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.
November 30, 2013 |
Take a cultural trip Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's 18th annual Peace Around the World holiday celebration. From 1 to 4 p.m. guests will receive a passport enabling them to explore cultures via speakers from Kenya, Pakistan, Cameroon, Brazil, India, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Middle Eastern percussionist Joe Tayoun will lead an instructional drum circle at 1:30. At 2, guests can enjoy an Indian dance performance by Nrutika Sankar, Leena Chakraborty, Sonal Makwana, and children from the Bhartiya Vidalaya Cultural Center.
January 25, 2014 |
Gallop down to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Saturday to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, as part of World Culture Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festivities will include performances by dance troupe MeiMei, an East vs. West Chinese music demonstration, the Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club, the cappella group PennYo, and more. A drop-in calligraphy class will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a language class from 12:30 to 2. Arts and crafts will be featured, including Year of the Horse crafts, painting, and paper cutting.
September 20, 2014 |
Observe International Peace Day on Sunday with poetry, music, and art at Penn Museum's "Footprints of Peace. " Special guests will be poet and peace activist Sonia Sanchez and Philadelphia youth poet laureate Soledad Alfaro-Allah. Sanchez and Alfaro-Allah will share their poetic words of peace, and the artwork of more than 100 children from the Artistic and Cultural Enrichment summer program in West Philadelphia will be showcased. Other performers include poet Black Ice; actor and storyteller Vinie Burrows; poet and actor Jessica Care Moore; singer Lady Alma; vocalist and interdisciplinary artist Imani Uzuri; and actor T.C. Carson, who portrayed Kyle Barker on the sitcom Living Single . The event is part of Peace Day Philly 2014.
October 31, 2014 |
Jewelry lovers might want to make time this weekend to visit the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. As part of the 127-year-old museum's fund-raising efforts, it's hosting "Treasures," a four-day baublefest starting Thursday that features a private reception, talks with jewelry historians, and fall fashion advice from local stylists. In addition, 26 jewelry designers will be selling handmade, one-of-a-kind accessories to shoppers with a sweet spot for frippery.
May 4, 2012 |
For those worried about an apocalypse supposedly predicted by the Maya calendar and coming at the end of the year 2012, there's very good news at a spectacular exhibition that opens in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology this weekend. That notion of the world's end is firmly debunked in "Maya 2012: Lords of Time. " So those stressed about what might happen come late December can exhale, thanks to the scholars involved in this fascinating study of the Maya culture - and their calendar.
October 2, 2009 |
Beer experts - among them the author of the new book Uncorking the Past - will bring ancient ales to life Thursday at the Penn Museum, with a lively discussion accompanied by ample quaffing. "If people want to taste the oldest chemically attested alcoholic beverage in the world, 'Chateau Jiahu' from 7000 B.C. China, this may well be one of their few chances," said Patrick McGovern, biomolecular archaeologist at the museum and a leading authority on ancient fermented beverages. He will be joined by Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Del., maker of Chateau Jiahu, which won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival last week in Denver.
September 5, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn Museum will indefinitely lend ancient jewelry known as "Troy gold" to Turkey in exchange for a future exhibition of King Midas artifacts, officials announced Tuesday. The deal is part of what Penn Museum officials call a landmark agreement to work more collaboratively with Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Penn Museum acquired the early Bronze Age jewelry in 1966. But it wasn't until 2009 that scholars identified the items as likely being from the historic city of Troy.
August 24, 2013 |
Gillian Wakely, 67, of Center City, the longtime head of education programming at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of colon cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Wakely worked at the museum for 40 years, most of which she spent as head of its education department. She managed nearly 80 volunteer guides. A native of London, Ms. Wakely grew up viewing collections at the British Museum. When she moved to Philadelphia at 26 and visited the Penn museum for the first time, she was immediately captivated by the collections, she wrote in a letter published in the museum's magazine.
February 12, 2016 |
When the Berlin-Baghdad railway was under construction in the 1890s, German engineers spotted massive mounds in the remote waste southwest of Ankara. Two classicists excavated the largest of the mounds in 1900 and concluded they were digging at Gordion, the ancient capital of the Phrygian kingdom, ruled millennia ago by legendary King Midas. But at the end of the summer they packed up and left. Gordion sat untouched for 50 more years, until archaeologists from the Penn Museum launched what has been an astonishing ongoing exploration of one of the most fruitful sites of antiquity.