President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration is fast approaching, and Philadelphia’s creative community is responding with a number of inauguration counter protests.
From punk rock burlesque shows to silent auctions, many of those events will benefit non-profits that some say could be instrumental in combatting potential incoming policies from the Trump administration, including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and others.
Saturday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m., 990 Spring Garden St., Free
Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner and co. will protest Trump’s inauguration with this silent art auction set up to raise funds for 10 local and national organizations, including the Mazzoni Center, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Juntos. Described as a “direct response to the election of Donald Trump,” the auction will feature work from Joe Boruchow, Philly Love Notes’ Emma Fried-Cassorla, Peopledelphia’s Brendan Lowry, and more.
Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m., National Museum of American Jewish History (101 S. Independence Mall), Free
More than 35 prominent area authors have signed on to read at this literary event, including former Philly Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock, Penn’s Herman Beavers, The Unseen World author Liz Moore, and Updraft’s Fran Wilde. With many authors reading historical Philadelphia freedom texts, the event will protest “the potential erosion of cherished American rights” following the 2016 presidential election. The event is one of 50 of its kind scheduled throughout the United States.
Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.), Tickets: $8-$10
A more risqué form of protest will take over the Barbary’s upstairs in honor of Trump’s inauguration, complete with a raffle to benefit Planned Parenthood. Featuring musical performances by The Up Up Ups and Kino Kimino, and burlesque performances from Bare and the Bold Burlesque, Lady Lazarus and others, this is for the deviants with hearts of gold among us. Look out for raffle items from local shops like Atomic City Comics, South Fellini, DiPinto Guitars, and more.
Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.), Tickets: $20
Downstairs at the Barbary, meanwhile, Philly punk rock stalwarts The Dead Milkmen take over for a evening of raucous rocking with openers An Albatross. Dubbed “The Barbary Inaugural Protest Ball,” this event will also benefit Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, the event is currently sold out, but if you make it out the burlesque event, you still might be able to catch a few seconds of “Punk Rock Girl.”
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:30 p.m., Good Good Comedy Theatre (215 N. 11th St.), Tickets: $10
Organized as a national comedy festival in 25 cities, this one will have folks all across America laughing in benefit of the ACLU. Here in Philadelphia, we can look forward to performances from hometown comedy hero Doogie Horner, and mtvU’s Alex Grubard, along with fellow stand-ups Dina Hashem, Carolyn Busa, and Cassandra Dee. ComedySportz’s Darryl Charles will host.
Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m., Logan Square, Free
Philly’s Women’s March is one of 150 scheduled throughout the world on Jan. 21, and it will lead participants in march from Logan Square to Eakins Oval to promote gender equality, civil rights, and diversity. Men, of course, are welcome, with organizers noting that they “need support regardless of gender,” so don’t be shy, boys. Organizers, however, ask that participants register for the event.