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  • 8:00 PMBalter Dance Party (for People Who Are Afraid to Dance)
  • Thumb 45036589 1998502116903369 7318677229330759680 o 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Balter Dance Party (for People Who Are Afraid to Dance)Balter (v.) to dance artlessly, without particular grace or skill but usually with enjoyment. This event is a no judgement zone for people who don't dance in public because they feel awkward or clumsy. This event grew directly out of a breakthrough experienced by trauma survivor and party organizer Michael Broussard. After decades of being too insecure and afraid to dance due to PTSD, he made a breakthrough and reconnected with his 6-year-old self, the kid who felt free to dance and laugh and smile without fear.The Balter Dance Party is a true come-as-you-are party: T-Shirt and Jeans, Prom Wear, Cosplay, Drag, Steampunk, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.Join the amazing DJ DuiJi Mshinda for a night of eclectic music programmed by you! If there is a song you want to hear, just email the file to balterdanceparty@gmail.com. You must include the actual music file (MP3, WMA, etc) as an attachment to your email, no links.See you there!Admission is Pay What You Can at the Door (free to $10).
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  • 12:00 PMQT Noir Arts Festival, a 2-day joy session for and by Black QT folks
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    Come celebrate the brilliance of Black LGBTQ+ artists in Philly! QT Noir Arts Festival is a 2-day joy session for and by Black QT folks. The festival highlights visual art, performances, and vending by members of the community. Both days are free and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance. The festival is made possible by a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and sponsored in part by Wawa.

    12-6pm both days 

    Featured visual artists include:Brian BazemoreHarold BrownUriah BusseyPetra FloydDarrell Ann Gane-McCallaMalachi LilyNile LivingstonNashay JonesRayla MeshawnKara Mshinda

    Performances - Day 1 [February 2nd]:Karen SmithMarcuz Christopher JamesAlex SmithEssa Terick

    With a set by DJ Kilamanzego

    Performances - Day 2 [February 3rd]:Karen SmithNolwazi MoniqueShanel EdwardsLaTreice BransonAli B. BarbieIcon Ebony Fierce

    With a set by DJ Delish

    HIV/STI testing will also be available on-site.

    The Rotunda is a wheelchair-accessible venue.

    Admission is FREE both days! 

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  • 12:00 PMQT Noir Arts Festival, a 2-day joy session for and by Black QT folks
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    Come celebrate the brilliance of Black LGBTQ+ artists in Philly! QT Noir Arts Festival is a 2-day joy session for and by Black QT folks. The festival highlights visual art, performances, and vending by members of the community. Both days are free and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance. The festival is made possible by a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and sponsored in part by Wawa.

    12-6pm both days 

    Featured visual artists include:Brian BazemoreHarold BrownUriah BusseyPetra FloydDarrell Ann Gane-McCallaMalachi LilyNile LivingstonNashay JonesRayla MeshawnKara Mshinda

    Performances - Day 1 [February 2nd]:Karen SmithMarcuz Christopher JamesAlex SmithEssa Terick

    With a set by DJ Kilamanzego

    Performances - Day 2 [February 3rd]:Karen SmithNolwazi MoniqueShanel EdwardsLaTreice BransonAli B. BarbieIcon Ebony Fierce

    With a set by DJ Delish

    HIV/STI testing will also be available on-site.

    The Rotunda is a wheelchair-accessible venue.

    Admission is FREE both days! 

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  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Introduction to Arts 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 PMFree Screening: Lucrecia Martel's Zama, and Entranced Earth
  • Thumb 50115456 10213836590933883 5618231086216642560 o 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM Free Screening: Lucrecia Martel's "Zama" and "Entranced Earth"South American Cinema Double Feature: Lucrecia Martel's hallucinatory anti-epic ZAMA (2017) and Glauber Rocha's ENTRANCED EARTH (aka TERRA EM TRANSE)ZAMA (2017, directed by Lucrecia Martel, 115 minutes, Argentina)In this dreamy, unorthodox film, Don Diego de Zama is a lowly 18th century mayor in an unnamed South American country, going slowly insane as he waits endlessly for a transfer within the Spanish empire. Based on the novel by Antonio di Benedetto, Martel's fourth feature has brought wide international acclaim, with Manohla Dargis of the NYTimes proclaiming it, “A Cinematic Marvel.” and ENTRANCED EARTH (aka TERRA EM TRANSE) (1967, directed by Glauber Rocha, 106 minutes, Brazil)One of the seminal films of Brazil's French New Wave-inspired “Cinema Novo” movement, directed by Glauber Rocha (BLACK GOD, WHITE DEVIL). In the fictional Eldorado, a journalist and poet (Jardel Filho) takes a quixotic journey through the politics of the Right and the Left before becoming disillusioned in this allegorical critique of modern Brazil. Originally deemed by the Brazilian government as “tarnishing the image of Brazil,” ENTRANCED EARTH would later play the Cannes Film festival, winning the “International Federation of Film Critics” award. Rocha's rebellious cinema was an acknowledged inspiration for Brazil's musical “Tropicalia” movement.- - - - - - -Reviews of ZAMA: “Poetic is a word that gets thrown around willy-nilly, but it fits perfectly here. So does woozy. It feels less like a film than a high fever, burning slow but hot in order to incinerate a virus....One of the best movies of the year.” - David Fear, Rolling Stone“What about Zama without sounding presumptuous or exaggerated? One could establish connections with the work of Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog, John Ford, Claire Denis, but Martel's cinema is unique, non-transferable, inimitable, incomparable... There is something of the order of the metaphysical, of the sensory (Martel's films even "smell") that transcends the formulas of narrative cinema and conventional dramatic construction.” - Otros Cines, Diego Batlle “Filled with situations that mirror the social and racial preconception of the time, this hypnotic tale of punishment and atrocious colonialism is an engrossing experience, likely to be turned into a cult film.” - Filipe Freitas, Film Threat“A brilliantly discomfiting portrait of European colonialism and its discontents, every sound and image tells the same sickening story....(Martel) brings "Zama" to a lyrical, terrifying close worthy of Werner Herzog or Joseph Conrad. The grand dream of human conquest ends, as it must, with a nightmarish descent into madness.” - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times“Even as Martel steeps the film deep within Zama’s perspective, she observes his tortuous male pathos with the critical distance of a female gaze. He does cut a pitiful figure ... but he remains satiric, a parody of masculine and colonial self-importance.” - Devika Girish, Village Voice“A cinematic marvel.” - Manohla Dargis, NYTimesAdmission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. the world premiere of Greg Brown’s Fall and Decline performed by Variant 6
  • Thumb variant 6 photo4 1 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Bowerbird is pleased to present the world premiere of Greg Brown’s Fall and Decline performed by Variant 6. The new work composed for voices and electronics is based on texts of Sadakichi Hartmann, Eprenius, Todd Hearon, Edward Gibbon, and Omar Khayyam. The composition contemplates the inevitable decline of all things natural and manmade. Variant 6 pairs this new work with other pieces for voices and electronics, as well as selections of Medieval and Renaissance music.ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: 
Variant 6 is a virtuosic vocal sextet that explores and advances the art of chamber music in the twenty-first century. The ensemble’s work includes radically re-imagining concert experiences, commissioning substantial new works, collaborating closely with other ensembles, and educating a new generation of singers. Variant 6 has collaborated with a wide range of ensembles and composers, including Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Arcana New Music Ensemble, Mobius Percussion Quartet, Square Peg Round Hole and Andrew Lipke, Jeremy Gill, Gregory W Brown, Kevin Laskey, and Wally Gunn. Devoted to educating a new generation of ensemble singers, Variant 6 has conducted residencies at Cornell University, Swarthmore College, and high schools in the Philadelphia area. Future projects include commissions by Joanne Metcalf and Kile Smith, and a collaboration with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band.Admission is FREE
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  • 11:00 AMPalentine's Day : Artisan and Handmade Bazaar
  • Thumb 50250733 2268199266794229 8618228011184947200 o 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Palentine's Day : Artisan and Handmade BazaarAfter Valentine's Day, take some time to celebrate your friends while supporting local artisans and small businesses! Show your pals the love by gifting them unique handmade goods and artwork.Featuring original artwork, cards, aromatherapy, jewelry, and more!Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMHeartbreak Hotel - part of #PhillyTheatreWeek
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    Heartbreak Hotel - part of #PhillyTheatreWeek

    We’re at  the The Rotunda on February 17th, which means we have a show in Philly Theatre Week. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re producing a series of ten-minute plays based on the theme Heartbreak Hotel. They're funny, tragic, bittersweet, surreal. PDC's project director for this is Matthew Windham

    Heartbreak Hotel by Amanda Banner

    I Can’t Remember My Legs by Caitlin Cieri

    Expectations by Julie Zaffarano 

    Revival by Paige Klaniecki

    The Mistake by Spencer Collins Ventresca

    A Date with Jesus by Marjorie Bicknell

    Elvis & Marilyn at the Heartbreak Hotel by William Burrison

    #phillytheatreweek Theatre Philadelphia Philly Theatre

    @theatrephiladelphia @theatrephilly

    Admission is $15. You can buy advance tickets HERE 

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  • 8:00 PMA Folksplosion starring Rob Lincoln and Dan Rauchwerk
  • Thumb 48175105 1997105610367558 3288171084293079040 o 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM A Folksplosion starring Rob Lincoln and Dan RauchwerkFive Minute Follies presents a Folksplosion starring Rob Lincoln and Dan RauchwerkRob Lincoln is a prolific singer-songwriter from the Philadelphia area, best known for his multitude of songs that range in styles from finger-picking folk to garage rock. He usually performs in his acoustic harmony folk-pop trio Lessick & Lincoln & Cohen, (singer/percussionist Steve Lessick and bass player Art Cohen) who released a rock album in 2007 under the name Men From When. However, he also performs solo, where his act tends to be more interactive and humorous and more folk based. In 2014 Rob released his solo debut, the longest debut and longest single disc album of all time (300 songs). Rob is also active in the Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance, having founded both their houseconcert series and Summer Songfest. He loves having his songs covered and numerous covers of his songs can be found on YouTube. In 2009, many of his political songs were selected for the international website www.antiwarsongs.org. As of 2014, he has more than 300 songs posted online.Dan Rauchwerk is best described as a “musical Wikipedia,” New York City-based songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Rauchwerk seeks to educate as he entertains. A founding member of the internationally touring folk band The Lords of Liechtenstein, Dan has recently embarked on a solo career.Doors open at 7:30pm.Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at https://folksplosion.brownpapertickets.com
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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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