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  • 8:00 PMBad Sex and Other Problematic Analogies by Stephanie C. Kernisan
  • Thumb 51984862 2083423121735806 5803789483178459136 o 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Five Minute Follies proudly presents Bad Sex and Other Problematic Analogies by Stephanie C. Kernisan.Alternatively titled “confessions of an unintentionally white-passing, mixed, fat, queer, feminist, switchy witch.” Bad Sex explores heartache and healing with humor and humility. This show is part essay reading, part stand-up routine, part musical event written and performed by Stephanie C. Kernisan.Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE
  • 2:00 PMPhilly BalkanFest 2019
  • Thumb 51674581 2067243443330387 1773324032955908096 o 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM Announcing the first ever Philadelphia festival of Balkan music and culture! The Folk Dance Council of the Delaware Valley in conjunction with Fly Bottle Records are proud to presentPhilly BalkanFest 2019!2-7pmPhilly boasts a rich tapestry of communities of Balkan and Roma (Gypsy) heritage, and artists and artisans creating in the Balkan and Roma traditions. It’s time we got together to celebrate these beautiful traditions in a festival of the living arts and culture of the Balkans, Philly style.The festival will take place at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, from 2 - 7 pm on April 7, 2019. We have assembled a full program with events all afternoon, taking over the whole building with non-stop music performances in both the concert stage room and the spectacular dance hall beneath the great rotunda, plus food trucks, dance workshops, and more spanning the Balkan folk traditions, and beyond!Featuring performances by:AjdePhiladelphia Women's Slavic EnsembleWest Philadelphia OrchestraSvitanyaRaya Brass BandDolunay NYCMax's New HatTickets for Philly Balkanest 2019: Facebook event page:
  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Personal Finances 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.

  • 7:00 PMCinéSPEAK presents Tuba to Cuba (Philadelphia premiere)
  • Thumb 52607881 1009140229283574 3160577819361148928 o 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CinéSPEAK presents Tuba to Cuba (Philadelphia premiere)Every 2nd Thursday of the month, you can catch a wide array of films at The Rotunda, curated by filmmakers + presenters from all around the city as part of The Bright Bulb Screening Series. This April, CinéSPEAK presents the #Philadelphia premiere of TUBA TO CUBA -- featuring New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they journey to Cuba tracing their musical roots.--DOORS @ 6:30PMFILM @ 7PM ADMISSION: FREE!--ABOUT THE FILM:A Tuba to Cuba--Directed by T.G. Herrington + Danny ClinchRunning Time: 1hr 24 minThe leader of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band seeks to fulfill his late father's dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba. Join the band as they traverse post-embargo Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. Encounters with some of Cuba’s most iconic musicians leads to spontaneous and soulful collaborations. A Tuba to Cuba celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to dig deeper; to find that common ground we all have inside us, and there, resolve to build bridges, not walls. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: LOVE: '‘A Tuba to Cuba’ Review: A New Orleans Jazz Band Makes a Caribbean Connection' CINÉSPEAK: We are a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory + foreign film programming; creating space + centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema. We promote community togetherness + global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers; encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen + throughout society.Follow the Journey! -- Twitter + InstagramCinéSPEAK -- FacebookAdmission is FREE
  • 1:00 PMKID Friendly ALL Welcome Show with Strange Parts and Upholstery
  • Thumb 52394577 10156880889121832 8647475853707444224 n 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM KID Friendly ALL Welcome Show with Strange Parts and UpholsteryDoors at 1:00 pm Upholstery at 1:30 pmStrange Parts at 2:15 pmAll over by 3:00 pm!Hear the bands!$5-10 sliding scale. Children under twelve attend for free.
  • 4:00 PM2019 Vegan Cheesesteak Party and Cabaret
  • Thumb 52158509 1996382810471157 5617757325554089984 o 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM 2019 Vegan Cheesesteak Party and CabaretThe producers of Philly's 'Veggie Cabaret' and 'Veggie Cabaret II,' Public Eye: Artists for Animals, are joining forces with Vance "V for Veg" Lehmkuhl, organizer of the Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contest, for a singular can't-miss event including the contest's final judging (in which attendees can sample and join in judging) and a floor show of vegan-themed music and comedy starring Myq Kaplan, the pioneering vegan standup comic whose witty ruminations have delighted audiences on The Tonight Show and other outlets, including his own specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. All proceeds from the event will benefit Lancaster Farm Sanctuary.Tickets are $10-15. Advance tickets can be purchased HERE
  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. a double bill of fingerstyle and American primitive guitarists Yasmin Williams and Daniel Bachman
  • Thumb williamsbachman2 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird is pleased to present a double bill of fingerstyle and American primitive guitarists Yasmin Williams and Daniel Bachman.ABOUT THE ARTISTSYasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique and has been called some of the most imaginative guitar music out today. She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her music to great effect. She has won various local talent shows, was a finalist in the Rolling Stones Young Gun guitar competition, was the Grand prize winner of New York University’s Ultra Violet Live talent show, and won the grand prize in Culpeper Has Talent. She was recently featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday show.She grew up in northern Virginia where various genres of music from smooth jazz to hip-hop were played in her household. She was introduced to the guitar after playing the video game Guitar Hero 2 and became interested in playing the guitar in 2009. She begged her parents to buy her a real electric guitar and once she received her first guitar and amplifier, she taught herself how to play the guitar by ear. After a few years of playing the electric guitar, she taught herself how to play the bass guitar, 12 string guitar, and classical guitar before eventually deciding to switch her focus to the acoustic guitar because of the instrument’s versatility. While in high school, she released her first EP Serendipity in 2012, which she recorded and mixed herself.She graduated from New York University with a BM in Music Theory and Composition in December 2017. Her first album, Unwind, was released on May 4, 2018 and is available on all major streaming services and Bandcamp. The album has charted highly on several Amazon and iTunes charts including top paid albums, and charted at #15 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.Daniel Bachman emerged as a guitar wonderkid at the beginning of this decade, quietly asserting himself as the heir to John Fahey’s throne with his prolific and deeply traditional approach to American Primitive music. While others who rode the wave of the instrumental guitar resurgence turned their six-string dexterity to modern interpretations of the style, Bachman has steadfastly mined the limitations of what ghosts can be summoned from his acoustic instruments.Although he had been touring from the age of 17, Bachman “arrived” around 2015 with nods from NPR and Rolling Stone. His charm was found in his traditional approach: a young kid from Fredericksberg, VA paying homage to the deep roots of American music with album titles like Jesus, I’m A Sinner. But there was nothing contrived about his approach. Bachman is not only a proponent of the American folk tradition, but also a true scholar of it, and his constant stream of releases (he’s released 11 records between 2011 and 2016) and near-endless tour schedule on both sides of the Atlantic added to his credentials as a musician cut from the old mold that was otherwise stamped out by global record conglomerates, release cycles, and the homogenizing reach of the internet.While Bachman’s prolific streak ended in 2017 — it was the first time since he was 21 that he didn’t release a record (let alone two or three) — he made his triumphant return this year with The Morning Star. The album, out now on Three Lobed Recordings, is a masterstroke from the artist, retaining everything he stands for and supplanting it with field recordings and radio sermons he has amassed over the years, placed in such a way to make it abundantly clear which side of American politics he stands. It’s not a departure from the American Primitive hallmarks — parts of the album were literally recorded on his porch — yet the record wonderfully captures the zeitgeist, enlivening the best parts of our traditions while remaining progressive.  (Tiny Mix Tapes)Admission is FREE
  • 4:00 PMJazz Appreciation Month Featuring Ella Gahnt & Sistahs Attune
  • Thumb 50016434 10161382756000261 418156817642684416 o 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Jazz Appreciation Month Featuring Ella Gahnt & Sistahs AttuneThe Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc presents, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) curated by Ella Gahnt.An early evening of live Jazz music curated and performed by the legendary Ella Gahnt and her Jazz Band, featuring performances from Sistahs Attune. Live Music - Vendors - Food - RafflesProceeds from tickets go to charity. (The Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc.)Tickets are $12 in advance; Vendor spots are $25. Advance tickets/vendor registration is HERE
  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon Series pres. Jason Sloan, Kip Rosser
  • Thumb april 27website 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM Event Horizon Series presents Jason Sloan, Kip RosserJason Sloan is an electronic musician, composer, and sound artist practicing in Baltimore, Md. His work explores immateriality and its relationship to memory, systems and the virtual world. Besides his notoriety in the ambient and space music scenes for close to two decades, Jason has released over a dozen solo albums, collaborations and has been included on multiple various artist collections. In 2012 Jason began working under the moniker L’Avenir. This project explores Sloan’s long time love of dark synth and minimal wave music. L’Avenir’s music is created purely from analog, modular and/or vintage synthesizer equipment and has released multiple albums on Barcelona’s Cold Beats Records, Germany’s Eins:Zwei:Acht and Beläten in Sweden. Sloan received his BFA from Edinboro University and his MFA from Towson University.  Locally, Sloan has been the recipient  multiple Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Awards. His installations,, video art and documented performances have been exhibited internationally in cities such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse, Lisbon, Uden and Vienna. In addition to releasing over a dozen studio albums and E.P.’s over the last decade, Sloan has played live all over the US, Canada and Europe including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University, Berlin’s Liquid Sky TV, STEIM in Amsterdam, CMMAS in Morelia, and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series; one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series. Sloan is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interactive Arts department in addition to being the program director of the Sound Art program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Kip Rosser (Thereminist)Admission is FREE
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