Pre-Order: A Radical Shift of Gravity Illustrated by Kate Glasheen
May
21
to Nov 1

Pre-Order: A Radical Shift of Gravity Illustrated by Kate Glasheen

Available for Pre Order

ABOUT A RADICAL SHIFT OF GRAVITY

Against the wondrous backdrop of massive planetary transformation, this stunning watercolor graphic novel, illustrated by collective member Kate Glasheen explores one family's struggle to stay grounded.

The world is changing. Gravity, a force everyone takes for granted, has begun to disappear. As a young journalist, Noah spends his days documenting the wondrous and terrifying shifts in the world around him.

But Noah's life is changing, too. Falling in love and raising a rebellious daughter adds new meaning to life in this mysterious floating world. As he covers the invention of new sports, interviews experts, and even journeys into space, each experience shapes how Noah views the world and, in turn, his relationship with his family. And as his daughter grows older, Noah faces the challenge every parent dreads and dreams of: letting go.

A Radical Shift of Gravity is a science-fiction fable: a graphic novel that explores the ties that bind a family together, the forces that threaten to pull them apart, and the quiet beauty of a world where everyone is floating away.

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Weird Love Dj's at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Weird Love Dj's at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Join our very own Weird Love Djs Emily + Corey as they spin jams with BUSSES, a local indie rock band that is bringing complex and concise musical arrangements to the Philly music scene at WXPN Welcomes Waterfront Sessions on August 22. Come early and jump-start the evening with mixes by Weird Love DJs starting at 6:30 pm.

Every Thursday this summer, tap your toes and groove to jams by some of Philly’s finest artists. After a long day of work or play, enjoy a carefully crafted musical experience, while enjoying a $5 Peroni Nastro Azzurro beer special from our beer garden.

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Young Artist's Program BBQ
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Young Artist's Program BBQ

Join us at the NKCDC garden at the corner of Frankford and Berks to dance, eat, drink and maybe even hula hoop on Saturday, August 24th from 5-10pm. BYO t-shirts and things to tie dye while supplies last! Tickets are pay-what-you-wish, but we suggest a $20 donation that gets you food + funky tunes and gives the LGBQTies in our after school program the programming they deserve. Beer will be served for an additional cost. DJ Corey will be spinning on the 1s and 2s all night long :)



In 2017, Lutheran Settlement House chose to discontinue funding their after school program for high school students which provided nutrition education and healthy meals; curricula about safe sex and healthy relationships; artistic and volunteer opportunities; and most importantly, a safe space for youth to come and learn and grow together after school. The ending of this programming meant 12 rising sophomore students would no longer have a place to go after school. The Art Dept, a new artist collective located down the street, learned of this issue and stepped up to support the youth in their community. Since then, the Art Dept. has been running the Young Artist Program, an artist residency for high school youth that operates 4 days a week during the school year for the students who would have otherwise not had a space. These students have been integral in designing the residency and developing curricula that celebrates blackness, queerness and the liberation that art can bring.

Join us in giving these students the programming they deserve by helping us raise $25,000. This money will go towards paying our facilitators a living wage and hiring program alumni to be teaching artists. If you can't make it but would like to donate visit us at www.artdeptphilly.com/donate

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 Figure Drawing Club!
Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

Figure Drawing Club!

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month for an open figure drawing session. All skill levels are welcome!

We'll be going through a slew of quick poses all the way up to a few longer poses, so many poisons will be there for the picking. $15 covers the model, beer + wine! Bring your sketch pads, pencils, and charcoal. Spread the word, bring a friend, show up cold and alone! This is less an instructional class, more an open session to draw without instruction, but we're happy to give some pointers to those who'd like some.

Posing starts at 6:30

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Caldera Magazine Presents: New Work by Shang
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Caldera Magazine Presents: New Work by Shang

Caldera Magazine is stoked to present new photographic work by Philadelphia-based rock n' roll dance queen, Shang. Shooting primarily in 35mm film, his photography focuses on a style of candid portraiture that captures a pure and unfiltered look at gay nightlife. The work collected here explores a no-rules approach to expression and presentation within the queer community. A more extensive portfolio of his work can be found on his Instagram @shangzilla

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Strange Parts + Combo Chimbita at Boot & Saddle
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Strange Parts + Combo Chimbita at Boot & Saddle


Collective member Corey Duncan’s band Strange Parts is very pleased to be sharing the stage with the magical, mystical Combo Chimbita at Boot & Saddle June 1st at 8pm

ABOUT STRANGE PARTS

Strange Parts released their debut album "Oh God, What a Beautiful Time I Spent in the Wild" on Specious Arts in 2018. The album, produced by Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs/Kurt Vile), offers a timely exploration of psych pop with influences from the likes of Broadcast, Billie Holiday, Serge Gainsbourg, and Ebo Taylor.

In Jeff Zeigler, they found the perfect counterpoint of production to create their beat-driven psych/art pop record. The two members played all of the instruments on the record with key contributions from Zeigler. Their kinetic vibes are evident throughout the record, which moves through a menagerie of sonic landscapes and grooves, with Attia and Corey's voices guiding the whole experience. The lyrics are equal parts personal and cosmic, lending the album nuanced and complex textures. The duo is joined more recently by Christopher Acree on drums to round out a live experience for the critical thinker.

ABOUT COMBO CHIMBITA
Through her folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia, and a dash of enigmatic punk, Ahomale by Combo Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. Their second studio album and Anti- Records debut sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s cosmic muse. Comprised of Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling and fierce guacharaca rhythms, Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chimbita comes into existence.

The legend begins with their first EP, 2016’s El Corredor del Jaguar, and followed up with the occult psychedelia of Abya Yala. In 2019’s Ahomale, the New York-by-way-of-Colombia troupe fuse the perennial rhythms of the Afro-Latinx diaspora with a modern-day consciousness, while tracing the prophetic traditions of our ancestry. “The more we’ve played music together, the more we began to discover things within ourselves that we were previously unaware of, almost like a energy. And that’s being communicated through our music,” explains Prince of Queens in the making of Ahomale.

Inspired by a Yoruba term Ahomale, meaning adorer of ancestors, Oliveros reveals her quest to connect with ancestral cosmology, which the Combo pays homage to. “Ahomale resurges from the visions that we’ve been having via our music and life, and the lyrics reflect a manifestation passed on through our ancestors and the gods,” she explains. “I wanted the album to convey the search for spiritual awareness, which ultimately serves as a revelation.” In a similar spirit, Niño Lento conveys: “The protagonist of this album whose name is Ahomale possesses the ability to communicate ancestral wisdom through the music.”

With the help of producer Daniel Schlett (The War on Drugs, Modest Mouse), the group’s rootsy experimental alchemy and metal strangeness take centerfold. Oliveros howls, yowls and chirps with gut-wrenching emotion, like on the languid mirage of “El Camino,” or plaintive frenzy of the title track. Whether rock raw and soulful or bewitching like a shaman in a spiritual ceremony, her voice is always a multifaceted wonder. “Brillo Más Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntándome)” boasts alluring vintage synths that seem to time travel through the lush tropics of yore; then, the mood intensifies when its bridge brilliantly crosses into a spellbinding chant sung in unison: “Y si digo que / Que ahora ya lo se” (“And if I say that I now know”). “Testigo” is pure melodic witchcraft in action that strips away wordly façades into something bare and beautiful: “Desde principio a fin, yo siempre di mi verdad” (“from beginning to end, I always gave my truth), the singer vulnerably croons against a whirling guitar and galloping percussions.

Ultimately, Ahomale is a catharsis of divine feminine force helmed by their powerhouse vocalist, laden with the teachings from a bygone era, in tune with the spiritual realm. “Our spirit and energy have passed through multiple generations,” says Prince of Queens. “We might not be open or allowed to explore it because of Western society’s conditions. But the idea is that we are receiving messages from the past, and from our ancestors that each one of us carries.” In nearly 40 minutes of eye-opening thrills and chills, the listener experiences the pedagogy of Ahomale, journeying through her epiphanies and enlightenment. “Ahomale is a warrior, not the sword and shield type, but a woman who is ready to listen to her heart, follow her intuition and connect with her ancestors,” Oliveros avows.

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Young Artists Program (YAP!) 2019 Culminating Exhibition
Jun
1
12:00 PM12:00

Young Artists Program (YAP!) 2019 Culminating Exhibition

Join us Saturday, June 1st from 12-4pm for the end of year exhibit for the Young Artist Program (YAP) at the Art Dept Collective. There will be free food, snacks and lots of dope art.

YAP is an after school program for LGBTQ+ high school students that celebrates queerness through art making and community building.

The theme of the show is BELONGING. Student's are using this as a starting point to explore issues of race, culture, class, gender, and sexuality in a variety of mediums, including but not limited to poetry, quilt-making, crocheting, embroidery, and sculpture.

Zines made by the youth will be for sale for $5 :) we hope to see you there!

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Full Bush Presents: The Hangover Helper Tour!
May
30
to Jun 8

Full Bush Presents: The Hangover Helper Tour!

Our favorite rockin’ punks Full Bush are headed out on tour during May and June with , Grace Vonderkuhn, Exmaid, and Gabbie Rotts (ATL)! The party starts at Anthorna Gallery on May 30th at 8pm! It will be HYPE AF! They’ll be kicking off the tour an celebrating the release of Gabbie Rott’s new album!

The tour includes stops in:

Charleston (NC), Charlotte (NC), Chapel Hill (NC), Richmond (VA), Washington DC, Wilmington (DE), + Lancaster (PA)

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Caldera Magazine Presents: Michael Moon Clark
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Caldera Magazine Presents: Michael Moon Clark

The Art Dept Collective + Caldera Magazine are please to present the work of Philly Michael Moon Clark

ABOUT MICHAEL MOON CLARK

At the core of my point of view, my mission is to create something that opens minds and expands consciousness; stopping you in your tracks or slowly drawing you in. I feel that my sexuality gives me a certain perspective..perspective is important, as much of it as possible. I think perspective teaches you empathy, and empathy teaches you to love and oneness. 

Making art grounds me and helps when it's hard for me to express myself with words. Art is always something I can go back to, creating without pressure. There's something to be said about an idea existing outside yourself, then going through your mind, through your nervous system, out your fingers and voila...there is something in front of you that came from an intangible place.

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May First Friday w Summer Hart
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

May First Friday w Summer Hart

The Art Dept Collective is please to present an installation by artist + storyteller Summer Hart

ARTIST STATEMENT

Influenced by folklore, superstition, methods of divining the future, & forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, I create immersive installations out of hand-cut Tyvek—a synthetic paper most familiar as an insulating wrap used in the construction industry. I make a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, & seaweed. Using both shadows & vacancies as marks, I create environments that might be fairy-tale forests or the sites of biological disasters—perhaps both. I suspend thousands of cut pieces from the ceiling to mimic swarms or clouds / an omen for the augur—that moment when starlings black out the sun. Like any good fable, my pieces are part enchantment, part cautionary tale—somewhere between waking & sleeping, joy & grief. Sew a silver owl in your pocket before you enter. Leave a trail of stones to find your way out. ----------- BIO NOTE Summer J. Hart is an artist and storyteller. Influenced by folklore, superstition, methods of divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, her visual and written narratives are part enchantment, part cautionary tale.

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*Offsite* Katy Otto Presents: Kid Friendly Show with Strange Parts + Upholstery
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

*Offsite* Katy Otto Presents: Kid Friendly Show with Strange Parts + Upholstery

Katy Otto is thrilled to be putting on another kid-friendly, all welcome show! Children under twelve attend for free. 1-3pm at the Rotunda $5-10 sliding scale.

Doors at 1:00 pm
Upholstery at 1:30 pm
Strange Parts at 2:15 pm
All over by 3:00 pm!

Hear the bands!
https://strangeparts.bandcamp.com/
https://upholstery.bandcamp.com/

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Figure Drawing Club!
Apr
9
6:30 PM18:30

Figure Drawing Club!

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month for an open figure drawing session. All skill levels are welcome!

We'll be going through a slew of quick poses all the way up to a few longer poses, so many poisons will be there for the picking. $15 covers the model, beer + wine! Bring your sketch pads, pencils, and charcoal. Spread the word, bring a friend, show up cold and alone! This is less an instructional class, more an open session to draw without instruction, but we're happy to give some pointers to those who'd like some.

Posing starts at 6:30

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We Are The Seeds Presents: Zachariah Julian EP Release w Chris Acree
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

We Are The Seeds Presents: Zachariah Julian EP Release w Chris Acree

We Are The Seeds is excited to present the release of singer + songwriter Zachariah Julian’s Ep Grace. The evenings celebration also features a dj set from Chris Acree. Join We Are The Seeds earlier in the day from 11-4 for A Celebration of Indigenous Arts + Cultures at Taller Puertorriqueño

ABOUT WE ARE THE SEEDS

We Are The Seeds is a social impact organization whose mission is to uplift and center Indigenous voices through the arts. Seeds was founded by a team of Indigenous women who are dedicated to educating the world about art and culture as it relates to understanding Indigenous people, the history of (what is now called) the United States, and who we all are as American people today. The organization produces cultural events that feature fine art, music, dance, fashion, literary, and culinary art. Additionally, Seeds hosts interactive art programs and workshops that focus on educating and empowering the youth.   

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Caldera Magazine Presents: Malachi Lily + Symone Salib
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Caldera Magazine Presents: Malachi Lily + Symone Salib

Caldera Magazine is stoked to partner with Philly's own Art Dept. to present new work by local artists Malachi Lily + Symone Salib

About Malachi Lily
“I am a shapeshifting, nonbinary, black poet, artist, curator, and moth. I connect to the Collective Unconscious via energy work, Active Imagination, mysticism, myth, magic, folklore, and fairy tales. This channeling takes the form of visual art, performance art, curation, journalism, or poetry. My art and literature combats our addiction to instant gratification and toxic individualism, as well as resonates Light energy.

For all my work, I want to promote a culture of thought and Oneness and cultivate caring research, personal attention, and work that transcends beyond aesthetics. When I curate, I seek to bring together not just works or performances, but people. In my programming, I highlight works by people experiencing marginalization through events that are both vibrant in energy and thoughtful in content. My ultimate goal is to connect all to the Unconscious through self-love and divine awakening.”

About Symone Salib

Symone Salib is a Cuban/Egyptian portrait painter and street artist based out of Philadelphia. Through acrylic paint and illustration, she works to highlight the lives of people of color. She focuses on vibrantly sharing the stories of people in hopes we can connect and resonate with humans who are different from themselves. She strives to create a space where people are not only seen but heard.

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Fire Museum Presents: Maria Grand + Jupiter Blue
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

Fire Museum Presents: Maria Grand + Jupiter Blue

$8-$10 Sliding Scale at the door.

About Maria Grand

María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist. She moved to New York City in 2011. She has since become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects including musicians such as Nicole Mitchell, Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Mary Halvorson, Jen Shyu, Fay Victor, Joel Ross, Steve Lehman, Aaron Parks, Miles Okazaki, etc. María writes and performs her original compositions with her ensemble, DiaTribe; her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record and her full-length album Magdalena was praised by major publications such as the New York Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Billboard, JazzIz, and others. The New York Times calls her “an engrossing young tenor saxophonist with a zesty attack and a solid tonal range”, while Vijay Iyer says she is “a fantastic young saxophonist,
virtuosic, conceptually daring, with a lush tone, a powerful vision, and a deepening emotional resonance.” 

María is a recipient of the 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission, the 2018 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission, and the 2019 Roulette Residency. She was nominated for the Jazz Journalist’s Association Up-And-Coming Musician of the Year 2018 and named the 2018 Newcomer Musician for the El Intruso 11th Annual International Critics Poll. As an activist in the performing arts, María is a founding member of anti-discrimination group the We Have Voice Collective. María is a member of Joel Ross’ Parables, has toured with Antoine Roney, and performs regularly with her own ensemble, as well as with RAJAS, led by Carnatic musician Rajna Swaminathan, and will tour in 2019 with Code Girl, led by Mary Halvorson. She has toured Europe, the United States, and South America, playing in venues and festivals such as WinterJazzFest and the Village Vanguard in NYC, La Villette Jazz Festival in Paris, Saafelden Jazz Festival in Austria, Millennium Park in Chicago, the Blue Whale in LA, IloJazz in Guadeloupe (FR), and many others.

About Jupiter Blue:

From the Arkestra’s engine room, Jupiter Blue’s tone scientists D.Hotep and Jupiter Girl (Tara Middleton) emerge to reveal elements and precepts of another kind of language, another tomorrow, learned through years of discipline to be given freely in the present. Hotep’s own ARP (Akimbo Research Projects) develops through-composed and free-improvised performance based on sonification of pitch-sets derived from elemental particles. Expect the never-expected as electronics, electric guitar, celestial vocals, percussion, and violin call forth shadows of unseen worlds.

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*Offsite* Opening Reception "In The Presence of Absence"
Mar
27
5:00 PM17:00

*Offsite* Opening Reception "In The Presence of Absence"

Collective member Emily Carris will be an exhibiting artist at EFA Project Space for a show called “In the Presence of Absence”. This exhibition is about the nature of grief. Curated by Jillian Steinhauer The show explores the creative possibilities of mourning, looking at how people transmute suffering over the loss of loved ones into ways to live. 

Featuring work by Inbal Abergil, Emily Carris, Leigh Davis, Valery Jung Estabrook, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, Nene Humphrey, Melinda Hunt, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, M. Carmen Lane, Todd Shalom

March 27th - May 11th
For more information check out EFA Project Space

Public Events:
Wednesday, March 27, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM, curatorial walk-through with Jillian Steinhauer
Wednesday, March 27, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM, opening reception, with performance by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, “Chameleon (The EFA Installments)”
Saturday, March 30, Artist talk by Edgar Heap of Birds
Mid-April, “Good Grief,” a participatory workshop with Todd Shalom
A publication launch and reading event will take place in May. Additional public programs and partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit Project Space website for an up-to-date schedule of events.

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Opening Reception: Discoveries of Self, Kin, and Peers by Uriah Bussey
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Discoveries of Self, Kin, and Peers by Uriah Bussey

Discoveries of Self, Kin, and Peers

About Uriah/Introduction:
Caldera Magazine is stoked to partner with Philly's own Art Dept. to present Uriah Bussey in her debut solo show. Bussey is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in West Philly. She finds inspiration in her daily life, family and her time alone when she dives deep into self-portraiture; whether it be in photo or drawing. Uriah’s current practice involves plenty of automatic writing and automatic drawing, in which she finds her greatest intuitions and spirit calling. Uriah hopes that her view of others and herself are reflective emotionally not only physically in the minimal line work she produces and the obedience to the automatic process, thus building environments around the firsts projected images.

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SUSAN ALCORN & ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT DUO with KYLE PRESS
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

SUSAN ALCORN & ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT DUO with KYLE PRESS

The Fire Museum is proud to present and evening with SUSAN ALCORN & ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALT DUO. One of the world’s premiere musical innovators on her instrument, Baltimore-based Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country and western swing music. Known among steel guitarists for her virtuosity and authenticity in a traditional context, Alcorn first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands. Soon she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of modern classical music (Messiaen, Varèse, Penderecki), the deep listening of Pauline Oliveros, Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango, free jazz, and world musics (Indian raags, South American songs, and gamelan orchestra). Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression. The UK Guardian describes her music as “beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony.” Susan, along with Joe McPhee was recently awarded the first ever Instant Award in Improvised Music. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi disciplinary artist working in Brooklyn, moving outwards from her immersion in folk music. Following an ethnomusicology degree at Wesleyan University, she spent the last decade studying with masters of traditional fiddle and banjo music in Kentucky and Virginia. For the last seven years, she has been creative director of a traditional ballad-based collaboration with Virginia singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, Anna & Elizabeth. They conduct creative research in archives, and reworking the old songs and texts through multi-media performances with song, sound, illustration and story. They have collaborated with Jim White, Susan Alcorn, and Irish composer Linda Buckley, tour the US and UK extensively, including the Newport Folk Festival, Big Ears, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and have their Carnegie Hall debut this fall. Smithsonian Folkways released their third record The Invisible Comes to Us, which Anna co-produced and was heralded by the New Yorker as “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do.” She currently serves as a guest curator of traditional music at the Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville; has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Berea College Traditional Music Archive, Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation; teaches fiddle and banjo across the country.

KYLE PRESS: Kyle Press performs improvised, amplified, and effected soundscapes of multiphonics and overtones on vocals and saxophones. As a member of bands such as Impressionist, Space Whale Orchestra, The Love Club, and OhBree he has released more than a dozen albums of original material, shared the stage with big names from the Sun Ra Arkestra to Akron/Family, and toured up and down the East Coast. All the while, something quieter and more mysterious had been gestating in his brain. That something is finally ready to emerge, in the form of an eponymous solo project. Funneling his vocals and saxophones (and plenty of extended techniques) through effects pedals and an amplifier, the emergent music is a cross between the serenity of ambient / noise / drone and and the barely controlled chaos of way out free-jazz and improvisation. The debut album of this material, tentatively titled Overtones, Drones, and Saxophones, is slated for a 2019 release on Philadelphia’s No Rent Records. Stay tuned and keep your eyes and ears out for live performances in the meantime!

THIS PROJECT WAS SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM PENN TREATY SPECIAL SERVICES DISTRICT

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Intro to Modular Synths with Chris Powell
Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Intro to Modular Synths with Chris Powell


Let’s talk about the Wonders Of Modular Synthesizers! Have you seen videos recently of electronic instruments with tons of wires and knobs and wondered what is going on with all that stuff? Are you a musician/producer looking to expand your sonic horizons?

Chris Powell, can explain what’s happening with all that rainbow cable spaghetti and all those knobs!
This two hour workshop & presentation will cover the ins and outs of modular synthesizers and help demystify the overall patching process. Attendees will leave with reference sheets that cover the basics as well as good online resources to help you continue your exploration. We’ll explore the building blocks and make wild sounds from scratch as we go step by step. Ask any questions as we go! 

This workshop is ideal for musicians that have had a curiosity in modular synthesizers but have been unsure what to ask or where to begin. Let’s talk shop and activate/animate our music making process!

13 Spots Available

COST: $20-30 Sliding Scale

ABOUT CHRIS POWELL
Christopher Sean Powell (aka Pow Pow, aka Pay Pow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and electronic music-maker living in Philadelphia, PA. As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated, recorded, and toured worldwide with a diverse spectrum of artists and musicians, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Yoko Ono, and the Boredoms. Powell’s work in the eclectic and high energy Philadelphia band Man Man has helped focus his talent as a leader in the live performance context. Together with Griffin Rodriguez, Powell explores popular music based on jazz and non-Western rhythms as the Los Angeles production duo Icy Demons. His latest music projects include Adventuredrum, a conceptually-based performance Powell composes for an ensemble of drummers, GRANT$, a hip hop duo with artist Tim Fite, and Modular On The Spot, a worldwide synth collective which performs improvised musical sets on modular synthesizer systems in various outdoor locations. Powell’s body of work has most recently expanded to creating instruments for NYC/Philly based synthesizer company Critter & Guitari’s Organelle keyboard.

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Andy Holmes Cassette Release Party
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Andy Holmes Cassette Release Party

Join philly based musician Andy Holmes for the cassette release of his new album "Limping Through Paradise, Come Home". The evening will also feature Yours, Mookie a solo project by local Philly artist Mercedes Webb and the improvised sounds of Chris Acree and Corey Duncan of Friendship Collective 

Listen to "Dead Skin" from the album "Limping Through Paradise, Come Home"

https://andyholmes.bandcamp.com/track/dead-skin

Listen to Chris Acree and Corey Duncan in their band Strange Parts
https://strangeparts.bandcamp.com/album/oh-god-what-a-beautiful-time-i-spent-in-the-wild

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Understanding Amulets: Workshop and Book Discussion
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Understanding Amulets: Workshop and Book Discussion

This all-ages workshop led by founding member Carmel Brown of One Book, One Philadelphia explores themes in the featured 2019 selection, Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. In Sing, Unburied, Sing, Pop gives his grandson Jojo a gris-gris bag for protection while traveling. Diving into the many meanings and uses of amulets, the workshop will explore the relationship between handmade talismans and the natural world and make amulets of our own with Philadelphia-foraged objects. This event is Free and open to the public. Click to register for this free workshop. 

ABOUT CARMEL BROWN

Brown is the teaching resident artist and director of the collective’s afterschool Young Artist Program for high school LGBTQIA students, and the owner of the vintage retail shop Colored Vintage. Her personal work as an exhibiting artist focuses on the black experience which for her includes queerdom. 

ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE PHILADELPHIA

Celebrating its 17th year in 2019, One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature event of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and citywide conversation by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.

From January 16 to March 13, nearly 100 events and programs will center on the 2017 National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. 

In addition to featuring one adult companion title and two youth companion titles to complement and enrich discussions, One Book, One Philadelphia will also present a diversity of author voices through recommended reading lists of young adult and children's books that connect with themes in the featured books.

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*offsite* SHRAF held tongues EP Release Party w/ Strange Parts
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

*offsite* SHRAF held tongues EP Release Party w/ Strange Parts

Fancy a road trip to BK? The amazing singer/producer SHRAF is releasing his latest EP 'held tongues' The EP cover was created by collective member Emily Carris, The show features the magical sounds of Strange Parts. This one is worth the trip to Secret Project Robot

SHRAF
Courtship Ritual
Strange Parts
Ivan&Lolo (DJ) (Ivan Forde & Carlos Rosales-Silva)

Visual by Emily Carris

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Mad Ethnic Comedy Workshop
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Mad Ethnic Comedy Workshop

Are you POC? Do you have some funny stories to share? Join Benjamin Kuss Diversity Coordinator at Philly Improv Theater and Chris Esperance, co-producer of American Express a POC improv and sketch show for a one-hour improv and sketch comedy workshop. This workshop is part of the Mad Ethnic Comedy Festival. You can find tickets and more information about the festival on their website.

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*offsite* Dead Kings Opening at Paradigm Gallery
Jan
25
5:30 PM17:30

*offsite* Dead Kings Opening at Paradigm Gallery

EXHIBITION DATES
January 25 – March 16, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION
January 25, 2019 • 5:30 – 10:00pm

CLOSING RECEPTION
Friday, February 22, 2019 • 5:30 – 10:00pm

LOCATION
Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

Join us in celebrating Dead Kings, a new collection of drawings depicting the demise of opulent rulers of the past and linking this to our present.

Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present "Dead Kings," an exhibition of new works by the Philadelphia-based artist Kate Glasheen. Documenting history through line, Glasheen's latest expertly-wrought ink on paper drawings express historical realities and their all-too-relevant association to our present-day political climate.

Delicately rendered in exquisite detail, Glasheen's new series represents a departure from the artist's previous more conceptually abstracted works. Employing an historically literate approach, Glasheen critically depicts the opulence and excesses of the past. For Glasheen, there is a narrative through line connecting the rulers of the past with the contemporary leaders of today.

Drawing with virtuoso skill, her finely hatched, original portrayals of the kings and monarchs of past civilizations serve as stark reminders of the potential dangers of a dictatorial state. Historical tyrants with absolute power often exercised it in a cruel or oppressive way. Through the centuries, autocratic powers have proven to be unsustainable over time. Centralized, dictatorial systems of government requiring complete subservience to the state eventually fall.

From Glasheen's vantage, the cycle of repression continues today, as one despot is deposed by another. Her historical figures are represented as human skeletons, elaborately dressed, ostentatious characters decorated in showy, complex patterns. For all of their extravagance, Glasheen's kings have been reduced to mere bone and cartilage, the remaining parts of something after its life or usefulness is gone. Once-revered, all-powerful sovereigns--their features humorously exaggerated--are effectively satirized, lampooned to caricatures.

Proffering a vision of a world run by venality--one we can identify with today--Glasheen's skillfully composed, intricate line drawings remind viewers of the connective tissue between historical civilizations and our modern political times, the rulers of the past and the 'kings' of today.

EXHIBITION HOURS
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays • 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment:
info@paradigm-gallery.com / (267)266-0073

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Location:
746 S 4th St Philadelphia, PA 19147

Media Contact:
Lainya Magaña, A&O PR
347 395 4155
lainya@aopublic.com

*Please email sara@paradigm-gallery.com if you would like to receive the digital collector preview for this exhibition.*

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Andy Holmes Cassette Release Party Featuring Yours, Mookie + Friendship Collective
Jan
22
5:00 PM17:00

Andy Holmes Cassette Release Party Featuring Yours, Mookie + Friendship Collective

Join philly based musician Andy Holmes for the cassette release of his new album "Limping Through Paradise, Come Home". The evening will also feature Yours, Mookie a solo project by local Philly artist Mercedes Webb and the improvised sounds of Chris Acree and Corey Duncan (two thirds of Strange Parts) in Friendship Collective.

Listen to "Dead Skin" from the album "Limping Through Paradise, Come Home”

Listen to “Oh God What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild” Chris Acree and Corey Duncan.

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Make N' Take: GIFCard Collapsible Zoetrope!
Dec
22
1:00 PM13:00

Make N' Take: GIFCard Collapsible Zoetrope!

Become an animator and make your own GIFCard Collapsible Zoetrope! (TM)

Zoetropes are an early form of animation that the whole family can enjoy.

How it works: A continuous image is pasted on the inside wall of a slotted black cylinder. When the cylinder is spun and the imagery is viewed through slots in the wall of the cylinder, the image comes to life!

In this workshop, we’ll be making original animations for a GIFCard Collapsible Zoetrope(TM). A new take on the old-fashioned toy — the GIFCard Collapsible Zoetrope is the perfect gift for friends near and far and makes an ideal greeting card or bookmark.

Cost: Sliding Scale from $5-$15

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Go Figure! Drawing Club
Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

Go Figure! Drawing Club

Calling all artists! Gather your easel and your wine glass for our monthly figure drawing evening. A two hour session, artists bring their own tools and are joined by a nude model in our intimate space. The session is BYOB and wine available by donation.

Cost: $10

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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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