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  • 8:00 PMThe Secret Cinema pres. NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 30TH ANNIVERSARY program on 16MM
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM The Secret Cinema presentsNATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 30TH ANNIVERSARY programOn Thursday, January 10, as the Secret Cinema enters its 27th year, we'll present a special program of short films paying tribute to the National Film Registry, on it 30th anniversary.In our current, divided political climate, the legislative branch of government often seems frozen, but in 1988 it managed to pass, of all things, laws mandating the establishment of "a National Film Registry to register films that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." This unusual legislation was a side effect of public controversy over the colorizing of classic black and white Hollywood films, and the fear that future generations would not be able to see such works as they were originally created. In 1989 the first group of 25 titles was named to the Registry (including THE WIZARD OF OZ, NANOOK OF THE NORTH and STAR WARS). The National Film Registry today lists 725 films, including many obscure and "orphan works" -- not just features, but short films that encompass early cinema, documentaries, cartoons, newsreels, educational films and even home movies.A quick look through the Secret Cinema archive shows that we hold prints of over 50 films from this list -- including one title (the locally made THE JUNGLE*) whose inclusion was the result of our lobbying. Quite a few are feature-length, but since any of those would constitute a whole show, we'll instead focus on shorts for our NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 30TH ANNIVERSARY program, to show the variety of our film heritage that is honored in this important pantheon. Additionally, Secret Cinema's Jay Schwartz will speak briefly about his experience working behind the scenes to get a forgotten but important film named to the Registry.There will be one complete program, starting at 8:00 pm. Admission is free.As always with Secret Cinema events, the films will be shown using real film (not video) projected on a giant screen.Highlights of the NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 30TH ANNIVERSARY program are:A CORNER IN WHEAT  (1909, Dir: D.W. Griffith) - D.W. Griffith began his directing career making hundreds of mostly one-reel dramas for the Biograph company, between 1908 and 1913. During this period Griffith's experimentation with pictorial grammar were hugely influential, and these ideas would culminate in his controversial feature masterpiece THE BIRTH OF A NATION. A CORNER IN WHEAT, made with Griffith's stock company of players (including his wife Linda Arvidson, H. B. Walthall and Blanche Sweet) combined Billy Bitzer's lush cinematography with social criticism derived from Frank Norris' short stories. The plot contrasted the poor who cannot afford bread with a greedy speculator who gains at their expense, but ultimately gets his just reward.HINDENBURG DISASTER NEWSREEL FOOTAGE  (1937) - This Registry entry is unusual in that it includes, under one listing, the work of many newreel cameramen and companies who shot similar footage of the tragic explosion that quickly consumed the Hindenburg airship in Lakewood, New Jersey on May 6, 1937. We'll show a Pathé newsreel that includes graceful scenes flying over Manhattan, as well as the dirigible's fiery end.THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS (1936, Dir: Pare Lorentz) - This unique film documents not only its subject (soil erosion and the resulting dust bowl of the depression years), but a fascinating, long-gone time when the federal government funded politically progressive and artistically avant-garde art. FDR's Resettlement Administration assigned this project to Pare Lorentz, a political columnist freshly-fired by William Randolph Hearst. Lorentz assembled a crew of notable photographers, including Leo Hurwitz, Ralph Steiner and Paul Strand, all from the leftist Film and Photo league. He set their dramatic footage to haunting music from prominent modernist composer Virgil Thomson, and poetic narration read by Metropolitan Opera baritone Thomas Chalmers. The troubled and controversial production ultimately became one of the most famous documentaries of all time. It was hugely popular with theater audiences, and its influence on later Hollywood productions like THE GRAPES OF WRATH is clear. SHOWN USING THE DIRECTOR'S PERSONAL PRINT.THE INNER WORLD OF APHASIA (1968, Dir: Edward and Naomi Feil) - This, a medical training film made by a small regional production company and starring the director's wife, is surely one of the most unlikely entries in the National Film Registry -- and one of its most powerful viewing experiences. It details the frustration of a nurse whose traumatic injury causes her to lose the ability to speak. For sheer emotional impact, this rather startling film handily matches any Hollywood product.Plus THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY and STEAMBOAT WILLIE.*We will NOT be including THE JUNGLE in this program, only because we showed it (along with an illustrated talk on its history) at the Fleisher Art Memorial just 14 months ago...AND it was subsequently shown again, at the Lightbox Film Center (as part of the touring UCLA Festival of Preservation), in 2018. Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMSwing Dance! Ragtag Empire 2 Year Birthday Bash ft. Evan Cory Levine
  • Thumb 47573698 10100135482589015 4422581266969264128 o 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM It's our TWO YEAR BIRTHDAY!Double down on party time at the historic Rotunda in West Philly. NOTE: while our dances are usually the THIRD Saturday of the month, this celebration is on the SECOND Saturday ('cause we booked it in, like, prehistoric times). Please don't show up a week late, that would be bummer. Evan Cory Levine and Their Singular Band featuring:Noah Hocker (Trumpet)Matthew Keppler (Upright Bass)St. Clair Simmons (Saxaphone)Chad Brown (Drums)Evan played the FIRST ever Ragtag back in December of 2016. Their support and belief in our little escapade was so important to us we are honored to bring them back every year to celebrate. Did you know? Evan also teaches pay what you can music classes in West Philly! It's part of their mission to share their magical hard earned jazz knowledge with under served populations. Contact Evan with questions or to get started. SUPER SPECIAL GUESTS:Intermediate Teachers:Lea Marie Williams and Antonio Vergara! 8-9 pm class.There will also be a 8-9 pm "crash course" for brand new beginners. Both Tony and Lea bring personal groove and gutsy expression to their dancing. So we've brought them forth to share their knowledge.+ DJ Marjorie Bartell on the band breaks. + Ragtag Consignment is back. Bring cash or warm up your Venmo to purchase lightly worn fashion gems direct from the sellers. Contact us if you want to sell your wares.Parking: Street/Metered Parking only. The venue is ADA accessible.
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  • 6:00 PMSave Brujo! Fundraising Dinner for friend, artist, musician, keeper of culture, and community worker
  • Thumb rotunda brujojan2019website 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friend, artist, musician, keeper of culture, and community worker Brujo de la Mancha needs help making a new life in Canada. Last year, friends held two events at The Rotunda as well as smaller events elsewhere, in addition to an online campaign. Well, we're still at it and Brujo still needs your help to cover Canadian immigration lawyer fees as Canada reviews his updated application. He's so close to the finish line and needs just a little more! Help us support Brujo and raise awareness of what immigrants have to go through in this country.HOW YOU CAN HELP:DONATE!Donate money right now to make an immediate impact. https://www.gofundme.com/save-brujoCOME TO THIS EVENT! Sunday January 13@6pmWe will have a lovely vegan dinner (including tamales made by Brujo!) with an art sale (work from Brujo himself), socializing, and a screening of Belmont Grove (Fairmount Park) Reclaiming Coaquannock. This film tells the story of how Belmont Plateau served as a powerful gathering space for Philadelphia's native communities from 1974-1992 and what impact the loss of that space had. In addition, Brujo was one of the producers of this film. You may donate however much you want at the door on January 13. We suggest $15- $25 per person but it's really your choice. No amount is too small. SO WHY DOES BRUJO NEED OUR HELP? Here is his story, in his own words:"I came to the United States of North America, when I was 20 years old in February 1998 hoping to escape from the repression and discrimination inflicted on indigenous Mexicans. I was part of a group of activists in Mexico City around 1994, around the time of Zapatista uprising. In 1996 I was detained for participating in a classic annual demonstration called 2 de Octubre. The Mexican political party called PRI - now in power - has a history of killing university students and protestors. I was hoping to go to the university, but the Mexican government was planning to privatize it.I was seventeen years old and taken into custody by the undercover Federal police that came to the subway after the demonstration. They pulled aside about fifteen of us, drove us around to confuse and scare us, then put us in depravation for 8 hours. They took pictures of me naked and kicked me every time I moved from a squatting position. They threw me out in the streets half naked. I had to cover myself with fabric from the trash outside of the police station. It was one of our demonstration banners. I got home however I could.Months later in Mexico City was militarized. I was again stopped and questioned on my way to friend's house to make t-shirts. They ripped my backpack open and saw transfers for new printing ideas. Then they uncovered a tattoo on my right arm and said “look it’s him!” They said, “We know where you live and what you do! If you keep doing this you will be in deep trouble!” And they told me the street and house number where I was living.After that I moved out of Mexico City, but found no peace. I was detained in Queretaro City for two days for not looking like the others from there. I was set free because I was not talking and not eating inside the jail. In Culiacan, Sinaloa, where Cartel activity is rampant, I was detained for the same reason, and after washing the bathrooms and being called clown I was set free. In Nogales Sonora on the Mexican-US border, I was harassed again. They held me for 36 hours without any registration on their books. In that jail I was sexually harassed and I had to protect myself by not sleeping and by acting macho so no one would try to rape me.In late 1997 I met an American woman in Oaxaca City, who offered to lend me money to come to the US. With few other options, I walked three and half days through the mountains to come to US. I decided to come to Philadelphia, where she lived, because she offered me more help.I had to pay the Mexican embassy in New York City $100 dollars, to free my army card so I could get a passport. Without the army service we can't get a passport, so we cannot get out of Mexico the legal way. I did not do the army service because the Mexican government sends the army mostly to small villages to oppress the native population. If I return to Mexico, I could face persecution or get killed because the Mexican government - especially the PRI - do not like people that think in a radical humanitarian way. This is because I work to preserve indigenous art and culture from Mexico. Today it is easier to see what the Mexican government does to their own people, thanks to Youtube and Facebook; but when I came to US it was not easy to prove why I decided to run away from my government. If I return to Mexico, without a way to get out to another country, I could face several hardships, as I did before, or even worse endings.In Philadelphia I was able to make friends in the punk scene and find housing. It was easy at first, but I felt lonely because I didn't fit in and I couldn't get services for my situation. I had a lot of stress, but I found Vipassana meditation, which is still helpful to me today. After a few hard years I knew I needed to seek citizenship, so I began taking steps.Over the past 16 years I have spoken with many immigration lawyers. They start out saying "this will be the year!" First they tell me that applying for a visa has to be done from outside the US. Then they talk about marriage, but that's not the right path for me. They say “I cannot change the laws for you”; but they tell me to wait for the next President. OK, NEXT year. Then they can charge thousands of dollars for their services. Once in the year 2000 I was detained after a routine traffic stop in New Jersey due to racial profiling. After being found not guilty, the lawyer told me that he could get me a wife for $7000. I said no thanks, there are too many complications; and what immigrant has that kind of money?Once I even worked with a refugee lawyer, who said the same things and couldn’t find a way to seek asylum either. No country in the world takes Indigenous refugees from Mexico; Mexico does not give IDs for “Indian” reservations because there are no reservations. My Aztec descent means nothing to them, and many Catholics of Spanish descent look down on me. Mexico treats you as a Mexican or NOT, so there is no such thing as a Mexican refugee. When police detain you, they don’t book you; they don't respect your human rights, and they don't keep records. Cartel activity is illegal, so it does not count as government oppression. That’s why my case is not considered severe enough to grant asylum.A few years ago I looked into the National Interest Waiver. As a memory keeper for my culture, and a student of ancient skills, I fit many of the guidelines. Other immigration categories are out of my reach. However, I am stopped by the same technicality: you can’t apply for a visa from within the US. Guidelines have gotten harder today. Even within a marriage, they require evidence of extreme hardship, like if my wife was on suicide watch. Lying is expensive and complicated, and it’s morally wrong. I have not committed any fraudulent acts. And I do not want to marry if I’m not in love.Nineteen years have passed. Today I'm a teaching artist and community worker in Philadelphia. All I want is to share my skills for the commonwealth of humanity. Unfortunately current immigration law has no provisions for someone like me. I am here now to ask for help. I want to comply with documents so I can come and go as I please. I have decided to go to Canada if they accept my visa application, even though my entire adult and professional life has been built here. From there I may be able to re-apply in a few years for entry into the US. This way I can still use my resume and show my accomplishments. If they accept me, I will be able to travel freely after six months, which means I can also visit my father. I need to raise these funds as soon as possible, for obvious reasons. However, the visa process is so expensive, and includes fees, several tests, and requirements stating how much money I must have in the bank. Without these funds, I can't start my new life."
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  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Fundraising Beyond Grants
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    Vision Driven Artists 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.

    Nonprofit, LLC, or Fiscal Sponsorship (November 12, 2018)

    - Learn about the different organizational structures you can use to support your work

    - Discuss the pros and cons of various structures

    - Take a quiz to determine the best structure for your purposes

     

    2019 Project Planning (December 10, 2018) 

    - Identify your goals for 2019 and break them into achievable tasks

    - Plot your tasks on a timeline or calendar for 2019

    - Create a plan to keep yourself accountable

    Fundraising Beyond Grants (January 14, 2019) 

    - Learn about six different categories of fundraising (including, but not primarily, grants)

    - Brainstorm more than a hundred methods for resourcing your work

    - Create a simple budget that will help guide your fundraising choices

    Taxes for Artists (January 28, 2019)

    - Learn about which expenses you can deduct on your taxes

    - Find out how and when to send out 1099s

    - Get your individual questions answered

    Special Guest: Christianne Kapps

    Introduction to Arts Grants (February 11, 2019) 

    - Demystify the language and process behind grant writing

    - Learn how to find and submit grants 

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

    Intermediate Grant Writing & Funder Panel (March 11, 2019) 

    - Learn about local arts funding opportunities

    - Receive personalized feedback on your grant proposals (bring 1 page for funders to review)

    - Practice reading and scoring actual grant applications

    Personal Finances for Artists (April 8, 2019) 

    - Learn why and how to use budgets

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

    - Create a simplified budget tailored to your goals for 2019

     

    Outreach & Audience Building (May 13, 2019) 

    - Learn new techniques for building an audience

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

    - Identify marketing techniques to keep people showing up to your future events

     

    Social Media Marketing (June 10, 2019) 

    - Talk about the advantages of using various social media channels

    - Gain new tips and tricks for using different types of social media

    - Learn how to use public relations and press releases to promote your work

    Crowdfunding (September 9, 2019) 

    - Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your project

    - Discover the pros and cons of different crowdfunding platforms

    - Hear from a panel of artists who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns

     

    Creating an Artist Statement (September 23, 2019) 

    - Read through actual artist statements

    - Verbally share your personal mission or vision for your art with a partner

    - Practice writing or editing your own statement

    Setting & Measuring Goals (October 21, 2019) 

    - 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

    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.

    http://www.visiondrivenartists.org/

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  • 8:00 PMImprovisational Master Class With Philly Drummer G Calvin Weston
  • Thumb 46863403 10156087946647686 7815221632531693568 n 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Improvisational Master Class With Philly Drummer G Calvin WestonThis is a FREE EVENT with G Calvin Weston, Philly Drummer (Tony Jones on bass and Dave Sherick on Steel Pan)This Improvisational Master Class will be all improvised around creative music, rhythmic melodies, and sounds the way I hear and fill them by adding to melodies and rhythm.At the age of 17, I studied with the master Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Charlie Ellerbee, Al Macdowell, and many others. I've studied the ins and outs of Harmolodic & Other Improvised Music.Musicians are welcome to participate in this master class as well, so if you think you'd like to take part, please bring an small amp and come early. Bring your instruments and let's get creative! In addition, we will have some special guests from the University of Pennsylvania, University Of The Arts, and Temple University.With special guests Tony Cosby's Little Africa Rumba Time!Admission is FREE. Just show up! No registration necessary!
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  • 8:00 PMThe Invisible Hands documentary - Fire Museum Presents
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    The Invisible Hands2017 Documentary, Greece/Egypt, digital video, 97 minutesPlot Outline: Maverick underground American/Lebanese musician and ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls and Sublime Frequencies), lands as a stranger in Cairo, soon after the 2011 uprisings, and teams up with three young Egyptian musicians for the translation of his old songs into Arabic. Under Bishop’s mentorship, this unlikely collaboration transforms into a band, The Invisible Hands. Structured around fly-on-the-wall scenes, archival ghost apparitions, absurd cameos, and poetic diary narrations by Bishop and unfolding between the two critical elections that marked the post “Arab Spring” period in Egypt, the film juxtaposes the tragicomedy of politics and art-making in a troubled periphery.

    with ALAN BISHOP, AYA HEMEDA, CHERIF EL MASRI, ADHAM ZIDANDirector MARINA GIOTICo-director GEORGES SALAMEHExecutive ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARIProduced by MARINA GIOTI & GEORGES SALAMEHA VERTIGINOUS Production in co-production with HAOS FILMSupported by DOCUMENTA 14 & THE GREEK FILM CENTRE

    more info: http://firemuseumpresents.com/events/the-invisible-hands-documentary/

    Admission is FREE/Donation Requested

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  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. the Arcana New Music Ensemble
  • Thumb sh5 circles.fw  2 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Bowerbird is excited to present a rare evening of all contemporary music for brass ensemble featuring musicians from the Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program encompasses a wide variety of compositional voices from the last sixty years, including Lois V. Vierk’s thorny Jagged Mesa, Michael Nyman’s very un-Cagein For John Cage, and more recent works by Philadelphia based composers Rene Orth and Dustin Hurt.PROGRAMLois V. Vierk: Jagged Mesa for brass ensemble
; Rene Orth: Leaguered in Fire, Lagooned in Gold for brass quintet; 
George Walker: Music for Brass, Sacred and Profane for brass quintet
; Igor Stravinsky: Fanfare for a New Theater for two trumpets; 
Dustin Hurt: Per Novem for brass ensemble
; Lois V. Vierk: Sunbow for brass quintet
; Sofia Gubaidulina: Trio for Three Trumpets
; Joan Tower: Copperwave for brass quintet; Michael Nyman: For John Cage for brass ensembleARCANA NEW MUSIC (BRASS) ENSEMBLETessa Ellis, trumpet and piccolo trumpet; 
Paul Futer, trumpet and flugelhorn
; William Gregory, trumpet and piccolo trumpet
; Alex Serio, trumpet and flugelhorn; 
Josh Cote, horn; 
Matt Gould, tenor trombone and euphonium
; RJ McGhee, tenor trombone
; Jason Stein, tenor trombone and bass trombone; 
JJ Cooper, bass trombone
; Dan Nosheny, tuba; Jay Krush, tuba and conductor
; Dustin Hurt, conductorAdmission is FREE
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  • 7:00 PMCANCELLED! The 2019 Urban Music, Hip Hop & Rap Showcase pres. by Do For Self Productions with Hustlaz Kingdom
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER FORECAST!

    Do For Self ProductionswithHustlaz Kingdom

    Presents

    The 2019 Urban Music, Hip Hop & Rap ShowcaseFeaturing Rappers, Singers and Recording Artists7-10pm

    For more information contact: Latief Bey @ 267-367-2140, Kareem @ 267-971-6056, Maurice @ 267-230-0317

    This a Back by Popular Demand of the Litty City Movie Producers

    CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER FORECAST!

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  • 8:00 PMLV Benga Africa - Fire Museum Presents
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    LV Benga Africa brings the unique sound of Kenya’s popular benga style to American stages. Benga is a guitar-driven dance music that emerged in the 1960s fusing Kenyan folksongs with the Latin-American rumba. As the only resident band of its kind in the United States, LV Benga Africa provides audiences with a taste of this exciting sound. With their years of experience performing in nightclubs across Kenya, and as veterans of the Nairobi recording scene, they deliver a live show with authenticity and originality.

    LV Benga Africa’s sound has been forged over several years, having roots in Nairobi. Between 2000 and 2004, its members were performing and recording with various bands around the city, and were joined by American ethnomusicologist Ian Eagleson who was doing research on benga. Vocalist/drummer Steve Omari joined Eagleson in 2006 to play in the critically acclaimed, international touring band Extra Golden. In 2007, Freddy Collela (son of benga pioneer Collela Mazee), Mulumbu Jamarachi and Joseph Ooko arrived in the US as part of Dola Kabarry’s Orchestra Super Haki Haki. After establishing a base in Allentown, PA these musicians continued where they had left off in Kenya, becoming in-demand as entertainers for Kenya’s vibrant expatriate community in the US.

    Since 2008, LV Benga Africa has performed at the Bethlehem Musikfest and at Steel Stacks; they backed the late benga star Musa Juma on his 2010 American tour; recorded a full length album as part of the group DT Unique Kenzi, and have frequently performed throughout the Northeast for Kenyan community dances. They are currently completing their debut album.

    With their rich vocal harmonies, intricate guitar interplay, and irresistible rhythms laid down by bass and drums, LV Benga Africa strive to fulfill their mission: to bring people of all ages and backgrounds to their feet to dance to the original sound of Kenya.

    webpage: http://firemuseumpresents.com/events/lv-benga-africa/

    Admission is FREE/Donations requested at the door 

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  • 2:00 PMCall for Artists! When I Am The Princess planning meeting
  • Thumb 50591967 10104220425560147 2159221136489971712 o 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Call for Artists! When I Am The Princess planning meetingCALL FOR ARTISTS of all kinds! When I Am The Princess A West Philly Community Arts Project PLANNING MEETINGContact: Gerald van Wilgen (vanwilgen@mac.com) Gerhardus C. Van Wilgenand Gina Renzi (gina@TheRotunda.org) Gina RenziWe are offering ALL artists the opportunity to read, sing, perform, dance, show and/or exhibit at The Rotunda, 4014 WALNUT STREET, Philadelphia, Saturday MARCH 9th at 8:00PM.This project is open to E V E R Y O N E. This will be a group-curated event. If you are interested, please make it to one of our planning meetings listed below.Meetings: Saturday January 26th, 2:00-3:30PM,or Sunday February 24th, 2:00-3:30PM. Both meetings will take place at The Rotunda. You do not have to attend both but we do ask that you let us know which you will attend. At the meetings, we can further discuss your ideas and your needs to fulfill your vision. Theme: When I Am The Princess With which princess do you identify? Growing up, many of us identify with [white? European?] princesses whether we like them or not. Nowadays, princess camp, princess parties, princess movies/games/dresses/you name it are all the rage. How does that influence your life as an adult? How does it contribute to what you expect to get out of life, and out of other people?Here are a few generic questions: to get us thinking:Do you dream of being a princess one day? What exactly is the princess archetype? How do you fight it? Who are the princesses you grew up with and can you give them a voice?Are there positive aspects to emulating princesses, especially those who represent the people, come from non-European and non-Western backgrounds, and fight for liberation? How does the princess archetype shape gender roles? Where do boys, men, and non binary people fit in?As for the presentation: We want individual artists or groups to have their own slots for performance/presentation, but we want the entire group to hear your pitches first, see how you might work together on your pieces if that makes sense, and, eventually, decide on the order of the program. In doing this, all participants will have a hand in the finished public program. Gerald and Gina will be offering guidance on set lengths, ideas, and technical assistance. The objective is to stir up the subconscious and think about how we are being programmed by concepts like The Princess, which is probably the most effective icon in manipulating people.
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  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Taxes for Artists
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    Vision Driven Artists 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.

    Nonprofit, LLC, or Fiscal Sponsorship (November 12, 2018)

    - Learn about the different organizational structures you can use to support your work

    - Discuss the pros and cons of various structures

    - Take a quiz to determine the best structure for your purposes

     

    2019 Project Planning (December 10, 2018) 

    - Identify your goals for 2019 and break them into achievable tasks

    - Plot your tasks on a timeline or calendar for 2019

    - Create a plan to keep yourself accountable

    Fundraising Beyond Grants (January 14, 2019) 

    - Learn about six different categories of fundraising (including, but not primarily, grants)

    - Brainstorm more than a hundred methods for resourcing your work

    - Create a simple budget that will help guide your fundraising choices

    Taxes for Artists (January 28, 2019)

    - Learn about which expenses you can deduct on your taxes

    - Find out how and when to send out 1099s

    - Get your individual questions answered

    Special Guest: Christianne Kapps

    Introduction to Arts Grants (February 11, 2019) 

    - Demystify the language and process behind grant writing

    - Learn how to find and submit grants 

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

    Intermediate Grant Writing & Funder Panel (March 11, 2019) 

    - Learn about local arts funding opportunities

    - Receive personalized feedback on your grant proposals (bring 1 page for funders to review)

    - Practice reading and scoring actual grant applications

    Personal Finances for Artists (April 8, 2019) 

    - Learn why and how to use budgets

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

    - Create a simplified budget tailored to your goals for 2019

     

    Outreach & Audience Building (May 13, 2019) 

    - Learn new techniques for building an audience

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

    - Identify marketing techniques to keep people showing up to your future events

     

    Social Media Marketing (June 10, 2019) 

    - Talk about the advantages of using various social media channels

    - Gain new tips and tricks for using different types of social media

    - Learn how to use public relations and press releases to promote your work

    Crowdfunding (September 9, 2019) 

    - Learn how to tell if crowdfunding is right for your project

    - Discover the pros and cons of different crowdfunding platforms

    - Hear from a panel of artists who have run successful crowdfunding campaigns

     

    Creating an Artist Statement (September 23, 2019) 

    - Read through actual artist statements

    - Verbally share your personal mission or vision for your art with a partner

    - Practice writing or editing your own statement

    Setting & Measuring Goals (October 21, 2019) 

    - 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

    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.

    http://www.visiondrivenartists.org/

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  • 9:00 PMCANCELLED due to extreme cold The Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME COLD (nearly every last Thursday) 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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SMTWTFS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 1 2