Calendar: Feb. 6-13

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Wednesday, Feb. 6

Soul Food Junkies

Soul food is both amazing and abysmal. It manages to scratch that culinary itch tied to comfort, but the health costs can be high. The body was just not made to handle that much fat—hauntingly delicious as it is—all at once, but it is a historically important part of African-American culture. Soul food comes out of slavery, a combination of the rich cooking traditions of Africa with the harsh conditions (and substandard sustenance) forced upon slaves in America. This cuisine, borne out of strife, has become a staple of many African-American and Southern diets. Soul Food Junkies, Byron Hurt’s informative 2012 documentary, explores the connection between the food and its consumers, showing how it’s so firmly a part of black culture—to the detriment of many people’s health—but also revealing how the alternatives for inner-city African Americans leave little room for improvement. Food deserts, a problem Philadelphia has yet to truly fix as well, are areas where there is little-to-no access to fresh food; fast food chains and small convenience stores with snacks passing off as meals are the only affordable and accessible options. Soul Food Junkies questions these unhealthy practices, asking if this facet of African-American culture is too much of a hindrance to be a symbol.The film is screening for free at Community College of Philadelphia, but RSVPs have reportedly reached capacity, so you can stand at the door and hope for some room, or stream it online via PBS’ website. —Michael Brady

Thurs., Feb. 7, 6:30pm. Free. Community College 
of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden. 215. 231.0511.

The Harvest: Spoken Soul 215

Unleash your inner artist at this open mic session, hosted by a group of spoken-word performers dedicated to cultivating the arts. 8pm. $9-$11. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400.

Nerd Nite Philadelphia 

If you like crazy random information thrown at you whilst you drink a pint—seriously, a portion of tonight’s program is devoted to bird love—then this monthly get-together might just be your cup of Earl Grey. 7:30pm. $5. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.634.3338.

Quilts from the Heart

Ellen W. Johnson, a retired Philadelphia schoolteacher, will explain the importance of quilt-making to African-American culture, how it sprung from necessity and moved into a form of artistry. 12:30pm. Free. Temple University, 580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler. 267.468.8425.

Literary Speed Dating
Bring a book and look for love at this twist on the standard speed-dating gabfest. 6pm. Free. Free Library, 201 S. 40th St. 215.685.7671.

Book Signing with John Mackey

Fresh from pissing off liberals nationwide with his opinions on Obamacare, the co-founder of Whole Foods arrives to talk up his new book, Conscious Capitalism. Proceeds from all books purchased at Whole Foods locations will go to the Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit seeking to alleviate poverty. 12:30pm. Free. Whole Foods, 929 South St. 215.733.9788.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

While the city’s four nationally recognized design schools might be churning out talented young fashion designers, few opt to stick around Philly after graduation, and even fewer have the entrepreneurial know-how to launch a successful company. This is essentially the impetus behind the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, a yearlong residency program seeking to support emerging local designers and Philly’s fashion community as a whole. Last March, PFI selected its inaugural team of designers-in-residence—Melissa D’Agostino (D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design), Autumn Kietponglert (Autumnlin Atelier), Kaitlyn Doherty (Kaitlyn Elizabeth), Latifat Obajinmi and Moriamo Johnson (Aso Damisi)—and offered them a slew of vital resources and opportunities to build their brands, as well as their own swanky workspace inside Macy’s Center City. Now, before these designers officially set out to stake their claim in the fashion industry—ushering in a new promising squad of DIRs—they’ll be temporarily setting up shop inside Knit Wit, one of Philly’s oldest, independently-run boutiques. Encapsulating the unique vision and artistry of the four brands, the pop-up shop will feature each of their spring/summer 2013 collections, which the designers first had a chance to debut in September as part of the Macy’s Fashion Show. Those who aren’t afraid to make a statement with their style are likely to be most drawn to Atelier’s one-of-a-kind, intensely detailed haute couture pieces and the vibrant, African-inspired textiles of Aso Damisi. Meanwhile, the ready-to-wear collections from D’Agostino and Kaitlyn Elizabeth are marked by sleek lines and classic, structural shapes. —Nicole Finkbiner

Through Feb. 14. Free. Knit Wit, 1729 Chestnut St. 215.564.4760.

A Discussion with Thomas Friedman 

The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times foreign affairs columnist will discuss his career and read from his latest book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. 5:30pm. $20-$175. Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. 215.627.1200.


Film and dance mingle in this acclaimed production born out of the U.K. 7:30pm. 
$20-$55. Annenberg Center, Zellerbach 
Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.6791.

The Afterlife of Iconoclasm: 
Sculpture in Early New York

Dr. Wendy Bellion will explain how an act of spontaneous violence by a large group of people in protest can morph into ordered destruction via history. 5:30pm. Free. Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St. 215.777.9000.

Creating a Personal Brand

Sure, you’re an individual, “not a number.” But are you a brand? Rakia Reynolds, founder of Skai Blue Media, shows you how to market yourself most effectively. 7:30pm. Free. University of Arts, Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St. 215.717.6030.

Friday, Feb. 8

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

Burlesque dancers, live bands and sideshow performers set the scene as the Pennsylvania Convention Center is once again home for all things related to the art of tattooing. From a casual fan looking to meet Amy Nicoletto, star of TLC’s now-defunct L.A. Ink, to a veteran artist interested in attending a machine maintenance seminar, there’s really something for everyone. Perhaps the foremost draw for folks on both ends of the spectrum is the opportunity to get tattooed by one of the over 200 world-famous artists in attendance. But hey, what fun would all of this be without some competition to spice things up? Luckily, the higher-ups wondered the same, slating contests throughout the weekend to keep everyone on their toes. Categories vary by day, or in some cases gender, and include tattoo of the day, best portrait, best traditional, most unusual, best sleeve and even best cover-up, amongst many others. Whether you’re a newcomer or have been in the game for years, the Philly Tattoo Convention is a great place to celebrate the art form that seems to constantly defy all the taboos our world can throw at it. —Anthony Trivelli

Through Feb. 10th. $20-$40. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. 215.817.9110.

Manayunk On Ice

Watch ice carvers take vengeance on that dreaded frozen menace that’s made you fall on your ass countless times. 6pm. Free. Main Street, Manayunk. 215.482.9565.

Mile of Meet

Ben-FM’s ninth annual single’s mingle is the perfect place to meet this year’s valentine. Last year’s event brought out more than 500 people, so you’ll have plenty of potentials to schmooze. 6pm. Free. Manayunk Brewing Company, 4120 Main St. 215.484.8220.

The Peek-a-Boo Revue presents: Blow Me A Kiss!

Philadelphia’s premier neo-burlesque troupe sexifies the stage with their Valentine’s Special: a night of “showbizzy-ness,” comedy, dancing and singing. 9pm. $20. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888.

Envisioning Emancipation: A Book Talk and Signing with Deb Willis and Barbara Krauthamer 

Through powerful images, Willis and Krauthamer will show the impact of emancipation over an 80-year period, from African-Americans that were directly freed to those that inherited that freedom. 3pm. Free. Temple University, Mitten Hall, 1913 N. Broad St. 215.204.8822.

Kenneth Schutz: Volume 

Kenneth Schutz’s colorful, abstract pieces fuse various mediums together, including wood, glass, acrylic and latex paint. Tonight, Schutz throws out the notion of traditional flat paintings and brings in a new perspective on representational art. 6pm. Free. Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St. 215.772.1911.

Until Proven Guilty

Get your murder-mystery craving filled by PENNaach, an all-female fusion dance group. Expect a lot of dancing, maybe some crying. 8pm. $8-$10. Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St. 215.898.5552.

Banned Books

Various governments throughout history have censored a considerable number of classic reads. Head to the Rosenbach Museum to discuss the reasoning behind the bans. 
3pm. $5 plus general admission. The Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-
2010 Delancey Place. 215.732.1600.

Open Studio Night

PAFA opens its studios to the public for viewing. Come see the next great artistic endeavors coming out of Philadelphia. 5:30pm. Free. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts., Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad St. 215.972.7600.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Garbage World 5 

Adding to its already expansive schedule of exhibitions, gallery talks, lectures and related programming, Vox Populi is now launching a new experimental monthly performance series, Second Saturday. Hosted in the gallery’s live arts venue, AUX, the event will showcase a revolving mix of performance, film, video and sound works by national and international artists, both emerging and established. The official debut of the series is technically the re-launch of a similar performance series founded in Chicago back in 2009. Developed over the course of four installments, Garbage World focused on artists committed to an intentional use of the body and self as the primary medium. Its final installment was actually a three-day festival featuring a total of 24 performances. Making the trip here all the way from the Windy City for its reincarnation are mixed-media artist Sofia Moreno and interdisciplinary artist, dancer and witch Jose Hernandez. While Moreno’s work often highlights expressions of the divine and profane, Hernandez, performing under his “shamanic doppelganger” Ishtar Bukkake, explores various apocalyptic futures and their affect on the human condition. Meanwhile, local artists Beth Heinly and Maureen Cummings will be presenting a piece titled “Knife Fight,” a choreographed knife influenced by snuff consumers with an underlying narrative focusing on girls and female friendships. The two, who are real-life besties, have actually collaborated on a number of projects and performances through their imaginatively unhinged comic book series, The 3:00 Book. So needless to say, be prepared for a raw and provocative evening of human expression. —N.F.

8pm. Free. Aux Space, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236.

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