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SUMMER GARDEN RAILWAY

May 24 (All day) - September 1 (All day)

Enjoy kids’ crafts and ice cream at the grand opening of the Morris Arboretum’s annual Summer Garden Railway display on May 24.

Visitors can admire a quarter-mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with 15 different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges—including a trestle bridge that can be walked under—and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely garden of the Morris Arboretum. 

The display and buildings are made of natural materials such as bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds, and stones to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape. Each building is an exact replica of the original and is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials, and twigs as downspouts.

The grand opening takes place on May 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. The event is free with admission. The Garden Railway will remain on display through Sept. 1. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

Young Dubliners

THE YOUNG DUBLINERS

September 4 8:00pm

World Cafe Live hosts The Young Dubliners, a band comprised of several Dublin natives who blend traditional Irish music with rock ‘n’ roll to create a jam-friendly sound. World Cafe Live. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $15-$17.

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White

CONTEMPORARY HEART

February 21 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” features the work of artists engaged with clothing, adornment, and self-presentation to highlight the inventive design, tactical implementation, or sartorial sense by which we multiply and complete our personalities. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org.

JUST THE THIRTEEN OF US

March 21 (All day) - April 19 (All day)

“Thirteen” is the fine arts senior thesis show featuring work by PennDesign students Blanca Abramek, Christine Alix, Gerald Cheng, Kate Clayton, Margaret Diacont, Anna Dorr, Maggie Edkins, Natalie Gravier, Karissa Justice, Jean Kim, Tara McConachie, Tom McQuaid, and Cindy Rodriguez. Charles Addams Hall, 200 South 36th St. Info: Contact Erin Williams at 215-573-5134 or visit www.thesis2013.upennfinearts.com.

TEAM RED

April 18 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Valerie Bunce, a professor of international studies and government at Cornell University, discusses “Communist Federations.” Stiteler Hall, 208 S. 37th St., 1st Floor. Info: www.sas.upenn.edu/dcc.

SUPER SCIENCE POWER

April 18 4:30pm - 6:15pm

Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, a distinguished professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India, and Priyamvada Natarajan, a theoretical astrophysicist at Yale University, discuss “Can India Emerge as a Global Science Power?” for the Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series. Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom St., Silverman Hall, 240A. Info: 215-746-3159 or email casi@sas.upenn.edu. RSVP required. Seating is limited.

Saving Face

SAVING FACE

April 18 6:00pm

Every year in Pakistan, many people—the majority of them women—are victimized by brutal acid attacks, while numerous other cases go unreported. The documentary “Saving Face,” by American filmmaker Daniel Junge and Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, chronicles the lives of acid-attack survivors Zakia and Rukhsana as they attempt to bring their assailants to justice. The annual Global Distinguished Lecture will feature a screening of “Saving Face” followed by a Q&A session with Obaid-Chinoy. Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium. Info: 215-898-6335 or visit www.sas.upenn.edu/mec. RSVP to: globaldistinguishedlecture.eventbrite.com.

A TALE OF TWO PEOPLES

April 18 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Andrea Berlin, a professor of archaeology at Boston University, discusses “A Tale of Two Peoples: Phoenicians and Jews in the Land Beyond the River.” Berlin sheds light on six excavations at Tel Kedesh, the largest archaeological mound in Israel’s Upper Galilee. Penn Museum. Info: 215-898-2680 or www.penn.museum. Pay-what-you-want.

Buster

THE GREAT STONE FACE

April 18 8:00pm

Not-So-Silent Cinema presents Buster Keaton Shorts. View 1920’s “One Week” and 1921’s “The Goat” and “The High Sign.” Keaton delivers outrageous stunts and antics, all with the famous deadpan delivery that earned him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.” International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Ibrahim Theater. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org. $12 general admission; $10 students and seniors; free for IHP members.

Snarky

JAZZ/FUNK/WORLD

April 18 8:00pm

With the release of their live, two-disc album/DVD “Tell Your Friends,” Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The group of musicians is from two different cultures and traditions—jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $15-$18.