NoLibs Night Market, Black Birders Week, Angel Dose, and more

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, May 25-31, 2023

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Khan in nurse scrubs looks on standing or walking outside on a Philadelphia street during a cloudy day
'Angel Dose' tells Tarik Khan's story as a Philadelphia nurse, state rep, and South Asian American activist. (Image courtesy of Rachel Creagan.)

Coming up this week, Philly’s having a night party on the streets in Northern Liberties, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its Black Birders Week, and Sami Khan’s award-winning documentary Angel Dose broadcasts on local airwaves (and streams worldwide). Also, keep a look out for the MoAR’s Memorial Day events, and Be Holding opens in just a week.

Northern Liberties Night Market
Thursday, May 25, 5-10pm
North 2nd Street between Fairmount and Poplar Streets, Philadelphia

Swing by NoLibs for a street festival with nearly 30 food trucks and tents, shopping vendors, live music, entertainment, and more. It’s free to attend and is family-friendly (including the pups). Food and beverage offerings include Moshava Israeli Cuisine, Korea Taqueria, The Little Sicilian, Standard Tap, Bourbon and Branch, El Camino Real, and many more.

You might even spot some BSR folks there after our Power of Food Media event at Indy Hall.

Black Birders Week
May 25-June 3, 2023
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

The Academy hosts its second annual Black Birders Week to celebrate and elevate Black birders and STEM professionals. The week especially centers Black women in birding, highlighting the Academy’s Women in Natural Sciences program. The event runs alongside the Academy’s Illuminating Birds exhibit, which we mentioned in last week’s roundup. A variety of events are lined up for the week, including a conversation with David “The Urban Birder” Lindo, a broadcaster, writer, naturalist, photographer, and public speaker on Thursday, May 25.

Memorial Day Weekend at the MoAR
May 27-29, 2023
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia

The MoAR invites visitors for a weekend of family-friendly activities and events in celebration of Memorial Day. Visitors can learn about the service of Black soldiers during the Revolutionary War, explore what it was like at sea during the war, themed arts and crafts events, pop-up talks, walking tours, and more.

Angel Dose
Starting Monday, May 29, 9:30pm
WHYY and streaming

The award-winning short documentary Angel Dose will broadcast on WHYY on Monday, with a 30-day streaming window on the station’s digital platforms. The doc chronicles the tireless work of Tarik Khan, a Philadelphia nurse, state rep, and South Asian American activist as he races against time to deliver expiring vaccines across Philadelphia to homebound patients before the doses spoil. This effort led to Khan’s running for political office, facing off against an entrenched incumbent.

Be Holding
May 31-June 3, 2023
Girard College, 2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia

Girard College opens the world premiere of Be Holding, an original performance based on Ross Gay’s award-winning poem of the same name. The performance meditates on America’s history of racial violence "in search of Black genius, justice, and joy." The collaborative work features composer Tyshawn Sorey, musical ensemble Yarn/Wire, and director Brooke O’Harra. The poem connects “Dr. J’s iconic move to pick-up basketball and the flying Igbo and the Middle Passage, to photography and surveillance and state violence, to music and personal histories of flight and familial love.”

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