Welcome, geeks, to yet another jam-packed weekend! I and just about all of my friends will all be up in Boston at PAX East, but fear not – there’s still plenty for you to do here in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Cinedelphia Film Festival is coming to PhilaMOCA, starting April 10th. On Friday, they’ll be showing two films, both $10 – The Life of Pia at 8:00pm and Triple Fisher: The Lethal Lolitas of Long Island at 10:00pm. There are also tons of films at the Roxy for the Philadelphia Film Society Spring Showcase. Check out the full list.
As always, there’s lots of PHIT comedy to go around! Friday night they’ve got Sketch Comedy: The Flat Earth Presents… from 9:00pm-10:00pm, followed by Variety Comedy: DTF from 10:30pm-11:30pm. On Saturday, it’s Dynamite Series at PHIT Presents: Page One from 7:30pm-8:30pm, Improv Comedy: PHIT House Team Night featuring Roomies + The Future from 9:00pm-10:00pm and Improv Comedy: PHIT House Team Night featuring Dr. Sleepover + Mayor Karen from 10:30pm-11:30pm. On Sunday, it’s more improv, starting with Demonikus Rex + The Dean’s List from 7:00pm-8:00pm and ending with A Band (Temple U) + The Sham from 8:30pm-9:30pm. Friday and Saturday shows are all $12, and Sunday shows are all free.
Friday, April 11th
Start Friday morning off right at Creative Mornings at the Center for Architecture. This free event runs from 8:30am-10:00am and features our very own Eric Smith as the speaker!
At 5:00pm, the Center City Jazz Festival Presents: A Great Night in Philadelphia at the Art Museum as part of Art After 5. As always, it’s free with museum admission. Of course, you could head to the Delaware Art Museum instead for Dr. Sketchy’s at Art After Dark from 6:00pm-10:00pm. On top of sketching, there will be “live music, special performances, Studio activities, films, gallery games, tours, and more! Plus, stroll the galleries and enjoy a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café.” It’s $10, and features America’s Next Top Model Finalist Cory Wade Hindorff as the special guest model.
At 7:00pm, you can head to the A-Space Anarchist Community Center to check out the West Philly Sci-Fi collective (full details here). Afterwards, take your pick of listening to Sex Dwarf Celebrate Duran Duran at the Ruby Lounge for $5 at 10:00pm, or take in a screening of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure as part of their Staff Picks at 11:00pm for $9.
Of course, if you’re one of those midnight movie people, you’ll be thrilled to know that this week’s movie is Eraserhead. Just head to the Ritz at the Bourse for the crazy David Lynch trip.
Saturday, April 12th
Ladies in tech, head over to the WHYY Philly HQ at 9:00am for the amazing Philly Women in Technology Summit. Tickets are no longer available on the website, but are listed as $55 for student and $85 for general public.
At Laurel Hill Cemetery at 1:00pm, there’s a walking tour entitled Patriots, Politicians, and Playwrights: Philadelphia Lawyers at Laurel Hill. “Meet the man who investigated Benedict Arnold before he turned traitor, the attorney who was involved in the Court’s first argument concerning slave rebellions, and the prosecutors who found second lives as novelists and poets. They may have made their final arguments, but you can ensure their stories live on during this spirited walking tour of their final place of rest,” all for $12.
Hive76 is having their Philly Tech Week – Hive76 Wrap Up Jam from 2:00pm-10:00pm. It’s all of the previous jams wrapped into one: “vintage video gaming, DIY music, and member projects.” Of course, if you’d rather play with LEGOs – well, that is, if you’d rather take your kids to play with LEGOs – there’s the Widener Children’s LEGO Club at the Widener Branch at 3:00pm.
At night, you can either head to the Circle of Hope in South Philly for their Second Saturday Board Game Night, or head up to the North Star Bar for 8static, both of which start at 7:00pm. The former is free and includes board games and snacks, while the latter is $10 and features musicians like Thorazine Unicorn and visuals by AndaruGO.
Sunday, April 13th
Sunday is pretty mellow. The International House will have a free screening of If You Build It at 1:00pm as part of their Sundance Film Forward: The Intersection of Film & Music. Also at 1:00pm is Liberty or Death: Revolutionary War Heroes of Laurel Hill for $12, which will include “rousing stories of victory, tragedy and revolution.” Finally, from 3:00pm-4:00pm, head to the Rosenbach for their Sleuths and Spies Hands-On Tour for just $5.
That’s all for another exciting edition of the Geekend! As always, if you have something you want to see featured here, feel free to Tweet at me!