If you’re a musician or filmmaker, or just like to geek out over art, music, and more, then this weekend’s got you covered. Keystone Comic Con is back for its second year, while Sundance Institute collaborates with Scribe Video Center and PhillyCAM for free workshops. South Philly Acoustic Jam teams up with Musicopia for an engaging Woodstock tribute, Revolution Remix puts South Asian voices in front of the mic, and the 48th and Woodland Community Festival is giving back, especially to the kids.
Keystone Comic Con
On August 23 through 25, Keystone Comic Con is back for its second year with a robust roster of special celebrity guests, artists, comics, panels, games, and more at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street. Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), LeVar Burton (Star Trek, Reading Rainbow), Nolan North (Uncharted), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), and many more will be in attendance. Personally, I’m excited about Troy Baker (The Last of Us). For a full list of guests, vendors, tickets, and all things Comic Con, check them out online.
Sundance Institute nonfiction filmmaking session
On Saturday, August 24, Scribe Video Center, PhillyCAM, and the Sundance Institute are giving local independent filmmakers a chance to workshop on producing, editing, and funding nonfiction films. The free, public, all-day program filled with experienced filmmakers—including Ramona Diaz, who was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and United States Artists Fellowship for her 2017 Sundance Film Festival entry Motherland. A series of presentations and panels and a public discussion between local collaborators will serve as further opportunities for attendants to maximize their learning experience. Starting at 10am, the event runs until 7pm at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street. Check out a full schedule and RSVP online.
The 48th & Woodland 3rd Annual Community Festival
The 48th and Woodland Playground is holding its third annual Community Festival on Saturday, August 24, starting at 11am. The event will feature a live stage with singers, dancers, rappers, and a fashion show. Additionally, 300 bookbags filled with school supplies, free food, free haircut vouchers, and more will be given away.
South Philly Acoustic Jam + Musicopia Woodstock tribute
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, South Philly Acoustic Jam and Musicopia are teaming up to bring a musical mashup to Riverside Hall at the Old Swedes Church, 916 South Swanson Street. On Saturday, August 24, from 2 to 5pm, the tribute will bring back the peace and love of Woodstock over an urban campfire. You’re encouraged to bring a guitar, ukulele, mandolin, or even just your voice and connect with fellow artists and neighbors. The tribute is also a collection point for instruments for Musicopia’s Gift of Music Instrument Donation program, which gives to Philly students in need. Register online ahead of time.
The South Asian American Digital Archive is launching a sound tour of Philadelphia that celebrates South Asian narratives in the city and beyond with five talented South Asian musicians from across the country. The performance brings stories from the 1780s to present day, and features Anju, Arooj Aftab, SETI X, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Zain Alam.
Join the revolution on Saturday, August 24, at 6:30pm at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, with accessible seating. The event is open to all ages, and tickets are available in advance.