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April AT PENNExtras!

Almanac - March 29, 2011, Volume 57 No. 27

Annenberg Center

Nnenna Freelon

Above: With its roots in gospel, doo wop, and the sophisticated jazz-influenced singing groups of mid-century America, the powerhouse a cappella vocal group Take 6 is both a throwback to an earlier, more genteel era of African American music and a precursor for a number of black male pop groups of the ‘90s. April 30 at the Zellerbach Theatre.

Left: Six-time Grammy® Award nominee Nnenna Freelon is hailed as the “international voice of jazz”, April 1 at the Zellerbach Theatre.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival

April 7 - 9



Above: Jack Golden: Water, Water Everywhere: A Splashy Look at Our Most Precious Resource; April 7-9.

Left: Known the world over for his astonishingly innovative puppet shows, master puppeteer Basil Twist makes his Philadelphia debut with Petrushka and breathes new magic into the legendary 1911 Ballets Russes production. April 6-16 at the Harold Prince Theatre.

Join award-winning stage, film and television actor John Lithgow for a fun-filled concert of music, stories and surprises, featuring songs from his Grammy®-nominated album The Sunny Side of the Street. April 9.


Arthur Ross Gallery

Post Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art

Through April 3


Pan Xinglei, Chinese,1969–
Movement, 2005
Paint, plaster, and concrete dust on canvas;
Smith College Museum of Art. Gift of Ethan Cohen in memory of James Connolly, 2008.

Part of Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art at the Arthur Ross Gallery, January 22-April 3, 2011.

Arthur Ross Gallery

Lauren Greenfield's Girl Culture

Through July 31

Girl Culture

Sheena, 15, tries on clothes with Amber, in a department store dressing room, San Jose, California.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Sheila Hicks

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, the first major retrospective to honor the American fiber artist, featuring 90 of her most important works. The exhibit is on display March 24-August 7. See Exhibits. Above: La Clef, 1988, rubber bands, metal key; 9 1/2 x 6 inches. Private collection.

International House

Penn Abroad Photo Contest

March 11-June 3

OIP Photo Contest

The Penn Abroad Photo Contest Exhibit will be on display at International House from March 16-June 3. Above: One of last year's entries by Nursing student Melissa Duva, who took this photo in London while studying abroad at Oxford Brookes University in England.

Burrison Gallery

Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Tetons

Through April 4


Photographs of America's National Parks.

Burrison Gallery

Rachel Wren: Small Paintings

April 3-May 8, 2011


"Nocturne",  2010,  oil  on  linen,  20" x  20"

Penn Law School

The Goat, Silverman Building

Through April

Bayou Road

One of the images by Michael Koehler, now on view at Penn Law: Mourning Reflection, Hopedale, LA, September 2010.
Gelatin Silver print, 24x36.”


Penn Museum

Secrets of the Silk Road

Through June 5

Secrets of the Silk Road explores the history of the vast desert landscape of the Tarim Basin, located in Western China, and the mystery of the peoples who lived there. Located at the crossroads between East and West, oasis towns within the Tarim Basin were key way stations for anyone traveling on the legendary Silk Road.

April 2-June 5: Interactive experience with pictorial depictions of objects—free with Museum admission

Penn Museum

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

Through May 2011

Righteous Dopefiend

Righteous Dopefiend: An Anthropological Installation on Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, through May 2011 at the Penn Museum. © Jeff Schonberg 2009

Penn Museum

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

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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.