidBot Valentine Package, which costs $75 and includes two tickets, two glasses of champagne, and gourmet chocolates and a rose.
What better way to finish up the day after Valentine’s Day than to watch True Romance on a big screen? Check out this classic at the Colonial Theatre at 10PM for $9.
Saturday, February 16
At 10:30AM, Clueless is showing at the County Theater for $4 as part of their Saturday Family Matinee. Who wouldn’t want to dress their kid up as Cher? Too bad cosplay isn’t encouraged at the Colonial Theatre, where they’re showing Real Genius for $9 at 2PM.
Saturday night is exciting, with Miss Rose’s Sexploitation Follies presenting Jon Waters-Themed Burlesque at PhilaMOCA. Tickets are $12, with the doors opening at 10 and the show starting at 11. Of course, you could also go for the Anti-Valentine’s Day Spectacular of the Karaoke Gung Show at the Balcony. This 21+ show, hosted by everyone’s favorite Skeletor, is free to get in and starts at 10:30.
Sunday, February 17
Wind down Sunday with Kitchen Science at the Franklin Institute. The program runs from 11AM to 3PM and is free with museum admission. These “tastebud-activating activities” will “help you understand the science behind food and cooking.”
Or, if you’re looking for something a little more adult, Colonial Theatre is showing Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. The movie starts at 2PM and tickets cost $9.
That’s it for this week’s Geekend picks! I hope you found at least one thing you could enjoy in our wonderfully geeky city.