New students and their parents will attend orientation on Penn’s main campus, exposing them to a series of activities to aid a successful transition from high school to the University. Fall classes begin Aug. 26. Info: www.upenn.edu/nso.
“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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 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.
Who is the Human Lard Dog? He’s the alter ego of artist Steven Erdman, complete with his musical, whimsical, and comedic sensibilities. He’s like a cartoon character come to life. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.world cafelive.com. Adults: $10; children 1-12: $7; free for children under 1.
In the “Thanksgiving Harvest Centerpiece” class, learn some tricks when mixing flowers and dried materials, along with fruits and vegetables, to create a fabulous centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Info: 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org. Members: $50; non-members: $60.
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. Performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3910 or www.pennpresents.org. $20, $30, $35, $45, $55.
Penn vs. Drexel. 4 p.m. at The Palestra, 223 South 33rd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.
Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday season by heading down to the Ice Rink. Half-price admission with non-perishable donation. Those who need skates must pay for them. Penn Ice Rink, 3130 Walnut St. Info: www.upenn.edu/icerink.