Got nothing to do this weekend? EQ is here to help. We’ve scoured the internet for fun things to do, so you don’t have to.
Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College
The Boy Who Lived meets academia. Professors and students from local universities will be presenting on subjects ranging from “The Medicalization of Magical Maladies: A Sociological Take on the World of Harry Potter” to “Death Eaters and Northern Ireland”. The conference is free and will be held from 3 PM – 5 PM. To register, visit www.harrypotterconference.eventbrite.com. If your passion for Harry knows no limits, come back Saturday for the Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament, also held at Chestnut Hill College.
Philly Zombie Fest
It’s time to unearth that fake blood from last year’s Halloween costume and get your creep on for Philly’s first annual Zombie Fest at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties. Come in costume or get zombified by on-site artists. The festivities will run 2 PM – 8 PM, and will include such events as an Ugly Pageant and Brain Eating Contest—all for free!
Deli Magazine’s Halloweeniversary Party
As every card-carrying hip kid knows, sometimes the best music can be found on the most obscure bandcamp pages. Come drink in the fuzzy electro-pop of your dreams at Deli Magazine’s Anniversary Party at the Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA). Philly’s own Grandchildren, Laser Background, and Ghost Light will be playing sets, along with San Francisco’s Sic Alps. Doors open at 8 PM, $10 donation requested.
If bluesy chill vibes are more your thing, head to the Citizen Cope show at The Electric Factory. The show starts at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $39.50 in advance and $42.00 the day of the show.
My Barbarian Performance
Los Angeles-based performance collective My Barbarian brings PoLAAT (Post-Living Ante-Action Theater) to the Institute of Contemporary Art. The group’s interdisciplinary work uses “fantasy, humor, and camp with theatrical play to draw allegorical narratives from historical dilemmas, mythical conflicts, and political crises.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. The performance starts at 2 PM and is free of charge.
Japanese Flea Market
A little retail can be a great stress reliever. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will be holding its first flea market fundraiser at the Sakura Pavilion on the grounds of the Horticultural Center in West Fairmount Park. Relax, stroll through, and you might even happen upon a Japanese treasure. The market will run 11 AM – 5 PM, and admission is free!