Expand your horizons this week, and check out some upcoming events in Philadelphia.
Saturday, April 10
Philly Spring Cleanup
“Keep Up the Sweep Up”
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
No matter where you live, be it South Philly, Kensington or Main Campus, you’ve seen the garbage and wreckage that has earned the city the nickname, “Filthadelphia.” Well, the only way to change that is to be proactive and join in this Saturday for the third annual Philly Spring Cleanup, “Keep Up the Sweep Up.” Register online, and choose your locale. Then, show up whenever you can between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 10. Equipment and water will be provided, and Mayor Nutter will be out there working, too.
Saturday, April 10
AIDS/LifeCycle @ Stir
1705 Chancellor St.
If partying is your style, but you’re still in it for the cause, head to Stir Lounge in Rittenhouse this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and support a couple of bicyclists participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride this June. Bernadette Murphy and Kristin Blanck are planning to bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one week, and they’re looking for some sponsorship money. A suggested donation of $10 at the door will get you into the swankiest gay bar around, where you can rock out to deejay Michaels, munch on pizza appetizers and sip free Stoli drinks after 9 p.m. To donate to the cause online, visit aidslifecycle.org and look for team KNB Flannery.
Sunday, April 11
National Grilled Cheese Month at World Cafe Live
Purchase tickets at: tickets.worldcafelive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=3511
Most college students love grilled cheese as much – or even more than – they seem to love beer. And almost everyone can appreciate a good chocolaty dessert. If you’re starting to drool, get online and order your ticket for National Grilled Cheese Month at World Cafe Live, this Sunday at 5 p.m. Yes, it’s $35, which is pretty steep, but you get four courses of grilled cheese, along with beer and dessert. Tickets for the event, brought to you by Di Bruno Bros. Catering, are selling fast, so if you’re interested, check out the World Cafe Life Web site today.
Tuesday, April 6
31 S. 18th St.
April also happens to be National Poetry Month, and if sweet prose is your thing, swing by Naked Chocolate Cafe tonight for a reading by local poets Saida Agostini and Sania Thomas. Also performing are jazz musicians Monica McIntyre and Dena Underwood, whose smooth tunes will make nice background for your chocolate enjoyment. Visitors who spend $5 anytime from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each get a free coffee or tea, or 21-plus attendees can pay $7 and bring their own wine. And if that’s not enough incentive, Oasis Wholistic Healing Village will be there, giving free chair massages.
Rebecca Bleznak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.