Serious Sea Legs
Feed your travel bug without ever leaving Philadelphia at the Geographical Society of Philadelphia’s Travelogue Film Series. On Nov. 7, embark on a 47-day cruise of the exotic Orient on the legendary Queen Elizabeth Express 2 with Doug Jones, one of America’s preeminent travel producers and expert storytellers. Follow him from Sydney, Australia, to exotic ports in Bali, Brunei, Manila, Hong Kong, Xi’an, Tokyo, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and more. You’ll see the Great Wall of China and other sites while witnessing Thai crocodile wrestlers, Balinese dancers and other breathtaking feats and performances. A trip you won’t want to miss. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $12, $6/students. Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Visit geographicalsociety.org or call (610) 649-5220. —Benjamin Berliner
Free to Be
A multimedia celebration of art and accessibility, Independence Starts Here: A Festival of Disability Arts and Culture features theater, music and dance performances; poetry, plays and other literary arts; historical, cultural and visual art exhibits; along with films, lectures and workshops. Ongoing through Nov. 21, the event also recognizes the efforts of community leaders committed to increased accessibility in the region. Featured exhibits include Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital’s Art Ability, an award-winning international show featuring work by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual disabilities. COSACOSA’s Healing Art Project offers a series of family events for all ages and abilities to help create new artwork for area pediatric hospitals. The first workshop will be held noon-2 p.m. Nov. 6 at Shriner’s Hospital for Children (Verango and Broad streets, Philadelphia). At various locations throughout the area. Call (215) 564-2431 or visit independencestartshere.org. —Meghan McGarrigle
Dust off your running shoes and head into Philadelphia for the second annual Dash for Democracy 5K Run and Walk on Nov. 3. Advertise the cause you’re most passionate about by wearing it; the team and individual deemed most creative will select a nonprofit of their choice to receive a $1,000 and $500 donation, respectively. And the team with the most registered participants wins $2,500 for its favorite non-profit. Sponsored by Philadelphia Runners, the day includes the 5K Dash, Mini-Dash for kids under 12, an awards ceremony and a Creative Expressions Contest. 9 a.m.; registration starts at 7 a.m. $20-$25. Race begins and ends at the Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. Call (267) 455-6457 or visit dashfordemocracy.org. —Kate Savo
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