Homecoming 2011 events for arts-inclined alumni

As I mentioned last year, alumni coming back to Penn for Homecoming can now expect a plethora of arts-and-culture events in addition to the Big Game. Homecoming Weekend Featuring Arts & Culture returns this year from Nov. 4-6. Here are a few of the arts-related events that I’m especially excited to experience:

Friday, November 4:

  • 2 – 4 p.m. (Music Department Building): An open-house format encourages alumni to drop in to see the newly renovated building and hear performances by some of the department’s current crop of musicians.
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Claire M. Fagin Hall): A new installation from Kathy Shaver HUP’76 invites viewers to experience The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art.
  • 3 – 4:30 p.m. (Claudia Cohen Hall): From Script to Screen, presented by the Penn Alumni Film Festival, will trace the life of a film, from fledgling idea to revised script to alternate endings to big-screen blockbuster. Julie Goldstein C’87, president of production at Endgame Entertainment, will lead the interactive workshop.
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Claudia Cohen Hall): See what Penn’s current students are up to in these student-written, -directed and -produced short films.

Saturday, November 5:

  • 10 – 11 a.m. (Music Building): Jeffrey Kallberg, professor of music history, leads a class on the images that define Chopin’s life and music.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Locust Walk): Arts fair with alumni-made artwork, jewelry, and artisan crafts up for sale.
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts): Master class in traditional Indian Kuchipudi dance led by Shantala Shivalingappa.
  • 12 – 1 p.m. (Music Building): Karen Beckman, chairwoman of the art history department and interim head of the cinema studies program, discusses animated works that engage the contemporary war landscape.
  • 4 – 6 p.m. (Irvine Auditorium): Glee Clubbers past and present unite for an afternoon of stories and songs. (The Club celebrates its 150th birthday this year!)
  • 6 – 8:30 p.m. (College Hall): The Alumni Film Festival presents its feature film screening, Thunder Soul. Produced by Jamie Foxx, the documentary showcases the power of arts in education. A panel discussion follows with musician Stephanie Renée W’91; Penn Jazz Combo Director Wade Fulton Dean; arts educator and promoter Edward Epstein; and founder/principal of Different Drummer LLC Marshall Mitchell.
  • 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Platt Student Performing Arts House): The annual alumni bacchanal combines with the Platt House’s fifth-anniversary festivities.

Sunday, November 6:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Van Pelt Library): Exhibition of Mark Catesby’s bird art (Kamin Gallery) and of Eugene Ormandy’s time as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra’s conductor (Ormandy Gallery).
  • 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Brunch and guided tour of the Morris Arborteum.

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