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.
February 22, 2014 |
Ancient Egypt doesn't seem so far away when you're pretending to row down the Nile, following the adventures of a cheery crocodile and his best friend. Works by Renoir and Cezanne are much less intimidating if you wear pajamas and carry a stuffed bear when you're first introduced to them. Those seemingly giant suits of armor aren't so scary when you can touch them and then make your own metal designs. Many of the area's cultural institutions are making sure they're kid-friendly, offering a variety of family programs ranging from storytelling and movie watching to hands-on craft projects in the shadow of some of the world's greatest artworks.
March 2, 2012
Repertory Films Ambler Theater 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-345-7855. www.amblertheater.com . The Adventures of Milo & Otis (1986) $4. 3/3. 11 am. Asian Arts Initiative 1219-1223 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. www.asianartsinitiative.org . Kinowatt: Film & the Power of Change. $8; $5 students. 3/2. Bristol Riverside Theatre 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol; 215-785-6664. www.brtstage.org . From Here to Eternity (1953) $5. 3/4. 7:30 pm. Broad Street Ministries Presbyterian Church 315 S. Broad St.; 215-735-4847.
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.
October 5, 2013 |
Philadelphia high school students are eligible for a year's free admission to 12 of the city's most prominent and popular art and cultural institutions, thanks to a new program to be launched Friday afternoon at a special ceremony at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Dubbed STAMP, Students at Museums in Philly, the program began as a $75,000 Knight Foundation challenge grant two years ago. "STAMP reflects the cultural community's collective effort to invest in the youth of Philadelphia," Michael Norris, interim executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, said in a statement.
February 1, 2013
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Unsung heroine Moonstone Art Center wraps up its commemoration of the life and accomplishments of antilynching crusader, suffragist, journalist and speaker Ida B. Wells with a discussion of the relationship between 19th-century lynching and modern-day capital punishment. Criminal defense attorney Michael Coard, Witness to Innocence activist Shujaa Graham and others to speak. Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 2 p.m. Sunday, free, 215-735-3456, moonstoneartscenter.org.
February 3, 2011 |
Where does the Silk Road run? Not through Philly, apparently. The highly touted exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, featuring mummies and artifacts from China, will open as planned this weekend - only without the Chinese mummies and artifacts. Chinese officials informed the museum that the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition pieces could not be displayed in Philadelphia despite having been shown in California and Texas, said Darien Sutton, a museum public-relations coordinator.
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.