Past Events

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

The United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNA-GP) will host a happy hour fundraiser to support vaccinations in the developing countries at the "Philly Pub 'n Grub" on Hamilton St. All proceeds will go to the [email protected] and ELIMINATE campaigns. There will be raffle prizes,  specials on beer and wine, and one-night only special Booster Shot. This is a chance for UNA-GP members and the Philadelphia community to have a great time and mingle as they socially discuss important health issues which are facing many emerging nations. ($10 cover)

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 5:00pm - Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 11:59pm

The Philadelphia Odunde Festival attracts over 600,000 people annually and is one of the largest community-based street festivals held in the country. The festival, whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and Africanized people around the world. It is an occasion highlighted by a colorful procession from 23rd and South Streets to the Schuylkill River where an offering of fruit and flowers is made to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of the river. The Odunde Festival is also known for its authentic African marketplace featuring vendors from around the world selling merchandise from many African nations, the Caribbean and Brazil.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

"Who We Are / Quienes Somos" is an exhibition of photographs taken by students in Photography Without Borders, a Philadelphia program that aims to increase cultural awareness and build bridges between youth in communities around the world. "Quienes Somos" features photographs taken through a pen-pal exchange between students from Stetson Shuttberbugs in North Philadelphia and Grupo Flormorado in La Florida, Colombia. At this Closing Reception, visitors can meet the young artists in the Stetson Shuttberbugs, learn more about Photography without Borders, and enjoy light refreshments.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 10:00am - Monday, May 28, 2012 - 7:00pm

Come out to this great festival that will have everyone entertained and educated on the history of the Cherokee. Many traditional aspects of Cherokee life will be put on full display for the public’s viewing, including traditional dancing and music and food. Along with entertainment, there will be various vendors offering native and authentic Cherokee goods. Held over Memorial Day Weekend, the Annual Cherokee Festival will be on Temple's Ambler Campus from 10 A.M. till dusk. Organized by the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy of Pennsylvania. For more information call 215-549-4191.

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Scribe presents a special, indoor edition of Street Movies!, featuring Seeds of an Awakening: The Early Nation of Islam in Philadelphia. Produced by The New Africa Center through Scribe’s Muslim Voices of Philadelphia Project, this documentary traces the development and growth of the Nation of Islam in Philadelphia circa late 50's-early 60's. The evening will also include a screening of Keeping The Faith, produced through Scribe’s Precious Places Project, about the deep historical roots of the African-American Muslim community on Lancaster Avenue, in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, as well as the present-day movement to preserve it. Scribe Street Movies! are presented by PNC Arts Alive. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Art Sanctuary in partnership with Slought Foundation and Mural Arts Program presents a public conversation with Theaster Gates and Naomi Beckwith, leading figures in contemporary art practices and cultural production.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 8:00pm - Friday, June 1, 2012 - 4:00pm

Before we had the sub prime mortgage crisis, Holland had the Tulip bulb bubble. Six strangers in an Amsterdam hash-bar recall this seedy story of love, sex, money, and power. From the writer and composer of Café Puttanesca and Baby Case comes a new musical that gets high off our financial lows. Tulipomania: The Musical is written by Michael Ogborn and directed by Terrence J. Nolan, and will begin its run at the Arden Theater's F. Otto Haas Stage on May 24th at 8 P.M.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 7:30pm - Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 5:00pm

Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize, Angels in America melds love, hate, religion, and politics into a uniquely American epic. The highly celebrated play concludes the Wilma Theaters’s 2011/2012 Season – and then returns for the 20th Anniversary of Part Two: Perestroika to kick off 2012/2013. The Wilma Theater is a proud participant of AIDS Education Month sponsored by Philadelphia FIGHT in June, 2012. Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS service organization providing primary care, consumer education, advocacy and research on potential treatments and vaccines.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

As we approach the 2012 election, amidst Republican assertions of the failures of Barack Obama’s policies, World Affairs Council hosts a panel of experts, including Fawaz Gerges, Charles Kupchan and Michael Swaine, to explore the President’s record with regard to crises and challenges in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Panel will be moderated by Edward A. Turzanski, Resident Scholar of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; national security analyst, LaSalle University

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:30pm - Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 5:00pm

Art Sanctuary's Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival is one of the nation’s longest-running celebrations of contemporary black writing. Running from May 21, 2012 to June 2, 2012 on Temple University's campus and across Philadelphia, Celebration of Black Writing will offer 13 days of literary discussions and workshops, music showcases, and film screenings. This year, selected panels and workshops will be streamed live for the first time online, and also be archived so that new and enthusiastic readers and writers can access them anytime!

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Latin Fiesta, the charitable arts organization dedicated to building cultural bridges through musical performances, presents an educational interactive performance series featuring renowned artists who are experts on both the historical and technical areas of their craft. Innovative Cuban-born percussionist Arturo Stable will discuss the history of Latin Percussion and demonstrate how to play the different styles of percussion through the use of various instruments.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

To celebrate the "Who We Are / Quienes Somos" photography exhibition, organizers and participants of photography outreach programs from around Philadelphia will convene at The Lightroom Gallery to discuss their respective projects and the importance of photography in developing life skills and buildilng cultural understanding in youth.   

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 10:00am - Monday, May 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Barnes Foundation, which promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, will unveil its new Philadelphia home, on May 19, 2012, and will be celebrating the opening through May 28, 2012. In rooms reflective of the intimate layout and unique character of the original Merion galleries, the renowned art collection will be accessible to the public as never before.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 5:00pm

The nation’s oldest outdoor continuous market will host its highly- anticipated annual festival on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday May 20th from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine. For the past 10 years, the city’s biggest block party has run along South 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Federal Streets as a time honored South Philly tradition. This year's events include DJ Johnny Looch and other musical guests, Procession of Saints parade, and a Family Fun Zone.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

Nationalities Service Center's Department of Education Presents its First Annual Conference on Cultural Awareness and the Immigrant Community. Conference topics will include a discussion of cultural prejudices, cultural sensitivity, the DREAM Act, the role of education, and other topics of import to the Philadelphia community. Attendees can register for the conference on-site. Registration fees are $10 for all participants. Public school teachers are able to receive Act 48 credit for their attendance.

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:00am - 8:45pm

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer free admission all day on Friday, May 18, in celebration of International Museum Day. Free admission will also be extended to the Museum-administered Park Houses, Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant. Come out and visit Philly's great museums, you have no excuse not to!

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 7:00pm - Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 4:00pm

The Lantern Theater Company will begin performing The Island, one of the most widely and internationally acclaimed plays during the last decades of the twentieth century that began its theatrical life in 1973 with secret performances held in apartheid-era South Africa, on May 17th, 2012 at St. Stephen's Theater. The Island is Robben Island, South Africa's notorious prison, where John and Winston are political prisoners and cellmates. After absurdly grueling days laboring under the sun, they return to their dark cell to rehearse a makeshift performance of Sophocles' play Antigone. The Island is written by Tony Award-winners Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona and directed by Peter DeLaurier.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate the global achievement of the Greater Philadelphia region and its international business leaders at this year's Awards ceremony. The World Trade Centers' Day Dinner and Awards ceremony is presented annually by the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTC-GP). The 2012 Dinner is especially significant as WTC-GP celebrates its tenth year of providing international trade services and global connections to help Pennsylvania and New Jersey companies succeed in global markets.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 7:30am - 9:00am

The German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt cordially invites you to a business breakfast at the Union League with Governor Dr. Reiner Haseloff to present business opportunities for US companies.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Mark Purcell has been Libraries Curator to the National Trust since 1999, responsible for the Trust’s 168 historic libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He presided over the cataloguing of the Trust’s vast collection of books and the digitization of the catalogue in 2010. This lavishly illustrated lecture will explore different British country house libraries with books both useful and curious. Mr. Purcell will show fine examples from the National Trust including an early 15th-century Chaucer manuscript at Petworth as well as the book collection at Anglesey Abbey, acquired by the 1st Lord Fairhaven, a member of the British House of Lords who was born in New York City in 1896. Attendees can choose dinner with the lecture or abstain from dinner.