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  • Lecture
    Second Thursday of each Month, 7:00 pm - Visitor Center Auditorium, Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami
    In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a monthly lecture, from September through June, highlighting unique and interesting connections to our past. This serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area. See the website for each month's speaker and topic. This event is free to attend.
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  • Film
    Now Showing, Times Vary - IMAX Theater, Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin
    Our world- a magnificent blue planet, dotted with clouds and gleaming in the sunlight- is changing. From space, Earth is ablaze at night with the electric intensity of human habitation. It is within our power to protect the planet, and while we continue to explore our galaxy, we also develop a deeper connection to the place we all call home. From The Walt Disney Studios, IMAX, and acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers (IMAX documentaries Blue Planet, Hubble 3D, and Space Station 3D,) A Beautiful Planet presents a breathtaking visualization of our world and a hopeful look into the future of humanity. Ticket price: $7-$9. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours — Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA
    War is a persistent attribute of human cultures through time, and weapons are crafted with a practical, and deadly, intent. Nearly as pervasive as war itself, is the practice of decorating objects used to wage it. Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures is a new Peabody Museum exhibition that presents the varied beauty and craftsmanship of war objects drawn from cultures around the world. From maces, clubs, daggers, and spears, to shields, helmets, and entire suits of armor, this exhibition offers museum-goers more than 150 striking examples of weapons that are also extraordinary works of art. What would compel a warrior to deliberately imbue his weapon with beauty that stands in such stark contrast to its intended purpose? And why are war objects so much more common and elaborately decorated than those crafted for peace-making? Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures probes intriguing questions, unveils the stories behind some of the most stunning war objects ever created, and explores the passion and purpose of the people who made them.
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  • Concert
    November 20 and January 8, 11:00 am - The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA
    This popular series returns to satisfy your musical cravings. Curated by Robert Davidovici, winner of the Naumberg Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition, and featuring a melange of world-class guest musicians, Beethoven, Bagels & Banter is the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning: with great music, lively conversation and freshly made bagels. See the website for ticketing information.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Times Vary - Premier Exhibition Center, Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta
    Bodies: The Exhibition provides an intimate and informative view into the human body. More than 200 actual human bodies and specimens, meticulously dissected and respectfully displayed, offer an unprecedented and wholly unique look into your amazing body. Come explore, experience and celebrate the wonder of the human form. Ticket price: $14-$24. See the website for additional information and to purchase tickets.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - The San Diego Museum of Man, Balboa Park, 1350 El Prado, San Diego
    In this thoughtful one-of-a-kind exhibit, you'll discover that cannibals aren't who you think they are. In fact, there's a good chance that your ancestors were cannibals. You may even have a few cannibalistic practices yourself. Ticket price: $7.50-$20 (includes general admission to the museum). See the website for additional information and to purchase tickets.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, 571 S. Kilgo Cir., Atlanta
    Baskets were one of the first art forms in the Americas, with basket fragments found in California and the Southwest dating to 9,400 years ago. Over the millennia, native North Americans developed elaborate techniques and intricate designs worked in local materials, from sweetgrass in Florida to black ash in the Northeast and deer grass in California, among many others. These materials were sacred to their makers and those who used these special containers. So too was the way each was made with coiling, especially poignant, symbolizing for many groups the path of human emergence from inside earth and the movement of the spirits between realms. This exhibition explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of museum admission.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Center Hours - National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., independence Mall, Philadelphia
    The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. The Museum of We the People is the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this historic document to the general public. it has been preserved as part of The New York Public Library's renowned research collection for over 100 years. The Bill of Rights is displayed alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in the brand new George H.W. Bush Gallery. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of admission to the center.
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  • Exhibit
    Through December 31, Museum Hours - San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego
    In 2011, the Museum received an extraordinary gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger: 48 exceptional works by the leaders of the German and Austrian avant-garde in the first part of the 20th century, including Otto Dix, George Grosz, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Presented as a temporary exhibition in 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art's remarkable collection of German Expressionist paintings, drawings and prints is displayed in a specially dedicated Gallery 19 off the Upper Rotunda. Breaking with Academic tradition, progressive artists in Germany and Austria at the beginning of the 20th century looked to Paris for new ideas. Concerned with this new state of affairs, artists of the Brucke (Bridge) group sought to establish a genuinely German avant-garde. First in Dresden, then in Berlin, they pitted a revolutionary art and rebellious lifestyle against the accepted order. They longed, also, to escape the oppressive constraints of modern life. Like their Romantic predecessors, the artists of the Brucke regarded communion with nature as a source of spiritual renewal. While a commissioned work, such as Lovis Corinth's Portrait of Alexander Freiherr von Reitzenstein, could remain rooted in Post-Impressionism, members of the Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) group, such as Alexej Jawlensky and Gabriele Munter, explored their predilection for bold, expressive colors. The collector, Vance E. Kondon, reflected on his own selections: Often, I'm asked why I started collecting. If you know the history of the early Brucke artists, you realize that they were poor, free spirits. They lived communally, and shared the same space, materials, ideas and hopes. They were openly sensual, and nudity was-at times-a way of life. They sought more freedom of emotional expression and less ritual and restraint. And they brought this approach to their art, using vibrant color, looseness of form, and themes from everyday life." Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of museum admission."
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours — Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver
    During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into elegant jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry. Women were adorned with tiaras, necklaces with pendants, and prominent earrings. Men proudly displayed hat ornaments, rings, watch fobs, and chatelaines (decorative belt hooks) with small tools similar to the modern Swiss Army knife. Priests wore gold crucifixes and rosaries while nuns had miniature paintings of the Virgin Mary and saints crafted into brooches, called nun’s badges. Inlaid and lacquered chests and boxes were used to store these luxury goods. The portraits, furniture, and jewelry that are exhibited in Glitterati, drawn from the DAM’s world-renowned Spanish Colonial collection, tell the fascinating story of people and luxury possessions in the New World. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of museum admission.
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  • Discussion/Talk
    Select Thursdays, noon to 1:00 pm - Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, GA
    Bring a lunch and join local Rabbis for a lively monthly class and discussion. The JCC Lunch 'N Learn series features various Atlanta rabbis who are able to share unique perspectives on topics of their choice. Topics include: the weekly Torah portion, current events, Israel, Jewish customs and ceremonies, Jewish holidays, and more. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. See the website for a full schedule of class dates and to register.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia
    Ancient cultures believed in magic and it permeated their daily lives. In ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and Egypt, practitioners of magic use symbolic words, images, or rituals to achieve desired outcomes through supernatural means. Through magical acts, they attempted to control supernatural powers-gods, demons, spirits, or ghosts-to accomplish something beyond the scope of human capabilities. Explore a presentation of objects associated with magical practices from the Penn Museum's own collections in Magic in the Ancient World. See the website for ticketing information.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - The Oriental institute, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago
    This exhibit presents the afterlife of Persepolis as a travel destination, site of archaeological exploration, and overall wonder of the ancient world. Photographs taken during the Oriental institute's Persepolis Expedition (1931 - 1939) capture the magnitude and grandeur of the ruins of this center of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550 - 330 B.C.). iconic large-scale prints from this collection displayed in the exhibit portray the multitude of columns, grand portals and staircases, and elaborate stone carving of the site's majestic audience halls and residential palaces. They also emphasize the contrast between the built and natural landscapes that has come to define this legendary site. The pairing of these photographs with quotations from travelers to the site allows visitors to feel as if they themselves are standing amidst the ruins of Persepolis. A multimedia display featuring three-dimensional models of the architecture of Persepolis and surrounding topography demonstrate the continued contribution of this collection of archival photographs, as well as satellite imagery, to studies of spatial analysis and the ongoing importance of the site of Persepolis to the study of ancient iran. Admission to the museum is free, but a donation of $10 per adult or $5 per child is suggested and appreciated.
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  • Lecture
    January 6, February 3, and March 3, 6:30 pm — Meeting Room, Kenton Branch–Multnomah County Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave., Portland
    Psychobiography is the analysis of historically significant lives through the use of psychological theory and research. Its aim is to understand persons, and to uncover the private motives behind public acts, whether those acts involve the making of art or the creation of scientific theories, or the adoption of political decisions. William Todd Schultz is a world renowned psychobiographer and personality scientist. He is the author of three books exploring connections between psychology and art: one on writer Truman Capote (Tiny Terror), one on photographer Diane Arbus (An Emergency in Slow Motion), and one on musician Elliott Smith (Torment Saint). He has also written articles or book chapters on Sylvia Plath, Kafka, Jack Kerouac, Oscar Wilde, Roald Dahl, James Agee, and others. He oversees the Oxford University Press book series Inner Lives, and his essays have appeared in Slate, Huffington Post, Salon, the Spectator, and other outlets. See the website for each evening's topic. This event is free to attend.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia
    Explore a cutting-edge collection of robots from around the world in Robot Revolution, a new exhibit supported by Google.org with additional major support from The Boeing Company. Meet the remarkable machines of the future with this immersive experience of unprecedented robotic proportions and dive into the next generation of technology. Interact with robots that have rarely been shown to the public-from soccer-playing 'bots to impressive humanoids- and witness how these amazing machines can change how we live, work and play. Go head to head with a tic-tac-toe-playing 'bot, challenge a robot to a game of 21, or feel a therapeutic baby seal robot react to your touch! Robot Revolution offers specific hands-on activities for guests while delving into the four main aspects of robotics: Cooperation - Discover how robots can work with humans; Smarts - Identify how these machines are able to sense, plan and then act; Skills - Learn about the skills robots possess that mimic-and often surpass-human capabilities; and Locomotion - Explore the ways machines can move. In Robot Revolution, step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but an amazing asset. Learn from them, play with them, and discover how their astonishing skills will change our lives for the better. Ticket price: $7.95-$29.95 (includes general admission to the museum). See the website for additional information and to purchase tickets.
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  • Exhibit
    Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours - Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA
    Roman decor was unique for the elaborate mosaic floors that transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of vibrant color, figural imagery, and geometric design. Scenes from mythology, daily life, the natural world, and spectacles in the arena enlivened interior spaces and reflected the cultural ambitions of wealthy patrons. Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum's collection, this exhibition presents the artistry of mosaics as well as the contexts of their discovery across Rome's expanding empire-from its center in Italy to provinces in North Africa, southern Gaul, and ancient Syria. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge.
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  • Tour
    July 30-August 11 - Locations Vary
    Connect with the peoples and places of the British Isles and bask in the region’s luminous seascapes, green grass and golden hills on Bright Horizons 32. Travel roundtrip Copenhagen to England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland with scientific experts and science buffs on HAL’s Zuiderdam. Join Scientific American in an adventure in lifelong learning. Deepen your knowledge of the histories and cultures of a region of clans and castles. Venture into cities where scientists and entrepreneurs have been propelling discoveries, applied technologies, and economies since the Industrial Revolution. While at sea get state of the art astronomy, physics, and forensic science and enjoy great discussions and engaging dinner table conversation. Experience the smell of rain on Scottish pines, the speed of Irish wit, the glow of Liverpool’s civic pride and the freshness of Belfast’s cuisine. Hike with a friend and linger in landscapes that foster reflection. Gather new food for thought and absorb scientific progress with the experts. Among the experts is Dr. Richard Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College and The Great Courses professor for Understanding Modern Electronics, Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition, Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works, Earth's Changing Climate, and Physics in Your Life. Let us take care of the details so you can unwind. Please join us! See the website for full pricing information, a detailed itinerary, and to register for the trip.
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  • Book Release/Signing/Reading
    First Tuesday of each Month, 6:45 to 8:30 pm — Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Seaport Village, 835 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego
    A free open reading of the best scenes from Shakespeare starring...YOU!! Join in the reading or just come along for the fun and interactive listening experience in a great bookstore and coffee house setting. Grab a latte and perhaps a sticky bun and away we go. See the website for each month's featured piece.
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  • Exhibit
    Open October 14, Library Hours - McKim Exhibition Hall, Central Library-Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston St., Boston
    Shakespeare Unauthorized, a major gallery exhibition, will include extraordinarily rare first and early editions of familiar and beloved plays like A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, as well as all four Shakespearean folios, most notably the Boston Public Library's own copy of the world-famous First Folio. Through the pages of these precious books, visitors can experience Shakespeare in his original language and spelling, just as he would have been read by book lovers and theater-goers hundreds of years ago. Shakespeare Unauthorized will contain far more than just books of plays: this exhibition will feature surprising rarities and mysterious objects; scandalous forgeries made by con men and accomplished scholars; books from the luxurious private libraries of early English aristocrats; and memorabilia from four centuries of acting and stagecraft. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge.
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  • Exhibit
    Open October 19, Museum Hours - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, 15 E. 84th St., New York City
    The Ancient Greeks and Romans contributed more than any other past civilization to the rise of time's dominion over individual and public life. Adapting ideas from Egypt and Babylonia, they divided the day into hours, and invented sophisticated instruments and devices to mark their passage. This exhibition aims to explore the ways that time was organized and kept track of in the Greco-Roman world, and how it was conceived in relation to the Cosmos. The objects displayed will include artifacts illustrating the technology of ancient time-reckoning and the perception, visualization, and social role of time and cosmos, and will also highlight the contrasting formative roles of indigenous Greek and Roman cultural practices and contact with the civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt as well as the peoples of northwest Europe. Time and Cosmos will display over 130 objects, including ancient sundials, calendars, jewelry, and surveying instruments, and will be organized around two themes: the Tools of Time Reckoning, exploring the material resources that gave temporal structure to the daily life of private individuals as well as the community in such public spheres as religion, commerce, and law; and Reflections of Time and Cosmos, concerning ancient representations of time, the universe, and their power to shape the environment and human destiny.
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  • Tour
    July 1 – 18, 2017 or July 29 – August 16, 2017 - Locations Vary
    Dr. Malcolm David Eckel, The Great Courses professor for Buddhism and Great World Religions: Buddhism, will lead this trip. Tour description: Sri Lanka’s fascinating history spans at least three thousand years. Known as Lanka, the ‘resplendent land’ in the great Indian epic Ramayana written around 500 BCE, over the centuries many others have testified to the island’s natural beauty. Deep water harbors provided great strategic importance and through the ages many great civilizations developed here. Today’s Sri Lanka is home to a fascinating abundance of languages, religions and cultures. Join Far Horizons and only 13 others for an 18-day Sri Lanka tour, including six of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites! And while here, experience two highlights. In Kandy, enjoy the Esala Perahera Festival, a centuries-old celebration of Sri Lankan Buddhism. As elephants process through the streets, they are accompanied by a cacophony of percussionists pounding traditional drums, dancers clanging finger cymbals and the rhythmic thumping of mock sword battles. And in the pilgrimage town of Kataragama, view a puja where offerings are made to the dieties. Almost straddling the equator, Sri Lanka’s weather is determined by its two monsoons – one from the north-east and the other from the south-west. In July and August there is a gap in the rains which makes this an excellent time to visit this captivating isle. See the website for full pricing information, a detailed itinerary, and to register for the trip.
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