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.
September 11, 2011
Museumgoers this fall will be able to piece together crime-scene evidence via mass spectrometry, ponder bloodsucking creatures of the imagination, and consider the imperfect mosaic of nationhood as a parade of diverse and unusual exhibitions and programs marches through the region's specialized museums. Offerings include the start of a yearlong project seeking to "imagine Africa," a show of works exploring the African American imagination, an outdoor exhibition focusing on worldwide malnutrition, and a portable greenhouse of the future, complete with room for future fossils - a kind of museum-to-be.
October 23, 2011 |
Gregory L. Possehl spent parts of his academic life on archaeological digs in South Asia, but he also paid attention to the West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "One of the roles the University Museum plays is as a doorway for our neighbors to see what goes on at the University of Pennsylvania," Dr. Possehl explained in a 1985 Inquirer interview. Speaking of a Penn exhibit on the history of Buddhism meant in part to attract nonacademics, he noted: "This is an educational display that will be pretty, too, by the way. We don't mind being beautiful as long as we have our message.
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.
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.