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Top 10 Events 

Each month we bring you the events, openings, and goings-on.


1. Wind Challenge 1

Fleisher Art Memorial

September 1st from 6 PM - 8 PM

The city's best showcase for emerging and contemporary artists. The first circle of the Wind Challenge this season features work by Jan Almquist, Brad Jamula, and Omid Shekari.


2. Philly Naked Bike Ride

September 9 at 5 PM - 7 PM

PNBR is part of the World Naked Bike Ride Movement. They advocate for: Conscious Fuel Consumption, Cycling Advocacy, Body Positivity, and a Clean Earth!

You might even seen one of VG's members amongst the throng. It's wouldn't be the first time...



3.Mackenzie McAlpin, "Dumb Love"

 University City Arts League

September 8 at 6 PM - 9 PM

Dumb Love is a collection of new work from artist Mackenzie McAlpin and represents her first solo show of objects. The work is autobiographical in nature, a personal response to a wide variety of modest and or mundane objects that are representative of moments in her life and the emotions invoked by memory. The result is lovable, fragile, funny, and a little bit heartbreaking.


4. Encyclopedia of Black Comics Book Launch Event

September 19 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc

Shout out to one of the best comic book stores in Philly. Sheena C. Howard will kick-off her book signing tour and debut the Encyclopedia of Black Comics with fans, artists, writers and other comic enthusiasts at Amalgam Comics and Coffee House in Philadelphia. This is not to be missed.


5.  Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

 September 6 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Fabric Workshop and Museum

he story of master architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects in the form of architectural models, plans, original drawings, photographs, and films. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is proud to be the final venue of the international tour.


 Artist Cai Guo-Qiang with  Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies (2017)   Photo: Jeff Fusco Photography, courtesy Association for Public Art

Artist Cai Guo-Qiang with Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies (2017)

Photo: Jeff Fusco Photography, courtesy Association for Public Art

6. Cai Guo-Qiang: Opening Celebration for Fireflies, with a special artist-led public performance

September 14th at 6:30 pm on the Parkway

Free public rides in the pedicabs begin September 15th with one-way trips from Iroquois Park to Sister Cities Park and vice versa. Walk-ups are welcome and online reservations can be made here.



7. Mark Mahosky: The Yellow Drawings, 1986–2017 Opening Reception

September 14th at 6pm

Hosted by Fleisher/Ollman

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Mahosky explores the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield as a site of memory and memorialization through black ink and charcoal drawings on brightly painted grounds. Mahosky’s long-term engagement with the Gettysburg battlefield reached its zenith in August of 2015, when he became a resident artist with the National Park Service, which administers the sprawling site. There he spent most of his time drawing the battlefield en plein air. The presentation of this body of work is timely, as the Civil War has re-entered the public consciousness due to recent events that challenge the racism long associated with the symbols of the Confederacy.



8. Rich Medina + Flygirrl at Silk City

September 29th from 10 pm to 2 am 


9. How We Fight the Right: Philly Socialists Citywide Meeting

September 5th from 5 pm to 7 pm 

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia



10. 2017 Community Supported Art Preview and Raffle

September 14th at 6 pm

1241 Carpenter Street Studios, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia19147

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Grizzly Grizzly & Co. is teaming up with Vox Populi for a first-ever preview of artwork for the 2017 Community Supported Art project. This event features a one-night raffle where guests can buy a chance to win an artwork from the CSA Philadelphia 2012 or 2017 seasons. All proceeds will benefit Vox Populi and the Community Supported Art project. 

In the wake of the 319 building fire, 1241 Carpenter Streets Studios in South Philly has generously offered to host the event. A pop-up exhibition featuring two complete shares – over fifteen artworks —will be on view in the common area, where guests can enjoy refreshments and choose what artworks they might try to win.