Let’s not dwell too much on the obvious: Spring Break is over and classes are back in swing. Both of those do suck, don’t they? But you’ll tough it out, chap! Think about all the fun you’ll have going through the new Facebook albums of that kid whose notes you borrowed in intro psych who went to Puerto san Playa Rico! And 32 days until Fling? Not too bad. Anyway, let’s talk about what’s happening:
It’s the home stretch before Spring Break, everybody! So there’s probably a good chance you’re trapped under a pile of books and swimming in papers until you can shed the North Faces and sun those nips in the beautiful vacation destination of your choice. Let’s see if you can’t steal away a minute or two to attend some of the awesome events going on this week.
When Humanity Fails: UN General Romeo Dallaire
Who: Moral Voices
When and where: Today, 7:30-9 p.m.; Zellerbach
Why: As commander of the UN’s peacekeeping forces during the genocide in Rwanda, Dallaire’s got a lot to say about his experiences. Check out his talk on the prevention of mass atrocities today on campus! How neat is that?
Today is Monday, February 20th, 2012, which is PRESIDENTS’ DAY! Make sure to take a moment out of your busy schedule to present your sacrificial offerings and kowtow in front of the Walnut street residence of Her Highness, She of the Golden Locks, Amy Gutmann.
Red Giants Rocks Out At Smoke’s
Who: Red Giants
When and where: Today, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.; Smoke’s
Why: The Facebook event touts the group’s “new music and new members,” which are two rad enough reasons to head over to Smoke’s later. Check out the band’s snazzy new website, featuring– WARNING: MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER TO PROCEED– some gal Déjeuner sur l’herbe-ing.
Are you an artist? Do you want to be? After all, there’s something pretty sexy about being able to say, “This one time, at my art show…,” right? (Right? We’re not crazy, right!?) Well, you’re in luck– Penn’s Art Club is doing their annual student art show thing, and they’re currently accepting submissions for the exhibition that’ll run from March 16 through the 30th at the Fox Art Gallery in Cohen Hall.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, that purveyor of all things cool, is presenting a week-and-a-half long exhibition entitled An exhibition to hear read, as organized by curator Mathieu Copeland and superstar Penn professor Kenneth Goldsmith. Neat thing is, Goldsmith will be featuring students from his art and culture contemporary writing seminar in the ongoing show. The nine students-cum-artists will be reading continuously from a selection of rad art texts until the close of the show on the 19th. Stop by and see them in action! It’s pretty snazzy.
Wanna learn more about the project? Hear organizers Copeland and Goldsmith talk about the work this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Writers House, because ART.
This weather makes us :/, but don’t let the cold and the snow keep you from all the great events this week! We got film screenings, art with some musical accompaniment and free wine (!) all within the next few days. Check it out!
Philo Presents: Income Inequality in American Education
Who: Philomathean Society
When and where: Monday, 6 p.m.; Philo Halls (4th floor of College Hall)
Why: Holger Sieg, J.M. Cohen Term Chair of Economics, will be giving a talk tomorrow on the income inequality present in American primary and secondary education and the policy reforms needed to address it. After his talk, a question-and-answer sesh will follow. Neat! We’re in.
Been to the ICA recently? They always have tons of neato events with artists, spooky-good speakers and free coffee. Tonight, the museum on 36th and Sansom is bringing in superstar German-born artist Charline von Heyl, whose large canvases are currently on display on the ICA’s ground floor.
“ART IS COOL!” you scream. “I’M SO EXCITED I WANNA PUNCH SOMETHING!” We know, we know, we do too! The von Heyl talk starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium across from the front entrance. Rad, right? We’ll see you there.
Guy, how crazy was the Super Bowl last night? No really, how was it? We heard it was a tough game between the Giants and the Tebows or something, but probably not half as competitive as the classic match between the TuneSquad and the Monstars.
Anyway, this is a big week! We got speed reading, we got Penn professors being awesome, we got van Gogh– we got everything!
Penn Research Week
When and where: Februrary 6-10 p.m.; ARCH and Houston Hall (check link for details)
Why: Research is, like, puhretty cool. Science! Beakers! Beep beep! Alright, research is actually so much more than mixing chemicals and making liquids change color. Penn has one metric butt-ton (1 MBT) of money sitting around for grants for students to pursue their interests and discover much more about the academic field that most appeals to them- science, history…even communications! Go for it!
Some Picasso à la pickaxe left this gem outside of one Beige Block house. That Native American sculpture? That’s some pretty impressive ish! Wanna do a broken button for us next time?
Eleven a.m., waking up in the morning
Gotta smell fresh, oops- I just fell downstairs
Gotta smoke a bowl, gotta have cereal
[Insert lyrics of choice here]
Drinking on and on, everybody’s stumbling
Gotta get down to Locust Walk
Gotta doze in class, then I see my FRANDS
Happy first day of the semester, everyone! Don’t screw it up.
Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks
Who: Institute of Contemporary Art
When and where: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. until March 11; ICA (36th and Sansom)
Why: It’s no secret that we like the ICA (a lot), and for good reason– they bring the raddest ish to Philly. Like Jennifer Bolande! Choreographer, conceptual artist and innovative photographer, Bolande has an oeuvre that spans more than three decades. Her work will go on view starting tomorrow evening at a members-only reception. Not an ICA member? Check out the exhibition any other night before it closes in March.