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  • 6:00 PM the Black Owned Oratory Movement (BOOM) presents “Behind the Funny Dancing Words” with Spoken Word performers Ronald Cook, Brooklyn Gab, Rhythm, Traverse, Knoni B and Funnyman Trademark.
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  the Black Owned Oratory Movement (BOOM) presents “Behind the Funny Dancing Words” with Spoken Word  performers Ronald Cook, Brooklyn Gab, Rhythm, Traverse, Knoni B and Funnyman Trademark. (484-838-8902)
  • 7:00 PMPoetic Ventures Presents "The 2014 Philadelphia Black Poetry Honors".
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    part of Black Arts Week 2014 (April 26th – May 3rd)

    Poetic Ventures Presents "The 2014 Philadelphia Black Poetry Honors".  

    Bestselling, awardwinning and critically acclaimed writers, poets and spoken word recording artists scheduled to be honored or serve as performance presenters include Dr. Kimmika Williams, Lamont Steptoe, Lois Moses, Eric Webb, Stephanie Renee, Ed Shockley, Black Ice , K.D. Morris, Dr. Maurice Henderson, Supreme Dow, Dwayne Reid and Dujuan Williams, Wadud Ahmed, Christal Brinson, Tyrone Highsmith, Euware Osayande,  Runett Nia Ebo, Anwar El, In the Company of Poets co-founders Pat McLean, Nish Pugh, Debra Powell, Bill Holmes, Thelma Shelton Robinson, Ayanna Traylor, J. Michael Harrison,  Tiffany Bacon, Bobby Collier, Ron Carter, Kyree 'Superstar' Mitchell, Lamont 'Napalm' Dixon, Ed Coleman, Ronnie Way,  Keno Speller, Selvin Gordon, Kelly Miller with host Just Greg (featured on CNN and HBO).  Special Guest is Marvin X, co-founder of the Black Arts Movement and a special salute to Sonia Sanchez and PEW Fellowship Awardees. A Free buffet includes meet and greet with bestseller Dr. Neal Hall  RSVP or for inquiries contact osay121@msn.com and 215-868-7521 or 215-254-9314 and mauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com. Further details can be obtained at www.2deep2.com.

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  • 7:00 PMDollarboyz Spring Take Off all-ages dance
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    DOLLARBOYZ 

    presents

    SPRING TAKEOFF PARTY (ALL-AGES)

    $10 ADMISSION (STAY UNTIL 9PM)

    $5 XTRA FOR VIP (STAY UNTIL 11PM)

    DOLLARBOYZ SUPER SAVINGS SALE

    $5 DollarBoyz Mixtape

    $15 Original DollarBoyz Shirts (2) $25

    $15 DollarBoyz Skullies

    $25 DollarBoyz Sweatshirts (2) $40

    $30 DollarBoyz Hoodies (2) $50

    # Turn Down for Whaaat Sweatshirts (1)$30 (2)$50

    # ImDaMan Skullies $15

    Dollar Boyz is a fulltime youth-led movement that provides services to all ages. Partnering with Y-NOT (YOUTH NOW ON TOP), we provide services in many areas including: Entertainment, Creative & Performing Arts, Sports, Advocacy, One on One mentoring, Educational Guidance, and Drug Prevention & Intervention.

    Every day we are constantly exercising these services by keeping our members safely off the streets, involved and active. We have daily group outings, where we get together and go places such as: Movies Theaters, Restaurants, Amusement Parks, Parties, Cookouts, Swimming, Arcades, Bowling, and Community Events.

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  • 2:00 PMThe Rita Jones Dance Company pres. The Bad Seed + Diana the Huntress and Lady Macbeth
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    The Rita Jones Dance Company returns to The Rotunda to present beautiful modern dance!

    THE BAD SEED

    Also

    Diana the Huntress

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    Lady MacbethAdmission: $5 general admission; $2 senior citizens. All proceeds go to St. Jude's Cancer Research Center

  • 8:00 PMThe Archer Spade Performance Series pres. Keir Neuringer and Devin Hoff
  • Thumb 1801165 10151976465632063 5504263059120689511 o 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM The Archer Spade Performance Series presentsKeir Neuringer – record release show for his new solo alto saxophone album, Ceremonies Out of the AirandDevin Hoff – solo bassCEREMONIES OUT OF THE AIR, a double LP of solo saxophone improvisations, will be released on New Atlantis in April 2014. Recorded in a single session, CEREMONIES is a 79-minute technical, conceptual, and emotional tour-de-force, setting prodigious use of the circular breathing technique in relief against a wealth of compositional history and sonic terrain.Keir Neuringer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who is involved in creative arts communities in Poland, Holland, and the US. He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text. After training as a composer and jazz saxophonist in the US, he spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow. He then moved to The Hague, where he curated performative audiovisual art and earned a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. He now lives in Philadelphia and continues to travel widely to present his work, collaborating closely with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang, and Julius Masri, among many others.Devin Hoff is a musician and songwriter born in Colorado whose main instruments are double bass and bass guitar. He has worked in many musical contexts and with a wide array of jazz, free jazz, avant-garde rock, and folk musicians. Some musicians and bands he has worked closely with include: Nels Cline, Vijay Iyer, Xiu Xiu, Carla Bozulich, Ben Goldberg, Ken Vandermark, Howard Wiley and Good for Cows. He has been based in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and is currently based in Philadelphia.Admission is FREE; Donations will be encouraged at the door.
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  • 6:45 PM The 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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  • 7:00 PMPoet-Tree En Motion Spring Fire Lights the Night & Lunar Celebrations!
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    Poet-tree En Motion

    2014 Winter & Spring Performance Series!

    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, live painting & VJ projections… 

    Plus an Open Mic/Stage & Jam Sessions!

    Featuring:

    May 7th: Spring Fire Lights the Night & Lunar Celebrations!

    • Armour Sisters/Angela & Michelle (Fire Dance & Flow Arts) a dynamic 

    sister duo, passionate about fire dance, flow & healing arts, plus writing & performing original music in their band Silver Skies. Michelle and Angela Armour have long had a passion for the path of healing expression through movement and music, their songwriting and musicianship currently expressed through their Philly-based band, Silver Skies. Angela is a certified Hooping With Kids instructor who connects with people of all ages, and Michelle is a yoga instructor and licensed massage therapist.

    facebook.com/silverskiesrise 

    • Bill Fieger (Live Experimental Music) This marks my 35th year as a 

    Guitar player. When I started this journey I had no idea where it would take me. As a teenager my dreams of playing in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands came true how cool is that? After I got tired of playing in rock bands I decided on a more personal approach to music. Composing electronic music under the name Oblivious Solitude. Later I was performing and recording with Heather Lind as Stares to Nowhere. I’ve also performed with Mike Hunter as Mayakara, as well as recording and performing solo acoustic music, sometimes modifying and creating new instruments to take the music to new places. 

    facebook.com/william.fieger.39 

    • Kalamandir Dance Company (Dance) a contemporary dance ensemble

    that uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression. Instead of diminishing the foundation of our classical styles, we look to investigate their communicative potential when merged with Western dance traditions. Using Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Capoeira, Flamenco, Modern and Ballet training, our dancers collaboratively converse with movement and create dialogue with expression. We are driven by creativity, human emotions, and a desire to be released from the four walls of our daily existence. Our movement vocabulary is a collective effort that aims to create a reachable area for all people to participate and communicate. Artistic Director, Malabika Guha presents the piece “The Love That Remains”. Based on the Portuguese word “saudades,” this piece explores the fervent state of longing by channeling the painful sweetness of remembering a loved one from whom we have been separated while reveling in the joy that they may return (see link above for more info)! 

    kalamandirdanceco.com 

    • Jan Jefferies & M.O.M./Music Over Matter (Live Song &

    Percussion) made up of a group of dedicated women from many walks of life, who feel and express the profound rhythm which beats within us all. M.O.M. takes special pleasure in embracing the participation of all the children of the universe. Under the expert tutelage of Founder and percussionist, Jan Jeffries, the group shares their hearts and souls with each other, while exploring the universal love of tradition buried deep in their essence by the wisdom of countless ancient ones. 

    facebook.com/jan.jeffries

    • Lauren Raske (Fire Dance) A fire dancer in Philadelphia that started

    performing professionally in 2006. She studied the science of fire under the Amazing Barry Silver, master of the seven deadly acts and is constantly in awe with the contemporary evolution of the arts & community. She has had the honor to perform with some of the best artists locally, nationally, and internationally. An expert of a multitude of tools and props [poi, fans, hoop, double staves, buugeng, fire breathing, fire eating, torches, etc.] her fire shows captivate people in a wide variety of settings and celebrations from intimate private parties to main stages at 40,000+ attendee festivals, and everything in between. In support of the progression of the craft I also teach workshops and private/semi-private clients about fire safety and flow techniques for several tools and produce large scale showcases. She has recently began experimenting with filming and am exploring fire arts installations so stay tuned for more exiting things!

    laurenonfire.com

    • Oriental Fitness Institute (T’ai Chi Chuan Demonstration) dedicated to

    helping students implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing information about different kinds of exercise and diet, a program is designed to meet each individual's specific needs.  The practices draw on the wisdom and practices of both ancient and modern traditions. East & West Come Together To Maximize overall Health & Well-being.

    orientalfitnessinstitute.com  

    • Plum Dragoness/a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke (Flow Arts & Fire Dance) 

    Native to West Philadelphia, Plum is a multi-talented thespian, dancer, martial artist, instructor, poetess and writer who has been involved with performing arts since childhood. She is known for her poetic style, vocal performance, fire dance, flow arts and choreographic flair throughout Philadelphia and abroad. Over the past 15 years, she as toured not only as a solo artist but also as founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director with groups like Archedream & Be Tru Dance Crew among many others. She has also independently released 2 albums of original work with the project Plum Dragoness & the Elements, known for its fusion of multi-media, live world beat musical infusions & spoken word vocals & lyrical poetry. In addition, Plum is the resident performance artist & organizer for the ongoing community performing arts series known as Poet-tree En Motion, since 2007 at The Rotunda! 

    plumdragoness.com

    • Steve Shorts (Live Painting Artist) a former assistant painter for the

    Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. In New York City he worked on murals as an apprentice for Colossal Media and Skyhigh Murals (the largest hand-paint ad company in the United States).  While in New York, Steve also completed community art projects for non-profits including Covenant House and the United Way. Between 2007 and 2008, Steve was an event volunteer at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), an arts non-profit owned and operated by world famous artist Alex Grey.  In 2009, Steve left New York City and moved to Wappingers Falls, New York to work at CoSM full-time as a chapel builder. After leaving CoSM in late 2010, Steve moved to Philadelphia, where he has worked on commercial and residential properties all over Philadelphia, Bucks County, and New Jersey.  He has painted commercial advertisements and signs in New York, Newark, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.  He has live painted, body painted, and shown his work at events all over Philadelphia and New York.  Steve currently lives and creates at the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum.

    www.Steveshorts.com

    • Text Rich/a.k.a. Ali Richardson (Live Music, Songs, Raps & Scats) an

    artist of many talents and gifts. His musical mastery includes working with traditional acoustic and electric instruments such as djimbe, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and more. His range of vocal interpretation covers singing, emceeing, beat boxing, scatting, and performing poetry. Text Rich’s musical background started with Hip Hop music as it developed through the 80’s and 90’s and once introduced to the guitar he took to learning blues, jazz, rock, and funk. He brings all these elements of music and expression to the stage, to classrooms where he teaches music, and in the community as a known griot/troubadour openly sharing musical inspirations with others. Known well in the community as Ali Richardson, Text enjoys spending a large portion of his time creating musical learning experiences for all ages. He is also committed to providing quality educational experiences for youth through workshops and classroom education. 

    reverbnation.com/textrichmusicrich 

    • VJ Spooky-this Philadelphia based VJ enhances events w/ a multimedia

    experience!

    facebook.com/vjspooky 

    *Facebook Group for Poet-tree En Motion: facebook.com/groups/116980678334215

    *Facebook Event for Poet-tree En Motion on 5/7: facebook.com/events/602099869860616 

    Admission is FREE but donations are always appreciated!

    AND THEN... June 4th: Summer Solar Festivities & Plum Dragoness Fundraising Activities!  

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  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault screens The Penalty (1920) and The Unscarred (2000)
  • 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.**** 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. Woz, Audio Mace, PYXL8R
  • Thumb may 9 2014 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon Series presents 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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  • 12:00 PMNever Forget May 13, 1985! See the award winning new documentary ‘Let the Fire Burn’
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Never Forget May 13, 1985!

    Saturday, May 10th. 12-4pm

    Never forget that the Philadelphia police and US government dropped a bomb in West Philadelphia to deliberately murder MOVE members, killing 11 people and burning down an entire neighborhood.

    The police bombing of MOVE was a direct result of MOVE’s uncompromising fight for the release of the M O V E 9 - political prisoners serving 30-100 year sentences since 1978. In 1985 the government murdered 11 people to stop the fight for the MOVE 9 and to try to stop the MOVE Organization. The MOVE 9 are still in prison today and justice demands their release. Come learn about what led to the infamous events of May, 1985 and what you can do to push for justice!

    *Hear an update on the case of the MOVE 9 and find out how you can join in the latest campaign for their freedom

    *See the award-winning new documentary ‘Let the Fire Burn’

    About the film: On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE. The resulting fire was not fought for over an hour although firefighters were on the scene with water cannons in place. Five children and six adults were killed and sixty-one homes were destroyed by the six-alarm blaze, one of the largest in the city's history. This dramatic tragedy unfolds through an extraordinary visual record previously withheld from the public. It is a graphic illustration of how prejudice, intolerance and fear can lead to unthinkable acts of violence.

    onamove.com * onamovellja@aol.com * (215) 386-1165

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  • 6:30 PMSeeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self: Theatre of the Oppressed workshop 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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  • 6:30 PMSeeing the Mask—Work-self vs. Home-self: Theatre of the Oppressed workshop 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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  • 8:00 PMG. Calvin Weston's Flying Colors
  • Thumb 1980529 844991122184658 898421712 o 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Mr. Weston brings a Funk Groovadelic Extravaganza to The Rotunda for a special one night event.With:G. Calvin Westondrums/percussionDavid DzubinskikeyboardsElliot GarlandbassTim MotzerguitarsAdmission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMNakatani Gong Orchestra; Bowerbird Presents GATE series
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    NAKATANI GONG ORCHESTRA ten gong ensembleTATSUYA NAKATANI solo percussion set

    ABOUT THE EVENT Vibrating metal. Glacial ambiance. Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani returns to Philadelphia for a solo set and to lead a performance of the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO) - an ensemble of 10 gongs played by local musicians and conducted by Natakatani. Anyone who has seen Nakatani perform live should be familiar with his skill in manipulating metal discs of all shapes and sizes, and as the director of the NGO, he uses the same techniques on a larger scale, creating rich expanses of sound that ripple and flow like the most seductive of Richard Serra's oversized and oxidated steel sculptures. Nakatani and his orchestra use hand-made bows and mallets to create a sonorous mass of imposing intensity and beautifully wavering mirage. The bowing and gentle striking of the gongs creates a shimmering sheen in constant motion, using the instrument's inherently complex chorus of overtones to construct a dense canvas of ever-evolving sound. The sizeable heft of the sound isn't enough to keep it from floating on air, a copper-toned aurora against a backdrop of endless black. ABOUT THE ARTIST Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Tatsuya Nakatani currently resides in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has released over sixty CD recordings in the U.S. and Europe. Since the late 1990s, he has performed primarily as a solo percussionist across the U.S. and overseas and has taught master classes at universities as well as holding workshops and lectures. His N.G.O. performs nationwide. Nakatani's approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding categorization. He creates sound with both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, singing bowls, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.Admission is FREE

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  • 9:00 AM2014 Walk for Animals
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    From The Humane League: Join us for our 6th annual Walk for Animals as we walk to protect all animals from cruelty. On Saturday, May 17th, The Humane League team along with our friends, volunteers and interns and our four legged friends, will walk to raise money to prevent animal suffering. Following the Walk will be the Spring Festival for Animals featuring adoption booths, involvement opportunities, raffle prizes, non-profits and more. More info on the walk: https://www.facebook.com/events/575695149192901

  • 6:00 PMYouth Night Open Mic and Poetry Slam
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM YOUTH NIGHT OPEN MIC & POETRY SLAM (nearly) Every 3rd Saturday of the month, except August and September, PYPM hosts a youth-led open mic and poetry slam for teens to come and share their work in a safe, uncensored environment at The Rotunda. Young people from all over Philadelphia come to express themselves in front of a supportive audience of over 125+ people where they can grab the microphone and be heard! ***Interested in slamming or signing up for the open mic? See Slam Rules/Schedule, and Registration for full details. Date: Every 3rd Saturday from September through June Time: 6PM sharp (doors open at 5:45PM) PYPM YOUTH SLAM TEAM & BRAVE NEW VOICES Teens who participate in the slams earn points to qualify for the semi-final and final slams to make the PYPM Slam Team. Each year PYPM sends a Youth Slam Team to represent Philadelphia at The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival to compete against over 50 other poetry teams from around the world. The festival is held in various cities across the U.S giving teens an opportunity to travel, from Los Angeles to Chicago. Youth poets earn their spot on the team by competing in Youth Night Slams. PYPM won first place at Brave New Voices in 2011 and 2007. Admission: $7 youth and Students with ID / $10 Adults / ($5 for students who attend workshop that day)
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  • 6:00 PMNo Fear, the concert Featuring Philly's next R&B star Kachina
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    No FearThe Concert Philly's next R&B star KACHINA will be performing live and releasing her mix tape+ Performances by:Sage MarquiiisClassic RNSFonte Cruise Tickets: General Admission: $15Students with i.d.: $8Couples: $20For tickets and more info, please call 267-212-6074@mskachina

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  • 6:30 PMWhat is Justice? Theatre of the Oppressed workshop 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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  • 5:00 PMVegan Potluck! Open to all!
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Please join us on Saturday, May 24th for a vegan potluck. Bring your family; children are welcome and encouraged to come. We ask that you please bring a vegan dish. This is open to absolutely everyone but we are especially interested in connecting vegans to each other and to providing non vegans with delicious food and easy recipes.If the weather holds up, we may even take the party outside!

    Admission is FREE; please bring a small dish to share. 

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  • 6:00 PMRaw Preserv: Urban Arts Initiative present #ArtMeet Session 1
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Raw Preserv: Urban Arts Initiative presents the first session of "#ArtMeet"; a series of casual pop-up gatherings geared towards artists and art enthusiasts. 

    Artists of all disciplines are welcome, as well as art lovers of all types. 

    At this casual come-together, the ambient playlist will feature indie music from all over America and the world, presentation of art culture oriented videos, artists sharing and discussing pieces--all in a free-form neighborhood'ly format. 

    Come out to meet new people, to share your creativity, and to learn more about the local world of the arts.

    Admission is a donation amount of your choice; pay what you like.

    RawPreserv@gmail.com

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  • 6:30 PMWhat is Justice? Theatre of the Oppressed workshop 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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  • 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 PMAACM's Thurman Barker with The Sonic 8 & Julius Masri
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    AACM's Thurman Barker with The Sonic 8 & Julius Masri    

    A rare Philly performance...Thurman Barker, founding AACM Member, multi faceted drummer, composer & mallet percussionist joins the Sonic 8 (Sonic Liberation Front's new octet) along with Philly’s Julius Masri in performing: Interaxx – Music for Metals, Membranes and Circuits

    Thurman Barker joins the Sonic 8 in a special performance of new music, and music from their respective repertoires in a mutually unique setting. The evening will unfold with Barker solo works for Marimba, duo works with his former Bard College student Julius Masri (drums & electronics), and with The Sonic 8 and their new octect music. 

    (AAMC’s Thurman Barker)’s work long has epitomized the organization's aesthetic, which merges a quest for innovation with a profound respect for ancient African musical rituals.  Chicago Tribune

    Emerging from the Chicago free scene, a founder member of the AACM, percussionistThurman Barker first played and recorded with fellow Chicagoans Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton, in whose quartet he played in the late 70s. Economic survival meant periods of working in musical pit bands, but joining Cecil Taylor’s Unit in 1986 brought further exposure. Taylor’s dense, polyrhythmic style required the services of someone with an acute sense of structure and an incisive attack; these Barker has in abundance. At the suggestion of Billy Bang, Barker has added the marimba to his armory, playing with exquisite grace and fire on Bang’s exotic The Fire From Within. Mr. Barker is an Associate Professor of Music at Bard College since 1993. He's taught at Creative Music School, Cornish Institute, and American Conservatory of Music. Profiled in Modern Drummer and DownBeat magazines. Recordings with, among others, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and Sam Rivers. 

    Thurman with Cecil Taylor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2j36msUFdo Thurman Barker Website http://www.upteeproductions.comPhoto http://www.allaboutjazz.com//media/large/3/a/d/18e395865bffbd0ef88b31c45020b.jpg

    The Sonic 8 are the new octet subset of Sonic Liberation Front. The new octet brings an open chamber jazz and Afro Cuban Lukumi mix with influences as far afield as Ornette Coleman, Eric Satie, Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons, and Charles Mingus… All under the watchful eyes of the Orishas.

    Sonic 8: Kevin Diehl - bata & drumkit, Matt Engle - bass, Veronic Jurkiewicz - viola, Todd Margasak - cornet, Connor Przybyszewski - trombone, Tom Lowery - percussion & drumkit, Yinka Moore - bata & percussion, Nichola Rivera - bata & percussion

    Julius Masri is a percussionist and circuit bender. He has played in: The Electric Simcha, TinMouth, Q-1, Circles, Chakra Khan/Air Pirates, Wolf Vs., KuruKuruPa, LionsHead, GoldenBall, Ex Reverie, Br'er, The Burrs, Unidos Da Filadelfia Samba.

    Like us on FacebookTwitter @SonicLibInstagram @SonicLibiTunes www.hightwo.comwww.sonicliberationfront.comKevin Diehl plays Paiste Cymbals exclusively.

    FREE! but we suggest a $10 donation to help pay these musicians!

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  • 8:00 PMBlue Wave Theory and Tony DeSimone & the River Mercy Band
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    Blue Wave Theory is an instrumental rock band formed in 2007 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The group's sound is rooted in surf music of the 1960s, but delves into many genres including elements of garage, punk, and reggae. The band's music is entirely instrumental with Steve Rabeler on guitar, Kevin Stamper on bass, and Rob Wolleben on drums. Guitarist Bob Trimble recently joined forces with the band for live shows and recordings.  Blue Wave Theory has shared the stage with the legendary Dick Dale (“The King of Surf Guitar”).  If you're a fan of Dick Dale, the Ventures, the Mermen, or Los Straitjackets, with a little X or Dead Kennedys thrown in, then you'll love this band.  

    Blue Wave Theory website:  http://artistecard.com/bluewavetheory

    Tony DeSimone & the River Mercy Band hail from the Philadelphia area, and open the show with a set of contemporary melodic rock in the vein of Jack Johnson and Rob Thomas.  Tony has released two CDs, licensed several original songs, and is currently working with Grammy Award winning producer Anthony Newett.  Tony’s passion for music started at a very young age when he began playing drums. This passion led him to studying music and earning a degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University as a percussionist. While studying music, Tony also spent his time playing in numerous bands in the Philadelphia area experimenting in several musical genres from pop to progressive rock which gave him the musical versatility and style that is evident in his music today.

    Tony DeSimone website:  http://www.tonydmusic.com/

    Admission is FREE!

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