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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2012 |
Robert J. Sharer, 72, of Landenberg, an archaeologist and authority on Mayan history and culture, and an emeritus curator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died Thursday, Sept. 20, of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Delaware. Mr. Sharer, a professor emeritus, spent 40 years as a professor of anthropology at Penn and conducted research in Central America for nearly five decades. He was the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than 20 books and monographs.
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.
September 13, 2015 |
This is the season of the pope. Francis may actually be in Philadelphia for only two late-September days, but a number of nonart cultural institutions are using his appearance, at the end of the World Meeting of Families, as a reason to pull together months-long exhibitions related not only to the church, but to all manner of religious issues. The Franklin Institute, the National Constitution Center, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Penn Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Rosenbach of the Free Library, and the World Meeting of Families - all are mounting pope-inspired exhibitions.
September 19, 2014 |
Several years ago, poet Sonia Sánchez had just returned from her three-mile morning walk. As she sat on her porch sipping green tea and reading the paper, she heard childish voices from the sidewalk nearby, raised in agitation. Aroused from her moment of tranquillity, she asked the schoolchildren why they were arguing and invited them onto her porch to quell their unrest. She asked them to listen to the birds singing - to feel the peace that embodied her home. "This is my house, this is my porch, but this is also my sidewalk," Sánchez told them.
February 24, 2006 |
Henry N. Michael, 93, of Ardmore, a scientist and senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology whose groundbreaking work in the application of tree-ring analysis revolutionized archaeological dating techniques, died Sunday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Professor Michael and his research colleagues spent years collecting samples of ancient bristlecone pine trees for a project that would alter the conventional wisdom about how to determine scientific dates.
August 12, 2015 |
As the season of musical acts got underway this summer at the Mann Center, general manager Jerry Grabey noticed a trend: "More and more of our artist riders were asking that selfie sticks not be allowed in. " So in the interest of having a single, unified policy for the entire season, he and his staff made the call: Selfie sticks are out. "It's a question of safety," Grabey said. "It's also an inconvenience to other patrons. " But with the ruling came a new marketing opportunity: A selfie station at the Citizens Bank kiosk on the Mann's campus, complete with a scenic backdrop and selfie sticks that are distributed for use and then carefully reclaimed.
February 1, 2013 |
Enjoy hands-on science and engineering activities at Drexel University on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day. Learn about materials science, expressed in laymen's terms as "the study of stuff," and learn what everyday things we use are made of and how they work. The event is free and presented by the departments of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Market Street between 31st and 32d. Event is free.