Featured Events

Sam Zell

A CONVERSATION WITH SAM ZELL

November 3 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Wharton School’s Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center hosts “Opportunities & Risks in Global Real Estate Investing: A Conversation with Sam Zell,” a lecture by noted international real estate investor and owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St.,
 Ambani Auditorium (G06). Info: Contact Yezta Johnson Wiggins at 215-898-0930 or yezta@wharton.upenn.edu.

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IF AT ALL

November 13 7:30pm

Direct from Israel, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company showcases its intoxicating blend of the primitive and the poetic in “If At All.” Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Performances run through Nov. 15. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $20-$60.

Burn the Diaries

BURN THE DIARIES

September 19 (All day) - December 28 (All day)

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents “Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries,” a new body of work by Davey based on the artist’s recent reading of Jean Genet. Moving between photography, writing, and film, Davey’s highly personal and methodical work draws deeply on the form of the essay. A public reception takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at ICA, 118 S. 36th St. The exhibit runs through Dec. 28. Info: www.icaphila.org. 

Ice Rink

THANKSGIVING SKATE

November 29 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Penn Ice Rink offers free admission with a nonperishable food donation. Penn Ice Rink, 3130 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-1923 or www.upenn.edu/icerink.

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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.