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  • 7:30 PMRemnants
  • Thumb fringe2015 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PhysiKal Bodies presents “Remnants,” a dance performance exploring the relationship between thought, choice and emotion. Despite change, which pieces of us remain intact, which refuse to leave, and what old habits lie just beneath a polished surface? Witness the mind’s inner workings, manifested in the PhysiKal Body.

    Sept 3 at 7:30pm  Sept 4 at 7:30pm  Sept 6 at 5:30pm 

    $10 / 60 minutes 

    We are are group of passionate dancers dedicated to unearthing the expressive power of dance! The brainchild of Dawn Mazzola and Catherine Natter, PhysiKal Bodies gave its inaugural production in 2014 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The company works to bring to light dance’s ability to not only delve into emotion, but the psychological and philosophical workings of the mind, using both choreographed movement as well as the body’s natural patterns and inclinations to explore concepts such as memory, habit, dissociation and the subconscious. PhysiKal Bodies brings a new production entitled “Remnants” to the 2015 Fringe Festival, which explores the bits and pieces of individuals that remain despite a person’s desire to retain them.

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  • 7:30 PMRemnants
  • Thumb fringe2015 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    PhysiKal Bodies presents “Remnants,” a dance performance exploring the relationship between thought, choice and emotion. Despite change, which pieces of us remain intact, which refuse to leave, and what old habits lie just beneath a polished surface? Witness the mind’s inner workings, manifested in the PhysiKal Body.

    Sept 3 at 7:30pm  Sept 4 at 7:30pm  Sept 6 at 5:30pm 

    $10 / 60 minutes 

    We are are group of passionate dancers dedicated to unearthing the expressive power of dance! The brainchild of Dawn Mazzola and Catherine Natter, PhysiKal Bodies gave its inaugural production in 2014 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The company works to bring to light dance’s ability to not only delve into emotion, but the psychological and philosophical workings of the mind, using both choreographed movement as well as the body’s natural patterns and inclinations to explore concepts such as memory, habit, dissociation and the subconscious. PhysiKal Bodies brings a new production entitled “Remnants” to the 2015 Fringe Festival, which explores the bits and pieces of individuals that remain despite a person’s desire to retain them.

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  • 8:00 PMBill Fieger, The Melting Transistor, Brainstatik pres. by Event Horizon
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    Event Horizon presentsBill FiegerThe Melting TransistorBrainstatik

    Bill Fieger - Instrument maker and avant-garde musician Bill Fieger has been making music for a long time. Many will recognize him as the force behind the duo Stares to Nowhere, Oblivious Solitude and Mayakara. He moved to primarily acoustic instruments a few years back and has been creating mysterious sounding tonalities on his custom created and modified traditional instruments. Bill will be joined on stage by two guest musicians, John Whitney and Mike Hunter (aka Ombient)

    The Melting Transistor - Formed in 2012, The Melting Transistor is a trio from the industrial swampland of central New Jersey/eastern Pennsylvania that concocts completely improvised electronic music. The group consists of Juan Garces (synthesizers, electronics), Floyd Bledsoe (synthesizers, electronics) and Karl Fury (stringed instruments, laptop). The music is primarily generated with no prior planning but often sounds intricately composed.  Middle eastern melodies mixing  alongside of deep space electronics, bluesy slide and soaring rock guitar, exotic grooves, and avant-garde elements all add up to The Melting Transistor.

    Brainstatik - New Jersey-based Brainstatik is best known for our mostly-improvised live concerts, where they perform long-form jams combining ambient, world, progressive rock, and space music, liberally shifting and mixing genres within each piece.  Every song is a spontaneous exploration of diverse musical themes, with little thought or planning beforehand, so Brainstatik always sounds completely different each time we play.  Brainstatik has been together for 20 years and performs smaller shows in galleries as a duo or trio, or in larger concerts with the current full lineup of four members. Everyone in Brainstatik is a certified electronic gear junkie, each choosing from a huge sonic palette from which to make sounds.  Armed with this complex musical toybox, guitars can sound like drums, keyboards can make guitar sounds, and drums can play keyboards, which often can confound audience members (and sound engineers) who can't quite tell who's playing what part.  Brainstatik's current lineup of multi-instrumentalists includes founding member Ken Palmer, along with Mike Hunter,  Glenn Robitaille, Jim Silvestri and Harrison Mckay. The music heard at their shows is always organic, with each piece constantly evolving and morphing into something new. Brainstatik can sound ethereal and quiet, complex and orchestral, or experimental and edgy. The resulting performances often sound rehearsed and composed. The risk of a creative "train wreck" is always there, but the members of Brainstatik thrive on taking our music right to the edge every time we perform.

    Admission is FREE

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  • 5:30 PMRemnants
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    PhysiKal Bodies presents “Remnants,” a dance performance exploring the relationship between thought, choice and emotion. Despite change, which pieces of us remain intact, which refuse to leave, and what old habits lie just beneath a polished surface? Witness the mind’s inner workings, manifested in the PhysiKal Body.

    Sept 3 at 7:30pm  Sept 4 at 7:30pm  Sept 6 at 5:30pm 

    $10 / 60 minutes 

    We are are group of passionate dancers dedicated to unearthing the expressive power of dance! The brainchild of Dawn Mazzola and Catherine Natter, PhysiKal Bodies gave its inaugural production in 2014 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The company works to bring to light dance’s ability to not only delve into emotion, but the psychological and philosophical workings of the mind, using both choreographed movement as well as the body’s natural patterns and inclinations to explore concepts such as memory, habit, dissociation and the subconscious. PhysiKal Bodies brings a new production entitled “Remnants” to the 2015 Fringe Festival, which explores the bits and pieces of individuals that remain despite a person’s desire to retain them.

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  • 8:00 PMAndrew's Video Vault pres. a FREE, surprise screening hosted by Guest Host and Curator Dan Buskirk
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Andrew’s Video Vault at the Rotunda 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.  September 10

    We present a FREE, surprise screening hosted by Guest 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.

     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.

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  • 8:00 PMTeething Emotionalities: WOOF
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Teething Emotionalities: WOOF

    Tabitha Vidaurri & Alyson Goodman

    Tickets: Select a date/time

    Sept 11 at 8pm  Sept 12 at 8pm

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    In this series of comedic monologues, Tabitha and Alyson chronicle life lessons they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives. They will answer questions like, “Why does tragedy turn into comedy?” “What does it take to get clean?” “Do things really ever end?” “Who let the dogs out?” With video art by Rich Wexler.

    $10 / 60 minutes

    Both UArts alumna and former Philly residents, Tabitha and Alyson bonded when their respective sketch comedy troupes collaborated on a show. Tabitha had performed a one-woman show in the Bad Theater Festival entitled Write if You Get Work, chronicling her years of drunken unemployment, while Alyson performed the solo show Oh god What Have I Done? at The Cherry Lane Theater, where she talked openly about porn as well as vacationing in Hawaii with her family. The two realized that they had similar comedic sensibilities as well as complementary themes – Alyson’s being “Choices” and Tabitha’s being “Changes,” so they decided to collaborate on a longer piece.

    They began digging through old photos, journal entries, and 90s childhood VHS, and brought in Rich Wexler to create a visual narrative with original video artwork. After workshopping the piece, Tabitha and Alyson ended up with a series of comedic monologues seamlessly flowing back and forth as they describe important lessons they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives. Both women have been performing sketch comedy and stand-up for a number of years and are excited to bring their experience to this Fringe production. While the “emotionalities” they explore may be harsh at times, they ultimately bring the audience a joyful and uplifting experience – the key message is “You are not alone!” Learn more here!

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  • 8:00 PMTeething Emotionalities: WOOF
  • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Teething Emotionalities: WOOF

    Tabitha Vidaurri & Alyson Goodman

    Tickets: Select a date/time

    Sept 11 at 8pm  Sept 12 at 8pm

    + Google Calendar

    In this series of comedic monologues, Tabitha and Alyson chronicle life lessons they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives. They will answer questions like, “Why does tragedy turn into comedy?” “What does it take to get clean?” “Do things really ever end?” “Who let the dogs out?” With video art by Rich Wexler.

    $10 / 60 minutes

    Both UArts alumna and former Philly residents, Tabitha and Alyson bonded when their respective sketch comedy troupes collaborated on a show. Tabitha had performed a one-woman show in the Bad Theater Festival entitled Write if You Get Work, chronicling her years of drunken unemployment, while Alyson performed the solo show Oh god What Have I Done? at The Cherry Lane Theater, where she talked openly about porn as well as vacationing in Hawaii with her family. The two realized that they had similar comedic sensibilities as well as complementary themes – Alyson’s being “Choices” and Tabitha’s being “Changes,” so they decided to collaborate on a longer piece.

     They began digging through old photos, journal entries, and 90s childhood VHS, and brought in Rich Wexler to create a visual narrative with original video artwork. After workshopping the piece, Tabitha and Alyson ended up with a series of comedic monologues seamlessly flowing back and forth as they describe important lessons they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives. Both women have been performing sketch comedy and stand-up for a number of years and are excited to bring their experience to this Fringe production. While the “emotionalities” they explore may be harsh at times, they ultimately bring the audience a joyful and uplifting experience – the key message is “You are not alone!” Learn more here!

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  • 8:00 PMEstranged Seekers
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Estranged Seekers

    Nighthawks

    Sept 17 at 8pm Sept 18 at 8pm  Sept 19 at 7:30pm

    Dramatic and musical interpretation of material by Buchner (Lenz) and Kafka (by three time Arts Council recipient William Burrison, and composer Ross Lipton), Rumi (by singer/instrumentalist Michael London), with Susan Miller’s post-9/11 one-act The Grand Design (directed by Marlene Sider). Plus visual projections.

    Will Jessie find meaning thru cosmic signals? Frances hiking, U.S. parks? Lenz crashing at Oberlin’s parish, Vosges mountains? Rumi, his love-struck lyrics? — As with “Poe-a-thon,” “E.S.” explores the iffy terrain between sanity & madness thru the ages.

    $20 / 80 minutes

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  • 8:00 PMEstranged Seekers
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Estranged Seekers

    Nighthawks

    Sept 17 at 8pm Sept 18 at 8pm  Sept 19 at 7:30pm

    Dramatic and musical interpretation of material by Buchner (Lenz) and Kafka (by three time Arts Council recipient William Burrison, and composer Ross Lipton), Rumi (by singer/instrumentalist Michael London), with Susan Miller’s post-9/11 one-act The Grand Design (directed by Marlene Sider). Plus visual projections.

    Will Jessie find meaning thru cosmic signals? Frances hiking, U.S. parks? Lenz crashing at Oberlin’s parish, Vosges mountains? Rumi, his love-struck lyrics? — As with “Poe-a-thon,” “E.S.” explores the iffy terrain between sanity & madness thru the ages.

    $20 / 80 minutes

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  • 6:00 PMBalletX and Kyo Daiko! 40th Street Summer Series outdoors!
  • Thumb 09.15   40th street summer series 5x7 fr 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    PLEASE NOTE! THIS EVENT IS NOT AT THE ROTUNDA! IT IS OUTDOORS, ONE BLOCK AWAY AT THE 40TH STREET FIELD, 40TH ST BETWEEN WALNUT AND LOCUST!

    The 40th Street Summer Series

    May 30 •  July 25 • August 29 • September 19 (rescheduled from June 27) • October 3 (rescheduled from 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-October.

    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, SEPTEMBER 19 at 6pm

    BalletX + Kyo Dako

    BalletX, 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. Kyo Daiko is a community taiko drumming group that takes pride in performing for the local community. 

    Plus!Juggling & tight wire with Give and Take JugglersFire dancersFace PainterBalloon artistFREE Ben & Jerry’s and Philly Pretzels while supplies last!

    - See more at: http://www.universitycity.org/40th-street-summer-series

    Admission is FREE 

  • 7:30 PMEstranged Seekers
  • 7:30 PM - 8:50 PM

    Estranged Seekers

    Nighthawks

    Sept 17 at 8pm Sept 18 at 8pm  Sept 19 at 7:30pm

    Dramatic and musical interpretation of material by Buchner (Lenz) and Kafka (by three time Arts Council recipient William Burrison, and composer Ross Lipton), Rumi (by singer/instrumentalist Michael London), with Susan Miller’s post-9/11 one-act The Grand Design (directed by Marlene Sider). Plus visual projections.

    Will Jessie find meaning thru cosmic signals? Frances hiking, U.S. parks? Lenz crashing at Oberlin’s parish, Vosges mountains? Rumi, his love-struck lyrics? — As with “Poe-a-thon,” “E.S.” explores the iffy terrain between sanity & madness thru the ages.

    $20 / 80 minutes

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  • 7:00 PMMusic, Photos, and Stories of Syria's Armenians, with Jason Hamacher
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    On this tour, Jason Hamacher will share personal experiences of the people, places, and events that changed his life in Syria before the eruption of war, with a focus on his latest album, "Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chanting From Aleppo." He will tell stories, play vinyl records, and show photographs from his forthcoming book and explain how he, a punk drummer from DC, ended up with an archive of Syrian history.

    Check out the interview Jason did with Terry Gross last year. http://www.npr.org/2014/08/07/338586411/before-war-a-punk-drummer-preserved-syrian-chants

    Admission is FREE
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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 $3 before 10pm, $5 after 10pm. 
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  • 6:00 PM"Heroes Real & Imagined" Comic Arts Workshop - Week 1 of 4
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    COMIC ARTS CLASS (HEROES/ REAL AND IMAGINED) A FOUR WEEK CLASS FOR TEENS (18 AND UP) & ADULTS 

    SEPTEMBER 29TH, OCT 6, 13, & 20  3015 (6:00-9:00)

    "Heroes Real & Imagined" Comic Arts Workshop

    In this workshop, you will learn the basic history of the role of comic artists through history with a focus on LGBT, minority, and female artists. Text for the class is "Understanding Comics" by Scott McCloud. You will also learn the basic skills to create a comic/graphic novel. This class if for ages 16 through adult. The class will culminate in an art show at Locust Moon in which each member will present a panel. 

    The comic-production part of the class will be limited to 20 students. Each class will have a lecture which is open to anyone (no limit) who wishes to join. Suggested donation for each class is $0-15 (or $0-60 for all 4 classes) and it goes to supporting Project Arts and the teachers/lecturers.  

    Tuesdays September 29, October 6, 13, 20; 6-9pm

    At The Rotunda

    Week One 

    History of Comics - by Steve Teare Part one of instruction of comic production by Steve Teare 

    Week Two 

    Box Brown will present how to create a comic/graphic novel as biography or documentary. As well as talk about his work as a comic artist and the production of his "Andre The Giant: Life and Legend"  

    Part Two instruction of comic by Steve Teare

    Week Three 

    History of Women in comics and their roles as comic artists in our society by Meghan Turbitt  

    Part three instruction 

    Week Four 

    Part four instruction

    Art Show and presentation Locust Moon Comics, 34 South 40th Street. 

    https://www.facebook.com/events/416148281918267/

    Sponsored by Project Arts Productions, Classes, and Workshops The Rotunda @locust moon

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