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Almanac - April 25, 2017 Volume 63 No. 32


Destination Ancient Egypt: Mummies Day Love Letters
On Families Second Sunday at Penn Museum, bring the whole clan for Mummies Day! Show your love to your mummy, daddy, sibling, or friend. Work with mixed media to create a love letter or card, complete with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. See Children's Activities.



Continuum; an exploration of the relationship and poetics between inner and outer space, showcasing the multimedia installation NeuroCantos, created in collaboration with sound artist Susan Alexjander; Esther Klein Gallery. Through May 27.See Exhibits.



Morris Arboretum in Motion:
The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker

Visitors to Morris Arboretum in Motion will have the chance to experience Lyman Whitaker's 50+ kinetic wind sculptures throughout the garden. Mr. Whitaker has been a working sculptor for more than 40 years. Since the early 1980s, he has focused on kinetic art, creating wind sculptures--- artworks driven by the wind. His constructs are organic in nature and dependent upon their natural surroundings to provide their movement. They are also intended to make observers think about their surroundings and their own relationship to nature. See Exhibits.



Willie Cole: On-Site

The Arthur Ross Gallery’s new exhibit Willie Cole: On Site features works that Cole created from 2006-2016 that focused on three main materials: found wood, used shoes, and recycled water bottles. Willie Cole is known for transforming ordinary objects, such as bicycle parts, irons, and shoes into works of art, alluding to the African American experience inspired by West African religion. A reception will take place on April 7 at 5 p.m.; the exhibit itself will be on view until July 2. See Exhibits.



Ginny Casey & Jessi Reaves

Opening April 28, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania will present Ginny Casey & Jessi Reaves, an exhibition featuring new and recent works by two artists exploring the relationship between contemporary painting and sculpture, domestic objects, and decorative surfaces. The joint exhibition features more than 30 works by painter Ginny Casey and sculptor Jessi Reaves, several of which were created specifically for this exhibition, that image and reimagine the form and function of objects encountered in daily life. The exhibit will be on view until August 6. See Exhibits.


Meshell Ndegeocello

Bass player and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello will sojourn into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop and rock on May 6 at Zelerbach Theatre. See Music.


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.


Natural Selection: Lost Cat, Found Ox and Other Inspiring Bonds

native american poster
The animal portraits featured in Natural Selection are portraits of serendipity. From José the rescued calf who loved playing ball and bathing, to Ulla, a shelter cat who ruled the artists’ studio, to Lucky, the runaway canary who became a salon’s mascot, all are creatures who, through chance, luck and expert veterinary care, forged deep bonds with equally favored humans. Artist Eleanor Hubbard depicts them through watercolors created at the American Academy in Rome and in limited edition paintings using the Brushes app on an iPhone. Through May 16. See Exhibits.


letters from iraq

Letters From Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2017) is a poignant telling through music of war, its aftermath and its consequences. These stories become more than an aural presentation. They are truly an audiovisual virtual reality at the hands o fRahim AlHaj and a cast of masterful musicians See Music.


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.



Garden Railway Grand Opening

Morris Arboretum has just the ticket to kick off summer – the Grand Opening of the Garden Railway display on Memorial Day weekend, celebrating its 20th year! This year’s theme is Arboretum in Motion. To celebrate the opening of the Railway, kids make take part in a craft activity. See Children's Activities.

Cultures in the Crossfire

human evolution

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq; sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what’s at stake, the rich history of the region, and the diversity of its people; Penn Museum. Through November 2018. See Exhibits.