Past Events

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Very Reverend John R. Hall was appointed Dean of Westminster by The Queen of England in 2006. He is responsible to Her Majesty for the mission and ministry, the maintenance and the daily life of Westminster Abbey. In this Royal Oak Lecture, Dr. Hall will explain how Westminster Abbey has been the setting for every coronation since 1066 and the site of 16 royal weddings. The Abbey is also the final resting place of 17 monarchs as well as notable statesmen and philanthropists; soldiers and explorers; scientists including Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin; musicians including Handel; actors including Laurence Olivier—and many more. Dr. Hall will offer an insider’s account of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in September 2010, the first visit of any Pope to the Abbey and stories of many special services attended by HM The Queen. He will also give a preview of the celebrations being planned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to mark sixty years of Her Majesty’s reign.

Sunday, May 6, 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 May 6, Cinémathèque presents Elem Klimov's Come and See (1984). Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Mikhail Zorich.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Penn Museum is pleased to announce a film series addressing the theme of cultural adaptation. This month's film, Future Remembrance, is a delightful, exuberant documentary about the role of photography, photographers and the art of image making in Ghana. Dr. John Jackson Jr. Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania, will introduce the film and lead discussion afterwards. All programs are free with Museum admission donation.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The International Equality Dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History honors Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, with the 17th annual International Role Model Award and NBCUniversal with the 10th annual International Business Leadership Award. Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, is Keynote Speaker. Craig Robinson, EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, accepts the award for NBCUniversal. MSNBC Anchor Thomas Roberts is Master of Ceremonies. Individual tickets are $200 and tables of ten can be purchased for $2,000.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

In its 11th year, The Philadelphia Wine Festival continues to be one of the most anticipated tasting events in the Philadelphia region. Here, Philadelphia Magazine and PA Wine & Spirits Stores partner to bring together a fantastic selection of wineries from around the world. A silent auction, benefiting The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will take place during the entire evening. Guests can bid on rare and spectacular items throughout the night - all for a great cause. Guests of both tastings will each receive a commemorative 2012 Philadelphia Wine Festival wine glass, courtesy of Lexus, and a tasting book with room for tasting notes.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 4:00pm

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a world premiere exhibition, begins with fanfare, and an opening weekend celebration that features Maya music and dance, arts and crafts and cultural traditions from Mexico and Central America. On Saturday May 5, His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras, joins Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges to cut the ribbon and open the MAYA 2012 exhibition to the public at 10 AM. All celebration activities are open to the public with MAYA 2012 tickets or with general admission to the Penn Museum.

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Explorers Sans Frontières (ESF), in partnership with SCI West, The Partnership CDC, Penn Medicine, People's Emergency Center, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and other community organizations, present a day filled with workshops, FREE medical screenings, entertainment, and of course, food! Read more about the many wellness workshops and health-education opportunities available at this Spring into Health event, here in the ESF newsletter.

Thursday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2012 - 11:14am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 11:14am

The Global LGBT Summit celebrates the cultural and political legacy of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This four-day event includes includes 25 panels, International Equality Dinner, SundayOUT! at The Piazza, six parties, 13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit, theater, and special events all in collaboration with regional, national and international organizations. Each year, the Summit features one nation. This year this global LGBT summit is highlighting the achievements of the State of Israel in giving equal opportunities to all sexual orientations. There is no registration fee and all panels are free.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:00am - Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 5:00pm

The 28th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival will be held Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5. Enjoy family-friendly music, theatre and dance performances, as well as a host of fun and interactive activities in the FUN ZONE. The oldest festival of its kind in the United States, the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival serves as a model for children’s festivals around the world. Bringing performance artists from around the world to the Delaware Valley, the Festival is known for providing insightful, enlightening and provocative entertainment for children and their families. The Festival has gained a reputation for programming performances of superior artistic excellence, provocative artists, and diverse international art forms.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:00am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival is an annual sporting charity event staged during the first weekend in May to promote cricket in the region, encourage national and international sporting ties, and support youth development through charitable donations. Members of the public are invited to join in the festivities on Sunday May 6th starting around noon for the Event Final being staged at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. A celebrity guest (to be announced) will be in attendance at the 2012 Event.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 11:45am - 2:00pm

The German American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, in cooperation with the American Council on Germany, is pleased to present a discussion and luncheon with Dr. Wilfried Prewo, Chief Executive of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Hannover. Dr. Prewo will shed the light on the Euro Crisis and discuss what is required of the European Central Bank to save the euro.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forums presents Niños de la Memoria, a documentary film by Philadelphia-based filmmaker, María Teresa Rodríguez. Ms. Rodríguez will be on hand to meet attendees beginning at 6 PM, in a pre-screening reception sponsored by Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association. The 64-minute film, which tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War, screens at 7 PM. Following the screening, a panel of experts in human rights struggles and Salvadoran politics will discuss the film and answer audience questions.

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The final CENFAD event of the spring semester will be presented by Mike Hammer, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs from the U.S. Department of State. The program will consist of a short presentation followed by a Q&A session. Contact Dr. Richard Immerman at [email protected] for further details.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is pleased to launch a concert series presenting a resident music ensemble performing classical Arab music repertoire that features a different guest soloist for each program. This month's guest artist is flutist Maron Khoury. Maron will perform Western and Arab Classical Music with an amazingly talented trio: Hanna Khoury on violin, Kinan Abou-afach on cello, and Hafez El Ali Kotain on percussion.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 3:00pm

Lyric Fest concludes its 9th season by presenting Once Upon A Time, a Family concert. The annual program for children is an engaging and interactive introduction to opera for young audiences, with a cast of professional artists hailing from opera companies across the USA. Featuring mini-versions of three semi-staged operas: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck. Q-and-A immediately following the program. All ages welcome, most appropriate for ages 6-13. Adults $15, students/children $5.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The Grammy-nominated South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train -- and special guests -- present an Afro-Rock-Folk-Jazz-Fusion benefit concert and luncheon fund-raiser to help educate children living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Sharon Katz & The Peace Train are known as the band that worked for Nelson Mandela to end apartheid, and they've been using their concerts and CD sales ever since to promote human rights, end poverty, build schools and feed the children. Purchase tickets online at this link, or by making a tax-deductible contribution of $50 for concert & luncheon payable to their non-profit organization: Friends of The Peace Train, 7207 Bryan St., Phila, PA 19119.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Welcome Spring in typical Swedish fashion, with a lively bonfire and a performance by the Swedish Museum Singers. The best hot dogs this side of Broad Street, drinks and dessert will be served. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Register by phone (215-389-1776), online at this link, or pay at the door.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

As the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia wraps this year's Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo are preparing for their first visit to the U.S. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of the cherry blossom trees to the United States. On their first U.S. tour, the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo makes their debut in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center with conductor Thierry Fischer leading the orchestra in the music of Mozart and Beethoven, including Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major with soloist Yu Kosuge, and Beethoven's ''Eroica'' Symphony. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to music activities in the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join WHYY on Friday, April 27th for a conversation between Owen Bennett-Jones, host of the BBC Newshour and Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. During this event, the two journalists will discuss the challenges and nuances of covering the Middle East and will take questions from the audience. Chris Satullo, WHYY's Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue, will moderate. This event is FREE for WHYY and NewsWorks Members and one guest. Non members can attend for $15 per person.