August 24, 2013 |
Gillian Wakely, 67, of Center City, the longtime head of education programming at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of colon cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Wakely worked at the museum for 40 years, most of which she spent as head of its education department. She managed nearly 80 volunteer guides. A native of London, Ms. Wakely grew up viewing collections at the British Museum. When she moved to Philadelphia at 26 and visited the Penn museum for the first time, she was immediately captivated by the collections, she wrote in a letter published in the museum's magazine.
August 23, 2013 |
GILLIAN WAKELY grew up in England, where her parents' idea of a fun time was to visit a museum. When she arrived in America, she came upon a photograph in an art-history book of the "Ram in a Thicket. " The anthropologically hip know of it as an exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. It's the statue of a ram (more likely a goat) dug up in 1928 in the Royal Tombs of Ur in southern Iraq. Gillian knew about the 4,000-year-old figure because it was one of two found in Ur. The other was in the British Museum in London.
June 12, 2013 |
Seven years ago, Tukufu Zuberi, a professor of sociology and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to become a collector. The only question was, of what? He settled on images of the black body - specifically the black body in war - and went about acquiring a trove on his world travels. Zuberi's efforts have come together in a unique and compelling exhibition of posters portraying blacks in the military, from the Civil War through World War II and the African independence movements of the 1950s and '60s.
May 31, 2013
FAMILY Caillou at Comcast It's been hot. Too hot. But the a.c. works great in the Comcast Center, where lovable Canadian cartoon character and Sprout star Caillou hosts a play date. Market and Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd., lower level, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-440-5500, kidsincentercity.com. Seger Park When this popular playground puts on its sixth annual Spring Festival, the number of tots getting glitter tats, moon bouncing, taking tennis lessons, making crafts, hanging off jungle gyms and feasting from gourmet food trucks will confirm: Center City's having a major kiddie boom.
May 10, 2013
FAMILY Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Today begins the 75th anniversary of America's biggest collegiate rowing meet. The two-day affair will dot the Schuylkill with some of the country's best rowers. Free shuttle buses run every 20 minutes from the Art Museum to the race's main attractions, including the Grand Stand. (Note: Kelly Drive is closed until 8 p.m. tomorrow between Strawberry Mansion and Fountain Green drives.) Grand Stand, 2200 Kelly Dr. (2 miles north of Boathouse Row)
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.
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.
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 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.
January 12, 2013 |
Children have a playdate with the Sprout Network Saturday for the Super WHY Celebration at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Activities include storytime, and children can watch the network's favorite Super WHY episodes. There will be a meet and greet with Super WHY and Princess Presto and photo opportunities. Market merchants will have arts and crafts, kid-friendly lunch specials, an interactive gaming station, and more. Playdate is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. KidsinCenterCity.com playdate with Sprout: The Super WHY Celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday on the lower level of the Market & Shops at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd.