November 2015

December 2015

January 2016
  • 8:00 PMWail - Members of Stinking Lizaveta w/ Grant Calvin Weston
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    Yanni Papadopoulos, Director of the School of Rock Philadelphia, and the guitarist of the group Stinking Lizaveta + Alexile Papadopoulos, bass player with Stinking Lizaveta, team up with Philly Drummer Grant Calvin Weston, who has performed with Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards, and many others. 

    Admission is FREE

  • 7:30 PMBeats for Daze
  • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM WE'VE GOT BEATS FOR DAZECome get wavy to the sounds of Branchez, Obey City, and Gravez at the Rotunda on December 3rd. To top it off, this show is free for all Penn students and $5 for the public BranchezObey CityGravezFREE W/ PENN ID $5 PUBLIC(register online to guarantee entry --> //
  • 8:30 PMThe Music Network Showcase
  • Thumb 11230670 1041988519199351 144872389482323894 o 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM Come Netwok with like minded Artist,Bands,Producers,Djs,Dancers,ETC...and Enjoy the show. Being independent in the music industry is changing everyday, so why not build a platform and expand your net worth. Performers are Original Kenyatta, B Logic, Iron Mic, Infitainment, Supreem Da Rezarekta, Nobi, Ras King, P.I.W, Doe, Optimistic Musiq, Mr heard,Da Antagonist AKA Drew Decah,Wp_Blakout Ez Marvels.For more info on Show,Tickets, or interested in a becoming a vendor call 215.821.6139
  • 8:00 PMWilliam Fields & Ben Fleury-Steiner, John Phillips, Joo Wan Park & OINC pres. by Event Horizon
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    Event Horizon Series


    William Fields & Ben Fleury-Steiner, John Phillips, Joo Wan Park & OINC

    William Fields is an electronic musician and audio/visual artist from Wilmington, Delaware. His main interest is in exploring rhythm and audiovisual synesthetics in an improvisational context.

    Ben Fleury-Steiner is an electronic musician from Wilmington, Delaware. He ran the Gears of Sand label (2004-2011). Since 2000, he has focused most on experimental drone and ambient releasing numerous albums on Infraction, low-point, Rural Colours and other labels. His recent interests have turned to pushing the boundaries of classic polyrhythmic electronica; the focus of his current collaboration with William Fields

    John Phillips is a sound and video artist. His work has included interactive sound and video works and collaborative sound/sculpture/video installations in museums (Museum of American Art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), alternative spaces (Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Disston Saw Works, Philadelphia) and various university art galleries (Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University among others). His tape works have been performed at New York City dance and theater venues, international electronic art festivals and on nationally syndicated New American Radio.  His live sound and video performances have been featured in numerous venues in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple Gallery, Annenberg Center) and also in New York City; his composing has been supported by American Composers Forum (collaboration with Pauline Oliveros) and the Millay Colony (composer in residence) and he has enjoyed five residencies at the Experimental Television Center to pursue his video work.

    Joo Won Park   performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. For this Event Horizon show, Joo Won is bringing Oberlin Improvisation and New Music Collective (OINC). OINC a 12-piece electronic music band specialized in free improvisation residing in Oberlin, OH. ( 

    Admission is FREE

  • 8:00 PMCONES: free show for a live studio audience
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    You are invited to a special performance of CONES, the solo show about vampires, vision loss and ice cream, as it's filmed in front of a live studio audience. A blindfolded boy spills secrets about bright lights, bad cartoons, and learning how to be a vampire. But when a team of eye doctors, gym coaches, powerful sorcerers and potential mates try to pry his eyes open, what will he see? The answer may be in the ice cream. And ice cream will certainly be served in CONES.

    CONES, designed and performed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and directed by co-creator Mason Rosenthal, premiered at the 2015 SoLow Festival. This special showing will be documented on video in preparation for future touring. The show is free with your RSVP, and lasts one hour. There will be ice cream and a talkback following the performance.

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    Admission is FREE

  • 8:00 PMPermissive (1970) and Duffer (1971)
  • 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.

     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.

  • 9:00 PMPhila. Science Fiction Society hosts author Fran Wilde
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    The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society 


    Fran Wilde

    Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy.  She can also tie a bunch of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions. She’s taught writing and digital media at two colleges, a high school for the creative arts, and a long-distance program for young writers. Her first novels will be published by Tor beginning in September 2015 with Updraft. 

    Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Asimov’s, Nature Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and (Bibliography.) Her poetry has appeared in The Marlboro Review, Articulate, and Poetry Baltimore. Her critical work has appeared in Educause Quarterly.  

    Her digital media projects include games, dynamic widgets, and 3D immersive narratives.

    She holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in information architecture and interaction design.  She is a 2011 graduate of Viable Paradise and attended Taos Toolbox 2012.

    She reads too much and is a friend of the Oxford comma. 

    Fran is represented by Russell Galen and Rachel Kory of Scovil Galen Gosh Literary, inc.

    The 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.

    Membership in the society is open to everyone. For more info on membership and events, click HERE

    Admission is FREE 

  • 5:00 PMRedeemer Tabernacle Baptist Church 6th Annual Christmas Program
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Redeemer Tabernacle Baptist Church and Guest

    Presents its 6th Annual Christmas Program



    TICKETS $5:00 Per Person 

    Contact: LaVern Allen 215-870-3917 or Anthony Robinson 267-977-4206

  • 10:00 AMGo West! Holiday Craft Fest
  • Thumb 12196147 10153636902834303 4297253768678587564 n 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Go West! brings you their annual Holiday Craft Fest---this time in both spaces of The Rotunda---the back space AND the sanctuary! 100+ local vendors. See a complete vendor list HERE10am-4pm. Admission is FREE
  • 6:00 PMVision Driven Artists Series Monthly Workshops
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    The Rotunda & Vision Driven Consulting are teaming up to bring resources and capacity-building workshops to  

    curators and self-producing artists from any discipline.  

    Workshops will be held: 

    2nd Monday of each month beginning in November,

    6:00 – 8:00pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia)

    All workshops in the series are FREE and OPEN to the public, but please sign up in advance HERE to secure your spot! 


    Nonprofit, LLC, or Fiscal Sponsorship (November 9th, 6-8pm)

    • Discuss the pros and cons of various structures – pool experiences and get new ideas

    • Craft your mission statement to determine the structure that best suits your practice

    • Sole-proprietor, LLC, 501(c)3: understand the structures and how your projects fit into them

    2016 Planning (December 14th, 6-8pm)

    • Plan your upcoming year of work 

    • Identify your goals and break them into achievable tasks

    • Plot your tasks on a timeline for 2016

    Fundraising Basics (January 11th, 6-8pm)

    • Learn the language of fundraising 

    • Maximize opportunities beyond grants to support your projects

    • Brainstorm actual fundraising ideas for your work

    Grant Writing – Beginner  (February 8th, 6-8pm)

    • Demystify the language and process behind grant writing

    • Receive tools for finding grants 

    • Read actual grant proposals to learn common mistakes and important proposal components 

    Grant Writing – Intermediate (March 14th, 6-8pm)

    • Review aspects of a strong grant proposal

    • Practice writing an actual grant 

    • Receive feedback on your draft proposal 

    Real Budgeting for Real Work (April 11th, 6-8pm)

    • Look at sample budgets and learn how to interpret the story behind the numbers 

    • Create a budget tailored to your goals for 2016

    • How to assemble a project budget for potential funders

    Crowdfunding 101 (May 9th, 6-8pm)

    • Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your project or if it is not

    • Discover the pros and cons of various crowdfunding platforms

    • Receive a crowdfunding workbook to help you plan a campaign

    Getting New Projects off the Ground (June 13th, 6-8pm)

    • Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential threats of a new project 

    • Think through the components of your project and its goals 

    • Hone in on the details of your program or project and begin a draft project plan

    Getting People to Show Up (July 11th, 6-8pm)

    • Learn new techniques for building an audience, recruiting volunteers, and reaching your ideal participant

    • Troubleshoot issues with audience development that you may have had in the past

    • Identify tangible ways to keep people coming back in the future

    Balancing Your Practice (August 8th, 6-8pm)

    • Identify places of (im)balance in your practice

    • Discuss health, wellness, and your work

    • Share and obtain tools for successful time management

    Developing Campus/Community Collaborations (September 12th, 6-8pm)

    • Hear stories of successful campus and community collaborations

    • Learn how to find campus and community partners

    • Avoid common problems and learn how to build mutually beneficial partnerships

    Goal Identification & Measurement (October 10th, 6-8pm)

    • Identify what you want to achieve in your projects

    • Incorporate critical feedback and self-reflection into your arts practice

    • Brainstorm and receive tools for measuring success

  • 6:00 PMPhaesporia premiere
  • Thumb 12189305 455153514668878 8526877536076511308 o 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Doors at 6, local tabling.starting movie promptly at 7. short Q+A after screeningscreening is free. appreciating donations for festival submission fees. Phaesporia is a film of cycles and repetition. We are trapped on a plateau of patterns, a temporal cycle, a cycle that needs to be broken in order for progress to occur. Phaesporia is both an experiment and a study in the destruction of these unnatural cycles in which we remain stuck. It is a means of liberation from the plateaus of our cultures into a truly progressive world free of oppression. Phaesporia is the transference from cycle to an ever-extending spiral.This cycle has extended in infinite directions over the world for countless millennia. I expand this universality of the cycle, through the imagery and narratives of historical cultures. Thus the film intersects a myriad of mythologies including those of the Judeo-Christian, Greek, Hindu, Buddhist, and more. I strive to equate these mythologies to the mythology of the warriors of our time and elevate modern conflicts to an equal plane in history.Carman Spoto, Cinematographer (Director, Writer, Director of Photography)Run Time: 134 Minutes Mix: StereoColor: Black and WhiteAspect Ratio: 1.618:1Principal Production: June and July 2014Completion: July 2015starringD'Ava Arazel Chaiarre NewmanAnnie MokCheri HonkalaLeonard.DozierAngela VogelAlex SmithAlex KulickMichael SchannoRasheedah Phillips John HerbJon C. RolphBilly SchwartzVince CarpelloAdmission is FREE
  • 8:00 PMECSTATIC & WINGLESS: Bird-Imitation on Four Continents - A presentation by Ian Nagoski
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    ECSTATIC & WINGLESS: Bird-Imitation on Four Continents - A presentation by Ian Nagoski

    Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on early 20th century birdsong and its direct relationship on human performance - and human action on birdsong. It tells the story not only of the first recordings of cagebirds but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s-20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and possibly predates music or language in human history. 

    Music researcher Ian Nagoski has previously explored the porous boundaries of culture through 78rpm records of immigrants from collapsing European and Near Eastern empires as they arrived in the U.S. in early 20th century, and in the process, learned the stories of great, forgotten performers. With Ecstatic & Wingless, he has opened his exploration to the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.

    Admission is FREE

  • 3:00 PMCHRISTMAS FOLLIES starring Combs Family Magic
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    Another awesome Christmas Variety Extravaganza for the whole family from the folks at Five Minute Follies. 

    COMBS FAMILY MAGIC features father Jim Combs, daughter Cecilia (11) and son Peter (8), performing tricks and illusions that will amaze and delight audiences of all ages. Clever and surprising HOOP ARTIST JENNY HILL brings her witty and wacky style to the mix. Our resident COMIC CRAIG LIGGEONS will offer up his zany take on the Holiday Season. And glorious DANCER ASHLYN GARDNER returns to pay tribute to the Nutcracker as only she can.

    The Five Minute Follies is old fashioned variety entertainment for all ages. FUN FOR KIDS AND PARENTS ALIKE! 

    Tickets: Enter Coupon Code "member6" for a TICKET DISCOUNT!

    LAP CHILDREN (kids under 2 who do not require a seat) are FREE!

  • 6:00 PMPYPM Youth Night: Open Mic and Slam
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    Youth Night

    Youth Night: Open Mic and PYPM Slam Season:

     Every third Saturday of the month, PYPM hosts a youth-led open mic and poetry slam for teens to come and share their work in a safe, uncensored environment.

    Youth must be between the ages of 13-19 in order to participate in the slam.Points accrued throughout the season go towards semis/finals, which determine the six youth who will represent Philadelphia at Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival.All who wish to participate in the slam must register and sign up each month the Monday prior to the slam.  Sign up is posted at 7:00 p.m.All youth must register for the season:  Click here to register for the 2015 – 2016 season All wishing to participate in the open mic may sign up upon arrival.The slam is held at the Rotunda on 40th and Walnut.Doors open at 6:00 p.m.If you have any questions, please contact Vision here.
  • 6:00 PMPremiere Community Klezmer Dance Party!
  • Thumb klezmer 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Join us for an epic Klezmer Dance Party in West Philly featuring Susan Lankin-Watts, Dan Blacksberg, the Community Klezmer Orchestra, the KITA All-Stars, with Dancing led by the great Steve Weintraub!Award-winning artists Susan Lankin-Watts and Dan Blacksberg of the Community Klezmer Initiative host an evening of traditional and innovative Klezmer music focused on getting the crowd performing -- on instruments and on the dance floor.Come join in as the Community Klezmer Orchestra (led by Lankin-Watts) and the Klezmer in the Afternoon All-Stars (led by Blacksberg) rock the “hoyz” (Yiddish for “house”), setting the stage for dancing under the guidance of Steve Weintraub, the Pied Piper of Yiddish dance. Energy and momentum around Klezmer is at an all-time high in Philadelphia. The Community Klezmer Initiative (CKI), according to founder Susan Lankin-Watts, has been “harnessing that interest and excitement through workshops that invite participation from musicians at all levels, and through public Klezmer jams that include performances, improvisation and dance parties.” It’s now time to celebrate a year of successful CKI programming and to “bring the joyous energy of Klezmer into West Philly, at an event during which all who love this music can delight in it together,” adds Dan Blacksberg. About the ARTISTS:A fourth-generation Klezmer musician, Susan Lankin-Watts is a singer, trumpet player, composer, and arranger whose complex arrangements draw from tradition, the poetry of her great-grandfather, and a desire to give new voice to the art form and create Klezmer culture for a younger generation. An ambassador for her own Hoffman family musical lineage, she’s also a creative innovator within this rich artistic tradition. Susan has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and teaches locally. She has been honored with an award from the Leeway Foundation in 2012, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2015. Trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s musical activity spans avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music and Klezmer. He is a founding member of Alan Bern’s The Other Europeans, and co-leads the Klezmer power trio Leviticus with Michael Winograd and Tyshawn Sorey. He has also played with many of the field’s top artists and taught at Klezmer Festival Fürth and Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany, and has been an artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012.Steve Weintraub is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance, the dance performed to Klezmer music. Steve received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris, London and elsewhere.About the COMMUNITY KLEZMER INITIATIVE:The Community Klezmer Initiative, dedicated to creating new Klezmer culture, is a Philadelphia-based 501(C)(3) organization founded in 2012 that supports cultural continuity and innovation.Admission is FREE
  • 8:00 PMAndrew Lamb Trio; pres. by Ars Nova Workshop
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    Ars Nova Workshop


    Andrew Lamb Trio

    Andrew Lamb, saxophone + flute

    Tom Abbs, bass + tuba +didjeridoo

    Warren Smith, drums + percussion

    Saxophonist and flute player Andrew Lamb (b. 1958) was raised in Chicago and New York. He has studied with AACM charter member Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and has made a number of significant recordings with vibraphonist Warren Smith, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Andrei Strobert, and bassist Henry Grimes, including a particularly historic session for Delmark in 1994 titled Portrait in the Mist.

    Admission is FREE

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