January 6, 2012
Repertory Films Ambler Theater 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-345-7855. www.amblertheater.com . Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) $4. 1/7. 11 am. Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Going Gaga. $7. 1/11. Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . Fiddler On the Roof (1971) $8; $6 seniors and students; $5 children 12 and under. 1/8. 2 pm. County Theater 20 E. State St., Doylestown; 215-345-6789.
April 23, 2012 |
WEATHER — OR NOT? After the crazy-warm winter we just had, it's obvious our climate's in flux. But what does that mean? Ice core researchers Ellen Mosley Thompson and Lonnie Thompson join a team of experts for a multimedia planetary climate tour Tuesday at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Activities begin at 5 p.m.; presentation at 7 p.m. Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival; free, but requires preregistration. philasciencefestival.org . PUNCH & JESCA The Punch Brothers are more likely to sing about whiskey, but we'll have whatever they're drinking if it's what sets this five-piece to strumming and harmonizing on those bluegrass-punk tunes.
January 29, 2012
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Symposiums & seminars Practically Speaking: Transportation in a Time of Political Gridlock. David B. Thornburgh, executive director of the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government, will lead a conversation about infrastructure, transportation, and federalism. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St; reservations required 215-409-6700 or www.constitutioncenter.org . $10 nonmember, $7 students and teachers.
October 12, 2013
At a time when support for the arts is in flux, the city's cultural community has proven that it's still a font of creative ideas. Under a program launched last week, Philadelphia teenagers ages 14 through 19 can enjoy a year of free access to a dozen institutions, ranging from the National Constitution Center to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, they can't skip school to look at a Kandinsky or a Gauguin. The free passes are valid only outside school hours. But if students spend enough of those hours at a museum or the zoo, their minds could be opened to worlds far more engaging than those offered by video games or Facebook.
February 20, 2013 |
On a snowy day before the Feb. 10 opening of "Unearthing a Masterpiece" at the Penn Museum, exhibition coordinator Kate Quinn stood on South Street, watching the enormous crane that was to lift the star of the show - the magnificent late-Roman Lod mosaic - into the museum. South Street was closed to cars, but pedestrians continued to walk by even as, moments later, the first of the 17-by-24-foot floor mosaic's seven pieces rose into the air. "They were on their phones and not noticing the almost-2,000-year-old floor flying above their heads," Quinn recalls.
March 13, 2013 |
The fiftyish woman led a rugged existence in the desert, likely getting plenty of exercise and a diet heavy in grains as she scraped a living from the land more than 1,500 years ago. Her arteries, however, look like what you might expect from someone who sits on the couch all day eating ice cream. And she apparently was not unusual. Researchers performed CT scans on the mummified remains of this woman - now a resident of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - and 136 other people from around the world, and found evidence of hardening of the arteries in 47 of them.
September 27, 2012 |
TRAMPING THROUGH jungles and climbing down claustrophobic tunnels in search of the remains of ancient Mayan civilizations was what Robert J. Sharer did for a living. It was how the University of Pennsylvania archaeologist got his fulfillment and how he earned him an international reputation in his field. He died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at age 72. One of Sharer's most exciting discoveries was the tomb of an ancient Mayan king in 1993 at the Honduran city of Copan. The king is believed to be the city's founder.
January 29, 2012 |
Visitors to the region's non-art museums will have a particularly eclectic array of exhibitions and programs to choose from this spring - from a celebration of the 200th birthday of America's oldest natural history museum to an examination of Bruce Springsteen, Founding Boss, at the nation's only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution. Some of the Dead Sea Scrolls will make an appearance in town, and the clock is already ticking on an examination of the Mayan obsession with time.