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Dinner and a movie

Hang on to your ticket stub or pass from the Philadelphia Film Festival to get a discount at area retailers and restaurants. From March 30 through April 11, festival-goers can present their stub or pass to 19 University City restaurants, including Rx (4443 Spruce St.), World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) and Pizza Rustica (3602 Chestnut St.) to receive 20 percent off their bill. The discount is also good for both Bucks County Coffee Co. locations (40th and Locust and 3430 Sansom St.), Strikes Bowling Lounge (4040 Locust St.) and The Gap (3423 Walnut St.). During the festival, park in the garage at 38th and Walnut streets for only $5; validation is available at all screening locations in University City. For more information on the Film Festival, go to:

In a minute

Got a minute? We hope so, because the 60-Second Lecture Series is back, featuring some of Penn’s renowned School of Arts and Sciences faculty discussing topics in English, psychology, political science and history—all in about a minute. All talks start at noon sharp on the plaza at Locust Walk and 37th Street. Stick around afterwards for sweet treats and music from the Looney Tunes. Coming up on April 5, English Professor Suvir Kaul gives the talk, “The Humanities are in Crisis! No, the Humanities are the Crisis!;” Martha Farah, professor of psychology, discusses “The Human Brain 2.0” on April 12; Professor of Political Science Don Kettl wonders, “Is American Government Obsolete? Lessons from Hurricane Katrina” on April 19; and Alan Charles Kors, professor of history, discusses “Human History” on April 26. For more information, contact Joe McLaughlin at 215-898-5262 or go to

Fonda at bookstore

Actress and activist Jane Fonda will come to Penn Bookstore on April 20 for a talk and book signing for, “My Life So Far.” The book traces her childhood, acting career, activist days and marriage to Ted Turner, but also looks to the future. For more information, go to

Originally published on March 30, 2006