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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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ZYDECO-A-GO-GO

July 8 5:00pm - 8:00pm

With Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-steps, Zydeco-a-Go-Go combines funky New Orleans rhythm and blues and vintage Louisiana rock ‘n’ roll. Check out the music group at the Penn Museum’s Pepper Mill Café Garden Bar, 3260 South St. Info: www.penn.museum. Free for children under 6, Museum members, PennCard holders, and Penn Health System employees. $10 general admission.

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THE TEMPEST

July 15 6:30pm

The Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co. presents William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Attendees will enjoy the outdoor performance at the Azalea Meadow at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Info: www.morrisarboretum.com. Free with regular garden admission.

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TODD RUNDGREN

August 19 8:00pm

As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and, most recently, interactive artist, Todd Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. The Philadelphia native will perform at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: philly.worldcafelive.com. $37-$39.

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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.