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 12, 2015 |
Pussy Riot at Penn! Next Tuesday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Penn Museum's Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South St., two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot , cofounders Nadya Tolokkonnikova and Masha Alyokhina , will be on hand for "A Conversation with Pussy Riot. " They'll screen their film I Can't Breathe , followed by a discussion. Free. 'Got to Give It Up,' indeed A lot of people think "Blurred Lines," the 2013 smash hit for Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , and rapper T.I. , sounds like Marvin Gaye 's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up. " Gaye's family did, which is why they sued for $25 million.
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.
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.
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.
February 9, 2011 |
The Chinese antiquities at the heart of the Penn Museum's beleaguered and depleted "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition were never approved for display in Philadelphia, a Chinese Embassy spokesman said Tuesday, almost a week after the museum announced the pieces had been stripped from the show. The Chinese spokesman in Washington, Wang Baodong, blamed poor planning. "The exhibition has been on display in both California and Houston," Wang said. "For such a big exhibition, you've got to have good planning in the first place.
March 26, 2015 |
Philadelphia-based organizations received a total of nearly $1.4 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the NEH announced Monday. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts received $300,000 to develop an exhibition, publication, and programs exploring the relationship between World War I and American art. The grant was made through a special endowment program called Standing Together, designed to support projects that explore war and its aftermath, promote discussion of the experience of military service, and support returning veterans and their families, the endowment said.
March 10, 2011 |
In your years of spring cleaning, no doubt you've unearthed a strange something or two from the depths of your pantry or fridge. But that's nothing compared to the jaw-dropping food finds archaeologists discovered in recent years along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. Three kinds of cookies, a twisted doughnut, a spring roll, and a wonton, some dating back 2,500 years, are on display now through June 5 as part of the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibition at the Penn Museum.
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.