Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have events scheduled through the early months of 2016. There are also a number of ongoing events. While it's warm (and even when it's not), you can enjoy the various outdoor activities.
Friday, February 5th
Art in Wood: The WildLIFE Project
The Center for Art in Wood opens a new exhibit focused on the issues of poaching and illegal ivory trading. Wendy Maruyama goes beyond the usual artist's traditional studio craft to enter the world of political advocacy. In her new works, elephants are memorialized in monumental form with sculpted heads ranging from 8 to 12 feet in height.
Saturday, February 6th
A Lunar New Year's Celebration
Welcome the Year of the Monkey as the new moon in February instructs us to turn the page on a new lunar calendar year, according to many eastern traditions. As usual, the Seaport Museum is the place to be to enjoy cultural activities, crafts, dancing and more from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam intended to start the new year off right.
Sunday, February 7th
Valentine's Day a Week Early
There's nothing sweeter than a little chocolate just in time for Valentine's Day. In the spirit of the holiday, join the Betsy Ross House for a very special Colonial Chocolate Making! Learn about chocolate's fascinating colonial history while enjoying free samples. (Colonial Chocolate Making is FREE with admission.)
Monday, February 8th
Liberty's Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State
Dean Reuter of the Federalist Society and John Yoo, legal scholar and former Justice Department official, are joined by former White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray and Center for Equal Opportunity President Linda Chavez to discuss why the concentration of power in administrative agencies may be the greatest threat to our liberties today. This event is free, but registration is recommended.
Monday, February 8th
Forensic Facts vs TV Fiction
Cold beers and hot meals meet "Hot Lights, Sharp Steel, Cold Flesh" when this month's "Science on Tap" tackles the topic of the forensic autopsy. Marianne Hamel M.D., Ph.D. examines its realities, limitations, and implications to show that reality is quite different and, actually, much more compelling than what we see on TV. Attendees should be warned that this talk contains graphic depictions of human remains and post-mortem specimens. ("Science on Tap" is sponsored in part by the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation).
National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant
22 South Third Street
6 - 7 p.m.
Friday, March 4th
The Science of Sound Reproduction
The kick-off to the First Friday season sees the Chemical Heritage Foundation using a theatrical production to bring the technical history of sound reproduction to life. Enjoy a live, simulated radio play by the Mechanical Theater Company, learn about how sound effects were made in classic radio plays, and decide for yourself whether what you "hear" affects what you "see."
Wednesday, March 16th
Prose and Poetry in the City of Brotherly Love
Thom Nickels presents a talk focusing on some of the most important and influential writers to have lived in and around Philadelphia over the past two centuries, from Bayard Taylor, Walt Whitman, George Lippard, and Edgar Allan Poe to James Michener. He even includes Agnes Repplier, "the Jane Austen of America" who once shared a bit of whiskey with Whitman.
Friday, April 22nd - Sunday, June 12th
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
The Chinese Lantern Festival is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. For seven weeks, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors.
Starting Saturday, January 30th
Women, Work and the Revolution
A new interactive experience at the Betsy Ross House highlights the process of doing the daily domestic chores in the 18th century, a long time before any of our modern labor-saving appliances were even imagined, let alone invented.
Now Through April 22nd, 2016
Color in a Can
Prior to the Civil War, paints were made in small batches, resulting in poor quality and inconsistent colors. Afterward, improved methods fueled a rapid growth in paint manufacturing in America. Consumers suddenly had access to convenient, ready-mixed paints of consistent quality and a wide array of colors previously unimagined, and advertisers were there the entire way, telling them about every one that was available to them. This exhibition centers around advertising signs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to the signs, it also includes more than 450 items such as brochures, trade catalogs, color samples, and related materials that document the rapid growth and exuberant promotion of the paint industry.
Now thru September 2nd, 2016
Science at Play
Ignite your imagination with chemistry sets and science toys! This free exhibition at the Chemical Heritage Foundation lifts the lid on these miniature laboratories to reveal stories of inspiration, discovery, creativity, magic, and mayhem.
Now thru December 2017
Opening on Bill of Rights Day (December 15th), 2014 and continuing through almost to the end of 2017, the National Constitution Center will be featuring the founding documents of our great republic. Starting with a first edition stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence, the exhibit includes a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and rounds it out with a special display of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.
Radios Made in Philadelphia
Roy Shapiro, who was the general manager of KYW 1060 AM when it went to an all-news format, was more than a maker of radio history. He also collected it. His collection took the form of vintage radios, specifically those made in and around the Philadelphia area. Thirteen of these radios, made in the 1930's and 1940's make up the collection, which shows the city's leading role in the rise of, and the "Golden Age" of, radio in America.
Outdoor History and After Hours Tours
Until Further Notice ...
Second Bank Closed for Renovations
There's a note on the Independence National Historical Park website stating that the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the United States "will remain closed to visitors through the winter while curators and conservators clean the paintings, and work to preserve this building." Sorry, folks!