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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.