January 28 (All day) - December 1 (All day)
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. Penn Libraries’ exhibition, “Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy,” traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 3420 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7555 or www.library.upenn.edu. The exhibit runs through late 2016.
FORUM ON SEX
September 16 (All day) - April 13 (All day)
The 2015-16 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex is hoping to challenge the taken-for-granted assumptions about what sex is and what it means. It’s inviting scholars, students, and members of the public to join the discussion in a spirit of exploration and discovery. Events will take place throughout the year at various locations on campus. Info: www.phf.upenn.edu.
September 16 (All day) - December 27 (All day)
Philadelphia artist Becky Suss presents her first solo museum exhibition, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St., through Sunday, Dec. 27. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, she’s inviting author Jim Shepard and harpist/composer Mary Lattimore to the ICA for an evening of stories and sound that evoke themes in Suss’s work. Check it out at 6:30 p.m. Info: icaphila.org.
CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM
November 20 (All day) - March 20 (All day)
Check out Abbas' first exhibition in America exclusively devoted to the theme of religion. “Children of Abraham" will be showcased at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., from Nov. 21 through March 20. Abbas, a renowned Magnum photographer, will travel from Paris to give a special artist talk at the Gallery at 5 p.m. on Nov. 20. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.arthurrossgallery.org.
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. You can enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season as part of the Arboretum's "Friday Night Lights," which takes place Dec. 4, 11, and 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 215-247-5777 or morrisarboretum.org.
WORLD AIDS DAY
December 1 (All day)
Philadelphia artist Tiona McClodden presents a new online project commemorating celebrated African American poet Essex Hemphill on the 20th anniversary of his death from AIDS complications in Philadelphia, where he was a crucial member of the city’s creative community. "Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex" will take over ICA’s website on World AIDS Day, as an online ritual to invoke Hemphill’s spirit. Check it out at icaphila.org.
December 2 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Penn faculty and staff are invited to try chair yoga, led by the Division of Public Safety’s John Wylie. While sitting in a chair or using a chair for support, participants get the same benefits of a regular yoga workout but don’t have to master complex poses. Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St. Info: www.hr.upenn.edu.
AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS
December 2 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Join the University’s Institute for Urban Research as it celebrates Penn’s Year of Discovery with an afternoon symposium exploring innovations in automation and robotics and their urban utility. Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St. Info: penniur.upenn.edu.
December 2 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Phil Tetlock, author of “Superforecasting: The Art & Science of Prediction,” and Maurice Schweitzer, author of “Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both,” will chat at an Authors@Wharton speaker series event. Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. Info: wlp.wharton.upenn.edu/authors-wharton.
December 2 6:30pm - 8:00pm
With the “Mind Illuminated” exhibit at the Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St., as a backdrop, artist Greg Dunn, who holds a doctorate from Penn in neuroscience, and Gordon Baltuch, a Penn neurosurgery professor, discuss what happens when neural pathways become disordered and chaotic. Info: muttermuseum.org. $5-$10.
December 2 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Internationally acclaimed percussionist Joseph Tayoun will lead a drum circle workshop for all ages and levels at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. A limited number of drums will be provided, so bring your own if you can. Dancers are welcome, too. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. $10-$15.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
December 2 7:00pm
Told in 14 fixed-angle, single shot, and individual tableaus that parallel Christ’s journey to his own crucifixion, “Stations of the Cross” is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen’s struggle to find her own path in life. Watch the movie at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: 215-387-5125 or ihousephilly.org. $7-$9.
December 3 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hear from Penn’s David J. Casarett, a professor of medicine, at the Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (ASEF-PSOM) luncheon seminar. Casarett is the author of the book “Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana.” Hourglass Room of the University Club, Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St. Info: www.med.upenn.edu/asef.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
December 3 12:30pm
Nicole Ivy, a museum futurist at the American Alliance of Museums and an American Council of Learned Societies public fellow, will discuss archiving protest in the era of #BlackLivesMatter at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.
December 4 9:00am - 1:00pm
Go birding at FDR Park in South Philadelphia. Keith Russell, from Audubon Pennsylvania, will lead the group. Bring your binoculars, lunch, and a drink. Meet at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Everyone will travel to the South Philadelphia park together by small bus, and return around 1 p.m. Info: 215-247-5777 or morrisarboretum.org. $40-$45.
December 4 9:00am - 7:00pm
This year’s Scholars Program Symposium will focus on digital culture. Annenberg School for Communication, 3620 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7041 or www.asc.upenn.edu.
December 4 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Penn Institute for Urban Research’s monthly Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) lunch session will feature Kate Raman, the associate director for Econsult Solutions and a MUSA graduate. She will discuss the latest uses of geographic information systems in her field. Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St. Info: penniur.upenn.edu.
MAKE A WREATH
December 5 10:30am - 12:30pm
Attend a holiday wreath-making workshop at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., led by florist Cheryl Wilks. Participants will use fresh, loose boughs of greens, wire ring and spool wire, and festive ribbons to construct their creations. All supplies will be provided. Bring a pair of pruners and a box to take your wreath home. Info: 215-247-5777 or morrisarboretum.org. $45-$50.
December 5 11:00am - 4:00pm
Explore diverse holiday traditions at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St., for its 20th annual “Peace Around the World” party. The holiday celebration includes choral performances, storytelling, drumming workshops, henna hand art, sari-wrapping, face-painting, and special family gallery tours. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.
THE CAT’S PAJAMAS
December 5 11:00am
Kid rock band The Cat’s Pajamas will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special performance at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., at 11 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Info: 215-222-1400 or philly.worldcafelive.com. $10.
December 5 1:00pm
Penn vs. Rochester at 1 p.m. and Penn vs. Williams at 6 p.m. Ringe Courts, 219 S. 32nd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.
December 5 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A winter tradition, the Penn Glee Club will return to Morris Arboretum for its sixth holiday concert. Come and enjoy the Glee Club’s fun and diverse holiday repertoire while sipping on hot cocoa and eating cookies in the garden. Info: 215-247-5777 or morrisarboretum.org.
December 5 2:00pm
Penn vs. Navy. Palestra, 223 S. 33rd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.
December 5 6:00pm
Penn vs. Williams. Ringe Courts, 219 S. 32nd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.
December 5 8:00pm
Latin jazz trombonist and Philadelphia native Papo Vázquez and his Mighty Pirates Troubadours team up with Argentinian-born folk jazz vocalist Sofia Rei in a special double bill at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $20-$50.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SQUASH
December 6 12:00pm
Penn vs. St. Lawrence. Both teams play at noon at Ringe Courts, 219 S. 32nd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.
December 8 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Annette Lareau, Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences, will give a talk titled “Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods: A Longitudinal Study of Social Class Differences in Family Life” in the Hourglass room at the University Club at the Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom St.
ADVOCACY AND INFLUENCE
December 8 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives will host a talk with Sister Mary Scullion, president and executive director of Project HOME, who will discuss how advocacy can play a role in addressing homelessness. Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. Info: www.med.upenn.edu/cphi.
December 8 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Irina Marinov, an assistant professor in the Earth and Environmental Science Department in the School of Arts & Sciences, will give a talk titled “A Story of the Southern Ocean” for Penn’s last Science Cafe of the year. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Arrive early to enjoy 5 to 6 p.m. happy hour specials. Info: www.upenn.edu/pennnews/sciencecafe.