You’re The Expert Featuring Wyatt Cenac at the Franklin Institute: A Philadelphia Science Festival Event. What do you get when you mix three comedians and one of Philadelphia’s top scientists? A scientifically-proven good time. Watch as comedians attempt to guess the scientist’s area of expertise and then dig deeper into this topic during this laughter-filled program. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, Wyatt Cenac, former correspondent on The Daily Show! Hosted by Chris Duffy, producer and host of You’re the Expert, a live show, podcast, and new public radio program.
Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Mexican Dance Party! An all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, presents a blend of pop and traditional Mexican music.
Dracula & Friends After-Hours with Atlas Obscura at the Rosenbach. Join Atlas Obscura, the deﬁnitive guidebook to the world’s most unique places, at the Rosenbach for an after-hours exploration of the handwritten notes and character sketches that would create the most frightening character in literary history, Dracula. Librarian Elizabeth Fuller will guide you through the Rosenbach’s Dracula-related collection items. Guests for this event will also enjoy wine—red, naturally!—and play some Dracula trivia for prizes.
First Friday Picks:
Genome Lab in Your Pocket at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. What secrets lie in your DNA? Not too long ago you needed a 20-pound machine like the Model 480 DNA Thermal Cycler to find out. Now DNA analysis has come to your pocket in the form of a platform that runs off of your smartphone. Join for a fun evening with cofounder and biology lead of Biomeme, Jesse van Westrienen, where you’ll get the inside scoop on genetic coding and a chance to get hands-on with a lab that fits in your pocket!
Natural Impulses at Locks Gallery, a group exhibition highlighting four artistic perspectives that examine scientific wonders and further discovery in processes of the natural world through studio practices. From fossils to bees, electricity to biology, see four artists use nature and science as inspiration and medium in this exhibition.
First Friday History and Horror. Looking for something unique to do? Make plans to take the tour A House Divided: Christ Church and the Civil War at Christ Church Burial Ground, tour the Betsy Ross House and watch Bride of the Monster at dusk under the stars and stripes at the Betsy Ross House.
Graphic & Novel: Showcasing local comic book artists, visual communicators and storytellers. AIGA Philadelphia’s May exhibit will feature local talents of diverse aesthetics whose work shares the connection to the comic book (sequential art and design) medium; be it through visual communication and storytelling, and designs that feature the characters and stories that have influenced the pop culture landscape.
Sadanam Balakrishnanat the Zellerbach. Theatrically thrilling and complex! Indian dance legend Sadanam Balakrishnan showcases the classical Indian dance form of Kathakali, a rich combination of ballet, opera, masque and pantomime that’s rarely performed in the U.S. Accompanied by several vocalists and percussionists, Balakrishnan’s troupe presents Nalacharitam, a mythological love story that explores how destiny’s unfortunate events can bring about greater happiness in the future.
Anime, Manga & Gaming Meetup for Adults and Older Teens at the Ramonita de Rodriguez Branch of the Free Library!
Exhumed Films presents: eX-Fest Part V! 12 Hour Marathon! 11am to 11pm (Doors open at 10am) It’s time once again for Exhumed Films’ annual assault of oddities and outrageousness! eX-Fest is a full 12-hour marathon showcasing the craziest, nastiest, bloodiest exploitation movies ever made, all presented in 35mm. Hearken back to the glory days (and gory days) of grimy grindhouse cinema! A wide swath of exploitation genres will be represented, from kung-fu to blaxploitation, spaghetti western to sexploitation, etc. The film selections are kept secret and the titles only revealed to the audience as each film is projected. For fans of cult and genre movies, this event is not to be missed!
Walking Tour – Philadelphia Neon Signage: 1932 to Today By Philadelphia Center for Architecture. Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America’s landscape since the 1920’s. This tour will highlight signs built from 1932 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide, Len Davidson, is one of North America’s leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and has written the sign industry’s bible on historic neon, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999). Len’s tour will introduce you to neon history and technology while examining some of the most spectacular and historic signs on view in the city.
The end of the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival! You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! Our carnival features more than 175 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy making slime, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner-workings of robots, taking a tour of a helicopter, extracting DNA from a strawberry, testing a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more!
Spring Sheep Shearing and Textile Day at the Colonial Plantation. Come see the horned dorset sheep and hog island sheep of the Colonial Plantation lose their winter coats. See the complete process -shearing, skirting, washing, dyeing, carding, spinning, knitting and weaving. There will be flax, bobbin lace, and lucet demonstrations. There will also be hearth cooking, garden, farm, and house tours. Enjoy a day in the country
The Colonial Theatre presents a screening of MST3K: Pod People. Special Saturday 2PM screening for the kids of one of the best MST episodes EVER! Just when Joel thought being stranded in outer space was the worst thing that could happen, mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester beams up a heavy dose of cinematic punishment called “The Pod People.”
Relâche in Residence: Les Mystères Français Rocks of Kador at Penn Museum. Relâche’s final program of the fall-through-spring “Music for the Mystery of the Silents” series explores “Les Mystères Français,” and features Léonce Perret’s 1912 silent film The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador. In 2011 Relâche commissioned French composer/violinist Regis Huby to compose new music for this French classic which was presented for the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA.) The ensemble is proud to screen this film with live music for the first time since then. In further celebration of the French, the musicians improvise to projections of still life paintings by Paul Cézanne, as Relâche offers an encore of some of their interpretive improvisation performed last summer at the Barnes Foundation, which at that time was featuring 21 Cézanne paintings in a traveling exhibition. Cézanne once said, “I want to amaze Paris with an apple.”
Philadelphia 48HFP Events at International House Philadelphia. View all of the films from this year’s 48 Hour Film Project! Filmmakers had just two days to write, produce, and edit their short films using a genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue that weren’t revealed until the Kickoff. Over 300 people worked to create their films before the 48 hour deadline, and now you can see all of those great films up on the big screen at the International House!
The Dead Milkmen with Andrew Ervin | Burning Down George Orwell’s House at the Central Library. Philadelphia native Andrew Ervin is the author of the “darkly evocative” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel Extraordinary Renditions, a story of tarnished expatriates, Hungarian unrest, and opera. His fiction has been published in the Southern Review, Conjunctions, and Fiction International, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Miami Herald, and theInquirer, among other publications. In Burning Down George Orwell’s House, a burnt-out Chicago ad exec finds hostility and possible werewolves on the isolated Scottish island where the titular author wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four. With a special performance by Ervin’s friends, the legendary punk band The Dead Milkmen