May 2019

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July 2019
  • 1:00 PMSummer Fun Program Open House
  • Thumb fbeventcoverphoto 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM This summer, make sure your children have a safe environment in which to have fun.Sign your children up now for The United Block Captains Summer Fun Program, which is SEVEN weeks of fun (July 1-August 16)!- Trips (skating, bowling, amusement parks, movies, etc.)- Swimming and water parks- Arts and crafts, culture, and much more!for youth 7-16 years oldAll you pay is a one-time $150 administrative fee and a small fee for camp tee shirts!For more information, please e-mail or call Alice Wright at (215) 309-5754.
  • 8:00 PMEvent Horizon Series pres. Numinous Vision, Tadzio, Ace Paradise
  • Thumb june 1 new 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Event Horizon Series presentsNuminous Vision: acoustic soundscapes Tadzio: electroc-acoustic art pop about death and anxiety Ace Paradise: improvisational electronic soundscapes Artist infoNuminous Vision - (Acoustic Soundscapes) The band includes members of Elkhorn and Ominous Cloud Ensemble  Tadzio - Tadzio is an ensemble of Philadelphia/DC based musicians who share an interest in creating evocative sonic landscapes that blend warm acoustic tones (harp, piano, flute, percussion) with electronic instrumentation. The project originally formed around the collaboration between Ross Lipton (pianist), Darian Scatton (harpist) and Mandy Katz (vocalist) in the winter of 2009. From its earliest stages, the ensemble’s main focus was exploring the gray area between the open-ended narratives of modern art music with the emotional directness and intimacy of songwriters such as Nico and Bjork. The realization of this project was 2013’s Queen of the Invisible LP (Edible Onion Records), a song cycle loosely based on a collection of Herman Hesse poems. In the following years, there were a few line-up changes; Shaina Kapeluck (vocals) and Alison Stout (synthesizers, flute) rounded out the permanent line-up. From 2013 to 2018, Tadzio scored several theatrical productions (Nighthawks), dance pieces (Nanina Kotlowski-Silent Scream), radio productions (Superscience Me) and dramatic reading performances (James Joyce Bloomsday-Vienna 2018). Ace Paradise - Ace Paradise : DJ : Producer : Remixer : Recording Artist and Live Electronic Performer, specializing in the production of Electronic Music. Ace collaborates with other DJ's and Musicians throughout the World to preserve and promote Electronic Music in it's myriad of forms.Admission is FREE
  • 7:00 PMArtiFISHal Film Screening and Discussion
  • Thumb 60141006 2327588077517550 2532139755093622784 n 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM ArtiFISHal Film Screening and Discussion7pm-9:30pmCome see the 2019 Patagonia documentary ArtiFISHal, a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. The film will be followed with a group discussion.Check out the Facebook event for trailers and updates:, vegan light refreshments served. Admission is FREE
  • 7:00 PMPuertro Punk icons RICANSTRUCTION reunion and Philly Rican rebel rockers kandela
  • Thumb 60846991 10157333615158221 7788589867474092032 o 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM The underground anti-corporate "Puerto Punk"icons known as RICANSTRUCTION will be reuniting for the first time in thirteen years for a special Rican Rebel Resistance performance/concert on Friday, June 7th at 7PM at one of their old stomping grounds, The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA!!!RICANSTRUCTION will be joined by Philadelphia's own Rican rock rebels, kandela!!!! RICANSTRUCTION was formed in 1996 by the vocal vandal known as Not4Prophet (aka Zero Prophet of Abrazos Army and X-Vandals), riddim section subversives, Arturo and Joseph "sickFoot" Rodriguez and guitarist Eddie "Alsiva" Alsina. The Rodriguez brothers and Alsina were Boricua bombers from Harlem, NY who had held the beat down for everyone from post Cro-Mag punk project Both Worlds, to Blues legend Johnny Copeland. While Not4Prophet, was a housing project poet and graffiti writer known mostly for writing on "private" property" and shouting in the street. RICANSTRUCTION started out playing in the squats and alternative punk spaces of the Lower East Side in NYC, and could be seen and heard at nearly every political protest, rally or demonstration you could possibly get arrested at. Along the way they were banned from several NYC clubs, until they found a home at the (in)famous CBGB. When Eddie Alsina left the band in 1997, they recruited, guitarist, Fidel Paulino, a santero speed-metal shredder who rican-pleted the RICANSTRUCTION rebellion and was featured on their debut full length release, Liberation Day in 1998. With Fidel, they organized several DIY (do it yourself) tours throughout the U.S and Latin America. RICANSTRUCTION's last guitarist was Steven "Albizoo" Maldonado, who toured the US with the band before they dis-banded in 2006.Other members of RICANSTRUCTION through the years included Taina Asili, (of Anti-Product and La Banda Rebelde) and Roger Vasques (of Ill Nino).RICANSTRUCTION's final performance was on September 23, 2006 at a United Nations rally in NYC, on the one year anniversary of the FBI assassination of Ejercito Popular Boricua - Machetero leader, Filiberto Ojeda Rios.Admission is FREE
  • 6:00 PMFREE Workshop! Social Media Marketing
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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 PMPoet-tree En Motion: Movement, Word, Sound & Live Arts!
  • Thumb 61463928 10158685945954012 9024527227282259968 o 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Poet-tree En Motion: Movement, Word, Sound & Live Arts!Poet~tree En Motion Presents…The 2019 Spring Performance Series! A FREE community event (Donations Accepted/Suggested)This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performance, arts & culture presentations...Wednesday, June 12th, 7-9:30pm (Doors @ 6:30pm)Moving Meditations Class & Spoken Word Ritual + Sonic Immersion/Sound Journey + Live Painting Artistry!• Gabrielle de Burke a.k.a. Plum Dragoness (Dragon Spirit Arts) Bring your mats (or kick it old school without) for this Mindful Movement Class Infused with a Fusion Yoga, Kung fu/Tai chi, Qigong & Ceremonial Rite of Movement… Followed by a Ritual Dance w/ the Spoken Word! • Scott Soniq (Sonic Sound Immersions)+ Iron Gump & Adrianne King (Shamanic Sound Journey)…A Collaborative Experience where the healing resonance of Crystal Singing Bowls meets the reverberation of Flutes, Bells, Strings, Gongs, Drums & More…• Steve Shorts - His artistic vision combines mixed-media muralism w/ socialsculpture into a blend of fine art, restoration construction & community service.  Find the PEM group on Facebook for info on September 2019 Event!Artist Bios:Native to West Philadelphia, Plum Dragomess (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke) is a multi-talented thespian, dancer, martial artist, instructor, poetess and writer who has been involved with performing arts since childhood. She is known for her poetic style, vocal performance, fire dance, flow arts and choreographic flair throughout Philadelphia and abroad. Over the past 15 years, she has toured not only as a solo artist, founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director of Archedream for HumanKind among many others. She has also independently released 2 albums of original work with the project Plum Dragoness & the Elements, known for its fusion of multi-media, live world beat musical infusions, spoken word vocals & lyrical poetry. She has also helped bring together the all female performance group trio known as The Femme-Mynistiques, who will officially release their debut EP “Here She Comes…” in the summer of 2016. Since 2007, Plum has been a resident performance artist, as well as host and organizer for the successful performing arts series known as Poet-tree En Motion at The Rotunda! This has allowed her the opportunity to share her own creative performances (including collaborative projects she initiated) and work created by a plethora of other unique artists with the west Philadelphia community and beyond! Gabrielle’s work as a healing arts practitioner and instructor continues to intersect with her work as an inter-disciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of Internal and Martial Arts forms in combination with Dance, Poetry and Theater presentation. Gabrielle has been teaching in, around the Philadelphia area & abroad since 2000. Gabrielle owns/operates a Yogic & Mindful Movement studio outside of West Philadelphia called Dragon Spirit Arts where she offers classes, workshops, events, teacher training. If you dig It… Visit: + Follow: + Listen: + Sonic Flower is Scotty Sonic from Philadelphia, a certified Reiki Master and ReikiSound(TM) practitioner who is also a seasoned DJ and producer. Throughout the years, Scott’s experiences showed him the immense healing potentials that sound can deliver; this was coupled with 25 years of independent study and self-evolution. His amazing Journey led presently to many diverse communities in the Philadelphia area. One present aspect of Scott’s Journey is Sonic Flower: a totally immersive and Life Enhancing sound experience. Participants rest horizontally or seated comfortably while bathed in the sound-field from 7 quartz crystal singing bowls. The tones emanated are deeply resonant and are not only heard, but can be felt in one’s body; immersed in a field of deep coherence -- a structured yet always-evolving cache of information that is rich in potential and waiting to be tapped. Typical ReikiSound(TM) Immersions usually last for 60-75 minutes and can be merged with your Inner or Outer Work. Private and couples sessions are offered, which are tailored to the client’s needs, or group ReikiSound(TM) Immersions are offered in which a field of vibration is created intuitively for the highest benefit of the whole group. Also offered are Sonic Chakra Tune-ups, which require active participation by the client. Sonic Flower is also open and available to collaborate on any appropriate workshop/event.  Sonic Flower also creates deep-listening ambient DJ sets using self-produced, as well as other producer’s musics. He also creates ecstatic-body-music-DJ-sets under the moniker Butter&Eggs. The Journey is yours to choose; and this Journey is ours. Make your cells happy in a field of vibration. Shamanic Sound Journeyw/ Iron Gump and Adrian KingAbout our Facilitators Iron Gump is a Sound and Energy Worker. Through his understandings of energy and movement, he utilizes sound and vibration to guide people into spaces where they can freely explore relaxation. Iron Gump has shared his Sound Journeys in Manhattan and Connecticut board rooms and offices, Haitian refugee camps in Dominican Republic, private Japanese arboretum in Maui, boutique hotel on Maderas Beach, Nicaragua and many other places between for the last 7 years. Working alongside Remedy Partners Inc. and Quartet Health, he has lead and set the tone for corporate retreats, office openings, informative talks and more recently for Mental Health Week. His practice is an inclusive experience for people from all walks of life. "In a world of Make-Believe, let us believe in what we make." Adrian King is a musician, massage therapist, and yoga teacher. He is the founder of Healing Arts Collective, a neighborhood wellness center at 9th and South St. Philadelphia, through which he is actualizing his vision to serve the community by providing healing services, classes, and workshops in a quiet oasis amongst the hectic city hustle and bustle. Adrian has been exploring original and improvised music for most of his life. Inspired by moving music of all cultures and eras, he draws upon his wide array of influences when he plays, aiming to create a transcendental experience and break through the illusory boundaries of time and space. Among the wonderful happenings at Healing Arts Collective, Adrian and Iron Gump join forces every month for the Shamanic Sound Journey, where they guide listeners through a dreamlike experience, surfing on waves of musical vibrations. In the Shamanic Sound Journey, Iron Gump and Adrian King invite you to enter a relaxed space where you can meditate to transcendental soundscapes created by flutes, gongs, singing bowls, guitar, bells, rain sticks, didgeridoo and more. This is a movie for your ears that vibrates the listeners imagination and stimulates mind to let go into the sounds., healingartscollective-pa.comSteve Shorts is a contemporary Surrealist painter based out of Philadelphia. His work displays an array of mesmerizing effects utilizing vibration and duality which deliver an energetic rush into the viewer's mind's eye. His figures appear to be elemental forms woven out of a psychic tapestry consisting of intertwining serpentine lines and vivid color combinations.Steve earned a B.F.A from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. While living in New York City, he had the opportunity to refine his oil painting technique under the guidance of some of the most respected artists in Visionary Art, including Robert Venosa and Andrew Gonzalez. From 2007-2010, he worked with arts nonprofit the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) where he studied painting extensively under Alex Grey. Later on, Steve spent three years living and creating at the Tiberino Museum in Philadelphia. He has displayed his art at venues all across the United States. SteveShorts.comAdmission is FREE
  • 8:00 PMREELBLACK presents: PANTHER (1995, directed by Mario Van Peebles, 123 minutes, U.S.) and The WALKING DEAD (1995, directed by Preston A. Whitmore II, U.S.)
  • Thumb 61992587 10214676621974134 64841572239278080 o 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM THE BRIGHT BULB SCREENING SERIES (Free Screenings on the Second Thursdays Every Month at The Rotunda)- - - - - REELBLACK presents:PANTHER (1995, directed by Mario Van Peebles, 123 minutes, U.S.) and The WALKING DEAD (1995, directed by Preston A. Whitmore II, U.S.) Free Screening, 8pm hosted by REELBLACK founder Mike D. shares two films that have never been released on DVD. Followed by a brief discussion.PANTHER (1995) Actor/director Mario Van Peebles followed up the successful New Jack City and Posse with PANTHER, a fictionalized history chronicling the far-reaching changes effected by the radical group the Black Panthers during the late 1960s. Marcus Chong and Courtney B. Vance starred as Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Bokeem Woodbine, Chris Rock, Bobby Brown, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Lewis were among the dozens of supporting players. This would prove to be the last film directed by Van Peebles to receive major distribution. It briefly was available on DVD, but is now long out of print.THE WALKING DEAD (1995) Preston A. Whitmore II made his writing/directing debut with the gritty Vietnam war film starring Allen Payne, Eddie Griffin and Joe Morton. four black Marines are sent on a doomed prisoner-of-war rescue mission. The four men are what's left of a platoon that's been decimated after landing behind enemy lines. In charge is Sergeant Barkley (Joe Morton), a no-nonsense, Bible-quoting preacher who is leading three privates to find a POW camp in an abandoned temple. Cole Evans (Allen Payne) is an intellectual who is highly political, racially proud, and a devoted family man. Joe Brooks (Vonte Sweet) is a cheerful, naïve, and brave young soldier. Hoover Branche (Eddie Griffin) is a dope-smoking, foul-mouthed rebel who hates the war and fights the sergeant constantly. They eventually are joined by a crazy, bloodthirsty white soldier, Pippins (Roger Floyd). To this date, it has not been released on DVD or Blu-Ray.Admission is FREE
  • 6:00 PM[outdoors! NOT AT THE ROTUNDA!] Stargazer Lily & Ashley Phillips at the 40th St Summer Series
  • Thumb 61139993 10157552746423203 1231779367609171968 o 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM NOT AT THE ROTUNDA! Stargazer Lily & Ashley Phillips at the 40th St Summer SeriesThe 40th Street Summer Series returns with Stargazer Lily and opener Ashley Phillips for a great night of family-friendly free music and fun! For 2019 we're moving to a new location at 39th and Walnut, close to Locust Walk, just east of our old location. NOT AT THE ROTUNDA! Stargazer Lily helped define Philadelphia’s music scene in the early 2000s. On the strength of four LPs and extensive touring during that period, they built a loyal fan base throughout the Northeast and beyond. After a decade of growth and change, and a renewed love of making music together, they are back with their energetic and emotional brand of pop rock - and plans for a new record in 2019.Opening the show is Ashley Phillips, a singer-songwriter who weaves together her original music with traditional folk, spirituals, and pop songs in service of speaking to the times we are in. Ashley is featured on the record LeadBelly, Baby! with Grammy Award winning Dan Zanes & Friends. Her experiences with all-age audiences has inspired the project Sunfolk Sing-along, which centers Black American roots and folk music tradition for the whole family to enjoy! This is the 15th year for the 40th Street Summer Series, produced by The Rotunda, the University of Pennsylvania, and University City District. Stop by beginning at 6 pm for interactive activities with University City Arts League, free scoops of ice cream from Ben & Jerry's (while supplies last), and face-painting and balloon animals! Join the University City Arts League in making felt wearable art pieces! We will be focusing on Stargazer Lillies but if you can imagine it then we can help you create it! Little hands might need a little help!Admission is FREE! NOT AT THE ROTUNDA! Stargazer Lily & Ashley Phillips at the 40th St Summer SeriesThe 40th Street Summer Series returns with Stargazer Lily and opener Ashley Phillips for a great night of family-friendly free music and fun! For 2019 we're moving to a new location at 39th and Walnut, close to Locust Walk, just east of our old location. NOT AT THE ROTUNDA!
  • 5:00 PMInner Vibe Sound presents Counteracting Gentrification and Miseducation through Economic Restoration Pt. 3
  • Thumb picsart 06 02 06.15.48 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Inner Vibe Sound presentsCounteracting Gentrification and Miseducation through Economic Restoration Pt. 3featuringDr. Leonard Jeffries Father's Day Edition5-9pmHosted by Amun Sen Hotep Re of Inner Vibe Sound Conscious Music - Vegan Food - Spoken Word - Guest Speakers - Cultural VendorsBigga Dre - Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods - Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble For more information, email or call 215-259-8003Admission is FREE
  • 8:00 PMBowerbird pres. New Perplexity: Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom
  • Thumb newperplexityexport1 2 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird is pleased to present New Perplexity (Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom) in an evening of new works created during their upcoming artists-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. New Perplexity is a composer-performer collective intent on creating new contexts for the daxophone, a thin hardwood strip played with a bow, created by the German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and badger, ranges from furtive gurgles and delicate whistles to wild screams.  In 2015 they performed at Dublin’s Science Gallery as part of Trauma: Built to Break, an exhibition on art and trauma. In 2016 they participated in Daniel Fishkin’s ambitious series of concerts in Philadelphia, supported by The Pew Center, which posed the question “What is Tinnitus Music?”.  As an ensemble of the same instrument, more so than the string quartet or trio, they find themselves in the spiritual lineage of the viol consort. The group improvises, makes original work, and commissions new works from other artists, including a new quartet by the esteemed experimental composer Alvin Lucier. Future collaborations include the electronic music pioneer David Behrman.Admission is FREE
  • 9:00 PMThe Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM (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.
  • 8:00 PMJ Fresh Album Release: Just Have Faith
  • Thumb tyree flier front 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM J Fresh Album Release - Just Have Faithwith opening sets by Joshua Dronyiand Marty Gottlieb-HollispoppoppoprecordsCenterforCreativeWorksTickets are 10. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • 4:00 PMJazz and Funk Violin Master Class with Jazz/Soul Vocalist and Violinist Owen Valentine
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Jazz and Funk Violin Master Class4-7pmJazz/Soul Vocalist and Violinist Owen Valentine presents a FREE MASTER CLASS on Jazz Violin Improvisation Techniques and teaches you to tap into your inner FUNKSTER!You will learn:*Rhythm and Groove *Blues and Pentatonic Scale Phrasing*Scatting and Connecting Your Voice with Your Instrument*Hip Hop Violin *Jazz Chord Progressions *Electric PlayingAttendees must be at least 16 years old and be familiar with first position and basic bow control.All fretless instruments are welcome!Bring your instrument and bring a friend!Admission is FREE
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