August 26-29: The Dream at 50 | 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s speech | Rittenhouse concert | Unknown Japan film series | Final screening under the stars, The Lorax

Looking for something to do this week? Here are our suggestions. 

VIEW The Dream at 50: A Tribute to MLK

Monday, August 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA. “The Dream at 50: A Tribute to MLK” features artwork by Philadelphia students as part of THEDREAM@50, a global celebration and art competition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech. The artwork will be on display through Oct. 20 with a free reception on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m., but catch it during its opening run, starting Monday, Aug. 26. Admission prices vary

CELEBRATE 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech

Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. A full day celebration and exploration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life will center around a reading of his “I Have a Dream” speech by local actors and a concert with blues singer Alexis P. Sutter, who will play songs performed at the march. The day will also include a discussion about Bayard Rustin, the architect of the March on Washington and a mentor of Dr. King’s, and a variety of interactive programs and workshops focussing on the history of the civil rights movement. A full schedule is available online. Free with general museum admission

LISTEN Free summer concert in Rittenhouse Square Park

Wednesday, August 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Rittenhouse Square Park, 18th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia. Part of Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park series, artists Mic Stewart and Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra along with a surprise guest will bring live music to Rittenhouse Square Park this Wednesday. This concert series, now in its 23rd year, is meant to showcase emerging artists on today’s breaking music scene. Free.

DISCOVER Unknown Japan, Free Japanese film screenings

Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. PhilaMOCA 531 N. 12th Street. On Wednesdays through August and September, PhilaMOCA is hosting free screenings of rare Japanese films. This Wednesday the series, Unknown Japan, features Samurai Pirate, a family friendly adventure film. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are completely free. 

WATCH Screening Under the Stars, featuring The Lorax

Thursday, August 29, 8:30 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut streets. As summer winds down, catch one last Screening Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing. This week the series will run The Lorax. An adaptation of Dr. Suess’ classic children’s book, The Lorax is film for the whole family and one with a great lesson about caring for the environment. Bring a blanket or beach chair and some snacks, and be prepared to get there early to snag the best seats. Free. 


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