November 2021

December 2021

January 2022
  • 8:00 PMSOLD OUT! In-person! Chuck van Zyl: Live Concert Performance + CD Release
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    Chuck van Zyl: Live Concert Performance + CD Release

    After decades of music-making, electronic artist Chuck van Zyl is credited with a range of substantial live appearances, collaborations and album releases. Realized in the specific poetry of the Berlin-School his creations draw on a unique understanding of texture, atmosphere and scale. With its deep-space gateways and brilliant sequencer breakdowns, from the heights of heedless improvisation, on down to its quietly consuming fields, his work opens a zone of one's own.

    Spontaneously composed in the moment, performances by Chuck van Zyl evoke the sense of discovery first heard in early albums by Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. Offering a quiet sense of mystery, his recitals are uniquely designed for an informed audience set for a journey. To riders of this aural plain his music is the perfect soundtrack. Somewhere between its mysterious sense of interiority and celestial yearning the audience will find room to contemplate the cosmos, or just as easily encounter the self.

    Gliding through the spaceways, Chuck van Zyl presents pulsing passages of rhythmic flight. Slow chords hold forth, while cycling sequencer notes echo out amidst lithe keyboard leads. As synthesizer harmonies rise and fall, in passages of dark and light, an unexpected beauty emerges. It is in this remarkable realm that we are asked to give in to the sensation of sound, and connect with our inner stillness.

    Perhaps best known as host of STAR'S END for the past 40+ years - one of the world's most successful radio programs of Spacemusic - or as founder of The Gatherings - Philadelphia's premiere concert series of innovative music - Chuck van Zyl has also been producing his own electronic realizations, in collaboration and solo, since the mid-1980s. He has played live at a variety of venues, and issued numerous studio works and concert recordings - all in service to an enduring impulse for expression. The new album "Votive" represents the diverse sonic terrain he is capable of achieving in the studio - the release of which coincides with the 4 December 2021 event at The Rotunda, his first public performance in well over two years.

    Doors open at 7:30pm.

    Following the performance will be a brief Q & A and CD signing.


    -Everyone over the age of two years old will be required to wear a mask the entire time they are indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

    - We will ask each person in attendance to sign in at the front desk, for contact tracing purposes.

    - Social distancing will be enforced.

    -Seating is very limited. Registration is required.


  • 7:00 PMOnline! I'm Not a Christmas Celebrator Video Release Party
  • Thumb rotunda dec 8 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM I'm Not a Christmas Celebrator Video Release PartyCelebrate the new Ants on a Log music video, plus live music*, book reading**, and dance party! Join Julie Be for this show full of values you know and love (anti-consumerism, inclusion, fun) and want to pass on to your kids! ID: 812 1100 9740Passcode: 501482Suggested donation: $5-20, no one turned away.Venmo: Julie-Lipson-1PayPal: AntsonaLogMusic@gmail.comCashApp: $JBLAntsSupport socially conscious kids music! Just $3/mo helps make our work sustainable: *Live performance includes a new Ants song(!) about gifts you can make yourself (read: anticonsumerism for kids).**Live reading of "The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming" by Lemony Snicket, Julie Be's favorite book that's about understanding others (and a little bit about Hanukah). 
  • 8:00 PMIn-person! The Secret Cinema pres. LOST TELEVISION - films on 16mm
  • Thumb secretcinemanov2021 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Secret Cinema to show LOST TELEVISIONThe Secret Cinema will return to The Rotunda for the first time since the pandemic, with a brand new program called LOST TELEVISION. The program, to be presented on Thursday, December 9, consists of rare and forgotten shows from the early era of television, which only survive thanks to now-aging 16mm film prints.The 16mm film format was crucial to early television broadcasters, in the days before videotape was perfected. Filmed recordings of live television, called kinescopes, were made using special equipment. Other programs were originally shot on film -- this was standard procedure for the popular 1950s TV genre of anthology dramas, short stories made with changing casts. And for many years 16mm prints were shipped to local stations as a convenient distribution medium for both programs and commercials. The Secret Cinema archive includes many original prints with examples of all of these uses, and these will be showcased in LOST TELEVISION.There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Masking and contract tracing enforced. All Secret Cinema presentations are projected in 16mm film on a giant screen (not video).This screening is part of The Rotunda's ongoing Bright Bulb Screening Series which offers free movies on the second Thursday of every month, throughout the year.Included in LOST TELEVISION will be:ROCKY KING, DETECTIVE (circa 1954) - This show, a cross between FILM NOIR and soap operas, originally aired on the nine stations of the DuMont network. It starred prolific Hollywood character actor Roscoe Karns as the title police detective on the homicide squad. In an odd (and budget-saving) touch, Karns would banter with his wife, who always stayed off-screen. This episode, complete with commercials, is not known to exist elsewhere.SCREEN DIRECTOR'S PLAYHOUSE: THE SILENT PARTNER (1955) - This series differed from many other anthology drama showcases in that it was created by the Directors Guild, and used top feature film directors to helm its stories, including John Ford, Rouben Mamoulian, Alfred Hitchcock, Leo McCarey and many more. This example was one of its most memorable episodes -- it stars the great Buster Keaton as a washed-up silent film comedian watching the Academy Awards telecast in a bar. The cast also includes Zasu Pitts, Joe E. Brown, Bob Hope and more. Directed by George Marshall.ZELDA (1962) - ZELDA was a pilot show for a series that went unsold and unproduced. It was to be a spin-off from the popular THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS. ZELDA starred Sheila James, reprising her role as Zelda Gilroy, a brainy, upbeat, and headstrong tomboy who opens the show by sharing her thoughts and worries to the camera (like DOBIE GILLIS): "My ambition is to find a fella…I'm really not much of a girl." It set an odd mood for an ostensible comedy series, and it's not hard to see why the show never sold, but James has a fascinating screen presence. After appearing in several TV series, she left acting. Under her birth name of Sheila Kuehl she went to law school to fight for women's workplace rights, and in 1994 became the first openly gay person elected to the California legislature. Today Kuehl serves on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.EXCURSION: ATOMIC ENERGY (1953) - Burgess Meredith introduces the star of this educational program, Princeton University professor Hubert Alyea. The funny and fast-talking academic, nicknamed "Dr. Boom," gives a rapid-fire lecture complete with demonstrations and explosions. Alyea was reportedly the real-life inspiration for the Walt Disney movie THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR. This show was a production of the TV-Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation.SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited. Masking and contract tracing enforced. 
  • 8:30 PMOnline! Sylvia Platypus Live from ElectricLatteLand!
  • Thumb sylviaplatypus 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Sylvia Platypus Live from ElectricLatteLand!Watch the livestream for free at The Rotunda's YouTube channel! Direct link to this show: the band: If Edith Piaf partied with the Yardbirds on a windswept moor, the result might sound something like Sylvia Platypus. Sylvia Platypus is Philadelphia's (and possibly the world's) only psycho-celtic glam-blues band. Take the distinctive vocals and unusual poetic sensibility of Janet Bressler, add the soul-searing lead guitar work of Bill Barone (formerly of the 1970's era German symphonic rock band Wallenstein), the solid rhythmic foundation of Ruchama Bilenky (bass) and Quirky Tom Theurer (drums) and throw in some wailing highland and uilleann piping from Charlie Rutan ("the Eddie Van Halen of bagpipes"*) and you have an original sonic signature that rattles the cage of "genre".Direct link to this show: event is FREE but tips are MORE THAN WELCOME for the band. Just Paypal @Sylvia platypus during the performance [or any time, really!].
  • 6:00 PMOnline! Planning for 2022! Free Vision Driven workshop
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    Get your planners and calendars ready! Map out the coming year with us.

    About this event

    Vision Driven Artists (VDA) exists to increase resources and opportunities for local artists and arts organizations.

    Create your own artist statement and get an understanding of what makes a good one in this Rotunda-sponsored workshop.


    - Identify your goals for 2022 and break them into achievable tasks

    - Plot your tasks on a timeline or calendar for 2022

    - Create a plan to keep yourself accountable


    Vision Driven Artists - Philly RESOURCES is an online community of local artists who are interested in sharing resources, collaborating on projects, learning about opportunities, and building a more equitable arts scene.

    If you want to market your art, events, fundraisers, performances, etc. please do so at Vision Driven RESOURCES - Philly PRESENTS [Closed Group]:

    If you would like to learn more about Vision Driven Artists, please follow our Facebook Page to learn about events, resources, opportunities, and workshops:

    Registration is FREE and is required in order to receive the Zoom link for the workshop. Please register at

  • 4:00 PMIn-person! Black Art Conversations workshop
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    Black Art Conversations

    Wed. Oct. 20, 6-8pm, Sun. Nov. 14, 4-6pm, and Wed. Dec. 15, 6-8pm

    Black Art Conversations - a free in-person public video-streamed event encompassing curated discussions about the creative sector.

    About this event

    A 3-part series of moderated discussions and live performances showcasing local independent Black artists, intersecting cultures, spanning generations to celebrate the emerging works they've produced and their experiences in the industry.

    The event is organized by Shekhinah B. and supported in part by Creative Philadelphia (Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy) and The Rotunda.

    COVID Safety Guidelines & Precautions

    - Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

    - Performers/presenters and attendees will be asked to stay home if they feel unwell or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid within 14 days of the event.

    - Event organizers or the venue will register attendees and performers/presenters ahead of time or at the front desk, depending on the event, and will require them to alert us if they become sick after the event so that we can let everyone else know.

    You must register to attend, seating is limited due to COVID restrictions. Please register at:

  • 11:00 PMOnline! Liminal States featuring Helena Espavall
  • Thumb helena espvall 11:00 PM - 11:40 PM Bowerbird is pleased to present Liminal States, a series of late night, live streamed concerts intended to be listened to as you fall asleep. Aiming to center and calm, the musicians will seek to lead listeners to that magic space between awake and asleep. Tune in and bliss out. Musician Helena Espavall will perform from her home in Lisbon, Portugal.

    This event is part of the Liminal States Series

    ABOUT THE ARTISTHelena Espvall started to play electric guitar as a bored teenager in northern Sweden, and went on to take cello lessons and was never bored again. After having played in rock bands, a silent movie orchestra, an Arabian ensemble and being inspired to play free improvised music by a shocking Eugene Chadbourne performance, she went on to live in the US between 2000-2012,  where she performed with dancers, recorded and toured with folk psych band Espers, sang Swedish traditional songs, played concerts at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the High Zero Festival of improvised music in Baltimore, MD, at the Improvised and Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn, NY, at Big Sur experimental festival in California and at Terrastock among others. Espvall has received grants for artist residencies in Mojacar, Spain, at CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic, and at Binaural / Nodar, Portugal, and she was the recipient of an Individual Arts Award from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has worked with Lukas Ligeti, Fursaxa, Damon & Naomi, Bert Jansch, Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Vashti Bunyan,  Marissa Nadler, Pauline Oliveros and many more. Now residing in Lisbon, she has collaborated with musicians like Norberto Lobo, Manuel Mota, Sei Miguel, and Vitor Rua, among others. She currently plays with the improv collective Lantana, that has collaborated with Lula Pena, and performed at Lisboa Soa Festival in the Estufa Fria, at the Jazz Ao Centro Festival in Coimbra, and at Jazz 2020, Gulbenkian. She is also a member of the band Beautify Junkyards that released an album this year on British label GhostBox.  Espvall has done solo performances at Out.Fest, ZDB, Bar Irreal, Damas and the Panteão, and invited by Culturgest, she recently created a solo piece for acoustic guitar, as a part of the project Abrindo o Livro dos Sons, a tribute to German composer Hans Otte.

    Admission to this online event is Free / Pay What You Wish ($20 suggested). REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register at A link will be sent to you the day of the event. The performance will start at 11:00pm Eastern Time and will run approximately 40 mins.

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