August 27, 2015 |

Top 5 Events: Open Arts Events


This week, we’re celebrating our Open Arts program that everyone coming back to campus should take advantage of all semester long! We’ve got five great events from five of our 49 arts and culture partners, ranging from concerts to James Joyce to outer space. So get off-campus and into the city before life and schoolwork gets too hectic with these five great events.

Art After 5: Dendê and Band
When: August 28, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free after admission

Each week, the Philadelphia Museum of Art transforms their Grand Staircase into a cabaret to showcase international music and dance. This week features Dendê and Band, so come and enjoy the show as they mix rhythmic Brazilian music with afrobeat, reggae, and merengue. Dancing is highly encouraged! There will also be snacks as well as drinks from those who are 21+.

Passport to the Universe
When: August 29, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street Cost: Free after admission

If you’ve never been to the Franklin Institute, take the time this week to go check it out. Celebrating everything science and beyond, there are exhibits ranging from a replica of a giant heart to the history of Genghis Khan. At Passport to the Universe, experience a museum-wide celebration of astronomy with exhibits featuring light, rockets, and the mysteries of deep space. If you visit all ten activity stations, you’ll be entered to win a free telescope.

James Joyce & Irish Authors Hands-On Tour
When: August 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008 Delancey Place Cost: $10

For all the book nerds out there, you need to check out the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Founded on the collections of renowned book dealers A.S.W. and Phillip Rosenbach, the museum holds such treasures as the original manuscripts of Alice in Wonderland and Ulysses. Their hands-on tour focuses on Irish authors including Bram Stoker (of Dracula fame), James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats. You will be able to explore the collection in-depth and handle the original manuscripts, and reservations are required.

P.M. Summer Nights Concert: Animus
When: September 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street Cost: $5 for Open Arts Members, $10 for general admission

Enjoy one of the last true nights of summer with a concert at the Penn Museum. P.M. Summer Nights Concerts are weekly outdoor concerts in the Penn Museum’s outdoor courtyard, and are some of the best ways to hear great music and enjoy regionally-themed food, drinks, and cocktails. This final concert features Animus, Bill Koutsouros’ internationally acclaimed ensemble that fuses Greek, rock, Middle Eastern, blues, Indian, jazz, and African music. Be sure to check it out!

First Friday at Arch Street Meeting House
When: September 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Where: Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street Cost: Free!

All summer, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Producer’s Guild and Arch Street Meeting House have presented a series of themed performances at First Fridays, with live performances, social dancing, vendors, games, prizes, refreshments and more. This First Friday, the theme is “The Thin Line”, featuring Beth Feldman Brandt, Lee Mo & Dan Hanrahan as they perform music that dances on the thin line between jazz & R&B/Rock.


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