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.

The Bullfighter


April 19 10:00am - July 28 12:00am

“La Tauromaquia: Carnicero, Goya, Picasso and the Bullfight” features 70 exceptional prints by Antonio Carnicero (1748-1814), Francisco Goya (1746-1828), and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). This exhibition reveals founder Arthur Ross’ passion for master prints and honors his vision for a university gallery that presents exhibitions of art and artifacts from around the world. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG. Exhibit on display through July 28.



April 30 7:30am - May 17 5:00pm

View Daniel Wilder’s series of paintings, “In Waves: A Neighborhood In Transition.” Wilder, a professional artist and pioneer of multi-sensory art/media since the early 1990s, is also presenting his “The Manifesto Concerning Das (dimension and space).” Burrison Gallery in the University Club at Penn, 3611 Walnut St., 2nd floor. Info: Email Ilene Wilder at ilenee@upenn.edu. Exhibit on display through May 17.

Karen Black


April 30 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“Karla Black” showcases the work by an artist who constructs large-scale, site-specific sculptures using amorphous yet everyday materials—from dirt, chalk, and dough, to the powders, sprays, and gooey substances we use to coat our bodies. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. Exhibit on display through July 28.

She May


April 30 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“Each One As She May: Ligon, Reich, and De Keersmaeker” features the work of conceptual artist Glenn Ligon, musician Steve Reich, and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The exhibition was organized by Penn students in the Spiegel Contemporary Art Freshman Seminar, and is a collaboration between the ICA and Penn’s Department of the History of Art. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. Exhibit on display through July 28.



May 11 9:00am - 10:15am

Jeremy Siegel, the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance in the Wharton School, discusses “The Future for Investors.” Siegel examines the valuation of the current market, the most promising asset classes, the connection between growth and return, the Age Wave, and international investing. Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7811 or email reunion@ben.dev.upenn.edu. Event is part of Alumni Weekend.



May 11 10:00am - 11:30am

Cindy Otto, executive director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, and Carlo Siracusa, a lecturer in behavioral medicine at the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine, discuss “Training and Behavior Tips for Pets” for the Animal Lovers Lecture Series. Penn Vet Working Dog Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave. Info: 215-898-1480 or www.vet.upenn.edu.

Amy Gutmann


May 11 10:30am - 11:15am

Penn President Amy Gutmann delivers her annual State of the University report. There will be an opportunity for questions. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St., Dhirubhai Ambani Auditorium, G06. Info: 215-898-7811 or email reunion@ben.dev.upenn.edu. Event is part of Alumni Weekend. Seating is limited; simulcast will be available for overflow crowd. Advance registration requested.



May 11 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Penn alumna Susan Orlins (C’67) discusses her memoir, “Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers, and Others.” An award-winning journalist, Orlins began chronicling her worries in 2009 on her blog, “Confessions of a Worrywart.” Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7595 or www.upenn.edu/bookstore. Event is part of Alumni Weekend.



May 11 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Penn alumna Marci Alboher returns to campus to celebrate her 25th reunion and discuss her book, “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.” Alboher is a vice president of Encore.org, a nonprofit organization making it easier for millions of people to pursue second acts for the greater good. Penn Bookstore. Info: 215-898-7595 or www.upenn.edu/bookstore. Event is part of Alumni Weekend.

Source Family


May 11 9:00pm

The documentary “The Source Family,” directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos, provides an intimate view of The Source Family, a radical experiment in 1970s utopian living. Their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, but their outsider ideals and the unconventional behavior of their spiritual leader, Father Yod, caused controversy with local authorities. International House, 3701 Chestnut. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org. $9 general admission; $7 students and seniors; free for International House Philadelphia members.