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Almanac - November 22, 2016 Volume 63 No. 15


9th Annual Winter Beer Festival

On December 26 from 5:30-9:30 p.m., World Cafe Live hosts the 9th Annual Winter Beer Festival for adults 21 and over. The festival will give attendees the opportunity to sample over 50 different beers, from over 40 different breweries. For more information and to buy tickets, visit: http://tinyurl.com/jzs2aqk See Special Events.


Celebrations Around the World

On December 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. the Penn Museum hosts their Annual Celebrations Around the World event. This spirited event features holiday traditions from throughout the year and around the world. Groups from across the region share their cultural heritage through music and dance performances, craft stations, storytelling and more. See Special Events.


The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass
On December 9, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass will be performing at Annenberg Center. Mixing classical, big band jazz and New Orleans swing, this big brass ensemble brings together top musicians from across the country for a jazzy holiday celebration. For prices & tickets visit: www.annenbergcenter.org/ See Music.


Penn Museum Special Savings Days

Shop around the world this Holiday Season at the Penn Museum Shop with Special Savings Days from December 13-21. Shoppers with a PennCard, Penn Medicine employee card or CHOP employee card can save 20% at the Holiday Sale. The general public saves 10%. See Special Events.


Holiday Garden Railway
The Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway continues to round the track through December 31. Enjoy it as part of Friday Night Lights on December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. See Special Events.


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
On December 12-13, experience the original, direct from Russia — Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Enchant the whole family with larger-than-life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.annenbergcenter.org/ See On Stage.


Meeting Places: Plein-air paintings by Joe Danciger

Meeting Places: Plein-air paintings by Joe Danciger are on display from November 11-December 9 with a reception on November 11 at Burrison Gallery. Painting landscape out of doors is, for Danciger, a road to many different painting situations that are beyond the locus of studio invention. See Exhibits.


Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins

Jessica Slaven, Eeceit, 2014. Colored pencil on paper.
Courtesy of the artist.

Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins at Arthur Ross Gallery through December 11 honors Adkins’ legacy and explore his influence as an artist, scholar, professor, colleague and mentor at the University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition is a work of collective memory—both spiritual and conceptual in nature—that draws on his 2002 exhibition Darkwater: A Recital in 4 Dominions, Terry Adkins After W.E.B. Du Bois, and includes ten artists who have been deeply inspired by his artistic practice. See Exhibits.


A Sculpture by Patrick Dougherty-A Waltz in the woods-morris arboretum

Photos (above) by Rob Cardillo

waltz in the woods

A Waltz in the Woods by Patrick Dougherty is on exhibit at the Morris Arboretum until deterioration.

A Waltz in the Woods was created from willow saplings, which were brought in from Fredonia, New York, from a willow nursery. Dougherty likes that his work is relevant to just about anyone. He recognizes that each structure creates different associations for different people, and that it evokes something unique for each individual. In the end, for him, it is all about connections. “Sometimes we all just need to be reminded of our place in nature.”

Photo (left) by Marguerite Miller. See Exhibits.


Conifer Tour

On December 10, Morris Arboretum hosts the Conifer Tour. See the many shades of green and wide-ranging forms that conifers offer with a trained and knowledgeable guide. See Special Events.


Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time, an exhibition from the Betty Lawrence collection, featuring pictures of “ordinary” people in South Philly by Bessie McLamb is on display at Slought from November 17-December 30 with a reception on November 17. See Exhibits.



Magic in the Ancient World

Protective amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, powerful rings, magical stones and anatomical votives—these objects and more are featured in Magic in the Ancient World at the Penn Museum on display now through April 30, 2017. See Exhibits.


Winter Wellness Walk
On December 3, Morris Arboretum hosts Winter Wellness Walk at 10:30 a.m. See Special Events.


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary, 1972. Screenprint on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. This exhibition links the vibrant legacy of avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the late 1960s (particularly within the African American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago) and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture today. It will be on view from September 14 through March 19, 2017. See Exhibits.


Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy

savoy theatre company

Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy, the history of the Savoy Theatre Company is on display through Spring 2017 in Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. See Exhibits.


Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug

sacred spaces
sacred spaces
Kariye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey. Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug is open at the Penn Museum. The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of Turkey—is the focus of this expanded, large-scale photography exhibition. See Exhibits.

Native American voices:
The people—Here and now

native american poster
native american voices
native american dancing
At Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, a new long-term interactive exhibition at the Penn Museum, visitors will learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Set against the backdrop of more than 200 objects from the Museum’s expansive collections from the United States and Canada, the exhibition challenges stereotypes and tells powerful stories of Native American successes in achieving independence as sovereign, self-governing Nations. At multimedia stations, visitors will experience audio and video clips of contemporary Native Americans speaking of the many ways in which they maintain their religious, political, linguistic and artistic independence. See Exhibits.


the history of nursing as seen through the lens of art

The HUP Nursing Alumni Association commissioned artist Kathleen Shaver, HUP’76, to create an art installation to honor the history and legacy of 125 years of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. See Exhibits.

audobon's birds of america
This permanent exhibit at Van Pelt-Diectrich Library is devoted to the display of John James Audubon's Birds of America (1827-38). Penn's double elephant folio set of the Birds was a gift by Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opens from the volume on display will be changed on the second Wednesday of every month. This photo is courtesy of the Penn Libraries. See Exhibits.

Human evolution: THE FIRST 200 Million Years

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Various fossils on display at the Penn Museum's ongoing exhibit Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years. Visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. This photo is courtesy of the Penn Museum. See Exhibits.