Discovery Day, Holiday Market, Local Comic Shop Day and more this weekend

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The Network for New Music Ensemble opens its 2019-2020 season this weekend. (Photo by JJ Tiziou)
The Network for New Music Ensemble opens its 2019-2020 season this weekend. (Photo by JJ Tiziou)

The holidays are right around the corner, and with the air gone cold and crisp and the coats, gloves, and scarves on deck, ‘tis the season for Philly to gently wind down into the sleepier side of late fall. Discovery Day features one of BSR's own. The Holiday Market is here to cheer, and Local Comic Shop Day is a chance for a pair of Philly staples to entice comics lovers and early gift shoppers. The Network for New Music kicks off its new season, and Paul Robeson House hosts a local documentary photography artist.

Have a great one, everyone! And good luck to all those running in the Philadelphia Marathon and Half-Marathon this weekend!

Discovery Day at the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is hosting Discovery Day this weekend with a plethora of interactive activities, team games, bird walks, arts and crafts, and more. The free event is for all ages, and includes live music performances by Basquiat Blues and BSR’s own Aaron Pond. Check it out on Saturday, November 23 at 11am-3pm at the Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

‘Tis the season, and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is back starting this Saturday. The holiday shopping wonderland arrives at Dilworth Park with over 50 artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries from the greater Philadelphia region. And don’t forget, this also means the Rothman Ice Rink and the Christmas Village Carousel are in full swing, too! The market is open all the way until New Year’s Day.

Local Comic Shop Day

Atomic City Comics (638 South Street) and Brave New Worlds (55 North 2nd Street) are celebrating Local Comic Shop Day on Saturday, a day celebrating the independent spirit of local comic book stores. The fifth-year national event features discounts and new releases at both shops, so go out and show them your support!

Streams of Sound

The Network for New Music Ensemble opens its 2019-2020 season with music by local and international composers this weekend with Streams of Sound. The performance features David Shapiro, Erin Busch, Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Gabriela Lena Frank, and more. A post-concert panel discussion will also be held. See the show on Sunday, November 24 at 3pm at the Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are available online.

Arts in the Parlor

Paul Robeson House Museum hosts Ken McFarlane, a West Philly-based documentary and portrait photographer, as part of their Arts in the Parlor fundraising series. McFarlane is known for his images that reflect the true nature of the community, its strengths, beauty, and history. His current project, “From the Root to the Fruit: Portraits of Black Fathers and their Children,” illuminates the much-maligned black male through a series of photographs of them and their children. See his work on Sunday at 4-6pm at the Paul Robeson House, 4951 Walnut Street. Admission is $10 and can be bought in advance online.

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