A Labor Day weekend with the MoAR, Yoruba at the Barnes, Black Boy Blue, and a Witch Market

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If Made in America isn’t your thing, then BSR has got you covered. This weekend, there’s a pop-up witch market to get you in the spirit of Halloween early, a Yoruba performance at the Barnes, and an art exhibit that explores Black male identity in America. The Museum of the American Revolution is free for the kids this weekend, a festival at Penn’s Landing celebrates sustainable living, and the Philadelphia Film Society presents a challenging documentary film.

Behind the Bullet

The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) and CeaseFire Pennsylvania Education Fund screening Behind the Bullet, a documentary exploring an unexpected side of gun violence: the impact a shooting has on the shooter. Director Heidi Yewman takes on this challenging subject and wants to share it with the community. One of the film’s subjects, motivational speaker and author Will Little, will be attendance along with Yewman and CeaseFire program director Jeffrey Dempsey as moderator. Check out the film on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 7pm at the Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street. Tickets are available online.

Witch Market pop-up

Is it Halloween yet? Yes, it’s always Halloween, because Halloween is not just a holiday—it’s an attitude. And on Thursday, August 29, from 9pm to midnight at Lucky’s Last Chance (848 South 2nd Street), you can bring out the spirit as part of a pop-up witch market to celebrate summer’s end. Antique and vintage clothing, photography, witchy home goods, and self-care creations are all part of the celebration.

Black Boy Blue

Black Boy Blue: A Rhapsody of Many Selves arrives Friday, August 30, at 7pm at Maas Space, 1325 North Randolph Street. The exhibit centers multiple facets of Black male identity in America through the lens of six artists across different mediums, including photography, music, fashion, graphic design, and more. Art works will be for sale, and a panel discussion will be held with the artists.

Free for kids weekend at MoAR

Children under 12 get free admission this weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution, from Saturday, August 31, to Monday, September 2. Young adult author Trinka Hakes Noble, author of The Scarlet Stockings Spy: A Revolutionary War Tale, will give an afternoon talk and book signing on Saturday at 2pm. Kids can also explore the Revolution Place to discover 18th-century Philadelphia, find out about canine culture as the museum celebrates National Dog Day, and explore the rest of what the museum has to offer.

Performance and Processional

On Sunday, September 1, from 1 to 4pm, the Barnes Foundation hosts Modupúe | Ibaye: The Philadelphia Yoruba Performance Project as part of the PECO Free First Sunday Family Day. An outdoor processional, ancestral tribute, performances, and lectures celebrate Yoruba-rooted performance traditions.

Blue Corn Green and Organic Festival

The Blue Corn Green and Organic Festival returns on Sunday, September 1, for an afternoon of celebrating the value of sustainable lifestyles. Infusing old traditions and new ways, the festival comes as part of the PECO Multicultural Series. Check it out at Penn’s Landing from 12 to 5pm.

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