Department of Music
Enjoy a spring evening concert with the all-female Cassatt String Quartet, Penn’s string quartet in residence. The Manhattan-based group, which has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, graces the stage at Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., March 19. Looking for more Music Department events? Your choices range from symphonic scores performed by the University Wind Ensemble to inspiring vocals by the University Choir.
Institute of Contemporary Art
A leading advocate for the works of living artists, the Institute of Contemporary Art presents more than 40 paintings based on geometric abstraction and Op Art by local artist and legend Edna Andrade. Andrade uses simple shapes and colors to create complex paintings based on abstract design. “Edna Andrade: Optical Paintings, 1963-1986,” which runs from Jan. 18 to April 6, is her largest one-person museum show. An exhibition walkthrough, led by the artist and guest curator Debra Bricker Balken, and opening reception take place Jan. 17 at the ICA, located at 118 S. 36th St.
University of Pennsylvania Museum
Usher in the Year of the Sheep with the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s 22nd annual World Cultures Family Day: Chinese New Year Celebration. The Jan. 25 day-long extravaganza will feature workshops for children, storytelling, arts and crafts, martial and healing arts demonstrations and dance performances. A Lion Dance and Firecracker Parade cap off the event. The Museum, located at 3260 South St., has promoted the study and understanding of human history and diversity for more than a century.
Just added to this year’s Penn Presents schedule is “The Guys,” a new play that looks back at Sept. 11 through the eyes of journalist Joan (Cynthia Ettinger), who has agreed to help a fire captain (Brent Brinkley) compose eulogies for the comrades he lost in the World Trade Center collapse. Written by Anne Nelson and produced by Tim Robbins’ The Actor’s Gang, “The Guys” makes its Philadelphia debut March 4 through March 9 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. The event is just one of more than 170 performances showcased by Penn Presents each year.
Arthur Ross Gallery
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Terry Adkins explores the art and thought of W.E.B. DuBois, a 20th-century intellectual giant, in Darkwater: A Recital in Four Dominions. The exhibit, on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery through March 2, juxtaposes the political and romantic aspects of this famous activist and sociologist using four mediasculpture, print, document and music/text. Located at 220 S. 34th St., in the historic building designed by Frank Furness, Penns free gallery showcases art and artifacts from the Universitys collections and elsewhere.
Photo courtesy Special Collections and Archives, W.E.B. DuBois Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst