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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

August 21 (All day) - August 25 (All day)

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.

SUPER NATURAL

August 29 (All day) - October 2 (All day)

Andreea Dimofte, a medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is showcasing her photography at the Burrison Gallery at the University Club at Penn, 3611 Walnut St. Dimofte's photography interests come from a constant search for the less common perspective on otherwise classic themes and locations, from the natural beauty of a sunny island beach to the hidden corners and doors lining up an urban back alley. Check it out from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

DIGITAL AGE RETAILING

September 10 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty gathers for a luncheon featuring speaker Joseph Turow on the transformation of retailing in the digital age. Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication and associate dean for graduate studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. The lecture will be held in the hourglass room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St.

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COURTLY TREASURES

July 18 (All day) - November 8 (All day)

The Arthur Ross Gallery will showcase artwork from the collection of Thomas W. Evans. As the American-born dentist who served the French court of Napoleon III, Evans assembled a top collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. This exhibition offers an exclusive look at highlights from the Evans Collection for the first time in more than 30 years. The Arthur Ross Gallery, at 220 S. 34th St., is free and open to the public. Its hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and some holidays. Info: www.arthurrossgallery.org.

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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.