Featured Events

Let the Fire Burn

LET THE FIRE BURN

March 6 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The School of Social Policy & Practice screens “Let the Fire Burn,” a film directed by Jason Osder about the City of Philadelphia’s violent clash with MOVE, a black liberation organization based in West Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s. D26/27, Caster Building, 3701 Locust Walk. Info: Registration is required: jonesjen@sp2.upenn.edu

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THE MEXICAN PORTFOLIO

January 31 (All day) - March 29 (All day)

In 1932, photographer Paul Strand was invited by Carlos Chavez, director of the Fine Arts Department at the Secretariat of Public Education, a federal government authority in Mexico, to document the country’s changing landscape and people. The result of his expedition, the exhibition “Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio,” is on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 215-898-2083 or visit www.arthurrossgallery.org.

Mississippi Damned

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED

March 4 7:00pm

The Penn Humanities Forum, in collaboration with Penn’s Cinema Studies Program and International House Philadelphia, screens Bradford Young’s “Mississippi Damned,” the story of three sisters enduring cycles of family dysfunction. IHP, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: Registration is required. www.cinemastudies.upenn.edu

Savoy

FULL HEARTS

January 28 (All day) - December 1 (All day)

The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. Penn Libraries’ exhibition, “Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy,” traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 3420 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7555 or www.library.upenn.edu. The exhibit runs through late 2016.

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Event Listings

"Resolved" exhibit

LET THERE BE LIGHT

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

PAPER TRAIL

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.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

February 2 9:00am - 5:00pm

 The Division of Public Safety’s Rape Aggression Defense Program offers free physical defense training for all Penn women. The program includes no-nonsense, practical techniques for defense and realistic, hands-on training. Division of Public Safety, 4040 Chestnut St. Info: Contact Susan Dever at 215-898-4481 or email sdever@publicsafety.upenn.edu.

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SNAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL

February 2 11:00am - 4:00pm

Ring in the Chinese Year of the Snake at the 32nd annual Chinese New Year celebration. Enjoy a wide variety of music and dance performances, children’s activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, and martial and healing arts workshops. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-2680 or www.penn.museum. Free with Museum admission.

PUMP UP THE JAM

February 2 11:30am

“Nature Jams” is a children’s musical adventure promoting good health, natural living, and friendship. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. Adults: $10; children 1-12: $7; free for children under 1.

Chimera

JENNIFER VS. JENNIFER

February 2 2:00pm

Jennifer Samuels has just discovered that she is her own twin. This stirring solo show, created by Suli Holum and Deborah Stein, delves into modern science with wit and beguiling characterization. “Chimera” is an exploration of the phenomenon of containing two different sets of DNA within one body. Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3910 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $30, $45. Additional performance at 8 p.m.

Parsons Dance

WATCHIN’ EVERY MOTION

February 2 2:00pm

Parsons Dance has the sensory-arresting ability to take your breath away. For more than two decades, David Parsons has created works filled to the artistic brim with bouncy, breathtaking, and magical choreographic charm. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3910 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $20, $30, $35, $45, $55.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

February 2 7:00pm

Penn vs. Cornell. The Palestra, 223 South 33rd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.

BEFORE CASTRO

February 2 9:00pm

Conjunto Philadelphia is an ensemble performing the music of pre-revolutionary Cuba. The group’s main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba’s treasured musical history. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $12.