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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14
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 and modern dance; and world discovery performances now through May. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a unique gift for friends and family. Annenberg Center Gift Certificates are available in any amount, and are redeemable for all Annenberg Center performances. Make a gift to the Annerberg Center and get benefits such as VIP receptions and exclusive  backstage tours. 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 can choose between the XPN New Music Sampler CD or the Kids Corner 20th Anniversary CD. For $75, the recipient gets a choice of Live at the World Cafe CD, Volume 26, the featured album of the week, and more. More membership options and benefits can be found at  www.xpn.org.


worldcafeWorld Cafe Live provides a year-round musical venue of live performances as well as a restaurant serving  lunch and dinner. Gift certificates are available for purchase. 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 website and in print. Membership levels: $40, $100, $250, $500, William Carlos Williams Circle: $1,000, and Emily Dickinson Circle: $2,500 or more. Information: Director Jessica Lowenthal, (215) 573-WRIT, or http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/support.

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 for 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: Internationalist $50 ($90/household), Adventurer $100 ($175), Emissary $250 ($400),  Ambassador $500 ($750), Global Leader $1,000 (up to 2 people) and more. 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 the members-only newsletter, Ex3. They will also be kept up-to-date on the latest discoveries from the Museum’s worldwide fieldwork and research. In addition, members can receive discounts on select Penn Presents performances at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. For the holidays, get a free gift with your membership—a wrapped copy of the Museum’s publication Touching the Mekong. The book features photographs of Southeast Asia from the exhibition Himalaya: Land of the Snow Lion, which is now on view at the Museum. 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 the tri-annual newsletter, the 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 free admission to 175 participating museums. 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.

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.

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 free admission to exhibitions, lectures and programs. Young Friends/Students membership is $25. Receive the same benefits as other donors, along with a free poster. For more information: (215) 898-3617

Morris Arboretum. . . Botanical Beauty: Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s official arboretum, receive free admission, 10% discount in the gift shop, 20% discount on educational classes and excursions, 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:  Far-Away Friends $40, 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.morrisarboretum.org. 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 any amount over $10 are available for purchase.

Faculty Club

A gift of a University Club at Penn membership is something unique and useful, continuing to give all year. Privileges include complimentary morning refreshments, special event dinners, 10% discounts at Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar and the University Living Room at the Inn at Penn and Access to 100+ Faculty Clubs in the United States and around the world. A gift certificate for special mid-year membership is $30.  Memberships: full year $60; emeritus/retired professors $45; fee waived for first-year new faculty and staff to the University. Also available are gift certificates for the Harrison Room buffet lunch, only $10.25 each.  Information: (215) 898-4618 or e-mail universityclub@pobox.upenn.edu.


Ice Rink

. . . Feeling Fit: The Penn Ice Rink at 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 11, 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: $105. Information: (215) 898-1923 or www.upenn.edu/icerink/.

Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses; $40 faculty, staff and spouses; $55  alumni; $75 public; $40 senior citizens; $6 guest fee; valid through September 2009. 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 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14