Featured Events

garden railway


November 27 (All day) - January 3 (All day)

Back again this year, the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., is featuring its bustling model trains running on a quarter-mile track through its ornamented winter garden. The beloved Holiday Garden Railway display is decorated with small buildings—even a replica of Independence Hall—made with natural materials. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 215-247-5777 or morrisarboretum.org.

stefan al


December 9 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Stefan Al, a Penn associate professor of urban design, will discuss his latest book, “Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements,” at the Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Info: penniur.upenn.edu. Registration is required.

Sweet Honey in the Rock


December 12 8:00pm

Internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform its mix of blues, African, jazz, gospel, and R&B music at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $20-$50.



December 13 2:00pm

Check out the Second Sunday Culture Films Series at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Coinciding with this year's theme of gender across cultures, it will showcase “Mardistan (Macholand),” a documentary exploring notions of Indian masculinity. The film’s director, Harjant Gill, is a featured speaker. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.

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Event Listings



May 5 10:00am - January 13 5:00pm

“MAYA 2012: Lords of Time” leads visitors on a journey through the Maya’s time-ordered universe, expressed through their intricate calendar systems and the power wielded by their divine kings. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Students: $16.50; children 6-12: $16.50; military (w/ID): $18.50; seniors (65+): $18.50; adults: $22.50. Exhibit on display through Jan. 13, 2013.

"Resolved" exhibit


August 27 9:00am - February 24 5:00pm

Type “God” into Google and you’ll get nearly 2 billion search results. God even has His (or Her) own (unverified) Twitter feed. But despite the sophisticated arguments postulated by believers and non-believers, God’s existence remains in dispute. For Penn’s 2012-13 “Year of Proof,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents “Resolved? God Does Not Exist,” a small exhibition selected from the Library’s primary source collections that shows examples of individual works that attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24, 2013, is on display on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St, next to the Information Desk. For more information, call 215-898-7088 or email rbml@pobox.upenn.edu.

Lesley Hass "Paper" exhibit


September 4 9:00am - February 15 5:00pm

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a show from Philadelphia native Lesley Haas, “Paper: A Deckled Edge.” The signature of Haas’ work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world, which blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor, 3420 Walnut St. Info: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 15, 2013.

Jeremy Diller


September 19 6:30pm - December 30 5:00pm

Attend the opening night of “Jeremy Deller: Joy in People,” the first mid-career survey of this unpredictable and vibrant artist. The exhibit features almost all of Deller’s major works to date, including installations, photographs, videos, performance works, and sound pieces. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. The exhibit is on display through Dec. 30.

9 Perspectives


November 9 10:00am - January 27 5:00pm

“9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection” mines the extensive photography holdings in Penn’s art collection. Gabriel Martinez, senior lecturer in PennDesign, is guest curator. Since September 2011, he and collections manager Heather Gibson have surveyed and documented every photograph in the University collection. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG. Exhibit on display through Jan. 27, 2013.


November 16 12:00pm - 1:30pm

William H. Dow, a professor of health economics at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health, discusses “Evaluating Conditional Cash Transfers to Prevent HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Tanzania: 1-Year Post-Intervention Follow-Up” for a LDI Research Seminar. Colonial Penn Center Auditorium, 3641 Locust Walk. Info: 215-898-5611 or www.ldi.upenn.edu. Registration is required.


November 16 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy at Brown University, discusses “The Political Theory of Austerity: History of a Dangerous Idea” for the Penn Social Science & Policy Forum. College Hall, Levy Park, Room 205. Info: 215-573-4881 or email penn-sspf@sas.upenn.edu.



November 16 8:00pm

Dance Celebration continues its 30-year tradition of presenting the next great dance company with the North American debut of Spellbound Dance Company. Boasting a striking and unmistakably exquisite style, this Italian company exudes an intoxicating combination of class, grace, technique, and physical beauty. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3910 or www.pennpresents.org. $35, $45, $55. Additional performance on Nov. 17.