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May AT PENNExtras!

Almanac - April 27, 2010, Volume 56 No. 31


Burrison Gallery

Ten Years Painting Tuscany: A Retrospective

Through June 25

Volterra Vista

"Volterra Vista" by Leslie Ehrin.


Morris Arboretum

Garden Railway: American Roadside Attractions

Through September 6

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Celebrate the grand opening of the Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway–American Roadside Attractions, on Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The miniature buildings, like the historic tea pot gas station of Zillah, WA (above), are carefully created out of natural materials. The Garden Railway will be on display until September 6.

Plant Sale

Consult with Morris Arboretum horticultural experts at the annual Plant Sale May 8 and 9, featuring rare and unusual plants. The 2010 Plant Sale will take place at the new Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm (across from the main entrance of the Morris Arboretum).

Above: One of the many varieties of azaleas available at the Plant Sale. See Special Events.


Penn Museum

The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia

Through May


Now through May, the Penn Museum will present The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia, a selection of more than 40 color photographs of people and places in the community, including the one above, taken between 2000 and 2009 by neighborhood children aged 5 to 13. The photography exhibition, on view in the Museum’s Kress gallery, challenges stereotypes and negative biases by highlighting hopeful images in the local community.

Penn Museum

In Citizen’s Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889–1891

Through June 20


In Citizen’s Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889–1891, a photographic exhibition on view at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology now through June 20, explores the ways dress—and life—changed for the Kiowa, Comanche, and other Native American nations of the Southern Plains during the last tumultuous decades of the 1800s. Plains Indian clothing from the period, selected from the Museum’s own collection, complements the photographs.

Above: Chief Quanah Parker, citizen’s garb, modern gelatin silver print from original glass plate negative, ca 1888-1891; courtesy Joe Swalwell.

Penn Museum

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America

Through May

Righteous Dopefiend

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, December 5 through May 2010 at the Penn Museum. © Jeff Schonberg 2009

Penn Museum

Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania

Through July

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Lenape Meesing Candle holder made of metal and paint. Each year, the Lenape of Pennsylvania honor Meesing, the protector of the woodlands, with a fall Meesing ceremony. At the ceremony, a member of the Medicine Society, a group of men responsible for organizing and performing the Meesing ceremony, represents Meesing as a dancer. The Meesing dancer prepares for his task during the year preceding the ceremony by meditating on Meesing and making objects with Meesing’s image, which are given to the Medicine Society.  

A Lenape fan made of beads, deerskin and feathers rests in the hands of Shelley DePaul, director of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and co-curator of Penn Museum’s new exhibition, Fulfilling a Prophecy: the Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania.

Photos: Lauren Hansen-Flaschen.

Penn Museum

Iraq's Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur's Royal Cemetary



Gold bull amulet (Height: 1.5 cm; Width: 1.5 cm) originally part of a necklace of gold. The bearded bull, considered divine in early Mesopotamia, is made of a thin sheet of gold wrapped over a bitumen core. Found loose in the soil at the Royal Cemetery, ca 2550 BCE.

Annenberg Center


April 27-May 1.

Omaha Theatre Company performs The Little Engine That Could at the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, throughout the festival, for ages 4 and up.


Begining May 20 at the Annenberg Center, dancers/illusionists Momix perform Botanica, director Moses Pendleton’s newest full-length creation inspired by the wonders and magic of nature.


Sinatra Sings Sinatra: St. Ignatius Nursing Home Charity Fundraiser; 8 p.m.; May 4.

Institute of Contemporary Art


Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)

January 15—June 6, 2010

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library


Image courtesy of the Historical Society of PA

Francis Johnson: Music Master of Early Philadelphia; Celebrating the acquisition of Francis Johnson sheet music from the collection of Kurt Stein.

Eugene Ormandy Gallery through Fall 2009.

Morris Arboretum

meta Metasequoia


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Nestled within the dawn redwood grove, meta Metasequoia will provide a fresh perspective of these wonderful trees. The exhibit will elevate visitors up into the tree canopy of the dawn redwoods by means of an artistic structure with stairs leading to the "basket," an open-air room whose floor is 12 feet above ground. Climbing up into the structure, nicknamed the "Grasshopper," visitors will be able to revisit the childhood feeling of being in a tree house, enjoy the views and relax in unusual intimacy with these majestic trees.