What’s better than late 1980s/early 1990s action-adventure TV show MacGyver? What? Stargate SG-1? Hardly. And in a world where you can go to, say, Mad Men quizzo, it’s good to see that a show with equally ridiculous plots can get some love of its own: The Franklin Institute has announced MacGyver Night at the Museum!
Our daily roundup of what’s happening today in Philly. This go round, we’ve got three of the city’s best MLK Day Celebrations.
Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) wraps up its weekend-long Martin Luther King celebrations with an afternoon of readings, MLK-centric prison tours and a chance to create some art. Today at, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. professional actors will present a live reading of King’s famous Letter From Birmingham Jail followed by a Q&A with a civil rights scholar. If you’re bringing kids along, or if you’re in a particularly crafty mood, Art Sanctuary will set up stations for guests to create works in response to the text. There will also be guided tours of the museum, with an emphasis on how the civil rights movement affected inmates at ESP, and how they reacted when they heard the news of MLK’s assassination. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., readings are free but reservations are required, $10-$14 for tours, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., easternstate.org.
Philadelphia Business Journal: “The Franklin Institute said Friday it has promoted its chief operating officer to be its next leader. Larry Dubinski will take over July 1 from the science museum’s president and CEO of two decades, Dennis M. Wint, who will become president emeritus and plans to teach at Drexel University. Dubinski, who also serves as general counsel and secretary at the Franklin Institute, received unanimous support from the board of trustees.” Dubinski has been with the Institute, off and on, since 1996.
Merion Philanthropist Edna Tuttleman died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 92. If that name sounds familiar, peruse this list of buildings on which it appears.
The Franklin Institute, home to the beloved giant heart and the worst movie theater in Philadelphia, is losing its leader of two decades, Dennis Wint. The 70-year-old Wint, who became president and CEO in 1995, will have been the longest serving president in the museum’s nearly 200-year-old history when he steps down at the end of 2014. He presided over the creation of Philly’s annual science festival and the Science Leadership Academy, a magnet school affiliated with the Institute.
A big item remaining on his agenda is overseeing the completion of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, a 53,000-square-foot expansion that is scheduled to open in June. It features a new exhibit on the human brain, a climate-controlled gallery for special exhibitions, and an education center with classrooms and conference space.
He’ll continue to teach at Drexel after he resigns, for its forthcoming graduate program on museum leadership. [Inquirer]
Thanks to a renovation project in 2004, The Franklin Institute’s “The Giant Heart” includes a 5,000 square-foot exhibit with interactive devices and a massive EKG wave. Now, though, the Institute is pulling a Scarecrow and looking to get itself a brain. Construction of a new exhibit dedicated to the human brain began back in April. The 8,500-square-foot exposition called “Your Brain” should be ready by the summer of 2014. It’ll basically have a jungle gym of electrical and chemical brain signals, so we’re going to go ahead and have our birthday party there. If you’re invited, please be advised that we’re asking for the classic version of the board game Risk (NOT the computer game and NOT the version that takes place 200 years in the future). Captain Planet DVDs and G.I. Joes are also appropriate gifts. [Inquirer]
President Obama is set to fly into PHL this afternoon just in time to help mess up your evening commute. Air Force One is set to land at 5:25 p.m. so that President Obama can make his rounds and raise some funds. He’ll make an appearance at a public event for 500 people at the Franklin Institute at 7:50 p.m. before attending two private functions and flying back to Washington at 10:30. President Obama has raised $3.6 million to Mitt Romney’s $1.9 million in Pennsylvania during this election cycle. [Philly.com]
On Saturday, “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times” exhibit will open at the Franklin Institute. The exhibit features some of the oldest examples of Jewish scripture. The scripture comes from 972 parchments and papyrus fragments found in 1947 by a Palestinian goatherder in caves near the Dead Sea. They survived in the desert for more than 2,000 years and will now be on display in Philly seven days a week through mid-October. [Inquirer]
Mauro Daigle and Annie Baum-Stein of Milk & Honey Market in West Philadelphia are opening an offshoot of their popular spot on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Milk & Honey Café, to be located in brand new Sister Cities Park right in front of the Cathedral, will serve locally grown and produced foods that fans of the market have come to enjoy.
The casual café is right in the heart of the museum district including the just about to open Barnes Foundation. Daigle and Baum-Stein are bringing some of Philadelphia’s favorite brands to the café, brewing La Colombe Coffee, scooping Bassett’s Ice Cream, and toasting South Street Philly Bagels. Sourcing from as close as the Italian market and as far as Lancaster County, the pair is bringing something for locals and tourists on the Parkway.