As it is Women’s History Month, it’s worth mentioning that actress Halle Berry was the first black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar 20 years ago today (March 24, 2002 ). This year, New Zealand’s Jane Campion is set to make history again as her film ‘The Power of the Dog’ is nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and she is nominated for Best director. You can see it all play out at the Philadelphia Film Society’s annual Oscar party. Attendees, who typically dress up for the occasion, will hang out and watch the show, then party like the stars. If you missed any of the films nominated for Best Picture, PFS is showing them in person (except for “Drive My Car” which screened earlier this week) in a Thursday-Saturday movie block.
- What: Evening event
- Or: Philadelphia Film Center, 1412 Chestnut St.
- When: Sunday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. (VIP entry, A-List) 7:30 p.m. general admission
- How much: 60$ and more
Octogenarians Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon may have officially split in 1970, but by then they had cemented themselves in a permanent place in the American musical canon. The duo was officially recognized with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. As Simon has announced his retirement from touring (with the exception of certain charity events), the duo will likely never be seen performing together again. But in “Simon and Garfunkel,” a biographical and multimedia tribute, stage actors perform many of the duo’s greatest songs.
In a shameful time in American history, for many years women were denied the right to vote. It took an amendment to the Constitution to change that, something dozens of women suffragettes worked on for decades to make happen. These women are recognized in an ongoing hybrid exhibit at the National Constitution Center. In celebration of Women’s History Month, admission is free on Saturday, March 26. Wawa is the sponsor, handing out free coffee, hot chocolate, pastries and pretzels from 1-4 p.m. or while supplies last. Special programming includes a children’s town hall, the “Four Harriets” program about four women named Harriet who fought slavery, and a college lecture with Tonya Thames-Taylor of West Chester University and Judith Giesberg of Villanova.
- What: Hybrid Historical Exhibition
- Or: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
- When: In progress
- How much: Free with admission to the museum. As part of a special promotion, admission is free this Saturday (March 26) and can be booked in advance.
It’s a celebration of art in the most suitable place for it – the largest art museum in the city. This event includes performances by local artists Beano French, who recently released his EP, “Just Beano” and Seraiah Nicole, whose debut album “The Truth” is a mix of music and poetry. DJ AMH and DJ Caution will keep the party going until midnight while spinning the latest grooves. The open bar filled with wines and local beers should make the evening even more festive.
- What: Cultural event
- Or: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
- When: Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m.
- How much: $75 ($55 for members)