Indian Art and Craft Pop-Up Shop
Through August 14, the Philadelphia Art Alliance offers unique handcrafted objects made by artisans from the West Bengal Craft Council. In the second floor galleries is a display of luxurious scarves, hand-embroidered textiles, and magnificent saris, as well as a range of objects in clay, bronze, silk, and paper. Presiding over all these wares is a monumental wooden statue of the Goddess Durga, made in Kolkata and blessed before her long sea voyage to the United States. Come by for a special shopping experience, and the opportunity to support artisans who are keeping ancient craft traditions alive in modern India. The shop is open by appointment only. For an appointment, call 215.545.4302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Second Floor Galleries, 251 South 18th Street, 215.545.4302, PhilArtAlliance.org
Lots and Lots of Bugs
Bug Fest, the annual festival that celebrates insects of all kinds with hundreds of live critters, roach races, bug walks, and even insect-tasting, will be held August 13 and 14, 10am-5pm, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Hundreds of live beetles, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, stick insects, caterpillars, tarantulas, and more will be wiggling around the museum during this popular family event. Visitors will be able to help build a beehive, examine insect decomposers up close, work on a giant termite mound and meet Academy entomologists who can share their stories of life in the field. Some live insects and also specimens from the Academy’s research collection of more than 4 million insects will be on display. Sponsored by Western Pest Services.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.299.1000, ANSP.org
Save The Date: Dog Days and Yappy Hours at Dilworth Park
National Dog Day is in August and Dilworth Park is celebrating with TD Bank! From 11am-1:30pm, August 30-September 1, stop by the Dog Days at Dilworth booth each day to check out a pet product retailer, ask questions of a professional trainer or learn how to adopt your own furry friend. Partners: Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Opportunity Barks. Then, 5-7pm on Wednesdays, August 31-September 28, it's Yappy Hours! Pets and their owners are invited to come, sit and stay at the southern end of the park and join the Friends of Center City and Dilworth Park for CCD Sips-priced cocktails, featuring $5 sangria, $4 wine and $3 beer. Partners: Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), Brûlée Catering, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Morris Animal Refuge.
Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street, 215.440.5500, DilworthPark.org
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