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  • 1:00 PMthe 9th Annual Family Music Festival
  • Thumb 26239378 10155187686777078 2552161892216387140 n 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hope for the Hood Voice of the Streets bring youthe 9th Annual Family Music Festival Door prizes / networking and resource fair: 1-2pmbasket raffle to support the show / sponsors and vendors Performances by: The Diva Dollz and Company / Rally Gang / Joe Becton / Antalytical / Cash Back / Laceone / Udini La'Voz / The Remnant / BlacknBlessed / Karen Meeks and Marina Gilbert / Runnet "Ni A" Ebo-Grey / Victoria Higgins Peurifoy. The Axiom / Diamonds and Pearls, Princess Pageant Contestants With: Sabrina Cuie and Jeremy IssacHosted by Shameka S. Sawyer For more info, contact Earl Weeks at 267-632-3533Admission is FREE 
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  • 12:00 PMSuper Philly Chili Bowl II: Best Vegan Chili in the City
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    TICKETS ON SALE - DECEMBER 15, 2017! BUY HERE!

    Get ready for THE BIG GAME with heaps of warm vegan goodness on Sunday, February 4, 2017 as V MARKS THE SHOP presents... SUPER PHILLY CHILI BOWL II: Best VEGAN CHILI in the City! 

    Will Grand Champion Joe Ronca be undefeated? Will Philly Vegan Guy, Eric Belfi, be Philly's Choice for a 2nd year? The only way you'll know for sure is to be at the BOWL! 

    Whether you like it classic or outrageous, who doesn't want to get down with a big ole bowl of chili in their life! At this event, the city's finest will compete to show off their best veggie stew dishes to fill our bellies. You'll see local amateurs wow li pros, delivering some of the tastiest dishes! And guess what?? YOU will get to sample them ALL..all going down before KICK OFF Sunday evening!

    SUPER PHILLY CHILI BOWL II: Best VEGAN CHILI in the City! Sunday, February 4, 2018 Doors: 12:00pm Sampling begins: 12:30pm

    GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS: $15 KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 5 ENTER FOR FREE!

    Ticket includes chili tastings from competitors, hot sauce samples from Tamerlaine Farm, music, entertainment, giveaways, fun & FOOD!

    25% of each ticket sold goes to Tamerlaine Farm Sanctuary!

    Stay tuned here on Facebook for event updates!

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    WANT TO ENTER? Apply at https://vmarkstheshop.com/pages/super-philly-chili-bowl-entry-form Application deadline is Friday, January 5, 2018. Selected contestants will be announced on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7pm on the event's Facebook page!

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    STAY TUNED TO MEET THE JUDGES!

    YOUR EMCEE:

    Dustin Harder, host/creator of The Vegan Roadie, YouTube series

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    TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE and may NOT be transferred to another event.

    Have questions about Super Philly Chili Bowl II - Best Vegan Chili in the City? Contact V Marks the Shop

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  • 8:00 PMSCRAAATCH + Toshimaru Nakamura pres. by Musica Practica Elettronica Viva
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    SCRAAATCH + Toshimaru NakamuraHosted by Musica Practica Elettronica Viva

    SCRAAATCH (Philadelphia)performance + sound duo (MHYSA + Chukwumaa Lawdknows)http://scraaatch.tumblr.com/

    Toshimaru Nakamura (Tokyo, Japan)no-input mixing board, which describes a way of using a standard audio mixer as an electronic music instrument to produce sound without any external audio input.

    http://www.toshimarunakamura.com/http://web.sas.upenn.edu/electronicmusic/

    Admission is FREE 

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  • 8:00 PMHuman Flow, a film by Ai Weiwei
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    Every 2nd Thursday of the month, you can catch a wide array of films at The Rotunda, curated by filmmakers and presenters from around the city.

    Screenings always begin at 8pm and are always FREE! 

    This month:

    cineSPEAK : alternative cinemapresents a special screening ofHUMAN FLOW (2017, 2hours 20 minutes)A ground-breaking new documentary about the global refugee crisis from Ai Weiwei

    Watch the trailer HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVZGyTdk_BY

    More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

    Admission is FREE

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  • 9:00 PMThe Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts writer, editor, publisher Ian Randal Strock
  • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society hosts Ian Randal Strock

    Ian Randal Strock (www.IanRandalStrock.com) is a writer, editor, and publisher. He thinks of himself as a science fiction writer (he won two AnLab Awards from his writing in Analog), although 98% of his published words have been nonfiction. He's the owner and editor-in-chief of Gray Rabbit Publications / Fantastic Books (www.IanRandalStrock.com). Previously, he was the editor and publisher of Artemis Magazine and SFScope, and before that, had editorial stints at Asimov's, Analog, Absolute Magnitude, Baen Books, KISS Magazine, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Daily Free Press, and more. When not working directly with words, he's been a tour guide, teacher, stock trader, and market researcher. He was a co-founder of the Moon Society, the Treasurer of SFWA, and is currently the Northeast Regional Vice Chairman of American Mensa

    The postponed elections and Annual Meeting will be conducted before the speaker starting at 8 pm. 

    Admission is FREE

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  • 2:00 PM FREE Workshop! Fundraising Basics. Rescheduled from January 8
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    Saturday February 10, 2-4pm 

    Rescheduled from January 8. 

    Vision Driven Consulting has teamed up with The Rotunda to bring resources and capacity-building workshops to self-producing artists/musicians, arts organization staff, and event curators in all disciplines.

    Rotunda Workshops: 6-8pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia); all workshops in the series are FREE and OPEN to the public. Refreshments provided. No sign-up necessary

    Fundraising Basics (Feb 10 at 2pm,  rescheduled from January 8)

    Learn the language of fundraising Maximize opportunities beyond grants to support your projectsBrainstorm actual fundraising ideas for your work

    Taxes for Artists (January 29)

    Learn the language of fundraising Maximize opportunities beyond grants to support your projectsBrainstorm actual fundraising ideas for your workFacilitator: Christianne Kapps, Creative Block Philly

    Grant Writing – Beginner (February 12)

    Demystify the language and process behind grant writingReceive tools for finding grants Read actual grant proposals to learn common mistakes and important proposal components 

    Grant Writing – Intermediate (March 12)

    Review aspects of a strong grant proposalPractice writing an actual grant Receive feedback on your draft proposal 

    Real Budgeting for Real Work (April 9)

    Look at sample budgets and learn how to interpret the story behind the numbers Create a budget tailored to your goals for 2016Learn how to assemble a project budget for potential funders

    Event Planning (May 14)

    Learn new techniques for building an audience and your ideal project participantTroubleshoot issues with audience development that you may have had in the pastIdentify marketing techniques to keep people showing up to your future events

     

    Marketing (June 11)

    Learn about writing and sending Press ReleasesIdentify your target audience and how to reach themDiscuss the pros and cons of various social media and online marketing toolsFacilitator: LaNeshe White, Interactive Mechanics & Theatre in the X

    Crowdfunding 101 (September 10)

    Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your projectDiscover the pros and cons of  crowdfunding platformsHear from a panel of artists who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns

     

    Creating an Artists Statement (September 24)

    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

    Setting & Measuring Goals (October 8)

    Identify what you want to achieve in your projectsIncorporate critical feedback and self-reflection into your arts practiceBrainstorm and receive tools for measuring successAll workshops are FREE. Light refreshments served. More info: visiondrivenartists.org 
  • 8:00 PMCraig Liggeons' MY LIFE IN 19inches
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    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3208670

    MY LIFE IN 19inches is Craig Liggeons' hit One-Man show about one man's love of Television. Spanning 45 years in the life of a TV addict, the show begins on a Saturday morning in 1973 and travels through the 80's, 90's, and right up to today. The entire performance takes place in a childs bedroom and will take you back to a time when the only day you could watch your favorite cartoons was on Saturday morning. It will also take you back to a time when the N-word was commonly used on network sitcoms with no disclaimers beforehand. In the days before cable, relive the agony of trying to watch the 1980 World Series on a black & white TV while adjusting the antenna to get a clear picture. Do you remember what show you were watching in 1994 when it was interrupted by the OJ Simpson white bronco chase? Once upon a time Craig thought he had to quit his job in order to have his own TV show, but thanks to the popularity of Reality TV, a person can keep their job (Parking meter attendant, Pawn shop owner, etc.) and STILL have their own TV show! There will also be a musical tribute to MTV featuring music videos back when MTV played music videos. This show is not only about how much TV has changed, but how we've changed the way we look at TV, and more importantly, how TV has changed the way we look at each other.

    https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3208670

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  • 7:00 PMSOLD OUT! Hip-Hop Orchestra in Philly!
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    SOLD OUT!!!!!!

    Hip-Hop Orchestra in Philly! 

    Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra return to the city where it all began. Phantom was born and raised and Philadelphia and was the first Hip-Hop Artist ever to perform at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts way back in 2001.

    After hitting the stages like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and concert halls on both coasts, the ensemble will be rocking at one of their favorite Philly venues, The Rotunda.

    In addition to horns, strings, piano, woodwinds and a DJ, they'll be inviting two of Philly's favorite sons, Reef The Lost Cauze and M-Ski to grace the stage.

    Entry Fee is $12. Tickets Are Available at This Link:https://www.universe.com/events/hip-hop-orchestra-in-philly-tickets-philadelphia-3NLCRQ 

    http://www.reverbnation.com/theephantomhttp://www.theephantomhiphop.com/https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/thee-phantom/id212968948http://www.instagram.com/TheePhantom5000http://www.twitter.com/TheePhantom5000

    SOLD OUT!!!!!!

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  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Grant Writing for Beginners
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    Vision Driven Consulting has teamed up with The Rotunda to bring resources and capacity-building workshops to self-producing artists/musicians, arts organization staff, and event curators in all disciplines.

    Workshops: 6-8pm at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia); all workshops in the series are FREE and OPEN to the public. Refreshments provided. No sign-up necessary.

    Grant Writing – Beginner (February 12)

    Demystify the language and process behind grant writingReceive tools for finding grants Read actual grant proposals to learn common mistakes and important proposal components 

    Grant Writing – Intermediate (March 12)

    Review aspects of a strong grant proposalPractice writing an actual grant Receive feedback on your draft proposal 

    Real Budgeting for Real Work (April 9)

    Look at sample budgets and learn how to interpret the story behind the numbers Create a budget tailored to your goals for 2016Learn how to assemble a project budget for potential funders

    Event Planning (May 14)

    Learn new techniques for building an audience and your ideal project participantTroubleshoot issues with audience development that you may have had in the pastIdentify marketing techniques to keep people showing up to your future events

    Marketing (June 11)

    Learn about writing and sending Press ReleasesIdentify your target audience and how to reach themDiscuss the pros and cons of various social media and online marketing toolsFacilitator: LaNeshe White, Interactive Mechanics & Theatre in the X

    Crowdfunding 101 (September 10)

    Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your projectDiscover the pros and cons of  crowdfunding platformsHear from a panel of artists who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns

    Creating an Artists Statement (September 24)

    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

    Setting & Measuring Goals (October 8)

    Identify what you want to achieve in your projectsIncorporate critical feedback and self-reflection into your arts practiceBrainstorm and receive tools for measuring success
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  • 7:00 PMConscience Mind Talent Showcase
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  • 8:00 PMThe music of Pauline Oliveros with Arcana New Music Ensemble, pres. by Bowerbird
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    BowerbirdpresentsThe music of Pauline Oliveroswith Arcana New Music Ensemble

    Bowerbird is excited to present the music of Pauline Oliveros performed by the Arcana New Music Ensemble. One of the leading composers and performers of the 20th and 21st century, Pauline Oliveros' career spanned four decades and influenced generations of musicians. While Oliveros is most widely known for her improvisationally centered Deep Listening work, her compositional output spans a range of styles including jagged atonal music to experiments with theatrical lighting and dance. 

    Oliveros: The Witness (1980) Oliveros: To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation(1970) Oliveros: Single Stroke Roll Meditation (1990) Oliveros: Tree/Peace (1984) Oliveros: Trio for accordion, trumpet, and string bass (1960/1) 

    ABOUT THE PERFORMERSThe Arcana New Music Ensemble is Bowerbird's resident ensemble for performing interesting, beautiful, and unconventional music in interesting, beautiful, and unconventional spaces. Founded in 2016, the ensemble comprises a flexible roster of more than 30 musicians and performs regularly in Philadelphia. Past concerts have featured the music of Julius Eastman, Galina Ustvolskaya, Morton Feldman, Moondog, among others. 

    Arcana New Music EnsembleAnthony Bob, fluteShinjoo Cho, accordionCarolina Diazgranados, celloTessa Ellis, trumpetJosh Machiz, bassTara Middleton, violinAndy Thierauf, percussionAshley Tini, percussion

    Admission is FREE

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  • 11:00 AMValentine's Jazz Brunch
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    11am-2pm

    It’s hard, I know. Coming up with that perfect plan. You want to wow your loved one, you want to make their friends jealous. Just going to a restaurant in town is not going to cut it. You need something special. You need that unforgettable experience that combines great food, cool music, and that special atmosphere.

    Do you agree? Great! Cause, I might just have the thing for you:

    The Primavera Fund is hosting their special Valentine’s Jazz Brunch at the Rotunda in Philadelphia. We have a selection of delicious food and champagne accompanied by live jazz music. Performers include a selection of Young Primavera Artists and professional musicians who will create your perfect date atmosphere.

    Food selections include:

    > Creme Brûlée French Toast - Brioche Bread with a Tahitian Vanilla Creme 

    > Chicken and Asparagus filled Crepes topped with a Champagne Sauce

    > Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach & Mushroom Quiche with Reggiano

    > Sliced Fresh Fruit

    > Sliced Smoked Salmon & Bagels with Assorted Cream Cheeses

    > Petite Cranberry and Apricot Scones with butter

    And the musical program will get your toes tapping with popular (and lesser known) jazz hits.

    This is the perfect opportunity to make your sweetheart proud to have you. And the best thing, all proceeds will benefit our Young Primavera Musicians from underprivileged Philadelphia neighborhoods by supporting them with instruments from The Norman Holland-Hull Instrument Library and through music lessons with professional musicians. 

    But there’s a catch: We have room for only 35 couples, so you need to get your tickets today!

    Sign up now and get ready to enjoy the best Valentine’s Day present ever, arm-in-arm with your darling.

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-primavera-funds-valentines-jazz-brunch-tickets-42241409192?aff=efbeventtix

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  • 4:30 PMThe Independence Day Project
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  • 7:00 PMSex in The Struggle, Interracial Uprising: Colorful conversations about the myths, magic and madness of sex and race.
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    Sex and Race.

    It's far beyond black and white.

    No matter how consistently common the commentary, the topic of race is timeless.  But what lies underneath the tension and the taboo? Can you even talk about race without thinking of sex? 

    Ulysses "Butch" Slaughter proudly presents Sex in The Struggle "Interracial Uprising: Colorful conversations about the myths, magic and madness of sex and race." 

    Ulysses will be joined by co-host Monica Day, poet and author of the new book Play Wild, Stay Safe.

    Sex in The Struggle is an exciting multi-faceted intimacy experience advocating social healing through sexual healing.  Our event promotes a policy of intimacy where everyone can choose deeper human connections through direct physical contact and sensuous surrender.  Our exciting event will feature entertaining and informative segments focused on health, pleasure, religion and much more.

    For more information about Sex In The Struggle call 267.318.0117 or go to sexinthestruggle.comTickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sex-in-the-struggle-interracial-uprising-tickets-42726096906

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  • 7:00 PMThe Gathering - please note early start time!
  • 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM (nearly every last Thursday)  7pm-1am (special time this month! most shows in this series at 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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  • 8:00 PMKiranavali Vidyasankar: Carnatic Vocal Performance
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    Fire Museum presentsKIRANAVALI VIDYASANKAR - CARNATIC VOCAL PERFORMANCE

    Kiranavali Vidyasankar: By age two, she was hailed as a child prodigy, being able to identify over 200 ragas (melodic scales), demonstrate the 175 talas (rhythmic cycles) and answer numerous other technical questions pertaining to Carnatic music. The Indian Express (June 14, 1975) declared her to be “astounding in her precocity”, while The Hindu (June 1976) wrote, “More fantastic is the manner in which 3-year old Kiranavali is able to tell the raga even at the commencement of its outline.”

    Kiranavali’s father, Narasimhan, an outstanding musician and teacher, and son of the renowed Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar, saw Kiranavali’s potential even as a toddler and started training her in the intricacies of music. Under his watchful guidance, she grew from prodigy to musician with sure-footedness. Her early performances were in tandem with her older brother, K N Shashikiran. As a pair of bright young children, this unique brother-sister duo won much appreciation from connoisseurs, critics and the music-loving public. Both of them branched out as soloists during their teens.

    Kiranavali’s childhood and youth were replete with fun-filled music sessions and intensity of learning with her older brother, Chitravina Ravikiran. His positive and value-based approach to music and life have deeply influenced her.

    In her early teens, Kiranavali had the opportunity of closely following and learning from T Brinda, a great repository of some of the best Carnatic treasures. For nearly a decade, Kiranavali assimilated a sizeable number of compositions of unparalleled quality in Brindamma’s repertoire. She immensely values the extraordinary privilege she had in accompanying her guru in several public and private performances as well as radio and television recordings. After Brindamma’s demise in 1996, Kiranavali learnt a few pieces from her equally renowned sister, T Mukta, and accompanied her in a hugely successful performance at the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (Mar 2002).

    Around the age of seventeen, Kiranavali discovered her interest in and talent for Chitravina, an ancient South Indian slide instrument her family is famed for, and started pursuing it with great passion. Within a span of two years, she made rapid strides on the instrument that not only allowed her to team up with Ravikiran but also perform solo at many prestigious venues in India such as The Music Academy (Chennai), Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai) and Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts (Mumbai).

    The rich musical environment in which she grew up, the thorough training from her illustrious gurus, the many years of hard work and good work ethics, have sharpened Kiranavali’s innate talent and keen musical acumen. She is recognized and regarded as a musician with sound scholarship and a distinct voice. Some of her notable works include Lakshmi Prabhavam, a special dance production in which she was a lead singer, and her much acclaimed concert featuring a single piece in 101 and 108 ragas respectively. These performances not only received rave reviews and special mention at sell-out shows, but also established her credentials as a worthy torchbearer of her illustrious music lineage.

    Kiranavali’s vocal career has taken her to many renowned centers across India, USA, Canada and Europe. They include the National Center for Performing Arts (Mumbai), India International Center (New Delhi), India Habitat Center (New Delhi), Narada Gana Sabha (Chennai), Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha (Chennai), Brahma Gana Sabha (Chennai), Karthik Fine Arts (Chennai), The Music Academy (Chennai), Jaya TV’s Margazhi Mahotsav, Shanmukhananda Fine Arts (Mumbai), South Indian Cultural Association (Hyderabad), Cleveland Tyagaraja Festival (Ohio), Bharati Kala Manram (Toronto), Ethnological Museum (Hamburg) and Reitberg Museum (Zurich). She has also been featured in prominent television networks such as Doordarshan, Jaya TV, Raj TV and SVBC, besides recording for various radio networks in India and the United States. Kiranavali has lent her voice for documentaries on various great masters including her guru, T Brinda and her legendary grandmother, Vina Dhanammal, and has cut her own CD albums as well.

    Admission is FREE

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  • 2:00 PMTWO PIECE FEST XI
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    TWO PIECE FEST XIFebruary 24, 2018, 2-11pmTwo stages!!

    Featuring:Craig & PeterTemporary EyesoreDrums Like Machine GunsDanjoCrammmLungGeb the Great CacklerStatic BrothersTiffany's HouseSUUDUERSandcastleBoonMadam Data/Mental JewelryAnna AltmanSlenko & McKeysRUKUTWelcome CenterShrillhoney tigerBocce PartyScream TeamBungler

    https://twopiecefest.bandcamp.comhttps://facebook.com/events/1941548456122618

    Admission is $10

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