Afternoon Lecture at the Penn Museum

September 23, 2018 2:00 pm

Check out this lecture at the Penn Museum to find out about the new computer techniques for the digitization and analysis of text found on damaged artifacts that allowed workable, non-invasive methods for reading the “invisible library” of written material which is incredibly difficult to read. Dr. W. Brent Seales from the University of Kentucky will share results collected over the past two decades from digital restoration projects on Homeric manuscripts, Herculaneum material, and Dead Sea scrolls. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America Philadelphia Society. Free.


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New! Morning Non-Credit Course at the Penn Museum

September 26, 2018 10:30 am

Come, learn about contemporary and historic uses of herbs with Middle Eastern roots, including turmeric, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove with this six-week course at the Penn Museum. The spices housed in most kitchen cabinets have ancient roots and are infused with centuries of varied uses—from culinary to medicinal. The class, taught by clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy, takes an in-depth look at which medicinal components are at play, and creates concoctions to take home for use in the kitchen or medicine cabinet. This course, geared towards anyone with an interest in cooking, gardening, or herbalism, is designed to engage beginners as well as seasoned plant lovers.

Class cost: $250; Members, $225. Advance online registration required.


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The Wry Eye: Cutting Looks at Contemporary Life

September 26, 2018 6:00 pm

Two gifted authors take cutting looks at contemporary life. Alternately satirical and poignant, deeply felt and laugh-out-loud funny, these books delve into both the mysteries and absurdities of our skewed contemporary life.

THE GLITCH by Elisabeth Cohen is a send-up of tech life and our frenzied have-it-all culture. Shelley Stone, a super-efficient Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two, thinks she has everything under control. She takes power naps while waiting in line and schedules sex with her husband for when they’re already changing clothes. But when she meets a young woman also named Shelley Stone who has the exact same scar on her shoulder, Shelley has to wonder: Is she finally buckling under the pressure?

The Glitch takes a hard look at the definition of work-life balance. Through hilarious antics and sensational story lines, Elisabeth Cohen encourages readers to slow down, take a breath and consider the perspective of a younger you. Would that person think you are living your best life?” —THE WASHINGTON POST

“An ambitious and entertaining novel … Cohen is a shrewd writer.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Kathy Anderson’s BULL AND OTHER STORIES (winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize) mixes dark humor with raw moments of pain and misunderstanding. Focusing on characters whose predicaments are typically ignored—a funeral driver, a lesbian power couple, a boy upset that his father has become a woman—she pulls us into situations that are just far enough beyond the conventional to intrigue and disturb us. Are these lives tipping into farce or tragedy—or both?

“These short stories pack an emotional punch and leave the reader feeling both pleasure and an immense feeling of loss. The collection asks the reader to move on, but the emotional weight stays with you long after you finish.” —MID-AMERICAN REVIEW

“Disorienting and illuminating, playful and often penetrating, the stories of Kathy Anderson astonish. She has already established herself as a powerful new voice on the national literary scene.” —David Lynn, editor of THE KENYON REVIEW

The event includes author readings, discussion, book signings, and refreshments.


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Brown Bag Lecture at the Penn Museum

September 27, 2018 12:00 pm

For Spanish colonial administrators Huancavelica was the “crown jewel” of the empire. For indigenous Andean peoples forced to labor underground, Huancavelica was “the mine of death.” At this Penn Cultural Heritage Center-sponsored lunchtime talk, Dr. Douglas K. Smit from the University of Pennsylvania, will consider the divergent historical narratives at the Huancavelica mercury mining complex in the Peruvian Andes. Drawing from archaeological fieldwork and oral histories collected since 2013, Dr. Smit will explore how the people of Santa Bárbara negotiate the development of cultural heritage in their community. Brown bag lunches are welcome. Free.


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Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

September 30, 2018 11:00 am

This year, more than 150 artists and crafters from across the Mid-Atlantic region (and as far away as Hawaii) will line nearly 10 blocks of Germantown Avenue displaying works in oils, watercolors, sculpture, photography, drawings, and fine crafts. Also returning for 2018, the Makers Village will celebrate both the beauty of completed art pieces as well as the act of creating them. Makers Village invites attendees of all ages to experience the joy of “creating” with interactive activities along with demonstrations in stained glass, weaving, glass blowing, beading, jewelry making, yarn bombing, live painting, and more. The festival will also offer live entertainment on two stages, al fresco dining and festival foods, shopping along the avenue, amusement rides, and family-friendly activities.


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Valerie Morrison Psychic Medium – Live Psychic Talk Radio Show

October 1, 2018 7:00 pm

Listeners to the Show can call in with their FREE QUESTION for their concerns about 2018.

For details about this Radio Show & the Call–In Phone Number for your FREE QUESTION go to

Audience seating is not available at the Radio Studio. Listeners participate only by Listening on their Computer or Radio Station WVLT 92.1 FM.


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Leeway Day

October 6, 2018 10:00 am

Join Leeway Foundation as we host a family-friendly, fun-filled day of workshops with artists and Leeway grantees. The day will include morning yoga with Sheena Sood, a papel picado workshop with Erika Guadalupe Nuñez, a zine-making workshop with and Kerri Radley; a guided tour of the MAKING SPACE: Leeway @ 25 exhibition with Leeway Executive Director Denise M. Brown; an artist talk featuring Vashti DuBois and Maria Dumlao, and more!

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Register here:


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Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms

October 6, 2018 10:00 am

Join Subaru and Greensgrow Farms for a celebration of local food, music, crafts and farm fun! Whether you are from Philly or out of town, get off the beaten path and check out Greensgrow Farms, the nationally recognized leader in urban farming, and see how a former galvanized steel plant became a model for urban agriculture.

Festival visitors will have the chance to enjoy live music, local food and drink, and crafts from local vendors. Visit the farmstand and bring the kids to partake in a variety of children’s activities: run the sack race, bob for apples, or make your own scarecrow. Taste samples from or compete in the annual Chili Competition and Apple Pie Competition where the public is asked to submit their best recipes to be crowned champions.

Other festival activities include:

• Local beer & spirits tent
• Cider pressing
• Beebeard
• Live music
• Adopt-a-Pet
• Subaru Coat Drive
• VIP Parking for Subaru owners (first come, first served)

The Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow Farms is open to the public and admission is FREE. The event supports and celebrates Greensgrow’s nonprofit mission to grow a greener and more sustainable Philadelphia.

To learn more about being a Fall Festival sponsor, email

Performers, food or beverage vendors, email

Interested in being an arts and crafts vendor? Apply here:

Volunteers needed! Visit to learn how you can help.


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SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque in Philadelphia

October 9, 2018 9:00 pm

SuicideGirls is bringing back a revamped version of the sexiest show on the planet for 2018! The Blackheart Burlesque is unlike any other burlesque act you’ve seen,  filled with pop-culture references, a high-energy indie soundtrack, and the sexiest choreographed strip tease to make your inner nerd explode with glee. Choreographed by one of their very own, the show includes acts paying tribute to Star Wars, Stranger Things, Rick and Morty, Sailor Moon and lots more, in an insanely sexy, reimagined way!


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Fall Vegetable Gardening Workshop

October 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Registration Required. Farm your city – get back into the garden this fall! Enjoy fresh food from your garden longer with less worries from heat stress, pests and plant diseases. Join Greensgrow staff expert, Ari to learn how to grow a variety of hardy greens and root veggies into the colder months.

Ari will focus on planning a healthy fall vegetable garden and techniques for extending the season. We’ll talk about which veggies to grow, key dates, soil-warming techniques, how to use hoops and row covers, and best practices to help you set up your fall & winter veggies for success. Ari asks all participants to come with a basic layout of their garden and notes on the light it gets so we can tailor these season extension tips to your space.

In addition to demos and instruction, everyone will go home with information on frost and seeding dates, and how planting and harvest timing is affected by cold weather. Don’t miss your chance to turn every season into a growing season!

Ari Rosenberg is a passionate activist working to create a more just society through community action and organizing. She has been growing food for 15 years in both rural and urban environments. She loves teaching a variety of food & gardening workshops, and works behind the scenes keeping Greensgrow going as our Finance & Ops manager. When not growing, cooking, or preserving food, you can find her biking or running around the city. Yes, at Greensgrow, even our Finance & Ops manager is a farmer.

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