May 2016

June 2016

July 2016
  • 6:30 PMBorn EpiK concert feat. Kachina, Mermaid of Philly
  • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM Born EpiKLive concert Headlined by Kachina, Mermaid of PhillyOther performances by Andre Saunders, RNS, Sage Marquiiis, Tru Vocalz and Tina Morrison.This Event is not a show, it is a CONCERT! Come see the Mermaid of Philly give the greatest performance of her career thus far!! Amazing vocal talent, high energy dancing and a few surprises you don't want to miss! Kachina will also be accompanied by legendary live band Side by Sol!! You won't be be able to stay in your seat! The hottest talent in Philly will be killing the stage at the Rotunda on June 3rd!! Support our non-profit "Socks-A-Million" by Donating a pair of socks at the door to win raffle prizes!!Tickets are $10-15 HERE
  • 1:00 PMSummer Fun Program OPEN HOUSE! Learn about the United Block Captain Assoc. program for youth 7-16 years old happening July & August
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM For the second year in a row, The United Block Captains Association will run their Summer Fun Program out of The Rotunda.The program runs July 5-August 26 and happens Monday through Friday 9am until 3pm. The ages for the program are 7-16. Children go on field trips on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and stay at The Rotunda for arts and culture programming on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Last year, children went swimming, roller skating, bowling, and to the movies, Dorney Park, Clementon Park,  Spruce Street Harbor Park, etc.  On their days at The Rotunda, they worked with a DJ, hip hop writer, Spanish teacher, muralist, black historian, mask maker, and two professional chefs who made healthy meals with them. This year, they will engage in similar activities. The value of the program is over $1,000 per child, yet the total fee is only $150 per child, which covers administrative costs. The open house on Saturday is a chance for the Program Director Alice Wright to meet with prospective parents and guardians, answer questions, show photos from last year, and go over rule and regulations.All are welcome!
  • 8:00 PMNeil Nappe, Iron Gump & Sean Hoots, Onewayness pres. by Event Horizon
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon Series presentsNeil Nappe, Iron Gump & Sean Hoots, OnewaynessNeil Nappe - An Electronic/Guitar Synth and Progressive Acoustic guitarist, Neil Nappe is wellknown for his work with Roland Guitar Synthesizers as well as some of the earliest work with the then-emerging standard of MIDI and personal computers in music. His critically acclaimed LP 'July', released on Larry Fast's Passport/Audion label, was one of the first works of its kind, recorded entirely with guitar-synth and MIDI sequencing. His work cuts across a staggering variety of compositional styles. Nappe remains an innovator who eagerly embraces cutting-edge, experimental and often unwieldy technologies, atIron Gump, for the last seven years, has been traveling and living in Maui, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Philadelphia. Spontaneously connecting musically with different artists aound the world.Through his musical exploration he has gained a deeper understanding about allowing the instruments to play him and to listen/feel the other musicians playing as well.  His connection to sound has become his passion and his way of creating a space for people to explore. The universe sings! Sean Hoots is a maker of music living in the land of West Philadelphia.  Perhaps best known for his roots/rock project Hoots & Hellmouth, Hoots has been writing, recording, and performing original music across a myriad of genres for the past three decades.  The last few years have found him delving deeper into the mysterious, crafting sprawling soundscapes from found-sounds, synths, guitars, and vocal manipulations.  This world of contemplative, meditative music, especially when combined with the talents of Iron Gump, offers a unique opportunity for performer and listener to share a soul-plumbing experience.Onewayness is Adam Holquist, a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist from Erie,Pennsylvania. He uses guitars, pianos, analog and digital synthesis, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of hardware and software tools to create atmospheric and textural music which draws influence from a variety of sources.  These may include: ambient, drone, minimalism, post-rock, and vintage and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.Admission is FREE
  • 1:00 PMIce Cream Social and Dog Pool Party
  • Thumb 12998190 10156732863565532 2672977052521576067 o 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Animal ACTivists of Philly Ice Cream Social and Dog Pool Party 1-4pm3 scoops of vegan ice cream for $5!All on the front plaza of The Rotunda. If the weather is bad, we will move the party indoors!We are still figuring out the brands and flavors of ice cream, but we will have the below flavors for sure, with more to come!Mint ChipVanilla FudgeCoffee RoyaleCookies 'n CreamVanillaWe will also have fixings to make your own sundae including chocolate syrup and whipped cream AND root beer floats!We will have some pools and toys for dogs, so bring 'em! Admission is FREE
  • 7:30 PM An evening of Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Fire Museum presents An evening of Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music with:Bhuvana Kannan (Veena)- with accompaniment by Aparna Kannan (Veena)Aparaajit Sriram (Mrudangam)Subhang Srinivasan (Ghatam) Bhuvana Kannan had initial training in veena from Smt. Subadhra Ramadurai and advanced training from the late Tiruvarur Smt. Alamelu Ammal & late Tiruvarur S. Balasubramanium (an A grade artist from Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India). She is well known for her melodious music, great command over the divine instrument through different slides, gamakas, varying strokes and unique fingering techniques and adherence to tradition. Bhuvana Kannan was selected as a Veena Artiste by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram, and performed at many prestigious sabhas (fine arts events) in India. She has performed many concerts for Doordharshan TV, India for music & Bharathanatyam dance programs. She formed the Pancha veena group & the Tristate vainika group. She also organizes Veena Festivals in Tristate area.Aparna Kannan has been learning veena from her mother Mrs. Bhuvana Kannan since childhood. She is a well known veena artist in the NY/NJ area. She has performed many solo concerts, accompanied her mother and performed many duet concerts. She is also part of Pancha Veena Group, and has won competitions in NJ and Cleveland. She is also a vocalist and was initially trained by Pooja Satish, Aparna Satish and advanced vocal lessons from Smt. Sulochana Sampath. Aparaajit is a senior at Brown University pursuing a five-year dual degree in philosophy and neuroscience. He has been playing mridangam for more than ten years and learns from ghatam vidwan Sri T.H. Subash Chandran and kanjira vidwan Sri Ganesh Kumar. He received his initial training from Dr. Venkat Natarajan. He has performed in Chennai and across the tri-state area.Subhang Srinivasan is a well-known Ghatam artist in the NY/NJ area and has been learning south Indian percussion since 2001, from Sankara Academy of music and arts, founded by ghatam maestro Sri. Subash Chandran. He had his ghatam arangetram in August 2009, where he accompanied eminent violin vidwan Sri. Vittal Ramamurthy. Since then Subhang has performed in numerous concerts accompanying seasoned artists such as Sri. Maharajapuram Srinivasan, Sri. Delhi Sunderrajan and Sri. TS Krishnamurthi and several tri-state artists in vocal and instrumental concerts in the U.S. He has also performed as ghatam accompanist in various sabhas during 2010 and 2011 December music seasons in Chennai, India.Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated!
  • 8:00 PMUniversal Indians with Joe McPhee pres. by Ars Nova Workshop
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Ars Nova Workshop


    Universal Indians with Joe McPhee

    Joe McPhee, pocket trumpet + alto saxophone

    John Dikeman, saxophones

    Jon Rune Strøm, double-bass

    Tollef Østvang, drums

    Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the explosive Amsterdam-based free jazz trio Universal Indians along with their special guest, veteran improviser Joe McPhee.

    American-born saxophonist John Dikeman formed Universal Indians with the Norwegian rhythm section of bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang. The three draw inspiration from American and European free jazz pioneers from Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler to Peter Brötzmann and Evan Parker, while adding new twists of their own. The trio invited multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee to join them on the road in 2014, resulting in the unpredictable, inventive CD Skullduggery (Clean Feed). The live album features four extended excursions spotlighting the group’s taut interplay and constantly surprising sonic palette.

    Derek Taylor of Dusted Magazine praised the album’s “raw and raucous joys,” hailing the fact that “Though formed on the fly, the melodic integrity of these exchanges holds up to heavy scrutiny.”

    Born in Nebraska and raised in Wyoming, saxophonist John Dikeman left the relative isolation of his home behind in pursuit of creative music, which he explored through stints in Philly, New York, Cairo and Budapest before settling in Amsterdam nearly a decade ago, since performing with all of the major figures of the Dutch jazz scene. That includes the Norwegian rhythm duo of bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang, who also run the label Stone Floor Records and work together in the groups All Included and Friends and Neighbors. Joe McPhee has been a singular voice in creative jazz and new music since his emergence in the 1960s, working with a who’s who of artists including Brötzmann, Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson.

    Admission is FREE 

  • 8:00 PMSLADE IN FLAME (1975) + OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL (2009): Andrew's Video Vault double feature
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Andrew's Video Vault at The RotundaFREE Screenings Continuous From 8 PMon the Second THURSDAY of Every Month!Since 2004, Andrew’s Video Vault is a free, once-a-month screening series at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. Andrew’s Video Vault programs original, obscure, neglected, marginalized and commercially unavailable video media. It connects the West Philly neighborhood to the University of Pennsylvania community and fosters a multicultural examination of motion pictures in a relaxed, educational setting. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Cinema Studies Program and The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania. This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. JUNE 9SLADE IN FLAME (1975 / 91 minutes)British glam giants Slade star in this rise and fall story of a late 1960s rock band crushed by the wheels of commerce. In 2007, BBC film critic Mark Kermode called this movie, the “Citizen Kane of rock musicals.”OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL (2009 / 104 minutes)Director Julian Temple (of the Sex Pistols documentary, The Filth & the Fury) creates a flashy and enormously entertaining documentary about the brief reign of the British bar band, Dr. Feelgood. Born in the dead-end seaside resort island/oil port of Canvay, this gang of eccentrics rise from their seedy roots to conquer London in a true tale peppered with haunted landscapes and clips of rare black and white British gangster films.Guest Host and Curator: Dan Buskirk of & the Fun 2 Know podcast  JULY 14WHITE COMANCHE (1968 / 93 minutes)Director Jose Briz Mendez’s Spanish production features William Shatner in a dual role: the cowboy Johnny Moon and his unhinged twin brother, Notah. Notah’s peyote-fueled vision that he is the Comanche Messiah puts him on a collision course with his estranged brother.CLEARCUT (1991 / 100 minutes)Polish director Ryszard Bugajski directs this unusual Canadian-shot environmentalist revenge fantasy. Dances with Wolves’ Graham Greene plays a Native American spirit who drags a kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest to help him physically understand how a forest feels when it is clearcut.Guest Host and Curator: Dan Buskirk of & the Fun 2 Know podcast  AUGUST 11SWEET REVENGE (1976 / 90 minutes)An early vehicle for the great Stockard Channing, casting her as a car thief and master of disguise whose dream is to buy a Dino Ferrari. With Sam Waterston as the smitten public defender and comic scene stealer Franklyn Ajaye as Channing’s accomplice. Directed by Jerry Schatzberg (Panic in Needle Park) and shot by Vilmos Zsigmond (McCabe & Mrs. Miller).A GORGEOUS GIRL LIKE ME [Une Belle Fille Comme Moi] (1972 / 98 minutes)François Truffaut’s little-seen comedic homage to Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. Bernadette Lafont plays a young jailed woman accused of killing her father and lover. She recounts her life in flashback to sociologist (André Dussollier) who weakens to her charms.Guest Host and Curator: Dan Buskirk of &the Fun 2 Know podcast  SEPTEMBER 8Experience two of the most extreme cult films about WWII with this double feature.COME AND SEE (1985/140 minutes) A young Russian boy is caught up in the fighting when his village is massacred by Germans. Directed by Elem Klimov.IN A GLASS CAGE (1987/110 minutes). Agusti Villaronga’s revenge drama follows a boy’s revenge on the pedophiliac Nazi scientist who preyed upon him during the war.Guest Host and Curator: Samm Deighan of film blog Satanic Pandemonium  OCTOBER 13Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer True Crime Double FeatureDAHMER (2002/101 minutes)Jeremy Renner gives an unforgettable performance (the highlight of his career, thus far) in David Jacobson’s engrossing, stylish, and solidly executed story of one of America’s most infamous serial killers.JEFF – THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES (2012/76 minutes)Chris James Thompson’s fascinating experimental documentary combines extensive interviews with one of Dahmer’s neighbors, the chief medical examiner on the case, and the case’s lead detective with re-enactments of some of the more mundane aspects of Dahmer’s life and crimes.Guest Host and Curator: Mike Zaleski  NOVEMBER 10Don Siegel Double FeatureCHARLEY VARRICK (1973/111 minutes)Gripping crime film starring Walter Matthau, in one of his best performances, as a bank robber whose life goes through a series of twists and turns when it turns out his last payload was mafia money. Also stars Felicia Farr, Joe Don Baker and John Vernon.THE BEGUILED (1971 /105 minutes)Bizarre Southern Gothic drama stars Clint Eastwood as an injured Yankee soldier taken in by an all-girls boarding school in Louisiana where things quickly get hot, heavy, humid, and twisted. Also stars Geraldine Page.Guest Host and Curator: Mike Zaleski  DECEMBER 8TOO MUCH JOHNSON (1938/67 minutes)Newly discovered Orson Welles footage—silent, unedited camera rolls from 1938. Originally filmed to accompany the Mercury Theatre’s production of William Gillette’s 1894 comedy Too Much Johnson, but never used. Footage features frequent Welles collaborator, Joseph Cotten.FÅRÖ DOCUMENT 1979 (1979/100 minutes)Documentary by Ingmar Bergman about his adopted home, the island of Fårö, where he filmed many of his best works and lived until the end of his life.GLITTERBUG (1994/60 minutes)Montage of Super 8 footage shot by filmmaker Derek Jarman from 1970 to 1986 — part home-movie, part formal experimentation and part social documentary. Music by Brian Eno.Admission to all Andrew's Video Vault screenings is FREE
  • 12:00 PMSOLD OUT!! Vegan Brunch at The Rotunda! SOLD OUT!
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    SOLD OUT!!!

    Please join us for a very special event - the first of its kind at The Rotunda!

    Renowned Philadelphia chef Lenka Zivkovic (of Plough in Old City) will dish out a delicious gourmet brunch for you!

    Seating will be community table/farm table style and limited to the first 80 people who purchase advance tickets. All spots must be pre-paid so that the chef knows how much food to bring. 

    DJ Alex Smith will spin records while you eat. 

    A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to The Rotunda! 

    For a mere $16.00 (+ $1.87 service charge) or $7.00 (+$1.38 service charge) for kids 12 and under, you get:


    Potato Hash

    Tofu Scramble

    Homemade Sausage

    French Toast

    Complimentary Mini-Desserts



    Where else in West Philly can you get such a deal on vegan brunch? NOWHERE!

    Purchase tickets HERE

  • 8:00 PMFire Museum pres. Susan Alcorn, Evan Lipson, Eric Carbonara
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM Fire Museum presents :Susan AlcornEvan LipsonEric CarbonaraSusan Alcorn: One of the world's premiere musical innovators of her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Known among steel guitarists for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Messiaen, Varese, Penderecki), the deep listening of Pauline Oliveros, Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, free jazz, and world musics (Indian rags, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra). Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression. "From the relatively unadorned sound of pedal steel and amplifier, Susan Alcorn brings forth music that is as full of emotional honesty as it is of melodic and harmonic exploration and surprise. She possesses a virtuosic technique that is always at the service of the musical moment and its possibilities for expression and communication." - Kevin Macneil Brown/DustedSusan will perform a solo set then a duo set with Evan LipsonEvan Lipson has operated as a musician since adolescence-intuitively seeking the liminal zones in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect. Drawn towards aberrant perspectives at an early age, his formative experiences were primarily rooted in extreme and often discordant forms of rock, improvised music, modernist composition, jazz, outsider pop, soundtracks, and noise.Eric Carbonara (Philadelphia):  is a guitarist, composer, and audio engineer currently based in Philadelphia. His reverence for raw and honest aural expression has led him far and wide, composing works that embrace noise, improvisation, and aleatoric elements for the guitar. Carbonara's work stems from the belief that music is a vehicle for self expression and universal truth, a belief shared by his teacher, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. His playing weaves a variety of traditional forms producing a kind of exalted pidgin style in which one can recognize influences of Hindustani slide guitar music, Andalusian Roma-Flamenco, and 20th-century guitar compositions yet find it difficult to pinpoint any singular derivative source. Carbonara has released 7 solo/duet albums and has been featured on many compilations from labels including VHF, Locust Music, Tompkins Square, and Majumua Music, among others. In March of 2014, Carbonara released Tributes and Diatribes with harpist Jesse Sparhawk on VHF Records.Carbonara's strengths lie in blending and juxtaposing seemingly polarized themes, revealing a more honest and thorough depiction of himself. Marc Masters in Pitchfork writes "His guitar often sounds idyllic but also filled with tension; his careful picks and strums could easily dive into darkness. Such countering themes are a product of Carbonara's approach to guitar, which is guided equally by physical technique and abstract imagery."Carbonara has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe alongside fellow guitarists such as Alexander Turnquist (VHF), Nick Schillace, William Tyler (MERGE), and Nick Millevoi (TZADIK). When not working in the studio as an engineer/producer, he is at work composing and extending his technique and abilities. Carbonara has been featured in Pitchfork, Washington Post, Chicago Reader, Philly Weekly, etc. and has performed live on WNYC's "Spinning on Air", WFMU, WPRB, WPSU, WNUR, among many other radio programs.links at is FREE but donations are gladly accepted!
  • 6:00 PMVision Driven Artists Series Monthly Workshops
  • Thumb rotunda vdc 4x6 frontweb 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    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

  • 7:00 PMThe Long Tone Choir
  • Thumb 13161817 1727004904209216 7134998215354618091 o 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM We invite you to close your eyes and open your ears in an immersive sonic experience. The Long Tone Choir will steep you in a variety of organically shifting soundscapes, some of which will include audience participation. The Long Tone Choir, from Berkeley, CA, is based on the cornerstones of listening, breathing, mindfulness, and a biotic and responsive experience of time. You may hear the Long Tone Choir here: For more information on the Long Tone Choir:!long-tone-choir/rs9an Long Tone Choir Facebook page: is $5-12 sliding scale
  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. Philadelphia record release of Bombogenic, by Sonic Liberation 8 with the The Classical Revolution Trio & Oliver Lake
  • Thumb sl802 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird is excited to present the Philadelphia record release celebration of Bombogenic, a new album by Sonic Liberation 8 with the The Classical Revolution Trio & Oliver Lake. The album celebrates the 15 year anniversary of Sonic Liberation 8 with a new collection of compositions and arrangements showcasing a unique confluence of loft jazz, Afro Cuban Yoruba music, and new chamber music. Joining SL8 in this milestone is special guest artist Oliver Lake (World Saxophone Quartet) and the Classical Revolution String Trio. In addition to five new compositions, Kevin Diehl, the octet's leader, arranged the Erik Satie composition, Gnossienne, recasting it as a platform for creative interaction rooted in these genres. Additionally Oliver Lake composed 2 compositions for specifically for SL8's Afro-Cuban-Yoruba jazz format. Diehl arranged bata drums parts for these 2 pieces along with another of Mr. Lakes compositions called Love Like Sisters. Love Like Sisters originally appeared on a World Saxophone Quartet album called Metamorphosis. THE PERFORMERSSpecial Guest Oliver Lake - Alto Saxophone, Composition Sonic Liberation 8 Kevin Diehl - Drumkit, Bata Iya, Composer Matt Engle - Bass, Composer Elliot Levin - Woodwinds Veronica Jurkiewicz - Viola, String Section Leader Mike Watson - Bass Clarinet Nichola Rivera - Bata Itotele & Iya, Conga, Composer Tom Lowery - Drumkit, Afro Brazilian Percussion Ron Howerton - Bata Okonkolo, Conga, Percussion The Classical Revolution Trio Russel Kotcher - Violin Peter Oswald - Cello Yoni Draiblate - Cello ABOUT THE ARTISTSThe artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake's half-century-long career is unparalleled. An extensive resume of his collaborations includes work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Flux String Quartet, Bjork, Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Anthony Braxton, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Vijay Iyer, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille and a veritable who's who of the jazz vanguard. Oliver's efforts extend far beyond the music, with his creation of the non-profit Passin' Thru organization, becoming a mainstay at Pittsburgh's City of Asylum, publishing two books of poetry and frequently producing visual artwork for exhibitions across the country. Lake's breadth of disciplines can be traced back to his formative years with the Black Artists Group, the innovative St. Louis collective of musicians, poets, dancers and painters he helped architect over 35 years ago. As a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet (with fellow luminaries David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett), Oliver firmly established himself in the "Loft" jazz scene of the 1970's in New York City, and has since produced a body of work that is both expansive and versatile enough to avoid falling solely into the trappings of the "avant-garde" and "free" labels. The fact that his work can stand on compositional merit alone, all while he has etched a place for himself as one of the elite saxophone players and improvisers of recent times, is a testament to Oliver Lake's stature as an artist. Lake's output as an exacting and unequivocally original composer has long been celebrated, highlighted by commissions awarded from the Library of Congress, the Rockefeller Foundation ASCAP, the International Association for Jazz Education, Composers Forum and the McKim Foundation. He has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and was also presented with the Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center in 2006. In 2014, Oliver was honored with what is arguably the greatest recognition of his artistry and vision to date, becoming one of only nineteen grantees appointed for the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award, a multi-year grant awarded to American artists in the fields of jazz, theater and dance. A trailblazer through and through, Oliver Lake continues to produce in the vociferous, uncompromising way he only knows how to, currently immersed in the work of such adventurous ensembles as the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet, Oliver Lake Big Band and Trio 3. Sonic Liberation 8 is deeply rooted in the traditions of Afro Cuban music and has spent years fusing that grand tradition with new sounds including composed jazz, modern chamber composition, and the powerful Orisha spirit. Sonic Liberation 8 melds together sounds and time periods in a manner like no other band around today. As Sonic Liberation Front, this ensemble has consistently won international critical acclaim and have been named #1 or Top 10 by the Village Voice, All About Jazz, Jazziz, and more. The band has recorded five internationally-distributed albums. The eight-member ensemble has played extensively in the Philadelphia and New York area, and at festivals and cultural institutions throughout the Midwest U.S. and Canada. The core octet is scalable, often collaborating with guest artists and expanded ensembles.More info: is FREE
  • 8:00 PMThe Music of Moon Dog with the Arcana New Music Ensemble
  • Thumb moondog02 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ABOUT THE EVENTBowerbird is pleased to present "The Music of Moondog", a survey of the idiosyncratic rounds and songs by composer Louis Thomas Hardin Jr (1916 - 1999). The eccentric street musician known as Moondog dressed in Viking garb and regularly performed on the sidewalks of New York's Sixth Avenue. This concert is the debut performance of the Arcana New Music Ensemble. ARCANA NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLEKatie Ambacher, fluteNicholas McNamara, alto saxophoneAaron Stewart, tenor saxophoneMark Zelesky, baritone saxophoneTessa Ellis, trumpetElizabeth Huston, harpEric Derr, percussionAndy Thierauf, percussionJune Bender, violinJoshua Machiz, double bassTHE COMPOSERLouis Thomas Hardin, Jr., better known as Moondog, is one of the most famous and influential outsider musicians of the twentieth century. Born in Kansas to a devoutly religious family, Hardin was blinded at age 16 when he dug up a live dynamite cap. For 30 years, from the early 1940s to the early 1970s, he lived in New York City, where he became a well-known street performer known, thanks to his Nordic garb, as "the Viking of Sixth Avenue." During this time he recorded several albums and won the respect of many important musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Charlie Parker (for whom he wrote the piece "Bird's Lament"), and Philip Glass (with whom he briefly shared an apartment). From 1974 until his death in 1999, Moondog lived primarily in Germany, where he enjoyed the most stable and productive creative period of his life. Celebrated for his diverse body of work that combines-- among other influences-- the rhythmic energy of jazz, the ritualistic intensity of Native American tribal music, and classical principles of counterpoint, Moondog's music is at once uncategorizable and instantly identifiable. ABOUT ARCANAFounded in 2016, the Arcana New Music Ensemble is a group of Philadelphia-based musicians dedicated to presenting interesting, beautiful, and unconventional music in interesting, beautiful, and unconventional places. Built on a flexible roster of 25 musicians, Arcana is able to perform a broad range of repertoire in numerous configurations. Arcana is a project of Bowerbird administered by Elizabeth Huston, Thomas Patteson, and Dustin Hurt.Admission is FREE
  • 6:00 PMOUTSIDE AT THE 40TH ST FIELD! The Young Philadelphians & Monica McIntyre at the 40th Street Summer Series
  • Thumb young philadelphians new release 1 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The 40th Street Summer Series—co-produced by Penn, University City District, and The Rotunda—will once again enliven the green area behind the Walnut Street Library (40th Street between Walnut and Locust) with free monthly concerts. This year the programming will run from June through September, with performances on four Saturdays throughout the summer, falling on June 18th, July 23rd, August 20th, and September 17th. These events will only be cancelled is there is really bad weather. A sprinkle won't cancel our fun!  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 series will run from June through September. 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. 2016 ScheduleSATURDAY, JUNE 18 • 6PMThe Young PhiladelphiansThe Young Philadelphians blend mind-blowing harmolodic punk-funk and the sweet, optimistic pulse of 1970s Philly soul. Marc Ribot enlists Prime Time alumni and Philadelphia natives, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, drummer G. Calvin Weston and guitarist Bern Nix, along with a lush 3-piece string section to form the hardest working musicians in punk/funk/soul/ and noise. Keep an eye out for their Live in Tokyo album to be released in July!Click here for more info on The Young Philadelphians.with Monica McIntyre
Monica 'Spirit' McIntyre (pronouns: Spirit/They/Them) -- A Gender Non-Conforming Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate, Sound Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Mover and Visual Artist -- who promotes empowerment and healing by any medium necessary. Click here for more info on Monica McIntyre.
 SATURDAY, JULY 23 • 6PMDendê & Band
Dendê & Band have cultivated a unique sound where Afro-Brazilian traditions like samba de roda and candomble have been seamlessly melded with world rhythms like rumba, afrobeat and mbalax. Dendê is a percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist. Click here for more information on Dende & Band.with PaPa Ed Stokes and Kunu Bi
PaPa Ed is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist who plays more than a dozen instruments, a highly-accomplished instrument maker (often from recycled materials), and a lifelong student of ethnic and African music, and the blues. SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 • 6PMThe Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. Composed of renowned singers, dancers and musicians from Liberia, these award-winning performers create music intended to encourage women to make their voices heard, and to take positive steps forward. Click here for more information on The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change.with Modero Dance Company
Modero Dance Company was founded to combine traditional and modern Indonesian dance disciplines. This fusion brings the best of both worlds in energetic & intricate choreography. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 • 6PMRennie Harris RHAW
 Dr. Rennie Harris’ RHAW is a dance group for youths training for Rennie Harris Puremovement. The group performs Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House, and Hip hop social dance. RHAW forges new paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its "RHAW-est" forms. Click here for more information on Rennie Harris RHAW.with Kalamandir Dance Company
Kalamandir Dance Company is a contemporary ensemble that uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression. Their movement vocabulary is a collective effort that aims to create a reachable area for all people to participate and communicate. Click here for more information on Kalamandir Dance Company.Admission to all shows in this series is FREE
  • 7:00 PMThe 2016 Summer Solstice Sound Salutation pres. by Poet~tree EnMotion
  • Thumb 480945 10151283921900064 1648053930 n 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM Poet~tree EnMotion PresentsThe 2016 Summer Solstice Sound Salutation! Wednesday, June 22nd, 7-10:30pm (Doors @ 6:30pm)!This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performance, arts & culture presentations… This event will be a bit different from the previous… Doors open @6:30pm to find a spot for your yoga mat (Chairs will be present too) & the event begins @ 7pm with a Yoga/Chi-kung Fusion Flow workshop to invoke a sacred space of stillness for flowing meditations, while steeped in a practice amidst dynamic Sound Healing Vibrations… then Words will be Spoken to honor rituals that cannot be broken…calling fourth the fierceness of festivity inspiring the Tribal Dance Ceremony…Finally, the Music “Selecta” moves us in to a dance-floor rhythm to celebrate the community!!! A FREE community event (donations suggested at the door in benefit of GreensGrow)… THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION & SUPPORT!  June 22nd: The 2016 Summer Solstice Moving Meditations, Sound Vibrations & Tribal Dance Salutation! •    Teknacolor Ninja DJ artist bringin’ Afro-Caribbean rhythms & bass for seasoned dance floors… highlighting the underground, female MC's & producers w/ bootyshaking, high energy music balanced w/ sassy, fingerlicking good vibes.•    Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke) Resident Performance Artist, Event Organizer & Arts Educator, known for her “unique style” of performance & skilled work as a healing arts instructor. In collaboration with Iron Gump & his hOMies, she’ll facilitate a Yin/Yang Flow of Yoga/Qi-gong with vibrational sound healing to balance mind, spirit & body!   •    Setu Tribe Founded by Geri Vanore (“Lady Omni”), the Tribe is inspired by the Tribal qualities of the The Philadelphia Experiment Phamily. By creating their own movements/costumes, each Tribes Woman connects the community to these powerful moments through the stories being told in the dance.•    Iron Gump & fellow hOMiesOur local sound traveler “Gump” will be facilitating a vibrational sound healing “Jam” session style featuring some crafty community characters working to create a landscape of dynamic chill-out instrumentation to guide the healing arts workshop experience into sacred space & in the spirit of connecting w/ intentions & fellow beings (or creatures that may be occupying it with them). Upcoming Event September 21st, 2016! *Go to the Poet-tree En Motion Event on FB**Join the Poet-tree En Motion Group on FB* BIOSIron Gump Iron Gump is a sound traveler that follows the wind/breath and listens to its teachings. Allowing the instruments to guide him through the spaces he roots his spirit in, he fully connects with the intentions of those beings or creatures that may be occupying it with him. With this awareness and connection of the environment he creates an optimal spaces for people to experience their own breath and feel their own wind blowing through the trees of life. (blog) (music)The Teknacolor Ninja The Teknacolor Ninja is a genre-bender and experimentalist. A Virginia born Venezuelan-American, she identifies as a third culture kid having growing up in Panama, Italy and Puerto Rico. Her musical selections draw from her international upbringing, spinning multi-genre sets that feature a strong undercurrent of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and bass music. Ninja’s sets are curated for seasoned dance floors, charming fellow deejay mates and producers alike. She keeps it underground, highlighting female MC's and producers with bootyshaking, high energy dance music balanced with sassy, fingerlicking good vibes. She co-produces Tropic of Bass, a dance party headquartered in NE Wash DC, alongside her deejay soul mates Mettabbana (DC) , DJ BEATrix (DC) and Illexxandra (NYC), showcasing global-influenced music. Based in Philadelphia, you can find Teknacolor Ninja spinning at events up and down the Northeastern shore in DC, Philly and Brooklyn. Follow Teknacolor Ninja on… Gabrielle de Burke (a.k.a. The Plum Dragoness) 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 has toured not only as a solo artist, founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director of Archedream for HumanKind 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. She has also helped bring together the all female performance group trio known as The Femme-Mynistiques, who will officially release their debut EP “Here She Comes…” in the summer of 2016. Since 2007, Plum has been a resident performance artist, as well as host and organizer for the successful performing arts series known as Poet-tree En Motion at The Rotunda! This has allowed her the opportunity to share her own creative performances (including collaborative projects she initiated) and work created by a plethora of other unique artists with the west Philadelphia community and beyond! Gabrielle’s work as a healing arts practitioner and instructor continues to intersect with her work as an inter-disciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of Internal and Martial Arts forms in combination with Dance, Poetry and Theater presentation. Gabrielle has been teaching in, around the Philadelphia area & abroad since 2000. If you dig It…then follow:(Healing Arts) (Performing Arts/Music & Words) Setu TribeThe Setu Tribe consists of: the Warrior Goddess, Connection, Fire Lotus, Men At Work... these are just a few of the movements created by Setu Tribe, a growing group of women (currently 21 and counting), led by Geri Omni, who come together to perform a collectively choreographed dance. Each movement is derived from a single, memorable experience belonging to each woman, making the dance into a series of pivotal moments that each Tribes Woman shares. In addition to creating their own movements, each Tribes Woman also crafts their own costume. Setu Tribe connects us all to these powerful moments as it heals and uplifts through the dance.
The Tribes founder, Geri Vanore (“Lady Omni”) has been inspired by the Tribal qualities of the Phamily known as The Philadelphia Experiment, the amazing, strong and beautiful women and men of the community, and the uplifting creations and music of the FREE community event (donations suggested at the door in benefit of GreensGrow)… THANKS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION & SUPPORT! 
  • 8:00 PMStereotytans, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, and Col Mike Tyler, Barbara Duncan and Will Winborne Jr. with a stellar blues jam
  • Thumb 13244813 10157034383875397 2247350298532165310 n 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM This event is part of a string of shows providing advocacy and support for Women Against Abuse and Women Organized Against Rape.On Wed 6/22 at World Cafe Live we have Shakera Jones, BriaMarie, and Emily Mineo; Thursday 6/23 at The Rotunda with Stereotytans, Paulette Branson & Mixed People, and Col Mike Tyler, Barbara Duncan and Will Winborne Jr. with a stellar blues jam; $10.00and Friday 6/24 at MilkBoy with Boy Wonder, Kinyon Lanier & My Funky Brethren, and Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band's release date and party for "On Our Way To Forever."
  • 7:30 PMTouch of Classics! Presents Operetta Masterpiece Die Fledermaus
  • Thumb die fledermaus 4x6 card front 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM For Immediate ReleaseDorothy Cardella or James R. LongacreTouch of Classics! Vocal EntertainmentPhone: 215-432- 3362 or 215-868- 9988Fax: 215-465- 0753Email: info@touchofclassics.comhttp://www.touchofclassics.comTouch of Classics! Presents Operetta Masterpiece Die Fledermaus onJune 24 TH !Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 4/25/2016 - Touch of Classics! is bringing Johann Strauss II’s operetta masterpiece Die Fledermaus for a performance at The Rotunda in University City. Touch of Classics! James R. Longacre and Dorothy Cardella bring this fully staged and costumed opera for the enjoyment of all during the Summer Season. The story involves mistaken identities, an amorous Italian tenor, maids aspiring to becomes actresses, a vengeful husband, a devious gentleman (also known as “The Bat”), a drunken jailor, and total mayhem; all of which takes place before, during and after a Ball given by a bored billionaire count. Joined by some of the most memorable waltz music ever written, this evening promises a satisfying and pleasant experience.In the cast are Dorothy Cardella as Rosalinda, Melissa Primavera as Adele, Teri Seri as Orlofsky, Rachel Daly as Sally, Casey Howell as Margot, Ross Druker as Eisenstein, Edward Bogusz as Falke, Stephen Raytek as Frank, and James R. Longacre as Alfred. Directing the opera is Sandra Hartman and Music Director is Joseph Krupa. The opera will feature all of the wonderful waltzes and tunes of this timely operetta.Cost of the opera is $20.00 per person, cash only at the door, with a complimentary beverage and sweet included. All the family is encouraged to join us for the performances!The Rotunda is at 4014 Walnut Street in University City and is Wheelchair Accessible.Parking is available on-street or at Public lot across from the venue. For more info, visit .
  • 12:00 PMPhilly Vegan Pop Flea: all-vegan pop-up marketplace
  • Thumb 13012609 1567258183604649 8820975059647816212 n 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM FREE ENTRY FOR ALL!PHILLY VEGAN POP FLEA is Philly's all-vegan pop-up marketplace is happening SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH at THE ROTUNDA!Vegan crafts, food, learning and more!Snap, crackle & SHOP VEGAN in a central location! CALLING ALL VEGAN ARTISANS: Interested in being a vendor/exhibitor? Food, clothes, accessories, art & more! We want it all! Sign up today at us at with any questions!
  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering presents 30 and Over League
  • Thumb 13450261 10209391989697322 1050377869683393421 n 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM  9pm-1amThe Gathering Returns Thursday June 30th. And Every Last Thursday of the month. The Longest Running Hip Hop Event In Philly. Rap Cypher, Breaking, Graff and Turntablism. Open to All Ages at The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 9pm-1am $3 cover before 9pm. $5 After 10pm. This Month 30th & Over League Will Be The Feat. Act. Also FREE HIV SCREENINGS FOR ALL. $50 Cash for best cypher verse written. RAFFLE TO WIN BEYONCE, DRAKE AND FUTURE TICKETS. MUST BE 18-24. 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.
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