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.
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.
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.
November 7, 2011 |
No tiptoeing Saturday-evening spiders had disturbed the dominoes, no rumbling trucks passing in the dark. "Nothing overnight," Steve Perrucci said. "The mice were kind, the spiders. " But early Sunday afternoon, a 2-year-old boy dropped a ball no bigger than a cough drop and knocked over a short line of Perrucci's dominoes. Quickly repaired, the line was made upright. And so at 3 p.m. Sunday, about 100 folks clustered around a maze of, yes, 10,000 dominoes on the third-floor rotunda of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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.
September 16, 2011
Here's the Penn Museum's top 10 list of don't-miss items from its old and new African galleries: Pende mask: Masks tell stories. The pende mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo warns of supernatural penalties for misbehavior, including the appearance of facial paralysis. Zulu love letter: Instead of writing notes, Zulu women wore a code of shapes and colors pinned to their clothing. Nkisi N'kondi: A true must-see, the dozens of nails in this statue symbolize offerings made in return for spiritual aid. Royal ancestral head: This solid bronze sculpture is an altar piece from Benin.
September 16, 2011 |
Walk through one door at the Penn Museum this weekend and you'll feel as if you've strolled into a before-and-after advertisement. Near the door is the museum's African exhibit - a cluster of tall glass cases filled when W. Wilson Goode was Philadelphia's mayor. About 350 artifacts are on display - a driblet of the museum's stash of 42,000 Egyptian objects and 20,000 objects from elsewhere in Africa. On the other side of the wall is the new "Imagine Africa" exhibit, stuffed into a corridor.
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.
September 8, 2011 |
A page from some lost dictionary, a D page, with a line drawing of an oil derrick in the margin. A pair of wire-rimmed glasses, split at the bridge. These are some of the pieces included in the new exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, "Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11," a collection of objects recovered from the World Trade Center site since the 2001 attacks. The show, which runs through Nov. 6, will be bolstered by two special commemorative programs Sunday: a lecture about the architectural history of the twin towers and a unique theatrical performance called Cato: 9/11 , featuring one of George Washington's favorite plays, Joseph Addison's Cato: A Tragedy . The objects, which include a loudspeaker, glass ornaments, and a stairway sign, are on loan from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.