Welcome to another exciting edition of the Geekend! There’s tons going on this weekend, so if you’ve got nothing to do, read on to fill your schedule!
If you want to check out some more Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution films, International House has four more going on this weekend. On Friday, they’re showing Freedom to Love at 7PM. On Saturday, you can see Gift (Venom) at 5PM, The Telephone Book at 8PM, and Fritz the Cat at 10PM. All screenings are just $9.
Also happening all weekend is Unpub 4, an amazing three-day event in Dover, Delaware dedicated to hardcore board game geeks. Friday is for designers only, giving them a chance to meet up and play one another’s games. Saturday and Sunday are all about the players! Test out tons of games by designers all over the tri-state area, including amazing local designers Kevin Kulp and Jason Tagmire (Pixel Lincoln, anyone?). Players attend free. Check out the site for a full schedule.
This weekend is Ben Franklin’s 308th birthday and to celebrate, the newly renovated Ben Franklin Museum is allowing everyone in absolutely free of charge! The new museum looks beautiful and is well worth checking out to learn a bit about one of Philly’s favorite founding fathers.
Friday, January 17th
There’s a ton of stuff happening on Friday. If you’re off that day, stop by the National Constitution Center and use the promo code FRANKLIN to get $3.08 off admission in honor of Ben Franklin’s birthday. If you’re done in time, you can head to World Cafe Live for their Free at Noon series, featuring Suzanne Vega! I want to go just so I can hear Tom’s Diner live.
After work, you have plenty of options. The East Gipsy Band will be performing at the Art Museum for Art After 5, which is free after museum admission. Those of you looking for something truly bizarre and unique should head to the Mutter Museum for their January 2014 Sleepover, which starts at 6:30PM and ends Saturday morning at 9AM. Tickets are a staggering $200 (plus $11.99 in fees), and includes a film screening, pizza, wine and beer (limit three), a flashlight tour of the museum (eek!), and a continental breakfast. Oh, and there’s also a séance. I don’t think I have the guts (or the cash) to do it.
Looking for something a little sexier? Head to PhilaMOCA for their Philly-Shot XXX Double-Feature, with screenings of SOS: Screw on the Screen and The Erotic Memoirs of a Male Chauvinist Pig. The show starts at 8PM and costs $10. Afterwards, pop on down to the Ritz at the Bourse for a midnight screening of everyone’s favorite sweet transvestite in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Saturday, Januay 18th
Saturday is all about family-friendly events, starting with the Cat in Paris Family Event at the County Theater. The screening starts at 10:30AM and costs $4. At 11AM, the Ambler Symphony will be performing a Children’s Concert at the Ambler Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children under six, and no cost for child over six. Then there’s the Elska Family Event at the Colonial Theatre, which starts at 2PM and costs $6.50.
Finally, if you’re looking to do something a little more creative with your kids, there’s a meeting of the LEGO Club at the Torresdale Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. They’ll even provide the LEGOs for you! The event is free and starts at 3PM.
Sunday, January 19th
Sunday is very quiet, which is probably a good thing if you’ve tried to cram in as much of these events as possible! If you still haven’t had enough, you can go to the Colonial Theatre for a screening of Rosemary’s Baby. The movie begins at 2PM and costs $9.
That’s it for this edition of the Geekend! As always, if you’d like to see an event listed here, feel free to Tweet at me!