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Money Talks: Visiting Scholar
Addresses Jackson vs. Hamilton

David Weiman. Photo by Dorothy Hong

David Weiman. Photo by Dorothy Hong

The Swarthmore College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will be hosting Barnard College economics professor David Weiman on Thursday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Weiman will be lecturing about “Jackson versus Hamilton: Monetary Union and the Struggle over Political Economic Sovereignty.”

The talk, which is free and open to all, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Science Center 101. For more information, contact Kathy Navascues at knavascues@pbk.org.

Minas Plays Friday Night Live
on October 28 at CAC

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King

Community Arts Center’s Friday Night Live concert series features Grammy-nominated Brazilian jazz band Minas to the stage next Friday, October 28, beginning at 7 p.m.

Venerable but still so cool, leaders Patricia King and Orlando Haddad explore Brazilian musical traditions in American forms. Joining Minas in this cabaret-style merger of music and art are visual artists Nicole Tymoczak and Anthe Capitan-Valais, as well as the performers of Agora Dance in a suite of short pieces called “3 Minutes Max.”

Tickets for CAC members ($10) and others ($15) are available at the door for anyone 17 and older. Those 21 and older may bring their own beverages; light refreshments will be served. Info: Communityartscenter.org.

Novelist Keiko Itoh Speaks on Cultures Intertwined

Swarthmore College alumna Keiko Itoh will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, October 24, on “Japanese-Occupied Shanghai: The Making of a Novel from a Woman’s Perspective.”

The talk at the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg Hall on the Swarthmore College campus is based upon Itoh’s recently published novel My Shanghai, 1942-1946, which is the product of her imagination, her historical research on the Pacific war, and the inspiration of her London-educated mother’s war experiences in China.

A reception follows the talk; both events are free and open to the public.

Sunday Is a Pink Ribbon Day at Pilates Connexion

This Sunday, October 23, Pilates Connexion goes pink. Join the 10 a.m. Dance Fusion or 11 a.m. Pilates for Pink Mat classes, and part of your $10 fee will raise funds for breast cancer awareness and support.

At noon, Jeanna Vanni will talk about the studio’s Pink Ribbon post-op recovery exercise program. And a portion of any online or in person purchase from Stella & Dot’s breast cancer awareness will benefit Bright Pink.

Pilates Connexion is at 15 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore, and online at thepilatesconnexionpa.com.

Labor Leader Paul Booth to Speak

Swarthmore College will host returning alumnus Paul Booth on Monday, October 24, at Science Center 199 on the campus, beginning at 7 p.m.

Booth, who was a member of the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform drafting committee, will talk on “So You Say You Want a Revolution? Pushing the Envelope of American Politics.” The talk is free and open to all.

Hogie and Anne Hansen

Hogie and Anne Hansen

Sacred Spaces Class at SUMC

Swarthmore United Methodist Church will offer programs on Sacred Spaces during its Faith and Life Classes at 11:15 a.m. during the next two Sundays, October 23 and 30. The discussions will be led by Anne and Hogie Hansen, former residents of Swarthmore, and are open to all who wish to participate.

This week’s class will explore how tourism contributed to the development of our understanding of sacred places and spaces during the 19th and the 20th centuries. There will be opportunities to share your own favorite sacred spaces.

On Sunday, October 30, the class will discuss the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service, with a special guest speaker. The magnificent sacred spaces in the Parks System continue to inspire visitors as they pause and reflect. The church is located at 129 Park Avenue.

Poets and Prophets Meets October 28

Poets and Prophets plans its first fall poetry reading for Friday, October 28, 7 p.m., at the home of John Brodsky, 516 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Swarthmore.

Refreshments will be served. Call (610) 328-POET for more information.

Erin Rae

Erin Rae

Meanwhile, Erin Rae Comes to WaR3house3

Nashville singer/songwriter and recording artist Erin Rae & the Meanwhiles make their last U.S. appearance for a while on Saturday, October 22, a day before taking off for a European tour.

They will be joined on stage at by guests including Jerry Bernhardt during a hot night of original music at WaR3house3 in Swarthmore. BYOB; light fare will be served.

Advance tickets are $10; $15 gets you in on show night. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30. Info: war3house3.com.

Cleanup at Little Crum Creek Park Saturday

If you missed the last one, here’s another chance on Saturday, October 22, to join the cleanup effort at Little Crum Creek Park, led by Swarthmore’s Environmental Advisory Council.

Bring rakes, loppers and clippers to help clean up the Yale Avenue entrance to the park. Gloves, snacks and water will be provided.

Come at 9 a.m. if you can; stay ‘til noon or whenever you need to leave.

Scott Arboretum Tour Thursday

Join Scott Arboretum staff members in a free hour-long walking tour of the arboretum’s plant collections on Thursday afternoon, October 27.

The tour leaves Scott’s office on College Avenue at noon, unless the weather takes an unfavorable turn, in which case it will be canceled. Call (610) 328-8025 for more information.

Free Flu Shots at Furness Library

Is it really flu season again? Well, at least it’s flu shot season. Take some of the sting out of the needle with a freebie next Tuesday, October 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford.

The inoculation is free if you bring a prescription insurance card, and for anyone 65 or older and on Medicare. No appointment is necessary; the program is sponsored by Surrey Services for Seniors – Hometown Media and Walgreens. The library is located at 100 N. Providence Road.

McCabe Library Book Sale Next Weekend

McCabe Library of Swarthmore College will hold its annual book sale next Friday, October 28, through Sunday, the 30th.

Bargain books concentrate on the scholarly, artistic, and unusual, but encompass all genres (including videos).

McCabe is adjacent to Parrish Hall at the end of College Avenue. Info: pharris1@swarthmore.edu.

Book Fair & Open House at School in Rose Valley

Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan

The School in Rose Valley hosts best-selling children’s book author/illustrator Matt Phelan as a special guest at its Family Open House and Book Fair, Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The school invites parents and their children to enjoy children’s activities, open classrooms, outdoor play, and readings from some of the 20-plus books Phelan has produced.

The event is free; no reservation needed. The School in Rose Valley is at 20 School Lane; more info is at theschoolinrosevalley.org.

Chef’s Table Will Abound with Seafood

Executive Chef Kevin Ahern

Executive Chef Kevin Ahern

Keith Ahern loves seafood, and he can demonstrate his passion in a way few of us can.

As executive chef of the Broad Table Tavern, Ahern has dreamed up a unique feast which he will prepare next Thursday for a fortunate few. Five courses, each featuring fish or shellfish, will be paired with outstanding wines and served to 16 diners at the Chef’s Table event at the tavern.

Gourmets, gourmands, foodies and seafood fans are invited to join the feast on October 27. The cost is $85 per person; reservations are required.

Call (610) 543-7500 to get more information and reserve your place at the Chef’s Table. The Broad Table Tavern is in the Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Road.

Spotlight Theatre’s ‘Happy Birthday, Wanda June’

Andrew SanFilippo (Springfield) and John Barker (Glen Mills) star in the Spotlight Theatre’s production of Happy Birthday, Wanda June.

Andrew SanFilippo (Springfield) and John Barker (Glen Mills) star in the Spotlight Theatre’s production of Happy Birthday, Wanda June.

Cultures clash as A Man’s World meets the Age of Aquarius in Kurt Vonnegut’s darkly comic play Happy Birthday, Wanda June, opening tonight, October 21, at Spotlight Theatre in Swarthmore.

In this loose retelling of the tale of Odysseus, a big-game hunter comes home from the killing fields to find that his nuclear family has blown up. Instead of the reunion he hoped for, Harold Ryan must cope with the counterculture that surrounds his son, ex-wife and her new husband.

As funny and thought-provoking as it was when Vonnegut wrote it in 1971, Wanda June has been revived for a three-weekend run at Spotlight, which is located in Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 129 Park Avenue. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 30.

Information is at spotlighttheatrepa.org, where you can also purchase tickets.

RVCO Opens ‘Iolanthe’ at SHMS

Famous for its productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, the Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra will open its 2016-17 season with one of the duo’s Savoy operettas, the 1882 work Iolanthe, which comically tells the story of a fairy who marries a mortal, is banished from her native Fairyland, and raises a simple son whose romance leads to chaos and turmoil in the land.

A political satire as apt today as when it was written in the 1880s, Iolanthe will be performed on the weekends before and after the U.S. elections, beginning November 5.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Saturdays, November 5 and 12, and Wednesday, November 9. Matinees (at 2 p.m.) will play on Saturday, November 5, and Sundays, November 6 and 13. The show will be staged at the auditorium of Strath Haven Middle School, 200 S. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Advance tickets — all are general admission and good for any show — are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $7 for children 12 and under.

They can be ordered by mail; enclose an SASE with your check to Rose Valley Chorus and Orchestra, P.O. Box 414, Media, PA 19063. Tickets will be available at the door for an additional $3 apiece. Information is at rvco.org or by calling (610) 565-5010.

Wind Symphony at Lang on Saturday

A unique 51-piece ensemble comprising woodwinds, brass and percussion instrumentalists, Philadelphia Wind Symphony plays an evening concert at Lang Concert Hall of Swarthmore College on Saturday, October 22.

The program includes pieces by Holst, Rutter, Woolfenden and the Beatles, all conducted by music director Paul Bryan. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and all are invited to attend a pre-concert panel discussion at 7:30. Admission is free to all, without tickets.

Pasta Dinner at Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church invites all in the community to its annual pasta supper on Sunday, October 23, which benefits the church’s youth programs.

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 301 N. Chester Road in Swarthmore.

The cost is $8 per adult, $5 per child, or $20 per family for a dinner including pasta and meatballs (vegetarian option also available), salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

Trinity’s famous thrift shop will be open during the meal.

Horrors! Discuss ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ at TGP

Halloween will arrive a few days early at The Gathering Place, next Wednesday, October 26. Louise Coffin will lead a discussion of W. W. Jacobs’s masterful tale of horror, The Monkey’s Paw.

The story is easily found online; print out a copy, read and bring it with you if possible. Attendees are also welcome to share scary poems.

And be alert, as Little Orphant Annie would say, because “the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you ef you don’t watch out.”

The Gathering Place meets at the Swarthmore United Methodist Church at noon. Bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverage are provided.

Volunteer Ombudsmen (left to right) Doris Rufo, Maria Fortuna, M.J. McDaniel and Denise Gallagher, Ombudsman coordinator.

Volunteer Ombudsmen (left to right) Doris Rufo, Maria Fortuna, M.J. McDaniel and Denise Gallagher, Ombudsman coordinator.

COSA Collects Afghans

If you wield a crochet hook, or have a spare afghan around the house, you can help warm and bring cheer to seniors in local nursing homes in the holiday season.

Delaware County’s Office of Services to the Aging (COSA) has opened its annual afghan drive, collecting new or gently used afghans at its office at 206 Eddystone Avenue in Eddystone.

Afghans — ideally sized about 36 inches square, but appreciated in any size — will be collected through December 9, and will be donated to residents of local long-term care facilities on December 16.

Call Denise Gallagher at (610) 872-1868 for more information.

Oilwork by Georganna Lenssen

Oilwork by Georganna Lenssen

‘Memory and Place’ Opens This Weekend at CAC

The abstract works of artists Georganna Lenssen and Roger Chavez are featured in a new exhibition opening this Sunday, October 23, at Community Arts Center in Wallingford.

Visitors are welcomed to greet the artists and see the work at a wine and cheese reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The reception and admission are free.

In the show “Interpretations of Memory and Place,” both Lenssen and Chavez present images and elements intended to explore memories of places and experiences, and to elicit individual interpretations from viewers.

The exhibit will be hung in CAC’s Duke Gallery through November 23. Also opening this weekend are shows of work by Lucy Edwards, ceramics by Linda Eiteljorg, and instructor Olga Neilsen’s students’ sculpture and figure drawings.

CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road. Hours, directions, etc., are at communityartscenter.org.

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