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  • 7:00 PMPoet-Tree En Motion: Spring Rites & Fire Celebrations Light the Night!
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Poet-tree En Motion… Spring Performance Series! Wednesdays March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st & Saturday June 29th! (Doors Open @ 7pm/Sign up Begins) Featured acts THIS MONTH: MAY 1st Spring Rites & Fire Celebrations Light the Night! Giovana-Singer, Songwriter & Musician blending her Panamanian roots w/ Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin Pop & world music Giovana left her native country of Panama twelve years ago in pursuit of the opportunity to live an artistic and creative life as a musician. Her music is a reflection of that journey, built upon her Panamanian roots, and blended with influences of Jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin Pop, and world music styles that have inspired her while living and performing in the US. Hooping by Sarah-Hoop Dancer, Flow Artist, Instructor & hoop maker Sarah picked up a hoop in 2009 and hasn't put one down since. There are hula hoops in every room of Sarah's house. Hooping by Sarah came to fruition because Sarah wanted to share hooping in the tiny town of Lansdowne. And because happy hoopers of all ages now regularly attend Sarah's classes and workshops, she wanted people to have access to professional-quality, affordable hoops, so Sarah created them as well. Sarah Maccarelli Jordan has over 18 years of classical dance education and experience. She won the 2001 Star Quest Performing Arts Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. Also an accomplished makeup artist and face painter, Sarah is a creative force to be reckoned with. Lux Arati-Tribal Belly, Modern, Hip-hop/Liquid/Flow dance styles w/ Tech & Fire Arts Blending influences of American Tribal/traditional Middle Eastern bellydance, modern dance, hip-hop/liquid/flow dance styles together with tech and flow fire spinning, the lovely ladies of Lux Arati are a powerful, hypnotic presence. Plum Dragoness-Tibetan Bowls meet Dragon Dancing, Movement Theater & Fire Arts Native to West Philadelphia, she is a multi--talented thespian, dancer, poetess and writer for life. She graduated with a Theater degree from Temple University with an exploratory concentration in Dance, Music and Voice. She is well known for her poetic style, vocal performance and choreographic flair throughout the Philadelphia area and abroad. In addition to her solo work, Gabrielle has collaborated with many artists including the project “Plum Dragoness & the Elements,” known for its fusion of multi-media, live world music infusions and spoken word/lyrical poetry. She independently produced/released the debut studio Album “Renaissance of a Poetess” with her band and Emmy Awarding Winning Music Producer/Composer/Sound Engineer Rodney Whittenberg and the Album of recorded performances (as resident artist) called “Live @ the Rotunda”, Mixed/Engineered by Styx latte. Her written work has been published locally, nationally and internationally. She currently performs with the dynamic trio project known as The Femme-mynistiques. 2nd Opinion- Live Music w/ Philadelphia-based dance-pop circus 2nd. Opinion is a Philadelphia-based dance-pop act exploring the intersection of gender, sex and society in as tuneful a way as possible. The band consists of Joel Chartkoff (percussion and vocals), Zach Webber (keyboards and vocals), Sammy Schuster (keyboards and vocals), Michael Knight (bass and vocals), Mira Treatman (vocals), and Kate Simmer (drums). Please dance!! Admission is FREE but all donations in jar at the door will go toward Moving Creations' the Girls On the Move program & their spring performance on June 1st/2nd @ Germantown Friends Poley Auditorium)... if you are inclined to support these efforts! JUNE 29th Solstice Salutations in the Sanctuary w/ Collaborative Festivities! • Live Music, Dance & Theatrical Presentations, Community Art Collaboration & Creation with Fire Arts, DJ, VJ Performances & Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser for Plum Dragoness Performance Project! This ongoing seasonal 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 & VJ projections… Plus an open stage/open mic! More Updates on June Event Coming… Join the Poet-tree En Motion Group (facebook.com/groups/116980678334215) on Facebook!
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  • 8:00 PMA Magical and Meditative Night of Jewish Chanting; Phila. Jewish Music Festival
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Join local Philly singer/songwriter Julie Lipson  on a journey of joyful and meditative singing.  Take part in a simple and inviting form of  call and response chanting as we weave short Jewish texts into beautiful music that is both  relaxing and energizing.  (No musical experience necessary.) The Gershman Y’s inaugural Jewish Music Festival will be taking over Philadelphia from May 1-9 with a dazzling lineup of performers.  From an evening of Jewish Blues with a soul food dinner, to American cabaret legend Michael Feinstein, to a brand-new klezmer score performed by two of the world’s most celebrated musicians, this Festival has an event for everyone.  Sample a few performances or buy an all-access pass that will provide you with tickets to all the events and feature reserved seating. Admission: Sliding Scale $8 - $12; Buy advance tickets HERE
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  • 7:30 PMStolen Thyme, neo-traditional Old Time string band; Crossroads Concerts
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM LISTEN! Neo-traditional old-time string band “This album is one to be listened to over and over and with each listen, the subtlety and nuance will recapture the listener. A beautiful and successful debut.” Power Pickin' TICKETS (5-15) FREE CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AT 6 PM Stolen Thyme is a neo-traditional Old Time string band based in Colorado Springs and Philadelphia and made up of John Weathers (guitar), Stacy Olitsky (banjo), and Ben Lewis (fiddle). The music of Stolen Thyme celebrates the everlasting joys of life and explores the dark depths of human nature. The trio embraces the American folk music tradition and transforms it for a modern sensibility. The timeless truths and ancient melodies carried by the ballads and fiddle tunes of Appalachia and British Isles resonate in Weathers, Olitsky, and Lewis’ hypnotic arrangements. Whether chilling the spine with a dusky ballad, entertaining with a meandering, golden melody or lighting the place on fire with a rip-roarin’ barn-burner, Stolen Thyme always shares a transcendent, emotional musical experience with its audiences. Biographies Ben Lewis is a fiddle player from Lyons, Colorado and a versatile musician well versed in old-time, bluegrass, jazz, and many other styles. He studied composition, world music and folk traditions at Vassar College and upon returning to Colorado, he quickly earned a place in the vibrant Colorado acoustic music scene as an in-demand fiddle player, though he has also been known to pick up the clawhammer banjo, mandolin, or guitar. After a two year tenure with Colorado Springs bluegrass band Grass It Up, Ben relocated to Lyons, Colorado. When he’s not playing with Stolen Thyme, Ben plays with Corn Yeti (with Grant Gordy, Jake Schepps, Jordan Ramsey, and Eric Thorin), The Hummin’ Birds, and as a guest with many other regional acts. Ben is also an accomplished music instructor. He has taught numerous fiddle workshops and seven years of private lessons, and is currently the music teacher at Lyons Elementary School. John Weathers and Stacy Olitsky began performing together on street corners and subways in 1994 while hitchhiking through Europe and the Middle East. They even enjoyed five minutes of fame playing live on Turkish Radio in Cappadoccia. Past musical projects include playing in the traditional folk music band Cruel Sister, performing with Mogauwane Mahloele (master drummer and multi-instrumentalist from South Africa), and performing as a duo. Through the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, they were actively involved in the Philadelphia folk music scene and played in venues such as the Lansdowne Folk Club and the Xtreme Folk Festival. Inspired by a wandering banjo player in the early hours of the morning at her first Philadelphia Folk Festival when she was sixteen years old, Stacy decided that one day she too wanted to be able to play lonesome banjo tunes under the night sky. Since that time, Stacy has been exploring the possibilities of both clawhammer and finger picking styles on the banjo. She studied under John Carlini, who has recorded with David Grisman and Tony Rice, and old-time musician Stan Scott. She is also a knowledgeable and powerful singer of traditional American and English ballads. John was first introduced to the wide-range and roots of American folk music combing through the stacks of records when he co-hosted a college radio show entitled “Post-Industrial Bluegrass”. At about this same time, John got his first guitar and also met Stacy, who was just getting serious about learning the banjo. His fate was sealed. He has since drawn musical inspiration from Norman Blake, John Doyle, and Doc Watson, among others. More information http://www.stolenthyme.com
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  • 7:00 PMEating Alabama film screening
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM slowfoodphilly.org, Farm to City and The Rotunda screen "Eating Alabama" Trailer: http://www.eatingalabama.com/about/ In search of a simpler life, a young couple returns home to Alabama where they set out to eat the way their grandparents did - locally and seasonally. But as they navigate the agro-industrial gastronomical complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, "Eating Alabama" is a story about why food matters. In addition, Fair Food Philly will be on hand to offer a limited product tasting and possible sale of a local fresh crop (harvest dependent) Admission is FREE
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  • 7:00 PMAddicted
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM The National Black Arts Spoken Word Tour and New Arts Production Publications Presents "ADDICTED" a return engagement and back by popular demand of the hit staged production about substance abuse, homelessness and the problems solving for underserved population of urban America.  Based upon the new publication entitled "HARDSHIPS" Admission: $10.00 For more information contact (267) 230-0317 or (215) 254-9314 andmauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com. This production is suitable for the family and audience members of all ages. A BENEFIT PERFORMANCE FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE COMMUNICATIONS and the NATIONAL SUPPORT AGENCY FOR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES. and at 8pm: THE NATIONAL BLACK ARTS SPOKEN WORD TOUR Presents "OH GOD PLEASE SEND ME A DO RIGHT MAN" by Maurice Brian Henderson The return of the Gospel Dramatic Musical and National Touring production that explores the relationships of Men and Women and its effects on the family structure and child development. Tickets:  $15.00 per person (Group Rates available).  This staging is a benefit for Community Change - National Support Agency.  The Performance can also be used as a Fundraiser or Benefit presentation for your Group, Organization, Agency, Company, Center, Association or Institution. For more information contactmauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com or 215-254-9314 and 267-230-0317
  • 8:00 PMOH GOD PLEASE SEND ME A DO RIGHT MAN
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM THE NATIONAL BLACK ARTS SPOKEN WORD TOUR Presents "OH GOD PLEASE SEND ME A DO RIGHT MAN" by Maurice Brian Henderson The return of the Gospel Dramatic Musical and National Touring production that explores the relationships of Men and Women and its effects on the family structure and child development. Tickets:  $15.00 per person (Group Rates available). This staging is a benefit for Community Change - National Support Agency.  The Performance can also be used as a Fundraiser or Benefit presentation for your Group, Organization, Agency, Company, Center, Association or Institution. For more information contactmauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com or 215-254-9314 and 267-230-0317
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  • 8:00 PMThe Couch (1962) and All The Pretty Maids in a Row (1971)
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PM on the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! This program is made possible through the generous support of theCinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Viewer discretion is advised. MAY 9 The Couch (1962 / 99 minutes) A serial killer and his therapy sessions with a psychologist are juxtaposed with his murders by director Owen Crump in this movie written by Psycho author Robert Bloch. All The Pretty Maids in a Row (1971 / 92 minutes) Somebody is knocking off girls at the high school in Roger Vadim’s first American feature—a sex-comedy-thriller starring Rock Hudson as the football coach, Angie Dickinson as a substitute teacher, and Telly Savalas as the homicide detective on the case. JUNE 13 Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971 / 89 minutes) Floyd Mutrux’s unforgettable chronicle of rock ‘n roll fueled Los Angeles junkies. Rings on Her Fingers (1942 / 86 minutes) Director Rouben Mamoulian’s screwball comedy film starring Henry Fonda as a poor man who gets mistaken for a millionaire and who is swindled out of his life savings. Co-starring Gene Tierney. JULY 11 A Double Life (1947 / 104 minutes) In George Cukor’s drama, written by Ruth “Maude” Gordon and Garson Born Yesterday Kanin, Ronald Colman is an actor who is strongly influenced by the characters he plays—when he agrees to play ‘Othello’, the role overwhelms him with the Moor’s murderous jealousy. Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942 / 85 minutes) Ida Lupino lives in a small apartment with her father Monty Woolley who is a celebrated actor done in by drink. When things seem at their nadir, Woolley lands the apt role of “King Lear”. . . AUGUST 8 Side Show (1981 / 98 minutes) A teenage boy runs away from home and joins the circus. There, he witnesses a murder. The Wagons Roll at Night (1941 / 84 minutes) A lion escapes Humphrey Bogart’s carnival and is captured by grocery clerk Eddie Alert whom Bogart brings into the show and eventually makes chief lion tamer. SEPTEMBER 12 West of Zanzibar (1928 / 65 minutes) The ninth collaboration between Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning is a tale of revenge and debasement, wherein an evil English music hall magician is completely devoted to his wife who soon abandons him for an ivory trader. Adventure In Iraq (1943 / 64 minutes) Director D. Ross Lederman’s thriller where five Allied soldiers crash-land in Iraq. They are taken in by a local sheik, but soon begin to suspect that he may not be quite as friendly as he seems to be. OCTOBER 10 The Monster (1925 / 86 minutes) Roland West directs one of the first “mad scientist” films based on a play by Crane Wilbur. West’s movie freely mixes horror and comedy as Lon Chaney uses a “death chair” to transfer the soul of a woman into a man’s body. The Eyes of The Mummy Ma (1918 / 57 minutes) Director Ernst Lubitsch’s Egypt-set thriller about a young painter visiting the cursed tomb of a dead Queen. NOVEMBER 14 Anna Nicole (2011 / 120 minutes) Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas’ opera about the busty Playboy playmate who married an octogenarian billionaire. DECEMBER 12 Rope of Sand (1949 / 104 minutes) William Dieterle directs Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains and Peter Lorre in a gritty drama about stolen diamonds and double crosses. Jewel Robbery (1932 / 68 minutes) William Dieterle directs the fifth of William Powell and Kay Francis’ seven movies together wherein a robber uses marijuana to make off with coveted jewels. FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PM on the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! This program is made possible through the generous support of theCinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Viewer discretion is advised.
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  • 9:00 PMThe Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts Mike Allen
  • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts Mike Allen Mike Allen lives in Roanoke, Va., with his wife and editing assistant Anita, his dog Loki and felines Persephone and Pandora. He's editor and publisher of the critically-acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthologies of weird fiction, and thanks to all those who backed his $10,000 Kickstarter he'll be releasing a fourth volume in 2013. He's also editor and publisher of the poetry journal Mythic Delirium -- soon to be reborn as an online fiction magazine. He was once foolish enough to run for president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association in a contested election and win. His poetry collection Strange Wisdoms of the Dead was picked by The Philadelphia Inquirer as an editor's choice selection in 2006. Though he's had more than two hundred poems published, his focus is fiction now. His horror tale "The Button Bin" was a Nebula Award nominee in 2009, and his first short story collection, The Button Bin and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Dagan Books. His first novel, The Black Fire Concerto, is slated to come out from Haunted Star Press, a project helmed by John O'Neill of Black Gate. Mike's short fiction has appeared dozens of places, including Interzone, Weird Tales, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the anthologies Cthulhu's Reign and Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction. He also records a mostly monthly column, "Tour of the Abattoir," for the Tales to Terrify podcast. Admission is FREE.
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  • 8:00 PMArs Nova pres. Odean Pope + Andrew Cyrille
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ars Nova Workshop presents Odean Pope + Andrew Cyrille Odean Pope, tenor saxophone Andrew Cyrille, drums Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a performance by Philadelphia saxophonist Odean Pope and Brooklyn drummer Andrew Cyrille, two avant-garde jazz giants who will play in duo tonight for the first time ever. Odean Pope, who has lived in Philadelphia since he was 10-years-old, began his career performing with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, frequently at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater. He then went on to work with jazz artists such as Jimmy McGriff and Max Roach, and, in the late-1970s, he formed Catalyst, a funk-infused jazz quartet with Philadelphia-based musicians Eddie Green, Sherman Ferguson, and Al Johnson. He is the leader of the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir and the Odean Pope Trio.  About his most recent album, Odean’s List, All About Jazz writes that it “is a compelling reminder of Pope’s relevance as a composer and improviser, one whose talent deserves greater recognition.” Andrew Cyrille, a Brooklyn-born drummer with Haitian roots, has worked with Coleman Hawkins, Milford Graves, Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Reggie Workman, and Marilyn Crispell. Cyrille was a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, and he played on Taylor recordings such as Unit Structures and Conquistador, as well as other essential free-jazz albums, like Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and Marion Brown’s Afternoon of a Georgia Faun. In January, Cyrille’s 21st Century Big Band, a 12-piece ensemble that performs its leader’s compositions, played for the first time at Lincoln Center, in New York City. Admission is FREE
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  • 8:30 PMIN THE SANCTUARY! Invert!, all-new aerial dance theater
  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM MAY 16, 17, and 18! Tangle Movement Arts presents Invert!, an evening of all-new aerial dance theater from Philadelphia's interdisciplinary circus artists. Combining vertical flirtation, glittery sequins, feminist history, and a cordless power drill, Invert! premieres at the majestic Sanctuary at The Rotunda on May 16-18, 2013. Tangle's seven-woman cast travels through simmering duets, a torch-song trapeze solo, a celebration of campy drag traditions, and a tribute to Rosie the Riveter complete with on-stage power tools. Tangle's kaleidoscope of bodies merge, fall apart, and climb to the Rotunda's 40-foot ceilings, interspersed with tango solos by Julliard-trained violinist Caeli Smith. On Thursday May 16th, Friday May 17th, and Saturday May 18th at 8:30pm, Tangle will bring its new work to the historic and rarely seen Sanctuary at The Rotunda. You are invited to this one-of-a-kind premiere. Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus, whose work integrates traditional circus like aerial acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music. Tangle's work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience. Flying Kite Media says, "This company tells a story in silks and syllables, giving new meaning to rising action." Founded in Philadelphia in 2011, Tangle members have studied performance and trained circus arts at schools from around the world to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Photo by Anne Saint Peter. Please enter on Walnut Street. Admission is $10-$15. Tickets: http://invert.brownpapertickets.com/ www.tangle-arts.com/invert facebook.com/tangle.arts
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  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. THE WIDOW'S JOY listening & talk with Ian Nagoski
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Join us for Ian Nagoski's new lecture, titled The Widow's Joy: Pride, Genius, Grief & Lies from International 78rpm Recordings, seamlessly presents recordings from the the mid-1910s to 1950 across a wide geographic area. Musicians, famous and obscure, "classical" and "folk" alike are presented side-by-side as Nagoski describes one life after another of a creative person whose biography was marked by displacement, tragic circumstance, great opportunity, and forces of history beyond their control. In the process, Nagoski shares rarely-heard and deeply touching performances, some joyous and some heartbreaking, while asking questions about the value of life and meaning of music. ABOUT THE ARTIST Record producer, music researcher, and writer Ian Nagoski specializes in early 20th century recordings in languages other than English. In the past five years, he has produced collections for the Dust-to-Digital, Tompkins Square, Important, and Em record labels, as well as his own Canary imprint (manufactured and distributed by Mississippi Records of Portland, OR). In the past 12 months, he has produced six new LPs of music from India, Anatoalia, Greece, the Levant, and Eastern Europe, as well as a "global view of the rise of rock n roll, 1942-61." Admission is FREE
  • 8:30 PMIN THE SANCTUARY! Invert!, an evening of all-new aerial dance theater
  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM MAY 16, 17, and 18!Tangle Movement Arts presents Invert!, an evening of all-new aerial dance theater from Philadelphia's interdisciplinary circus artists. Combining vertical flirtation, glittery sequins, feminist history, and a cordless power drill, Invert! premieres at the majestic Sanctuary at The Rotunda on May 16-18, 2013. Tangle's seven-woman cast travels through simmering duets, a torch-song trapeze solo, a celebration of campy drag traditions, and a tribute to Rosie the Riveter complete with on-stage power tools. Tangle's kaleidoscope of bodies merge, fall apart, and climb to the Rotunda's 40-foot ceilings, interspersed with tango solos by Julliard-trained violinist Caeli Smith. On Thursday May 16th, Friday May 17th, and Saturday May 18th at 8:30pm, Tangle will bring its new work to the historic and rarely seen Sanctuary at The Rotunda. You are invited to this one-of-a-kind premiere. Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus, whose work integrates traditional circus like aerial acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music. Tangle's work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience. Flying Kite Media says, "This company tells a story in silks and syllables, giving new meaning to rising action." Founded in Philadelphia in 2011, Tangle members have studied performance and trained circus arts at schools from around the world to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Photo by Anne Saint Peter. Please enter on Walnut Street. Admission is $10-$15. Tickets:http://invert.brownpapertickets.com/ www.tangle-arts.com/invert facebook.com/tangle.arts
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  • 6:00 PMPhilly Youth Poetry Night and Open Mic returns!
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Every 3rd Saturday of the month PYPM hosts a youth-led open mic and poetry slam for teens to come and share their work in a safe, uncensored environment. Teens who participate in the slams earn points to qualify for the PYPM Slam Team, which competes at annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival and Slam held in various cities across the U.S with over 50 other youth poetry teams from around the world. Interested in slamming or signing up for the open mic? See Slam Rules/Schedule, and Registration for full details. Time: 6PM sharp (doors open at 5:45PM) Admission: $10 adults, $7 youth and students ($5 for students who attend PYPM workshop elsewhere earlier that day) Contact: Perry Divirgilio, perry@pypm215.org
  • 8:30 PMIN THE SANCTUARY! Invert!, all-new aerial dance theater
  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM MAY 16, 17, and 18! Tangle Movement Arts presents Invert!, an evening of all-new aerial dance theater from Philadelphia's interdisciplinary circus artists. Combining vertical flirtation, glittery sequins, feminist history, and a cordless power drill, Invert! premieres at the majestic Sanctuary at The Rotunda on May 16-18, 2013. Tangle's seven-woman cast travels through simmering duets, a torch-song trapeze solo, a celebration of campy drag traditions, and a tribute to Rosie the Riveter complete with on-stage power tools. Tangle's kaleidoscope of bodies merge, fall apart, and climb to the Rotunda's 40-foot ceilings, interspersed with tango solos by Julliard-trained violinist Caeli Smith. On Thursday May 16th, Friday May 17th, and Saturday May 18th at 8:30pm, Tangle will bring its new work to the historic and rarely seen Sanctuary at The Rotunda. You are invited to this one-of-a-kind premiere. Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus, whose work integrates traditional circus like aerial acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music. Tangle's work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience. Flying Kite Media says, "This company tells a story in silks and syllables, giving new meaning to rising action." Founded in Philadelphia in 2011, Tangle members have studied performance and trained circus arts at schools from around the world to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Photo by Anne Saint Peter. Please enter on Walnut Street. Admission is $10-$15. Tickets:http://invert.brownpapertickets.com/ www.tangle-arts.com/invert facebook.com/tangle.arts
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  • 8:30 PMSparhawkin'/ Sol & Kiel/ Ricardo Lagomasino Trio/ Jonathan Pfeffer
  • 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM Sparhawkin' (http://jessesparhawk.bandcamp.com) Jesse Sparhawk is composer, improviser, and harpist whose work spans the realms of experimental music, folk, psychedelic rock, modern classical, and dance. Sparhawk has worked with Duane Pitre, Larkin Grimm, Fern Knight, Eric Carbonara, The Valerie Project, Timesbold, Marissa Nadler, and Greg Weeks (of Espers). Sparhawk has performed at other notable venues including Carnegie Hall, MoMA in NYC, the Castro Theatre in SF, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Sparhawk is joined this evening by Peterson Goodwyn on drums and Zachary Wexler on drums and keyboard. Sol & Kiel (http://solandkiel.bandcamp.com) Boston scene veterans Tobey LaRoche and Michael Harrist formed Sol & Kiel to carve out a highly crafted space in which song, instrumental composition, and improvisation coexist. Roaming through various musical landscapes, the ensemble performs on acoustic instruments from all over the world including Malian balafon, Navajo flute, Ugandan adungu, Nepalese bells, Indian shruti box, and a plethora of percussion instruments. Sol & Kiel synthesize these textures with delicate chamber-like conversation within various western folk traditions including fiddle music, avant-garde jazz, and American songcraft. Ricardo Lagomasino Trio (http://www.ricardolagomasino.com) Ricardo Lagomasino is a drummer known for his adaptability. He exists within many different musical spheres. He has toured and recorded extensively with his co-led brutal punk, free jazz trio Many Arms, whose most recent album was released by Tzadik. He played on Fugazi bassist Joe Lally's second self-titled record and has done every one of his North American tours since 2007. From 2005 to 2008, Ricardo toured and recorded with Capillary Action, whose sound dipped into just about every musical genre imaginable. He recently joined Washington, DC's Deleted Scenes and will be on their next record to be released by Park the Van. Other projects include RL3, a trio that plays his own compositions, The Sea Around Us, Split Red, Adventuredrum!, Lagomasino/Fishkin, and many others. Jonathan Pfeffer (http://www.soundcloud.com/jpfeffer) Best known for leading avant-pop ensemble Capillary Action, Jonathan Pfeffer is a composer/singer/guitarist currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Jon's solo classical guitar and voice music abstracts autobiographical narratives into poignant "story-songs" that flirt openly with both thematic and harmonic dissonance. Expect anecdotes, Sphinx-worthy riddles, and probably some group therapy. Please bring a donation ($5 suggested) to help the local and touring musicians!
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  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon pres. Tim Motzer, Melting Transistor, and Kohoutek
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon Series presents Tim Motzer, Melting Transistor, and Kohoutek Tim Motzer finds infinite joy in diversity. His output as a leader and sideman crisscrosses multiple musical universes, including jazz, fusion, prog, hip-hop, soul, electronica, and the avantgarde. Motzer gets to explore these genres and the intersections between them via his ubiquitous presence in the wildly deep and varied Philly scene, where he can be found working with the likes of DJ/Producer King Britt, spoken word/hip-hop artist Ursula Rucker, and jazz-fusion bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, just to name a few. He also traverses manifold territories through the many albums released on his own 1k Recordings label, including the expansive, laidback song forms of Nucultures, the crunchy jazz-funk of Jazzheads, and the solo soundscapes of his Tilomo alias among others. Melting Transistor -  Juan Garces - synths, effects, mixing, percussion Gethin Lewis - guitar and Floyd Bledsoe - synths, effects, complaining Kohoutek -Improvised Psych with Noise Tendancies and Abstraction AND June 14th - Mikronesia, Jesse Kudler & Park-Kane Michael McDermott (Mikronesia) is a Philadelphia based composer, musician and producer. His musical tentacles extend into eight sound disciplines: ambient/soundscape recordings and performance, music for dance, music for films, interactive and static sound/media installations, playing keyboards in musical ensembles, composing music for electro-acoustic ensembles, producing other musicians in the studio and the creation of musical/sound design software. Since the early 2000s Michael has been an active member of the Philaelphia electronic music scene. He has hosted a recurring open forum improvisational electronic music event (now called SHARE Philly) at various venues for the past 10 years. He has played keyboards in live electronic music based bands such as Gemini Wolf and Robots in Disguise. Michael is a co-founder of the Philadelphia based label and music collective, earSnake. He also performs, writes and produces in the electronic music ensemble Gemini Wolf with Megan Cauley. Since its inception in 2005,Gemini Wolf has performed throughout the US and Europe and released five albums on earSnake. As a solo performer, Michael performs under the moniker Mikronesia on piano and electronics. He has performed in major cities around the world including New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris and London. Michael has scored music and sound design for dozens of choreographers over the years. He has created original music scores for movement-based artists such as Perpetual Mvmt<>Snd, Here Begin Dance, Ring Dance Theater, Jaamil Kosoko and Nora Gibson Performance Group. Jesse Kudler- Born 1979, improvises on guitar, electronics, radios, and tapes and makes solo performance pieces and the occasional sound installation. Kudler lives in Philadelphia.  Current and "recent" projects include: live music with film; sound installation; a duo with Chandan Narayan; a duo with Ian Fraser; HZL, an environmental electronics duo with Tim Albro; duos with Chris Cogburn and Christian Weber; Benito Cereno (with Dustin Hurt, Chandan Narayan, Tim Albro, and Ian Fraser); Tweeter, a treble-intensive noise trio with Alex Nagle and Eli Litwin; and various ad hoc groupings.  Kudler is the co-founder and co-Director (with Ian Fraser) of the Philadelphia Sound Forum. He performed as part of the 2012-13 Cage: Beyond Silence festival, 2011 Sonic Circuits Festival, 2010 No Idea Festival, 2008 Dartmouth Festival of New Musics, and the 2007 Phoneme Festival. NB: "Kudler" rhymes with “muddler.”  Many friends refer to him as "the Kud." The Event Horizon concert series is a Philadelphia, PA based concert series featuring Ambient, Electronic, Experimental and Space Music. Admission is FREE
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  • 9:00 AMThe Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational - TAKII 15 ~GLAMAZASIANS
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII) Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis. ABOUT TAKII 15 ~GLAMAZASIANS~ Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These are the 4 most precious qualities one can embody in their own personal pursuits of TAKII-fied infamy. Are you ready to be served up Asian fusion festival realness in all of its fiercest forms in our quest to celebrate the most dynamic femme fatales in Asian culture fandom HERstory? If so, "shantay you stay"! TAKII 15 ~GlamazASIANS~ will be taking place from Philly, PA's The Rotunda on May 25th & 26th, 2013 (with hours of operation slated to be 9:00am - 11:00pm on both days). Our inner-lights collectively shine bright & our souls burn with a passion for Asian culture fandom that is simply 2nd to none. No matter what shade you are on the outside, we promise to bring out your inner-glamazASIAN for the world to see! Admission is $15. Pre-registration discounts are available. Visit http://takii.pdnmz.com/ for more info.
  • 6:00 PM40th ST Summer Series kicks off w/ Brooklyn Qawwali Party (performing music of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) +
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM All concerts will be held at the 40th Street Field, the beautiful green space adjacent to the Walnut West Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets. All shows begin at 6pm. THESE SHOWS ARE NOT AT THE ROTUNDA. For Immediate Release Contact: Mark Christman, University City District, 215-243-0555 or mark@universitycity.org EXPANDED 40TH STREET SUMMER SERIES KICKS OFF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND with Brooklyn Qawwali Party (performing & reworking music of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)! (Philadelphia, PA) - University of Pennsylvania, University City District (UCD), and The Rotunda are pleased to announce the 2013 (and newly-expanded!) concert calendar for the annual 40th Street Summer Series, the free outdoor performance series in University City. Scheduled for the last Saturdays in May to September, the 40th Street Summer Series will transform the 40th Street Field into a family-friendly center of global sounds and good vibrations. These free outdoor performances will feature internationally-renowned ensembles including Brooklyn Qawwali Party (performing/reworking the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), the whimsicalPhiladelphia Ukulele Orchestra, the Millennial Territory Orchestra (performing the music of Sly and The Family Stone), Spaceship Aloha(featuring Man Man's Chris Powell), and more to be announced. All concerts will be held at the 40th Street Field, the beautiful green space adjacent to the Walnut West Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets. All shows begin at 6pm. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/155368037956719/ Complimentary (first come, first served) Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and pretzels will also be given out during the performances. Saturday May 25 | Brooklyn Qawwali Party Brooklyn Qawwali Party is a thunderous 11-piece brass band from NYC that reworks 700 year-old Pakistani Sufi Music (called Qawwali; think gospel music goes to Pakistan) into a sound that gets folks dancing, shaking, sweating, and even whirling! Paying tribute to one of the world's great vocalists, BQP formed to honor the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, reworking his thunderous songs for this eclectic orchestra. Funky, smart, and loving, BQP captures the joyful spirit of this Pakistani folk music in a unique instrumental blend of jazz and Qawwali. It's a good time, it's from the heart, and it's like nothing you've ever heard. A singer does not acquire the nickname "The Voice From Heaven" for no good reason. And anyone that has ever heard Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan knows this moniker to be fitting. Yet Nusrat was more than a singer; he was an ambassador of Sufi/Islamic culture and art, as well as the modern seed of a seven-hundred-year-old lineage of qawwali singers. In his all-too-brief life, he transformed the folk music of Pakistan into something ready for - some would say craved by - global audiences. While alive Nusrat attained the stature and respect of artists like Bob Marley and Fela Kuti, and yet, outside of his own forward-thinking projects (alongside Michael Brook, Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder), little has evolved the qawwali form. Until we consider Brooklyn Qawwali Party, that is. Qawwali music, which includes a deceptively simple arrangement of harmonium, tablas, handclaps and numerous vocalists, is extremely complex in presentation. The music is not, however, complicated to listen to. Audiences are immediately drawn in by the lush textures of vocals, and the repetitive themes underlying each song, which may last for fifteen or twenty minutes. Like life, qawwals create songs that move in waves and express numerous and contradictory emotions simultaneously. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote "[BQP's] the most innovative adaptation of [Qawwali legend] Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's music yet." Full article:  http://tinyurl.com/7rypvx9 Opening the evening will be Members of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture's resident takht ensemble: Hafez El Ali Kotain, an accomplished master percussionist, is fluent in both Arab and Latin rhythms -  a fluency he honed in his native countries of Syria and Venezuela. He began studying the doumbek in Syria at the age of seven, first performed on stage at age nine, and went on to study with master Syrian percussionist Hady Jazan, winning the national percussion competitions in Syria for five consecutive years. In Venezuela he studied percussion at the TMV Institute for Music in Valencia, where he also taught a variety of percussion styles blending Arab and Latino music to youth. Kotain has toured with Syrian singer George Wassouf in Canada and the US, and has performed in Philadelphia with acclaimed artist Sting and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kotain has worked with Al-Bustan for over four years as a performer and teacher in various school and community-based programs. Kinan Idnawi joined the High Music Institute in Damascus, Syria in 2003 where he studied oud with Azerbaijani expert Askar Ali Akbar and graduated in 2008. Idnawi has since accompanied Marcel Khalife in his Al-Mayadeen Ensemble in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Austria, and Lebanon, and has played with the Qatar Philharmonic, under the direction of world renowned Maestro Lorin Maazel. He toured with the Qatar Philharmonic in 2009, and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Theater des Champs-Elysees in Paris, La Scala in Milan, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo where he played the Arabian Concerto composed by Marcel Khalife. In 2009, he won first place in the International Oud Competition in Beirut, Lebanon. The 40th Street Summer Series is sponsored by AroundPhilly, BenFM, Ben & Jerry's, Campus Philly, Philadelphia City Paper, Daily Pennsylvanian, Grid Magazine, Homewood Suites, Philly Pretzel Factory, Metro, Philadelphia Weekly, Philly Fun Guide, UC Review, UCNet, and the University of Pennsylvania. Visit the official website for the 2013 40th Street Summer Series: http://universitycity.org/40th-street-summer-series
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  • 9:00 AMThe Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational - ABOUT TAKII 15 ~GLAMAZASIANS~
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM ABOUT THE ASIAN KARAOKE IDOL INVITATIONAL (TAKII) Established in February 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival. Featuring 2 main seasons & numerous other co-branded events & performances throughout each year, it's filled with a diverse multitude of "Festivities" well-suited for people from all walks of life & fandom. With maverick innovations, such as "Project "DATTE"" ("Delivering Assistance To The Extreme"), the Team TAKII Coalition (a distinguished group of our most passionate supporters & outreach volunteers), & the TAKII World Tour (a traveling & customizable entertainment experience for individuals & organizations alike), it entertains, inspires, & enriches the lives of its fans worldwide on a continuous basis. ABOUT TAKII 15 ~GLAMAZASIANS~ Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These are the 4 most precious qualities one can embody in their own personal pursuits of TAKII-fied infamy. Are you ready to be served up Asian fusion festival realness in all of its fiercest forms in our quest to celebrate the most dynamic femme fatales in Asian culture fandom HERstory? If so, "shantay you stay"! TAKII 15 ~GlamazASIANS~ will be taking place from Philly, PA's The Rotunda on May 25th & 26th, 2013 (with hours of operation slated to be 9:00am - 11:00pm on both days). Our inner-lights collectively shine bright & our souls burn with a passion for Asian culture fandom that is simply 2nd to none. No matter what shade you are on the outside, we promise to bring out your inner-glamazASIAN for the world to see! Admission is $15. Pre-registration discounts are available. Visithttp://takii.pdnmz.com/ for more info.
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  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM (nearly every last Thursday) new time: 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. This month features a huge b boy battle!! Admission is $3
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  • 7:30 PMAn evening of Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Fire Museum Presents:

    An evening of Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music with

    Bhuvana Kannan (Veena)– with accompaniment by: Aparna Kannan (Veena) Dr. Laxmisha M Sridhar (Mrudangam) Subhang Srinivasan (Ghatam) Bhuvanna Kannan: Bhuvana Kannan had initial training in veena from Smt. Subadhra Ramadurai and advanced training from the late Tiruvarur Smt. Alamelu Ammal & late Tiruvarur S. Balasubramanium (an A grade artist from Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India). She is well known for her melodious music, great command over the divine instrument through different slides, gamakas, varying strokes and unique fingering techniques and adherence to tradition.

    Bhuvana Kannan was selected as a Veena Artiste by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram, and performed at many prestigious sabhas (fine arts events) in India. She has performed many concerts for Doordharshan TV, India for music & Bharathanatyam dance programs. She formed the Pancha veena group & the Tristate vainika group. She also organizes Veena Festivals in Tristate area.

    Aparna Kannan: Aparna Kannan has been learning veena from her mother Mrs. Bhuvana Kannan since childhood. She is a well known veena artist in the NY/NJ area. She has performed many solo concerts, accompanied her mother and performed many duet concerts. She is also part of Pancha Veena Group, and has won competitions in NJ and Cleveland. She is also a vocalist and was initially trained by Pooja Satish, Aparna Satish and advanced vocal lessons from Smt. Sulochana Sampath. Dr. Laxmisha M. Sridhar: Dr. Laxmisha M. Sridhar is a scientist by profession, who has multidimensional artistic interests. He was initiated to music at a very young age in the form of Yakshagana by his musician parents. Dr. Sridhar was relatively late to enter the world of Carnatic music in his twenties as a student and performer. He was trained in mrudangam by Bangalore Praveen (disciple of Palghat Mani Iyer) for several years while pursuing his Ph.D. degree at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Over the past several years, Dr. Sridhar has performed for several concerts, Jugalbandhis (duets) and Bharatanatyam dance programs. He has accompanied local artists and several visiting artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Maharajapuram Ramachandran, Pattabhiram Pandit and Vidyabhushana and Nagavalli Nagaraj from Bangalore. Subhang Srinivasan: Subhang is a well known Ghatam artist in the NY/NJ area and has been learning south Indian percussion since 2001, from Sankara Academy of music and arts, founded by ghatam maestro Sri. Subash Chandran. He had his ghatam arangetram in August 2009, where he accompanied eminent violin vidwan Sri. Vittal Ramamurthy. Since then Subhang has performed in numerous concerts accompanying seasoned artists such as Sri. Maharajapuram Srinivasan, Sri. Delhi Sunderrajan and Sri. TS Krishnamurthi and several tri-state artists in vocal and instrumental concerts in the U.S. He has also performed as ghatam accompanist in various sabhas during 2010 and 2011 December music seasons in Chennai, India.

    Admission is FREE

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