GATHERINGS

We may not always have a formal meet up planned, but here is where you can get information about recommended cultural happenings, here in Philly and in other funky places.

 
 
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Leslie Odom Jr & The Philly Pops - PHILLY

The Philly POPS will make its 40th Anniversary Season debut with performances by Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. on September 28, 29 and 30 at the Kimmel Center.

Odom will perform with the 65-piece Philly POPS Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Michael Krajewski. His performance will feature elegant, modern interpretations of standards that are intimately connected to the 40th anniversary of the POPS, such as “Autumn Leaves,” “Unforgettable” and hits by Jerome Kern, most notably “Look for the Silver Lining”—a nod to the POPS’ “Happy Birthday to Jerome Kern and Mozart” concert series from January 1985. He’ll also perform selections that pay homage to his time on Broadway, including “Without You” from Rent.

It's going to be a great night of music featuring one of Philly's hometown sons.

 
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Smithsonian Museum Day - DC

When you get an opportunity to immerse yourself in world-class museums, history and culture, you should definitely take advantage of the offer.

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

 
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Q&A with Kevin Powell - PHILLY

Friendships lend themselves to fun, intimate conversations about a wide variety of topics. And when the subject is anything as touchy as politics, family and racism, the answers have to be honest and open.

On Saturday, September 8, Your VibeMistress Stephanie Renée will sit down with author, political commentator and community organizer Kevin Powell to chat about the topics covered in his 13th book release: MY MOTHER, BARACK OBAMA, DONALD TRUMP AND THE LAST STAND OF THE ANGRY WHITE MAN. All are welcome. Let's get real, together.

At Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books, 5445 Germantown Ave. Doors at 5, program begins at 5:30 with a book signing immediately following. Video services provided by Reelblack. Program is FREE, but please RSVP to reserve your seat.

 
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Interactive Exhibit on Redlining - PHILLY

Using art, technology, and media, A Dream Deferred tells the story of how race and policy shape the landscape of Philadelphia and the lives of its residents. The project, named for a poem by Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes, will explore what happens when people and cities are restricted from reaching their true potential.

A schedule of interactive conversations and art experiences are scheduled throughout the installation, running from September 21 through November 17. For details on the featured artists and other event highlights, visit the site.