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7 days of things to do, Jan. 20 to 26: Watch 'The Lightning Thief,’ see Wu Tang Clan

The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual MLK Jr. Day concert, 1999-themed Quizzo at World Cafe Live, the Wu-Tang Clan's first performance in Philly since 2011 and more.

This MLK Day, get involved as a long-term volunteer

Year-round, Philadelphia's nonprofits rely on regular volunteers. Along with opportunities for MLK Day, here's what to consider when making a long-term service commitment.

The Philadelphia Flower Show will host the Interflora World Cup in 2019, pitting floral designers against each other

At this year's Flower Show, top designers from 23 countries will duke it out over several rounds of Chopped-style competition, tackling surprise challenges and creating over-the-top floral arrangements.

Here are all the government shutdown deals in Philly

You'll get free admission at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Franklin Institute and more.

‘Authentic relating’: A new way of getting to know strangers in Philadelphia

At authentic relating sessions, attendees ask and answer probing questions, share their feelings, and practice active listening — all in an effort to create more meaningful connections.

Pro tip for the Kimmel Center’s new swing set: ‘Just put your feet down if you get sick.’

Riders can give the new temporary attraction a whirl through Feb. 24.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ends in favor of a walk as revenues fall

Facing declining revenues, Komen’s Philadelphia affiliate on Tuesday announced it is replacing its Race for the Cure — a 28-year Mother’s Day tradition — with the Dallas-based organization’s new event, the More than Pink Walk.

Philly’s rock climbers of color gain a foothold at this meetup group

The local chapter of Brothers of Climbing, which gets together on the third Thursdays of every month, is trying to make rock climbing more accessible and diverse.

Noname puts on a radiant sold-out show at Union Transfer

She's no stereotypical rapper, an under-the-radar performer with a flow that is poetic, steady and without the shouting we’ve come to expect from rap.

Their paychecks showing $0, Philly-area federal workers get a price break at museums — but no stress relief

Federal employees affected by the shutdown appreciate the special deals Philadelphia businesses and cultural institutions are offering them, but they'd rather have a paycheck.