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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14
Holiday Events at Penn

Holiday Shopping and Events

At the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum offers international celebrations, music, shopping and family fun to bring everyone of every culture into the spirit of the season.

Info.: www.museum.upenn.edu.

Holiday Shopping Savings Days: December 3-7

Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Penn Museum’s three shops—the Museum Shop, the Second Site, and the Pyramid Shop for children—will offer holiday oriented merchandise, as well as an assortment of international arts, crafts and jewelry.

Special this season are items relating to the current exhibits: Surviving: The Body of Evidence, Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania, and IYARE! Splendor and Tension in Benin’s Palace Theatre.

Visitors during the holiday shopping days enjoy these discounts: 10% off all purchases (general public), 15% off all purchases (University of Pennsylvania, HUP and CHOP employees, with ID), and 20% off all purchases (Museum Members with ID). For updated information visit www.museum.upenn.edu,or call the Museum Shop at (215) 898-4040 or the Pyramid Shop for children at (215) 898-4022.

Holiday Family Celebration: December 7

13th Annual Peace Around the World, Passport to Culture—Sunday, December 7, 1-4 p.m. Visitors receive a holiday “Passport to Cultures,” with itineraries to visit Penn Museum International Classroom speakers and learn about holiday traditions in countries around the world. The day also features international music and dancing, choir music by children, exotic face painting, balloon art, international family crafts, free treats for children, Museum shop specials, and more!

This year’s event is in honor of Elaine Garfinkel, who founded Peace Around the World at Penn Museum in 1995. She was an active member of the Penn Museum women’s community for 15 years.

WOCAP Arts & Crafts Fair: December 4

The Women of Color at Penn Annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place on December 4 in Reading Room, Houston Hall, noon-8 p.m. Vendors will sell holiday gifts for family, friends, and others. For information call (215) 898-0104.

Penn Bookstore Annual Holiday Sale

The Penn Bookstore’s Annual Holiday Sale on December 11 and 12 includes discounts off select items with sale items throughout the store and complimentary gift-wrapping. Hot chocolate and snacks, 4-6 p.m. 

Arts League Annual Craft Show & Sale

December 7 through December 19, University City Arts League; Mon.-Fri., 4-9 p.m., weekends, noon-6 p.m.


Kwanzaa Karamu

The Makuu Black Cultural Center is hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration Dinner Thursday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. The celebration will include a performance by Arpeggio Jazz Band, presentation of principles and candle-lighting with an evening of fellowship. RSVP: makuu@dolphin.upenn.edu.

CA Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 9; food, fellowship and good cheer for students, faculty and staff; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; at the Christian Association. 
Holiday Dinner at the University Club

Enjoy the annual holiday dinner buffet at the University Club at Penn on Thursday, December 9 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Living Room. For reservations call (215) 898-4618 or e-mail universityclub@pobox.upenn.edu.

Holiday Party at International House

Participate in a holiday party with international flair Friday, December 12 at 6 p.m. Enjoy seasonal music from the Curtis Institute of Music and share traditions from around the world. Tickets: $5, free/I-House residents, members, alumni and friends. See www.ihousephilly.org.

AARC Holiday Celebration

Tuesday, December 16; noon-2 p.m.; 2nd & 3rd floors,  African-American Resource Center.


Penn Presents Holiday Music

Leahy Family Celtic Christmas Celebration—Friday, December 12. Performed by eight multi-talented brothers and sisters, this program is filled with Christmas carols and Celtic medleys. Showtime: 8 p.m., Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Tickets: www.pennpresents.org or(215) 898-3900.

Philadelphia Boys Choir

The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale: A Hollywood HolidaySunday, December 21 at 3 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium. Show includes songs from popular holiday movies. Tickets: www.phillyboyschoir.org.

Peanut Butter & Jams: Hanukkah Music

Peanut Butter & Jams: Yosi and the Superdads Rockin’ Hannukah Show!—Saturday, December 27 at World Cafe Live. Show is an interactive and humorous family concert filled with versions of Hanukkah tunes. Showtime: 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $10/adults, $7/children. Info.: www.worldcafelive.com

New Year’s Eve & More at World Cafe Live

Information: www.worldcafelive.com

Third Annual Holiday Show—December 13. Enjoy the sounds of Lizanne Knott and friends John Conahan, and Kuf Knotz & the Hustle at World Cafe Live. A long-standing member of the singer-songwriter scene in Philadelphia, Lizanne’s music is known locally for moving easily through dark, poetic ballads to soul-infused folk and roots-driven rock. Showtime: 9 p.m. Tickets: $5 cash and a non-perishable food item to benefit Philabundance.

New Year’s Eve with Alô Brasil—December 31. The band’s music is influenced by African rhythms and different regions of Brazil. Downstairs: Dinner: 6 p.m. (menu online); Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $65.

Countdown to 2009 with Alô Brasil—December 31; Showtime: 10:45 p.m. Tickets begin at $45.

New Year’s Eve with Slo-Mo featuring Mic Wrecka—December 31; Philadelphian steel guitarist Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner fuses different genres, including hip-hop, pop, techno, R&B, and the steel guitar, to create a unique sound. Upstairs: Showtime: 10 p.m. Tickets: $21.


Morris Arboretum Holiday Classes

Register: (215) 247-5777 or online at www.morrisarboretum.org.

Holiday Wreath Making—December 6. Designed for those who want to make a wreath from fresh loose boughs of greens. Participants work with a wire ring and spool wire to construct wreath, with a selection of ribbons and decorations; all supplies will be provided. Bring garden gloves and pruners. Section A: 10 a.m.-noon; Section B: 1-3 p.m.; $55, $46/members.

Holiday Tabletop Tree with Lights—December 18. Create a centerpiece (22-24” tall). Design a tree from long-lasting greens, bows and glass balls, with fresh flowers. Lights are added to make the tree festive. The arrangement will last 4-5 weeks. Section A: noon-2 p.m.; Section B: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $60, $50/members.

Holiday Centerpiece Class—December 20. Participants design their own festive, fragrant arrangement to enjoy in their home or to give as a gift. In this workshop they will learn professional tricks of the trade to create a display with a variety of evergreens. There will be an assortment of candles, flowers, fruit and accessories to customize the centerpiece. Bring clippers and a box to take your centerpiece home. All other materials will be provided; 1-3 p.m.; $55, $46/members.

Kids’ Holiday Centerpiece—December 20. Participants learn about fresh flower arranging as they design a beautiful centerpiece to use on their family’s holiday table or to give as a gift. Working with evergreens is fragrant and fun. Participants can add a candle, pine cones, ribbons, and flowers to make it extra special. The finished arrangement will last at least two weeks. This educational workshop is for kids from 5-12 years; 10 a.m.-noon.; $33, $30/members.


Skate with Santa: December 20

The Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena will host a Skate with Santa event on December 20, 5:45-7:15 p.m. featuring Santa on ice, holiday themed music and giveaways all evening. Regular admission prices will be charged. For prices call (215) 898-1575 or see www.business-services.upenn.edu/icerink/.


New CD by Dischord


Dischord, a pop, rock and indie a cappella group at Penn, just released its latest album. The 12-track CD features original a cappella arrangements and is available online at www.upenndischord.com. The price is $15, which includes shipping in the continental United States. Some CDs by other Penn groups, such as the Penny Loafers, are available at the Penn Bookstore.


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