November 2023

December 2023

January 2024
  • 11:00 AMIn-person! Holiday Bizarre and Flea Market
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Animal ACTivists of PhillypresentHoliday Bizarre and Flea Market 11am-3pmStop by for your holiday gifts and decorations and help animals!Free vegan snacks, holiday music, and all for a good cause.Examples of new or gently used items available - holiday decorations, jewelry, games, small appliances, and much more!All funds raised will be donated to animal sanctuaries that we will choose on the day of the event.Please join us for an afternoon of fun and festivities!
  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Event Horizon Series presents Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, Elliott Sharp, Janene Higgins
  • 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

    Event Horizon 

    The Event Horizon concert series takes place at The Rotunda. It features Electronic, Avant Garde, and Experimental music along with the work of live video projection artists. The concerts are always free and open to all.

    Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is an electric bassist and experimental music artist known for hiswork with Embryo and prominent experimental musicians. Drawing inspiration from Lockwood, Feldman, Braxton, and Cage, Wells’ pursuits encompass the Chapman Stick, computer aided composition, and ambisonic mixing. Compositions from his “Liberation” cycle are featured as part of res·o·nant, the light and sound installation by artist Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin. He graces stages across the world, performing at renowned venues such asVahdat Hall in Tehran, Iran, the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York, the iconic Globen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, the vibrant Saxophone Jazz Pub in Bangkok, Thailand, the avant-garde Cafe Oto in London,England, and the prestigious Domicil Jazz Club in Munich, Germany, among many others. Wells’ commitment to innovation shapes the trajectory of experimental music.


    Elliott Sharp (e#) is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who leads Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, Tectonics and Terraplane and whose compositional strategies encompass fractal geometry, chaos theory, algorithms, genetic metaphors and new graphic notationtechniques, catalyzing a synesthetic music making approach. In 2015, he won the Berlin Prize and Jahrespreis from Der Deutscher Schallplatten Kritiks. Sharp received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fellowship from the Center for Transformative Media in 2014. He’s been featured in such festivals as Darmstadt, Huddersfield, and the Venice Biennale. His book, “IrRational Music” published in 2019, blends memoir, cultural discussion and music theory. Sharp’s works include a composition for Hilary Hahn’s Grammy-winning album “In 27 Pieces” and operas “Filiseti Mekidesi” and “Port Bou”. Collaborators include Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Cecil Taylor, Debbie Harry, Hubert Sumlin and more.


    Janene Higgins is a NYC-based video artist and graphic designer who explores diverse creative realms. Her portfolio encompasses video performance in experimental music, projects for Saks Fifth Avenue and CD package designs for major labels like Sony, BMG and PolyGram,as well as for independent labels. Her collaborators include such luminaries as Ikue Mori, Mari Kimura, Zeena Parkins, and Christian Marclay. Her work has graced prestigious events including the Venice Biennale, New York Video Festival, Documenta and Ruhr Triennale inGermany, and the Impakt Festival in the Netherlands, showcasing her talent on a global stage.

    Admission is FREE


  • 6:30 PMIn-person! Fire Museum Presents: Stephen Gauci, Adam Lane & Kevin Shea Trio
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Fire Museum Presents: Stephen Gauci, Adam Lane & Kevin Shea Trio:Stephen Gauci is recognized as one of the most strikingly original saxophonists on the New York City improvised music scene.

    Stricken by a childhood illness that has left him with a profound hearing loss, Gauci was drawn to the clear, deep, tone of the tenor saxophone. This was the first step in a lifelong relationship with, and investigation of tone, timbre, and especially.. voice. The nature of Gauci’s hearing loss are that outer sounds require of him the utmost level of concentration and focus. The flip side, however, is that inner sounds,  and the inner voice, are magnified… crystal clear and singing. The intense outward focus developed as a result of Gauci’s hearing impairment has been turned inward like a laser to illuminate, and manifest,  the inner voice.

    Gauci has performed and recorded with many of the leading improvisers of our time, including Cooper Moore, Joe Morris, Nels Cline, Karl Berger, Kenny Wessel, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, George Garzone, Nate Wooley, William Parker, Steve Swell, Mike Bisio, Adam Lane, Kevin Shea, William Hooker, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Dave Rempis.

    Gauci runs the popular Bushwick Improvised Music Series, where he has presented over 600 concerts featuring many of New York’s greatest improvisers, as well as many international touring musicians.  At two years and counting, the Bushwick Series is the longest running weekly avant jazz series in Brooklyn. Gauci also performs at the Bushwick Series every Monday with his working quartet featuring guitarist Sandy Ewen, bassist Adam Lane, and drummer Kevin Shea. Having performed every Monday for over two years, this is arguably one of the longest running avant jazz sets in New York City history.

    By combining a disparate set of influences into a unique improvisational voice, Adam Lane has become recognized as one of the most original creative voices in contemporary jazz. His 2006 recording New Magical Kingdom, was recently featured in the Penguin Jazz Guide 1001 Best Records Ever Made, and his most recent recording, Ashcan Ranting received a myriad of critical praise including four stars in Downbeat.

    His current projects include his Full Throttle Orchestra, a nine piece ensemble formed to realize his extended jazz orchestral compositions, The Adam Lane Trio, featuring legendary reedist Vinny Golia, Four Corners, a co-lead ensemble with reedist Ken Vandermark, and an ongoing solo project that combines unique processed double bass improvisations with Lane's original story telling. As a sideman he has performed with an eclectic mix of musicians, from tenor great John Tchicai, to alto iconoclast Richard Tabnik, to rock legend Tom Waits. Lane's compositions have been praised for their audacity and originality.

    Kevin Shea is best known for his work with the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, he has collaborated with numerous other avant-garde and jazz musicians and composers, including Storm & Stress, Rhys Chatham, People (with Mary Halvorson), Peter Evans Quartet, Barr Shea Dahl, Micah Gaugh and Alan Wilkinson. During the course of his twenty-plus year career, Shea has recorded on over eighty albums and has performed in more than forty countries. He has also performed with the Armitage Gone! dance company, and was lauded as New York City’s best drummer of 2012 by the Village Voice.

    venue is wheelchair accessible

    Admission is FREE and advance registration is encouraged. Please register HERE

  • 8:00 PMOnline! The Satellites live from ElectricLattéLand
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM The Satellites are an ensemble playing creative improvised music and original compositions. Elliott Levin (flute, saxophone, poetry) Bert Harris (bass) DMHotep (guitars and electronics), Kevin Obatala (drums and percussion) and Terry Lawson (tenor sax). We are happy to be the band officially kicking off the Virtual ElectricLattéLand Series.This is a virtual event! Tune in at 8pm Eastern on Sunday December 3. The direct link to the livestream is Tips are welcome during the show! Contribute to the tip jar! Venmo @Elbert-Harris-10
  • 10:00 AMIn-person! West Craft Fest
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Each day of this 2-Day holiday shopping event features a totally different vendor lineup, on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10. Find local wares handmade with care, like cozy hand knits, artisan jewelry, unique ceramic vessels, home wares, intriguing original art, warm glowing candles, natural soaps and bodycare, holiday cards, ornaments, accessories, toys, and unknown treasures -- then come back Sunday for a whole new set of discoveries. Both days are open 10am to 4pm, indoors and outdoors at The Rotunda, 40th & Walnut in Philadelphia, a wheelchair accessible venue.Vendor applications are open through November 3, 2023. Find the link to the online application with all the info at
  • 10:00 AMIn-person! West Craft Fest
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Each day of this 2-Day holiday shopping event features a totally different vendor lineup, on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10. Find local wares handmade with care, like cozy hand knits, artisan jewelry, unique ceramic vessels, home wares, intriguing original art, warm glowing candles, natural soaps and bodycare, holiday cards, ornaments, accessories, toys, and unknown treasures -- then come back Sunday for a whole new set of discoveries. Both days are open 10am to 4pm, indoors and outdoors at The Rotunda, 40th & Walnut in Philadelphia, a wheelchair accessible venue.Vendor applications are open through November 3, 2023. Find the link to the online application with all the info at
  • 6:00 PMIn-person! The Bigger Picture presents a FREE 2024 Planning Workshop
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Get ready to plan with a purpose at the 2024 Planning Workshop! On December 11th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, we're gathering at the Rotunda on Walnut St in Philadelphia for a fun-filled evening of planning and goal-setting. This isn't your typical workshop - it's a celebration of the future, and you're invited!

    Our host for the evening, the dynamic Jasmine Jahwula Seapoe, has invited the talented poet and event curator, Christopher KP Brown, to guide us through the process. We'll be mapping out the year 2024, identifying our goals, and creating tasks to bring them to life. So, grab your planners or calendars and get ready to turn your dreams into reality. Let's bid farewell to 2023 and welcome 2024 with clear vision and high spirits!

    Admission is FREE. Please register HERE

  • 6:00 PMIn-perspn! 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. 
  • 7:00 PMIn-person! I GET KNOCKED DOWN (2021, dir by Dunstan Bruce & Sophie Robinson, 98 min, U.K.) and BRASSED OFF (1996, dir by Mark Herman, 109 min, U.K.)
  • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM BRIGHT BULB SCREENINGS, Free Double Features Every Second Thursday of the MonthFollow Bright Bulb Screenings on Facebook, InstagramDouble Feature! Free admission!I GET KNOCKED DOWN (2021, directed By Dunstan Bruce & Sophie Robinson, 98 minutes, U.K.)BRASSED OFF (1996, directed Mark Herman, 109 minutes, U.K.)(Hosted by WPRB DJ Commie Francis of “Uneasy Listening”)Chumbawamba's 1997 international smash “Tubthumping” with it's “I Get Knocked Down” chorus is ubiquitous to this day as the soundtrack to many an “Epic Fail” clip, though few are aware of the band's 1980s anarcho-communist roots, once working in the same radical art sphere as the punk rock collective Crass. In the mid-90s, deciding to attack the system from the inside, Chumbawamba signed a corporate record deal, produced a smash album and spread their anti-capitalist/fascism/homophobia gospel world-wide.Chumbawamba played their last gig in 2012, a decade later vocalist Dunstan Bruce looks back in a personal documentary, partially-based on his Fringe Festival play, “Am I Invisible Yet?” I GET DOWN traces Chumbawamba's music and their tumultuous political stunts while examining Bruce's middle-aged melancholia as a self-described “washed-up, rinsed-out retired radical.” Of course the inevitable question arises, “He's been knocked down, can he get up again?” A rallying cry for commitment to activism, with revered lefty icons John Oliver, Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Fugazi/Dischord's Ian MacKaye, and British director Ken Loach among the doc's talking heads.“...An enjoyable blast of pop history.”- Cath Clarke – The Guardian“...a loving deep dive into a group with a surprisingly profound story”Abby Olcese, The Pitch (Kansas City)- - - - - -BRASSED OFF is a scrappy but upbeat anti-Thatcher drama that was successfully-marketed in the U.S. as a romantic comedy for pre-Obi Wan Ewan McGregor but is a much-richer than expected study of the people in a coal mining town and their brass band tradition (in the Philly remake, they'd undoubtedly be Mummers). The late British character actor/Oscar nominee Peter Postlewaite is again indelible as the band's trouble-plagued conductor.BRASSED OFF was heavily sampled on Chumbawamba's hit album “Tubthumper”, emphasizing the connection between the mineworkers' labor movement in Northern England and the band's political and philosophical development.[An] audacious, angry but oddly agreeable screed on the social evils of Thatcherism in 1992 Great Britain- Dennis King, Tulsa WorldCommie Francis can be heard spinning her highly-informed web of music Saturday evenings from 8-11pm @
  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Bowerbird pres. THE MUSIC OF SARAH HENNIES Arcana New Music Ensemble With Sarah Hennies
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Bowerbird is pleased to present a portrait concert of composer Sarah Hennies performed by the Arcana New Music Ensemble with the composer.


    Passing, a short film

    Monologue, for solo trumpetTessa Ellis, trumpet

    Settle, for two players on one vibraphoneSarah Hennies and Andy Thierauf, vibraphone

    Abscission, for violin, cello, and guitarCarlos Santiago, violin; Erin Busch, cello; Jonathan Pfeffer, guitar


    Sarah Hennies is a composer based in upstate New York whose work engages with affective and sociopolitical issues such as queer and trans identity, love, and intimacy by means of psychoacoustics and an expanded field of percussion. Forced to build their own set-ups, percussionists are, for Hennies, the only instrumentalists with the freedom to define themselves. A formally trained percussionist, Hennies’s penchant for the abnormal has yielded maladroit performances of multitudinous cheap, thrifted bells as well as ultra-minimalist poundings of woodblock and vibraphone. Hennies has composed acoustic music for ensembles and performers including Bearthoven, Claire Chase, Nate Wooley, and Yarn/Wire, while her recorded output has been released by Blume, No Rent Records, Astral Spirits, and Black Truffle, among other labels. Hennies is currently a visiting assistant professor of music at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

    Founded in 2016, the Arcana New Music Ensemble is a group of Philadelphia-based musicians dedicated to presenting interesting, beautiful, and unconventional music in interesting, beautiful, and unconventional places. Built on a flexible roster of 25 musicians, Arcana is able to perform a broad range of repertoire in numerous configurations. Composers featured in recent programs include Julius Eastman, Morton Feldman, Galina Ustvolskaya, Pauline Oliveros, Tom Johnson, Moondog, and James Tenney. Arcana has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, The Rotunda, The Kitchen (NYC), and collaborated with Variant Six, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and Pig Iron Theater Company.More info HERE

    Admission is FREE/pay-what-you-can

  • 4:00 PMIn-person! Redeemer Tabernacle Baptist Church-Kids United Pre-Christmas Ugly Sweater Celebration
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Pastor Denise Twyman andRedeemer Tabernacle Baptist Church-Kids United Pre-Christmas Ugly Sweater CelebrationJoin our youth for a lite dinner and fun as we give thanks to God through the arts!Lite dinner and snacks / musical performances and dance / Arts and Crafts / Popcorn and cotton candy machine / ugly sweater contest / raffles4pm-7pmTo perform, please reach out by Dec 9: Missionary Lavern: 215-870-3917, Deacon Robinson: 267-977-4206, Youth Leader Sheed: 610-445-4491
  • 4:00 PMIn-person! Holy Redeemer Baptist Church Christmas Program
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Holy Redeemer Baptist Church Christmas Program with a small dinner celebration, performances, painting with twist, popcorn, cotton candy, and more.4pm to 7pmMore info coming soon. 
  • 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. 
  • 12:00 PMIn-person! Weekly Improvised Music Session
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Weekly Improvised Music Session. All are welcome to come and jam if you like to play improvised music. Wednesdays 12pm-2pm
  • 7:00 PMIn-person! Poet~tree EnMotion: In Celebration of the New Moon Winter Solstice
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Poet~tree EnMotion

    In Celebration of the New Moon Winter Solstice

    (longest & darkest night of the year)

    Featuring Live Music, Spoken Word/Poetry, Dance/Movement, Shamanic Sound Journey + Fire/Flow Festivities!


    Wednesday, December 20th, 7-9pm-ish (Doors @ 6pm)!



    Donations are Suggested/Appreciated to Benefit - Survival international (


    This ongoing seasonal series features a variety of multi-disciplinary performance, arts & culture presentations… this Event begins with a Movement Meditation Class steeped in a fusion of qigong & yogic arts disciplines. Shortly after the 60 minute internal arts practice a Shamanic Sound Journey experience will follow (bring a mat or blanket to lay upon or just sit on one of the chairs provided)… Transition into Spoken Words/Lyrical Poet-tree & body-mind Dance Art Meditation with entranced states engaged by live musical soundscapes intended to generate healing for all in it & listening…Plum Dragoness / aka Gabrielle de Burke

    Theatrical Dancer/Lyrical Poetess/Emcee & Event Host/Resident Artist +  Mindful Movement Facilitator, Arts Educator & Creator

    @plumdragoness @dragonspiritarts @authentic.eccentrics


    ·      Iron Gump & Guests

    Experience a Shamanic Sound Journey where the healing resonance of seed shaking sounds meets the reverberation of Flutes, Bells, Strings, Gongs, Drums, Vocals & beyond…





    Iron Gump

    Iron Gump is a Sound and Energy Worker. Through his understandings of energy and movement, he utilizes sound and vibration to guide people into spaces where they can freely explore relaxation. Iron Gump has shared his Sound Journeys in Manhattan and Connecticut board rooms and offices, Haitian refugee camps in Dominican Republic, private Japanese arboretum in Maui, boutique hotel on Maderas Beach, Nicaragua and many other places between for the last 7 years. Working alongside Remedy Partners Inc. and Quartet Health, he has lead and set the tone for corporate retreats, office openings, informative talks and more recently for Mental Health Week. His practice is an inclusive experience for people from all walks of life. "In a world of Make-Believe, let us believe in what we make."  @irongump_art


    Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke)

    Native to West Philadelphia, Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke) is a multitalented thespian, dancer, martial artist, instructor, poetess and writer who has been involved with performing arts since childhood. She is known for her poetic style, vocal performance, fire dance, flow arts, and choreographic flair throughout Philadelphia and abroad.

    Over the past 17 years, she has toured as a solo artist, founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director of Archedream for HumanKind among many others. She has independently released two albums of original work with the project Plum Dragoness & the Elements, known for its fusion of multimedia, live world-beat musical infusions, spoken-word vocals and lyrical poetry. She has also helped bring together the all-female performance group trio The Femme-Mynistiques, who released their debut EP “Here She Comes…” in the summer of 2016.

    Since 2007, Plum Dragoness has been a resident performance artist, as well as host and organizer for the successful performing arts series Poet-tree En Motion. This has allowed her the opportunity to share her own creative performances (including collaborative projects she initiated) and work created by many unique artists within the West Philadelphia community and beyond.

    Her work as a healing arts practitioner and instructor continues to intersect with her work as an interdisciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of internal and martial arts forms in combination with dance, poetry and theater presentation. She has been teaching in the Philadelphia area and abroad since 2000.



    + on IG : @plumdragoness @dragonspiritarts @authentic.eccentrics

  • 9:00 PMIn-person! The Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Gathering! breakin, DJs, ciphers, and more info to come. Admission is $3 before 10pm, $5 after. More info to come soon!
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