Weekend Roundup: Philadelphia celebrates all things Tut…

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.

Add/drop is done and now we stand on the precipice of another semester! Fortunately weekends afford us with an excellent opportunity to not only do our laundry and get ahead on school work but also to attend to our inner culture-vulture. Swat’s lineup for the weekend includes a one-woman performance on Sunday (yes, as in the same day as the Superbowl) and a startling number of Friday night movies.

The Friday night movie viewing is no understatement: Earthlust is screening “An Inconvenient Truth” in LPAC AT 7, Opera Club is screening “La Traviata” at 8 in Sci 101, and the movie committee is screening “The Departed” at 10 in LPAC (overwhelming, isn’t it?). The one-woman performance on Sunday, a Cooper event starting at 7:30 in Lang Concert Hall, is Claudia Stevens’ “Dreadful Sorry, Guys” a piece incorporating piano and voicework in response to the murder of friend of Stevens’ for being gay.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia is celebrating all things Tut, as they welcome the “Tutankhamun: and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Opening this weekend, it promises to be an exciting exhibit to say the least, it is made up of 130 pieces from Tutankhamun’s tomb. Those unfamiliar with the Franklin Institute may want to explore the various exhibits therein, including the Valentine’s favorite: a giant heart (you get to clamber through arteries, chambers, etc.)

Running concurrently this weekend, the University of Pennsylvania is presenting several Egyptian themed events, including a free screening of “Cleopatra” and a special exhibit on the Golden Age of ancient Egyptian history. This weekend is also your last chance to take advantage of restaurant week. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your weekend!

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