Memorial Day weekend is certainly the time to remember and honor service members, and we here at BSR are grateful for everything we have as a result. The Museum of the American Revolution will be paying a tribute to service members, one that you can play a part in. Memorial Day weekend is also a time to celebrate freedom through art. Artist Bash!, swing dancing, a contemporary circus performance, and comedy on Monday night make way for self-expression, something we should remember to never take for granted.
Swinging with Society Hill Dance Academy
On Friday, May 24, 2019, come out to a dance party with Society Hill Dance Academy with Swing into Spring. Performances, swing lessons for beginners, food trucks, and more highlight the free event, which kicks off at 4pm under the Headhouse Square Shambles at 409 South 2nd Street. Philly-based band Swing That Cat bring their original compositions to the mix.
Museum of the American Revolution pays tribute
Throughout Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, to Monday, May 27, visitors can post notes on a large panel in the Museum of the American Revolution’s lobby to express gratitude to American’s service members. A 30-minute tour of the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier at Independence National Historical Park’s Washington Square—two blocks from the museum—will depart from the museum’s rotunda at 1pm each day. Visitors of all ages can learn what it takes to be a soldier by trying on Revolutionary-era reproduction uniforms, climbing inside a soldier’s tent, participating in craft activities, and more from 10am to 4pm each day.
Barnes Foundation’s Artist Bash!
On Saturday, May 25, at 8pm, the Barnes Foundation is hosting “Artist Bash: Bring It!,” a program featuring art and hip-hop. Performers include Hip Hop Fundamentals, an award-winning team of diverse professional breakdancers dedicated to hip-hop education; poet Yolanda Wisher, backed by her band, the Afroeaters; a concert by GLBL VLLG; and a community-created portrait by Amber Art and Design. For $10, those in attendance can see the show and access the rest of the Barnes collection.
Circadium School of Contemporary Circus’s Springboard
Did you know there was a diploma-granting college for circus arts? Well, you do now! Circadium is presenting Springboard, a showcase of original works by its first-year students. With original circus pieces driven by theatrical concepts, Circadium promises an evening of extraordinary physical talent and a glimpse into American contemporary circus and its future. Check it out at FringeArts, 14 North Columbus Boulevard, on Saturday, May 25, at 8pm. Tickets range from $10.50 to $15.
Good Good Comedy on your day off
Will Miles (The Chris Gethard Show), Kenny DeForest (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Clark Jones (Crashing), and local favorite Nicole Phoenix headline a night of Memorial Day comedy at Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 North 11th Street. Free beer for all in attendance—that should help ease your way back into the rest of the week. Tickets are $12.