Then be sure to check out some of the arts and culture events planned for Homecoming 2010 (Oct. 28-31).
While rooting for the home team is plenty exciting, the University has begun placing equal emphasis on artistic and cultural activities at homecoming. As Hoopes Wampler, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, told me in this Gazette interview: “Our alumni have always wanted access to some of these great arts-and-culture resources, and we think that those who aren’t used to coming back to Homecoming will be excited to see this new content. I hope that Homecoming will significantly enhance the exposure all the arts and culture organizations at Penn receive from the alumni body, and that these ‘hidden treasures’ become much more visible.”
That was last year, and clearly, the idea proved a success, as “Homecoming Weekend featuring Arts & Culture” will return for round two at the end of this month. There are dozens of great events to choose from; here are a few arts-oriented offerings that I’m particularly looking forward to:
Friday, October 29
- 12 – 1 p.m. (World Cafe Live): I plan to kick off Homecoming weekend at WXPN’s “Free at Noon” concert featuring Elizabeth & The Catapult.
- 2 – 4 p.m. (Van Pelt Library): Film Editing Workshop, led by film editor/alumna Nancy Levy-Novack C’87. (And fortunately for me, no prior experience is necessary!)
- 4 – 6 p.m. (Starting in Fisher Fine Arts Library): Gallery Hop – a Homecoming tradition that includes stops at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives and Kamin Gallery in the Van Pelt Library.
Saturday, October 30
- 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Morgan Building): “Learn to Print Illustrations with the Common Press,” an open house hosted by two artists. (Bonus: You get to bring the linoleum block home as a keepsake.)
- 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Locust Walk): Arts Fair, with alumni-created artwork, jewelry and crafts for sale.
- 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (Annenberg Center): “Life in the World of Theatre Today” – a discussion that will include insights from New York Times theatre editor Scott Heller C’82; David Stone C’88, producer of Wicked and Next to Normal; and Harold Wolpert C’88, managing director of the Roundabout Theatre Company. (Moderating the discussion will be Howard Sherman C’84, executive director of the American Theatre Wing.)
- 2 – 4 p.m. (Kelly Writers House): KWH 15th Anniversary Open House. (A reading by former students of Al Filreis follows from 4 – 6 p.m.)
- 6 – 8:30 p.m. (Claudia Cohen Hall): Penn Alumni Film Festival presents Just Go With It. The movie stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and after the screening Doug Belgrad C’87, the president of Columbia Pictures, will answer questions about the film and the current state of the industry.
- 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Platt Performing Arts House): Alumni Bacchanal: All performing-arts-group alumni are invited to perform!
Sunday, October 31
- 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. : Morris Arboretum brunch and tour.
- 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Penn Museum): Gallery tour of Penn’s mummy collection.