• 6:15 PMFriends of 40th Street General Meeting • Hear about what's happening in the neighborhood!
  • 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM Friends of 40th Street General Meeting Great things are happening in West Philadelphia! Come hear about what is going on and what is being planned. Agenda Highlights include: •    Information on the brand new  public computer labs in the area. Free computer access and training available right in the neighborhood! •    How the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians can help your business! Excellent resources available for new and existing businesses in West Philadelphia. Bring your neighborhood or organizational updates and announcements to share. All community members and business owners are encouraged to attend ! The Friends are residents, businesses, institutions and non-profits working together to improve the 40th Street corridor and its surrounding area. Meeting Calendar for the remainder of 2011 Save the dates on your calendar now! The Friends of 40th Street will meet quarterly in 2011. The last meeting for 2011 will take place on Monday November 7, 2011 6:15 pm -7:30 pm All meetings will be held at The Rotunda.
  • 4:00 PMThe Gay Ole Opry
  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Spend your Saturday afternoon sippin' lemonade and singing along with My Gay Banjo, Karen & the Sorrows, Joshua Marcus, Red Rose and the Tea Bags and other special guests. Plus, learn how to two-step and dance the early evening away! Suggested donation: $5-$10. All ages. Brought to you by Killer Sideburns, Karen & the Sorrows, and Riot Grrrl Ink. A proud part of the Phreak N Queer festival. More about the show : My Gay Banjo is Owen Taylor and Julia Steele Allen on guitar, banjo and vocals. Singing homespun gay-themed duets and occasional queered-up mash-ups, My Gay Banjo plays songs for you and your kind. Karen & the Sorrows are camped out in a vinyl booth, saving all their quarters for the saddest country songs on the diner jukebox. If there's a tear in your beer, Karen & the Sorrows is the band for you. Philadelphia's Joshua Marcus has been quietly emerging, banjo in tow, as one of today's most intriguing songwriters. As a solo artist and with his group Fan of Friends, Marcus' astonishingly honest and powerful songwriting is steeped in Appalachian tradition and pre-AAA folk innovation. At the heart of his songs is the simple beauty and subtlety of a great melody. ++++++++++++ Refreshments for sale to benefit Work Hard/Stay Hard, a week-long work party for a rural queer commune in Middle TN ++++++++++++ "Phreak N' Queer Arts & Music Festival" takes Philadelphia by storm this summer from August 4th – 7th. No previous event has dared to unite this much talent under the same banner for fear that such an affair would shift Earth’s alignment in the universe. Alignment be damned, we’re going for it! Toss out everything you have seen in the LGBTQ community and imagine events free from top 40/commercialism and chock full o’ talented local artists and performers crafting enough culture to last you all year long. Riot Grrrl Ink (RGI) is the largest Queer record label in the world. Our produce-and-support roster includes bands, artists, film-makers, singer/songwriters, authors, poets, nonprofits, community organizations, record labels, and social justice organizations. At RGI our passion is helping to make art that is community-driven, politically-mindful and radically-beautiful. We hope to redefine what a label is not just to a community but also to an industry - together we are creating a rEvolution.
  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault screens Popeye and Querelle: A Film About Jean Genet’s ‘Querelle de Brest’
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM Andrew's Video Vault screens Popeye (1980 / 114 minutes) In his film debut, Robin Williams stars with Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Donald Moffat and Linda Hunt among others in Robert Altman’s off-kilter musical adaption of the popular comic strip about, “The sailor man with the spinach can!” Screenplay by Jules Feiffer. Songs by Harry Nilsson. Querelle: A Film About Jean Genet’s ‘Querelle de Brest’ (1982 / 108 minutes) “Every man kills the thing he loves.” Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final movie appropriates Genet’s 1953 novel and re-dreams it with bold and fevered visuals. Starring Brad Davis and Jeanne Moreau. Films are continuous from 8pm. Admission is FREE
  • 8:00 PMThe "New Road Home Tour 2011" feat. DavEnd, Nomy Lamm, Erin Daly and Melodie Younce
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM The "New Road Home Tour 2011" is the culmination of ongoing collaborations between DavEnd, Nomy Lamm, Erin Daly and Melodie Younce, exploring new possibilities for the embodiment of dreams.  This performance includes multi-part harmonies, multi-media displays of affection, badass costumery, storytelling accordion, bass, guitar, violin, live looping, improvisation, audience participation, and good ole fashion queer magic.  Weaving each artists' music into a cohesive vision, this show will remix notions of gender, sexuality, dis/ability, community and family, while tenderly, ferociously touching into themes of forgiveness, hope, and empowerment in these supposed "end times."  Everyone is implicated. Emerging from the Olympia riot grrrl scene of the early 90s, NOMY LAMM has brought her radically vulnerable message of body positivity to the whole wide world through a blend of zines, voice lessons, rock operas, performance art and collaboration. Currently she lives in San Francisco where she performs with Sins Invalid, a bay area project that creates work around disability, sexuality, social justice and embodiment.  Her current musical project, nomy lamm & The WHOLE WIDE WORLD is a flexible platform for collaboration with everyone and everything, and in the moment, with Melodie Younce, Erin Daly, DavEnd, and Caldwell Linker. DAVEND is a tender-hearted, genderqueer, costume designing, accordion wielding, songwriter and performer, based out of San Francisco.  Currently, DavEnd is working on her 3rd studio album, “Likewize, I’m Sure” as well as finishing up a month long stint in Taylor Mac’s epic 5 hour play, ‘The Lily’s Revenge’.  Ms End’s most recent performance project, Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly  Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical!, is the culmination of four years of nearly constant touring and performance, and brings together the worlds of music and radical performance art in a theatrical extravaganza, exploring the effects of heterosexism and street harassment on the development of queer identity. Suggested donation at the door is $5-10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • 7:00 PMIslamically Spoken
  • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM NS Entertainment presents Islamically Spoken Lecture • Iftar • Entertainment Showcase Hosted by Nassunni "Not Your Ordinary Poet" and Jaleel Jordan Featuring: Imam Tariq Abdur-Rahman Brother Dash Seff Al-Afriqi Khalil Ismail Najmah 53 Aquil Mizan Mahogany Mack Al-Afriqi Ameerah Khabir Mujahid "Da Real" Shaketa "Gift of the Pen" Najla Muhammad-Jaaber Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm For more info, please contact Nassunni at 215-475-7850 Admission is FREE
  • 12:00 PMPhiladelphia Alternative Comic Con
  • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con is the premier convention in Philadelphia showcasing all things alternative/fringe/indy/art comics and zines Admission is FREE 2011 Exhibitors •    Adhouse Books •    Alex Eckman-Lawn •    Amanda Greenberg •    Benjamin Marra •    Box Brown •    Carey Pietsch •    Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo •    Claire Folkman •    Cody Pickrodt •    Coin Op •    Corinne Mucha •    Cyn Why •    David Jablow •    Dina Kelberman •    Doug Slack •    Dre Grigoropol •    Eamon Dougherty •    Ed Choy Moorman •    Edwin Vazquez •    Fleisher Art Memorial •    Full Sanction •    Heather Benjamin •    Holly Holly Hobby Hobby •    Ian Harker •    Jen Tong •    Joanne Sherrow •    Josh Bayer •    Josh Burggraf •    Kat Fajardo •    Kelly Phillips •    Kevin Czapiewski •    KJ Martinet •    L. Nichols •    Lance Hansen •    Lincoln Bostian •    Liz Baillie •    M. Jacob Alvarez •    Mandy and Ian Sampson •    Matt Wiegle •    Meathaus •    Mike Sgier •    Mike Turzanski •    Morgan Pielli •    Parcell Press •    Pat Aulisio •    Peter Lazarski •    Rafer Roberts •    Rob Corradetti •    Robyn Ng •    Sally Bloodbath •    Sam Thurman •    Sara Lindo •    Secret Acres •    Space 1026 •    Steve Peters •    Steve Seck •    Thomas Toye •    Ze Jian Shen 2010 Exhibitors •    Secret Acres •    Brendan Leach •    Anni Altshuler •    Leah Mackin •    Chris McDonnell •    Melissa Eckstrom •    Nathan Bulmer •    Steve Teare •    Dre Grigopol •    Jason Clarke •    Tal Noznisky and Hugo Marmugi •    Mikkie McGregor •    Pat Aulisio •    Carolyn Belefski and Joe Carabeo •    Derik Badman •    Rafer Roberts •    JT Wilkins •    Virginia Flemming •    Chris McD •    Cody Pickrodt •    Locust Moon Comics •    Robert Woods •    Christiann •    Cheese Hasselberger •    Alex Eckman-Lawn •    Robin Enrico •    Kiki Jones •    Catherine Peach •    Bryan G. Brown •    Phil Kahn •    Beth Heinly •    Daryl Ayo •    Matt Wiegle •    Hawk Krall •    Mark Price •    Sally Bloodbath •    Joe Mochove •    Bill Roundy •    Rusty Rowley •    Jacob Alvarez •    Peter Lazarski •    Ink Answer •    Pterodactyl Philadelphia •    Box Brown •    Jim Kettner •    Ian Harker •    Lance Hansen •    Doug Slack •    Kelly Phillips •    Greg Labold •    Jeremy Jams •    Claire Folkman •    Nicholas Larkin •    Sara Lindo •    Steve Seck •    Liz Baillie •    Larry West •    L. Nichols •    Dina Kelberman •    Marguerite Dabaie •    Eamon Dougherty •    Brett Hopkins •    Mike Sgier •    Cheriann Stevens •    Cyn Why
  • 4:00 PMHHPP Convention 2011 • New Leadership, New Ideas, and a New Approach
  • 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Please join The Hip Hop Party for the People (HHPP)'s Candidate for Philadelphia City Council at Large Pili X (Kash Kuumba) at this summer's crowning event 4pm: Why We Flash Mob: an all youth panel; Featuring youth from BRL Nation, Dollar Boyz, Shadow Trax, YK from the Ave, Rawstein Family; Moderated by Dossi Prince of the HHPP 5:30pm: Which Way Forward for Black America? Min. King Sabir Shabazz, New Black Panther Party • Proctor Rell Stylez, HHPP • Robert Allen Mansfield, Tea Party 7pm: Is America Ready for a Hip-Hop Party? Moderated by Philly Raw Talent 8pm: State of the City: Let's Talk Solutions; Grassroots Townhall; Moderated by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Professor at Columbia University and host of Our World with Black Enterprise Admission is $10 (all access pass). All proceeds go to the Elect Pili X Committee and the BRL Youth Mentoring Program
  • 10:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM (every last Thursday) 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 $3
  • 7:00 PMDefend the Gulf film screening about Gulf of Mexico, BP oil spill, etc.
  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM 'Defend the Gulf' a Film Screening by #crawfish got SouL, outreach with 88.1fm WPEB - West Philly Community Radio You are invited to a fun movie screening to help save the Gulf! With comedy sketches, beautiful nature scenes from the Gulf, and commentary on the BP drilling disaster, this series of shorts are entertaining and educational. After the film, take action with the Gulf Restoration Network to help restore and protect the Gulf of Mexico region and discuss our local water quality issues, Green Philly plus a seafood tale or two. Hosted by DJ Mucho Dinero (@IT100JOBS) of #crawfish got SouL on 88.1FM WPEB - West Philly Community Radio. DETAILS ::: Screening of 'Defend the Gulf' 1-year after the BP Oil Spill, doors 7p and start 8p! The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region. A WPEB supporter, Basin Street Records is providing a copy of their new sampler featuring Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Dr. Michael White & other amazing New Orleans artists. They will include one in every event package. Each screening of 'Defend the Gulf' will help educate people around the country about the on-going issues facing the Gulf's communities and ecosystems. We need Congress to act NOW to ensure that the Gulf coast is protected and restored. That will only happen if they hear from a unified voice of people from across our Nation. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #chkTheVibe... tune into a 1/2 hr segment on 88.1fm WPEB - West Philly at Noon this & every Wednesday for #crawfish got SouL! Part of The Sheriff of Blues County radio show going down to New Orleans since July 12,  2010. 88.1 FM WPEB- Philadelphia is an independent, non-commercial community radio station dedicated to reflecting, representing, incorporating, empowering, and serving West Philadelphia communities...see the Program Lineup and follow us on Admission is FREE but donations are welcome.
  • 6:00 PMCANCELLED DUE TO Weather; 40th St Summer Series pres. Vieux Farka Toure + Kyo Daiko
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM We regret to inform you that this event has been CANCELLED. We explored many alternatives but found that cancelling was the safest option, in light of the impending tropical storm. Please do join us on September 24, as we present Billy Martin and friends; Jay Sand opens the evening. The Rotunda, University of Pennsylvania, and University City District present the 40th Street Summer Series - a free summer concert series every fourth Saturday in June, July, August, and September at the 40th Street Field (40th between Walnut and Locust) -which began with the world-renowned big band Sun Ra Arkestra on June 25 We are pleased to announce the expanded 2011 40th Street Summer Series. Every fourth Saturday in June through September from 6-8pm, the Summer Series will feature FREE outdoor performances from exceptional internationally-renowned artists. All concerts will be held on the beautiful green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets. Complimentary (first come, first served) Rita's Water Ice will also be given out during the performances. UCD and The Rotunda are pleased to announce the artists for the third Summer Series event: Saturday, August 27, 6pm VIEUX FARKA TOURE + KYO DAIKO Vieux Farka Touré is a Malian singer/guitarist and son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, one of the uncontested trailblazers of African music. Vieux's critically-acclaimed music is a generational bridge connecting American and African blues music and culture. Vieux's 2011 album "The Secret" which "slays" according to Rolling Stone Magazine features guest appearances from Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield and the last collaboration between Vieux and his late father, Ali. Opening this evening's event will be a heart-pounding performance from Kyo Daiko, Philadelphia’s only Japanese-style drumming crew. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the last 40th Street Summer Series event on Saturday September 24 at 6pm: BILLY MARTIN & FRIENDS + JAY SAND Join us for this very special performance led by the dynamic percussionist Billy Martin of Medeski Martin and Wood, one of the most popular and vibrant modern instrumental ensembles that have performed to packed houses from Budokan to Bonnaroo. With results ranging from the exploratory to the downright funky, Martin has performed with everyone from Chuck Mangione to the Lounge Lizards. Philadelphia's Jay Sand opens the final Summer Series concert with a performance focused on encouraging kids to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. For more information on these events, visit
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