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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