Fire Museum Presents: Sam Newsome
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Fire Museum Presents: Sam Newsome

$8-10 sliding scale:

Sam Newsome:

Saxophonist Sam Newsome is a soprano saxophone specialist. Since making the soprano his main instrument almost 20 years ago, he has established himself as one of the more important soprano players of his generation. Newsome has been nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) as “Soprano Saxophonist of Year,” several years in a row, and has consistently placed in the top 10 in the Downbeat Critics Poll in the “Soprano Saxophone” category.

Newsome, who made a name for himself as a tenor saxophonist in the Terence Blanchard band in the early nineties, has moved away from his hard bop roots and now embraces more experimental and avant garde concepts.

In addition to being associate professor of jazz studies at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, Newsome continues to tour, record and develop new ways to explore the soprano saxophone’s sonic terrain. His latest as well as his fifth solo saxophone outing is titled The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation – The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 2 (Some New Music) has been described by Ed Enright, DownBeat Magazine as “a modern masterpiece.” ★★★★ 1/2

Newsome is also a frequent collaborator with many creative musicians on the New York jazz scene: pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer Francisco Mora Catlett and AfroHORN, The Collective Identity Saxophone Quartet, violinist Meg Okura and her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and he is a member of the new project by The Bad Plus: Science Fiction: The Music of Ornette Coleman—other members include alto saxophonist Tim Berne and trumpeter Ron Miles.

Surface Destroyer:

Surface Destroyer are the duo of Daniel Levine (trumpet) and Ben Rosen (keyboard).

Daniel Levine is a trumpet player, composer, improviser and educator based in Philadelphia, PA.

As a prolific composer Daniel has led many projects over the years, including his dynamic and sophisticated trio Knuckleball with Devin Gray and Marc Hannaford, who released their debut album in 2015. In Philadelphia, Daniel leads the experimental duo Surface Destroyer with Ben Rosen, and the Daniel Levine Philadelphia Trio with Sandy Eldred and Kevin Ripley. He has also been an in demand sideman and collaborator, performing and recording with many local and visiting artists including Dan Blacksberg, Hardwork Movement, and Mostly Other People do the Killing. He can be heard on the upcoming August 2018 release from Khemist, produced by Anwar Marshall.

Beginning as a classically trained pianist (studying with Marcantonio Barone), Ben has become known for improvising in jazz and other contexts, with Sirius Juju, Archer Spade’s Spectrum Ensemble, Surface Destroyer and more. A longtime member of Philly’s rock scene, Ben has performed and recorded with the rock groups The Chairman Dances and Bird Watcher (on electric bass) and is a former member of the instrumental math rock trio David Phosphor Walrus (on guitar).

Partial funding for this event was provided by Frankford Tax Professionals.

more info: http://firemuseumpresents.com/events/sam-newsome-surface-destroyer/

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Womanly Magazine Issue 3 Launch
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Womanly Magazine Issue 3 Launch

Please join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of the Womanly team as well as the continued support of our community, friends, and family. We will be celebrating at The Art Dept Collective (1638 E Berks St, Philadelphia, PA 19125) at 6pm on Friday, December 7th. 
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We're proud to present accurate and accessible health information for women and non-binary individuals across the world. The entire issue can be accessed via our website [womanlymag.com] and we will have physical copies available for purchase

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Fenster with Stange Parts + Baby Jey
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Fenster with Stange Parts + Baby Jey

We’re please to welcome Berlin’s own Fenster along with our own Strange Parts and Canada’s Baby Jey for a vibed out evening of music

About Fenster

The Room, Fenster’s fourth album and their first release on Altin Village & Mine marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band. After releasing three albums, a feature length film, and touring extensively throughout Europe and North America since 2012, The Room serves as an entry point into their sonic evolution. The essential characteristic of the band is transformation—within and between genres, albums, and songs. Their sound is a window framing psychedelic, groovy, hypnogogic, playful pop. Fenster is Elias Hock (Germany), Jonathan Jarzyna (Germany), Lucas Ufo (Fance) and JJ Weihl (USA).

About Strange Parts

Upon meeting in Philadelphia in 2007, Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan vowed to make music together. It was not until years later when Duncan had moved home to Seattle and Taylor had taken a job in New York that the pair began working on material via email. Over three years of bicoastal collaboration Strange Parts was born. The project brings together the minimal pop sounds of Taylor’s solo work and the classical infused art pop of Duncan’s project Oh! Pears. This unlikely union combines to create a melodic art pop sound, rich with body moving grooves and toe tapping hooks, drawing inspiration from the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Ebo Taylor, Billie Holiday, Broadcast, and writer Hermann Hesse. Taylor and Duncan recorded their forthcoming album with producer by Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs) in Philadelphia. For more information follow them on SoundCloud

About Baby Jey

Baby Jey are the soundtrack to expansive landscapes that evoke warm melodies and cold memories. You can hear them when you stare into the sun with your eyes closed, seeing only redness through your eyelids. The Edmonton, Alberta band writes strangely familiar melodies that end up more strange than familiar, marrying earnest country charm with the satisfying complexity of your favorite jazz and pop records. Inspired by the Americana upbringing they never had, their augmented melodies provide authentic modernity to a classic sound.



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Self Massage + Mindfulness With Threshold Wellness
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Self Massage + Mindfulness With Threshold Wellness

Join Julia from Threshold Wellness (@thresholdwellness) for a trauma-informed, body-positive workshop for those who want to take care of their bodies in truly personal ways.  Drawing from mindfulness practices, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and yoga, you’ll leave with less tension and new somatically generated insights.  You’ll also come away with easily reproducible movement and self-massage techniques to make more space between your cells.

This Workshop Includes:

Sits/meditation

Ball release - myofascial release for self-massage

Core activating movements- think core of yourself as well as muscles that lie closest to bones

Journaling - to keep thoughts and sensations in dialogue consciously

Ritual - An action +  an intention to = manifestation


About the Teacher:

Julia has been a massage therapist and bodyworker for 10 years.  She runs Threshold Wellness, teaches mindfulness to students through What Is: Mindfulness, and is in the process of completing a yoga teacher training.  She has taught anatomy and physiology as well as self and couples’ massage workshops to adults. Julia’s beginnings were in the arts, and since receiving her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, her identity as an artist has existed in her healing work and life choices.

Cost: $15-$35 Please email if cost is a barrier.

julia@thresholdwellness.com



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Live Film Scoring with Travis Woodson
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Live Film Scoring with Travis Woodson

Join composer, arranger, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist Travis Woodson for an evening of Live Film Scoring. Woodson has collaborated and performed with various musicians and dancers. You may have seen him perform in Make a Rising, Sonic Liberation Front, Electric Simcha, Split Red, Adult Content, Kohoutek, his own group Live Like a King, and/or Pyramid Minds. During the summer of 2012, he premiered a series of compositions and arrangements for three guitars, as a part of the Archer Spade Performance Series, and has performed at the Improvisational Music event, the Nowhere Festival, in 2015.

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Zine Making Workshop With Loveis Wise
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Zine Making Workshop With Loveis Wise

Let's create our own media! We will be hosting a zine making workshop focusing on social justice and women's health led by Philadelphia artists Carmel Brown and Loveis Wise. Loveis is well known for her amazing work appearing on The New Yorker and being only the second black woman to do so. All materials will be supplied but we also encourage people to bring anything they would like to use create their own zines. 

Sign Up Here!

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Hey, Soul Sister Soundbath
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Hey, Soul Sister Soundbath

Nameste! All are invited into the loving embrace of the Art Dept Collective for a meditation on the sonic genius of the band Train. This soundbath features a slowed down, extended 2-hour version of the band's seminal hit Hey, Soul Sister. Participants are encouraged to retreat inside, finding a space of calm as the warm gangsta and thug sounds of Pat Monahan voice washes over them, leaving a true sense of peace. Please come wearing comfortable clothing, as well as a pillow or yoga mat. $5 Suggested donation, though all are welcome.

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BYO Indigo Dip-in
May
12
3:30 PM15:30

BYO Indigo Dip-in

Description:Have a white shirt that is just dy(e)ing to be blue? Come by for our Indigo Dip-in. Blue hands herself Emily Carris, will have the indigo vats open so come by with your fabric, yarn, shirts, dresses, or skirts. We’ll have tools on hand for tie-dye, and shibori practices. Please note that indigo only takes to natural fibers like cotton, linen, wool, silk, and Bamboo. Be sure your pieces are made of these materials. $15

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Record Time
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Record Time

Join us at @artdeptphilly + @coloredvintage for another record gathering hosted by Mr @ohpears himself Corey Duncan Thursday April 19th from 7-19pm! We’ll have two turntables, a mixer, and our home stereo speakers. Bring some records with you, or just come with an open mind. Each attendee is invited to jump on the turntables for rotating DJ sets. Don't know how to DJ? We can teach you the basics! This night is about sonic exploration and record community vibes. We want this night to be as diverse as possible, and as inclusive to all sexes as possible. Light refreshments, wine, and beer available by donation. This event is free. 

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Group Muse: Matthew Cohen
Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

Group Muse: Matthew Cohen

Come relish an unaccompanied solo viola recital which is exceedingly rare and a unique look at a more unusual instrument in a very up close and intimate way. The evening's program feature the following:

J.S. Bach: Suite #3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009 (Germany 1717-23) (10 min

Astor Piazzolla: Tango Etudes #2 and #4 (Argentina, 1987) (10 min)

Jay Ungar: Ashokan Farewell (USA, 1982) (5 min)

Visit Group Muse for tickets and information

 

 

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Intro to Hand Knitting - POSTPONED
Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

Intro to Hand Knitting - POSTPONED

SORRY this workshop is postponed. We will repost the new TBA date.

Beginner Knitting

Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Now’s your chance! In this workshop with Emily Carris, you will learn the foundations of knitting from how to hold your needles to binding off. You will learn both the English and Continental styles of knitting as well as knitting and purling stitches. You’ll walk out of class well on your way to creating a simple cowl.

All materials included

Registration: $25

 

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SoFar Sounds Concert
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

SoFar Sounds Concert

Amazing artists in intimate spaces, performing stripped-back sets to carefully curated audiences. Please, arrive on time, stay to the end. Sit down, settle in and just listen. You’re gonna love it. Past artists include Queen of Jeans, Cold Fronts, Pine Barons, Suburban Living, Palmas, Matt Phillips, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb & Karen O.

For Tickets and More Information Sofar Sounds

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Bell's Roar: Art Funds Art Tour
Feb
4
2:30 PM14:30

Bell's Roar: Art Funds Art Tour

ART FUNDS ART TOUR uses ticket sales, partnerships with brands and organizations to provide artist grants and performance stipends to underfunded artists in each city. This tour is an initiative started by Sean Desiree of bell’s roar. The goal of their music is to reinforce solidarity within the movement and create affirming spaces for queer and trans people of color.

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Betty Leacraft Letters From The War
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Betty Leacraft Letters From The War

We're honored to welcome textile artist Betty Leacraft for December First Friday. With Letters From The War, Leacraft will share her correspondence with Vietnam War Soldiers as well as her thoughts and reflections on life at the time. The evening will include a specially selected soundtrack curated by Leacraft along with drinks and light refreshments. This is a free event 

When: December 1st 6-9pm. Talk at 7:30

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Cosmic Grooves w/Dj Corey Duncan
Nov
19
11:00 AM11:00

Cosmic Grooves w/Dj Corey Duncan

Is earth getting to you? Need to escape for a while? Join our very own DJ Corey Duncan for a far-out brunch, as he takes you on a journey through space and sound. He'll be spinning an array of cosmic grooves from SunRa, Os Mutantes, Tame Impala, Broadcast, The Headhunters, and more. Come down to Johnny Brenda's from  11a-3p, have a bloody mary, and sale away

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First Friday Petra Floyd Give a Doll a House To Haunt
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Petra Floyd Give a Doll a House To Haunt

The Art Dept is proud to present Petra Floyd: Give a Doll a House to Haunt. In this exhibition Floyd explores Blackness in the United States and the enduring ability of Black people to reinvent themselves through inherited and appropriated visual culture and performance. Join us for the opening reception November 3rd form 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through November 29th. 
 

Artist Statement

"I am a queer, first­-generation Liberian-­American, multidisciplinary artist from Philadelphia. In my creative practice I use drawing, sculpture, writing, printmaking, and performance to meditate on Blackness in the United States and other sites of the African diaspora. I focus on the enduring ability of Black people to reinvent ourselves through inherited and appropriated visual culture and performance.

Through my studio practice I study racial caricatures as hand-made memorabilia and mass-produced consumer goods. I recreate these objects through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture while considering my relationship with these Black Objects as a maker and as a racialized body, a black body.

We exist together in the world and are subject to a racial imagination that seeks to produce, own, and destroy us."
--Petra Floyd

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Womanly Magazine: Matters Of The Heart Submission
Oct
27
to Nov 13

Womanly Magazine: Matters Of The Heart Submission

Artists, writers, heart doctors, marriage counselors, in love people, heartbroken people.... looking for an outlet to share your work, stories, research? Womanly Magazine is seeking submissions for their February Womanly Magazine edition "Matters Of The Heart". Deadline - November 13th || Artwork by @Singha.Hon @AnneKathrynJ @ArianaMy_

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