March 9-15, 2006
ART LEAGUE Illustrator Joe Brown will give a slide presentation of his work as part of this group's monthly meeting, Fri, March 10, 1pm, FREE, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, 175 Strattford Ave., Wayne
ARTIST EXCHANGE Writers, poets, musicians and performers discuss new material and share ideas. Every Tue, 10-12:30pm, FREE, Mokas, 3505 Lancaster Ave., 215-222-4410.
ARTUR BARRIO: ACTIONS AFTER ACTIONS Join Paul Hubbard, chair of three-dimensional fine arts at Moore College of Art and Design for an informal gallery talk about Portuguese-born Brazilian artist Artur Barrio and his complex, conceptual, multi-lingual works, Wed, March 15, 6pm, FREE, Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th & the Parkway, 215-965-4027.
ASTRIA SUPARAK The Paradigm lecture series presents Suparak, a filmmaker who curates site-specific shows for alternative film festivals and music venues, Thu, March 16, 7pm, FREE, Terra Hall, University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St.
CAROL ROYER Join the lecturer for a four-part series discussing African American Artists, Philadelphia History/Early American Artists, Frank Furness and Architecture of the PAFA and the Barnes Foundation. Every Thu, 7:30-8:30pm, $12-$15, Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, 215-379-5660.
GAIL SHEEHY The author of "Passages" and "Sex and the Seasoned Witch" speaks as part of Women's History Month, Thu, March 9, 7pm, $10, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, 215-968-8186.
GARY BERNTSEN & MICHAEL SCHEUER The former CIA field commander and author of "Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda," Gary Berntsen, will be interviewed by Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center's Bin Laden Unit and author of perhaps the most informative book on the war on terror, "Imperial Hubris.", Thu, March 9, 7pm, FREE, Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 19th & Vine sts., 215-686-5322.
GERALD SLOTA The Paradigm lecture series presents photographer Slota, who makes photo-collages from pictures he's staged and taken himself, Tue, March 14, 1pm, FREE, Terra Hall, University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St.
GREAT DECISIONS 2006 A four-part discussion series on timely foreign policy topics. Programs include: "The U.S. and Iran," "Energy Resources," "Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism" and "Brazil." Brazil? How'd they get in there? Every Mon, noon-1:30pm, $15-$55, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One S. Broad St., Suite 2-M, 215-561-4700.
THE HEART OF ETHICAL CULTURE Boe Meyerson, leader of the Essex Society and Humanist Chaplain at Columbia University, will lead a lecture on the emotional core of ethical culture with musical interludes by Tim Ribchester, Sun, March 12, 11am, FREE, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-735-3456.
THE HISTORY OF YIDDISH Dr. Chava Turniansky of the Hebrew University teaches all about the history of...take a wild guess, Thu, March 16, 7:30pm, FREE, Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood
MAKING OUR WAY HOME: SOLVING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS IN PHILADELPHIA Despite the boom in real estate, Philly faces a severe crisis in affordable housing. Solutions are possible. Former City Housing Director John Kromer presents a creative proposal to link the city's 10-year tax abatement policy to new financing for affordable housing development, Thu, March 16, 7pm, FREE, Kate's Place, 1929 Sansom St., 215-232-7272.
MANUCK! MANUCK! Literary, mainstream and genre fiction writers meet to provide feedback and discuss technique and form. Every other Thu, 7:30pm, FREE, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, 215-573-WRIT.
NICHOLAS KAHN & RICHARD SELESNICK These two photographers have been collaborating for over 10 years on panoramic photographs, sculptures, and writings that portray the fictional world of the Royal Excavation Corps in 1930s England. In other words they take role playing to George Lucas-type creepiness. Join them for a discussion as part of the Paradigm lecture series, Thu, March 16, 1pm, FREE, Chambers-Wylie Cathedral, 323 S. Broad St.
ON BEAUTY DISCUSSION GROUP Get debating on Zadie Smith's On Beauty, a novel about a clash between two radically different families one liberal and white, another conservative and African-American set in Massachusetts. Group meets in the Quiet Study Room at Rollins Center, Thu, March 9, 7:30pm, FREE, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, 215-968-8164.
PHILLY INCITE! Calling all radical women of color, hetero and LGBTQ writers, artists, community organizers, poets, dancers, teachers, youth leaders, lawyers and more. Every first and third Thu, 6:30-7:45pm, FREE, The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, 215-727-0882.
POETRY: TRUTH & BEAUTY, LOVE & LOSS Explore the basics of poetry. Every Mon, 7-9:30pm, $30, Amoeba Art Shop, 7174 Germantown Ave., 215-242-4568.
POLSKI UNIWERSYTET LUDOWY LECTURE IN THE POLISH LANGUAGE Wszystko jestescie mile widziany, wyrownywac homoseksualne! See ya there!, Sun, March 12, 3pm, FREE, Associated Polish Home, 9150 Academy Rd.
SETH LLOYD The esteemed MIT professor will discuss his new book, "Programming the Universe: From the Big Bang to Quantum Computers." Lloyd contends that the universe itself is one big quantum computer, producing what we see around us as it runs a cosmic program. Kinda like "The Matrix" but for smart people, Thu, March 16, 7pm, FREE, Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 19th & Vine sts., 215-686-5322.
STEPHEN STILES The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts guest speaker Stiles, a professional cartoonist and comic book illustrator and veteran of fanzine such as Stardate and Heavy Metal, Fri, March 10, 9pm, FREE, The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St., 215-573-3234.
A STRATEGY STILL UNFOLDING: THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN The Greater Philadelphia ACLU presents their annual meeting featuring Eric Rothschild; Pepper Hamilton, lead attorney in the Dover school board case; and Barbara Forrest, author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse.", Sun, March 12, 2:30pm, FREE, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut St., 866-468-7619.
URBAN SUSTAINABILITY FORUM Don't laugh, but the long-term goal of this forum is to make Philadelphia the greenest, most livable city in America. Topics include managing the city's water, revisioning waste management, and the future of land use and redevelopment of healthy neighborhoods. Every third Thu, 6-8:30pm, FREE, Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th St. & the Parkway, 215-299-1000.