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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13
Gifts of Involvement

An array appropriate for ardent aficionados and advocates of anthropology/archaeology, art, arboreta, and academe. . . .

Penn Presents

. . . Stage Spectacular: Penn Presents will stage numerous shows including classical, gospel and jazz music; ballet, modern dance; and  world discovery performances now through May. To subscribe, or for information: (215) 898-3900 or www.pennpresents.org.

xpn. . . Sweet Sounds: WXPN 88.5 FM, Penn’s member-supported radio station offers several membership choices for those who enjoy discovering emerging artists and re-discovering some old favorites. For $60, the music-lover gets the XPN Fall 2007 New Music Sampler. For $75, the recipient gets a choice of Live at the World Cafe CD, Volume 24, the featured album of the week or many other choices. Information: www.xpn.org.


worldcafeWorld Cafe Live provides a year-round musical venue of live performances as well as a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. For information see www.worldcafelive.com/.

Kelly Writers House. . . Literary Lovers:  Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain seminars, readings and webcasts. Friends will be acknowledged in the Writers House  Annual which is available on their web site and in print. Membership fees: $40, $100, $250, $500, and William Carlos Williams Circle $1,000, Emily Dickinson Circle $2,500 or more. Information: (215) 573-WRIT, ask for Jessica Lowenthal, director, or www.english.upenn.edu/~wh/support/become.html.

Library Friends can be a part of the continual replenishment of the Library resources, supporting collection development and growth for scholars of today and tomorrow. A $1,000 gift in support of the Penn Library annual fund entitles you to membership in Penn’s Red and Blue Society. $2,500+ gifts entitle you to membership in the Benjamin Franklin Society. For information see www.library.upenn.edu/portal/opportunities/friend.html.

. . . What a Wonderful World: Membership at International House Philadelphia supports programming that promotes cross-cultural awarenessand diversity. Members receive reduced prices off select events and invitations to members-only events. Members also get e-mail announcements for advance screenings of major motion pictures, program guides and Mosaic by mail. Memberships: Academic/Alumni $35; Young Friend $40; Internationalist Individual $50, Household  $90; Adventurer Individual $100, Household $175; Emissary Member Individual $250, Household $400; Ambassador Member $500, Household $750; Global Leader Member $1,000. Information (215) 895-6553.

Pennsylvania Museum

. . . Marvelous Museum: Those who  treasure the past will be delighted with a full year’s membership to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Members enjoy free admission, Museum Shop discounts, invitations to openings and other members-only events, and a subscription to members-only newsletter, Ex3; and they will be kept up-to-date about the latest discoveries from the Museum’s worldwide fieldwork and research. In addition, members are entitled to $8 off per ticket to select Penn Presents’ events at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The gift membership will be mailed. Memberships: Student $40, Dual Student $55, Associate $50, Individual $55, Dual Individual $65, Household $80, Sustaining $150, Patron $250, Fellow $500, and Loren Eiseley Society $1,500+. Information: (215) 898-5093 or www.museum.upenn.edu/new/members/index.php.

Generations of Tradition

. . . Alluring Art: Members of the Institute of Contemporary Art receive free admission to the exhibitions, lectures and programs, invitations to preview opening receptions and the annual benefit, subscription to tri-annual newsletter, monthly e-mail with the curator’s top picks, discounts on ICA catalogues, use of the ICA library, discounts on selected Penn Presents programs, and special discounts at area businesses. Join now at the Family level and receive a DVD of  “Factory Girl” by Genius Products (while supplies last). Memberships: Individual $40; Family $100; Contributor $250; Participant $500; Benefactor $1,000; Director’s Circle $2,500; with additional membership bonuses for each. Information: (215) 898-7108 or www.ICAphila.org/support.

Arthur Ross Gallery offers those who contribute $50 or more, invitations to preview opening receptions and special events, and the schedule of upcoming exhibitions, in addition to the free admission to exhibitions, lectures, and programs. New members who mention this Almanac listing can select a free catalogue from the already discounted publications on sale in the Gallery. For more information: (215) 898-3617.

Generations of Tradition, a lithograph of the University campus by Jane Wooster Scott, is available at four different prices depending on the edition: $150, $200, $400, $1,000. Profits benefit the Shoemaker Fund for Women’s Athletics. Information: (215) 898-4717.

The Bridge: Cinema de Lux, a 1,150-seat theatre, shows both major studio and high profile independent films. Gift certificates are accepted toward all purchases, including 12 Lounge, and are available in $5 denominations or in packs of 50 tickets ($7 each) for $350. Gift certificates can be purchased online at www.thebridgecinema.com or at the Elite Services desk in the lobby

Morris Arboretum. . . Botanical Beauty: Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s official arboretum, receive free admission, 10% discount in the gift shop and on classes, the quarterly newsletter, plant sale benefits, Morris Arboretum automobile decal, access to the Reciprocal Admissions Program, discounts for local garden centers and invitations to events and lectures. Membership fees are:  Individual $55, Dual $65, Family $75, Beech $95, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, Laurel $1,000 and Katsura $2,500. Membership form is online at www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/member2.html. For your favorite gardener, the Arboretum Gift Shop has a full line of garden-inspired home items, toys and the latest horticulture publications for the professional and amateur. Call the Morris Arboretum Gift Shop: (215) 247-5777.

Houston Market

. . . Delectable Delights: Houston Market gift certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase.

Faculty ClubA gift of a University Club at Penn membership is something unique and useful, continuing to give all year. A gift certificate for special mid-year membership is only $30 for all membership categories.  Also available are gift certificates for the Harrison Room buffet lunch, only $9.90 each.  Information: (215) 898-4618 or e-mail universityclub@pobox.upenn.edu.


Ice Rink

. . . Feeling Fit: The Class of 1923 Arena  offers a discount book of 10 admission passes to any public skating session for $45 with a PennCard or $55 for the public. Why not stuff a stocking with skating lessons? Five weeks of group lessons, beginning the week of January 7, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The deadline for registering for lessons is 1 week before the first session. Cost $100. Information: (215) 898-1923 or www.business-services.upenn.edu/icerink/.

Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses, $35 faculty, staff and spouses, $55  alumni, $75 public, $40 senior citizens, $6 guest fee; valid through September 2008. Information: (215) 898-4741.

The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for Massage Therapy and Energy Zone. Information: (215) 898-6100 or visit www.upenn.edu/recreation.


Almanac - November 20, 2007, Volume 54, No. 13