Before summer’s end, try these fun activities at Penn

While the days are still long and the lunch lines still short, there’s no better time for faculty and staff to take advantage of all the summertime activities Penn has to offer.

For instance, stop by the Penn Museum’s outdoor garden courtyard for its Summer Nights Concert Series. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, El Caribefunk, from Colombia, will play its upbeat fusion of funk, salsa, and Caribbean music from 5 to 8 p.m. The event costs $5 for PennCard holders and $10 for the general public, and also features a cash bar.

“It’s a simple, nice way to bring colleagues from the hospital and the University together with their families, as well as other Museum members,” says Tena Thomason, assistant director of the Museum’s public programs.

The remaining Wednesday night concerts at the Museum feature Farah Siraj on Aug. 24, Animus on Aug. 31, and Trinidelphia on Sept. 7.

The Museum itself is open late on these days as well—arrive by 6:30 p.m. for a gallery tour. Right now, the “The Golden Age of King Midas” exhibition is on view (free for members and PennCard holders, $5 additional for public admission).

“The exhibition runs through November, and is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Thomason says. “Once these artifacts go back to Turkey, they probably won’t leave again."

The Morris Arboretum is also open late on Wednesdays through the end of the month, presenting its “Awaken the Senses” theme. Check out a dance workshop led by Jenny Roe Sawyer on Aug. 17 or participate in a paint party run by The Uncorked Artist on Aug. 24. On Aug. 31, visitors can jam with the Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew. The Garden Railway stays open late, too, until 8 p.m.

“Coming to the Arboretum on a Wednesday evening is a great way to decompress after work,” says Michelle Conners, the Arboretum’s events coordinator. “It’s such a nice place to relax and unwind, and these events provide a bump of fun in your evening, where you can listen to a musical performance or learn something new.”

In addition, the Arboretum, which is free for PennCard holders, is featuring a “Penn+1” initiative during August. Penn faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring one guest for free admission (a $17 value). PennCard holders and their guests are eligible to receive a 10 percent member discount in the shop at the Compton Café.

Other fun, end-of-summer happenings include browsing the Architectural Archives’ new exhibit “KieranTimberlake: Drawn + Quartered,” on view since Aug. 1; checking out the Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibitions “Paper Louise Tiny Fishman Rock” and “Descent” before they wrap up on Aug. 14; heading to World Cafe Live on Aug. 16 for a Science Café chat featuring Meredith Tamminga and Jami Fisher, who will talk about American Sign Language in Philadelphia; hearing The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change at the 40th Street Summer Series on Aug. 20; watching “Finding Nemo” on Aug. 26 outside at Clark Park; and viewing “Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins,” a new exhibition opening on Aug. 27 at the Arthur Ross Gallery

El Caribefunk