Past Events

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

This documentary conjures a poetic portrait of a bygone era, putting its own unique spin on the tradition of early and found footage re-appropriation cinema. Carlos Adriano uses an unknown reel of photo-cards, which he found and restored himself, from a Mutoscope film shot in London in 1901. The reel depicts Santos Dumont, a Brazilian aviator and inventor who lived from 1873 to 1932, explaining his airship to Charles Rolls, the future founder of Rolls-Royce. This documentary will be followed by short film,Santoscope = Dumontage, by Carlos Adriano's.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

On Wednesday, August 15th, the skies above Drexel Park will be spotted with kites in celebration of the 65th anniversary of Indian Independence. This is the first kite-flying Indian Independence Day festival on Drexel's campus, and all are welcome to come and participate for free. Along with an assortment of kites available for the price of only $1 per kite, there will also be several self-proclaimed kite flying experts there to guide novices. Complimentary authentic Indian snacks will also be provided. This event is presented by DISHA, PRAGATHI and AID Philadelphia.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 4:42pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. On August 15, P.M. @ Penn presents La Pequeña Marimba Internacional. This family band focuses on Guatemalan folk music, but also include a smattering of international music like cumbria, merengue, bolero and more.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian Neo-realism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Roma remains a classic. Please stay after the film for a reception with Italian treats.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac invites the community to take part in an interactive panel discussion organized by OYC and led by guests Captain Totokani and the General María Luisa F.R. Miquiztlii, elders within the Mexican tradition. Originially from Wisconsin and Mexico City, respectively, they visit Philadelphia to share thier experiences. This panel discussion will take place at the Houston Community Center. The talk is free and open to the general public.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm

On August 11, as part of World Football Challenge 2012, Real Madrid, Spain’s La Liga Champion, will face off against Scottish Premier League title holder Celtic FC at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The World Football Challenge, first held in 2009, is an international club association football competition featuring teams from both Europe and North America. This year, Challenge games will occur between July 18 and August 11 in cities throughout North America, including Miami, Seattle, Washington D.C., Toronto, New York, and Philadelphia. Tickets for the match can be purchased beginning on Monday June 4, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

The annual Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival is based on the celebration of Southeastern Asian culture featuring food and entertainment. Enjoy an exciting boat race at picturesque Penn's Landing while learning and experiencing the unique customs and survival stories associated with the Southeast Asian Community. Admission is free and open to the general public. This event is one of the many great festivals taking place as part of this year's PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing.

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Margaret Atwood’s brilliant 2008 essay, “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth” is the jumping off point for this fascinating, far-ranging cinematic essay. Working from Atwood’s premise, Payback explores the multifaceted notion of debt: financial, economic, moral and spiritual. Jennifer Baichwal visits with both sides in a contemporary Albanian blood feud; with Conrad Black, the disgraced media mogul imprisoned for mail fraud; with environmentalists who describe the degree of responsibility BP has taken (not enough) for the Gulf oil spill; and with Florida tomato growers who ultimately reconcile with their workers over improving working conditions.  

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Thursday from August 2 - October 25, 5-8 pm, Sister Cities Park at Logan Square invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and Milk & Honey Café will have cheeses and other goodies for sale that will pair perfectly with your selection. So, grab a seat and enjoy the light entertainment. In case you are planning to bring the kids, the Children's Discovery Garden will be open until 8pm these evenings.

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 8:00am - Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

The 22nd annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival returns to Reading Terminal Market from August 11-13, 8am-5pm. Enjoy three days celebrating the finest traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch — good food, handmade crafts, and a country street fair. The event is free and open to the general public! Discounted parking will be available for $4 at 12th and Filbert.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

In a future where all plant life has become extinct on Earth, environmentalist astronaut Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) is the steward for the many species of flora and fauna he maintains in a geodesic dome on the Valley Forge space station. When orders come to destroy the dome, Lowell refuses. With the aid of his three programmed helper-robots, he risks everything to maintain the valuable species he hopes to reintroduce to the planet. Silent Running will be followed by Lillian Schwartz's, GalaxiesAdmission is free. Please bring chairs and blankets; rain or shine.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday nights ring out this summer in University City as the Penn Museum presents its third annual P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights music series. This year's summer lineup features musical styles ranging from Middle Eastern folk/rock to Brazilian Bossa Nova and lively Creole Zydeco to funk fusion. Drinks and light fare will be provided by the Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar, and guests can purchase combination tickets to explore Penn Museum’s many galleries. On August 8, P.M. @ Penn presents Minas. Playing originals from their CD collection, as well as Brazilian classics, this duo displays multiple talents as vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers with an impressive grasp of awide range of Brazilian musical idioms.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - Friday, August 10, 2012

An international group of scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines will explore multiple facets of democratic governance, particularly as they relate to corruption. The two-day conference will feature a keynote address by Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States and roundtable discussions including Ambassadors of Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Botswana.

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 9:30am - Friday, August 10, 2012 - 3:30am

The African Studies Center, Middle East Center, South Asia Center, & Center for East Asian Studies of The University of Pennsylvania present: Summer Institute 2012 -- Teaching Peace & Revolution around the World as a Pedagogical Tool.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 2:30pm - 5:00pm

The Casa Monarca and the Azteca Organization of Atlantic City are thrilled to welcome the 'Guelaguetza' for the first time in Philadelphia. This vibrant folkloric event -- a traditional, Mexican celebration where the eight regions of the Oaxacan state offer dress, dances and products from their respective regions -- will include 60 professional dancers and traditional scenery directly from Mexico. Tickets are on sale for $20 at www.casamonarca.eventbrite.com. For more information call: 215-532-3033.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA)’s summer cultural festival returns for its fifth consecutive year. Award winning and top selling contemporary Nigerian-style African-pop duo Bracket, will highlight the exciting stage line up. Taking place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, the ACANA Festival brings you a celebrated mix of African immigrant and African-American culture with tons of food, vendors, music and entertainment to go with it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

At International Visitors Council (IVC)'s First Thursday prime networking events, attendees can expect to meet interesting and lively people from around the world! First Thursday is free for IVC members, and just $15 for non-members in advance, $20 at the door. This is guaranteed to be a friendly evening of citizen diplomacy that will create lasting and positive impressions of the U.S., Philadelphia and of attendees. To RSVP, email Alan Hatfield or call him at (215) 683 - 0992.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:30pm

This new exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum opens on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 5:30pm, and highlights the historic Swedish American Line. Refreshments, including food and drinks inspired by the ships' menus, will be served and collector Torsten Torstensson will give a presentation at 6pm. The opening is free with museum admission.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Every Thursday from August 2 - October 25, 5-8 pm, Sister Cities Park at Logan Square invites you to bring your own bottle of wine and Milk & Honey Café will have cheeses and other goodies for sale that will pair perfectly with your selection. So, grab a seat and enjoy the light entertainment. In case you are planning to bring the kids, the Children's Discovery Garden will be open until 8pm these evenings.

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:15pm - Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 10:00pm

The BlackStar Film Festival will take place August 2-5, 2012 in Philadelphia. Its mission is to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and to showcase film and video works by and about black people from across the globe.