April 14, 2015 |
Each spring, Philadelphia's tech start-up founders and promoters come blinking into the light, renting halls, and putting on shows in search of investors, clients, new hires, and public attention for it all. This town, for all its history of innovations (such as the first modern computer, ENIAC), has not grown into a world tech center like Palo Alto or Cambridge. Rather, it's a city "where technology gets commercialized," where medical and engineering scholars solve problems for software, telecom, drug, and investment companies, says Fairmount Partners investment banker Allen Born.
April 13, 2015 |
It would be hard for any real-life archaeologist to match the fictional Indiana Jones, but Julian Siggers gives it a good run. Siggers, 50, director of the Penn Museum since July 2012, may not crack a bullwhip or sport a battered fedora, but he does have a fondness for motorcycles and tattoos. He's also handsome, charming, and possessed of an impressive academic pedigree, including a doctorate from the University of Toronto in Near Eastern prehistoric archaeology. Born in England and educated at University College London, he came to Penn from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where he was vice president for programs, education, and content communication.
April 9, 2015 |
GINGER-mopped comedian Ellie Kemper , one of the cutest new sitcom stars, will be coming to the University of Pennsylvania later this month. Kemper, a Kansas City, Mo., native, plays the eponymous Kimmy Schmidt in Tina Fey and Robert Carlock 's "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" on Netflix. She'll be gracing our fair city with a talk organized by Penn's Social, Planning and Events Committee. Perhaps best known for her role as the adorable and endearing receptionist in "The Office," Kemper brings that same charm in depicting the innocent and trusting Kimmy, who escapes from an underground doomsday cult in Indiana and ventures out to start life over in New York City.
March 26, 2015 |
Philadelphia-based organizations received a total of nearly $1.4 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NEH announced Monday. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts received $300,000 to develop an exhibition, publication, and programs exploring the relationship between World War I and American art. The grant was made through a special endowment program called Standing Together, designed to support projects that explore war and its aftermath, promote discussion of the experience of military service, and support returning veterans and their families, the endowment said.
March 20, 2015 |
Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, 22, sits in a conference room at the University of Pennsylvania's Greenfield Intercultural Center. Born and raised in South Dakota, he identifies as Lakota and Dakota. He remembers that, in his boyhood classrooms, "they start indigenous history at 1492. " But Ducheneaux is writing his full history, in rap. On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (which, fittingly enough, was built on Lenape land) will present "Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat.
March 16, 2015
A Conversation with Pussy Riot. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot come to the University of Pennsylvania to screen the video for "I Can't Breathe," their Eric Garner-inspired single, and lead a discussion. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Penn Museum. Free. Kim Gordon, "Girl in a Band" (Dey Street, $27.99). Sonic Youth bassist dishes on the dissolution of her marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore, disses Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love, and tells her story, from growing up in Southern California to becoming a downtown Manhattan paragon of arty cool.
March 12, 2015 |
Pussy Riot at Penn! Next Tuesday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Penn Museum's Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South St., two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot , cofounders Nadya Tolokkonnikova and Masha Alyokhina , will be on hand for "A Conversation with Pussy Riot. " They'll screen their film I Can't Breathe , followed by a discussion. Free. 'Got to Give It Up,' indeed A lot of people think "Blurred Lines," the 2013 smash hit for Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , and rapper T.I. , sounds like Marvin Gaye 's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up. " Gaye's family did, which is why they sued for $25 million.
March 11, 2015 |
The ghost hunters and the Ivy League professors were 40 minutes into their investigation at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology when Projit B. Mukharji felt something. The rest of the group had fanned out across the darkened Harrison Auditorium, a spacious art deco room with a coffered dome. The paranormal sleuths were training their temperature guns and "electromagnetic frequency meters" - tools that, in theory, register changes should a spirit be present.
February 28, 2015 |
It's all about Africa on Saturday as the Penn Museum hosts it annual Celebration of African Cultures, honoring the traditions of the continent and its diaspora. Take a folk and modern-dance workshop with Anssumane Sillá, formerly of the National Ballet of Guinea Bissau, or a Tunisian and Moroccan belly-dance workshop with Habiba. Odunde 365, which extends the annual Odunde Festival's cultural outreach year-round, will operate a craft station. You can take an African proverbs family-gallery tour and hear "Stories From the Motherland: An Interactive Storytelling Celebration" with Queen Nur and Yomi Jojolo.
February 19, 2015 |
When Dave Schwartz was a boy, his father was constantly in the hospital, and his mother would drop him at the Penn Museum while she visited her husband. Beginning in 1961, when he was 8, Schwartz spent years among the mummies, the giant sphinx, and other antiquities. "I'm kind of a museum orphan," he says now, at age 61. "I literally grew up in that museum. " One day, he was tracing hieroglyphs on a 10-foot-tall Mayan limestone monument - his sketches spread all over the floor of the Mesoamerican Gallery - when an older man in a suit stopped and asked the boy what he was doing.