This Saturday, The Franklin Institute will host the grand opening of its newest wing, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, and debut the much-anticipated “Your Brain” exhibit, and we’ve got two pairs of tickets to get you in for the special occasion.
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The newest addition to the Franklin Institute aims to challenge and explain the way we experience the world around us. Set to open in June, the 53,000-square-foot “Your Brain” exhibit is slated to be the largest of its kind in the country dedicated to our noggin. Complete with an 18-foot climbable wall of neural webbing, the exhibit aims to turn the complexities of the brain and nervous system into a fun and educational experience for visitors young and old.
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From Foobooz: Sip N Glo is celebrating its first birthday by giving away 12 ounce juices today. ... Sip N Glo’s giveaway goes to 4 p.m., which is convenient because that’s when Häagen-Dazs’ free cone day kicks off. So it would be possible to pardon the pun, double-dip on free stuff on South Street today. Get to Sip N Glo at 932 South Street and then stroll down to Häagen-Dazs at 242 South Street before 8 p.m. for your free ice cream.
Get ready to figure out whodunit in a murder mystery at the Franklin Institute. Complete with staff members dressed as characters from the classic board game Clue, visitors will have to use their wits to quickly cross off weapons and rooms from their sheets to find the killer. Along the way participants will learn how real detectives use footprints, fingerprints, and analyze blood splatter to solve crimes. Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30 p.m., The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.
From Foobooz: This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China. The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas. See the menu here.
From Be Well Philly: City Sports Philly is teaming up with Flywheel Wednesday night for a free indoor cycling class at the Center City studio. The 60-minute class is at 7:45 p.m. and space is limited, because there are a limited number of bikes (duh). Cycling shoes and water are provided, and City Sports will be handing out discount coupons for swag at its store, too. Sign up is happening over at Eventbrite. Have at it.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art may be trying to bring back an old-timey tradition with its’ free snuff box designing day. Inspired by artifacts in the Museum, these boxes were originally used as ornate containers for tobacco. Free with regular admission, you and your family can create your own tobacco transporters. Wednesday, May 14th, 5:50 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Historic Philadelphia (HP) is hosting its sixth annual day of fundraising in Franklin Square this Thursday. All donations will be going to HP’s efforts to promote Franklin Square as a “welcoming green space” in the heart of Philly. At $200 a ticket, donors will be treated to cocktails, auctions, a dinner and dancing in a festival-like atmosphere. Thursday, May 15th, 5:30 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.
Bring your appetite this Thursday for a street food festival of epic proportions. Over 85 local food trucks and vendors will make this the biggest Night Market yet, along with ticket raffles and a photo booth put on by the Arden Theater Company. Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret will perform all night as you discover new and exciting foodsAmerica’s most historic square mile has to offer. Thursday, May 15th, 6 p.m., 3rd and Arch streets.
The Barefoot Artist is a locally produced documentary concerning Chinese-born Philadelphia-raised artist Lily Yeh. The film will focus on Yeh’s passionate work with poverty stricken and at-risk communities across the globe, and how she blurs the line between social work and art. Both Lily and the Philadelphia-born directors will be in the audience for a Q&A session after the show. Thursday, May 15th, 7:30 p.m., Pereleman Theater, 300 South Broad Street.
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!
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This photo — from Philly’s African American Museum — shows Rev. King posing with the Philadelphia delegation of the Montgomery Civil Rights March in 1965.
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.
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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.
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Rendering via uwishunu.
Uwishunu reports that Ned Kahn, an environmental artist from Northern California, will contribute a “kinetic shimmer wall” to the Franklin Institute’s 53,000-square-foot expansion, to open in June 2014.
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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]