Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 26, March 28, 2000


April @ Penn

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For their Philadelphia debut, Ballet Florida will perform works by New York City Ballet's Artistic Director Peter Martins, Houston Ballet's Artistic Director Ben Stevenson and the choreographic phenomenon of the San Francisco Ballet, Val Caniparoli. See On Stage.

(Photo: ©Copyright 2000 Steven Caras)



Now Advance Registration; for fall and summer sessions. Through April 9.

28 Spring Term Classes end.


8 Children's Workshop: Tlingit Masks; children ages 8-12 explore the Museum's Raven's Journey exhibition to learn about the artistry of the Native Peoples of Alaska, and design animal masks in a craft workshop; 10 a.m.-noon; University Museum; $5; pre-registration: (215) 898-4015 (Museum).

30 Sunday, Fun Day, Live on Stage!: Sleeping Beauty; two shows: 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Harrison Auditorium, University Museum; $10; $8/members; tickets: (215) 563-3501 (Museum; American Theater Arts for Youth, Inc.).


1 18th Annual Maya Weekend: Portraits of the Maya-Life Stories Across Time; talks and hieroglyph workshops; includes a banquet and Despedida party; University Museum; $150; $120/members & senior citizens. Info.: (215) 898-4890. Also April 2 (Museum).

7 Unlock America: Prisons and Policing in the 21st Century; human rights activists, lawyers and scholars-experts in the areas of prison rights and justice; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Keynote address: Angela Davis, political activist, writer, UC Santa Cruz (8 p.m.); rm. 100, Law School. Info.: (215) 898-0459. Also April 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Law School's Edward V. Sparer Symposium).

8 Sounds of Du Bois: Annual Souls of Du Bois Conference; visual and performing arts, academic endeavors, and an award ceremony acknowledging accomplishments of Du Bois House residents; 2-6 p.m.; Du Bois College House. Info.: (215) 898-3677 (Du Bois College House).

12 Sixth Annual Biological Basis of Behavior Student Research Symposium; poster and oral presentations; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Penn Tower Hotel (Biological Basis of Behavior Program).

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Admission donations and hours

Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library: free, Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.

Burrison Gallery, Faculty Club, Inn at Penn: Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market: free, Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Institute of Contemporary Art: $3, $2/students over 12, artists, seniors; free/members, children under 12, with PENN- Card, and on Sundays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Morris Arboretum: $6, $5/seniors, $4/students, free with PENNCard, children under 6; Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

University Museum: $5, $2.50/ seniors and students w/ID, free/ members, with PENNCard, children under 6; Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


3 Works of Architects Robert L. Cassway & Thomas A. Todd; paintings by Todd, founding partner of architecture firm Wallace, Roberts and Todd; photographs by Cassway, of the architecture firm Cassway Albert, Ltd., and the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA. Opening reception: April 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Burrison Gallery, Faculty Club. Through April 28.

16 44 Celebrity Eyes in a Museum Storeroom; artifacts chosen by celebrities from Museum storerooms. Events surrounding the exhibition: formal ground-breaking, April 14; gala preview party, April 15. Mainwaring Wing, 3rd floor, University Museum. See Special Events.



Ancient Greek World; Canaan and Ancient Israel; Living in Balance: Universe of the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache; Ancient Mesopotamia: Royal Tombs of Ur; The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science; Raven's Journey: World of Alaska's Native People; Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition; University Museum.

Healing Plants: Medicine Across Time and Cultures; Works by Harry Gordon; Morris Arboretum.

ICA Special Programs

Info.: (215) 898-5911 or

6 New Horizons; Judith Tannen-baum, ICA's associate director and curator; behind-the-scenes program designed especially for senior citizens; 10:30 a.m.

12 Open Video Call; opportunity for artists to show their work; sign-up 6 p.m

University Museum Tours

Meet at the main entrance; 1:30 p.m. Free with Museum admission donation. Info:

1 Mesoamerica

2 Africa

8 The American Southwest

9 Canaan and Ancient Israel

15 Ancient Egypt

16 China

22 The Classical World

30 Archaeology

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6 Zulay, Facing the Twenty-First Century (1993; 108 min.) and Bathing Babies in Three Cultures (1952 [filmed in 1936-38]; 9 min.); 4-6 p.m.; rm. 241, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (Center for Folklore & Ethnography; Graduate Student Film Seminar Series).

7 La Tregua (F. Rosi; 1996; Italy; English subtitles); 4 p.m.; International House; free; Q & A with the director afterwards (Center for Italian Studies; Film Studies; Jewish Studies).

27 The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema; film festival with screenings of international independent feature films, documentaries and shorts that represent geographic, cultural and artistic diversity; prices, schedules and other info: 1-800-PFWC-WOW (International House; Neighborhood Film/Video Project; Philadelphia Independent Film Video Association). Through May 8.

RETRO/SPECTIVE: 20th Century Korea Through Film

8 p.m. Tickets: $6.50/adults; $5.50/students/seniors/I-House members. Info.: (215) 895-6542 (International House).

1 White Badge (L. Min-Young; 1995).

7 The People of Kkobang (B. Chang-Ho, 1982).

8 The Evening Bell (S. Sang-Ok, 1970).

9 The Stray Bullet (Y. Hyeon-Mok, 1961).

SPEC Films

Info: (215) 898-6533. Screenings: 8 p.m.; rm. 17, Logan Hall.

5 Annie Hall (W. Allen; 1977).

12 Blue Velvet (D. Lynch; 1986).

19 Do the Right Thing! (S. Lee; 1989).

West Philly Film Festival

Drop off submissions at the Carriage House in VHS format. Info.: e-mail The Festival will have 2 screenings; free admission. (SPEC Film; the Foundation).

7 7 p.m.; B1, Meyerson Hall

8 7 p.m.; B6, Stiteler Hall


3 PPSA Board; noon-1:30 p.m.; rm. 214, Harnwell House. Also April 17

11 Women's Club Board Meeting; 11 a.m.; Faculty Club; followed by a lunch at noon and a talk at 1 p.m. See Talks.

19 University Council; 3-5 p.m.; McClelland Hall, Quad; PENNCard required; registration: (215) 898-7005.

26 University Council; 4-6 p.m.; McClelland Hall, Quad; PENNCard required; registration: (215) 898-7005.


1 The Canadian Brass; celebrate April Fool's Day with these comedic music virtuosos; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; tickets: $35, $25, $20; discounts available for seniors, students, faculty, staff, alumni. Info: (215) 898-3900 or (Annenberg Center; WQHS).

13 Kennedy, violin, accompanied by The Bamberg Symphony Chamber Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Irvine Auditorium; tickets: $35, $25, $20; discounts available for seniors, students, faculty, staff, alumni. Info: (215) 898-3900 or (Annenberg Center).

14 Spring Fling Concert 2000: Ben Folds Five and The Roots; 8 p.m.; Hill Field; tickets: $23; $15/Penn students; info: (215) 898-6533 (SPEC Concerts).

15 The Silk Road Tour, Persian & Indian Improvisations: Ghazal Ensemble; 8 p.m.; Hopkinson Hall, International House; $20. Info: (215) 895-6537 (International House).

27 Blackout 2000: Penn Relays Concert; Method Man and Redman; 8 p.m.; Class of 1923 Ice Rink; $18/Penn students; info: (215) 898-6533 (SPEC-TRUM).

29 Penn Musicians Against Homelessness Spring Concert; 8 p.m.; Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center; donations appreciated (PMAH).

Department of Music

Unless otherwise indicated, all performances: 8 p.m.; Cathedral Church of the Saviour, 38th & Chestnut; free.

7 University of Pennsylvania Choir; performing Bach, Ives & Brahms.

11 Music 10/Applied Music Student Recital; instrumental and vocal music by students of the Applied Music/Music 10 program; Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.

12 University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra; featuring winners of 1999-2000 Concerto Competition; Irvine Auditorium; tickets: $5; free w/ PENNCard. Info.: (215) 898-3900.

18 The Penn Baroque and Recorder Ensembles & the Penn Madrigal Singers; featuring music from François Couperin's "Les Nations;" Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium.

28 University of Pennsylvania Choral Society; performing Hayden and Buxtehude.

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The Canadian Brass, well known for blending virtuosity, musicality, comedy and wit, present an April Fool's Day Concert at Irvine Auditorium. Now in its 29th year, The Canadian Brass "still plays with a youthful zest... wonderful ease, articulation, crispness, balance and polish," said the Boston Globe. See Music.


26 Macbeth; performed by The Acting Company; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; $23, $18, $15, discounts available; school matinee at 11 a.m., $6. Info.: (215) 898-3900 or (Annenberg Center).

Dance Celebration/Next Move 2000

Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Tickets: $30, $27/matinee. Info: (215) 898-3900 or

1 Martha Graham Dance Company; featuring Graham classics; 2 & 8 p.m.

6 Ballet Florida; performing Lambarena, Barber's Violin Concerto, Four Last Songs, and Gemini; 7:30 p.m. Also April 7, 8 p.m.; and April 8, 2 & 8 p.m.

13 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; includes pieces by Balanchine and Tudor; 7:30 p.m. Also April 14, 8 p.m.; and April 15, 2 & 8 p.m.

Penn Performing Arts

All shows at 8 p.m. Tickets: $5 on Locust Walk. Info: (215) 898-2312 or (Performing Arts Council).

2 Penn Jazz Spring 2000 Concert; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center.

6 Penn Dance Spring Show; Iron Gate Theatre. Through April 8.

7 Penn Masala and Counterparts; Irvine Auditorium.

8 Full Measure; Harrison Auditorium, University Museum.

13 A Little Night Music--Sondheim; performed by Quadramics; Iron Gate Theatre. Through April 15.

28 PennChants and Pipers; Iron Gate Theatre.

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Kelly Writers House

3805 Locust Walk. Info: call (215) 573-WRIT or e-mail

2 Manuck! Manuck!; fictional writing group; 6 p.m. Also April 16, 30.

4 Steve McCaffery and Jed Rasula; reading and discussion of their anthology Imagining Language; 6 p.m.

5 Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose and Anything Goes; open mic performance night; 8 p.m. Also April 19.

6 Agha Shahid Ali; Kashmiri-American poet; 6 p.m.; RSVP for dinner to follow.

7 Galit Hasan-Rokem; poet and professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 2 p.m.

10 Lunch with Cheryl Family; vice president/editorial director of MTV Networks; noon.

11 Richard Sieburth; NYU, French and comparative literature; 7 p.m.

12 Reading by Sia Figel; Samoan poet and prose writer; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Writing workshop with the author to follow.

13 PhillyTalks; reading and dialogue between poets Sianne Ngai and Abigail Child; 6 p.m.; RSVP for dinner to follow.

15 Laughing Hermit Reading Series; Lisa Zeidner; Melissa Cahnmann; 2-3 p.m.

17 Reading by Fiction Writer Matt Klam; 6 p.m.

18 Gay Talese Lecture Series: Jay Parini; poet, novelist, biographer; 5 p.m.

19 The Play's the Thing; play reading and thinking group; 5-7 p.m.

20 Theorizing in Particular: From Gift to Game: Prizes in Contemporary Culture; James English, English Department; 6 p.m.

24 Kelly Writers House Fellows Program: John Edgar Wideman; 7 p.m.

27 Sylvia Courts the Green; Noh drama written and directed by undergraduate Alex Minnaar; 8 p.m.

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4 Annual Rental Housing Fair 2000; meet property owners and managers from University City, Center City and other areas, as well as representatives of tenants' rights groups, utility companies and community groups; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Locust Walk. Info.: (215) 898-8500 or; Raindate: April 5 (Office of Off-Campus Living).

6 AWFA Alice Paul Awards Breakfast; Association of Women Faculty and Administrators present the Alice Paul Award, the Lenore Rowe Williams Award, and the Bob Davies Award; 8-9:30 a.m.; Café Bon Appetit. All AWFA members invited (AWFA).

8 2000 Philadelphia Antiques Show; 5-day showing of American antiques and decorative art benefiting The Institute on Aging at UPMC; features a special loan exhibit, It's About Time, showcasing antique clocks; opens at 11 a.m. each day; 103rd Engineers Armory, 33rd and Market Sts. Info./tickets: (215) 387-3500 or Through April 12 (UPMC). See below.

12 April in Paris Dinner; 5-8 p.m.; Faculty Club; $23.95/guest. Reservations: (215) 898-4618 (Faculty Club).

13 Crafts Fair 2000; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Locust Walk, between 36th & 37th Sts. Also April 14 (SPEC Crafts Fair).

14 Groundbreaking for the Mainwaring Wing; official groundbreaking for new collections, storage and study wing; 10 a.m.; University Museum;Info.: (215) 898-4890 (Museum).

15 Gala Celebration: The Eyes Have It; cocktails, dinner, and dancing to celebrate groundbreaking on the Mainwaring Wing; 6:30 p.m.; Museum; call (215) 898-9202 for invitation (Women's Committee of the University Museum).

17 17th Dance Celebration Gala: "It Was a Very Good Year"; a salute to the 1940s; champagne reception, 5:30-7:15 p.m.; dance performances from Parsons Dance Company, Pilobolus, River North Chicago Dance Company & others, 7:30 p.m.; butlered dinner, dancing, entertainment by Marilyn Flanagan & her Swing Band, 8:30 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Also, Silent Auction, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Annenberg Center lobby (Dance Affiliates; Annenberg Center's Penn Presents).

20 Go West for 3rd Thursdays: Philadelphia and Film; screening of shorts from and meetings with local filmmakers; Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema coupons and giveaways; refreshments from Cafe Bon Appetit; 5-8 p.m.; International House; free; info: 888-GOWEST-7 or See Films (I-House; University City District).

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Info.: (215) 898-6151 or Note: (dh) indicates double header.

1 Baseball vs. Yale; 11:30 a.m. (dh).

2 Baseball vs. Brown; noon (dh).

4 W. Lacrosse vs. La Salle; time TBA.

7 M. Tennis vs. Brown; 2 p.m.

8 Track Quaker Invitational; Franklin Field.

9 W. Lacrosse vs. Harvard; 1 p.m.

12 Baseball vs. Temple; 3 p.m.

14 W. Tennis vs. Dartmouth; 2 p.m.

15 Baseball vs. Cornell; noon (dh).

16 Baseball vs. Cornell; noon (dh).

19 Baseball vs. Drexel; 3:30 p.m.

21 M. Tennis vs. Columbia; 2 p.m.

22 W. Track vs. Cornell; Franklin Field.

27 Penn Relays; Franklin Field; see for schedules, updates, and ticket info. Through April 29.

Intramural and Club Sports

Visit or call (215) 898-6100 for info.

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Jazzercize; 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday; Newman Center; first class free; $4.50/class, $3.50/students; Carolyn Hamilton, (215) 662-3293 (days) or (610) 446-1983 (evenings).

1 Salsa Lessons; Princess, instructor; 9-10 p.m. Dance featuring Tino y Su Orquestra and Djs Nick Olmo and Alex Peña; 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Parish Hall; $4; $3/PENNCard. Info.: (215) 417-8128 (Latino Coalition; Harrison College House).

3 The Penn & Pencil Club; a creative writing workshop for University Staff; 5:15 p.m.; Kelly Writers House; RSVP to (Penn & Pencil Club).

6 Nonfiction Creative Writing: The Latino Experience; Lilvia Soto, La Casa Latina; 5:30-8:10 p.m.; La Casa Latina. Also April 13, 20, 27 (La Casa Latina).

17 Cinq à Sept; vin, paté et bonne compagnie; 5-7 p.m.; The Veranda (French Institute for Culture & Technology).

26 Career Conversations: "How They Got Here from There"; Dr. Valarie Swain- Cade McCoullum, VPUL; noon-1:30 p.m.; The Veranda (PPSA).

Morris Arboretum

Call (215) 247-5777, ext. 125 for registration and additional information.

1 Soapmaking; learn to make natural soap; 10 a.m.-noon; $25; $23/members.

2 Papermaking; learn to make practical notepaper or fanciful art; varied materials are introduced into the process; 1-3 p.m.; $10; $9/members.

4 Going Native! Gardening with Native Plants and Wildflowers; learn how these ecologically friendly plants and wildflowers can beautify yard and garden; 7-9 p.m.; $60; $54/members. Part 2 & 3 meet April 11, 18.

8 Orienteering; learn how to navigate using a detailed map while exploring the Arboretum's many treasured spots; 10 a.m.-noon; $8; $6/members.

13 Celebrating the American Landscape in Your Garden; discover a new way of seeing the American landscape; 7-9 p.m.; $20; $18/members.

26 The Mixed Flower Border Through the Seasons; learn to make your mixed flower border interesting throughout the year; 7-9 p.m.; $40; $36/members. Part 2 meets April 29, 1-2:30 p.m.

30 Medicinal Herbs and Aging; learn how Chinese medicine addresses aging problems; make an 'immortality elixir'; 1-3:30 p.m.; $28; $25.50/members.

ISC Technology Training

All courses are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Info.: (215) 573-3102 or

CGS Special Programs

Non-credit adult programs Registration: (215) 898-6493
  • The Art of Dining;
  • Musical Theatre of Bock & Harnick/Kandler & Ebb;
  • Mystics, Suffering and the Role of Women in Italian Culture;
  • Gardening With Perennials--The Shady Border;
  • Gardening With Perennials--The Sunny Border;
  • Tour of Philadelphia Galleries;
  • A New York Art Adventure: A Tour of Chelsea & SoHo Galleries;
  • Supervisory Skills;
  • Writing for Business and Professional Audiences;
  • Advanced Power Speaking;
  • Write What You Know;
  • and Journal Writing Workshop.

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3 Title TBA; dejeuner-causerie; Fred Azar, graduate student; noon-1:30 p.m.; The Veranda (French Institute for Culture &Technology).

4 Design of Myosin Motors, Both Conventional and Unconventional; H. Lee Sweeny, physiology; noon; 2nd floor conference room, Vagelos Research Laboratories (IME).

5 The Biology of Lipoxygenases; Colin Funk, Center for Experimental Therapeutics; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health).

6 Coiled Coils: New Twists in TRAF Signaling and Protein Design; Tom Alber, University of California at Berkeley; 2 p.m.; rm. 252, BRB II/III (Biochemistry & Biophysics).

7 Experimental Surgery and Intensive Care; Dennis E. Burkett, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; 10 a.m.-noon; Medical Alumni Hall, HUP (Laboratory Animal Medicine).

10 New Configurations for Multicomponent Distillation; Rakesh Agrawal, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 337, Towne Building (Chemical Engineering).

11 Correlation Between Activity in S and Q Taste Fibers and Taste-Mediated Behavior in Different Species; Vicktoria Danilova, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 11:30 a.m.; Seminar rm., Monell Chemical Senses Center (Monell Chemical Senses Center).

12 Reprogramming Tumor Cells to Terminal Differentiation and Terminal Cell Division; Arthur Skoultchi, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; noon; Hirst Auditorium, HUP (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health).

13 Restoration Ecology of Serpentine Grasslands: Saving Rare Ecosystems That Are Disappearing from the Lack of Disturbance; Roger Latham, Swarthmore College; 12:15-1:45 p.m.; Auditorium, Wistar Institute (Institute for Environmental Studies).

14 Pain and Distress: Anesthesia, Analgesia and Postoperative Care; moderator: Dennis Burkett, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Sulli Popilskis, Columbia University; Simon Young, Schering Plough; Sally Wixson, J&J Consumer Products Worldwide; 9 a.m.-noon; Medical Alumni Hall, HUP (Laboratory Animal Medicine).

17 Wine, Song, and Chemical Engineering; Charles A. Sleicher, University of Washington; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 337, Towne Building (Chemical Engineering).

18 Cell Death in Human Diseases; Dario Altieri, Yale University School of Medicine; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Biochemistry & Biophysics).

19 Spermatogenesis in Drosophila: A Model Stem Cell System; Stephen DiNardo, cell & developmental biology; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health).

20 Free Surface Inclusion Problems Related to Crack Initiation in High-Cycle Fatigue; Pierre Gilormini, Lab de Méc. et Technologie, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan; 2 p.m.; rm. 337, Towne Building (French Institute for Culture & Technology).

21 The Impact of Individual and Market Factors on the Timing of Initiation of Hospice Terminal Care: Some Results and Some New Work; Nicholas A. Christakis, University of Chicago Medical Center; noon-1:30 p.m.; 1st floor Auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics).

Ancient Wisdom & Modern Medicine: The Search for New Therapies in the Tropical Rainforest; Michael Balick, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden; 12:15-1:45 p.m.; rm. 109, Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall (Institute for Environmental Studies).

24 Synthesizing New Reactors Types with Improved Safety, Selectivity, and Scalability; Michael P. Harold, DuPont Company; 3:30 p.m.; rm. 337, Towne Building (Chemical Engineering).

25 Apoptosis Control by Apo2L/TRAIL; Avi Ashkenazi, Genentch, Inc.; noon; Austrian Auditorium, CRB (Biochemistry & Biophysics).

26 Cytosine Methylation in Reproduction and Genetic Disease; Timothy Bestor, Columbia University; noon; rm. 251, BRB II/III (Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health).

27 Radiotherapy Protocols for Pancreatic Cancer; Françoise Mornex, Centre Hospitalier de Lyon--Sud; noon; Hirst Auditorium, Dulles Building (French Institute for Culture & Technology).

28 Behavior, Exercise and Environmental Enrichment for Dogs; Thomas Wolfle, former dir., Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources and National Research Council; 10 a.m.-noon; Medical Alumni Hall, HUP (Laboratory Animal Medicine).

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University City District's Go West! 3rd Thursdays:

"Philadelphia and Film"

April 20

International House

3701 Chestnut Street

5 - 8 p.m.

Refreshments from Cafe Bon Appetit

See Films

See or call 888-GOWEST-7 for details.

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It's About Time: 2000 Antiques Show--A Millennium Celebration

April 8-12


Tiered Tall Clock, maker unknown, United States; circa 1880; parquetry, marquetry, and jigsaw-cut open-work; height, 7'6". Collection of the Museum of American Folk Art.

Above: Tall case clock, Riley Whiting; Winchester, CT; c. 1825; five color painted pine; corkscrew wire fret on hood; 7'2" high. Private collection.

 No Philadelphia Antiques Show would be complete without a piece from the greatest Pennsylvania clockmaker, David Rittenhouse. On loan from Pennsylvania Hospital, the signature image for the show is a mahogany tall case clock and orrery by Rittenhouse-height, 8'7", circa 1781. The orrery, clockwork model of the planetary system, shows the motion of the planets Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Earth. In addition to showing the phases of the moon and the other astronomical calculations, the clock has two chiming bells sounding the quarter hours and ten musical bells playing a different tune each hour.

Tall Case Clock, maker unknown, Montgomery county, PA; circa 1794-1805; curly maple case; height 8'1". Collection of James and Nancy Glazer.

It's About Time: 2000 Antiques Show

In honor of the new millennium, the 2000 Philadelphia Antiques Show's special Loan Exhibit, It's About Time, will showcase an elite collection of American tall case or "grandfather" clocks that display unusual characteristics in design, construction, materials and application, from 1680-1860. The clocks--culled from local private and public collections--exemplify America's significant contribution to the advancement of horology, the science of measuring time.

"The invention of the grandfather clock was quintessential to the mechanical era and helped define the evolution of daily life in colonial Philadelphia," said Dr. Robert E. Booth, Jr., curator of the 2000 Loan Exhibit and one of the country's leading collectors of Americana.

This collection of rare artifacts ranges from simple, refined designs like a Christopher Sauer II clock from Germantown, to highly ornate, carved, formal tall case clocks from Pennsylvania's finest clockmakers.

This exhibit also features whimsical folk and "tramp" art designs with fabulous parquetry, marquetry and jigsaw-cut open work, such as a tall clock, circa 1880, on loan from the Museum of American Folk Art and the Johannes Spitler clock from Shenandoah County, VA.

In addition to the Loan Exhibit, visitors can view 18th- and 19th-century antique furniture and decorative arts which have made the Show one of the leading exhibitions in the country.

Museum-quality works will be showcased by 56 of the nation's top antiques dealers. The Show opens with a Preview Gala on April 7 and continues through April 12 at the 33rd Street Armory, just north of Market Street.

The Show--celebrating its 39th anniversary--has contributed more than $8.5 million since 1962 for the advancement of patient care to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC). This year, the beneficiary is the Institute on Aging at the UPMC. Proceeds will enable the center to enhance and expand its full range of geriatric care for the elderly. The Institute plans to improve the conditions and services at the Ralston-Penn Center's Geriatric Medicine practice and the Presbyterian Medical Center's Acute Care of Elders Unit.

Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for students and UPHS staff. Reservations are recommended for the special events. Call (215) 387-3500.

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Suite 211 Nichols House, 3600 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106

(215) 898-5274 or 5275 FAX 898-9137




 Unless otherwise noted all events are open to the general public as well as to members of the University. For building locations, call (215) 898-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Listing of a phone number normally means tickets, reservations or registration required.

This April calendar is a pull-out for posting. Almanac carries an Update with additions, changes and cancellations if received by Monday noon prior to the week of publication. Members of the University may send notices for the Update or May At Penn calendar.


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 26, March 28, 2000