SHOP PENN Playlist for March

March means that Spring is around the corner so now is the time to get out there more and enjoy everything University City has to offer. As you fill out your calendar this month, #ShopPenn has all the best exhibits, events, and shows to check out throughout the district. Find out what’s happening with the latest edition of the “Shop Penn Playlist,” a snapshot of the top events being offered by institutions, organizations, and venues on and around campus all month.

Maddie Zahm: Now That I’ve Been Honest Tour – World Café Live
March 7

Meet Maddie Zahm, one of Americaʼs most exciting new pop acts, with her debut album 'Now That I've Been Honest' coming in October. She launched onto the scene when her fan-favorite single, “Fat Funny Friend”, galvanized TikTok and became an empowering anthem for people experiencing fat phobia, societal pressure and body dysmorphia. The single came from her 2022 EP ‘You Might Not Like Her’, which shared Maddieʼs story of leaving her hometown of Boise, ID where she was a worship leader at the tender age of 13, and eventually moving to Los Angeles where she came out as queer and did a lot of living to catch up fast. 

Penn Basketball vs. Princeton – The Palestra
March 9

Come out and cheer on the Quakers one last time this season as Penn wraps up the regular season against rival Princeton. The team will honor Seniors Clark Slajchert, Colin Chambers, and Andrew Laczkowski prior to the game.

CultureFest!: Celebration of Women Artists – Penn Museum
March 9

This all-day festival, presented in partnership with The Clay Studio, pays homage to Women’s History Month by spotlighting artists and creative practitioners working in a variety of art forms. Learn how women have shaped cultures and history in communities across the globe. Hear from storytellers and musicians, experience dance performances, and watch ceramic and print artists in action. Stop by the artist marketplace throughout the day to support local women business owners. Plus, get inspired to make your own art to take home!

(deep) listening: Dislocation – Institute of Contemporary Art
March 15

Taking up themes from our current exhibition, Dominique White and Alberta Whittle: Sargasso Sea, this (deep) listening session features Chuquimamani-Condori with supporting performances by Kat Nzingha & DJ bbBasura. Together, they will sonically explore the profound impact displacement and forced migrations have had on both physical landscapes and their own cultural identities. 

Digs & Dice: Let’s Play Senet – Penn Museum
March 21

Digs & Dice is a series spotlighting and celebrating the power of games across human history. Senet is an ancient Egyptian board game dating back 4,000 years. In addition to a popular game played across ancient Egyptian society, the game gained important religious meaning, acting as an interactive metaphor for the challenges people faced in the afterlife. Join Penn Museum experts as they play senet and talk about ancient Egyptian society, culture, and religion.

Rennie Harris PureMovement American Street Dance Theatre – Penn Live Arts
March 22-23

“The most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America,” (The New Yorker) Rennie Harris returns with a 30th anniversary retrospective of works that helped catapult his company to the world stage. In Students of the Asphalt JungleMarch of the Antman and P-Funk, Harris explores gun violence, gangs and other themes as relevant today as when they first premiered. Beautifully crafted and ahead of their time, these acclaimed classics are paired with current repertoire including A Day in the Life and The Word to showcase how Harris “expertly uses hip-hop movement to establish emotional atmosphere” (The New York Times) and tell a story we all need to hear.

Molly Grace: Lovesick Tour – World Café Live
March 23

First-of-her-kind pop-funk star Molly Grace is quickly making her own lane in the music industry with her earworm, genre-bending catalog. Taking inspiration from artists like Lizzo, Remi Wolf, and Lawrence, Molly masterfully blends elements of funk with modern pop music, making for songs that are infectiously groovy and relevant yet timeless.

Sam Barber: Till I Return Tour – World Café Live
March 27

Sam's music journey has been completely unplanned and his success continues to astound him. When he was 16, Sam picked up his great grandfather's Gibson, out of tune with 5 strings and fell in love with the art of playing. He soon learned that he also had the God-given talent to sing along. Sam's vision is to continue to grow and become stronger as a vocalist and songwriter. He wants to deliver songs that people feel in their soul.