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  • 1:00 PMIn-person! S/He Speaks 2: Voices of Women, Trans & Nonbinary Folx Book Release & Open Reading
  • 1:00 PM - 4:35 PM

    S/He Speaks 2:                            

    Voices of Women, Trans & Nonbinary Folx

    Book Release & Open Reading

     

    Hosted by co-editor Cassendre Xavier

    Contributors to this new anthology from Moonstone Press – to be released at the event -- will read and discuss their writing

    Featuring: 

    Tamir Nubia Brisport, Shreya Datta, Denise Delgado,Jeanne DiGrazio, Eliza Fisherman, Samantha Hollins, Dana Kinsey, Jessica Kratzer, L. Lois, Maureen Martinez, April McCloud, Susannah Miller, Ada Pendill, Bella Piacentino, Brie Sheridan, Sarah Tachau, Rebecca Thrush, Alyssa Velazquez

     

    with an OPEN READING TO FOLLOW!  

    Bring your poems/essays and join in!

    FREE & Open to the public

  • 7:30 PMCANCELLED! In-person! Calligrapher Setsuhi Shirashi x Toshi Makihara w/ opening performance by Ann Adachi Group
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM This event has been CANCELLED due to circumstances beyond our controlCalligrapher Setsuhi Shirashi x Toshi Makiharaw/ opening performance by Ann Adachi Group7:30pm doors - $5-15 tickets at the door.setsuhi.com/ttps://www.peoplesmusicsupply.org/event-details-registration/caligraphonic-setsuhi-shiraishi-x-toshi-makihara-ann-adachi-groupArtists -@tosmos331@setsuhi_eri_shiraishi@an_nkoromochiCuration-@aaron_Pond_scum@peoplesmusicsupply@otsproductionsbaltimoreArtist credit @phenomecology This event has been CANCELLED due to circumstances beyond our control
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  • 3:00 PMIn-person! Creatives Chat Series 2024, a pop-up series for curated discussions merging creative industry topics, best practices, complimentary food, networking, and live music—an immersive experience for all
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Creatives Chat Series 2024The Women's Coalition for Empowerment, Inc. in partnership with The Rotunda, presents the Creatives Chat Series 2024, a pop-up series for curated discussions merging creative industry topics, best practices, complimentary food, networking, and live music—an immersive experience for all.

     

    Moderated by Shekhinah B., author of the Art Economic Empowerment Workbook, an artistic multi-hyphenate, arts administrator, Edutainer, and vocal performer.

     

    Artists of all disciplines are invited to explore innovative approaches to creativity in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Join us for an enriching experience and be part of a community that values and encourages creativity in all forms.

     

    Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 3pm - Women's Month

    Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 3pm - Creative Business

    Sunday, June 2, 2023 at 3pm - Black Music Month

     

    Free | Open to the Public | Live Music | Free Food | Networking(Guest panelists will be announced soon....)

    Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creatives-chat-series-2024-registration-775240664697

     

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  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Summer Fun Program Open House!
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Founded in 1999, the United Block Captains Association Hospital provides a wide variety of services and resources to neighbors all around the city. One of its most beloved initiatives is the Summer Fun Program. The Summer Fun Program begins Monday July 2 and runs through Friday August 16. Children ages 7-16 years old are welcome. This is a recreational and educational program focused on FUN. Participants go swimming, skating, bowling, to the movies, to water parks and amusement parks, and learn about Black history and arts & culture. Registration is $150 per child for the entire program! Come to the open house on Tuesday June 4, 6pm-8pm, to learn all about it! 
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  • 10:00 AMIn-person! United Block Captains Association Hospital Flea Market Fundraiser
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM United Block Captains Association Hospital Flea Market Fundraiser10am-3pm (vendors set up at 9am)Vendor spaces are 6ft wide and cost $25. Vendors must provide their own tables; the venue will provide chairs. Spaces are available inside & outside of the venue. Outdoor spaces are weather-dependent. Flea market wares may be sold including home decor, kitchen supplies, clothing, toys, books, beauty care, you name it. To reserve a vendor space, please call 267-304-4848 or email information@TheRotunda.orgThe United Block Captains Association Hospital (UBCAH) is committed to supporting Block Captains throughout the City of Philadelphia. We provide information, training, and resources to assist Block Captains in activities such as: coordinating and running community meetings; neighborhood clean-ups; conflict resolution; and resource dissemination. Moreover, we encourage Block Captains to be positive leaders in all things. The UBCAH offers several trainings for both adults and children in our neighborhoods. More specifically, we provide Mentors, the “Fun, Fit, and Free” Group, holiday toy giveaways, school supply giveaways, and a beloved seven-week Summer Fun Program which offers youth activities including roller skating, bowling, swimming, film screenings, amusement park trips, cultural education, community gardening, and neighborhood block and lot clean-ups.
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  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Vogue Drop-in Session
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Practice for the balls! Vogue drop-in. All are welcome. These [almost] weekly sessions are free unless the event is a ball in which case the admission price will be stated in the event info. 
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  • 7:00 PMIn-person! Yam On! An All-Ages Theatrical Music Extravaganza! + POPEYE (1980, directed by Robert Altman, 114 min., U.S.)
  • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM BRIGHT BULB SCREENINGS, Free Double Features Every Second Thursday of the MonthFollow Bright Bulb Screenings on Facebook, InstagramThe Rotunda (4014 Walnut, Philly) Thursday June 13th, 2024! 7PM!Yam On! An All-Ages Theatrical Music Extravaganza!+POPEYE (1980, directed by Robert Altman, 114 min., U.S.)- - - - -Yam On! Creator Steven Erdman (aka Lard Dog) is a cartoon character come-to-life who descends from planet Belopio on a Giant Pretzel to take your family on a musical journey of absurdism, frivolity, and unbridled joy. The utterly quirky cast of characters invites you into their unique audio-visual universe, complete with catchy songs, interactive props, multi-media graphics, and a pretzel toss—plus guest star appearance by famed puppeteer Richard Michael Gomez!Having performed on renowned stages around the globe, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Strawberry Festival in China, Erdman has earned international acclaim for his extravagant, multi-media theatrical productions. Come play along and slurp the noodle of life, for Life’s A Real Dream."All about the power of imagination” 
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Cloaks messages of love in absurdist pop songs” 
—PASTE MAGAZINE- - - - -Robert Altman's audacious, one-of-a-kind movie musical/comic book film makes for a perfect compliment to Erdman's theatrical/musical vision.Director Altman, at the end of his run of bravura big studio productions (NASHVILLE, MASH, McCABE & MRS. MILLER), would go on location of the isle of Malta where Italian artisans would construct the weather-worn and fully-functional fishing village of Sweethaven as POPEYE's backdrop. The casting couldn't be more inspired, with BREAKING AWAY's Paul Dooley as the burger-loving Wimpy, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH's Ray Walston as crabby Poopdeck Pappy, and Robin Williams & Shelley Duvall, seemingly born to play the iconic characters of Popeye and his love Olive Oyl. Cult pop star Harry Nilsson's songs perfectly capture the mood of gleeful whimsy.A modest hit upon release, POPEYE's unique handmade charm has transcended generations, with fan Paul Thomas Anderson featuring the film's song “He Needs Me” in PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and Carly Rae Jepsen interpolating the same song into her 2019 hit “Everything He Needs.”“You wonder how on earth Altman did it; equally often, you feel you are watching a wacky masterpiece, the like of which you've never seen before.”- Geoff Andrew, Time Out- - - - -Follow Bright Bulb Screenings on Facebook, InstagramTHE ROTUNDAwww.therotunda.org 
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Rocio Diaz de Cossio, José Fernando Solares, Kyle Motl & Carrie DeCunzo // Christian Mirande & Michael Barker // The 52nd Street Planetary Ensembl
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    A night of spontaneous composition and FREE music! Doors will open at 7:30 PM, Show at 8 PM.

    Rocío Díaz de Cossío (they/them) is a Mexican cellist, composer, and improviser. They are dedicated to exploring the sonic possibilities of their instrument, implementing prepared cello and live electronics. Their performances encompass improvisation, solo and ensemble acoustic and electroacoustic pieces, collective compositions, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Rocío has participated in the Darmstadt Summer Course, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, Festival Expresiones Contemporáneas, The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, and Red Ecología Acústica México. Recent commissions include works by Anne Lebaron, Guadalupe Perales, and a solo/duo piece for them and Madison Greenstone by Wilfrido Terrazas. Rocío concentrates their practice in New York City and México, focusing on performer-composer practices and teaching cello.

    Jose F. Solares is a Mexican improviser, saxophonist, composer, and sound artist. His main focus is on improvisationalperspectives that go beyond listening. Perception and awareness of the time-space continuum, Improvisation as a way of existing in this reality, and letting the unconscious take over, are a few of his approaches to improvisation.

    Carrie DeCunzo has performed and released music under the monikers beautywork, Natural Pleasures, and Carrie Ford. She collaborates with Rose Actor-Engel in 500 Club. She has released her music on her self-run, small-scale imprint KSX Solutions and with No Rent Records, Love is the Law, Sprawl Tapes, and American Damage.

    Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser whose playing is noted for both “iridescent delicacy as well as abrasive force” (The Wire). His music “promise[s] to change us by revealing things we could never have imagined” (Free Jazz Collective). Kyle’s work inhabits territories composed and improvised, including projects with Treesearch, Patrick Shiroishi, Clucas/Motl/Hubbard, a trio with Anthony Davis and Kjell Nordeson, and work with contemporary music ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble and Ghost Ensemble.

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  • 12:00 PMCANCELLED! In-person! Weekly Improvised Music Session
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM THIS WEEK'S JAM IS CANCELLED DUE TO A POWER OUTAGE AT THE ROTUNDA. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK! Weekly Improvised Music Session. All are welcome to come and jam if you like to play improvised music. Almost every Wednesday 12pm-2pmTHIS WEEK'S JAM IS CANCELLED DUE TO A POWER OUTAGE AT THE ROTUNDA. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK! 
  • 5:00 PMIn-person! Philly Juneteenth Celebration Featuring: Dr. Leonard & Rosalind Jeffries
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Philly Juneteenth Celebration Featuring: Dr. Leonard & Rosalind Jeffries5pm-9pm

    A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE Family Fun, Guest Speakers, Fashion & Talent Showcase Vendors,Food, EDUTAINMENT Hosted by: Bigga Dre "Amun Sen Hotep Re"

    Over 60 years, first beginning as individuals and later in marriage, Dr. Rosalind and Leonard Jeffries have began their Great and Majestic Walk with African Peoples and our Great Culture. Their Walk has spanned more than 25 African Countries and Hundreds of African Leaders and at the same time they were instrumental in fusing the African American Experience with their African Continental Experience !

    1865 people were not interested in immigration into the United States. In fact, the United States in the 1850's and 1860's had established a Know-Nothing Party; they did not want immigrants; they were against immigrants; and the immigrants that they were against were Papists, German and Irish Catholics. There was no prospect of bringing in immigrants from central, eastern, and southern Europe; these were the unwashed masses. Eighteen-sixty-five was our period. Eighteen-sixty-five was when half a million Black people, a quarter- million of them official Union army, navy troops-participated in the Civil War. The question of Black folks getting into their history, starting to fight for liberty and struggling for what is right is not the question of disuniting America. It has been our struggle that has kept America united. It has been our struggle that has raised anew the liberties that this nation professes. It has been our struggle that has created the 14th Amendment that became the amendment that the women could use and others could use, when they talk about the expansion of liberty in America.

    -Dr. Leonard JeffriesAdmission is $19. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philly-juneteenth-celebration-featuring-dr-leonard-rosalind-jeffries-tickets-897244601757

    For more information or to vend or perform, please contact trueandfaithful1@hotmail.com or 215-259-8003. 

     

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  • 10:15 AMCANCELLED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE! In-person! Make Music Philly
  • 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM

    CANCELLED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE! 

    Make Music Philly is an all-day, open-access, free “do it yourself” festival taking place in various neighborhoods in Philadelphia, PA and its surrounding suburbs on June 21st every year. Participation is encouraged from all ages, genres, and abilities…from indie rock to bluegrass to a cappella, from music students to professional artists and everything in-between.

    Make Music Philly’s primary goals are to provide an equal platform for musicians of all skill levels, interests, and walks of life, and to inspire the next generation of musicians through innovative outreach programming.

    This celebration is not limited to residents of Philly, but invites music enthusiasts from everywhere to come participate by performing, attending, or volunteering.

    Join us to ring in the Summer Solstice, as part of an international event with its heart and soul in our local creative community!

    There will be performances at The Rotunda starting at 10:15am and ending at 4pm. Read about all of the performers HERE

    CANCELLED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE! 

  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Bowerbird presents a special screening of John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Concert
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Bowerbird is pleased to present a special screening of John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Concert at The Rotunda.

    Recorded at Sideshows by the Seashore along the Coney Island boardwalk on June 8th, 1986 as documented by John Polizzi under the commission of event producers Rick Russo and Bronwyn Rucker.

    From Pitchfork: “John Cage Meets Sun Ra: The Complete Concert gradually emerges as something greater than a footnote. That’s not because the pairing results in an ‘avant super duo.’ As it happens, the two artists tend to trade off soloing, and only play together audibly at one point during this hour-plus set, recorded at Coney Island. Yet despite the arms-length embrace, the overall concert has a surprisingly seamless quality.”

    Admission is FREE/donations appreciated. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. More info: https://www.bowerbird.org/event/screening-john-cage-meets-sun-ra/

     

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  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Vogue Drop-in Session
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Practice for the balls! Vogue drop-in. All are welcome. These [almost] weekly sessions are free unless the event is a ball in which case the admission price will be stated in the event info. 
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  • 7:00 PMIn-person! Welcome to Nights Out West - Showcase
  • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    Welcome to Nights Out West - Showcase! Join us at The Rotunda for a night filled with amazing performances, Food by All About Chew Catering and entertainment. This is a judged competition where the winners will receive a cash prize of $350, $200, & $100  for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively.

    This is primariy a Hip-Hop Showcase but all genres are welcomed if you feel you have what it takes to win the showcase!

    There will be interactive games and prizes for the audience to win as well throughout the night as you are becoming apart of the experience and not just a viewer. Food will be availble throughout the night as well!

    Get ready to experience talented artists, musicians, and performers in person. This event is your chance to immerse yourself in a vibrant showcase of creativity and talent. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to enjoy a Night Out West with some of Philly's emerging talent. Curated by RiZ - iKonBy25

    To buy tickets and/or enter the competition, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nights-out-west-showcase-tickets-909188135187

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  • 2:00 PMIn-person! The Octagon
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM The Octagon is back!@yaks_85_ & @bxalienness are bringing this to Philadelphia!1v1 octagon battle8 invited, 8 open slots3v3 crew battleJudges: @therealraphaelxavier @31strangedays @bboy_gwiz_break_clothingcoAlso featuring an exhibition battle with:Pop & Divine (Modd Squad)Vs.MachPhive & Wiz (illadelph Phlave)Saturday June 29th$20 entry2-6pm
  • 8:00 PMAsk a Survivor 10th Anniversary Performance on Zoom
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM 10th Anniversary Performance of the interactive play Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor. Survivor Michael Broussard tells the story of the abuse he experienced as a child and of his path to healing. He does this in a series of vignettes, pausing after each vignette for attendee questions and comments.Psychologist Margaret D. Sayers called the play “an excellent illustration of the healing power of art and community" and Survivor Dave O’Regan of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) said “I came away from the performance uplifted, braver, and will always remember Michael’s courage and draw strength from it when needed in my own life.”TRIGGER WARNING: This show includes references to and descriptions of abuse.Register to attend for FREE at https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_iAfHCB8EQjezzeSS2JVWBw
  • 9:00 PMIn-person! Dracula: A More Than Blood Cosplay Promenade
  • 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Dracula: A More Than Blood Cosplay PromenadeGet ready to show off your fangs and capes at our Dracula-themed cosplay promenade - it's more than just blood, it's a night to remember!We are bringing a chapter of the book Dracula: More Than Blood, to life. It's the main character Eve’s adult debutante ball, her introduction to preternatural society. This will be a cosplay-infused event. We are putting on a Performance Exhibition (including a dance party) that celebrates the author’s (Rorie Still) 40+ years of living and the Flashbang Universe’s 10+ years of thriving. Eve Steele of the House Dracula, exists in the Flashbang Universe. The exhibition will include interactive art, a photo area with settings, display of the current Dracula: More Than Blood Photoseries photos, plus current pieces, costumes, and items from the Flashbang UniverseTickets are $10 and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dracula-a-more-than-blood-cosplay-promenade-tickets-909131385447
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  • 8:30 PMOnline! Mums the Word LIVE from ElectricLattéLand!
  • 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Mums the Word brings the FUNK playing upbeat psychedelic music! This costumed jam band has traveled from Philly to party with YOU with the release of their third full length album: Mums the World, and the upcoming release: Polyjamorous, the band has never been so eclectic and exciting in their performances! Tips are welcome during the performance. Donate link tree: https://linktr.ee/mumstheword_donateTo access the livestream, please visit https://tinyurl.com/virtualMums at 8:30pm Eastern. 
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