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World Culture Afternoon: Celebration of African 

An afternoon exploration of African culture and the Diaspora will feature artifacts, crafts, games, storytelling, and drum and dance workshops. 1pm. $8-$12. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 215.898.2680.

Sunday, March 3


Journey Toward Freedom: A History of the Civil Rights Movement

The singers of Lyric Fest have been injecting their recitals with historical backdrops since 2004. Tonight, they direct their professionally trained voices, and your attention, to the tumultuous years of the civil rights movement. Rev. Charles Rice of Ursinus College lends his voice to the orations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou and the poetry of Langston Hughes. 3pm. $20-$25. First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, 201 S. 21st St.


Masters and Mavericks

Among the artists featured at this group show is Sidney Goodman, the preeminent Philadelphia-based artist who bridged the gap between different generations of abstract expressionists. Goodman began exploring the field in the 1950s as an art student and dedicated the last three decades to his craft of painting on canvas and in the classroom as a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. 11am-6pm. Free. Seraphin Gallery, 1108 Pine St.


Literary Laurel Hill

Meet Dr. Michael Brooks, a retired professor of literature, at the gates of Laurel Hill Cemetery to learn about the novelists, poets and editors who lie buried there. Among the Gothic angel statues, Dr. Brooks will read you samples of the writers’ work, honoring their lives graveside. 1pm. $9-12. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215.228.8200.

Monday, March 4


Beats, Brews 
and Banter

Hosted on the first Monday every month by the Philly Drum Project, this free mixer invites local drummers, drum educators, gear-heads and drumming wannabes to come and knock back a few brewskies while picking the brain of a talented local drummer and, more importantly, hearing them rock out.

March’s featured speaker is John Morgan Kimock, son of acclaimed guitarist Steve Kimock, who will be discussing everything from wild tour stories and his inspirations to technique and gear preferences. Before the California native could even walk or talk, he was drumming. Over the years, he has collaborated with his father in various projects with members of the Grateful Dead, Jane’s Addiction, Jerry Garcia Band, the Meters and many more. Currently, Kimock performs as one half of the duo XVSK with cellist Trevor Exter.

Founded last April, the Philly Drum Project is a percussive collective dedicated to promoting creativity, education and community while helping drummers in the city share their four most basic resources: gear, lessons, beats and gigs. In addition to their monthly meet-up, the collective has “Leave-A-Wingnut/Take-A-Wingnut” boxs at several local music and record stores where drummers can donate their unwanted hardware and purchase new ones for $1 dollar or less, with all of the proceeds going to the store.

“As drummers, we’ve found it difficult sometimes to find uncommon hardware pieces at small, locally-owned music stores with small inventories, and we end up going to the big chains outside of the city,” explains founder and director, Ryan Crump. “This program is a way to utilize our vast personal resources in a collective way.” / Nicole Finkbiner

7pm. Free. Roosevelt Pub, 2220 Walnut St. 215.569.8879.


The Tool at Hand

Sixteen artists from Philadelphia, London, New York, California, Wisconsin and Florida create work using only one single tool. The materials chosen range from the traditional sable paintbrush to a customized saw. Through April 28. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.


African Origins of American Art

This exhibit draws attention to the artistry of early African-American culture that was overlooked by many historians, but can be tracked in the tightly weaved coils of baskets. Through March 16. Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. 610.409.3079. 

Tuesday, March 5


Touch of the Future

On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff, killing schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. This annual exhibit, a memorial to McAuliffe, features more than 300 works of art that have been collected from 27 Bucks and Montgomery County high schools. Through March 14. Arcadia’s University Commons Gallery, 450 S. Easton Rd., Glenside.


Revolutionary Crawl Down South Street

Explore the hidden culinary treasures of the South Street District by visiting four eateries in one day. Which restaurants will you visit? Who knows! Participants will find out 48 hours before the event, but might find some clues by following @dishcrawlPHL on Twitter. 7pm. $45. South Street.

Wednesday, March 6


Women Make Freedom

March is National Women’s History Month, but Congress didn’t deem it so until 1987. In 1911, women were allotted only one day of observance: International Women’s Day on March 8. Honor women’s suffrage by joining the women of Art Sanctuary when they hold court at a panel discussion, inspired by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection: Julie Otsuka’s Pen/Faulkner Award-winning novel, The Buddha in the Attic. The One Book program was launched exactly 10 years ago, and the first book selected, The Price of a Child, was written by Art Sanctuary founder Lorene Cary. At around that same time, panelist Debra Powell-Wright was a 40-year old administrative assistant who discovered her own voice as a spoken-word artist when she joined a collective called In the Company of Poets. The concept of strength achieved in numbers is not lost on author Otsuka, who chose to narrate The Buddha in the Attic in the first-person plural tense, emphasizing the universal nature of the Japanese “picture bride” experience—women brought to San Francisco by boat like cargo and delivered to strange men in the early 1900s. Individually, victims were robbed of their identities and personal histories. The collective “we” in her book’s pages takes back what was left behind in the mountains of Japan, and the Art Sanctuary talk — which will also include visual artist Michelle Angela Ortiz, filmmaker tiona.m., poet Pat McLean and fiber mixed media artist Betty Leacraft—explores how women like Otsuka create progress via their respective crafts. / Jessica Foley

6pm, Free. Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th St. 215.323.4485.


The Siege and Fall of Masada

On the outskirts of the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea, you will find Masada, the sight of the first Jewish revolt against the Romans. Professor of Religious Studies Jody Magness examines the archaeological and literary evidence for the siege, including information from the 1995 excavations that she co-directed. 6pm. $2-$10. Penn Museum, 3260 South St.


Nerd Night

In case you didn’t know, nerds worldwide unite on a monthly basis. The Philadelphia chapter reconvenes tonight with a discussion about cheese, unexplained pain and the evolution of hip-hop. 7:30pm. $5. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.869.9823.


Delta Rae

The three siblings of the Holljes family, Brittany, Ian and Eric, form the nucleus of this folk-rock band. Three years ago, the trio became a sixtet with the addition of Mike McKee, bassist Grant Emerson and singer Elizabeth Hopkins. Tonight, they stop in Philly on their first national tour. 7pm. $15. Theatre of Living Arts 334 South St.

Out-of-Town Events


Teddy Bedrossian Ski-A-Thon

Help Elwyn’s Davidson School fund a new building for special-needs children at this annual ski-powered benefit. Enjoy a full-day lift ticket, a yummy lunch and line-cutting privileges all in the name of Teddy Bedrossian—an extraordinary boy who was given four months to live but reached 18 years of age. Sat., March 3, 8am. $150-$400. Bear Creek Resort, 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie.


Ninth Annual Drawing Marathon

Get down and dirty with paints and pencils (or your own favorite medium) in Delaware College of Art & Design’s 5,000 sq. ft. gallery-turned-studio. Sharpen skills and develop your artistic vision while working alongside other students, staff and artists. Sat., March 2, 9am-9pm. $25-$30. Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at Delaware College of Art and Design, 600 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.. 302.622.8000.


Dru Hill

Remember when R&B ruled the airwaves with the sounds of R. Kelly, Blackstreet and Boyz II Men? Satisfy your craving for old-school soul and join multi-platinum vocalists Dru Hill for a night of ‘90s throwbacks mixed with new jams off the group’s latest album, InDRUpendence Day. Fri., March 1, 9pm. $33-$53. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.


Atlantic City Restaurant Week

Our neighbors down the shore celebrate the cornucopia of cuisine Atlantic City has to offer. Participating restaurants will give food lovers the opportunity to sample mouth-watering, multi-course meals for a fixed price of $15.13 for lunch and $33.13 for dinner. March 3-9. Various locations.


Angelina Ballerina

A famous visitor is coming to Angelina’s school, so she and her friends are performing several types of dance to show off their skills. Based on the PBS KIDS show Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps, this family-friendly musical features lyrics by Susan DiLallo and music by Ben Morss. March 2-3, Various times. $15-$25. Bristol Riverside Theatre. 120 Radcliffe St.

Compiled by Michael Brady, Jessica Foley, Lindsay Kenney, Caroline Newton and Anthony Trivelli.

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1. Lora Bloom said... on Feb 28, 2013 at 08:32PM

“Thanks so much for the Eris Temple writeup, sadly the film screening was cancelled so there is no event at Eris Temple/Create Chaos this Saturday March 2, but the following Friday, March 8th, we will be having an amazing dance party to benefit Ladyfest.”


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