Past Events

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join Independence Seaport Museum (ISM) on  Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m., when Cubby the Pirate will battle the Franklin Institute's Viking. Spanning one day, follow this showdown as Pirate and Viking duel on two different battlefields, looking to claim once and for all seafaring supremacy! 

We will be handing out free eye patches, holding a pirate pep rally, making pirate swords and battle rattles during round 1 of this epic feud will commence at 10:30 a.m. at ISM.

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 7:30pm

Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like,” the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing and culturally poignant programming. Featuring works by its two member composers and a world premiere by James Primosch, the group’s program reflects its deep commitment to enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00am - 11:00am

How will changes in a wide variety of technologies impact our industrial land use and how should we respond in order to stay competitive nationally and globally?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:30pm

Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection, Totem, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is poetry editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Air Traffic, a memoir in essays, was released by Knopf in April 2018.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is happy to host its 2019 Academic WorldQuest International Trivia Competition and Education Fundraiser. Don’t miss out on this fun, fast-paced, interactive, Quizzo-style competition testing your global knowledge! Find out just how much you know about international affairs, geography, history, and culture while broadening your knowledge and networking with other globally-minded contestants.

2018-2019 Topics 

  • Country in Focus: Qatar

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

Widely considered the quintessential American string quartet, the Juilliard has long been recognized for the boldness of its interpretations of the classics with an equal and parallel practice of championing the new. Following a newly-commissioned quartet by Lembit Beecher, Canadian piano titan Marc-André Hamelin joins the Juillard for one of the nest examples of late Romantic chamber music: Dvořák’s richly melodic Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Celebrate the New Year with the Philadelphia Suns on Sunday, February 10th! Get some dim sum and watch lions and dragons dance through the streets of Chinatown. Make sure you get a good spot during the parade, by checking the schedule below:

11:00am - 11:30am - 10th & Race to 9th & Race
11:30am - 11:45am - 9th & Cherry to 9th & Winter
11:45am - 1:30pm - 10th & Winter to 10th & Arch
1:30pm - 1:45pm - 9th & Arch to 11th & Arch
1:45pm - 2:15pm - 11th & Arch to 11th & Winter

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
You are cordially invited to the 107th Birthday Celebration of the African National Congress (ANC) on February 9th, 2019.
There will be videos and music.
Donation and open to the public. Young and old.
More Information:  610-565-8725
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Independence Seaport Museum and Moonstone Arts Center as we celebrate Black History Month with a discussion about African-American women's struggles for freedom and equal rights 400 years since the first recorded introduction of slavery in America. Panelists include:

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Get ready, Philadelphia -- we're welcoming in the Year of the Pig with a big celebration at the Rail Park! In collaboration with Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the Friends of the Rail Park invite you to enjoy an afternoon of food and cultural activities for all ages that celebrate the diversity of what our communities have to offer. Entrance is free.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 9:30am - 11:00am

The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries, will preach at the Celebration of Blessed Absalom Jones (1746 -1880), the first black person ordained as an Episcopal priest.

Free parking available in lot across the street from the church on 38th Street. 

Veterans and military personnel are invited to join us!

Friday, February 8, 2019 - Sunday, February 17, 2019

U.S. Production Premiere Music by Benjamin Britten Libretto by Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears

Based on the play by William Shakespeare Opera at the Academy Performed in English with English supertitles

"A show that's so much fun."—The Guardian

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:30pm

Celebrate legendary pianist Leon Fleisher’s 90th birthday in a program that also features his all-star pupil Jonathan Biss and his wife and frequent collaborator Katherine Jacobson. The program spotlights this master artist in repertoire for two and four hands. Of particular note is Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor—the most poetic of his creations for two pianists and a piece that alone is worth the price of admission.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Come along on a journey across the pond, back east to England and back in time to the 17th-century. It was a time of brilliant musical fantasy, a time when violins, viols, and their plucked keyboard companions merged and mingled and gave life to the music of incredible, even outrageous, beauty and expressive power. Join The Musick Art for an evening of these poignant, colorful, sometimes bittersweet tunes sure to engage the mind, tease the ear, and spark the imagination in the historic Hill-Physick House!

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

International House Philadelphia hosts their annual showcase of traditional Chinese music, dance, martial arts, and film followed by a reception with interactive cultural activities and a sampling of authentic Chinese cuisine by Sang Kee Noodle House.

Featuring short films curated by Rob Buscher of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, interactive arts activities by Feili Zou and Asian Arts Initiative with performances by Philadelphia Suns, Qin Qian, Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society, Great Wall Chinese School and more!

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:30pm

It is the long stretches of brick row homes along narrow streets that give Philadelphia its characteristic form and flavor. Positioned here and there within the matrix of crisscrossing byways are unusual places that stand out against the background of a pervasive urban fabric. These places are the subject of the talk. Images from Traub’s new book Discovering Philadelphia, Places Little Known will be shown, after which Traub and architectural historian David Brownlee will discuss the book.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Bring yourself and a friend for cocktails and conversation. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us as Chinn Wang is interviewed by her former student Katie Garth (MFA candidate in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art) on topics ranging from mentorship and women in the arts to symbology, and the question of artists' responsibility to engage with political/social issues.

Presented with the support of Tyler School of Arts Printmaking Program.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 5:30pm
On February 6, 2019, The Middle East Center will be screening A Revolution in Four Seasons by Jessie Deeter and Sara Maamouri. Sara Maamouri will also be present to answer questions after the screening. The movie tells the story of two women fighting for their different visions of a democratic future for Tunisia.

Middle East Center, Cinema Studies Program, and Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania

Location: Fisher-Bennett Hall 401