May 23, 2016 |
One of the first things visitors encounter in "Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art," the centerpiece exhibition of the five-show " Creative Africa " event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a diviner's kit. The kit, from the Ovimbundu culture of Angola, consists of an array of seemingly miscellaneous objects, including some tiny figurines, a colored crystalline rock, and a number of more enigmatic items. The diviner carried them in a basket, and when someone sought his advice or predictions, he tossed them out. His skill was in looking at how they landed and interpreting the position and juxtaposition of the objects in a way that was useful to those who sought his services.
April 15, 2012 |
Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Symposiums & Seminars Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA is hosting a few information sessions on how to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Center City office, 123 S. Broad St., Suite 2180; 215-790-9200 or www.bbbssepa.org. 6 pm Wed•Noon Thurs•10 am Sat National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Independence Mall; 215-409-6700 or www. constitutioncenter.org. Reservations required. Income Tax Day, free with museum admission 9:30 am-5 pm Tues•Social Media: The New Political Battleground, 6:30 pm Thurs•One University: FDR and the Path to WWII: What We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then, Admission $89. Reservations are required at www.onedayu.com.
December 22, 2012
Friday-Saturday Sounds of the season The Philadelphia Orchestra will celebrate the holidays with "The Glorious Sound of Christmas. " Join the orchestra for favorites at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St. Admission: $40-$119. Time: 7 p.m. Information: 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org . Friday Party like there's no tomorrow Join the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology as it holds a celebration for the end of the world ... 12-21-12, according to an ancient Maya calendar.
September 23, 2015 |
Christopher Jones, 77, of Kimberton, a University of Pennsylvania Museum archaeologist known for his discovery and deciphering of inscriptions left by the ancient Maya culture of Guatemala, died Thursday, Sept. 3, of cancer at his home. As a research associate and later a consulting scholar for the museum, Dr. Jones was engaged in ongoing study and massive publication efforts pertaining to Tikal - one of the largest ancient cities in the Americas. Tikal was the capital of a city-state during the Classical period (200 to 900)
August 7, 2011
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Authors Margaret Thorell , "Swedes of the Delaware Valley," American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave; 215-389-1776 or www.americanswedish.org . $5 ASHM members, $10 nonmembers. 6 pm Wed. Special Events Pine Barrens Ecology & Wildlife Meet rehabilitated but nonreleasable animals & learn about Pine Barrens ecology. Bring lunch. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington; 215-887-6603 $40 9am-4pm Sun 2011 Summer Sampler Learn about the coming year at this evening of community, study, food, music, and more.
January 27, 2016
Chinese New Year at Penn Museum The long: More than 1,000 people attend Penn's family-centric, annual early Chinese New Year kickoff. Year number 4712, a monkey year, is also the archaeology and anthropology museum's 35th such celebration. The short: Don't miss the lion dance finale in the garden, weather permitting. All day long: New performance every half-hour, heavy on the martial arts, plus calligraphy and craft stations in and beyond the China Gallery and its famous crystal sphere.
December 21, 2012
By Julian Siggers It's Dec. 21, and for some, that means it must be the end of the world. At the Penn Museum, where we've been presenting the exhibition "Maya 2012: Lords of Time" since May, talk of apocalyptic prophecy and consequent media coverage has been building steadily. We've certainly had our own fun with the "phenomenon," even going so far as to bring DJ Scribble out tonight for a final countdown dance party (no word yet on what that last song will be). "Maya 2012: Lords of Time" draws upon the Penn Museum's own extensive Maya scholarship and recent archaeological discoveries at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Copan, Honduras, to examine what the ancient Maya understood about time, the calendar, and the cycles of life.
November 8, 2014 |
Hit the mall this weekend for a pop-up live theatrical musical, The Faraways , at Philadelphia Mills. The musical, which is on a national tour, is a 200-seat mobile pop-up theater. The show focuses on visitors to Earth, in human disguise, looking to find a home and not be forced to return to their world. Enjoy the humor, R&B and reggae music, dance, and rhythmic gymnastics as the troupe performs songs including those with local flair highlighting Philadelphia landmarks. Don't worry if you catch boogie fever: The show's format includes audience participation.
November 9, 2008 |
Ellen Lucile Kohler, 91, a key University of Pennsylvania archaeologist who excavated the site in central Turkey where artifacts of Alexander the Great and King Midas were found, died Monday at Bryn Mawr Terrace. She was a longtime resident of University City. The Gordion archaeological project, which began in 1950, was one of Penn's most famous excavations, said Gareth Darbyshire of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Her death is the end of an era," he said.