On January 27, The Parsons Dance Company will give their premiere performance of Fill The Woods With Light, a piece with live music by the Phil Woods Little Big Band. The show is part of the ongoing Dance Celebration/Next Move series and can be seen at Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre through January 29. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, at 8 p.m. on Friday and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday. For information and tickets, call the Annenberg Center Box office at (215) 898-3900.

Pictured here: Parsons Dancers outfitted in military blues defy gravity in "Anthem".


25 Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (E. Morris, 1999, 96 min.) and Stairway to Heaven (E. Morris, 1998, 27 min.); films of Errol Morris series; 7:30 p.m.; International House; free (Neighborhood Film & Video Project).


22 Kenny Garrett; jazz saxophone; 8 p.m.; Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center; $25, $20 and $15 (Annenberg Center; Temple University Public Radio/WRTI 90.1 FM).


Kelly Writer's House

3805 Locust Walk. Info: call (215) 573-WRIT or e-mail wh@english.upenn.edu.

20 Go West for Third Thursdays: A Winter Literary Feast; readings by Karen Miller and Shawn Walker; music from Third Policeman and the Virgin House Band; open mic; 5 p.m.

22 Laughing Hermit Reading Series; Nathalie Anderson, Swarthmore College and Barb Daniels, Camden County College; 2 p.m.

23 Manuck! Manuck!; fiction writing group; 6 p.m.

25 The Craft of Screenwriting: An Alumni-Student Workshop; 7 p.m. (Talking Film Series; Student Performing Arts; Kelly Writers House).


20 Cinq à Sept; vin, pâté, et bonne compagnie; 5-7 p.m.; Terrace Room, Logan Hall (French Institute for Culture and Technology).


19 Insight into the Role and Regulation of Matrix Metalloproteinase gelatinase B through Transgenic Mouse Models; M. Elizabeth Fini, New England Eye Center; noon; room 253, BRB II/III (Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health).

  • Recombinant Vaccines for Cancer Therapy; Jeffrey Schlom, DHHS; 4 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar (Wistar).

20 Who's on First? When is Secondary Prevention Primary?; Rosemary Sokas, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; 12:15-1:45 p.m.; Grossman Auditorium, Wistar (Institute for Environmental Studies).

  • Nonfiction Creative Writing: the Latino Experience; Lilvia Soto; 5:30-8:10 p.m.; La Casa Latina (La Casa Latina).

21 Benefits and Costs of Medical Specialization: Initial Insights from a Randomized Trial of Hospitals; David Meltzer, University of Chicago; noon-1:30 p.m.; Auditorium, Colonial Penn Center (Leonard Davis Institute).

  • Core Knowledge and Cognitive Development; Elizabeth Spelke, MIT; 1 p.m.; room G17, Logan Hall (IRCS).

24 Education Forum; scientists, educators and artists speak in connection with the Patricia Moss-Vreeland: Memory Connections--Matter exhibit at the Esther M. Klein Gallery; 10 a.m.-noon; large conference room, University City Science Center, 3624 Market St. (Esther M. Klein Art Gallery).

25 The Logic of Difference: Race and Gender in 19th-Century Gynecological Surgery; Evelyn Hammonds, MIT; 4:30 p.m.; room 352B, 3401 Walnut St. (History; Women's Studies).

  • New Views of the Ancient Maya; Jeremy Sabloff, University Museum; 7-9 p.m.; La Casa Latina (La Casa Latina; Perspectives in Humanities, Kings Court English College House).

Deadlines: The deadline for the weekly update is each Monday for the following week's issue; for the March At Penn calendar it is February 15.

 A star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) along the Morris Arboretum entrance drive formed a delicate tracing against the snow many winters ago.

 Morris Arboretum Activities

Winter activities abound at the Morris Arboretum. For details, call (215) 247-5777.

Tu B'Shevat, Jewish New Year of Trees--January 23, 2-4 p.m. Bring your family for seedling planting, craft activities and environmental games in the Widener Visitor Center.

Asian Landscapes Lecture--January 30, 2 p.m. Join Bob Gutowski, Director of Public Programs, for a presentation on Japanese and Asian influences that shaped Compton, the estate that became the Morris Arboretum.

Walk in a Winter Wonderland-- every Sunday at 2 p.m. until March 19. Enjoy winter blooms and holly berries at the Morris Arboretum on a Winter Walk. The 45-minute tour proceeds along graded paths past the trees including witch hazel, Japanese alder, common snowdrop, and winter aconite.

Discovering Winter Tree Secrets--through March 31. Families can uncover the winter mysteries of bark, berries and buds by picking up the "Love a Tree" activity sheet at the entrance kiosk. When completed, kids can stop by the Widener Visitor Center to collect a prize and enter their name in a raffle for gift certificates.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 17, January 18, 2000