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February 2, 2007

The Franklin Institute King Tut exhibit opens Feb. 3

If you're looking for something new to do this weekend, look no further than The Franklin Institute's new exhibit, opening Saturday. Thirty years after Tutankhamun's treasures last visited the United States and more than 3,000 years after his death, the treasures of the boy king will be coming to Philadelphia, the final stop on the current U.S. tour.

More than doubling the size of the original 1977 exhibition, Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be bringing close to 130 pieces of Egyptian antiquities, many outside of Egypt for the first time, to The Franklin Institute. The 18th Dynasty, also known as the "Golden Age", produced some of the most exquisite pieces of art for some of Egypt's most famous rulers. Within the exhibit witness not only a child-sized throne made of wood, gesso, gold, ivory, and copper alloy but also artifacts from the five other tombs of Pharaohs who ruled during the "Golden Age".

For more information, visit www.fi.edu.

WHYY 91FM Seeks Phone Drive Volunteers

WHYY's 91FM on-air membership drive runs from Friday, Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 9. They are looking for volunteers to commit to a two-to three-hour shift on the phones in these time slots. Volunteers can determine their beginning and ending times:

Monday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 7, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9, 12 - 3 p.m.

Each volunteer will enter data using headphones and a computer. To volunteer, contact Sandra W. Chatfield, WHYY Community Relations Manager, at (215) 351-1261 or by e-mail at schatfield@whyy.org

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Mock Trial Competition Seeking Judges

The John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for the second, third and fourth rounds of this year's competition.


Each spring, students from 50 public, private and parochial schools compete in a simplified mock trial for the City Mock Trial Championship. The students are given the opportunity to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues.

Go to the Young Lawyers Division page on the Bar Association Web site to fill out the volunteer form.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Eleanora.Jones@Temple.edu or Roberta.West@Temple.edu or by phone at 215-204-1887.

Mirren Shines in "The Queen" by Bill Larson

On August 31, 1997, I was watching Saturday Night Live when it was announced that Diana, Princess of Wales, was involved in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in Paris. I was glued to my set all evening, hoping for news that she would be OK. My heart broke when word came that this wonderful advocate for AIDS and other charities was gone forever.

We in the U.S. mourned her, but her death had a more profound impact on the people of Great Britain and was a source of great controversy for the Royal Family and Her Majesty Elizabeth II.

"The Queen" is an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the interaction between Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following Diana's death, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the royal family and the country's demand for a public display of mourning.

The film gives an interesting "West Wing" look into the inner workings of both the royals and of Blair's newly elected Cabinet and its public and sincere response, which made his popularity, and animosity toward the Queen, grow by leaps and bounds.

Helen Mirren's performance is brilliant and Oscar-worthy. She effortlessly and simultaneously humanizes this woman who was hated by a nation for choosing not to show her feelings when her subjects needed as much emotional leadership as they needed resolve and strength. Mirren's queen drives her own car, truly believes she is protecting her grandsons and thinks her non-response is the right thing to do.

Run as fast as you can to see "The Queen" and discover both one of the best films of the year and one of the finest performances in recent memory.

Cast overview:

Helen Mirren .... Queen Elizabeth II

Michael Sheen .... Tony Blair

James Cromwell .... Prince Philip

Sylvia Syms .... The Queen Mother

Alex Jennings .... Prince Charles

Helen McCrory .... Cherie Blair

Roger Allam .... Robin Janvrin

Tim McMullan .... Stephen Lamport

Douglas Reith .... Lord Airlie

Robin Soans .... Equerry

Lola Peploe .... Janvrin's Secretary

Joyce Henderson .... Balmoral Maid

Pat Laffan .... Head Ghillie

Amanda Hadingue .... Queen's Dresser

John McGlynn .... Balmoral Head Ghillie

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

Runtime: 97 min

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