Philly arts and culture events to check out this weekend

Kids look at a model ship in Black Founders.

Philly Jewish Film Festival

The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival returns this weekend, and the week-long activation will showcase films old and new, each with a unique twist to bring memorable experiences to the audience, according to a release. 

Cant-miss screenings include a family-friendly showing of ‘The Prince of Egypt’, the 99th anniversary of the silent film ‘The City Without Jews’, presented with live original music by world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and silent film pianist Donald Sosin; SHTTL, an “exhilarating, black-and-white Yiddish drama filmed entirely in one shot”, and a screening of March ‘68, a romantic drama set in post-WWII Warsaw. General admission starts at $15, with discounts for students and seniors, as well as “All-Access Passes,” all of which are available now online through the official website and through the Film Festival’s digital app.

Multiple locations, 


This Saturday, The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting an evening filled with art, food and music. This year’s theme is Duality, aka an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or aspects of something. The evening will also hold performances from Philadelphia’s own Suzann ChristineTreWay, DJ AMH and more.

Food will be provided by Constellation Culinary Group in the form of snacks and an open bar with specialty cocktails, and more information can be found online. The event starts at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight this Saturday, March 25. 


2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway,

Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute Show

Philadelphians can enjoy dinner and a show when they head to Rivers Casino this Friday, March 24. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. (think roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, cheesecake and more), and the show begins at 8 p.m. And in it, the international tour of the band is bringing The Beatles’ feel-good classic sounds—such as “A Hard Day’s Night” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”—to The Event Center at Rivers Casino, with tickets starting at $54.

1001 N. Delaware Ave.,

‘Black Founders’ at the MoAR

The MoAR’s latest exhibit, ‘Black Founders’, features over 100 different artifacts meant to tell the story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten from the Revolutionary era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The Forten family played roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement from 1776 to 1876, and Philadelphians will get to see just how far their reach went through the showcase. Three central Forten generations—from James Forten and Charlotte Vandine Forten, to their children and grandchildren—are the focus, with a look into the start of both the American Anti-Slavery Society and the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833, plus their roles in defending voting rights and civil liberties for African Americans. 

‘Black Founders’ will also feature an original first-person theatrical performance that will take place on the weekends in the Alan B. Miller Theater, a family guide for the exhibit, educator resources, audio tours with transcriptions for an extra few dollars, guided tours, outdoor walking tours around the neighborhood and an exhibition catalogue. 

‘Black Founders’MoAR

101 S. 3rd Street,

Morris Fur Ball

There’s a creative way to indulge in an artful evening while also helping some of the city’s furry friends. Taking place on March 26, this ball marks the largest event for Morris—and it also helps fuel their mission to benefit homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets of the Greater Philadelphia region. 

This year’s celebrations will take place at one of the city’s most notable cultural institutions, The Franklin Institute (in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial Hall). The Fur Ball will feature an extensive silent auction, music by DJ Perry Angelozzi, access to the Heart and Brain exhibits at the FI, and more.

The night kicks off with a VIP cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the event reception from 7 to 11 p.m. The release puts it best: Attendees can look forward to a glamorous evening of dancing in the elegant memorial hall at The Franklin Institute, as well as gourmet fare and an open bar featuring signature cocktails. Entertainment will be courtesy of DJ Perry Angelozzi, and partygoers will have the opportunity to meet some of the shelter’s most adorable kittens and pups at the giant Heart Exhibit as well.

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