The Geekend was on a short hiatus, but it has now triumphantly returned! And there’s plenty of great stuff going on this weekend. There’s a little something for everyone.
Friday, May 10
There are lots of things happening on Friday that you’ll want to check out! At the Franklin Institute, there’s the Role Models Matter Forum. This amazing project focuses on getting more girls trained for STEM jobs, encouraging ladies to stay true to their geeky ways and not be deterred. It costs $25 and runs from 9AM to 4PM.
Want to spend Friday night laughing? Then you’ll want to head to the Shubin Theatre, for Improv Comedy: The Bat at 7PM and Sketch Comedy: Dog Mountain at 8:30PM. Each show costs $12.
You can also check out the strange and unusual at the Carnivolution Circus Sideshow presented by the Squidling Bros. at 3819 Hamilton Street. The show includes Freaks Fire, Circus Sideshow, Burlesque Aerial Acrobatics, Anchor’s Aweigh Flesh Suspension, and the Art Garden’s Three Dimensional Murals, with Live Music by Bunny Savage and band. This is the ninth year of the show, which starts at 8PM and costs $10.
There’s also Ladyfest Philadelphia: Ladies and Gentlemen… The Fabulous Stains for $9 at the International House at 8PM. This “sarcastic and hilarious look at the early 1980s punk scene” will be introduced by rock critic Sara Sherr.
Still not interested? Well how about the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts Mike Allen at the Rotunda, a free event that begins at 9PM? Or a screening of Prom Night at 9:45 at the Colonial Theatre for $9? You can’t go wrong with a science fiction poet and some great Jamie Lee Curtis horror.
Saturday, May 11
There’s plenty going on Saturday as well. The Eastwick Branch of the Free Library is having their monthly Lego Club at 2PM. Bring your bricks and some imagination! Their address is 2851 Island Ave, and the phone number is 215.685.4170.
There’s also some more comedy at the Shubin Theatre, all for $12 per show. If you missed The Bat on Friday, you can see it Saturday at 7PM or at midnight, depending on your schedule. There’s also Improv Comedy: PHIT House Team Night at 8:30PM or at 10PM.
Love chiptunes? Then you’ll definitely want to be at PhilaMOCA at 7PM for 8static 35. This all-ages show costs $10 (and includes a sticker!) and features the music of A_Rival, Inverse Phase, Watabou, and Philly’s own Dain Saint from Cipher Prime!
Finally, there’s the monthly board game night at Circle of Hope, the Saturday Night Board Game Extravaganza. It starts at 7PM, and they’ll have plenty of board games and snacks. Be sure to bring a snack to share and a game you want to play, as well as some friends!
Sunday, May 12
Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means most of you will be out getting brunch with mom, or taking her somewhere fancy that has trees or flowers or something, I don’t even know. There’s not much going on in the city that day, likely because everyone knows where you’ll be. If you’re free that night, you can head to the Shubin Theatre for another night of comedy. They’ve got Improv Comedy: The Deans at 8:30PM for free. Bring mom along!
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