I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and we all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
To help with the prosperous part, here are some upcoming free events in the Philadelphia area.
Photo Wallahs: A First Sunday Cultural Film Screening
January 8, 2012 2 pm
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St., Philadelphia
Each month Penn Museum is showing films on the theme of cultural adaptation. The January film is Photo Wallahs, a documentary which gives a retro view of photography in India before the current digital age.
Come early and enjoy South Indian snacks in the Museum’s Peppermill
A Conversation with Joan Myers Brown and Brenda Dixon Gottschild
January 9, 2012 6-8 pm
African American Museum of Philadelphia
701 Arch St., Philadelphia
You are invited to join us for this exciting conversation between Joan Myers Brown, Founder of the celebrated Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) and her biographer Brenda Dixon Gottschild! Legendary artistic director of Philadelphia Dance Company Joan Myers Brown’s career is explored in dance scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild”s ground breaking book on Black Dance in Philadelphia.
Gottschild’s book Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance not only tells the story of the founder of PHILADANCO, but explores how Brown’s personal and professional histories reflect the hardships—and advances–of African-American dancers in the artistic and social developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This is an event not only for dance lovers but for anyone who is interested in the cultural history of Philadelphia!
In the Shadow of the World – A Holocaust Story of Survival and Courage
January 15, 2012 2:30 pm
Historical Society of Montgomery County
1654 DeKalb St., Norristown, PA
Erica Herz Van Adelsberg was born in 1928 in Mumich, Germany. When she was 13, Nazi soldiers gave her family 24 hours to pack one suitcase each; they were then transported to Westerbork concentration camp in the Netherlands. Later they were sent to the notorious Bergen Belsen concentration camp where thousands died of starvation and disease. Mrs. Van Adelsberg will share her story of survival, courage, and remembrance.