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If you’re into education, empowerment and fun, read on. We are serving up a hearty bowl of fall events covering history, sports, art and music. But before venturing out to any of these in-person activities, please respect the ongoing pandemic safety protocols, and check individual event-attending instructions with the organizers. As a general rule: If you feel unwell, please do not attend in person.
City Hall jazzes it up with ‘Images of America’ exhibit
Through December 30, 2022. The city’s Art In City Hall program never disappoints. It’s latest stellar effort is Images of America: Philadelphia Jazz, an exhibition of photographs and artifacts curated by Dr. Suzanne Cloud of the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project and Dr. Diane Turner of the Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection at Temple University Libraries. The exhibit draws from the curators’ latest book showcasing Philadelphia’s deep jazz legacy. It’s a legacy that gifts us John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Archie Schepp and countless jazz luminaries that the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and its partners observe each April during Jazz Appreciation Month. The exhibit is described as: “a fine description of the jazz history in Philadelphia…It will take you to its beginnings and interestingly coax you forward.” Photos are from the lens of Bruce Turner, John W. Mosley, Jack T. Franklin and various private collections. Posters, records, CDs and ticket stubs from old jazz events and clubs highlight the images. Artifacts include part of the drum set of late jazz star, Charlie Rice. City Hall, second floor, northeast corner, Broad and Market streets. Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, phillyjazzhistory.org, creativephl.org, or e-mail: Tu Huynh at [email protected].
The World of addition up close.
Through November 19, 2022. Luve More LC and Thinker Makers Society is presenting RUNNING under THE MOONLIGHT, a solo exhibition from Philadelphia-based visual artist Jeff Rivers. The exhibit is described as “a visual narrative of the life journey from birth to ‘addiction.’ Using the Black male as the narrative subject, Jeff takes the viewer through the rise and fall of the human condition in a series.” The subjects are from the artist’s accounts of Philadelphia’s drug-addicted population. It offers an empathetic perspective. Free. Closing party, November 19, 7 p.m., Thinker Makers Society, 320 Race St., 215-867-4584, creativephl.org.
Forgotten but now remembered.
November 16, 2022. The Forgotten Founding Fathers (Day show) is all about re-examining and digging deeper into the little-known important stories and figures representing Black who shaped early American history. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inquire about tickets. Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St., allevents.in.
November 19 , 2022. Explore the interesting history and culture of one of this nation’s most diverse cities and centers for Blacks in colonial America in the Black Philadelphia Tour. Travel by bus to see some of Philly’s most important cultural places including The Black Writers Museum, African American Museum, Harriett's Bookshop, the MOVE site and The Colored Girls Museum. Inquire about tickets; 10 a.m., African American Museum in Philadelphia 701 Arch St., sawaritourshouston.com
A high five for the Philadelphia Marathon
November 18-20, 2022. It’s a race to the Philly finish this weekend. As one of the nation’s top-10 largest and most scenic races, the AACR Philadelphia Marathon moves to the starting line on the iconic Ben Franklin Parkway. The race has come a long way from 1,500 runners in its inaugural year in 1994. Watch 30,000 athletes compete for top medals on a course through Center City, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. In addition to the 26.2-mile race, the weekend includes an 8K race, half-marathon, a Kids Fun Run and the Health & Fitness Expo. Spectators line the 26.2-mile route on Sunday for the big race on The Parkway to see the runners as they hit Center City, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and Manayunk. Cheer on the participants: Check out the official course map for the best viewing perches. Registration for the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K (4.97 miles, $55) is open until November 15 at midnight (EST) and the short-distance non-competitive Kids Fun Run (for ages 5 to 12, includes face-painting, 9 a.m., $15); both races are November 19. You can sign up for Fun Run up until race day onsite. Philadelphiamarathon.com.
Family flower power gets early start
March 4-12, 2023. The 2023 Philadelphia Flower Show is blossoming already, and will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 11th and Arch streets, after a hiatus outdoors in FDR Park in South Philly. Tickets are on sale for the next show, ‘The Garden Electric,’ an experience for the whole family. As part of your Flower Show ticket, enjoy free activities such as a children’s play area, a pet-friendly day and a day of families with young kids. For example, kids may love Family Frolic on March 12, the Flower Show's final Sunday. Families can participate in activities featuring music, roaming entertainers, fun exhibits and, of course, many types of flowers. Adults, $38.50; students, $30; kids (ages 5 to 7), $20. Families can get a Fun Pack (2 adult & 1 children’s ticket or 2 adult & 2 child tickets) and a $7 discount per order. It’s sort of an early-bird, or in this case, “early bud” special. phsonline.org.