January 2019 Events in University City

Jan 07, 2019 7 months ago

Each month we aim to highlight theater, art, music, food, and tech events happening in University City. Want your event listed? Email us to get your organization added to our mailing list! See below the list of events for a round-up of MLK Day volunteer opportunities. 

What's Happening in January


  • Curio's Children Theatre School Winter Session 
    • Encourage the budding star in your family with Curio Theatre School! Enrollment is now open for the Winter 2019 session, running January 12th through March 2nd. Join professional theatre educators as they explore "Great Stories, Well Told." 
      • When: Saturdays from January 12th through March 2nd, 10AM - Noon
      • Where: Curio Theatre Company, 4950 Baltimore Avenue 
      • Price: $250 for all 8 weeks 
      • Learn more!










  • Storefront Improvement Program hosted by People's Emergency Center
    • Come out and hear about how your business and your property owner may be eligible to receive grant money for façade improvements. The Commerce Department will also briefly discuss other wonderful programs that they offer for the small business owner. Register NOW… you won’t want to miss this seminar.
      • When: Wednesday, January 16th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
      • Where: The Bank Building at 3750 Lancaster Avenue
      • Price: Free to attend
      • Contact Corridor Manager Yolanda Braxton at [email protected] to register







  • The Invisible Hands Documentary at The Rotunda w/ Filmmaker Q&A
    • Maverick underground American/Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls and Sublime Frequencies), lands as a stranger in Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings, and teams up with three young Egyptian musicians for the translation of his old songs into Arabic. Under Bishop’s mentorship, this unlikely collaboration transforms into a band. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with co-director and co-producer Georges Salameh. 
      • When: Thursday, January 17th at 8 PM
      • Where: The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street)
      • Price: Donations welcome
      • Learn more



  • CultureFest! Lunar New Year Festival at the Penn Museum 
    • Get ready to roll in the Lunar New Year with a vibrant daytime festival and evening performances at the Penn Museum. In many Asian communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is among the most important and festive holidays of the year. This family-friendly day features traditional dance and music, contemporary Asian film, tangram workshops, martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, calligraphy, and art-making for all ages. Join in the traditional Lion Dance, then grab a cocktail as the festival kicks into high gear with Korean pop music, and performances to ring in the new year. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Presented in partnership with the Asian Arts Initiative.
      • When: Saturday, January 19th from 1 pm - 8 pm
      • Where: The Penn Museum (3260 South Street)
      • Price: Daytime (1 pm - 5 pm) activities included with admission; evening activities are $15 or $10 for members
      • Learn more


  • #CreativeAtTheCannery Deep Winter Prose Reading and Open Mic
    • #CreativeAtTheCannery is back to Dock Street for their most hygge installation yet - a deep winter Prose Reading and Open Mic complete with handmade cocktails and craft beer is exactly what we all need right now. Curated as always by local writers Christine Kendall and Matt Jakubowski, this upcoming reading features four incredibly talented Philadelphia-based writers including Carlos Jose Perez Samano, Lori Tharps, Audra J. Wolfe and Simone Zelitch.

      • When: Thursday, January 25th from 7 pm - 9 pm

      • Where: Dock Street Cannery (705 S 50th St) 

      • Price: Free with pay-as-you-go drinks

      • Learn more





  • LV Benga Africa brings the unique sound of Kenya’s popular benga style to American stages. Benga is a guitar-driven dance music that emerged in the 1960s fusing Kenyan folksongs with the Latin-American rumba. As the only resident band of its kind in the United States, LV Benga Africa provides audiences with a taste of this exciting sound. With their years of experience performing in nightclubs across Kenya, and as veterans of the Nairobi recording scene, they deliver a live show with authenticity and originality.
    • When: Friday, January 25th at 8 PM
    • Where: The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street)
    • Price: Donations requested
    • Learn more





  • University City MIX at Distrito
    • University City District's networking event series MIX returns on Thursday, January 31 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Distrito (3945 Chestnut Street). Network with other professionals in the area and enjoy food and drink specials at Distrito, Chef Jose Garces' University City taqueria. University City MIX is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged. Stay tuned for details for our next edition of MIX, coming in March 2019.

      • When: Thursday, January 31st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      • Where: Distrito (3945 Chestnut Street) 
      • Price: Free to attend + pay-as-you-go happy hour specials
      • RSVP here




  • Three Sisters at Curio Theatre

    • The American premiere of a play by UK artists RashDash, Three Sisters, by RashDash, after Chekhov is a wild, irreverent spin on the well-trod classic that entertains with absurdist comedy and bombastic musical numbers while it asks us vital questions. Are women forever doomed to recite the beautiful, brilliant words of dead white men, and what does it mean to produce a play that is both one of the greatest tragedies of all time, and an unfortunate go-to choice when theatre companies decide they need a play that features women? Playing the three iconic women from theatre are the actresses who played three sisters in last season’s Crimes of the Heart at Curio: Colleen Hughes, Rachel Gluck, and Tessa Kuhn.
      • When: Previews February 6-8, & Opening Night February 9th, December 31st at 11AM 
      • Where:Curio Theatre (4950 Baltimore Avenue)
      • Price: Adult $30, Senior $25, Student $20
      • More info






Lunar New Year Celebration at International House

  • Welcome the Year of the Pig with International House Philadelphia at the 19th annual Lunar New Year Celebration. This public event will showcase a diverse array of traditional Chinese music, dance, martial arts and film followed by a reception with interactive arts activities in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative artist-in-residence Feili Zou and a sampling of authentic Chinese cuisine provided by Sang Kee Noodle House. This year’s event will feature a traditional lion dance by regional favorite the Philadelphia Suns, musical performances by the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society and Qin Qian, dance by the University of Pennsylvania’s Pan-Asian Dance Troupe and the Great Wall Chinese School Little Mulan Dance Troupe, short films curated by the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and more! Tiffany Chang Lawson, executive director of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, will emcee the celebration.

    • When: Thursday, February 7th at 7 PM  
    • Where:Ibrahum Theater and Galleria at International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street)
    • Price: $20 for adults, $15 for IHP alumni, Lightbox Film Center Members, and Students, and $10 for children
    • More info





  • Bistro Perrier's Winter Menu Debut 
    • Be the first to enjoy the new winter menu at Walnut Hill College's signature restaurant, Bistro Perrier. Set inside a charming European courtyard, Bistro Perrier delights with traditional French cuisine. 










Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Below is a list of organizations offering volunteer opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which this year falls on Monday, January 21st. 

  • Community Health Fair at Mt. Zion Baptist Church
    • Free health screenings, medication reviews, and nutritional advice at Mt. Zio Baptist Church, 50th Street and Woodland Avenue, from 1-3 PM
  • USciences Youth Health and Science Fair
    • Health, science and wellness activities geared toward elementary and middle school students. This free event also includes a basketball clinic with the USciences men's basketball team. The event will be held on USciences campus in the Athletic/Recreation Center, 45th and Woodland Avenue, 1-3 p.m.  
  • University of Pennsylvania Day of Service and Commemorative Symposium on Social Change
    • Each year, during the month of January, the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding communities come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luter King, Jr. This year's event includes the following schedule of events:
      • 8:30 - 10 AM: Day of Service Breakfast
      • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Children's Banner Painting (adult supervision required)
      • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM: A Pocketful of Toiletries (constructing a bag filled with personal items specifically geared toward women)
      • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Penn Reads (creating audiobooks) 
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Helping Hands (creating gifts that will be donated to West Philadelphia area shelters
      • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Clothing Drive (clothing donated to Career Wardrobe for women and men reentering the workplace)
      • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Finding Your Path to STEM (high school students are invited; registration required) 
      • Community Beautification Projects 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
        • Laura Sims Skatehouse
        • S. Weir Mitchell School
        • Andrew Hamilton School
        • Kingessing Recreation Center

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