• 6:30 PMscreening of Bold Native + guest speaker Darius Fulmer (Whale Wars)
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Doors at 6:30pm Bold Native is coming to Philly! There is a suggested donation of $5.00, which will be split between the Rotunda and Bold Native, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Free vegan snacks will be provided, and local animal organizations will be tabling at the event so you can learn how to become active in your own backyard! Don't miss this one. From the Bold Native site ( "Bold Native is a fiction feature film. Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism, emerges from the underground to coordinate a nationwide action as his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does. The film simultaneously follows a young woman who works for an animal welfare organization fighting within the system to establish more humane treatment of farmed animals. From abolitionists to welfarists, Bold Native takes on the issue of modern animal use and exploitation from several angles within the context of a road movie adventure story. The filmmakers’ background in documentary informed the creative approach to Bold Native. Self-financed and shot with a four person team in real-world locations, sometimes using real activists, lawyers, and formerly imprisoned animal liberators, the film weaves an intricate tale of one of the most important issues facing America and the world morally and ecologically – the impact and consequences of industrialized animal use. And with a character who faces prosecution and potential lifetime imprisonment under the recently passed Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) for property crimes currently considered terrorism, the film also illuminates the danger of corporate interests influencing the law in a post-9/11 world." Special guest speaker Darius Fulmer (Whale Wars) and Skype Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening Please attend the screening if you are curious about any of what you have read above, or about veganism.
  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. Gate feat. ONIBABA w/ live score by Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird presents Gate monthly series for experimental performance This month features ONIBABA with live score by Gene Coleman and Ensemble N_JP Gene Coleman, composer, bass clarinet Evan Lipson, double bass Joo Wan Park, electronics Kenta Nagai, shamisen Using a combination of western and traditional Japanese instruments, Ensemble N_JP will perform a live original score by composer Gene Coleman to the visually stunning Japanese horror film "Onibaba" (1964). Onibaba is set within the wind-swept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, where an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence. Forced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain, they dump the corpses down a deep, dark hole and live off of their meager spoils. When a bedraggled neighbor returns from the skirmishes, lust, jealousy, and rage threaten to destroy the trio’s tenuous existence, before an ominous, ill-gotten demon mask seals the trio’s horrifying fate. Omnibaba is often cited as a preeminent example of the jidai-geki, or period drama, an enduring Japanese film genre that refers to any Japanese film set before 1868, the first year of the Meiji Restoration, which initiated Japan's modern era. Often employed as a way of retelling traditional stories or recreating epic historical events, the jidai-geki has evolved over time to encompass a broad range of styles and perspectives—from bloody samurai swordplay adventures to searching social and political criticism. Gene Coleman is a composer, musician and director. He has created over 50 works for various instrumentation and media, often using complex notations and improvisation in the same score. Innovative use of sound, image and time allows Coleman to create work that expands our understanding of the world. Since 2001 he has focused on the global transformation of culture and music's relationship with other media, such as architecture, video and dance. He studied painting, music and film making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with legendary experimental film artists Stan Brakhage, Ernie Gehr and others. Admission is FREE
  • 8:00 PMZevious w/ Electric Simcha
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Zevious After forming Zevious in 2006 as a straight ahead jazz trio, guitarist Mike Eber, drummer Jeff Eber, and bassist John DeBlase immediately broke free of the bonds of tradition. Zevious began combining progressive rock grooves, tech metal, free improv, and complex song forms to create a unique compositional style. Equally influenced by vintage progressive acts such as Magma and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, polymetric metal like Meshuggah, and the improvisational approach of Vijay Iyer and Ben Monder, Zevious is a distinctive fusion band in the burgeoning punk-jazz movement. Electric Simcha As an old tzaddik, a wise and holy man said, “Ain’t nothing but a party!” So does Electric Simcha bring the party with its brand of “Old-school Hasidic Punk Rock,” mixing old world hasidic melodies with the best of West Philadelphia’s burgeoning underground rock scene to create a new, raucous, Eastern European tinged, violent party sound. Singing these wordless melodies, called nigunim, over and over is considered to be able to stoke the holy spark of spiritual enlightenment within. Electric Simcha cranks it up for the times, igniting that spark and making it explode with spiritual ecstasy. Admission is FREE
  • 3:00 PMLAST RIDE: by Andria Morales & Beth Beverly
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM We welcome you to attend: LAST RIDE Performance and reception LAST RIDE is a collaborative performance-based artwork by Andria Morales and Beth Beverly.  Inspired by Puerto Rican funeral celebrations and taxidermy traditions respectively, the artists have found a common interest in death.  Using the Rotunda’s church-like interior as a backdrop, the artist’s work will invite viewers to experience mourning as a celebration. Andria Morales (formerly Andria Bibiloni) explores the divide between art representative of culture, and art produced from within a cultural community. By immersing herself in situations where cultural identity is consequential, she aims to provoke viewers into a confrontation and analysis of their own preconceptions. The resulting work is multidisciplinary, consisting of mixed media sculptures, self-portraits, performance based videos, and site-specific installations.  Andria Morales’s work has been exhibited at Labor K1 in Berlin, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, the Ice Box in Philadelphia, and the CUE Art Foundation in New York. In 2008 she was awarded a Joan Mitchell MFA Grant for her work in mixed media sculpture and installation. Andria is currently a resident in the 40th St. Artist in Residence Program, and teaches at Tyler School of Art. Beth Beverly is a State- and Federally-licensed taxidermist who has a BFA from Tyler School of Art and graduated from the Pocono Institute of Taxidermy with high marks. Ms. Beverly is passionate about using every part of an animal and being thankful for the ultimate sacrifice each creature makes to land both in her studio and on her plate. She has won numerous awards for her taxidermy creations, including Best in Show at the fifth annual Carnivorous Nights taxidermy contest in New York.  Beth’s work has been exhibited at Bahdee Bahdu Gallery, James Oliver Gallery, Wilbur Vintage Boutique and has been featured in a plethora of fashion & art blogs. Admission is FREE
  • 7:30 PMThe Music You Remember - open rehearsal
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM The Music You Remember — open rehearsal  In 2003, actor/writer Jerry Perna began assembling ideas and images, drawn from his childhood cultural memory of the 1960’s. The resulting project, entitled, SEVEN MEN FROM NOW, was produced by Philadelphia’s Intrepid Theatre Company in 2005, at The Shubin Theatre, The Rotunda and The Walnut Street Studio 3. In 2007, the New Century Television Network, taped a live webcast at The Rotunda. Through rewrites, residencies, a seemingly endless number of creative epiphanies and in-again/out-again collaborations, it’s a journey Perna describes as ‘creative process addiction’; continuing to labor over a project..long after most people noticed, or cared. What happens when life itself is the creative process; the creative process is you…and it’s not something you can let go of so easily. The result of this creative tumult is THE MUSIC YOU REMEMBER. A one-person multi-sensory account of, not only material from SEVEN MEN FROM NOW, but the nature of the creative process itself, involving personal accounts of cultural, gender & ethnic identity. An open rehearsal takes place on March 30th, at 7:30 pm, with open developmental performances on April 2nd at 4pm; April 3rd at 4:30pm; April 7th at 7:30pm, and April 10th at 5pm. Admission is FREE
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