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  • 8:00 PMDonut Day Cabaret
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    On National Donut Day we honor the humble Donut with a jam-packed (and jelly filled) variety extravaganza. Featuring Kimberlie Cruse, Bubbles the Clown, Hoop Artist Serana Pellegrino, Belly Dancer Jaeda Mei, and did I forget to mention: The Great A. Das Baron in "Doctor Doom's Donuts for Unwavering Loyalty and Upset Stomachs". Plus MORE! MORE! MORE! TBA! TBA! TBA! Have an act for the Donut Day Cabaret? Contact us at fiveminutefollies@gmail.com.

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  • 3:00 PMSummer Fun Program Open House
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    Come hear about our 2018 program, register your children, and meet other parents and guardians! Light refreshments provided.

    United Block Captains Association Hospital (UBCAH) was founded by Alice Wright and is organized to Empower, Encourage, and Support Block Captains, Junior Block Captains, and Co-Block Captains citywide. 

    About the SummerFun Program:

    • Mission: To provide fun and educational summer activities for children irrespective of income or background

    • Founded by Alice Wright, President and Founder of the United Block Captains Association

    • The program began in 1978 under Wright’s Presentation Associates. In 1998, the name changed to the United Block Captains Association Hospital Summer Fun Program. 

    • Expanded the program in 2005

    • Located at 40th and Pennsgrove 2005-2014; moved to The Rotunda in 2015

    • Has always served children 9-16 years old; now serving children 7-16 years old

    What Do We do? 

    Activities

    • Outdoor Play

    • Field trips (amusement parks, museums, and more)

    • Crafting 

    • Swimming and Water Parks

    Education and Awareness

    • Dancing and Music Education

    • Violence Reduction and Gang Awareness Activities

    • Entrepreneurship Training Workshops

    • Cultural Awareness Activities (language learning, community outreach, history lessons, etc.)

    • Junior TownWatch “Ears and Eyes”

    • Junior Block Captains

    Arts & Crafts and Arts Education

    2017 instructors/programs included: 

    BrotherIB - Hip Hop history and song writing

    Malika Rowland - Kemitic Yoga and Meditation

    MessyPalms art classes

    Sharon Newman Ehrlich- Science and Technology

    Jan Jeffries - African Drumming and Dance

    Indiya Glenn - Hip Hop and Jazz Dance

    DuijiMshinda - DJing

    JenaHarris of foodeveryonedeserves & Al Pascal of Fikira Bakery - Cooking

    Community Service andNutrition

    Lots of Trips! Lots of Fun!

    The 2017 Summer Fun Program was sponsored by: 

    The Support Community Outreach Program (SCOP) of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS)

    The Philadelphia Activity Fund, Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell,

    Drexel University Human Resources Department and Drexel University Government and Community Relations under Bryant Teech

    The Netter Center for Community Partnerships at TheUniversity of Pennsylvania

    and The Rotunda.

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  • 3:00 PMWakanda Forever with The Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc.
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    3-6pm

    In celebration of Black Music Appreciation Month, The Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc. presents a Wakanda inspired community event open to everyone.

    The Ryan Coogler film Black Panther has inspired a greater appreciation for African culture and we want to embrace it with you.

    Featured lead vocalists include Ella Gahnt & Alexa Gold with performances from the entire collective.

    We welcome you to attend this event wearing African apparel.Vendors, sponsored giveaways, and more. Wakanda Forever!For more information send inquiries to Info@TheWCE.org.

    Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wakanda-forever-concert-feat-sistahs-attune-tickets-43555647113

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  • 8:00 PMNakatani Gong Orchestra
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    Nakatani Gong OrchestraA contemporary live art sound project, N.G.O. has toured all over North and Central America. This is an ongoing, growing community engagement project and the only bowed-Gong orchestra in existence in the world today. The rich harmonies produced from multiple layers of bowed gongs are simply magic to anyone, engaging and inspiring the spirits of both the player and all who attend.For each performance in a given city, gong players are selected by a local curator. Most are new to N.G.O. Nakatani gives a specialized training workshop to selected players in preparation for the performance. Players will also experience Nakatani’s own unique point of view regarding Gong techniques, and will experience undiscovered dimensions while immersed in the vibrations and sounds during a training workshop. Nakatani is the composer and conductor for the performance.

    Nakatani began germinating ideas for N.G.O. in early 2002, and finally took the project to on the road in April 2011. He had performed 87 concerts with N.G.O. all over the USA and Mexico by December 2015. Notable venues include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MOCA Cleveland, OH, Tigertail productions presented at Miami Dade County Auditorium in FL, Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha NE, Columbia Museum of Art in SC, and The Issue Project Room in New York City.

    At colleges, N.G.O. was a kind of Artist in Residence at Allen Hall/Unit One at University of Illinois at Urbana /Champaign. Smith College in Northampton MA, Ohio State University at Bowling Green and Wesleyan University in CT.

    In 2012, an LP entitled “Nakatani Gong Orchestra” was published by Taiga records of Minneapolis MN.

    Many listener have said “I have never experienced anything like this before!”, along with describing a feeling of cleansing a sort of purification after the event. Today, sound based therapy practices use singing bowls and gongs, which result in similar euphonious waves and energies. The primary purpose of N.G.O. is not for spiritual ceremonial purposes or “gong bathing”, but the fact is that with over 14 various gong sizes, ranging in diameters from 10 to 50 inches, one can’t avoid some of these amazing secondary results.

    Tatsuya Nakatani is originally from Osaka-Japan. He has been residing in the USA for 20 years. He is now based in Easton, PA and performs in New York city, but he is best known as a traveling artist for two decades. He crafts the specialized, has made bows and mallets for use in his N.G.O. – bio

    Tatsuya NakataniPercussionist Tatsuya Nakatani was born and raised in Osaka-Japan. He currently resides in Truth or Consequences, NM. He is a renowned recognized Percussionist/Drummer creating his own sound. Nakatani performs and tours all over the world for international Creative Music festivals and New Music festivals. He has taught master artist classes, workshops and given lectures, revolving around his unique sound, at a number of universities. His music has been published over sixty CD recordings in the USA and Europe. He has performed SOLO percussion for the majority of his musical career since the late 1990s at a countless number of venues of many sizes.links at http://www.firemuseumpresents.com/

    Admission is FREE (donations appreciated)

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  • 8:00 PMThe Up Up Ups, Zero Friends, and Pushin' It 2 the Limit Benefit for Women's Medical Fund
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    The Up Up Ups, Zero Friends, and Pushin' It 2 The Limit

    Three Philly Pop Punk bands are raising money local organization Women's Medical Fund. Women's Medical Fund protects and expands abortion access for low-income women and teens through direct service and advocacy. 

    Admission: $5-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. This is an all ages event

    The Up Up Ups:"We're just four kids with a love of the finer things in life- power pop, rock and roll, and animals dressed like people." Influences: The Vibrators, the Briefs, Slaughter & the Dogs, Exploding Hearts, Elvis Costello, the Rezillos, the Bodies, the 101ers, the Only Ones https://theupupups.bandcamp.com/

    ZERO FRIENDS:Zero Friends is a pop punk solo project that began with a kid named Benjamin who decided to start recording DIY music in his bedroom because he was lonely and had nothing better to do. Since then Zero Friends has published 6 EPs, and Benjamin will join together with a few other musicians to play this event. The biggest influences of Zero Friends are Blink 182, Green Day, and Direct Hit!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqJHyGsteEwUWIR7efCuiHw

    Pushin' it 2 the Limit:Pushin' It 2 the Limit is the new band featuring Audrey Crash and Leta Gray of Ex Friends as well as drummer Mike Zwick. Basing their sound around a propulsive, hard-charging beat, the band has several obvious influences. But, by pulling so strongly, and so selectively, from various sources, the band creates an identity that pays homage to the classic riffers, but stands on its own. https://pi2tl.bandcamp.com/releases

    + art exhibits by Low Level, Jillian Willis, Johnny Mick, Okra Windfree, the Halfsize Girl, and more 

    Women's Medical Fund:Women's Medical Fund protects and expands abortion access for low-income women and teens through direct service and advocacy. We support those living in poverty who need abortion care today by providing counseling and emergency financial assistance. We support women in the future by working to expand and equalize access to abortion through lifting the insurance bans and eliminating other barriers. http://www.womensmedicalfund.org/

    Admission: $5-$20 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds. 

    This is an all ages event

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