Third Annual Fishtown Shad Fest
Celebrate the historical and environmental significance of Fishtown, one of Philadelphia’s oldest riverfront neighborhoods, and help energize the next generation to become involved in the future of the riverfront. The fest also raises money for the Friends of Penn Treaty Park, which is a community organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the beauty and usefulness of historic Penn Treaty Park. All income generated from the fest and all donations go to this Friends group. Come and enjoy numerous activities including live music, local arts and crafts vendors, environment education kiosks, kids activities, food, the Kenzinger Challenge Run and much more!
Penn Treaty Park at Delaware Avenue and Beach Street
Saturday, April 23
Cost: $20-$25 for Kenzinger Challenge Run; Shad Fest free
“Gladiator Day” at the Penn Museum
Penn Museum celebrates Rome’s birthday and explores Italy during ancient Roman times with an afternoon schedule of events. Visitors can enjoy gladiatorial bouts, try on helmets and shields and re-enact battle formations. Other highlights include a lecture on gladiators in ancient Rome by Kathleen Coleman, Harvard Classics professor and consultant on the box office hit “Gladiator,” family-friendly arts and crafts and a food demonstration. Enthusiasts can also visit the Museum’s permanent exhibition, “Worlds” and learn more about the Intertwined: Greeks, Romans and Etruscans history of Italy, from Etruscan to Roman civilizations, by viewing over 1,000 artifacts including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold and silver coins, metalwork, glass vessels and more.
Penn Museum at 3260 South Street
Saturday, April 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost $6 for students
Philly Zombie Crawl
Every year enthusiasts from Philly and surrounding areas dress up as zombies and trek from bar to bar in search of drinks and/or brains. This year is the Zombie Crawl’s sixth year and the event will start at Theater of the Living Arts on South Street at 5 p.m. Makeup artists will turn you into a zombie for $10. There will also be themed music, a live performance from Rainbow Destroyer and prizes to best-dressed zombie. At 7 p.m. the bar crawl starts. Participating bars are Tattooed Mom, Lickety Split, Copa Banana and The Legendary Dobbs. The after-after party is at Fluid Nightclub until 2 a.m.
Theater of the Living Arts at 334 South Street
Sunday, April 24 at 5 p.m.
Admission is $5
“CSI: Ancient Egypt, Forensic Anthropology 101” presented by Philadelphia Science Festival
In an effort to learn more about the physical aspects of humankind, both past and present, anthropologists developed methods and techniques to evaluate human skeletal remains, techniques that apply in modern forensic investigations. Explore these scientific methods and techniques through digital images of actual human remains from ancient Egypt, some of whom are nearly as old as the pyramids themselves.
Bushrod Library Branch at 6304 Castor Avenue
Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
During this 90-minute workshop you’ll learn a series of dance routines, all set to “Glee” music. Best of all, no dance experience or singing ability required, feel more than free to sing along in class. The class will include “follow the leader” routines as well as a few short choreographed segments suitable for all dance levels, shapes and sizes. The class will be geared toward adults and teens though it is also appropriate for children who have a penchant for dance. Wear comfortable clothes and workout attire, and bring water and non-street shoes for dancing.
Programs Employing People at 1200 S. Broad Street
Tuesday, April 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $15 at the door or $12 in advance online purchase
Theatre Exile concludes its 2010-2011 season with “Saturn Returns,” by Noah Haidle. The show launches audiences into a bittersweet orbit of memory, longing and love with the same offbeat, savagely funny exploration into loneliness that made Haidle’s “Mr. Marmalade” an audience favorite. Theatre Exile’s production offers a re-imagining of the play after Haidle re-wrote the piece in London last fall. Exile’s production marks the American Premiere of the re-worked script. Haidle’s elegantly structured tale, which The Guardian said “exudes a sense of pleasurable melancholy,” focuses on three pivotal days in the life of Gustin Novak, at the ages of 28, 58 and 88. Around him circle the shadows of his wife, his daughter, his caretaker and his former selves. As his past plays out before him again and again, Gustin pits his wicked sense of humor and sharp wit against the pain of endless goodbyes. “
Christ Church Neighborhood House at 20 N. American Street
Thursday, April 28 through May 22
Admission $10-$40; student tickets and student rush available