I can’t speak enough on how much I appreciate the diversity of art to explore in Philadelphia, in addition to the fact that so many organizations are striving for accessibility. This weekend, the Last Poets celebrate their 50th anniversary with two Philly poetry legends, a new hands-on mural-arts project debuts, and the Philadelphia Orchestra continues to reach to the far corners of the city to play for a neighborhood that doesn’t often see chamber music come around the way. Then the Philadelphia Film Society whips out the Oscars red carpet to benefit its diversity initiatives.
I hope you find something that speaks to you this weekend, Philly.
Immersive Into the Mural holds grand opening
Experience mural-making with the opening of the new installation Into the Mural. Guests can partake in the hands-on, transformative exploration of mural-making. See the depths of the artist’s closet, make art using light and shadow, and watch animated characters come to life. The attraction opens on Friday, February 22, at 11:30am at the Meg Saligman Studio (829 Bainbridge Street) and will be open Wednesdays through Sundays. Visit Into the Mural online for more info.
Smith Memorial Playground’s Black History Month exhibit
On Saturday, February 23, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse (3500 Reservoir Drive) opens its 120 Years of Integrated Play exhibition. Historic photographs and artifacts highlight integrated play spaces dating back to 1899, and special craft activities and a story-collection room round out the family-friendly event. Smith has served a large number of black and immigrant populations and has played a huge role in advocating and practicing integration, pushing against the segregation of public schools and facilities. The exhibit is free and runs from 10am to 12pm.
Celebrating 50 years of the Last Poets
Just over 50 years ago, the Last Poets were founded. In honor of their five decades of resistance through the arts, they’re kicking off a national tour that begins right here in Philly. Join them this Saturday, February 23, along with Philadelphia’s own Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker for an afternoon of spoken word and discussion. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $20. Catch the show at the People’s Sanctuary (5507 Germantown Avenue) from 3pm to 6pm.
Philadelphia Orchestra continues its free Neighborhood Chamber Concert Series
The Philadelphia Orchestra is striving to make music and arts education accessible to everyone, and will present a free concert this weekend on Sunday, February 24, at 3pm at Esperanza Academy (301 W. Hunting Park Avenue). RSVP for the show online and find out more about the concert series and upcoming programs this spring.
Fancy up for the Oscars with PFS
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is hosting its sixth annual Academy Awards party and screening at the Philadelphia Film Center (1412 Chestnut Street) on Sunday, February 24, at 7pm. Guests can enjoy light fare, signature cocktails, a silent auction, and special prizes as all proceeds benefit PFS’s mission to create opportunities for diverse audiences to experience film. Tickets are available online. Cocktail attire is recommended.