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  • 8:00 PMPuppet Uprising pres. Three Kinds of Wildness
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    A play by Donna Oblongata 

    Directed by Sarah Lowry 

    Music by Travis Sehorn and Chenda Cope

    Designed, created, and performed by: Donna Oblongata, Patrick Costello, Cricket Arrison, Chenda Cope, and Travis Sehorn

    In the maze of tunnels that make up the deepest gold mine in the world, there exists an underground city—home to an ice baron, a telegraph inventor, and a doctor who’s dubious about the inherent value of the human heartbeat. The inventor’s daughter hears so much that it’s as if she can’t hear anything. The ice baron returns from debtor’s prison and becomes mayor. The mayor has a secretary who once gave birth to a pile of rabbit parts. The doctor seems certain that all of her patients are miners, though no one can remember the last time anyone saw a miner. The inventor hires a specialist, who arrives just in time for the Great Civic Parade, to which, of course, you’re all invited. Perhaps you might want to wear red?

    Three Kinds of Wildness is the newest play from Der Der VorfuhreffektTheatre, a company under the artistic direction of Donna Oblongata. Featuring an all-star company of multi-disciplinary artists hailing from Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Charlottesville, VA; this production is the company’s first to be completely built and rehearsed in our new home at the Sherwood Oak in West Philadelphia. The play is 100% handmade and homemade, with exquisitely crafted puppets, intricately layered soundscapes, and unconventional theatrical lighting made from salvaged and repurposed materials gathered from around the neighborhood. The play enjoyed a two-week tour of the Northeastern US in May, and will go as far west as Minneapolis and as far south as New Orleans in November.

    This West Philly reprise of the show is part of a 2-day Puppet Uprising weekend at the Rotunda. Be sure to check out Jugbaby on Sunday November 2nd as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/641738845925115/

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  • 7:00 PMPuppet Uprising pres. Jug-Baby: An Autobiography
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    We are so excited to announce the rebirth of Jug-Baby: An Autobiography!! Philadelphia, you will have three chances, in three locations to catch this beautiful baby before it wiggles and waggles its way down to the New Orleans Fringe. Our first performance will be at the Rotunda on Sunday, Nov 2nd. Don't miss this magical one-woman show featuring animations by Sean MacPhee and Nora Humpage, live music by Upholstery, written, performed and pupeteered by C. Kennedy.

    Pay what you can at the door, suggested $5-$15. We are trying to raise money to help us bring this show to the New Orleans Fringe, so every little bit helps! Show starts at 7pm.

    Unsure of how they will feed their unexpected child, Mother and Father do the only logical thing they can think of: they place their newborn baby in a jug in order to mold it into something they can sell to a circus. When Jug-Baby finally emerges, it has no gender or identity to call its own, and soon realizes that others can mold it into whatever they desire. Join Jug-Baby on its fantastical journey as it learns to move past the expectations of others to find its own identity, aided by puppets, animations and live music. 

    Transmissions Theatre’s past productions include the ‘fiendishly satisfying noir comedy/thriller’ Rails (NO Fringe, ’13), the epic sci-fi adventure Iminami (LiveArts/Fringe '12), hailed as ‘pure genius’ by Philadelphia Weekly, and the ‘utterly, transcendently bizarre’ Water Bears in Space (LiveArts/Fringe '11).

    Transmissions Theatre produces transcendently bizarre stories that span worlds from the microscopic to the cosmic. Their productions incorporate live music, puppetry, animations and found objects in epic narratives that rest on foundations of cardboard and chicken-wire.

    Their productions have been hailed as:

    “Pure Genius” – Philadelphia Weekly ,

    “Utterly, transcendently bizarre” – Philadelphia City Paper 

    "…maybe not the weirdest Fringe show I've seen, but it's definitely top 3. Even better, it's a blast" – Philadelphia Inquirer

    Pay what you can at the door, suggested $5-$15. We are trying to raise money to help us bring this show to the New Orleans Fringe, so every little bit helps! Show starts at 7pm.

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  • 7:00 PMPlaying with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Playing with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive

    3 Mondays: Nov 3, 10 and 17 • 7 to 9 p.m.

    This series is free provided that participants attend all 3 sessions.

    To pre-register, call 267-282-1057 or email "tophilly@gmail.com"

    Like iconic photographs from history, Theatre of the Oppressed uses still images to highlight systems of power and ignite dialogues around contentious issues. In this three-part series we will play “The Great Game of Power”, a technique for sculpting images out of everyday objects to illustrate conflicts and struggles faced by those around us. When we add ourselves as actors into the picture, scenes spring to life as debates between people and politicians, friends and neighbors, and family members who can’t quite see eye-to-eye. We’ll enrich this work with some readings and discussions and create opportunities to carry our scenarios not just to the stage, but to the actual people and places embroiled in argument.

    More events soon to come. Call or email 267-282-1057 / "tophilly@gmail.com" for more info.

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  • 8:00 PMAlash
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    The Rotunda and Bowerbird 

    present

    Alash

    An evening featuring our old friends, Tuvan throat singers ALASH! ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage. What does throat singing sound like? "Imagine a human bagpipe-a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time." -Newsweek (March 17, 2006) Where is Tuva? Tuva (sometimes spelled Tyva) sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia. In 1944 it became part of the USSR, and until the late physicist Richard Feynman drew attention to it, was largely unknown to westerners. Tuva is now a member of the Russian Federation. 

    Admission is FREE but donations are encouraged, as this is a very expensive event to produce. Help us continue to bring Alash to The Rotunda! Please please do your best to bring at least $5 per person. 

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  • 7:00 PMPEM: Fall 2014 Silent Auction & Performance Fundraiser for Plum Dragoness Performance Projects!
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Poet-Tree En Motion is:Poet-tree En Motion Presents

    The Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series!

    November 7th: Silent Auction & Performance 

    Fundraiser for Plum Dragoness Performance Projects!

    This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performances & community art. The final Fall 2014 series will culminate with Live Music, Dance & Theatrical Presentations, Community Art, Live Painting, VJ Performance, Plus the Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for Plum Dragoness Performance Project (Items ranging from Holistic Goods/Services/Body Products, Antiques, Art, Estate Jewelry & etc.)!!!

    Featured Acts:

    • The Armour Sisters- A dynamic sister duo, passionate 

    about fire dance, flow & healing arts, plus writing & performing original music in their band Silver Skies & beyond.

    facebook.com/silverskiesrise 

    • Bill Fieger & John Whitney Jr.- Electronic & acoustic experimental music performance w/ movement meditation taking audiences to new & old places.

    facebook.com/william.fieger.39 & john's facebook page

    • Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke)- Resident Performance Artist, Event Organizer & Arts Educator, known in Philly & abroad for her “unique style” of spoken word/vocals, dance/movement theater, fire & flow arts flair. 

    plum-dragoness.com

    • Steve Shorts (live painting)- His artistic vision combines mixed-media muralism w/ social

    sculpture into a blend of fine art, restoration construction & community service. 

    steveshorts.com 

    • Twelve Inch Torch- A teenage power trio from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania who are inspired by bands like Led Zeppelin, the Foo Fighters, Nirvana & SpongeBob.

    facebook.com/TwelveInchTorch

    • VJ Spooky (visual projections)- This Philadelphia based VJ enhances events w/ a multimedia experience. 

    facebook.com/vjspooky 

    *Join the Facebook Group for Poet-tree En Motion (see “Events” for more info): facebook.com/groups/116980678334215

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  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon Series pres. Comoros, The Great Quentini, Tim Motzer
  • Thumb november 8   1 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon Seriespresents

    Richard Marcus - Richard Marcus has been designing electronic music for personal expression, movement theater and film for many years both locally and abroad. His current structured improvised work is formed using pressure sensitive rubber pads, sampled bowls, gongs, bells, textured synthesizers and melodic percussion, influenced by the expressive nature of Eastern and Asian cultures. Also there is another side, "The Balance". Working with the "Haken Continuum" a three dimensional midi controller, a new fresh approach to synthesis has opened new worlds and ways to get very deep into the dark side of sound and expression.

    The Great Quentini - Quentin Davis is The Great Quentini. He is a sculptor and a performance artist who makes his costumes and musical sculptures out of found materials. He has shows in which he wears costumes, plays these musical sculptures, and tells humorous stories; acting out the parts that defy words. These stories are often from his life experience.    

    Tim Motzer - After 14 years of international touring, stunning collaborations, and over 60 albums  of credits—this Philadelphia-based guitarist continues to traverse manifold territories in music and has developed a distinct textural guitar voice utilizing looping, bowing, electronics, and prepared techniques ala Cage. He has worked with David Sylvian, Burnt Friedman, Jaki Liebezeit, Ursula Rucker, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, KIng Britt, Markus Reuter, Anthony Tidd, Ari Hoenig, and Theo Travis to name a few. He releases his music on his 1k Recordings imprint and webcasts sessions from his studio at 1ksessions.com. He also continues to score for the world of modern dance and film.(Live projections by Dejha Ti and Erik Silverson)

     

    Admission is FREE

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  • 12:00 PMPhilly Zine Fest 2014
  • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Register Here:

    https://phillyzinefest.wufoo.com/forms/philly-zine-fest-sign-up-2014/

    For over a decade, this annual event has provided an open-forum for anyone with anything to say using paper / print media.

    Subject matter typically ranges from radical politics, civil rights, and sustainability to personal reflections to off-center entertainment (bizarre comics, punk rock).

    We host a wide range of vendors, from people selling homemade, short-run photocopied journals to recognized distributors of radical media.

    Please use this page to engage, share pictures of past events, promote your zine, or whatever else you feel like.

    PZF website and other updates will be done shortly.

    Admission is FREE

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  • 7:00 PMPlaying with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Playing with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive

    3 Mondays: Nov 3, 10 and 17 • 7 to 9 p.m.

    This series is free provided that participants attend all 3 sessions.

    To pre-register, call 267-282-1057 or email "tophilly@gmail.com"

    Like iconic photographs from history, Theatre of the Oppressed uses still images to highlight systems of power and ignite dialogues around contentious issues. In this three-part series we will play “The Great Game of Power”, a technique for sculpting images out of everyday objects to illustrate conflicts and struggles faced by those around us. When we add ourselves as actors into the picture, scenes spring to life as debates between people and politicians, friends and neighbors, and family members who can’t quite see eye-to-eye. We’ll enrich this work with some readings and discussions and create opportunities to carry our scenarios not just to the stage, but to the actual people and places embroiled in argument.

    More events soon to come. Call or email 267-282-1057 / "tophilly@gmail.com" for more info.

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  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault screens Arsenal (1929) and The Virgin Soldiers (1969)
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PM on the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! This program is made possible through the generous support of the Cinema Studies Program and The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania. ****VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.**** NOVEMBER 13 Arsenal (1929 / 70 minutes) In Aleksandr Dovzhenko’s drama, a Ukrainian solider returns home after the trauma of The Great War and seeks political reform in his village. The Virgin Soldiers (1969 / 95 minutes) Legendary stage impresario John Dexter’s first film features a bunch of randy soldiers in 1950s south-east Asia as a commentary on then current Vietnam anxieties. DECEMBER 11 Traffic in Souls (1913 / 88 minutes) The dark side of the American experience is illuminated in this examination of two immigrants seduced into prostitution by nefarious pimps and flesh traffickers. Wild Oranges (1924 / 88 minutes) An escaped prisoner terrorizes a political exile and his granddaughter in director King Vidor’s Florida-shot thriller. FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PM on the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! This program is made possible through the generous support of the Cinema Studies Program and The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania. ****VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.****
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  • 7:00 PMPlaying with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Playing with Power: An Image Theatre Intensive

    3 Mondays: Nov 3, 10 and 17 • 7 to 9 p.m.

    This series is free provided that participants attend all 3 sessions.

    To pre-register, call 267-282-1057 or email "tophilly@gmail.com"

    Like iconic photographs from history, Theatre of the Oppressed uses still images to highlight systems of power and ignite dialogues around contentious issues. In this three-part series we will play “The Great Game of Power”, a technique for sculpting images out of everyday objects to illustrate conflicts and struggles faced by those around us. When we add ourselves as actors into the picture, scenes spring to life as debates between people and politicians, friends and neighbors, and family members who can’t quite see eye-to-eye. We’ll enrich this work with some readings and discussions and create opportunities to carry our scenarios not just to the stage, but to the actual people and places embroiled in argument.

    More events soon to come. Call or email 267-282-1057 / "tophilly@gmail.com" for more info.

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  • 6:00 PMDrexel Co-op Scholarship Fundraiser feat. Horsecops, Mike Pays Heat, and Poster Child
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    On November 19th from 6-10pm, Drexel's Westphal students will be hosting a fundraiser known as the Co-op Scholarship Fund. 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping students participating in unpaid internships.

    There will be live entertainment (Horsecops, Mike Pays Heat, and Poster Child), a prize raffle, and food provided by Drexel Pizza. Everyone is welcome to join us as we raise money for students in need!

    Drexel and Penn students $5, non-students $10.

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  • 8:00 PMArs Nova Workshop pres. Travis Laplante’s Battle Trance
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    Ars Nova WorkshoppresentsTravis Laplante’s Battle Trance

    Travis Laplante, tenor saxophone

    Jeremy Viner, tenor saxophone

    Matthew Nelson, tenor saxophone

    Patrick Breiner, tenor saxophone + flute

    Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance. 

    Described as “plumbing the depths of sound in very brave, very vulnerable ways” (Northern Spy), the quartet is led by Travis Laplante, known for his solo saxophone work and his long-standing relationship with Little Women.  Laplante’s other projects include musicians like Trevor Dunn, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Mat Maneri, Ingrid Laubrock, Tim Berne, Tyshawn Sorey, and others. A working practitioner of the healing art of Qigong, Laplante’s musical practice is informed by the connections between composition and performance and the internal sources of creativity that he finds are transformed by Qigong. 

    Jeremy Viner’s past work has included ensemble work with Steve Lehmen, John Hollenbeck, Tyshawn Sorey, and Rafiq Bhatia, among others.  California native and Oberlin graduate Matt Nelson has performed with acts and musicians spanning several genres, including Timosaurus, Arts and Sciences, Beep!, Weasel Walter, Peter Evans, Ben Goldberg, genevbaker, 8 Legged Monster, and others.  Brooklyn performer and educator Patrick Breiner rounds out the quartet, recently coming off shows and releases from two of his other projects, ZhirtZ n ZkinZ and Double Double (with Will McEvoy, Adam Hopkins, and Flin Van Hemmen). 

    Palace of Wind, the quartet’s newest release, is a testament to the saxophone and its players: “Existing in the cracks between contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, Palace of Wind is an album-length composition that pushes the four saxophonists to the limit, shedding new light on the saxophone as an ensemble instrument.” The album is due for release August 26th on New Amsterdam Records. 

    Admission is FREE 

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