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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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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


April 10 10:00am - July 6 5:00pm

A curatorial seminar organized by Larry Silver, a professor of history of art, culminates with “On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions,” celebrating artifacts of Northwest Coast American Indians/First Nations. The exhibition runs through July 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG.



April 16 (All day) - June 30 (All day)

In “From Rio to Brotherly Love,” International House Philadelphia exhibits the work of Daniel Gafanhoto, a fine-art photographer who photographs and processes cityscapes, including Philadelphia’s, in a distinct and personal way. The exhibition will be on display through June 30. An opening reception for the exhibit runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at IHP, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org.


May 19 (All day) - May 26 (All day)

The Pottruck Health and Fitness Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, May 19 to Monday, May 26.



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.


May 26 (All day)

The University will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.