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  • 7:30 PMNew Moon Chanting
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM New Moon Chanting 7:30-9pm Welcome the new moon with a joyful, meditative chanting community. Join music and movement specialists, Julie Lipson and Lee Fogel, as they lead a simple and inviting form of call and response chanting-- weaving Jewish texts into beautiful music that is both relaxing and energizing. No Jewish or musical experience necessary. People of all backgrounds welcome. Rosh Chodesh is the Jewish celebration of the new moon. We meet in various West Philly locations on (most) Rosh Chodesh dates. This event is part of a monthly series. Check out www.visioningbody.com/new-moon-chanting for more details. New Moon Chanting is sponsored in part by Kol Tzedek Synagogue. Suggested donation $10-$15; no one turned away for lack of funds.
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  • 7:00 PMPoet-tree En Motion pres. Spring Rites & Femme-mynistique Fundraising Plights
  • Thumb poet treeenmotionweb 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Plum Dragoness (Gabrielle de Burke) at 484-557-9605 or dragoness@earthtones.com The Femme-mynistiques Host kick-off event for the Poet-Tree En Motion Spring Performance Series April 2nd, 2014! Philadelphia, PA – Local artist Gabrielle de Burke’s seasonal series, Poet-tree En Motion, will be held at The Rotunda in West Philadelphia this spring, hosting Wednesday night performances April 2nd, May 7th & June 4th. Events begin at 7pm and include performances from a range of Philadelphia local artists, including April’s featured act, The Femme-mynistiques. Together, The Femme-mynistiques are a righteous storm creating a innovative niche on the music scene with their awe-inspiring original fusion of Lyrical Poetry, Omnipotent Raps & Siren Vocals set to dynamic variety of conscious hip hop, tribal house, down-tempo & electronic music. “Then, just when you think you’ve had all the stimulation and estrogen you can take, local lady trio the Femme-Mynistiques will enchant you with their mystical vocals...” -Philadelphia Weekly The Femme-mynistiques are a unique force bringing together the skills of Plum Dragoness, Lady Omni & Alexa Gold. Performances blend their respective skillfulness in music production, dance choreography, theater arts, poetry as performance and song writing into an illuminating blend of ancient rites that celebrate the modern spirit of freedom, unity and love. The Femme-mynistiques Host kick-off event for the Poet-Tree En Motion Spring Performance Series " Rarely will you find a group like this, powerfully present, aesthetically pleasing, keepin' it real and esoteric and fun. These three women set the stage on fire every time they grace it with their musical stylings…”-Nicole Connor (Performance Artist) As participant and host of this ongoing seasonal event known as the Poet-tree En Motion performing arts series, Plum Dragoness’ collaborative community outreach encompasses the energy of the entire series as an inventive source of life for the multi-dimensional hub of talent alive in the Philadelphia area. Poet-tree En Motion works to inspire both artist and audience to connect and work together towards cultivating the arts community in Philadelphia, welcoming artists of all kinds to experience performances local to the neighborhood, and offering the opportunity at each show for community participation to sign-up in the all-genre open mic/stage component of the events. This event series features a variety of dance/movement/theater mediums, live electronic/acoustic music, vocalists & poetry/spoken-word presentations, circus/fire/flow arts performances, community art creations, live painting & VJ projections…& more!} The upcoming April 2nd, Poet-tree En Motion event celebrates “the feminine mystique,” presenting a program of all female artists, featuring fresh beats and lyrical poetics from The Femme-mynistiques. In honor of The Femme-mynistiques, DONATIONS will be accepted @ Door & RAFFLE tickets will be sold for Prizes (Art/Goods/Services) to help fund their recording project for the debut EP “Here She Comes…!” Supporting acts range from live vocals, music & painting to visual projections, word-smithery/story-telling, flow artists & tribal belly dance that includes; Angela Williams, Ayumi Perry, GhettoSongBird, Irene Reinke, Lux Arati, Jan Jefferies & Marcy of Mind Over Matter (M.O.M.), Monica Day, Naeemah Maddox, Nicole Cirone, Rachel Rota, VJ Spooky & Kaleema Poles. Check the venue or artist websites or facebook groups & event details on May 7th; Spring Fire Lights the Night & Lunar Celebrations & June 4th; Summer Festivities & Plum Dragoness Annual Fundraising Auction (performers TBA)! Join the Facebook Group to find Events for Poet-tree En Motion (www.facebook.com/groups/116980678334215)! For information on The Femme-mynistiques visit: www.TheFemmemynistiques.com Media enquiries please contact dragoness@earthtones.com
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  • 6:00 PMRecovery Idol Round 2
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Recovery Idol was founded in 2011 to showcase the talent of persons in recovery. The Philadelphia Recovery Coalition (PRC) came together and partnered to host the first Recovery Idol with The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT). The partners planned the competition, including identifying several locations around the city to hold six rounds of auditions and competitions. The final competition takes place at PRO-ACT’s Recovery Walks! in September. The winner receives a plaque, studio recording time, and an opportunity to perform before tens of thousands of people. PURPOSE: Showcase talent of persons in recovery; Promote positive self image and self expression; Build alliances and unity within the recovery community; Host positive social events Read about this year's contestants! http://phillyrecoveryidol.weebly.com/contestants.html Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMEncore performance!! My Life in 19 Inches starring Craig Liggeons
  • Thumb mylifein19inches 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Five Minute Follies funnyman Craig Liggeons stars in his epic one-man show spanning 40 years in the life of a TV addict. The show begins on a Saturday morning in 1973 and travels through the 80's, 90's, and right up to today. Along the way, Liggeons offers up hilarious and insightful observations on how TV has changed, and more importantly, on how TV has changed the way we look at each other. Preston Elliot (of the Preston & Steve Show on WMMR) said: "A laugh out loud funny show for any TV junkie that will leave you with some serious food for thought as well! It was awesome!" FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Advance tickets can be purchased HERE
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  • 8:00 PMArcher Spade + Erik Ruin + Thollem Mcdonas/Brian Chase Duo
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM The Archer Spade Performance Series Presents: A special collaboration between Archer Spade and visual artist Erik Ruin + Thollem Mcdonas/Brian Chase Duo https://www.facebook.com/events/533603260071865/ Archer Spade and Erik Ruin will weave together sight and sound in a collective improvisation. Electric guitar, trombone, and tapes will provide the soundtrack as layered images of disaster - both elemental forces gone awry, and societal breakdown- splinter and shake into abstract form and color as Ruin manipulates piles of papercuts and painted films on the surface of the overhead projector. Erik Ruin is a Providence-based printmaker, shadow-puppeteer, founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and co-creator of the recent book Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism (w/ Cindy Milstein, PM Press, 2012). Mcdonas/Chase Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private music lessons at a young age, leading to a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is probably best known as a member of the group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys. On the new music side, Brian is very active in the experimental music scene, largely based around the community of John Zorn’s club, The Stone. In this setting, performance collaborations include those with Alan Licht, Chris Cochrane, Anthony Coleman, Jeremiah Cymerman, Thollem McDonas, David First, Jessica Pavone, and Robbie Lee, amongst more. Thollem grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area rigorously studying the standard classical repertoire, then quit it all in his early 20s dedicating himself for many years to grassroots political activism (particularly anti-war efforts, deforestation issues and ecological restoration work). He’s now been touring for 7 years perpetually, and has released 33 albums of his own and in collaboration with others on 15 different vanguard labels in 5 different countries. A brief cross-section of his many collaborations have included Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Susie Ibarra Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Carmina Escobar, Gino Robair and Rent Romus. He is also the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a long-term project bringing together improvisers and composers from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. He regularly gives workshops and is a published author translated into many languages! Admission is FREE but donations are encouraged.
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  • 3:00 PMBlack Genez Cakewalk Showcase
  • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Join us as we celebrate the unprecedented beauty of Black women, globally,@ the Black Genez / Cakewalk Showcase April2014 as we "TURN THE CATWALK INTO THE CAKEWALK Biography BLACK GENEZ MAKE BLUE JEANZ TIGHT: "THE CAKEWALK" On Sunday April 6, 2014, history will be made as we celebrate the unprecedented beauty of all Black women, globally, when we turn "the Catwalk into the Cakewalk", at the Black Genez Cakewalk Showcase. The name of the showcase, was taken from the song, "Black Genez Make Blue jeans Tight", performed by Congolese singer, Rafiya and written by (Black Genez Cakewalk) event creator and visionary Jeff Weaver, who developed a modern day version of "The Cakewalk" as the Black female alternative to the western standard "Catwalk" on fashion runways. Learn how to do the contemporary Cakewalk, which is steeped in traditional West African sway & posture; Black American swag & swing; and Caribbean pizazz & flavor! The Cakewalk is and will be, officially, launched as "the Black female runway walk of the Diaspora!" Not the traditional western cultural style beauty pageant, we aim to bring together, showcase and celebrate the beauty, power, talent, style and swag of Black women from every corner of the world in the context of Traditional and contemporary African culture. The name "Black Genez Cakewalk", is indicative of the bold nature of our mission which is to showcase the natural beauty (hair, skin, hips, rhythm, style and swag) of Black women, unapologetically, and to establish the (Cakewalk as the) first universal quintessential cultural tradition for the entire African Diaspora to claim as its very own. All are welcome as guest, however, for "event participants", hair weaves, wigs, skin bleaching / lighteners are, absolutely, not permitted! . We are seeking and encouraging young Black woman of all hues, complexions and nationalities to participate from age 18 and up! If you are a Black woman who loves her natural hair, brown skin (whatever hue), have a mean walk with "black genez that make blue jeanz tight" and would like to be a part of this groundbreaking and monumental cultural extravaganza, please contact us by the information provided, below. Description ON SUNDAY APRIL 6, 2014, RARE GENIUS PRODUCTIONS WILL BE PRESENTING THE Black Genez / Cakewalk Showcase @ THE ROTUNDA, IN PHILA., PA. FROM 3-7PM. THE EVENT WILL BE A CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA CELEBRATING TRADITIONA AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN CULTURE WITH THE FOCUS ON CELEBRATING AND UNIFYING BLACK WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXPLICIT EXPLANATION OF OUR PURPOSE, INTENT AND MISSION. "OUR FUTURE WILL COME THROUGH THE WOMB OF A BLACK WOMAN!" WE CAN EITHER CONTINUE TO FUNCTION WITHIN THE CONTRIVED /PROPAGANDISED CONTEXT OF "MY COUNTRY'S BETTER THAN YOURS", "MY COAST IS BETTER THAN YOURS" OR "MY HOOD IS BETTER THAN YOURS", DYSFUNCTION AND TRIBALISM, OR WE CAN RECOGNIZE, ACKNOWLEDGE AND "RE-UNITE" THE DIASPORA IN SOLIDARITY!THE MASSES OF BLACK PEOPLE , GLOBALLY, ARE NOT INTELLECTUALS (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH INTELLIGENCE) PONTIFICATING ABOUT POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES. THEY ARE EVERY DAY FOLK STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND SELF. THE MAJORITY LEFT WITH THE BRUNT OF THAT RESPONSIBILITY, ARE WOMEN. THEY RAISE THE CHILDREN, REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE, JUST LIKE THE LIONESS' DO IN THE WILDERNESS. MOST DO NOT PARTAKE IN POLITICS, BUT FUNCTION WITH IN THE PARAMETERS OF THE TERRAIN IN WHICH THEY EXIST. HOWEVER, WHEN BROUGHT TOGETHER IN THE SAME ROOM WITH BLACK WOMEN FROM OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE THE SAME HAIR TEXTURE, SKIN TONES, CHEEKBONES, LIPS, NOSE AND BODY SHAPE, IT BECOMES APPARENT THAT THEY ARE ALL IN THE COMPANY OF FAMILY AND NOT "FOREIGNERS" FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. THE MANIFESTATION OF BLACK GENES IS THE SIGNATURE OF GOD PLACED IN THE GENETIC CODE OF A PEOPLE. WOMEN WHO ARE PROVIDERS AND SERVANTS TEND TO BE MORE PRAGMATIC AND LESS EGOTISTICAL THAN MEN (WHO OFTEN ONLY GET INVOLVED FOR MONEY OR ACCOLADES). JEANS (DENIM) PROVIDE A MAINSTAY FASHION THROUGH WHICH CULTURE CAN BE EXPRESSED AND SERVE AS A UNIFYING COMMON DENOMINATOR. WE WILL BOLDLY (BUT TASTEFULLY) CELEBRATE THE SHAPE OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE CONTEXT OF "BLUE JEANS" RHYTHM, SONG AND DANCE, BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE ELEMENTS OF COMMONALITY THAT BLACK FOLK SHARE, GLOBALLY, THAT ESTABLISH GROUP IDENTITY, PRIDE AND FAMILY SPECIES RECOGNITION. ALL NECESSARY TO UNIFY AND MOBILIZE OUR INTERNATIONAL BLACK COMMUNITY, CULTURALLY, SOCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY, SPIRITUALLY AND POLITICALLY. WHEN BLACK WOMEN REUNITE AND ORGANIZE, GLOBALLY, OUR CONDITIONS WILL, WITHOUT QUESTION, CHANGE! WHERE EVER BLACK MEN FALL SHORT, PRESENTLY, SO LONG AS THE WOMEN ARE ON THE SAME "CONSCIOUS" PAGE, THERE IS ALWAYS THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEN AND WOMEN THAT WILL, NO DOUBT, BE BORN THROUGH THE WOMB OF A BLACK WOMAN! Admission is $10
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  • 7:00 PMIntro to Theatre of the Oppressed - free workshop
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Spring 2014 Workshops One, Two and Three Session Series At The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street See below for dates, times and descriptions. Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O. Philly for short) is excited to present a variety of sessions on an array of topics led by a team of 5 different facilitators. All of these workshops combine games, movement, sounds, images and discussion to critically examine social structures from various angles. This season we've arranged for workshops to happen on different weeknights to fit different schedules. The short list: Monday, April 7, 7:00-9:00pm: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed Mondays, April 21+28, 6:30-9:00pm: Living in Communities Tuesdays, April 22-May 6, 6:45-9:30pm: The Cop & The Rainbow Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13, 6:30-9:00p: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self Wednesdays, May 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: What is Justice? Full descriptions below. Pre-register with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057. We kick off with a stand-alone session from 7:00-9:00pm (2 hours total). It is free to attend Monday, April 7: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed. Led by the T.O. Philly Facilitation Team, this workshop will pack in the games, techniques and theories used by Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners all over the world. It will also be a chance to come and meet T.O. Philly's facilitators, sign up for subsequent workshops and talk with us about what we do. Tuition: Free, donations accepted. Pre-requisites: None. These next workshops span two sessions apiece from 6:30-9:00pm (each is 5 hours total). Each double session is $15-$35 sliding scale. Group discounts and work-trade are available on request: Mondays, April 21+28: Living in Communities. Led by Julie Lipson. Many of us are constantly around others, and yet often feel alone. This two-part workshop provides the opportunity to explore what we look for in a community, what our roles are in community, and how we can build and sustain community with those around us. Through improv games and theatre techniques, we will dig deep into the dynamics of being roommates, neighbors, and even strangers to the people we encounter every day. Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self. Led by Amy Capomacchio and Erika Barrington. Do you ever feel like the person you are at work is not who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions: ·  What societal pressures influence your work environment? ·  Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values? ·  When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes? ·  What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work? ·  How does society dictate what masks we wear? Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self. Wednesdays, May 21+28: What is Justice? Led by Mika Taliaferro. Theatre of the Oppressed was created to bring justice to people facing oppression in every facet of every society on earth.  This 2-part workshop explores that theme of justice from two angles: ·  Part One: What does "justice" mean? How do we define justice in our society? In our communities? Is the justice in "criminal justice" the same as that in "social justice"? ·  Part Two: What could "justice" mean? What does a world where justice has been achieved look like? How can we re-imagine our understanding of "justice" to support our vision of a just world? And then we have a working group that will begin with three weekly sessions, 6:45-9:30pm (eight hours total). Tuition for this is $25-$55, sliding scale, and prior experience with Theatre of the oppressed is recommended: Tuesdays, April 22-May 6: The Cop & The Rainbow. In this weekly working group led by Morgan Andrews, we will utilize the Cop in the Head/Rainbow of Desire techniques. Sometimes called "the Boal method of theatre and therapy", this group will share, embody and unpack personal stories while asking important questions about the shared goals of personal growth and social change. Pre-register for any of these workshops with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057.
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  • 8:00 PMTeri Rambo and Monica McIntyre
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM On April 8th, 2014 music HERstory is being made in West Philadelphia!! It's been 14yrs since Teri Rambo & Monica McIntyre have shared a night of beautiful original music together. They'll both be sharing music from their recent CD releases: It Soon Come (MM) & Say Something (TR); which will both be available for purchase. To learn more about them and they're amazing new works you can check them out online here: www.reverbnation.com/monicamcintyre and www.reverbnation.com/terirambo Please join us: Tuesday, April 8th, 8-10pm Sliding scale $5-10 (no one turned away for lack of funds) Admission: sliding scale $5-10 (no one turned away for lack of funds).
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  • 7:00 PMThe Ghosts in Our Machine: Philly Premiere
  • Thumb ghosts 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Ghosts in Our Machine Animal ACTivists of Philly will present the Philadelphia premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine, which received a standing ovation at the last Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is often hidden from our view. The Ghosts in Our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur we become intimately familiar with a cast of animal subjects. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. All part of an epic photo project called We Animals, McArthur has documented the lives of animals around the world with heart-breaking empathic vividness. The film charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights? Trailer: https://vimeo.com/59741668 Recent Awards and Nominations: 2013 Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival; Winner Golden Sheaf Award for Best Nature/Environment Documentary; Nominee Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary Director. 2010: Nominee for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary at the Gemini Awards; Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the 11th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; 2010 Featured Canadian Film for Cinema Politica; 2011 Honourable Mention Canada’s Environmental Media Association Awards. Recent press: JAMES CROMWELL: "This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone." NEW YORK TIMES: Review: A Camera Aimed at the Conscience. “There’s a logic at work in the motivated, morality-jarring animal-rights documentary “The Ghosts in Our Machine”: If animals have emotions, and if we see that human actions cause them sadness, anger and fear, then we will become moved to help.“ David DeWitt. 11.07.13. THE KIND LIFE WITH ALICIA SILVERSTONE: “Featuring pristine production and a cast of compelling nonhuman animals, the overall experience is nothing if not beautiful, and we dare say essential viewing.” Nell Alk. 11.07.13 BUST MAGAZINE: “I feel like I’m a war photographer,” says photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur in Liz Marshall’s brave new documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine. “I am photographing history, and photographing changes in history …”. Emily Rems. 11.06.13 ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: The Ghosts in Our Machine: A Film by Liz Marshall: “What I love about this issue is that it’s empowering. The Ghosts in Our Machine is not a “doom and gloom” film; our hope is that after people view the film they will reflect inwardly about their own daily consumer choices.” Jennifer Molidor. 10.31.13 GEORGIA STRAIGHT: The Ghosts in Our Machine Captures Harsh Realities: “A worthy subject is aired in The Ghosts in Our Machine: the mistreatment of animals in this increasingly mechanized culture.” Ken Eisner. 07.31.13 THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF FUR-BEARING ANIMALS: In The Spotlight: Liz Marshall, Filmmaker: “The animal rights movement has largely been misunderstood and very marginalized. I wanted to try and create something that would be like a bridge to people in communities and movements that don’t give it the time or space that they should.” Michael Howie. 07.23.13 MATT AND NAT BLOG: FILMMAKER LIZ MARSHALL DISCUSSES HAUNTING DOC: “Gorgeously shot and meticulously edited, it’s no wonder this aesthetic gem premiered at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and, I’m told, received a standing ovation.” Nell Alk. 05.07.13 THE GLOBE AND MAIL: REVIEW: The Ghosts in Our Machine: Prepare To Be Uncomfortable: Once we begin to empathize with these animals, we can’t ignore them quite so easily. Geoff Pevere. 04.22.13 Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault screens Ghosts (1915) and Dollhouse (2003)
  • 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.**** APRIL 10* Ghosts (1915 / 49 minutes) Early silent cinema adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play about the haunting legacy, both physical and emotional, that parents leave to their children. Dollhouse (2003 / 183 minutes) In Mabou Mines’ historic theater production, director Lee Breuer deconstructs Ibsen’s classic about Nora and Torvald’s crumbling marriage by casting the male roles with little people creating a disorienting examination of power and dominance. *Presented in association with EgoPo Classic Theatre’s 2013-14 Ibsen Festival. Visit: egopo.org. MAY 8 The Penalty (1920 / 90 minutes) The lawless Barbary Coast of old sets the stage for the criminal reign of a deformed urban warlord named Blizzard (Lon Chaney) who seeks to control the city. The Unscarred (2000 / 92 minutes) Director Buddy Giovinazzo probes the nature of fraternity and their reunions in this suspense thriller of remembrance and reconciliation. JUNE 12 The Magician (1926 / 83 minutes) Science and magic intertwine and force lovers apart as a mad doctor seeks to create life in this movie directed by Rex Ingram and based on a 1908 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Noah’s Ark (1928 / 135 minutes) Early talkie directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Darryl F. Zanuck featuring biblical spectacle and allegory intercut with a yarn of World War I-era espionage and skullduggery. JULY 10 Soul for Sale (1923 / 90 minutes) Silent era, behind-the-scenes exposé of a young runaway bride trying to make it in early Hollywood. Features cameos by directors Erich von Stroheim, Jean Hersholt, Charles Chaplin and actress Zasu Pitts, among others. Murder Obsession (1982 / 95 minutes) An actor with a haunted past and his girlfriend take a break from shooting his latest movie to visit his mother. When his director and some of the crew show up, they confront a serial killer. AUGUST 14 Chicago (1927 / 118 minutes) Cecil B. DeMille brings Maurine Dallas Watkins’ iconic play to the big screen. Based on the true story of Beulah Annan, it tells the story of married jazz baby Roxie Hart and the murder of her lover. The inspiration for Ginger Roger’s 1942 movie as well as the classic 1975 Fosse/Kander & Ebb musical. Don’t Gamble with Strangers (1946 / 68 minutes) A pair of crooked gamblers pose as brother and sister to lure in suckers until the charade wears thin and ends in murder. SEPTEMBER 11 Martyrs of the Alamo (1915 / 71 minutes) Playing fast and loose with the facts of history, the founding of Texas is presented in Christy Cabanne’s expansive movie produced by D.W. Griffith. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976 / 123 minutes) “Truth is whatever gets the loudest applause.” Robert Altman debunks classic western archetypes and explores the difference between western history and western legend in show biz-obsessed America. With Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, Joel Grey and Kevin McCarthy. OCTOBER 9 The Goose Woman (1925 / 80 minutes) Ripped from the headlines of the “Hall-Miller” case—a disgraced opera singer with an illegitimate child sees a chance to reclaim the spotlight by insinuating herself as a material witness in a high profile trial. Penn and Teller Get Killed (1989 / 89 minutes) Gleefully morbid comedy from Penn and Teller where, on live TV, Penn Jillette publically asks someone to threaten his life, and the candidates pour in. Co-starring Caitlin Clarke and the great David Patrick Kelly. 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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  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon pres. Northern Valentine, Big Plastic Finger, Kohoutek
  • Thumb eventhorizonapril 11 2014website 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon Series presents April 11th - Northern Valentine, Big Plastic Finger and Kohoutek Northern Valentine Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based ambient/drone act. Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen (Terrascope Online) refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories". collective anchored by husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown.Their music is largely improvisational and is often set to original films that the collective has created. Big Plastic Finger - The tumultuous noise of molecules recombining into alarming streaks of shooting stars, the massive force of an ocean gone wild usurping the tension of abandonment and opulence coexisting, reach audible proportions in the music of Big Plastic Finger. Those who come from the perspectives of psychedelia, noise, improvisation, hard core, experimental, and rock will all sense something slightly familiar - but will find themselves in BIG PLASTIC FINGER’s adventurous realms, meant only for the bold.Shape shifters of space, BIG PLASTIC FINGER multiply and manipulate energy, transmuting sound into a physical force. Playing together for over 4 years, the core principles are: Bonnie Kane - sax, flute, electronics; Scott Prato - electric guitar, electronics, vocals; and Mark McClemens - drums. Kohoutek - Improvised Psych with Noise Tendancies and Abstraction May 9th - Woz, Audio Mace and PYXL8R Woz - Paul Woznicki, arrives for his semi self-titled album, WOZ. Woznicki is a film and TV scorer, working on movies such as Fiend in 1980. Oneyear later, 1981, Woznicki released his WOZ LP, a record now some thirty years old and ready to resurface. “Straight Ahead” comes from the world of electronic soundtracks, melodies countering one another in an atmospheric piece. The album has a whimsical quality, harmonies delicately being strung out against a fantastical and sci-fi drenched backdrop. “Tongue Depressor” contains echoes of minimal synth, the movie scorer coiling a spool of sound. “2nd Attempt” has a similar feel to some of Legowelt’s more soundtrack based material. There is a sinister and unsettling aspect to Woznicki’s sound, an insular and claustrophobic element reflected in the haunting melodies and spiraling synths. “Wozzie’s Waltz” is a work of dramatic distortion, chords compressed into a whirling piece before “Zerkon” lifts the listener to loftier levels. “Flashbacks” sees the curtain fall, oscillators cascading over a taciturn tom-tom. W.T.’s back catalogue contains myriad styles; this latest pair of EP’s see that same eccentricity explored. Nao Katafuchi are already turning heads, Yumogeto being a 2012 favourite of Xeno & Oaklander’s Liz Wendeblo, with their sleek brand of synth wave. Woznicki comes from a more obscure place, a trailblazing sound of rebounded reverbs and polyphonic perplexities. Undoubtedly even more interesting music will come from the New York imprint in this New Year. Audio Mace is Chris Wikman and Al Baldwin from Maryland. Audio Mace is the second  project forthis duo who previously released “Kadath – The Dream Quest” as XCross, to reviewers acclaim. . Audio Mace was formed to provide a vehicle for exploring the power of sound through “sound-based music” “the art form in which the sound and not the musical note is the basic unit.” (Landy, L. (2007) Understanding the Art of Sound Organization. MIT  Press.)  Born out of recognition of the power and force of sound in our lives, Audio Mace combines electronic instrumentation with exotic instruments (including several unique and “home-made” ones), sound textures, rhythmic elements, and percussion as it seeks to explore new themes and sonic textures.  These elements merge to create unique and evocative, often extended, musical journeys.  Each piece is crafted to express a specific musical idea/storyline and incorporates  a variety of musical styles as the concept and artist intent dictate  Drawing from dark ambient, program music, industrial, and space rock, among others, the music creates a powerful and mystical atmosphere, evoking other worlds and dreamscapes for the listener. To hear examples of their work, visit theirsoundcloud page. For CD's visit there CD sales site. PYXL8R - Ken Palmer uses the name PYXL8R for his solo musical projects when not performing with his instrumental prog band,Brainstatik. Each song begins life as a spontaneous burst of synthesizer-based long-form improvisation around an thematic motif, which is slowly morphed and massaged into a full piece. Ken will once again be accompanied on stage by his son Kyle on synthesizers and iPad, and the PYXL8R duo will debut some new pieces during this performance.  Atmospheric, otherworldly, and always dense with unusual sonic textures, all PYXL8R compositions are performed live with no backing tracks. A collection of more than 50 PYXL8R songs can be listened to and downloaded for free at his soundcloud page. Admission is FREE
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  • 1:00 PMPOSTPONED! New Date TBA! Dance/Movement, Poetry/Song Writing and Theater Arts workshops pres. by Poet-Tree En Motion
  • Thumb femmesworkshop 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM POSTPONED! New Date TBA!Community Outreach Workshops! Saturday, April 12th , 2014 from 1-4:30pm In honor of the community at large, The Femme-mynistiques will host Dance/Movement, Poetry/Song Writing & Theater Arts workshops open to mature adults, youth & the kid in all of us. • 1-2pm "LINE BY LINE: A Discussion of Inspiration Through the Art of Songwriting" w/ Alexa Gold! LINE BY LINE, is a mini-intensive workshop focusing on the elements of songwriting, from the first verse to the last refrain. We are gathering to explore the art of song construction, so I invite each participant to share an original song via lyrics and recordings (no pressure)! Lets break down the fundamentals of a song! • 2:15-3:15pm Setu Tribe™ Tribal Dance Experience with Lady Omni! Join Setu Tribe™ founder, Geri Vanore/Lady Omni, on a journey through movement in this transformative workshop! Connect with your tribe sisters as you listen to their experiences and learn a collectively choreographed dance created by stories, thoughts and feelings. Discover the healing energy of movement and come into your personal power through self discovery, honor, and the feminine mystique. • 3:30-4:30pm “Dancing with Words”: Poetry as Performance & Movement/Theater w/ Plum Dragoness! This workshop will work with participants to empower them to create their own dance with the music of words. Emphasis will be placed on the artistic aesthetic of giving words power with movement, so they leave the page and become dynamic theatrical performances. Bring a written piece to use with offered exercises. Suggested donation for workshops is $10-$20, Please Pay What You Can! !!!REGISTRATION REQUIRED!!! To Register for Workshops: CONTACT THE FEMMEMYNISTIQUES BY NO LATER THAN 4/7/14! EMAIL: FEMMEMYNISTIQUES@GMAIL.COM. WEBSITE: www.TheFemmeMynistiques.com Follow Event for details on Workshops here: facebook.com/events/425380820927264
  • 8:00 PMFire Museum pres. Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures Trio
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fire Museum presents: Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures Trio http://www.metarecords.com/m_picts_info.htmlAdam Rudolph's Moving Pictures Trio (New York): ADAM RUDOLPH (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion) GRAHAM HAYNES (cornet, flugelhorn, percussion) RALPH JONES  (flute, bass clarinet, alto flute, sop and tenor saxophones, bamboo flutes) The music of Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures heralds a new and vital direction in the evolution of American music. Grounded in the American improvisational tradition, the ensemble embraces music forms, languages, instrumentation, and cosmologies of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the African diaspora. Decades of performance and research into these music cultures have given the artists the background and experience to create a unique and unprecedented improvisational art form. "Percussionist Adam Rudolph has been fusing jazz and world music for decades, to the point where the two coexist as a seamless whole." - The Philadelphia Daily News Donation $10 suggested - no one turned away for lack of funds.
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  • 5:00 PMFilm Screening and Director's Talk by Tiona McClodden
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Film Screening and Director's Talk by Tiona McClodden Film screening and director's talk by Philadelphia-based multi-media artist Tiona McClodden. Tiona will screen her new short narrative film about HIV/AIDS in African American communities Bumming Cigarettes as well as selections from her new feature-length documentary The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project. This event is part of the 2014 Media Activism Series, put on by Philly Queer Media (a grassroots media organization that fosters and exhibits work that forges new paths in the queer performing, media, visual, and literary arts). The series is co-sponsored by Temple University's Women's Studies Program, School of Media and Communication, Art History Department, and Film and Media Arts Department; the University of Pennsylvania's Humanities Forum, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Center for Africana Studies. Admission is FREE
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  • 7:30 PMTerri Francis | Penn Cinema Studies pres. The Avant-Garde Film, films in 16mm, Part I
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    Terri Francis | Penn Cinema Studies

    presents The Avant-Garde Film, Part I 

    Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967, 45 min, 16mm)

    Road Film (Standish Lawder, 1970, 2 min, 16mm)

    Dangling Participle (Standish Lawder, 1970, 17 min, 16mm)

    Necrology (Standish Lawder, 1971, 12 min, 16 mm)

    A Miracle (Robert Breer, 1954, 5 min, 16mm)

    Recreation (Robert Breer, 1956, 2 min, 16mm)

    A Man and His Dog Out For Air (Robert Breer, 1957, 3 min, 16mm)

    Jamestown Ballos (Robert Breer, 1957, 6 min, 16mm)

    Blazes (Robert Breer, 1961, 3 min, 16mm)

    69 (Robert Breer, 1968, 5 min, 16mm)

    Fuji (Robert Breer, 1974, 8 min, 16mm)

    Rubber Cement (Robert Breer, 1976, 10 min, 16mm)

     

    The Avant-Garde, Part II on April 23:

    http://cinemastudies.sas.upenn.edu/events/2014/April/ScreeningsAvantGardeFilmPartII

    Admission is FREE

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  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. Gate feat. AXON LADDER by Bhob Rainey & Catherine Pancake - world premiere sound-video collaboration
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Built upon shared interests in technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, Axon Ladder is a multimedia performance installation by Bhob Rainey and Cahtherine Pancake. Combining algorithmic electronic composition with real-time video manipulation, this world premiere evening length work offers a timely view into the intersection of advancing technology and human intuition. From the composer:Imagine, on the one hand, a modest algorithm that describes a population of creatures who want two things only: to eat and to be near each other. Give them a field of "food" and rules for birth and death. Set the creatures in motion. You will see a space that throbs with activity, a population that grows and shrinks unpredictably. To witness it is hypnotizing and occasionally horrific, like the teeming goo under a wet log. On the other hand, imagine an expressive synthesizer with too many "dials" to be performed. Picture nine of these synthesizers. To make them do things we find musically engaging, we’ll write a program that moves dials to interesting places in sequences that we hope to be poetic. We’ll tell that program what we like and what we don't, and it will learn something from us. Put the two hands together. What happens? The "creatures" infect the music, which is quite dense and furiously transforming. Individual phrases have a human quality, but the density of changes and presence of uncanny silences suggest the creatures' obsessiveness and the fragile stability of their population. The timbre is roughly vocal, and intense spacialization evokes a swarm. At the level of short events, there is an overload of information. Yet, the larger structure brings a sense of purpose, so that a space is carved out for navigating an environment teeming with expression. Alone, this music is evocative of the seductive but troubling relationship we have with "lifelike" technology. Yet, there is more that can be done to tickle this tension into the concert space. By feeding the music into movement and mediating that movement through video representations, we extend the resonance of this human-technological knot and form a loop-like structure: artificial life (technological presence) -> musical composition (aesthetic activity) -> dance (embodied aesthetic activity) -> uncanny videography (technological mediation). The formal clarity of this loop, along with the strong impact that audio / visual collaborations bring, will significantly heighten the actual experience of the conceptual content of this work. ABOUT THE ARTISTSBhob Rainey is a composer / performer. He has a long and well-regarded history as an improviser, known for a masterful yet often understated technique that transforms the soprano saxophone into an electronic-like, textural, or percussive device. He is also known for his ongoing critique of improvisational practice, which has brought influential concepts and stylistic components into the practice as a whole. While Rainey has worked with numerous improvisers globally, he is best known for his solo work, Nmperign (with trumpeter Greg Kelley), and his direction of the improvising large ensemble, The BSC. Rainey also works in the realm of electronic and algorithmic composition. In 2013, Rainey was awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts for his work in these areas.Catherine Pancake is an award-winning filmmaker and sound artist. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in a wide variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts Prague and Big Screen Plaza, Herald Square NYC. Her awards include the Paul Robeson Independent Media Award, Jack Spadaro Documentary Award, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, the Silver Chris, and Edes Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her films have been broadcast in the U.S.A. and Great Britain and are distributed by Bullfrog Films and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Sound art releases can be found on Ehse Records and Recorded in Baltimore. Pancake completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2012. She is currently a member of the Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, and is an Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Arts Program at Temple University.Admission is FREEThis program has been funded in part, with a grant from the American Composer's Forum - Philadelphia Chapter.
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  • 6:30 PMLiving in Communities - Theatre of the Oppressed workshop (part 1 of 2)
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Spring 2014 Workshops One, Two and Three Session Series At The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street See below for dates, times and descriptions. Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O. Philly for short) is excited to present a variety of sessions on an array of topics led by a team of 5 different facilitators. All of these workshops combine games, movement, sounds, images and discussion to critically examine social structures from various angles. This season we've arranged for workshops to happen on different weeknights to fit different schedules. The short list: Monday, April 7, 7:00-9:00p: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed Mondays, April 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: Living in Communities Tuesdays, April 22-May 6, 6:45-9:30p: The Cop & The Rainbow Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13, 6:30-9:00p: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self Wednesdays, May 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: What is Justice? Full descriptions below. Pre-register with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057. We kick off with a stand-alone session from 7:00-9:00pm (2 hours total). It is free to attend Monday, April 7: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed. Led by the T.O. Philly Facilitation Team, this workshop will pack in the games, techniques and theories used by Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners all over the world. It will also be a chance to come and meet T.O. Philly's facilitators, sign up for subsequent workshops and talk with us about what we do.Tuition: Free, donations accepted. Pre-requisites: None. These next workshops span two sessions apiece from 6:30-9:00pm (each is 5 hours total). Each double session is $15-$35 sliding scale. Group discounts and work-trade are available on request: Mondays, April 21+28: Living in Communities. Led by Julie Lipson. Many of us are constantly around others, and yet often feel alone. This two-part workshop provides the opportunity to explore what we look for in a community, what our roles are in community, and how we can build and sustain community with those around us. Through improv games and theatre techniques, we will dig deep into the dynamics of being roommates, neighbors, and even strangers to the people we encounter every day. Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self. Led by Amy Capomacchio and Erika Barrington. Do you ever feel like the person you are at work is not who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions: ·  What societal pressures influence your work environment? ·  Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values? ·  When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes? ·  What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work? ·  How does society dictate what masks we wear? Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self. Wednesdays, May 21+28: What is Justice? Led by Mika Taliaferro. Theatre of the Oppressed was created to bring justice to people facing oppression in every facet of every society on earth.  This 2-part workshop explores that theme of justice from two angles: ·  Part One: What does "justice" mean? How do we define justice in our society? In our communities? Is the justice in "criminal justice" the same as that in "social justice"? ·  Part Two: What could "justice" mean? What does a world where justice has been achieved look like? How can we re-imagine our understanding of "justice" to support our vision of a just world? And then we have a working group that will begin with three weekly sessions, 6:45-9:30pm (eight hours total). Tuition for this is $25-$55, sliding scale, and prior experience with Theatre of the oppressed is recommended: Tuesdays, April 22-May 6: The Cop & The Rainbow. In this weekly working group led by Morgan Andrews, we will utilize the Cop in the Head/Rainbow of Desire techniques. Sometimes called "the Boal method of theatre and therapy", this group will share, embody and unpack personal stories while asking important questions about the shared goals of personal growth and social change. Pre-register for any of these workshops with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057.
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  • 6:45 PMThe Cop & The Rainbow - Theatre of the Oppressed working group April 22-May 6
  • 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM Spring 2014 Workshops One, Two and Three Session Series At The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street See below for dates, times and descriptions. Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O. Philly for short) is excited to present a variety of sessions on an array of topics led by a team of 5 different facilitators. All of these workshops combine games, movement, sounds, images and discussion to critically examine social structures from various angles. This season we've arranged for workshops to happen on different weeknights to fit different schedules. The short list: Monday, April 7, 7:00-9:00p: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed Mondays, April 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: Living in Communities Tuesdays, April 22-May 6, 6:45-9:30p: The Cop & The Rainbow Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13, 6:30-9:00p: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self Wednesdays, May 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: What is Justice? Full descriptions below. Pre-register with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057. We kick off with a stand-alone session from 7:00-9:00pm (2 hours total). It is free to attend Monday, April 7: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed. Led by the T.O. Philly Facilitation Team, this workshop will pack in the games, techniques and theories used by Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners all over the world. It will also be a chance to come and meet T.O. Philly's facilitators, sign up for subsequent workshops and talk with us about what we do.Tuition: Free, donations accepted. Pre-requisites: None. These next workshops span two sessions apiece from 6:30-9:00pm (each is 5 hours total). Each double session is $15-$35 sliding scale. Group discounts and work-trade are available on request: Mondays, April 21+28: Living in Communities. Led by Julie Lipson. Many of us are constantly around others, and yet often feel alone. This two-part workshop provides the opportunity to explore what we look for in a community, what our roles are in community, and how we can build and sustain community with those around us. Through improv games and theatre techniques, we will dig deep into the dynamics of being roommates, neighbors, and even strangers to the people we encounter every day. Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self. Led by Amy Capomacchio and Erika Barrington. Do you ever feel like the person you are at work is not who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions: ·  What societal pressures influence your work environment? ·  Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values? ·  When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes? ·  What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work? ·  How does society dictate what masks we wear? Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self. Wednesdays, May 21+28: What is Justice? Led by Mika Taliaferro. Theatre of the Oppressed was created to bring justice to people facing oppression in every facet of every society on earth.  This 2-part workshop explores that theme of justice from two angles: ·  Part One: What does "justice" mean? How do we define justice in our society? In our communities? Is the justice in "criminal justice" the same as that in "social justice"? ·  Part Two: What could "justice" mean? What does a world where justice has been achieved look like? How can we re-imagine our understanding of "justice" to support our vision of a just world? And then we have a working group that will begin with three weekly sessions, 6:45-9:30pm (eight hours total). Tuition for this is $25-$55, sliding scale, and prior experience with Theatre of the oppressed is recommended: Tuesdays, April 22-May 6: The Cop & The Rainbow. In this weekly working group led by Morgan Andrews, we will utilize the Cop in the Head/Rainbow of Desire techniques. Sometimes called "the Boal method of theatre and therapy", this group will share, embody and unpack personal stories while asking important questions about the shared goals of personal growth and social change. Pre-register for any of these workshops with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057.
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  • 7:30 PMTerri Francis | Penn Cinema Studies pres. The Avant-Garde Film, 16mm films, Part II
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Terri Francis | Penn Cinema Studies

    presents The Avant-Garde Film, Part II @ The Rotunda

    Critical Mass (Hollis Frampton, 1971, 25.5 min, 16mm)

    Nostalgia (Hollis Frampton, 1973, 36 min, 16mm)

    Arnulf Rainer (Peter Kubelka, 1960, 6.5 min, 16mm)

    Unsere Afrikareise (Peter Kubelka, 1966, 12.5 min, 16mm)

    Harmonica (Larry Gottheim, 1971, 10.5 min, 16mm)

    T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (Paul Sharits, 1968, 12 min, 16mm)

    Serene Velocity (Ernie Gehr, 1970, 23 min, 16mm)

    Fog Line (Larry Gottheim, 1970, 11 min, 16mm)

    Admission is FREE

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  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM (nearly every last Thursday) 9pm-1am Established in 1996, The Gathering is the longest/strongest-running truly Hip Hop event in Philly. The Gathering IS b-boys/b-girls, pop-lockers, emcees, graffiti writers, DJs, men, women, and children of all ages enjoying an organic, community-based celebration of The struggle, the Love, and the culture of Hip Hop. DJs spin Hiphop, breaks, and funk all night, and there are open cyphas, a tag wall, and a featured performance and graffiti panel each month. Admission is $5
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  • 8:00 PMVillage / Verse / Deathmonger A.D. / House of Geary
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Village- Philadelphia's favorite sludge/ doom band! Verse- Mike Armine of Rosetta solo project. Beautiful soundscapes. New album available as a pay what you wish on the link below. Deathmonger A.D.- Philadelphia Hardcore influenced by bands like all else failed, converge, integrity, and coalesce. House of Geary- 12 String melodies played over soundscapes. Influenced by James blackshaw, Jack Rose, and Stars of the Lid. Admission is $5, or $3 with canned food donation
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  • 9:00 AMPROFESSOR ESCRAVINHO GRUPO EH CAPOEIRA 1ST ANNUAL BATIZADO
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PROFESSOR ESCRAVINHO GRUPO EH CAPOEIRA 1ST ANNUAL BATIZADO I would like to invite you all to join in and participate in this celebration of new capoeiristas grupo eh capoeira. students will be baptized and receive their first belts in capoeira others will move on to continue their journey. most important is to get students from other group to join into this celebration to come play and meet my students ! DOORS OPEN @ 9AM (PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY) Workshop 1 - 9:30am Workshop 2 - 10:30am Lunch Break - 11:30 Batizado Ceremony & Open Rodas 1pm-4:30pm MORE INFO COMING SOON SUPERVISED BY GRAO MESTRE CORISCO + MESTRE DOUTOR (A S C A B CAPOEIRA)
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  • 6:00 PMKuumba Lynx - We Get Free...Da Mic!
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    Kuumba Lynx (KL) is a youth development urban arts organization founded in 1996. Their unique Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble's  presentations of original “edutaining” work aim to cultivate spaces for audacious hope and cultural resistance to thrive. These emerging and established artists combine their love of Hip-Hop and dedication to social justice with urban narratives that explore culture, spirituality, social responsibility, and cross cultural understandings. They seek to bring a variety of performers together to discover the complexity of their differences, and to inspire a remained community of peace love and respect for everybody. Their productions explore global politics, cultural influences, spirituality, history, and contemporary issues making every individual and community story important and valuable. These stories presented, be they painful, bittersweet, or comedic, are performed within the context of a unified group of artists and their communities working toward a more just world.  

    Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble présents:

    WE GET FREE …DA MIC - an interdisciplinary creative exploration of Chicago’s approach to a liberating urban education.  Original vignettes fuse song, spoken word, dance, music and video. For two years in a row, members of the Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble have been named Chicago's Louder than A Bomb Teen poetry festival first place champions.  They also took first place in Chicago's Music and Movement festival and were awarded the Hip Hop organization of the year award in 2013 and most recently received a Zulu Nation Peace in the Hood award.

    Admission is FREE

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  • 6:30 PMLiving in Communities - Theatre of the Oppressed workshop (part 2 of 2)
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Spring 2014 Workshops One, Two and Three Session Series At The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street See below for dates, times and descriptions. Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O. Philly for short) is excited to present a variety of sessions on an array of topics led by a team of 5 different facilitators. All of these workshops combine games, movement, sounds, images and discussion to critically examine social structures from various angles. This season we've arranged for workshops to happen on different weeknights to fit different schedules. The short list: Monday, April 7, 7:00-9:00p: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed Mondays, April 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: Living in Communities Tuesdays, April 22-May 6, 6:45-9:30p: The Cop & The Rainbow Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13, 6:30-9:00p: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self Wednesdays, May 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: What is Justice? Full descriptions below. Pre-register with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057. We kick off with a stand-alone session from 7:00-9:00pm (2 hours total). It is free to attend Monday, April 7: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed. Led by the T.O. Philly Facilitation Team, this workshop will pack in the games, techniques and theories used by Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners all over the world. It will also be a chance to come and meet T.O. Philly's facilitators, sign up for subsequent workshops and talk with us about what we do.Tuition: Free, donations accepted. Pre-requisites: None. These next workshops span two sessions apiece from 6:30-9:00pm (each is 5 hours total). Each double session is $15-$35 sliding scale. Group discounts and work-trade are available on request: Mondays, April 21+28: Living in Communities. Led by Julie Lipson. Many of us are constantly around others, and yet often feel alone. This two-part workshop provides the opportunity to explore what we look for in a community, what our roles are in community, and how we can build and sustain community with those around us. Through improv games and theatre techniques, we will dig deep into the dynamics of being roommates, neighbors, and even strangers to the people we encounter every day. Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self. Led by Amy Capomacchio and Erika Barrington. Do you ever feel like the person you are at work is not who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions: ·  What societal pressures influence your work environment? ·  Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values? ·  When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes? ·  What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work? ·  How does society dictate what masks we wear? Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self. Wednesdays, May 21+28: What is Justice? Led by Mika Taliaferro. Theatre of the Oppressed was created to bring justice to people facing oppression in every facet of every society on earth.  This 2-part workshop explores that theme of justice from two angles: ·  Part One: What does "justice" mean? How do we define justice in our society? In our communities? Is the justice in "criminal justice" the same as that in "social justice"? ·  Part Two: What could "justice" mean? What does a world where justice has been achieved look like? How can we re-imagine our understanding of "justice" to support our vision of a just world? And then we have a working group that will begin with three weekly sessions, 6:45-9:30pm (eight hours total). Tuition for this is $25-$55, sliding scale, and prior experience with Theatre of the oppressed is recommended: Tuesdays, April 22-May 6: The Cop & The Rainbow. In this weekly working group led by Morgan Andrews, we will utilize the Cop in the Head/Rainbow of Desire techniques. Sometimes called "the Boal method of theatre and therapy", this group will share, embody and unpack personal stories while asking important questions about the shared goals of personal growth and social change. Pre-register for any of these workshops with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057.
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  • 6:45 PMThe Cop and the Rainbow- Theatre of the Oppressed working group April 22-May 6
  • 6:45 PM - 9:30 PM Spring 2014 Workshops One, Two and Three Session Series At The Rotunda 4014 Walnut Street See below for dates, times and descriptions. Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O. Philly for short) is excited to present a variety of sessions on an array of topics led by a team of 5 different facilitators. All of these workshops combine games, movement, sounds, images and discussion to critically examine social structures from various angles. This season we've arranged for workshops to happen on different weeknights to fit different schedules. The short list: Monday, April 7, 7:00-9:00p: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed Mondays, April 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: Living in Communities Tuesdays, April 22-May 6, 6:45-9:30p: The Cop & The Rainbow Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13, 6:30-9:00p: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self Wednesdays, May 21+28, 6:30-9:00p: What is Justice? Full descriptions below. Pre-register with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057. We kick off with a stand-alone session from 7:00-9:00pm (2 hours total). It is free to attend Monday, April 7: Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed. Led by the T.O. Philly Facilitation Team, this workshop will pack in the games, techniques and theories used by Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners all over the world. It will also be a chance to come and meet T.O. Philly's facilitators, sign up for subsequent workshops and talk with us about what we do.Tuition: Free, donations accepted. Pre-requisites: None. These next workshops span two sessions apiece from 6:30-9:00pm (each is 5 hours total). Each double session is $15-$35 sliding scale. Group discounts and work-trade are available on request: Mondays, April 21+28: Living in Communities. Led by Julie Lipson. Many of us are constantly around others, and yet often feel alone. This two-part workshop provides the opportunity to explore what we look for in a community, what our roles are in community, and how we can build and sustain community with those around us. Through improv games and theatre techniques, we will dig deep into the dynamics of being roommates, neighbors, and even strangers to the people we encounter every day. Monday+Tuesday. May 12+13: Seeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self. Led by Amy Capomacchio and Erika Barrington. Do you ever feel like the person you are at work is not who you are at home? We all wear various hats and play a variety of roles in different areas of our lives, and this workshop explores that tension between our work-selves and home-selves by asking the following questions: ·  What societal pressures influence your work environment? ·  Are the values of your workplace in conflict with your personal values? ·  When is it healthy to be able to play a role, and when is it inhibiting your ability to do your work or make systemic changes? ·  What is your relationship to the monetary compensation you receive for your work? ·  How does society dictate what masks we wear? Through Theater of the Oppressed techniques, participants will play with the sources and repercussions of these different masks and explore alternative strategies toward reconciling these different sides of self. Wednesdays, May 21+28: What is Justice? Led by Mika Taliaferro. Theatre of the Oppressed was created to bring justice to people facing oppression in every facet of every society on earth.  This 2-part workshop explores that theme of justice from two angles: ·  Part One: What does "justice" mean? How do we define justice in our society? In our communities? Is the justice in "criminal justice" the same as that in "social justice"? ·  Part Two: What could "justice" mean? What does a world where justice has been achieved look like? How can we re-imagine our understanding of "justice" to support our vision of a just world? And then we have a working group that will begin with three weekly sessions, 6:45-9:30pm (eight hours total). Tuition for this is $25-$55, sliding scale, and prior experience with Theatre of the oppressed is recommended: Tuesdays, April 22-May 6: The Cop & The Rainbow. In this weekly working group led by Morgan Andrews, we will utilize the Cop in the Head/Rainbow of Desire techniques. Sometimes called "the Boal method of theatre and therapy", this group will share, embody and unpack personal stories while asking important questions about the shared goals of personal growth and social change. Pre-register for any of these workshops with an email to "tophilly@gmail.com", or call our NEW voicemail number: 267-282-1057.
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  • 8:00 PMUB-313 featuring Marshall Allen, Elliott Levin, Brian Marsella, Ed Watkins, Terry Lawson, Dave Hotep, Warren Oree, Ron Howerton
  • Thumb unnamed 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM April 30 is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY!UB-313: yet another satellite of the SUN RA "Soul-ar System";featuring and celebrating the leader of the Arkestra  -MARSHALL ALLEN- in a small ensemble performance ... also celebrating his upcoming 90th revolution of the Sun!Quartet set (with ELLIOTT LEVIN -reeds/words; BRIAN MARSELLA- keys; ED WATKINS- percussion) & 2nd set, with special guests (including: TERRY LAWSON- reeds; DAVE HOTEP- guitar; WARREN OREE- bass; RON HOWERTON- percussion).Admission is FREE.
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