February 24, 2005

Over at The Rittenhouse Review I’ve been blogging about the “Dalí” exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

And below I posted a brief item about “Aïda,” a very hot ticket given only two sold-out performances remain.

The other hot cultural ticket in town -- a bit of a misnomer since no ticket is required as admission is free -- is for the new exhibit, “Treasures Revealed,” at the American Philosophical Society, about which see “Treasures of the Philosophical Society,” by Julie Stoiber in the Philadelphia Inquirer, February 20:

For only the third time in its 262-year history, the American Philosophical Society is giving the public a peek at the cool stuff it owns, [including] . . . The only known copy of the Declaration of Independence printed on durable vellum, made by John Dunlap just days after the printer delivered the more delicate paper copies to the Continental Congress[;] [p]hotographs and data sheets from a 1933 study that tried to link a woman’s neck length to certain psychological characteristics, such as “a fondness for satire”[;] [b]lueprints for ENIAC, the world’s first electronic digital computer[;] [a]nd, perhaps strangest of all, a New Testament volume written in Chinese and bound in human skin.

And, judging from Stoiber’s article, even more great and fascinating stuff.


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