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The Diary of Anne Frank
In a new and powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes to life like never before. Enter into the lives of two families hiding from the Nazis in a tiny attic that is both their sanctuary and their prison. This deeply personal account of the Holocaust will bring you a story you only thought you knew with EgoPo’s intimate and highly realistic staging.
Prince Music Theatre at 1412 Chestnut St.
Wednesday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 6
Admission: $12-$32
www.egopo.org

 

Frontline presents “The Persuaders” Screening and Discussion

“The Persuaders” is a 2004 examination of the world of branding, marketing, advertising and corporate propaganda. Critic Douglas Rushkoff narrates, offering chilling insight into what he terms “the persuasion industry.” AIGA Philadelphia will lead a discussion following the screening. This event is part of DesignPhiladelphia.
AIGA Philadelphia, Connelly Auditorium at 211 S. Broad St., eighth floor
Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
www.aigaphilly.org

Secret Cinema Presents “Another Romance of Celluloid”: More Old Films About Film
Not a day seems to go by lately without another reminder that the world of movies as we’ve known it since 1895 is about to change in a big way. While the “nontheatrical” world that Secret Cinema theoretically sits in has preferred the economies of video projection for most of our two decades of existence, the neighborhood multiplex (what’s left of them, anyway) is now getting in on the act and scrapping their film projectors en masse in favor of “digital cinema.” In 2013, Hollywood is scheduled to cease making celluloid prints of movies. It is [hopefully] needless to state that the Secret Cinema is not jumping on this bandwagon anytime soon and aims to keep the film-as-film experience alive for as long as possible. Indeed, Secret Cinema goes to great effort and expense to maintain their film archive and 16-millimeter projectors, the newest models of which date to the mid-1980s (and the ones used more often are 20 years older than those!).
But with all of this gloomy news about, Secret Cinema felt like saluting both the material and art form of motion picture film with a special cinephilic program. The screening will include a variety of just what its name suggests, including films about film technology, studios, movie stars, film archives and home movies (plus, if time permits, some vintage promotional shorts and trailers). These original short films date from the 1920s through the 1970s. As always, the films will be shown using real film (not video) projected on a giant screen.
Moore College of Art & Design at 20th & Race street
Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Admission: $8
www.thesecretcinema.com

The Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University Host Free “Affiliation Day”

Free and fun for the public, this open house offers free museum admission and activities to celebrate the completion of an affiliation agreement between the Academy and Drexel. The historic affiliation promotes learning, discovery and civic engagement in the natural and environmental sciences, creating an internationally recognized powerhouse in scientific research and education. Pose for pictures with “Mario” the Dragon and the Academy’s Triceratops mascot. Make dinosaur and dragon puppets to take home. Meet Academy and Drexel scientists at a dozen activity tables. Enjoy face painting. Visit Dinosaur Hall to see dinosaur skeletons on display, including Tyrannosaurus Rex. Hunt for dinosaur bones in The Big Dig hands‐on exhibit and watch fossils being prepared for study in the Fossil Prep Lab.

The Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
www.ansp.org