‘Monastir,’ ‘Transcendent Kingdom,’ ‘Seeing Ghosts’ and more coming up this weekend

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Sarah Aroeste debuts her album with NMAJH this week. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Aroeste.)
Sarah Aroeste debuts her album with NMAJH this week. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Aroeste.)
Coming up this weekend (and early next week), the National Museum of American Jewish History will host Ladino singer/songwriter Sarah Aroeste, the Neon Museum fades in with a unique photography exhibit, and the Free Library invites Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi for a virtual talk. Also, take a stroll in Manayunk, revisit your hip hop fundamentals, and celebrate a Japanese festival at the Shofuso House.

The National Museum of American Jewish History hosts Sarah Aroeste for the release of her new album Monastir. As part of their Songs of Our People, Songs of Our Neighbors conversation series, NMAJH will open its virtual stage for the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer/songwriter, author, and activist Aroeste with a live performance and a new music video premiere. The event is free, with a suggested $10 donation, and will stream on Facebook and Zoom on Wednesday, July 7, at 8pm.

Seeing Ghosts

The Neon Museum of Philadelphia (1800 North American St., Unit E) opens its new exhibit Seeing Ghosts, a photography exhibit capturing faded wall ads throughout the city. A live wall painting and merch including photo books, coloring books, posters, and more highlight the exhibit, which runs through now August 8, 2021.

Stroll the Street in Manayunk

Those looking to hit the sidewalks can check out this weekend’s edition of Stroll the Street, a pop-up series in Manayunk that returns on Thursday, July 8, from 5-8pm. Dozens of sidewalk vendors, live art, shopping, and outdoor dining will set up shop.

Hip Hop Fundamentals at Triangle Park

Hip Hop Fundamentals will host a performance and interactive dance instruction at Triangle Park (1838 North 54th St.) on Friday, July 9, at 7pm. The event comes as part of the Arts & Culture Recovery Week. Hip Hop Fundamentals uses arts integration to blend academic and social content through hip hop and dance. A film, The Croods: A New Age, will screen afterward as part of the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s movie night series.

Tanabata at the Shofuso

Shofuso is celebrating Tanabata, the yearly star festival that’s recognized in Japan on July 7. In celebrating the meeting of two celestial lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, folks can visit online or in-person for a variety of events now through July 14.

Transcendent Kingdom

The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a virtual talk with Yaa Gyasi, the author of the fiction novel Transcendent Kingdom. The novel finds a Ghanaian family living in Alabama grappling with grief, faith, and the search for a science-based explanation for suffering. Join in the discussion on Wednesday, July 14, at 7:30pm.

Image Description: A snapshot of Sarah Aroeste singing in front of a microphone. She is bathed in soft violet stage light; cymbals can be seen behind her.

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