Past Events

Wednesday, June 20, 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. The series kicks off on June 20 with Barakka, a Philadelphia-based, multi-ethnic group specializing in Turkish folk-rock with a mix of eastern and western instrumentation including guitar, oud, drums, bass, darbuka, and keyboards.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 1:30pm

Peace Day Philly 2012 invites the public to learn more about this region-wide opportunity to observe the United Nations International Day of Peace, a day of ceasefire and non-violence celebrated worldwide on September 21. The launch event will provide the public a chance to share ideas for creating peace and non-violence activities involving the arts, education, community, spirituality and faith, sports, service, intercultural dialogue and more in the days leading up to September 21. RSVP by June 15 at: [email protected].

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 10:00am - Monday, September 3, 2012 - 5:00pm

Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia is a new exhibition opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 20th, to  include masterpieces by artists such as Albert GleizesErnst Ludwig Kirchner, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Signac emphasizing the French tradition of grand public paintings. Works by Nicolas Poussin and others establish the prevalence of the Arcadian theme. This exhibition is only showing in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

The Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle will be hosting a grant-writing workshop for nonprofits on June 20, 2012 at the Philadelphia Foundation. There is no fee to attend the workshop, however, space is limited and participants are encouraged to register by June 13. The workshop presenter is Michelle S. Gollapalli, MBA, CFRE, CAP, who is the Chief Development Officer at the American Pain Foundation.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce an Author Events series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Professor Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous works of criticism, including The Signifying Monkey, winner of the American Book Award. Tickets are $15 General Admission, $7 Students and can be purchased at this link. Tickets purchased for the event originally scheduled in February will be honored here.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 3:00pm

Casa de Venezuela invites you to experience the rich culture of Venezuela at Mandell Theater for an afternoon of music, dance, and the many colorful traditions of the “Land of Grace” (Tierra de Gracia). Host performers include The Ensemble of Music (Ensamble Musical Casa de Venezuela) and The Group of Traditional Dances of Casa De Venezuela, with a number of special featured guest musicians. This dynamic annual arts event will also present an authentic Arts & Crafts Bazaar and a Venezuelan food stand.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 1:00pm - 7:00pm

The Philadelphia Portuguese Heritage Commission in collaboration with The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), is proud to bring you Portugal Day 2012 this year at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. The festivities will kick off on Sunday, June 17, with a flag ceremony and the playing of the national anthem of Portugal. Part of the PECO Multicultural Series.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Bambulaé, pronounced BAM-BOO-LAH-EY is defined by the Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSP) to: Dance, Sing, Celebrate, and Plant. Join the NSNP for a lively celebration of the beautiful Norris Square Neighborhood. The annual vibrant, garden festival will be held on June 16th featuring Puerto Rican food, bomba dancing, youth art, dance performances and so much more!

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia for a celebration and commemoration of African American freedom, looking at where we've come from and what work remains to be done! Live music from Rafiya, storytelling with the acclaimed Denise Valentine, hands-on crafts with artist Betty Leacraft, and more! This event is from noon to 4pm.

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

"Bloomsday" is an internationally celebrated day focused on appreciating James Joyce’s Ulysses. The name comes from the book's protagonist, Leopold Bloom, and the date is chosen because the book takes place in one day, on June 16th. In honor of Bloomsday, the Rosenbach Museum & Library presents a free, all-day reading from Ulysses. Grab your copy of Ulysses and sit with hundreds of fellow lovers of literature to revel in the genius of Joyce.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

On behalf of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s Bicentennial Series, The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery, Stanford ecologist, Professor Paul Ehrlich will be discussing the environmental and social impacts related to the current strain on Earth’s carrying capacity. He will address how issues such as climate disruption and toxification of the planet may contribute to vast epidemics and nuclear resource wars. Ehrlich will present potential solutions to this strain, such as population growth control through women’s empowerment, rethinking economic ideals, and creating a movement that unties academic thinkers with civil society to engage in this important issue.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:00am - 8:00pm

Enjoy a unique selection of French cheeses, from the popular "Brie" to the powerful "Langres" with their tasty accompaniments: French baguette, fig jam, and more!

Let's have a nice time at Noche!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Calling all entrepreneurs! Every second Wednesday of each month the Newman Networks at the The Urban League of Philadelphia is offering a leadership development program.  Learn how to get new customers, finance your business, build strategic alliances, and improve your overall market presence. This unique one-on-one consulting program for just $50 a year will give you 6 hours of consulting time per month! 

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

No westerner knows China like Jack Perkowski, investment banker turned entrepreneur, who went to China and built one of the most successful companies in its automotive industry. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia invites you to this discussion, in which Mr. Perkowski will discuss how he helped to successfully lead the way for American business development in China.

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 2:45pm - 6:00pm

Attention all soccer fans! The American Swedish Heritage Museum and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce invite you to head down to Fado Irish Pub Philadelphia to take part in the UEFA EURO 2012 live soccer action. Watch Sweden’s opening game against Ukraine at Fado Pub located at the corner of 15th and Locust. Throughout the tournament (June 8-July 1) there will be a special Match Day Menu with discounts on select beers and food. Happy hour is from 4-7 pm and includes $4 Yuengling, Heineken, and Sam Adams Summer Ale (20 oz. pints).  Join fellow EURO 2012 soccer fans and experience the vibrant atmosphere at this Center City soccer bar. No cover.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language. On June 10, Cinémathèque presents Brigid Maher's Veiled Voices (2009). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the film's director, Brigid Maher.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm

The Annual International Islamic Heritage Festival & Parade at Penn’s Landing and Independence National Park is one of the many of Philadelphia's major multi-ethnic festivals that take place each year in the city . It is also the largest Islamic Festival in the country attracting 10,000 people. With a full day of activities, a bazaar, and a variety of entertainment for the whole family, this community driven festival is a great, and free, way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Part of the free PECO Multicultural Series.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 9:00am - Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens marks this UK light artist's first garden installation in the United States. Known for his imaginative illuminated sculptures, Munro’s works will showcase never-before-seen views of Longwood at night. The beautiful exhibition will feature seven large-scale outdoor installations, two additional installations within Longwood’s grand four-acre Conservatory and a collection of illuminated sculptures in the Music Room.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Russian Mosaica Heritage Festival invites all lovers of Russian literature, their friends, and the curious to celebrate Alexander Pushkin's birthday together at a Northeast Philadelphia Russian cultural hub, Knizhnik Bookstore. Audience members are encouraged to bring their favorite Pushkin verses which will be recited, in original Russian and translated English, by Harvard-educated lawyer, translator and poet, Julian Lowenfeld. This event is produced and sponsored by Russian Mosaica Heritage Festival - your connection to Russian Philadelphia culture.

Thursday, June 7, 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.