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  • 8:00 PMThin Air, The Tangent Project, The Ministry of Inside Things pres. by Event Horizon Series
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    December 1st 2017 - Thin Air, The Tangent Project, The Ministry of Inside Things

    The Ministry of Inside Things - Consisting of synthesist Chuck van Zyl and electric guitarist Art Cohen, Philadelphia-based The Ministry of Inside Things are considered among the most innovative of US spacemusicians today. Equally influenced by the early groundbreaking music of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Ash Ra Tempel as well as that of Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead, their work pushes across a diverse sonic terrain. Based on live improvisation, The Ministry of Inside Things creates electronic realizations that flow from theme to theme, within the context of a composed suite of music. Through use of textures and atmospheres as well as harmony, rhythm and melody, the group transports the listener on an internal aural excursion. The Ministry of Inside Things exist outside the confines of the recording studio and in the realm of the live performance. As MoIT, Art Cohen and Chuck van Zyl continue a tradition of bringing an otherwise methodical studio based art form out into the spontaneity of the performance environment. Their third CD "Ambient Elsewhere" (2008) feels dark and isolated when compared to their two earlier releases. While "Everlasting Moment" (2003) explored the edges, dynamics and tension of space and atmosphere, and "Contact Point" (2006) embraced the more unified themes of cosmic, biospheric and macrocosmic interaction, "Ambient Elsewhere" moves through strange new territory in-between and outside of traditional Spacemusic. Drawn from a range of chilling themes, this album sonifies wintertime, desolate landscapes and the soul's midnight. Moving through the timbral badlands of the empty quarter, "Ambient Elsewhere" offers up a courageous intimacy. Always bringing their own influences and innovation to the music process, MoIT produces a sound that is uniquely individual and personal.

    Veteran Spacemusic duo The Tangent Project features the ample talents of synthesist Jeff Coulter and guitarist Harrison McKay. Experimenting with sounds and textures reminiscent of the classics Rubycon and Phaedra their approach incorporates a unique sensibility and outlook. Coulter's sequencer runs, synth pads and melodies all move at different speeds while McKay's processed guitar alternates between emitting atmospheric textures and liquid lead solos. Their realizations are in constant motion, either pushing forward, or churning in stillness, or at some indistinct level in between. Coulter and McKay explore areas of both dark and light. Their music is a culmination of a lifetime worth of experience. They will be performing selections from their most recent album release, Threads.

    ThinAirX is Steve Bowman playing electrified clarinet—a regular orchestral clarinet modified with aguitar pickup, and then processed through a chain of guitar pedals. Virtually every sound in a ThinAirX performance originates from the clarinet, then is pitch shifted, modulated, delayed, looped, stacked, warped, and turned upside down. No sequencers, drum machines or backing tracks. No laptop. The result is like nothing you’ve ever heard. It’s electronic music driven by the expressiveness of a wind instrument. Sometimes it sounds like a clarinet. Other times you’d never guess it was anything but a full synth-driven band. ThinAirX is spacemusic with a jam-band sensibility. But not free jams. The pieces are composed, with themes and structure and discernable musical ideas. Not scored note by note but, as with jam bands or jazz, each performance is unique, capturing the energy of the moment. The music ranges from ambient and dreamy to raucous noise. Harmonies from modal to atonal. Melodies from chromatic angularity to singing themes. Sometimes all in the same composition. Steve is a veteran electronic musician, enthralled with all the fantastic sounds that modern circuitry can generate. But it’s electronics grounded in a musical sensibility shaped by a lifetime of listening to string quartets, renaissance masses, Beethoven,  Ives, Subotnick, Stockhausen, Reich, Ligeti, Zappa, Beefheart, “more Grateful Dead shows than I can count” and a degree in Music from Harvard. Before switching to the clarinet Steve played keyboards and synths—you may have heard him perform solo as Thin Air or with Art Cohen as the duo Delicate Monster.

    Admission is FREE 

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  • 8:00 PMJoy Cutler’s Anatomy Lesson
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    Joy Cutler’s Anatomy Lesson

    With both poignancy and humor, ANATOMY LESSON shows how one woman’s experience with chronic illness can be a pathway to creating connections between us all. The show is a medical memoir about Joy Cutler's unwanted genetic inheritance, surviving hemodialysis and what it means to be an organ transplant recipient. And it’s about Joy’s enduring relationship with her young donor who, in losing his life, gave her back her own.

    Admission is $15. Purchase advance tickets HERE http://anatomylesson.bpt.me/

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  • 6:30 PMTheatre of the Oppressed workshop - Unpacking Race
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    Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed UNPACKING RACE5 Tuesdays: Nov 7–Dec 5Each session 6:30–9:00 PMled by Hariprasad Kowtha and Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews

    Tuition: $45–$125 sliding scale

    Limited space!CLICK HERE to sign up.Worktrade and childcare available upon request.

    On Tuesday nights this fall we bring back our popular series on race and interrupting racism.  Over the course of five weeks we'll excavate this topic through exercises, discussions, and techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed, and equip participants with things to read and do between sessions. Our aim is to unlearn systemic racism we’ve been taught throughout our lives, to heal from racial privilege and oppression, and to offer starting points for structural and personal change for ourselves, our communities, and our world. 

    The Fall 2017 Unpacking Race Series is open to anyone who can attend all five sessions. Tuition is sliding scale: $45-$125, payable at the first session. Click here to sign up. You can also email "tophilly@gmail.com" or leave a message at 267-282-1057. Those interested in worktrade or childcare, please contact us by October 7.

    Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed has run the Unpacking Race curriculum for Widener University, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, Circle of Hope, and at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, as well as several times as a public workshop in Philadelphia.

    Tuition: $45–$125 sliding scaleLimited space!CLICK HERE to sign up.Worktrade and childcare available upon request.

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  • 8:00 PMDIABOLICAL FRENCH DRAMA Under The Sun of Satan [Sous le soleil de Satan] (1976) and The Devil, Probably [Le diable, probablement] (1977)
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    Andrew’s Video Vault at The Rotunda

    FREE 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 programed by film director and educator Andrew Repasky McElhinney.  Andrew’s Video Vault programs original, obscure, neglected, marginalized and commercial 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. 

    VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

    DECEMBER 14 – DIABOLICAL FRENCH DRAMAUnder The Sun of Satan [Sous le soleil de Satan] (1976 / 97 minutes)Gerard Depardieu stars in Maurice Pialat’s film about the nature of evil, where a particularly zealous priest in the French countryside becomes tempted by the devil and is obsessed with saving a young murderess (Sandrine Bonnaire) who has killed one of her lovers. The Devil, Probably [Le diable, probablement] (1977 / 95 minutes)Robert Bresson’s penultimate film follows the attempts of a suicidal young man (Antoine Monnier) to find some meaning or value in society by immersing himself in religion, politics, and even psychology, all for nought.Guest Host and Curator: Samm Deighan

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  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. Wild Combination: A portrait of Arthur Russell
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    Wild CombinationA portrait of Arthur RussellBowerbird is excited to present a screening of "Wild Combination", director Matt Wolf's visually absorbing portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur created music that spanned both pop and abstract art. Now, over fifteen years since his passing, Arthur's work is finally finding its audience. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and closest collaborators - including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg - to tell this poignant and important story. 

    Admission is FREE

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