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Almanac - November 22, 2011 Volume 58 No. 13


Annenberg Center

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra will bring Afro-Caribbean rhythm to the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center on December 3 at 8 p.m. This 13-member, Grammy®-winning ensemble will perform their new family-friendly holiday program, Salsa Navidad. Come early for free pre-show salsa dance lessons with local World Latin Dance Cup finalist Darlin Garcia, founder and artistic director of Art In Motion Latin Dancers.

The acclaimed Irish band Danú returns to the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center on December 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a one-night-only performance of An Nollaig in Éirinn, a concert celebrating a traditional Irish Christmas.

The famed Compagnie Marie Chouinard will perform jubilant yet solemn works that evoke feelings of passion and introspection at the Annenberg Center, December 8-10.

Champions of the Dance, December 15-18 at the Zellerbach Theatre stars ballroom dancers Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya from ABC's Dancing with the Stars!

Burrison Gallery

Abstractions: Karen Shaver

Through December 2


Penn Museum

Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania

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Lenape Meesing Candle holder made of metal and paint. Each year, the Lenape of Pennsylvania honor Meesing, the protector of the woodlands, with a fall Meesing ceremony. At the ceremony, a member of the Medicine Society, a group of men responsible for organizing and performing the Meesing ceremony, represents Meesing as a dancer. The Meesing dancer prepares for his task during the year preceding the ceremony by meditating on Meesing and making objects with Meesing’s image, which are given to the Medicine Society.   A Lenape fan made of beads, deerskin and feathers rests in the hands of Shelley DePaul, director of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and co-curator of Penn Museum’s new exhibition, Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

Photos: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen.

Penn Museum

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetary



Gold bull amulet (Height: 1.5 cm; Width: 1.5 cm) originally part of a necklace of gold. The bearded bull, considered divine in early Mesopotamia, is made of a thin sheet of gold wrapped over a bitumen core. Found loose in the soil at the Royal Cemetery, ca 2550 BCE.

Hopes and Fears Revisited

The Forum, Annenberg School

Through December 21

Hopes and Fears Revisited; interactive mixed-media art installation that asks visitor to write their hopes and fears on a Post-It note and sign it with their fingerprint; The Forum, Annenberg School.

Penn Museum

Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years



Institute of Contemporary Art

Charline Von Heyl

Through February 19, 2012



Bill Walton’s Studio

Through December 4


Nursing: Carol Ware Lobby, Fagin Hall

The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art