Libations with Leidy

Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Cost: Free to attend (21 and over can drink with purchase of $10 wristband, or $5 for students/Wagner members)

Registration is encouraged and can be done here.
Joseph LeidyCome celebrate Joseph Leidy, Philadelphia’s favorite polymath at the Wagner, Philadelphia’s favorite hidden gem museum! Leidy, a prolific scientist, led the Institute in the late 19th century and his influence is strong in our preserved natural history collection and educational programs. This happy hour celebrates Leidy’s legacy and showcases the many ways you can learn science at the Wagner. There will be hands-on activities for all ages, including coloring from our collections, selfies with Leidy and founder William Wagner, and museum scavenger hunts. And it wouldn’t be a happy hour without food and drink—we’ll have beer from Yards and St. Benjamin Brewing will be onsite.


This event is free to enter; wristbands for alcohol are $10 or $5 for Wagner members and students (must be over 21).

Visit the event website here.


Directed by Peter Reynolds
Choreographed by Dann Dunn
Music Direction by Michael Pacifico and Amanda Morton

A queer re-imagining of the masterpiece THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, this abridged adaptation of the classic work takes Gilbert and Sullivan’s well-known topsy-turvy storytelling a step further, exploring a “post-gay” vision of comic operetta.

Staged in Temple University’s intimate Randall Theater (home to the sold-out run of 2010’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM) PIRATES is the perfect romp to end summer!

Straight White Men

InterAct_SWMEvery Christmas, Ed and his three sons get together, eat Chinese takeout, and unleash well-worn inside jokes while reminiscing about their unusual childhood. But this holiday season they are forced to consider a pivotal cultural reality underneath their constructed lives. Part deeply comedic social artifact, part emotional time-bomb, all framed in the context of a typical “living room” drama, Lee’s funny and moving play ultimately poses this tantalizing question: What does it mean to do the “right thing” as a straight white man?

Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee
directed by Matt Pfeiffer

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Locally Grown

NMAJHBeginning in the 1880s, thousands of Jewish immigrant families created agricultural communities in fields from the Ottoman Empire to Canada, and Argentina to Kansas. Those who tilled southern New Jersey soil did so in rural farmland dotted with orchards and canneries, but close to cities that bought their eggs, poultry, milk – and tomato soup. Come learn the stories of the hardy immigrants who chose an unexpected vocation in a new land.

See this exhibit at The National Museum of American Jewish History in Old City

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The Invisible Hand

What would you do to save your life?

The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
with Ian Merrill Peakes, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, J. Paul Nicholas, and Anthony Mustafa Adair
Philadelphia Premiere
May 12 – June 5
Studio X (13th and Reed Street)
Honorary Producers June and Steve Wolfson

Nick Bright, a highly successful player at a major investment bank is kidnapped and held for ransom by an Islamic militant group. As he awaits his fate in remote Pakistan and with no one negotiating for his release, he must take matters into his own hands.  Full of questionable alliances and moral bargaining, this Philadelphia premiere is a chilling examination of how far we will go to survive and the consequences of the choices we make.

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The Print Center’s 90th…

Andrew Fillmore, Bathroom Apple, 2015

Andrew Fillmore, Bathroom Apple, 2015

90th Annual International Competition (2016)

The Print Center’s 90th Annual International Competition features works by 42 of the finest contemporary artists using Photography or Printmaking as critical components in their works today. This year the competition was juried by Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Los Angeles-based artist Mungo Thomson. The Print Center’s Annual International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest juried exhibitions in the United States. This online exhibition presents portfolios of the work of the 31 semi-finalists and 11 finalists. It provides a unique opportunity to view the work of local, national and international artists in a forum which emphasizes individual talent and expressiveness rather than a specific exhibition topic. Klein and Thomson reviewed over 2,000 images submitted by 400 artists. Jeffrey Dell, Andrew Fillmore, and Leah Mackin were selected for Solo Exhibitions, which are on view May 6 – August 6, 2016.



Book and Lyrics by MARSHA NORMAN
Production co-conceived by JORGE COUSINEAU and TERRENCE J. NOLEN
Based on the novel by FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
May 12 – June 19, 2016

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.

After the sudden death of her parents, ten-year-old Mary Lennox is sent to live with an uncle whom she’s never met. Mourning the loss of his own true love, Uncle Archibald is distant and strange. Cold, bleak Misselthwaite Manor, haunted by spirits and secrets of the past, is no place for a little girl. Strong-willed and brave-hearted, Mary finds solace in a locked-up, hidden garden, and with it, a path to rebirth, proving that hope can bloom from the darkest of places. Based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden’s heartwarming story and beautiful, soaring ballads make this Tony Award-winning musical a treat for young and old alike!

Enjoyed most by teens, and kids ages 10 and up.

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The Ghostly Circus: Fire and Aerial Theater in the Cemetery


From the Anastenaria performed in villages in Northern Greece and Southern Bulgaria, to the Native American healing ceremony of the Sacred Fire, to Letuli Olo Misilagi and the Samoan Fire Knife dance; the addition of fire to performances and ceremonies has been a part of many different cultures for centuries. Fire dancing became popular in the United States in the mid-nineties and now this unique art form is coming to Laurel Hill Cemetery.

On Friday, May 20th the Cemetery will partner with 7textures, a creative group of styling and event design, to bring The Ghostly Circus to life. Somewhere between the clouds, the tombs, and Dante’s rings, the artists will build their stage evoking and encompassing the spirit of Laurel Hill with a dance on fire and in the air. This unique, other-worldly show will include fire dancing, aerial performers, theatrical sideshow, and a Dance with the Dead After-Party. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs and enjoy an evening under the stars. Fare from local food trucks will be available for purchase.

The event will take place on Friday, May 20th at 8:00pm. Gates open to the public at 7pm. Check-in is at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

The cost is $35/person on the day of the event.

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Discover a New Species

Natural History Collections: The Newest Biological Frontier

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Cost: Free

Registration encouraged:

What is it like to discover a new species? Most people probably imagine a team of intrepid scientists trekking through a wild landscape to find creatures that have never been seen before by human eyes. While that situation is familiar to Research Zoologist Kristofer Helgen, he also knows that another kind of expedition can be just as valuable: a trip to a natural history museum. By studying the specimens right under our noses in natural history collections, scientists are gaining new insight into biological diversity today and throughout history. At this Westbrook Lecture, one in an annual series of historic talks by world-renowned scientists, Kristofer Helgen will share how some of his most well-known new mammal discoveries were inspired by natural history collections, and how today’s scientists are using collections such as the Wagner’s to paint a fuller picture of the animal kingdom.


About the speaker: Kristofer Helgen has been Curator of the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History since 2008. His work on mammals is wide-ranging and encompasses systematics, biogeography, ecomorphology, and conservation. He has conducted research on almost every continent and more than 80 museums and he is known worldwide for documenting approximately 100 species of mammals previously unknown to science. One of his most famous discoveries was the Olinguito in 2013. He has appeared on the Discovery Channel and on television and radio programs around the world.

Smoke in Exile


Smoke by Kim Davies

Directed by Deborah Block (Temple Grad)
with Matteo Scammell and
Merci Lyons-Cox (Temple Grad)
John and Julie meet at kink party in New York City. She’s an aspiring college dropout and he a jaded wannabe artist—they instantly connect. With desires exposed, knives out and sex an open-ended question; a playful game of cat and mouse heats up and becomes a dangerous struggle for power that pushes them further than they’d ever thought they’d go.
February 18 – March 13
Studio X (1340 S. 13th Street)

Based on Miss Julie by August Strindberg

Student tickets
$15 – Weekdays
$20 Weekends