• 8:00 PMReelblack w Historian Charles Woods on Black TV Westerns presented by Bright Bulb Screening Series
  • Thumb 64596105 10214782999153497 6285039838550818816 o 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Reelblack w Historian Charles Woods on Black TV WesternsTHE BRIGHT BULB SCREENING SERIES (Free Screenings on the Second Thursdays Every Month at The Rotunda)Reelblack at The Rotunda - July 11, 2019Historian/Archivist CHARLES WOODS joins Reelblack Founder Mike D. to share and discuss TV Westerns featuring African-American guest stars.Bonanza - “The Wish” (1969) Michael Landon wrote and directed this groundbreaking episode of Bonanza starring Ossie Davis as a proud Black man trying to raise his family. Hoss takes two months of leave. He sees a little black boy steal a candle. He learns the boy wants the candle to make a wish. As he gets to know the boy and his family, he decides to try to help the family.Zane Grey Theater - “The Mission” (1959) At a frontier cavalry post, a newly arrived black trooper must earn the respect and trust of his fellow cavalrymen, most of whom are white and don't want a black in their outfit. Starring Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Edwards.Blacks In The WestDuring the formative years of Television, Blacks were virtually invisible. When they were occasionally shown they always appeared as servants or janitors. Black invisibility was at its greatest on television’s most popular genre, the western. Watching TV one was easily led to believe that blacks, historically, did not “go west”. Beginning with Sammy Davis, Jr appearances on TV westerns, we explore the mythological lies about the presence and contributions of the black man relative to “how the west was won” were challenged.Admission is FREE
  • 7:30 PMFire Museum pres. Lau Nau, Special Guests, Jeffrey Alexander & Derek Monypeny
  • Thumb 54432308 10156896576843400 1321908663610245120 o 2 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM Fire Museum presentsLau Nau, Special Guests, Jeffrey Alexander & Derek MonypenyJeffrey Alexander:Jeffrey Alexander. Founding member of The Iditarod in 1996, BF/BS in 2003 and Dire Wolves in 2008. Joined JOMF in 2013. Former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records. Also toured with and featured on recordings by Kemialliset Ystävät (Finland), Avarus (Finland), Es (Finland), Fursaxa, Christina Carter, Gravenhurst (UK), Stefano Pilia-Andrea Belfi-Jeffrey Alexander Trio (Italy/USA). This show is the record release party for the “Meditations For Beowulf” LP on Feeding Tube Records.Derek Monypeny:Derek Monypeny is a Joshua Tree, CA-based guitarist and oud player who has played in the bands Oaxacan, ALTO!, and Sir Richard Bishop’s Freak Of Araby Ensemble. He has performed and toured with artists such as Bill Orcutt, Jozef van Wissem, Eva Aguila/Kevin Shields, Arrington de Dionyso, and many others.“Derek, using tastefully deployed effects and small and patient gestures, digs deep into those thin places where all kinds of inner space visions can flourish. You could talk about the complex social organization and communication among undiscovered species of highly intelligent insects deep under the sands of Mars . . . or any pulsing pattern of pure electricity hurtling somewhere through deep space . . . ” -Larry Dolman, Blastitude magazinelinks: is FREE
  • 6:00 PM[outdoors! NOT AT THE ROTUNDA!] Voices of Africa and CCW at the 40th St Summer Series
  • Thumb 61601564 10157583491468203 7837243965672783872 n 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM NOT AT THE ROTUNDA! The 40th Street Summer Series continues with Voices of Africa and opener Center For Creative Works 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. The Summer Series is hosted by Negus Frost. Voices of Africa has been performing for 35 years. They share the power and joy of its music, which spans the African Diaspora, through traditional African and African American songs, message music, gospel, inspirational and healing percussion rhythms. They have traveled the continental expanse of the USA, and appeared in Canada, Jamaica, London, Hawaii, and Ghana. VOA has now become an "African Cultural Arts Collective" that works with committed African cultural artists from around the Diaspora.Opening the show is the Center for Creative Works, a vocational arts program for adults with developmental disabilities. CCW is home to Pop! Pop! Pop! Records, a record label that supports and promotes the music made by CCW artists. They are excited to be performing our favorite covers as well as our own original material.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 Kalimbas, a classic African instrument. Have fun making your own and tweaking the sound until it is just right. This project is for all ages to play, but little hands will need a little help! Admission is FREE!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!
  • 1:00 PMWorking Womanist Collective 2nd Annual Healers & Helpers event
  • Thumb 60259961 2403766323191504 7576954744078336000 n 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM WWC's 2nd Annual Healers & Helpers eventWorking Womanist Collective is hosting our 2nd annual therapy speed meeting event called “Healers and Helpers” on July 21st at The Rotunda.As Black women, femmes and gender non-conforming folks, finding quality and affordable mental health support that holds space for our race, gender and the daily compounding traumas that living at the intersections of these identities often bring is sometimes difficult. With this event, we are creating a space for us to connect with Black therapists and holistic support specialists so that we get the culturally-competent resources we all deserve.We would love for you to participate in this event if you are in need of a healer.Please use the link below to access our registration form prior to attending the event:
  • 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.
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