Secrets of the Silk Road Now–3/28 Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Student ticket: $16.50 Website Our very own Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology brings “Secrets of the Silk Road,” an exploration of more than 100 artifacts from the Silk Road in Central Asia, including textiles, coins, jewelry and more. Come before March 15 to see the famous 3,800 year old “Beauty of Xiaohe” mummy ... and even an infant mummy. It’ll Be the weirdest thing you do all week.
How Things Work: Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop Saturdays and Sundays, Now–March 27 The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia Free with museum admission: $15.50 To go along with the Institute’s Leonard da Vinci exhibit, this program brings out the inventive faculties in anyone, bringing us all just a little closer to the genius himself. Take a study–break and come try your hand at the K'Nex® Build Challenge or get crafty at the Papermaking Cart where you can...you guessed it...learn to make your own paper.
Periodic Lectures on Design: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Now–5/3 CBS Auditorium, University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St. Free Website Learn the skills of the design trade from those in the know. Every Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., 5 design experts (like Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper–Hewitt National Design Museum) will be giving free lectures about creative problem solving and design, open to the public. Yay!
Israeli Film Festival of Greater Philadelphia 2/26–4/9 See online schedule for locations Free for students Website Enjoying its 15th run in Philly, the Israeli Film Festival will feature 8 films, with content as varied as Israeli/Palestine relations, immigration and the power of love and friendship. Experience Israeli culture and talent through a new lens. Each film will be followed by guest–talks by the films’ directors and dessert receptions!
Art of the American Soldier Now–4/31 National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. $11 with Student ID Website Head down to the historical neighborhood of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell to get a glimpse at a never–before–seen exhibition of decades worth of art by American Soldiers overseas. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a little patriotic and get your fill of culture at the same time!