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Campus Philly College Day 9/25, 10 a.m. Free with a Penn Card Get free admission to 15 museums and attractions including: the Academy of Natural Sciences, Eastern State Penitentiary, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia–themed Mini Golf at Franklin Square and more. Free Tours By Foot will provide free tours of the Parkway Museums District, Rittenhouse Square and Historic Philadelphia. To top off the day, watch a free screening of the new movie 50/50 starring Joseph Gordon–Levitt and Seth Rogan at The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North beginning at 7 p.m.
Manayunk Eco-Arts Festival 9/24–25 Main & Levering St. to Main & Lock St. Free For the second year, Manayunk closes down its streets to promote artistic, sustainable and local green programs during a wild, two–day festival. Keep your eyes peeled for innovative artwork made from recycled items like juice boxes and bottle caps, and check out events ranging from an eco–car show to a free clothing swap. Bummed you couldn’t land tickets to Popped Music Festival this weekend? DJs in Manayunk will perform with bicycle–powered generators to fuel their electronics!
Taste of History: Beer Tasting Dinner 9/22, 7 p.m. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. $55 for 21+ with a valid ID Philly’s local brewer Yards Brewing Company has partnered with City Tavern to create a line of historic beer recreations based on the original recipes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin. How often do you have the chance to get faded like a founding father?
Vox Populi Gallery Talk 9/25, 3 p.m. Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th St. Free Visit the displays of five mixed media artists introduced and discussed by the curator. The gallery aims specifically towards promoting the experimental work of underrepresented artists worldwide, a unique goal that brings a great amount of diversity to the Philadelphia arts scene.
Conversations with the Curator: Burn This 9/22, 6 p.m. Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Pl. Free Meet the curator and listen to a behind–the–scenes perspective of Burn This: Censorship, Secrecy, and Survival in the Rosenbach Collections. The exhibit includes letters from Congress that date back as far as the 1700s. Many are inscribed with the words “burn this” and even reference a secret poll that may have directly influenced the presidential election of 1800. Take a break from schoolbooks to explore government texts, manuscripts and art that survived censorship, secrecy and centuries of history.
Rob Wynne IN COG NITO Now–10/8 Locks Gallery, 600 Washington Square S. Free This solo exhibition features the artist’s continually developing interest in textual art from the 70s up through his most recent creations involving mirrored–glass words. With work in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, MoMA NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art and even the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Wynne ensures a trip to Locks Gallery in the next few weeks will be worth it.
I See Red, Paintings and Prints Jane’s Carousel 9/24–12/10 Moore College of Art and Design, 20th St. and The Parkway Free View Jaune ‘Quick–To–See’ Smith’s I See Red, Paintings and Prints, an exploration of the artist’s Native American background through large scaled prints juxtaposing text, images, and an element of humor. In the same venue, Jane’s Carousel: The Making of a New York Landmark explores the efforts of Jane Walentas who dedicated almost two decades of her life to restoring a historic carousel created by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.