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Almanac - April 26, 2011, Volume 57 No. 31

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Above: Famed Irish theatre company Druid and New York's Atlantic Theatre present The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Academy® Award winner Martin McDonagh and directed by Tony® Award winner Garry Hynes. Set in rural Ireland in 1934, this dark comedy depicts the impact that a Hollywood film crew has over the local residents when it shows up to document the tiny island of Inishmore. When a young, orphaned "cripple" named Billy Claven is selected for a part in the film, his dreams of escape take flight. May 19-22 at the Zellerbach.

Left: Usiloquy, performing at the Harold Prince Theatre on May 1, traces the history and culture of the indentured immigrants of East Indian origin to the then British colonial Caribbean islands of Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname, weaving their music and cultural traditions into a dance and multimedia production. See On Stage.


Morris Arboretum

Garden Railway Display

May 28-September 5

Painted Ladies

The Garden Railway at the Morris Arboretum is a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden, featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. This year's theme, "Painted Ladies" celebrates colorful victorian homes with twelve replicas of houses from cities across the county. The Garden Railway opens during the Grand Opening weekend on Saturday, May 28 from 1-3 p.m.


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.

Charles Addams Gallery

Photo India Exhibition

May 20-June 24


Students in the Howard A. Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Program who studied abroad in Mumbai, India will display their photos in an exhibition in the Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery from May 20-June 24.

"Dharavi, Mumbai" by Alex Remnick


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


The Penn Abroad Photo Contest Exhibit will be on display at International House from March 16-June 3.

Above: Landscape: Chaouen Blues by Janis Kreilis; who studied abroad Fall 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden in the Swedish Program and Spring 2010 in Rabat, Morocco on the AMIDEAST Rabat program.

Burrison Gallery

Rachel Wren: Small Paintings

April 3-May 8, 2011

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

Penn Museum

Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery



“Ram Caught in a Thicket” (Height: 42.6 cm) of gold, lapis lazuli, copper, shell, red limestone, and bitumen, ca 2550 BCE.

Penn Museum

"Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan"

April 30 through July 31

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

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.