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    Upcoming events
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      Magic in the Ancient World
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • This exhibit features a variety of a variety of artifacts once used by ancient peoples seeking to fulfill desires through supernatural means. See amulets, incantation bowls, curse tablets, rings and other items from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome.
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      Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria & Iraq
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • Nimrud. Aleppo. Palmyra. Ebla. These ancient sites and many others in Iraq and Syria have found their way to the top of international news today, as the destruction of cultural heritage becomes both a by-product and a tactic of ongoing war. This new exhibition, created in conjunction with the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, sheds light on the ongoing destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East by showing what's at stake- the rich history of the region and the diversity of its people-and what's being done to prevent the loss of this history and cultural identity. Fascinating ancient art and artifacts from the Penn Museum's extensive Near East collection tell stories of the cultures of Syria and Iraq through time. Contemporary artwork from Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist based in Cambridge, UK, provides an art intervention-a modern-day response to the artifacts and themes. The exhibition features the important work being done by the University of Pennsylvania and Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with individuals and groups in the Middle East to help combat the loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage.
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      West Philadelphia Orchestra
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • Enjoy this eclectic ensemble made up of some of Philly's finest and wildest musicians, with music that is rooted in Eastern European folk traditions, and blended with free jazz, punk, and blues, among other genres. Get into summertime mode with good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, as we celebrate our eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum's outdoor garden courtyard. Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Concerts move indoors during inclement weather.Admission, which includes Museum admission, is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; Penn Museum Members, and children under 6 years old).
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      When the Shadbush Blooms
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • Today when a Lenape girl ventures to the stream to fish for shad, she knows that another girl did the same generations before. Through the cycle of the seasons, what is important has remained the same: being with family, knowing when berries are ripe for picking, listening to stories in a warm home. Told by Traditional Sister and Contemporary Sister, each from her own time, this is a book about tradition and about change. Then and now are not so very different when the shadbush blooms. This program complements the World Wonders: The Ways of the Lenape program.
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      The Ways of the Lenape
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • Who are the Lenape Native Americans of New Jersey and Pennsylvania? In The Ways of the Lenape, Rob Aptaker uses Native American artifacts to explore the tools, clothing, toys, games, medicine and music that were, and continue to be, part of their daily lives. A fascinating introduction to Lenape cultures and customs.
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      Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America
    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • The Great Pyramids in Egypt, Stonehenge in England, and the Maya city of Teotihuacan were all built thousands of years ago. Add to that list of extraordinary achievements the earthen mounds--some rising to heights of 70 or 100 feet, some more than 5,000 years old--that dot the landscape of North America. This new exhibition tells the sometimes enigmatic story of more than 5,000 years of Native American moundbuilding through photographs, archival excavation records, and more than 60 artifacts excavated at mound sites throughout the eastern United States. The exhibition runs June 24 through December 2017.
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      Wawa Welcome America Day
    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • The Penn Museum is pleased to offer free admission--and special activities-- all day. See the whole world in just one day! Visit the Penn Museum to explore objects from ancient cultures across the globe. Marvel at an ancient Egyptian palace and 15-ton sphinx, get up close to real mummies, investigate stone monuments from the ancient Maya, and more! Relax in one of the beautiful outdoor garden spaces, find something special in the Museum Shop, or enjoy a variety of delicious offerings in the Pepper Mill Café. Visitors can drop in all day for fun hands-on activity stations in the Museum galleries, providing opportunities to touch replica artifacts and make artworks inspired by the collections. After your time at the Museum, don't miss PECO Go 4th & Learn at Penn Park (4 - 8 p.m.)! Enjoy a fun evening filled with innovation demonstrations, musical performances, interactive activities, book giveaway, special guest book readers, food trucks and more.
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      Red Hot Ramblers
    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    • An authentic 1920s jazz ensemble in every way, the Red Hot Ramblers exemplify red-hot syncopation, stompin' rhythms, and lyrical melodies associated with the Jazz Age. Their snappy on-stage appearance will make you think you've stepped back in time to the Roaring '20s. Get into summertime mode with good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, as they present their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series. Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum's outdoor garden courtyard. Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Concerts move indoors during inclement weather. Admission, which includes Museum admission, is just $10 (FREE for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; also free for Penn Museum Members and children under 6 years old).
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      Daria
    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    • Daria (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) is a renowned folksinger who introduces children to world and American folk music using guitar, dulcimer and percussion instruments.
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      Storytime Expedition: Musicians of the Sun
    • Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    • The Penn Museum's weekly "Storytime Expedition" programs include a storybook reading and accompanied by touchable artifacts. Musicians of the Sun: When Lord of Night looks into his magic mirror, he sees that the world is gray and joyless. He commands Wind to fly to the house of the Sun and free the four musicians held prisoner there. How will Wind overcome Sun's fearsome power? In this adapted Aztec myth, listeners will soar with Wind as he battles the mighty warrior Sun in his quest to bring music and color to the Earth. This program complements the World Wonders: Daria's World Music program.
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      Zydeco-A-Go-Go
    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • With Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-steps, this group combines funky New Orleans rhythm and blues and vintage Louisiana rock ‘n roll into a spicy gumbo of irresistible dance music. Get into summertime mode with good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, as they present their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series. Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum's outdoor garden courtyard. Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Concerts move indoors during inclement weather. Admission, which includes Museum admission, is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; also free for Penn Museum Members and children under 6 years old).
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      Family Stages: Finding King Tut
    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • Journey to the year 1922 with Howard Carter to the Valley of the Kings as he discovers the tomb of King Tutankhamen, an effort that was six years in the making. Family Stages' "Finding King Tut'"combines humor and history to give audiences a deeper understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and the work of archaeologist Howard Carter.
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      Storytime Expedition: We're Sailing Down the Nile
    • Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    • The Penn Museum's weekly "Storytime Expedition" programs include a storybook reading and accompanied by touchable artifacts. Today, take a colorful boat ride with the book We're Sailing Down the Nile. Children and adults visit well-known Egyptian sites and artifacts through this story. Discover sculptures and temples, tombs, and mummies, and even the famous Great Sphinx! This story complements the World Wonders: Family Stages Presents Finding King Tut program.
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      Philadelphia Songwriters Project 2017 Winners Concert
    • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    • The Philadelphia Songwriters Project showcases up-and-coming musicians, with a diverse array of sounds that engages audiences with their lyrical and musical nuance. This performance features all four winners of the Project's annual songwriting contest. Get into summertime mode with good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, as they present their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum's outdoor garden courtyard. Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Concerts move indoors during inclement weather. Admission, which includes Museum admission, is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; also free for Penn Museum Members and children under 6 years old).
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      Troupe Da-Da Drums & Dance Ensemble
    • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    • Troupe Da-Da African Dance and Drum Ensemble performs a variety of West African and Afro-Cuban dances. Dressed in colorful, authentic regalia and singing in traditional African languages, the dancers of Troupe Da-Da move gracefully to the powerful rhythms and percussions of the djembe, dundun, conga and bata drums, the sekere, and more.
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      Storytime Expedition: Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
    • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    • Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes. Follow him through this Caldecott-winning adaptation, which combines bold, rich color with traditional West African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms. This program complements the sold out World Wonders: Troupe Da-Da Drums and Dance Ensemble program.
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      Conjunto Philadelphia
    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • Conjunto Philadelphia is a musical ensemble based in the Philadelphia area performing the music of Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The group's main aspiration is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba's deep and treasured musical history. Get into summertime mode with good tunes and great times at the Penn Museum, as they present their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Each week brings a new musical experience to the Museum's outdoor garden courtyard. Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Concerts move indoors during inclement weather. Admission, which includes Museum admission, is just $10 (free for PennCard holders, Penn Medicine and CHOP employees with ID; also free for Penn Museum Members and children under 6 years old).
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      Steve Abrams: Aesop's Fables
    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • Master puppeteer Steve Abrams involves his audiences in everything he does, from the simplest form of puppetry to expert (and very funny) presentations of Aesop's fables--in which a brave mouse, a lazy fox, and a very determined turtle are the featured players. Audience members can shake hands with a strange, blue animal that lives in Steve's suitcase, practice their own turtle voices, and enjoy a warm encounter with the world of imagination.
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      Storytime Expedition: Little Bear, You're a Star!
    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • This lively, vibrantly illustrated rendition of the story of Big and Little Bear provides a wonderful introduction to classic Greek myths and the constellations. This story complements the World Wonders: Steve Abrams Presents Aesop's Fables program.
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      Animus
    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    • Animus is an instrumental group who's sound combines culturally diverse musical concepts and traditions from ancient to modern alike. Primarily an Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern/Latin/American fusion ensemble, the group also performs traditional Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern music; their concerts often feature live dancers.
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      Sciencetellers: Pirates: Lost at Sea
    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    • Sciencetellers is an unprecedented theatrical learning experience crafted from a unique combination of interactive science experiments and original stories. Set sail on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. Throughout the story, explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more.
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      Storytime Expedition: Pompeii: Lost & Found
    • Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    • Glimpse the daily life of Ancient Romans before the destructive eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and learn about the archeological discoveries that help us piece together this incredible story. Mary Pope Osbourne's words are illustrated by Christensen in the style of the ancient frescoes found at Pompeii. This story complements the World Wonders: Sciencetellers Presents Pirates: Lost at Sea program.
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      Ensemble Novo
    • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    • Philadelphia's Ensemble Novo is a six-piece band inspired by the music of Brazil.
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      Egyptian Mummy Makers
    • Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    • Ever wonder how and why the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead? Learn how to be an ancient Egyptian embalmer and prepare Mr. Ulysses Penn for his journey to the afterlife! Using fabricated mummies, explore mummification through each step of the process, including brain removal, evisceration, desiccation, and wrapping. This workshop is demonstration based and uses life-like mummies.
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      The Kyle Lacy Band
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • The Kyle Lacy Band takes you home to the roots of 1950's rock 'n' roll while creating something new. Armed with an elegantly raucous voice, a 50's grit guitar style and a keen knack for "in the moment" lyrical honesty, Kyle uses his hepcat showmanship to keep his audience grooving down to the last beat.
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      The Franklin Institute: Motion & Machines
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • Investigate the basic physics of motion in this interactive show. Explore architecture through time and across cultures and learn Newton's Laws of Motion. Witness these laws in action in a lever, pulley, and student-driven hover car.
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      Storytime Expedition: D is for Dancing Dragon
    • Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    • This alphabet book brings China's history and culture to life, detailing a different example of its unique customs, art works, music, foods, geography, wildlife, and inventions on every page. This story complements the World Wonders: The Franklin Institute Presents Motion and Machines.
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      Trinidelphia
    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    • Trinidelphia has been pleasing local audiences since 2005 with a perfect combination of American and Caribbean styles.
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