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



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.



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.