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  • 7:00 PMThe Happiness Industry: Book Discussion with Will Davies and Nikil Saval
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    The Happiness Industry: Book Discussion with Will Davies and Nikil Saval

    A rousing discussion of how corporations are using office design, surveillance, and worker engagement programs to promote worker efficiency and what this means for us

    To celebrate the publication of Will Davies's The Happiness Industry, join Will and Nikil Saval for a discussion of the history of workplace design and  management/behavioral sciences and what methods corporations have been using to increase worker efficiency throughout the ages.

    “In a heady mixture of psychology, economics, sociology, and philosophy, this book reveals the misguided nature of the currently popular intellectual project to make people happier and improve society through 'scientific' understanding - and manipulation - of human beings. With many governments and corporations hell-bent on control promoting it aggressively, this project is increasingly depriving our societies of true social bonds, democratic participation, critical thinking, and even happiness itself. An eye-opening, head-spinning, and mind-expanding book.”– Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

    William Davies is the author of The Happiness Industry and The Limits of Neoliberalism. His writing has appeared in BBC Online, The Daily Beast, New Left Review, Financial Times, and Open Democracy. His website potlatch.typepad.com was featured in the New York Times. He is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

    Nikil Saval is the author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplaceand an editor at n+1. He is based in Philadelphia.

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  • 8:00 PMHydrahart, Neil Alexander, and Jason Sloan pres. by Event Horizon Series
  • Thumb june 5 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon SeriespresentsHydrahart, Neil Alexander, and Jason SloanHydraheart - Hydraheart is the new solo project of Megan Cauley. For 10 years she was the primary songwriter, singer, guitarist and noise maker for Gemini Wolf. She recorded four albums and performed regularly in Philadelphia and New York with Gemini Wolf, along with an east coast and European tour. With this new project, she is reconnecting to the process of weaving songwriting and improvisation together. Melody, hooks, and lyrics are nestled up next to drones and noise.Neil Alexander - Jazz pianist, synthesist, and composer, Neil Alexander, began performing and composing in 1974. Always the type of musician who thrives on variety, Neil continues involvement with all manner of projects including: acoustic & electric jazz groups, contemporary classical performances, composing for Modern Dance & theater (since 1984), and various Tribute groups including “The Machine” (Pink Floyd Tribute, 1996 - 2006), “The Mahavishnu Project” (since 2008) and most recently, “Mr. Gone”, focusing on the music of jazz giants “Weather Report” & Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters”. For 15 years, from 1996 - 2011, he performed with his contemporary electric/acoustic jazz ensemble, NAIL, releasing their most recent CD “Tugging At The Infinite” in 2007. This marked Neil’s 4th CD as bandleader. In 2013, Neil realized his long-standing dream of recording a solo piano CD, “Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1”, an artistic and critical success.       An additional aspect of Neil’s music is his long-standing relationship with electronic instruments, primarily synthesizers. He acquired his first synth in 1978 and never looked back, making those sounds a part of his extensive musical vocabulary. He frequently performs solo in an all-electronic context, incorporating this into a jazz & classical based improvisational format. In search of better ways to realize music quickly, Neil began using Ableton LIVE software. In 2012, he started the Ableton Hudson Valley Users Group, and teaches workshops at the local Library in Newburgh NY.       Neil realized there is serious interest in this format after attending the 2012 Electro-Music Festival in Huguenot, NY where he crossed paths with dozens of like-minded performers & composers. He returned in 2013 and 2014, performed multiple times at each festival, engaged in various collaborations, and directed a workshop in generative music, illustrating techniques he developed playing for the Modern Dance classes he’s been working in since 1982.       Neil continues to search for new connections in music, combining jazz, classical, fusion, ambient, and electronic styles, into very personal hybrid music. He has 2 more CD’s slated for release - a Live NAIL CD recorded in NYC in 2007, and his first solo, all electronic CD, entitled “Nailgun”. Other current projects include “Le Jazz Electronique”, “Thunderhead Organ Trio”, and “Scene ReSeen” (live electronic music for Silent Films). Visit his website at http://nailmusic.com to see his performance schedule and to learn more about his various projects.Jason Sloan - Jason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, sound and new media artist working from Baltimore, Md. His work explores immateriality and its connection in memory, systems and the virtual world. Through his performances, sound installations, videos, transmission art works and sound recordings, he examines the need for transcendence beyond the body through a vehicle of visual and aural stimulation. With this dialog, Sloan feels an urgency to evoke a collective experience between the viewer, listener and artist that can bridge the gap between physical and non-physical worlds. In 2001 Sloan co-founded SLO.BOR Media with sound artist & web designer Matt Borghi as a vehicle for their individual releases and a platform for other artists. SLO.BOR Media is primarily a record label, but focuses on a variety of media and forms of distribution. SLO.BOR Media is also quite concerned with packaging, design, new media, sound and conceptual art. Sloan received his BFA from Edinboro University and his MFA from Towson University.  In addition to being the recipient of multiple Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Awards, Sloan’s performances, installations, net.art and video works have been exhibited internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the last decade on various record labels, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, STEIM in Amsterdam and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series, one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series. Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interaction Design and Art [IDA] department along with being the founder and program coordinator for the soundArt concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

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  • 7:00 PMPoet-Tree En Motion Presents ‘Salutation To The Art Of Flow
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM FLOW ARTS AND ART THAT FLOWS WILL ENTERTAIN AT THE ROTUNDAPoet-Tree En Motion Presents ‘Salutation To The Art Of Flow!Celebrating Movement-Based Arts June 10 In West PhiladelphiaThe flow arts will take center stage when the seasonal performing arts showcase Poet-tree En Motion presents “Salutation to the Art of Flow!” 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. The audience will feast on a variety of flow arts, which are movement-based arts centered on prop manipulation. These performances will combine with other art forms not specifically of the flow arts genre, but which also exhibit a flowing quality to the work.Poet-tree En Motion is the brainchild of multi-award-winning Philadelphia performance artist and poet Gabrielle de Burke, whose stage name is Plum Dragoness. These free events, ongoing since 2007, present regional multidisciplinary artists while giving the community a chance to shine on the open mike and open stage.“Poetry in motion is a lot of different things,” de Burke said. “It’s not just stuck on a page. It’s not just stuck on a stage. It’s moving in time. All of the artists are expressing poetry but just in different forms. I want the event to be an expression of the many different ways in which poetry is present in our lives whether it’s music, dance, art or visual performance.”De Burke will give three flow arts performances at the June 10 event. In the collaborative piece, “Trinity Tribal Stomp,” she will wield a staff while Michelle Armour performs with poi and Angela Armour hoola hoops. During de Burke’s solo spoken-word piece, she will flow with a sword. She will also present a performance of the Yang Shi 36 fan form, which is based in the martial/internal arts of tai chi chuan and kung fu. “Most of the movement flow that I do is influenced by the traditional Chinese martial arts and internal forms, based in Taoist mysticism,” said de Burke, who has been practicing since 1999.  “But I am not presenting it like a martial arts form. I am doing it slow and flowing.”Various indigenous cultures of the past have danced with objects that were also considered weapons or tools of divination, de Burke explained. “I think the flow arts (movement) is a coming back to the various cultures that have used these props and objects in sacred dance and that then became secular in their communities.”Another performance at the event will be by the group 7 Textures that’s hot off the heels of its Ghostly Circus at the Laurel Hill Cemetery. The artists will reprise a choreographed piece featuring the art of S-staves and buugeng. These are Japanese martial arts illusion flow tools that spin and create a kaleidoscope effect. Musicians Tom Phoolery and Josh the Architech of Research and Development will provide an avant-garde soundscape with analog synthesizers while the group performs.The rock group the Dead Bishops is a teenage power trio that will perform songs inspired by Led Zeppelin, the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. Visitor 10 is an MC who will collaborate with the audience in a storytelling hip-hop style. And VJ Spooky will enhance the entire show with his multimedia visual projections.“Working with an object is one kind of flow,” de Burke said. “But someone who works as an MC is using a mental type of flow. Someone who is using their prop is going to flow through their prop. The MC is going to flow through the microphone. The band is flowing through instrumentation.”“Flow is connecting to your rhythm, to your connection to the life force,” she explained. “It’s when people find their own groove, whether it’s through music, dance, movement, theater, martial arts, internal arts, through their breath or through their voice.” “We are saluting everybody’s different styles of flow.”For information about Poet-tree En Motion and Plum Dragoness, email dragoness@earthtones.com, visit www.facebook.com/4plumdragoness, and join the Poet-tree En Motion Facebook event facebook.com/events/704175019711540 or group at facebook.com/groups/116980678334215.The next Poet-tree En Motion event scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30 will feature fire arts and other various performances at The Rotunda. ABOUT POET-TREE EN MOTION:Poet-tree En Motion works to inspire both artist and audience to connect and work together toward cultivating the arts community in Philadelphia, welcoming artists of all kinds to experience performances local to the neighborhood, and offering the opportunity at each show for community participation to sign up in the all-genre open mike/stage and jam session component of the events.(MORE)ARTIST LINEUP:Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke)Resident performance artist, event organizer and arts educator known for her “unique style” of spoken word/vocals, dance/movement theater, fire and flow artistry. Trinity Tribal Stomp videoYang Shi tai chi fan videoSpoken word featuring sword video Research and Development This is what happens when Tom Phoolery and Josh the Architech geek out on analog synths and avant-garde beats.7 Textures A creative styling group presenting beautiful and unique explorations of curved movement, featuring the art of buugeng (a Japanese martial arts illusion flow tool) and other flow arts and artist collaborations.Buugeng performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voVyq6PEy1wVisitor 10 A collaborative, shamanistic, hip-hop performance-art experiment where SSengam Niloc unfolds an enchanting demonstration of reflection and imagination via storytelling. The Dead BishopsThis teenage power trio from Montgomery County, Pa. is inspired by bands like Led Zeppelin, the Foo Fighters, Nirvana and SpongeBobVJ SpookyThis Philadelphia-based VJ enhances events with a multimedia projection experience. (MORE)MEDIA CONTACT:Gabrielle de Burke (artist Plum Dragoness)Founder/Event Organizer Poet-tree En Motion484-557-9605dragoness@earthtones.com(MORE)FOR EVENTS LISTINGS:Poet-tree En Motion Presents: “Salutation to the Art of Flow” 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at The Rotunda, located at 4014 Walnut St. in West Philadelphia. The free event will feature performances by regional “flow artists,” spoken word, rock music, experimental electronic soundscapes, multimedia visual projections, hip-hop, performance art, an open mike/open stage and more. For information, visit the Poet-tree En Motion Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/704175019711540 or group at www.facebook.com/groups/116980678334215, or contact Gina Renzi, director of The Rotunda, at gina@therotunda.org or 267-934-3705.- END –###
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  • 8:00 PMSOUL MAN (1986) and WATERMELON MAN (1970)
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

    Andrew’s Video Vault 2015

    FREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PMon the Second THURSDAY of Every Month! 

    This program is made possible through the generous support of theCinema Studies Program and The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania.

     June 11Two daring comedies that use blackface/whiteface to comment on race relations.SOUL MAN (1986 / 104 minutes) New World Pictures high concept teen comedy about a white kid (C. Thomas Howell) who dons blackface in order to get a minority scholarship to Harvard would be completely reprehensible if it weren’t such an accurate snapshot of 1980s America. James Earl Jones slums it as a college professor, and stars Rae Dawn Chong and Howell would marry after working together on this film. Directed by Steve Miner.

    WATERMELON MAN (1970 / 100 minutes) Melvin Van Peebles became the second African-American to direct at a Hollywood studio when he made this film about a bigoted white man (Godfrey Cambridge—in whiteface) who wakes up one morning to discover he has turned Black. Panned upon its initial release, it has became a true cult classic.Guest Host and Curator: Mike Dennis of Reelblack Cinema

     July 9CHAMELEON STREET (1989 / 94 minutes) Writer/director/actor Wendell B. Harris Jr’s first and only feature tells the true story of con man Douglas Street, a bored and ingenious African American male who passes himself off to white society as a journalist, doctor and scholar. A wicked and tragic satire on being black and brilliant in America.UFOria (1985 / 93 minutes) Writer/Director John Binder’s satiric look at the Southwestern U.S. and religion follows a Waylon Jennings-loving drifter (Fred Ward) hooking up with a faith healer (Harry Dean Stanton) and a cashier who has visions of a UFO communion.Guest Host and Curator: Dan Buskirk of Phawker.com August 13TIE XI QU: WEST OF TRACKS: PART ONE: RUST (2003 / 240 minutes) In part one of his three-part, nine hour documentary, Wang Bing hypnotically charts post-industrial decay and its effects on impoverished workers who live in northeast China. [Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks part two, Remnants, and part three, Rails, will screen at subsequent seasons of Andrew’s Video Vault at the Rotunda.] September 10TO BE ANNOUNCEDGuest Host and Curator: Dan Buskirk of Phawker.com October 8THE INNOCENTS (1961 / 100 minutes) Perhaps the most beautifully photographed black & white horror film ever made, this suspenseful masterwork of Gothic atmosphere is an exquisite adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw featuring gripping performances by adult and child actors alike. An unforgettable tour-de-force of supernatural terror and psychological repression.THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943 / 71 minutes) The sense of dread is palpable in this moody and nightmarish tale of urban devil worship from producer Val Lewton. Kim Hunter stars (in her debut performance) as a young woman searching for her missing sister on the menacing streets of 1940′s New York City, with plenty of striking chiaroscuro lighting.Guest Host and Curator: Mike Zaleski November 12MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937 / 91 minutes) Heart-rending in its truth and emotional beauty, Leo McCarey’s masterpiece and most personal film was created both as a love letter to his recently deceased father and as an exposé of what can happen to elderly Americans without the support of Social Security (or their children). Orson Welles said of the film: “It would make a stone cry.”EVERYBODY’S FINE [STANNO TUTTI BENE] (1990 / 118 minutes) Marcello Mastroianni gives one of his best performances as an elderly widower who traverses Italy to visit his distant offspring, each of whom had given him an impression of their life which turns out to be very different from the actuality. A powerful and beautiful rumination on the relationship between elderly parents and their adult children.Guest Host and Curator: Mike Zaleski December 10PERMISSIVE (1970 / 90 min) At the end of the hippie era, a broke young woman arrives in London and is initiated into the counter-culture and the seedy sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll lifestyle of a groupie. Psychedelic soundtrack by Comus and Forever More.DUFFER (1971 / 75 minutes) Joseph Despins and William Dumaresq’s off-beat and lyrical character study of a British teenage boy shuttlecocking between a sadistic old man and motherly prostitute.

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  • 9:00 PMThe Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts author Dr. Charles E. Gannon
  • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts author Dr. Charles E. GannonGeneral Meeting, June 12, 2015, Speaker at 9 pm, meeting at 8 pm
 Dr. Charles E. Gannon’s Nebula-nominated novel, Fire With Fire, won the 2014 Compton Crook Award and was a national bestseller. The next volume in this hard sf interstellar epic, Trial By Fire, is a 2015 Nebula finalist and national bestseller. Raising Caine, the third novel in Gannon’s Tales of the Terran Republic series, is forthcoming in October, 2015. Gannon also writes in the Ring of Fire universe with Eric Flint; titles include--1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies, and 1635: The Papal Stakes (a Wall Street Journal bestseller), as well as the forthcoming: 1636: The Vatican Sanction. Gannon’s other work includes the Starfirenovels Extremis and the forthcoming Imperative (w/ Steve White), stories in various shared universes (Honorverse, Man-Kzin, War-World), and novellas in anthologies such as Going Interstellar and magazines such as Analog. Dr. Gannon won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Rumors of War and Infernal Machines, remains a non-teaching Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University, and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). Dr. Gannon, a member of the sf think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, NRO, and other agencies. His earlier credits include writing/editing games (Traveller, 2300 AD) and film/TV writing and production in NYC. He has been featured in various national radio and TV venues, including The Discovery Channel’s “Curiosity” and NPR. More information about Charles Gannon can be found at www.charlesgannon.comThe Philadelphia Science Fiction Society is a non-profit organization that meets to discuss and promote science fiction and fantasy in literature, the arts, and popular culture. P.S.F.S. a 501c(3) tax exempt not-for-profit corporation.Admission is FREE 
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  • 4:00 PM7th Annual Family Summer Music Festival.
  • Thumb img 3279 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Madfilmz presentsThe 7th Annual Family Summer Music FestivalThe event is a FREE concert encouraging families, children and adults to come together and enjoy various types of positive music. The performers are kids and adults.The music will showcase Hip Hop, R&B, Blues, Funk, Soul and more. Hosted by MadfilmzMusic by DJ PotPerformances by:Ceaser Live SoulUdini La VozSabrina CuieStephen Jeffries & The TAll TreesThe Diva Dollz & CompanyThe Princess Pageant ContestantsJoe Becton The Pitch Black BandKaren MeeksFlow The DancerMandySpecial Guest, Author C. Williams giving an inspirational talk+ Learn About Kindles For Kids, a group giving Kindles to 5 Philly schools, a school In Haiti and a library in Africa too. Admission is FREE
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  • 6:30 PMEveryman Black: From Manchild to the Promiseland
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    National Black Arts Spoken Word Tour

    Presents

    "Everyman Black: From Manchild to the Promiseland"starring and written by Maurice Brian Henderson

    A dramatic and comedic collection of stories that reveal and explore the truth behind the hardships and dilemmas of growing up as a black male in America.

    Bestselling, awardwinning, critically acclaimed and nationally produced playwright/actor/director Maurice Henderson returns to Philly for this special one night engagement!!!!

    General Admission is $20.00

    This event will benefit the Alternative Learning InstituteFor more information contact 267-230-0317 or mauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com

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  • 7:00 PMStephanie Renee hosts Ursula Rucker, Shakera Jones, and MMGZ - 1st Annual Mermaid Rescue Week
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    Jim Stephens Presents:

    1st Annual Mermaiad Rescue Week: A week long  arts and music festival benefiting Domestic Violence and Rape Survivor Advocacy. Women Organized Against Rape, and Women Against Abuse will be working side by side for outreach and presentation at each event this week. The Rotunda is a proud sponsor of this initiative, which supporters also include Councilman David Oh, Councilman Mark Squilla, and PA Rep Vanessa Lowery Brown.

    June 15 at Warmdaddys . Bro. Marcus hosting from Praise 103.9. with E. Daniels, Tanqueray Hayward  and Anointed Voices of Praise are performingJune 16 WCL Downstairs - Moshay Laren from Radio One / Fox 29 will be hosting....Gary Dann and Worldtown International, Hezekiah, Joe Jordan Experiment, and Tara Hendricks performingJune 17 Ardmore Music Hall:  host TBD - possibly WXPN - 19 Southbound - an all star band featuring Winston Byrd, Shayna Steele, Chuck Treece Mike Tyler, Stan Davis, and some of NOLA and PHL's finest  (Big Sam, a few of the Soul Rebels) in a one -offf playing each others songs, standards, and traditionals.. Monique Canniere of my FTBB and The Divine Hand Ensemble will be opening,  with Darla,  and Paulette Branson & Mixed People also on the billJune 18th The Rotunda - Stephanie Renee from WURD  is hosting. Ursula Rucker, Shakera Jones, Sarah Kane performing - Visual artists displaying and selling their work.June 19th Northstar Bar - Zivit Shlank from WRTI is hosting. Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band, Boy Wonder, Kinyon Lanier, and New Pony are performing

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  • 8:00 PMCONES: the action comedy game show about vampires, vision loss, and ice cream
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    June 19, 22 & 23, 8PM shows. Part of Philly's 2015 SoLow Festival.

    The Medium Theatre Company presents CONES, an action-comedy game show about vampires, vision loss and ice cream. A blindfolded boy has stories to share—secrets about eating cereal, wearing capes, avoiding bright lights and learning how to fly. When a team of well-meaning doctors, gym teachers, rock stars and new-age healers try to pry his eyes open, what will he see? The answer may be in the ice cream. And the ice cream will certainly be served in CONES.

    CONES is a new solo show written and performed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and directed by Mason Rosenthal, two Philly theatre artists who both happen to be visually impaired. For the past two years they’ve toured their bedroom play, "Nobody’s Home", to more than 50 bedrooms around the U.S. and created five original promenade performances for Rutherfurd Hall, a historic mansion in rural New Jersey. Though Mason and Morgan’s works are always shaped by their quirky combo of rare retinal conditions, CONES is this team’s first foray into making the line between sightedness and blindness visible (and invisible) onstage.

    CONES debuts as part of the 2015 SoLow Festival, 8:00 PM on June 19, 22 and 23 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission is pay-what-you-can, $5-$10 suggested, and includes refreshments. See more at www.themediums.org and www.solowfest.com.

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  • 8:00 PM Keroaän + Bhob Rainey pres. by Bowerbird
  • Thumb ker2 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird presents  Keroaän + Bhob RaineyBowerbird is excited to close out it's 2014 - 2015 GATE season with this thrilling double bill of audio-visual spectaculars inspired by Iannis Xenakis' "Polytopes". The evening features a new electronic work by Bhob Rainey and a performance of Keroaän, Ian M Fraser and Reed Evan Rosenberg's laser, strobe, and sound performing Artificial Intelligence platform.ABOUT THE ARTISTS ***********************************KEROAÄN is a collaborative research project between IAN M FRASER and REED EVAN ROSENBERG exploring composition of electronic music by an artificial intelligence. Pieces are diffused in real time with no human intervention whatsoever as the machine agent manipulates the qualities of chosen non-standard synthesis and microsound techniques. In live diffusions, the machine agent additionally controls laser apertures and an array of strobe lighting which collectively act as a visual projection of the structure of its performance. A distinctly non-human logic pervades the resultant arrangements of chaotic sounds and high-intensity lighting, presenting an immersive, alien environment. Check out some video HERE!Bhob Rainey (b. 1972), a soprano saxophonist and composer, performs as a solo artist, as one half of nmperign (an improvisational duo with trumpeter Greg Kelley), and as leader of the BSC, an eight-member ensemble that uses both acoustic and electronic instruments. He formed the BSC to address the inherent challenge of performing longer works with multiple improvisational artists. After 18 years spent living in Boston, with stints in Chicago and New Orleans, Rainey has returned to his hometown of Philadelphia. He holds an M.A. in jazz composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and his music has been supported with grants from Meet the Composer and United States Artists.Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMCONES: the action comedy game show about vampires, vision loss, and ice cream
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    June 19, 22 & 23, 8PM shows. Part of Philly's 2015 SoLow Festival.

    The Medium Theatre Company presents CONES, an action-comedy game show about vampires, vision loss and ice cream. A blindfolded boy has stories to share—secrets about eating cereal, wearing capes, avoiding bright lights and learning how to fly. When a team of well-meaning doctors, gym teachers, rock stars and new-age healers try to pry his eyes open, what will he see? The answer may be in the ice cream. And the ice cream will certainly be served in CONES.

    CONES is a new solo show written and performed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and directed by Mason Rosenthal, two Philly theatre artists who both happen to be visually impaired. For the past two years they’ve toured their bedroom play, "Nobody’s Home", to more than 50 bedrooms around the U.S. and created five original promenade performances for Rutherfurd Hall, a historic mansion in rural New Jersey. Though Mason and Morgan’s works are always shaped by their quirky combo of rare retinal conditions, CONES is this team’s first foray into making the line between sightedness and blindness visible (and invisible) onstage.

    CONES debuts as part of the 2015 SoLow Festival, 8:00 PM on June 19, 22 and 23 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission is pay-what-you-can, $5-$10 suggested, and includes refreshments. See more at www.themediums.org and www.solowfest.com.

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  • 8:00 PMCONES: the action comedy game show about vampires, vision loss, and ice cream
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    June 19, 22 & 23, 8PM shows. Part of Philly's 2015 SoLow Festival.

    The Medium Theatre Company presents CONES, an action-comedy game show about vampires, vision loss and ice cream. A blindfolded boy has stories to share—secrets about eating cereal, wearing capes, avoiding bright lights and learning how to fly. When a team of well-meaning doctors, gym teachers, rock stars and new-age healers try to pry his eyes open, what will he see? The answer may be in the ice cream. And the ice cream will certainly be served in CONES.

    CONES is a new solo show written and performed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and directed by Mason Rosenthal, two Philly theatre artists who both happen to be visually impaired. For the past two years they’ve toured their bedroom play, "Nobody’s Home", to more than 50 bedrooms around the U.S. and created five original promenade performances for Rutherfurd Hall, a historic mansion in rural New Jersey. Though Mason and Morgan’s works are always shaped by their quirky combo of rare retinal conditions, CONES is this team’s first foray into making the line between sightedness and blindness visible (and invisible) onstage.

    CONES debuts as part of the 2015 SoLow Festival, 8:00 PM on June 19, 22 and 23 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission is pay-what-you-can, $5-$10 suggested, and includes refreshments. See more at www.themediums.org and www.solowfest.com.

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  • 7:30 PMThe 6th Annual Grand Production of Love, Us
  • Thumb 11337063 949863498411797 1643448904078669801 o 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM The 6th Annual Grand Production of ‘Love, Us’ The affair is a mixed-arts stage production created to promote universal and self love through the arts. Each year, since 2010, the production has featured artists from across the country, and across genres, who perform before a crowd of all ages. This year’s lineup of performance artists include: Cambriae Bates (Poet) of Temple University's Poetry Collective, BABELCecily (Singer) of Washington, DCLady Brion (Poet) of Baltimore, MDKirwyn Sutherland (Poet) of the Philadelphia Pigeon Slam TeamKaren Smith (Drummer) of Philadelphia, PA*With live art by Alim Smith of Wilmington, Delaware*TICKETS* are $10 In Advance and $15 At the DoorAdvanced ticket link: www.loveus2015.eventbrite.comAll Ages welcomed. Previous installments in the series have featured such talent as spoken word artists Queen GodIs, Sunni Patterson, Noel Scales, Just Greg, Lyrispect, Ishmael 'Ish' Islam, Lyrical the Lyricist, George Yamazawa, Kai Davis, Luis Marrero, band Tank and the Bangaz, dancer/vocalist Brinae Ali, the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Slam Team, the Sëla Hip-Hop Collective and hip-hop artist Chill Moody, amongst many others. Throughout the year--outside of the annual production—‘Love, Us’ Board members focus primarily on promoting noble third-party initiatives, and creating public affairs and workshops that focus on creatively addressing social issues via the arts.FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:loveusphilly@gmail.com Tw: @loveusphilly Fb: www.facebook.com/loveusphilly----------------------------------------------------------------------***CURRENTLY ACCEPTING VENDORS (limited spots available): LoveUsPhilly@gmail.com@LoveUsPhilly @MsWise @SpeakMeFree@ChristopherKP#TeamLoveUsSpread the Word: #LoveUs2015Questions/Inquiries: LoveUsPhilly@gmail.com or 215-239-5888"I only roll with a crew that has heART" -Love, Us
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  • 8:00 PMBFYL Presents: Floor Games 3 @ The Philly Gathering
  • Thumb 11411668 1025137740843435 2792969742967691878 o 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM The Philly Gathering and BlackBoard Labs Inc. proudly present the Philadelphia FIGHT Hip Hop for Philly Warm-Up Show. Rock at the Most Raw, Most Authentic, and longest continually running hip-hop event in Philly featuring MC sets from almost the entire Sensi Starr roster (Skrewtape, Slaughter Rico, J.O. The Last Man, Ghetto MC, Burke the Jurke, Ren Thomas) plus Marsten House Recording and the BBL crew, plus all the regular Four Elements magic that makes The Gathering so special.In addition, All attendees aged 13-24 who get a FREE HIV SCREENING at the event will receive a FREE TICKET to see Teyana Taylor at The Trocadero on Saturday, June 27th. Testing begins at 8:00 and is first come, first served. You DO NOT have to pay for the event to qualify for the free HIV screening.Thursday, June 25, 2015The Rotunda, 40th and WalnutDoors at 8, First set shortly afterALL AGES - $3 before 10:00, $5 afterFor more information on the Hip-Hop For Philly campaign, visit http://www.aidseducationmonth.org/events/hip-hop-philly-2015/
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  • 5:00 PMWe Say I Do: Honest Conversation Amongst Couples about Life and Love
  • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Womyn that are married, believe that they have found their true love, and or have found themselves in relationships that need a tad bit of seasoning to spice it up. This is for you, lets come together and discuss what it takes to keep the love life flowing. We Say I do and of course it is with the absolute intention to stay in love.
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  • 6:00 PMPOSTPONED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER! 40th Street Summer Series pres. BalletX and Kyo Daiko *Not at The Rotunda*
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM POSTPONED! WE ARE WORKING ON A NEW DATE!PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS OUTDOORS AT THE 40TH STREET FIELD, 40TH STREET BETWEEN WALNUT AND LOCUST.The 2015 40th Street Summer SeriesMay 30 • June 27 • July 25 • August 29 • September 26 The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by University City District, Penn, and The Rotunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the Walnut Street Library at 40th Street with monthly performances and free family events. This year the programming will run from May-September, with performances falling on the last Saturday of each month (May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, and September 26th).In the past the Summer Series has featured internationally-acclaimed acts such as the Millennial Territory Orchestra, Man Man, and the Sun Ra Arkestra— to play free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. This year, the schedule will expand to include dance, live theater, music, and a few surprises. The Summer Series brings business during the typically slow summer months by increasing patronage at nearby retailers and building upon the existing vibrancy of 40th Street, while providing entertaining, enriching and safe outlets for families, visitors and students. The complete lineup will be announced soon. SATURDAY, JUNE 27 • 6PMBalletXBalletX, Philadelphia's Premier Contemporary Ballet, challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by producing innovative original works by today's most in-demand choreographers. The company's ten dancers will perform excerpts from signature BalletX repertory including Matthew Neenan's Switch Phase and Sunset, o639 Hours, Cayetano Soto's Malasangre, and Jorma Elo's Gran Partita. with Kyo DaikoKyo Daiko is a community taiko drumming group that takes pride in performing for the local community. + free samples from Ben & Jerry's while supplies  last, blaoon art, face painting, Give and Take jugglers, fire performers after the show, and more!Admission is FREE!
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