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Mask & Wig
Wishful Sinking

Fri, March 7 | San Francisco
Victoria Theater
8pm Curtain
Sat., March 8 | Los Angeles
Beverly Vista Elementary School
8pm Curtain
Fri., March 14 | New York
Fashion Institute of Technology
8pm Curtain
Sat., March 15 | Boston
Clay Center Auditorium
Dexter Southfield School
8pm Curtain
Tickets available now at


Boston. We are offering discounted tickets to members and non-members for three theater shows at the Boston Opera House: Once, Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7:30pm; American Idiot, Sun., Feb. 9 at 6:30pm. Visit for details and to purchase the tickets.

Fairfield County. On Jan. 28, at 10am, the Club kicks off winter with a private art tour at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich. On March 7, we will usher out winter by cheering on the Quakers at the Penn-Columbia men’s basketball game For details, please go to

Hartford. We are always looking for new members. Our next event is tentatively set for the Penn-Yale men’s basketball game on Feb. 14. For more details, contact Daniel Schwartz C’92, president, at Join our Facebook page, too.

Houston. On Fri., Feb. 7, please join us at 6pm to hear from Robert Peiser C’69, board president of the Houston Symphony, and members of the symphony, who will play for us. Please check our website for details.

Las Vegas. On Fri., Jan. 17, we will host the Vegas Ivy-Plus community for a beer-tasting in honor of Big Ben’s Birthday, 7-9pm. Location to be announced via our listserv as well as all Penn and Ivy Plus social-networking sites. Any questions, email Lea Artis C’08 at Do make sure you are on our email list; visit our new website for events and news.

Long Island. On Thurs., Jan. 23, we hold Ben’s Bash, a celebration of Ben Franklin’s birthday, at Vespa in Great Neck at 7:30pm.; there will be a brief club meeting, followed by dinner. On Sun., Jan. 26, we join the Harvard Club of Long Island for a viewing of Deputized at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington. A light bagel breakfast before the film, then a brief panel discussion, with Susan Hagedorn, its director & producer, Hendel Leiva of Long Island Wins; and Rabbi Steven Moss, chair of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. Lastly, we are planning to go to the Penn-Columbia men’s basketball game in New York on March 7.

Louisiana. On Feb. 8, join us for a morning service project with Providence Community Housing, led by Fox Fellow Sophie Harris. Like us on Facebook to learn more,, or email Club President Austin Lavin C’06 at

Metro New Jersey. On Wed., Jan. 15, all local alumni and Penn Parents are invited to join us at 7:30pm for Ben Franklin’s Birthday Bash at the home of Carol Michaels W’78. After an open board meeting, there will be refreshments, including Ben’s birthday cake. On Fri., Jan. 24, we will host our ever-popular wine-tasting at Cafe Monet in Millburn. Once again, this will be open to members only for one week before being open to non-members; last year, it sold out in just five days. On Sat., Feb. 8, we have our Annual Tennis Party at Maywood Tennis Club in Bergen County: round-robin tennis, delicious food, great company. For all activities and registration, visit us at or contact our president, Alan Rubin W’78 WG’78, at

Naples, Fla. Our annual dinner meeting with a Penn faculty speaker will take place sometime in early February. On March 15, join us for a Phillies-Red Sox baseball game at 1pm (details and invitation to follow for both events).

New Haven, Conn. On Sun., Jan. 19, join us for our celebration of Ben Franklin’s birthday at 6:30pm on Yale’s central campus; we have an entertaining, yet stimulating presentation by Penn Psychology Professor Dr. Paul Rozin and our own Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski C’94 of the Yale School of Management, followed by refreshments, including a birthday cake for Ben! On Fri., Feb. 14 is our annual get-together for the Penn-Yale men’s basketball game. We will meet up before for drinks and appetizers at a local spot (tba), then head over for the game at 7pm. We will hold a casual meet-up nearby after the game; a small fee for this event. More details to come about each of these event. In the meantime, please contact Rob Leeman Gr’05 at or (203) 747-2636 for any questions. Family and significant others are welcome at both events. We hope to see you at both!

Northern California. Kick off 2014 by joining us at Ben’s Bash on Wed., Jan. 29. This annual celebration in honor of Penn’s founder always draws a crowd! Also coming up are Happy Hours, speaker events, community-service opportunities, and activities with our Ivy League friends, so check out our website, Do not forget Mask & Wig in San Francisco on March 7 (see box)! Better yet, register, and the event invitations will arrive in by email.

Philadelphia. On Thurs., Jan. 16, join us at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown at 6:15pm for a guided tour of the From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond the Icon special exhibit. This is its only stop in the United States, so do not miss out. Afterwards, dinner at a nearby restaurant. On Mon., Jan. 20, is our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service; check for time & location. On Tues., Jan. 21, 6-8pm, is the Penn Alumni Interview Program Happy Hour. Come learn how you can be an in-person or virtual interviewer. Program staff will be happy to answer questions (location, tba). On Fri., Jan. 24, join us for a night of laughter at the Mask & Wig production Wishful Sinking, 7:30pm at their Clubhouse in Quince St. On Sat., Jan. 25, 1-2:30pm, we volunteer with the University City Hospitality Coalition to make casserole dinners. No cooking experience is necessary: we will teach you! On Sun., Jan. 26, at 12:30pm, is our 2nd Annual Dim Sum to Celebrate the Chinese New Year! Join us in Chinatown just days before the New Year. On Fri., Feb. 7, from 5pm to 6:30pm, we volunteer at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (featured last year in the Gazette): dog walks, helping with chores, and possible puppy baths!

Portland. Our annual Ben’s Birthday Bash will take place mid-January. Michael McGarry C’86 continues to organize the All-Ivy Networking Events, usually on the fourth Thursday of each month. A March program will feature Eduardo Placer C’99, company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, rescheduled from last October. Confirm time, location, and other details on our website ( or in our email newsletter. Email to get on the listserv.

San Antonio. On Fri., Jan. 17, join us for our tradition of celebrating Ben’s Birthday Bash. Once again we gather again at 11:30am at Youz Guyz CheeseSteaks, a Philly cheesesteak emporium and our informal clubhouse, at 316 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, (210) 659-8930. Be ready for Quizzo while we munch our lunch. RSVP by Jan. 13 to Elaine Ayala C’79,, or (210) 250-3402.

San Diego. On Fri., Jan. 17, the Club will celebrate Ben’s Birthday Bash; a corner is being reserved for 6pm at Eddie’s, 3501 30th Street. Please RSVP by emailing Cheesesteaks, Tastykakes, &c., will be on sale. On Sun., Jan. 26, Join us for an evening of “Science & Music” at the Salk Institute; award-winning pianist Yoonie Han will perform some classical pieces. During intermission, Dr. Ron Evans, director of the Gene Expression Laboratory, will speak about discoveries there. Additional information & tickets are available to the public for $30 at, but a limited number of discounted tickets ($15) are available through the Penn Club. Please email to RSVP and for details on how to pre-pay. On Sun., Feb. 23, a 5K Fun Run and Walk; Club members sign up as individuals at . Once you have registered, email us (above) so we can coordinate meeting up afterwards. Do not forget to wear your Penn gear!

Seattle. To help occupy us for the cold, dark winter months, we shall be Bowling for Ben in mid-January; hosting “College Admissions Today: Tips From the Ivy League” on Jan. 22; having a game night in February, and going to see a professional hockey game. Visit our website at to learn more and to purchase fabulous Penn Club of Seattle t-shirts!

Singapore. The Penn and Wharton Alumni Club of Singapore welcomes you to connect with other alumni through our exciting line-up of events from January to March: monthly drinks, speaker events, art tours, and receptions with current MBA students and MBA admits. Stay tuned for a Wharton Lifelong Learning Master Class on Feb. 12. For details or to join our listserv, please email

Southern California. On Fri., Jan. 17, raise a toast to dear old Ben at The Pikey on Sunset Blvd. On Sun., On Feb. 9, a privately arranged tour of the new exhibit The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years at the Annenberg Space for Photography; advance registration required. On Sat., Feb. 15, we celebrate Chinese New Year with dim sum in Monterey Park. On Sun., Feb. 23, Penn Serves LA will conduct a one-on-one outreach to low-income, food-insecure families across the city. On Sat., March 8, Mask and Wig makes a return to Los Angeles (see box). Visit the Events page of our website at to sign-up for all these great events.

Washington. Join us to celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday! We invite all DC-area alumni to our happy hour on a special Thursday in January. For more details, We welcome membership inquiries at

Westchester/Rockland. Join alumni from the area as we celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday this month; details to follow on our website, On Sat., Feb. 1, bring your children to Tarrytown Music Hall to see the Random Farms Kids’ Theater performance of The Music Man, followed by dessert at Main Street Sweets. Please check our website for details. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Club President Robin Tauber Plonsker C’86 at

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