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It’s almost that time—the fall weekend when alums race back to campus for Homecoming: Featuring Arts and Culture. Here are some of the arts-oriented events that we’re especially excited to attend next weekend. (The full list is here, along with registration information.)

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

  • Phantom of the Opera
    4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Irvine Auditorium

    Join in a 40-year-old tradition. To celebrate Halloween, Penn will once again screen the 1925 Phantom silent film with live organ accompaniment and movie snacks.


  • Arts@Homecoming Launch Party, Featuring Old Books, New Tricks
    4 – 6 p.m., Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th Floor
    A presentation on how new technologies can bring Penn’s rare books and manuscripts to life.


  • Voices on Freedom and Social Justice: Featuring Diverse Intercultural Artistic Expressions from Students, Alumni and Local Artists
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Greenfield Intercultural Center
    This curated, open-mic-style event will reflect on 30 years of building intercultural community at Penn and also explore the universal values behind intercultural community-building.


Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

  • Art History Matters
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 419
    A panel including Kathy Sachs CW’69, Michael Rosenfeld C’84, Kimberly Michelle Brown Gr’04 and Michael J. Lewis G’85 Gr’89 will lead this interactive discussion. They’ll explore questions such as: How can art history help us navigate our image-rich culture? Is collecting art more than an investment strategy? How many art historians does it take to change the world?


  • Screening of The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations with author Norman Juster Ar’52
    10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery
    PennDesign will screen a playful documentary that explores the creation, creators and impact of the beloved children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth. After the screening, a panel discussion will include The Phantom Tollbook author himself—alumnus Norton Juster Ar’52. He’ll also sign copies of the book afterward. Registration is strongly recommended for this one:


  • DesignPOP: Conversation and Book Signing with Lisa Roberts CW’74
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery
    Alumna Roberts talks about her new book, DesignPOP, and screens an episode from her TV series, “My Design Life.” Her book explores game-changing product design and innovation in the 21st century. Roberts will sign books afterward, and registration is strongly recommended:


  • Alumni Authors Panel: Writing for Children and Young Adults
    4 – 6 p.m., Kelly Writers House, Arts Cafe
    A reading and panel discussion featuring four alumni writers: Lorene Cary C’78, Beth Kephart C’82, Jordan Sonnenblick C’91 and Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve C’88. Seating is limited.


  • Alumni Bacchanal
    9 – 11 p.m., Platt Student Performing Arts House
    Performing arts alumni will gather to chat, sing and celebrate the arts at Penn.


Sunday, Oct. 2, 2014

  • Walk for Literacy
    8 – 10 a.m., Penn Park
    The Philadelphia Writing Project hosts its second annual walk to support writing camp scholarships for students and community-based writing programs. It will start on Shoemaker Green (217 S. 33rd St.) and pass through Penn Park. Contact Miriam Harris—[email protected]—for more information.


  • Coming Home to Morris Arboretum
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Morris Arboretum
    Start the day at an alumni brunch with featured speaker and acclaimed landscape architect Rodney D. Robinson GLA’78. Small guided tours of the arboretum will begin at 11:30 a.m. (Cost: $20.)

Molly Petrilla C’06

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