Walnut Street West Branch Library
Registration required: (215) 685-7671.
4 Marcus the Magician; A LEAP (after school) program; 3:30 p.m.
8 Cookie Ornament Workshop; 2-part workshop; ages 10 and up; 1:30 p.m.; also December 15.
10 Rubber Stamping for the Holidays; use stamps to make your own greeting cards this holiday season; ages 12 and up; 5:30 p.m.
4 Undergraduate Fine Arts Senior Thesis Preview Show; Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery; reception: 5 p.m. Through December 7 (Design).
Now Mark Fields: Manifest Conception; paintings and photographs; Fox Art Gallery, Logan Hall. Through December 7 (SPEC Art Gallery).
The Choreography of Gardens
American environmental designer, Lawrence Halprin has designed nearly 400 private gardens over his 60 years of practice. This retrospective, drawn from an extensive collection of Mr. Halprin’s work, features over 60 sketches, photographs and period publications that demonstrate his influence on the postwar landscape. To Mr. Halprin, the garden serves as “a framework for movement activities,” where sequence and transition, paths, views, textures and materials, spatial definition and changes in level all determined the type, rhythm and speed of movement. “Lawrence Halprin: The Choreography of Gardens” is on display at the Kroiz Gallery until February 1, 2008. The Kroiz Gallery is located in the lower level of the Fisher Fine Arts Building.
7 On Da Swing: Where Swing and Salsa Get Better Acquainted; 8 p.m.; Iron Gate Theater; $7/Locust Walk, $9/door; also December 8, 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Onda Latina; West Philly Swingers).
Penn Yo (Chinese A Cappella); 7:30 p.m.; Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum (Penn Yo).
8 One Night Stand; stand up comedy; 8 p.m.; Class of ’49 Auditorium, Houston Hall; $7/Locust Walk, $8/door (Simply Chaos).
4 Chris Coyne—After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy; 7 p.m.
5 Richard Whiteford—Wild Pennsylvania; 4:30 p.m.
Heather Love—Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History; 7:30 p.m.
6 Harold Gullan—Jumping Through Hoops: Why Penn Wins; 7 p.m.
13 David Dye—The Best of World Cafe; 7 p.m.