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Top 10 Events In August

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



Living Image: Photography Call For Entry

Deadline to Enter Living Image August 2nd

Juried by Print Center curator John Caperton

Be sure to enter!! Velvet Glove will choose one applicant to receive a featured article.
Find the full prospectus with all information to submit your work at

BlackStar Fest

6th Annual Black Star Festival  

Thursday, August 3rd - 6th

Back for its 6th year, BlackStar Film Festival builds a celebratory stage for the ‘storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities…’ Must. Fucking. See.

Windmilling: New Works by Jonathan DeDecker

Space 1026.

Friday August 4 at 7 PM -10 PM. Curated by Kees Holterman

Come to Space 1026 to see New York based painter Jonathan DeDecker’s solo show.

Come to see whimsical, colorful, and overwhelming works.

Come to understand what prompted this press release, at the very least.

'Late one night, drowning in petty concerns related to beer and comic books, Jonathan DeDecker became aware of a seemingly magnetic pulsation in his peripheral vision. There was a speck that would appear only when he relaxed his focus and did not strain in its direction. Soon enough, he learned that he could tune into it by allowing himself to slip into a certain kind of stupor. In this state, he saw a little skull, tightly encapsulated in a small plastic container hovering tremulously there. From the skull's mouth issued a rancid odor that, leaking out from a crack in the lid of the container, made Jonathan nauseous. As his mind struggled to comprehend this strange experience, he noticed that the plastic container in which the little skull sat seemed to reflect some images from an unknown source, as though from a projector. Desperately, he tried to commit these images to memory. The art you see today is, as I understand, a reproduction of them. The images concerned nothing other than a primitive state of the world, you see.'

by Dylan O'Brien


Ladies First: Stories of Community Activists

Keepers of the Culture
Saturday, August 5, 1 p.m.
New Freedom Theatre, 1346 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

'Join Philadelphia-based educational organization Keepers of the Culture for this special in-community presentation. Recognizing the role of the storyteller in African and African American communities, Keepers of the Culture will engage its Griots in collective community empowerment through the art of storytelling. Ladies First will recount the contributions of Sade Alexander, Louise Williams Bishop, Joan Myers Brown, and Falaka Fattah, four distinctive community builders, who provided the context for our political cultural leadership, told in their own words through dramatic monologues by master storytellers.'

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Fleisher Art Memorial

Saturday, August 5th 2 PM - 7 PM

The community art center delivers with a screen print block party, sponsored by yards and showcasing a bajillion artists.

Come to see:

Space 1026, Philadelphia Print Works, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Daniel Hughes, Erika Nunez,Mike Romeo, Gena Senior, Noelle Egan, Emily Burtner, Amanda Glasser , Lora Mathis, Justine Kelley, Sarah Mikolowsky, Alice Thompson,Greg Labold, Nora Einbender Luks, Rachel Gordon, Craig Scheihing, Kian Sorouri, Kimberly Ellen Hall, Justin Hardison, Fishtown Cuties Vintage, Paige Hanserd, Joshua Mackie / DUB SUM , Adrianne, IKKI & more!

Opening Reception: Joan Oh: Shoe Avenue

Hosted by Pilot Projects and NAPOLEON

Saturday, August 5th 6 PM - 10 PM

Napoleon and Pilot Projects are teaming up to show Joan Oh’s first solo show consisting of photographs and ceramic sculptures. Her work has a personal manifestation, the title and content comes from her family’s sneaker store. According to the press release Oh’s pieces examine, “the phenomenon of hypebeast culture and advertising within an online market economy... The exhibition presents itself as an endorsement for the business while interpreting the branding of bodily gestures and posing found in ad campaigns.”  


Icebox Project Space

Thursday, August 10th at 6 PM to 9 PM

This is the first Icebox Project Space opening since their July renovation. The massive space is back to highlight video works by previously shown artists. The lineup includes Carlo Ferraris, Will Haughery & Kris Harzins, Yue Nakayam, Maya Yu Zhan, and Zornitsa Stoyanova.


Erykah Badu

Thursday, August 10th 8 PM

Dell Music Center · Philadelphia, PA

I mean, c’mon. It’s fucking Erykah Badu.

Threading Body into World: A Poetry Reading

Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Saturday, August 12  6:30 PM - 9 PM

If you are looking for a night that goes beyond poetry and delves into the medium’s capacity for equal representation, head to Drexel’s campus for this reading.

Hosted by Cynthia Dewi Oka, the event tackles questions such as, “How can poems clarify and fortify our visions for liberation, our practices of solidarity, and who we are to each other?” It challenges audience members to “explore(ing) the transformative possibilities of queering and mothering strategies in a poetics that emerges from, and affirms, the racialized body.”

The evening includes readings by, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Raquel Salas Rivera.

Total Eclipse of the Sun: a Free Eclipse Viewing Party!

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Monday, August 21 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

If you can escape your day job, run up to this gem of a museum and catch the eclipse. Nestled In North Philly, Wagner Free Institute of Science always has a bunch of wonderful programming, include free classes for adults