Weekend Roundup: Peace, Fools, and a trip through the Old City

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.

For this lovely April Fools weekend, there are quite a few things to see on campus, including a Sager and Peace Week events. While you’re at it, why not take the shuttle into Philly and explore a bit so that when your parents next weekend you can show off your city savvy?

“Mangos with Chili,” a traveling cabaret and somewhat belated Sager Symposium event will be appearing in Lang Concert Hall at 7:30 on Saturday night. Also this weekend, the Theater Department’s production of “Spring Awakening” is opening, with four performances in LPAC (4:30 on Friday, 2 and 7 on Saturday, and 7 on Sunday.) The later Saturday night performance will end with a Q and A with the author of “The Corrections,” Jonathon Franzen ’81, who translated the play from the original German text by Frank Wedekind.

If you’re heading into the city, two possible areas to explore include the museum lined Ben Franklin Parkway and Old City, both great spots to show off to your family. Wander through an expanded butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences, get a last look at the beautiful modern silverwork of Danish artist Georg Jensen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or check out the Pentimenti Gallery of contemporary art in Old City (stop by The Franklin Fountain on Market while you’re wandering through Old City and have a classic banana split served in a glass banana boat, or a variation on the split like “Tarzan and the Apes” or “Banana Split for My Baby”).

If you’d like to catch a show in the city, consider stopping by the Walnut Street Theater and seeing the contemporaneously titled, Tony nominated romantic comedy “Enchanted April.” Walnut Street Theater often sells tickets at half price if you stop by the box office at six. Also an option, Icelandic folk musicians “Amiina” are performing tonight at the World Cafe Live in University City. Finally, take a chance to regress to your childhood by attending the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concert “The Music of Fantasia” (if you miss it this Saturday you can catch it on the 14th) for as little as $5.

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