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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

August 21 (All day) - August 25 (All day)

New students and their parents will attend orientation on Penn’s main campus, exposing them to a series of activities to aid a successful transition from high school to the University. Fall classes begin Aug. 26. Info: www.upenn.edu/nso.

SUPER NATURAL

August 29 (All day) - October 2 (All day)

Andreea Dimofte, a medical physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, is showcasing her photography at the Burrison Gallery at the University Club at Penn, 3611 Walnut St. Dimofte's photography interests come from a constant search for the less common perspective on otherwise classic themes and locations, from the natural beauty of a sunny island beach to the hidden corners and doors lining up an urban back alley. Check it out from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

DIGITAL AGE RETAILING

September 10 12:00pm - 1:30pm

The Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty gathers for a luncheon featuring speaker Joseph Turow on the transformation of retailing in the digital age. Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication and associate dean for graduate studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. The lecture will be held in the hourglass room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St., and the lecture is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

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COURTLY TREASURES

July 18 (All day) - November 8 (All day)

The Arthur Ross Gallery will showcase artwork from the collection of Thomas W. Evans. As the American-born dentist who served the French court of Napoleon III, Evans assembled a top collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. This exhibition offers an exclusive look at highlights from the Evans Collection for the first time in more than 30 years. The Arthur Ross Gallery, at 220 S. 34th St., is free and open to the public. Its hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and some holidays. Info: www.arthurrossgallery.org.

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ICA AT 50

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

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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.

THE PORTENAR COLLECTION

July 19 (All day) - September 14 (All day)

The Myron and Anne Jaffe Portenar Collection—a remarkable gift to Penn of more than 500 prints, photographs, works on paper, paintings, and sculpture—will be presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition will include 20th century masters Stuart Davis, Joan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, James Rosenquist, and Susan Rothenberg, among others. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: www.upenn.edu/ARG.