The Penn Museum in Philadelphia Presents Summer Wonder Series,
Family-Friendly Programs Featuring Music, Dance, Storytelling, and More
Wednesday Mornings, 11:00 am–12:00 pm, July 3 through August 21
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Penn Museum's Summer Wonder series returns this season with a charming lineup of performances and demonstrations that are perfect for the whole family. This weekly program offers an opportunity to enjoy international music, learn traditional Native American dance, hear stories about ancient Greek mythology, and much more!
The 2013 schedule follows:
Native Nations Dance Theater
Native Nations Dance Theater invites audiences to "keep the Native Spirit alive" and celebrate Native American culture through song, dance, storytelling, and traditional regalia. Visitors can witness the Round Dance, Snake Dance, and more, as well as help drum out some rhythms at their seat, or join presenters on stage to try some dance moves.
Tom Lee presents Marduk and the Creation
Some of the world's oldest stories—possibly the very first ever to be written down—come from cuneiform tablets that were buried in the deserts of the Middle East for thousands of years. Guests can listen to Tom Lee's adaptation of the ancient Mesopotamian tale, Marduk and the Creation, as they are transported through immense reaches of time to a world where gods and heroes walk side by side.
Mock Turtle Marionette Theater with Gamelan Mekar Sari presents Shadow Stories
Turn out the lights! And slip down underground into the World of Shadows! Mock Turtle Marionette Theater sets aside its strings and wooden puppets to take the audience on a journey with shadow puppets. The performance features a glowing set of magical stories from places as diverse as China, Africa, Ireland, and Bali. The stories are set to live Balinese music performed by Gamelan Mekar Sari.
Family Stages presents Finding King Tut
Guests can journey with Howard Carter to the Valley of the Kings in the year 1922, when Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamen—an effort that was six years in the making. Family Stages' Finding King Tut combines humor and history to give audiences a deeper understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and the work of archaeologist Howard Carter.
Charlotte Blake Alston presents Stories and Songs in the Oral Tradition
Whether accompanying her stories with a thumb piano, djembe, or a 21-string kora, Charlotte Blake Alston uses her melodic and mesmerizing voice to breathe life into contemporary and ancient tales alike. All of her programs draw upon the rich source of stories, songs, games, and music that are the hallmarks of the African and African American oral traditions.
August 7 Please note: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
A Day with Ancient Greece presents Heroes and Heroines of the Mythic Age
Audiences travel back in time with Penn Museum docent Joe Balmos to a time when ancient Greek gods and goddesses competed with men and women to see who was the cleverest and bravest. Mr. Balmos tells how Heracles, the greatest Greek hero, overcame the fierce Nemean Lion, whose golden fur was tougher than any mortal weapon; and how beautiful Atalanta defeated every man who challenged her, until the goddess Aphrodite sent a man who knew that apples were the only way into her heart. Participants will swing Heracles's huge olive wood club at the Nemean Lion and search for Atalanta's golden apples in an interactive presentation filled with surprises and fun.
Mary Knysh presents A Medieval Feast
Mary Knysh invites guests for an exploration of medieval music and instruments and their continuing influence today. A rich collection of chants, ballads, recorder melodies, troubadour songs, and stories—experienced through Mary's vivid interpretations—give modern audiences a glimpse into everyday life in the Middle Ages. Presented in association with Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania.
Linda Humes presents A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Storyteller Linda Humes celebrates the legacy and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accompanied by master percussionist, Sanga of the Valley. Filled with stories about Rosa Parks, Marion Anderson singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and civil rights songs of the day, Linda pays tribute to this giant in American history and his powerful message of peace and justice for all. Presented in association with Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania.
Following each Summer Wonder presentation, children and their families are invited to explore the Penn Museum's three floors of galleries featuring artifacts from Egypt, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Near East, North and Central America, and Africa. Throughout the summer, guests can experience In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, a part exhibition, part working laboratory that brings visitors right into a conservator's world.
Both Museum Shops are participating in the Summer Wonder 2013 program. In addition to the Museum Shop's regular hours, the Pyramid Shop for children opens on customer demand throughout the summer. The Shop features games, toys, books, crafts, and jewelry geared to young visitors.
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with P.M. @ PENN MUSEUM evening programs offered select Wednesdays. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (65 and above) and active U.S. Military; $8 for children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger. Beginning July 1: admission donation is $15 adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military (and free for military families over the summer, through participation with the Blue Star program); $10 for children and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.
Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. The Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.
Photo Captions (top to bottom): Storyteller Linda Humes celebrates the legacy and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accompanied by master percussionist, Sanga of the Valley, in this “Summer Wonder” program at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania; Audiences are invited to keep the Native American spirit alive at this “Summer Wonder” performance at the Penn Museum. Photos courtesy Native Nations Dance Theater; Mock Turtle Marionette Theater takes the audience on a journey with shadow puppets during this “Summer Wonder” performance at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy Mock Turtle Marionette Theater; Family Stages’ Finding King Tut combines humor and history to give audiences a deeper understanding of ancient Egyptian culture in this “Summer Wonder” performance at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy Family Stages; Charlotte Blake Alston uses her melodic and mesmerizing voice to breathe life into contemporary and ancient tales in this “Summer Wonder” performance at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy Charlotte Blake Alston; Audiences travel back to a time when ancient Greek gods and goddesses competed with men and women to see who was the cleverest and bravest in this“Summer Wonder” program at the Penn Museum. Photo by Tom Stanley; Audiences get a glimpse into everyday life in the Middle Ages with this “Summer Wonder” program at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania.