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

Black Bodies


June 6 10:00am - March 2 5:00pm

“Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster” presents 33 posters aimed at mobilizing people of color in war efforts, even as they faced oppression at home. Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at Penn, curates the exhibition, which features posters from his private collection. Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Merle-Smith Galleries, 1st Floor. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Free with Museum admission.


December 14 10:30am - March 29 11:30am

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, Winter Wellness Walks stick to the paved paths to get your heart rate up. Morris Arboretum. Walks occur weekly on Saturdays through March 29, 2014. Info: 215-247-5777 or www.upenn.edu/arboretum.

William H. Johnson


January 18 12:00pm - March 23 5:00pm

An essential figure in modern American art, William H. Johnson was skilled in various media and techniques. “William H. Johnson: An American Modern,” a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will feature rare paintings by Johnson. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, noon to 5 p.m. at Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: www.upenn.edu/ARG. 

editor's pick


February 12 (All day) - August 17 (All day)

To mark half a century as one of the leading contemporary art museums in the world, the exhibition “ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963” animates the Institute of Contemporary Art’s past and propels it into the future. The ICA is celebrating the anniversary by examining lesser-known moments in contemporary art, engage today’s artists, commission new projects, and move toward the unknown. The show runs through Aug. 17. For a full list of artists included in the show, and details on free public events during the exhibition’s run, go to www.icaphila.org


February 21 5:00pm - 6:30pm

The Penn Humanities Forum hosts artist Kara Walker for the R. Jean Brownlee Lecture in Women’s Studies to discuss violence in contemporary art. Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum. Info: Registration is required. www.phf.upenn.edu.


February 21 7:00pm

Penn vs. Harvard. The Palestra. Info: www.pennathletics.com.