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Hit the pavement this week with the Latin American Book Fair, the Northern Liberties Night Market, and the Hare Krishna Street Fair and Festival of India. Then, take a trip across the river to teleport to the Lousiana bayou in The Brothers Size, a theater performance that closes on Sunday. The Philly Film Showcase series returns after a long hiatus, and Uncle Bobbie’s spends Saturday exploring the work of Bell Hooks.
Be safe, Philly!
The Brothers Size
Through Sunday, September 25
Waterfront South Theatre, 1782 South 4th Street, Camden
Poetry, music, and Yoruba mythology come together to tell a story about brotherhood and the “tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.” It follows the story of two brothers in the Louisiana bayou who are connected by both blood and by mythic circumstance and struggle to find a connection in the wake of incarceration. The performance comes from Tarell Alvin McCraney, a playwright and screenwriter whose script was adapted into the 2016 Oscar-winning film Moonlight.
Northern Liberties Night Market
Thursday, September 22, 5-10pm
North 2nd Street between Fairmount Avenue and West Laurel Street, Philadelphia
The Night Market is back for an autumnal celebration featuring dozens of vendors, food trucks, and more. Foodies are highly encouraged to make a trip out to this massive food festival.
The 4th Latin American Book Fair
Friday, September 23, 11am-5pm
LOVE Park, 1599 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia
The free, family-friendly book fair pops up in LOVE Park this weekend, bringing together readers, authors, writers, illustrators, designers, and more to celebrate Latin American heritage, language, and culture. The event comes as part of the city’s Welcoming Week, a series of cultural events celebrating Philadelphia’s immigrant communities.
Philly Film Showcase
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm
Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Film Society welcomes back its long-running series after a two-year hiatus, celebrating local filmmakers with a monthly showcase of short films. The event is free, but reservations are required.
Hare Krishna Street Fair and Festival of India
Saturday, September 24, 12-7pm
Starting at 16th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
The 50th annual festival is promised to be this year’s biggest festival, reaching from just above LOVE Park to Eakins Oval. Sing and dance your way to the bazaar, where you’ll find “food for the body, mind, and soul.” (And it’s vegan and vegetarian friendly!) Other cultural events, yoga, discussions on bhakti philosophy, and more, will also be present.
Uncle Bobbie’s Presents: Bell Hooks Symposium
Saturday, September 24, 11am-7pm
First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia
Spend the day honoring the legacy of writer, activist, and cultural worker Bell Hooks. Four panels will explore her ideas, writings, and more, at this free event.
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