Past Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

John Carpenter’s student film, made with writer Dan O’Bannon (who would later find fame with Alien, Lifeforce and Total Recall), follows a shabby crew whose mission is to destroy “unstable planets” which might disturb the future colonization of outer space. Twenty years into their mission, the crew has become listless and lazy, ultimately creating room for a simple mistake that could threaten their survival. Dark Star will be followed by Fairchild-Republic's short film Astrovac: Zero Gravity Personal Body Wash UnitAdmission is free. Please bring chairs and blankets; rain or shine.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:30pm

Join the World Cafe Live on Wednesday, August 22nd to sample some of the finest beers from around the world. There will also be a full-service bar selling sodas, wine and spirits. Some tables and chairs will be available, but seating is not guaranteed. Tickets are $55 + processing fees, and Designated Driver tickets for $22 + processing fees.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Originating from the Armenian word for grill, mangal is the name for Turkish barbecue. Beyond just consuming food, mangal often means a gathering of friends and family. On August 22, join The International House of Philadelphia for a typical mangal meal consisting of grilled vegetables, shish kebabs of meats and meatballs called köfte. Members and Guests planning to attend Culture and Cuisine are asked to please consider making a contribution to the Residence Life Fund. Contributions accepted at the door.

Wednesday, August 22, 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 22, P.M. @ Penn presents Animus. This internationally acclaimed ensemble, led by Bill Koutsouros, offers an exciting fusion of ancient and modern music with traditional elements of Greek, Rock, Middle Eastern, Blues, Indian, Jazz, African, and more.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 8:00am - Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:00pm

The Pennsylvania Convention Center will kick off its largest meeting of the summer on Sunday, August 19. The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, will meet in Philadelphia for the first time since 2008, bringing 13,200 attendees and an estimated economic impact of $26.5 million. It will account for 21,800 hotel room nights, or total nights booked.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 7:30pm - 11:55pm

Come join in celebrating international culture while raising money to support the African and Haitian communities that desperatly need aid. This will be a night of elegance and fun and the opportunity to taste different cultures through food, dance and fashion. All proceeds from this gala will go to select charities working in West Africa and Haiti on providing health and education services. Donations will be accepted at the event. Formal or traditional cultural attire required.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate music inspired by water with Pennsylvnia's Kennett Symphony: Handel’s Suite on the River Thames, a trip to the Blue Danube, Richard Rodgers’ WWII classic and the grand music from the blockbuster film Titanic. Our voyage ends with Longwood Gardens’ spectacular Fountain Show.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

On Saturday, August 18, the Council of Indian Organizations of Greater Philadelphia brings to Philadelphia the Festival of India, presented as part of PECO’s Multicultural Series, commemorating the country’s Independence Day in an event that showcases the active Indian-American culture in Philadelphia. In celebration of one of India’s most renowned cultural aspects, music, the event will once again host continuous live, traditional Bollywood song and dance. Admission is free and open to the general public.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Get a taste of Swedish summer at the Summer Crayfish Party hosted by The American Swedish Historical Museum and The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Friday, August 17. Enjoy hors d'oeuvre and drinks in the courtyard, followed by a festive meal. Complete with savory crayfish, cooked with salt and dill, crisp bread and tangy Swedish cheese, as well as plenty to drink, the meal is a fantastic way to celebrate the close of the summer season.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:00am - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 9:00pm

The Philadelphia Folksong Society presents the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 17-19. The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. The fest features a star-studded folk music lineup, fun events and workshops, delicious food and drinks, a full-blown craft fair, family fun and, camping grounds surrounding the area so you can stake a spot and enjoy four full days and nights of folk festival fun.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, comedy and tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cinémathèque Internationale of Philadelphia, in association with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, presents the latest film in the Territories: Africa series "The Doctor from Gafire," directed by Moustapha Diop. This 90-minute fiction film tells the story of Karunga, a young doctor fresh from a European university, after being posted to a village where lives Ouba, a traditional healer much esteemed by the people. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Franklin Cason Jr., a Visiting Professor at Temple University. Tickets are $8 General Admission, $5 for Students.

Thursday, August 16, 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.

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.