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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Bright Bulb Screening Series pres. Afro-Future Double Feature! Hosted by DM Hotep, guitarist w/ The Sun Ra Arkestra! STRANGE FRAME (2012) and THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1985)
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Afro-Future Double Feature! Hosted by DM Hotep, guitarist w/ The Sun Ra Arkestra!STRANGE FRAME (2012) and THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1985)- - - - - - -STRANGE FRAME (2012, directed by G.B. Hajim, 98 minutes, U.S.)G.B. Hajim's one-of-a-kind lesbian sci-fi musical fantasy uses cut-out animation to bring to life a neon radiant future. Here, a pair of debt slaves form a band and fall in love before the soul-sucking music industry (literally) tears the lovers apart. The widely-acclaimed feature is a dreamlike dazzler, creating an fascinating, multifaceted world one could imaging springing from our own. Produced in Hawaii, with voice work from Cree Summer, Michael Dorn, Tim Curry, Ron Silver, and George Takei.“Bursting at the seams with imagination...”- BlackGirlNerds.comBROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1984, directed by John Sayles, 108 minutes, U.S.)John Sayles' sci-fi immigration tale features an unforgettable Joe Morton as a mute visitor from outer space who learns to make his way in the New York City of the 1980s . Full of quietly magical moments, plus director Sayles as one of two interplanetary bounty hunters in pursuit. Shot by Ernest Dickerson, cinematographer of Spike Lee's early classics.“There are individual moments here worthy of a Keaton”Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times- - - - - -Masking and contract tracing enforced. Seating is limited.COVID POLICY- 75 people MAX will be permitted in the venue during an event. This includes audience and staff.- Everyone over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.We will engage in contact tracing. We will register attendees and ahead of time or at the front desk, depending on the event, and will require them to alert us if they become sick after the eventFollow brightbulbscreenings on Instagram, Facebook....
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  • 3:00 PMIn-person! Fringe! Patchwork Storytelling Guild presents A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups
  • 3:00 PM - 4:05 PM

    Patchwork Storytelling Guild presents A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups on Sunday, September 11 @ 3 PM EST at the Rotunda. This live event is open to the public. Patchwork offers Pay-What-You-Can ticket options for greater accessibility for all. Running Time: 65 minutes.

    Patchwork returns with a whole new bag of stories to celebrate the folkloric art, craft, and practice of the oral tradition of storytelling. Featured in this amazing lineup are, in alphabetical order, Michele Belluomini, Ingrid Bohn, Barbara Cohen-Kligerman, and Denise McCormack.

    According to McCormack, president of Patchwork and host of the event,

    “A Patchwork of Stories for Grown Ups means to offer a unique balance of folktales that complement one another for an hour of entertainment bliss. Each story has been carefully selected and crafted by the tellers, and we’re excited to share them. This is truly the stuff of fringe tradition, a grand experiment in offering the experience of meaningful performance art.”

    This program is sure to delight story lovers everywhere. Spread the word!

    SHOW YOUR SUPPORTDonations are appreciated and will be awarded to the tellers as an honorarium for their work.

    FEATURED TELLERS:

    DENISE MCCORMACKDenise McCormack loves to spin yarns and is deeply committed to sharing the history, benefits, and practices of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications for education and community to business, health, and well-being.

    Among her many roles, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, coordinator and creative director of the Lehigh Valley Family Storytelling Series, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling and the arts play an integral role.

    For more information, go to: https://www.denisemccormack.live/

    MICHELE BELLUOMINIMichele Belluomini has been telling stories to children and adults for the last 15 years; she has performed in schools, libraries, and museums, as well as at universities in the Philadelphia area.

    Michele presented solo performances on the “Fringe” stage at the 2006 National Storytelling Conference in Pittsburgh and at the 2012 National Storytelling Conference in Cincinnati, as well as performed in a host of Patchwork events, Tellebration festivals, the New Jersey Storytelling festival, and the Lehigh Valley’s Story Fusion.

    BARBARA COHEN-KLIGERMANBarbara Cohen-Kligerman studied storytelling with Brooklyn-based author and scholar Yitzhak Buxbaum. She has told stories in several locations in New York and the Delaware Valley, including the internally televised Story Time at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

    INGRID BOHNIngrid is an Interactive Theater and Storytelling artist who’s been active in theater productions for over 30 years. She shares traditional folk and fairy tales from all over the world and brings her multifaceted characters to life, with something for everyone. Ingrid appears throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She encourages role playing and audience participation and is a proud member of the Patchwork and Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guilds.

    ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

    Patchwork promotes storytelling as a vibrant, contemporary art form, as well as a folk tradition, a way of celebrating life, and a tool for personal and social transformation.

    Patchwork: A Storytelling Guild incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 1984 in response to the decline of storytelling in the oral tradition and provides opportunities for training, performance, and education, along with encouragement and an open forum for storytellers and audiences to connect.

    To meet its mission, Patchwork hosts monthly story swaps where everyone is welcome and encouraged to tell, listen, or both, as well as coaching, and other events wherein the craft of story is explored and practiced.

    More info and tickets: https://fringearts.com/event/a-patchwork-of-stories-for-grownups-2/

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  • 6:00 PMOnline! FREE workshop! EPKs, Artist Statements, and Resumes with Kalina Harrison
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Bigger Picture (TBP) is a new workshop series in partnership with the Rotunda, offering free monthly resource workshops for artists and artists' organizations, facilitated by local artists and creative entrepreneurs.Join us for our first workshop with the CEO of Kreative Scribes, LLC, Kalina Harrison. Workshop topics include marketing yourself via EPKs, artist statements, and resumes.Meet Your Facilitator:" I am KalinaHarrison, a content ghostwriter and marketer who helps brands to share their authentic stories to their audience, while capitalizing off of their content. I am intentional about strengthening a brand’s voice by crafting original, relevant, and relatable content that helps companies earn an ROI."Registration is FREE and is required.Access to workshop replays will be available to attendees only. Please register at https://biggerpixkreativescribes.eventbrite.com
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Fire Museum Presents: Al Bilali Soudan - an ancient name for the city of Timbuktu - present an improvisational tour de force of traditional rhythms and scales.
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Fire Museum Presents: Al Bilali Soudan

    Proof of Covid 19 vaccination status and mask wearing required.

    Al Bilali Soudan:

    Al Bilali Soudan - an ancient name for the city of Timbuktu - present an improvisational tour de force of traditional rhythms and scales. Their style is Tehardent, the Tamasheq name for their traditional stringed instrument. A precursor of the modern banjo, the Tehardent has accompanied griots, bards, dancers and vocalists for centuries. They hail from a well-known Tuareg family which has performed this music for generations. Abellow Yattara, a master of the instrument, is the group leader. His uncle, Aboubacrine Yattara plays the bass tehardent. Other members of the group include Mohamed Ag Abellow, Tchiale Ag Aboubacrine, Mohamed Dicko and Abdoulaye Ag Mohamed. Their ease with one another is obvious in the verve of their relaxed performance. Their work represents cultural preservation renewed.

    This genre of music has been performed from at least the 16th century by Tuareg griots to celebrate the end of harvest and the changing seasons, heroic warriors, and noble families. In contrast to Tuareg contemporary acts like Tinariwen and Bombino, Al Bilali Soudan take an acoustic approach to Tamashek folk music traditions.

    Admission is FREE. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/al-bilali-soudan-tickets-399642390147

    Proof of Covid 19 vaccination status and mask wearing required.

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  • 1:00 PMOnline! The Sixteenth Annual Black Women's Arts Festival
  • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Sixteenth Annual Black Women's Arts FestivalSat Sept 17 and Sun Sept 18, 1pm-7pm both days. Streaming live at https://YouTube.com/TheRotundaPhillyFeaturing: 

    SATURDAY (order subject to change)

    Tamara L. Xavier (movement/lecture)Kai Moon Oceans (inspirational talk)Glynnis Reed (fine art/poetry)O (performance art)Badd Gurlz Inq. (music)Stephanie Durann (poetry)Cassendre Xavier (music)Erika Richards (illustrator/PowerPoint presentation)In Memoriam: Monette Sudler; Niama WilliamsSincere Melody (spoken word) tentative

    SUNDAY (order subject to change)

    Sincere Melody (spoken word)Angel Hogan (poetry)Tamara L. Xavier (movement/lecture)Kai Moon Oceans (inspirational talk)Asha Mullock (filmmaker)Nikki Powerhouse (author/performer)Cassendre Xavier (music)Erika Richards (fine artist/PowerPoint presentation)Glynnis Reed (fine art/poetry)Keisha Oliver (artist/writer)Ghettosongbird

    Streaming live at https://YouTube.com/TheRotundaPhilly

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  • 1:00 PMOnline! The Black Women's Arts Festival
  • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Sixteenth Annual Black Women's Arts FestivalSat Sept 17 and Sun Sept 18, 1pm-7pm both days.Streaming live at https://YouTube.com/TheRotundaPhillyFeaturing: 

    SATURDAY (order subject to change)

    Tamara L. Xavier (movement/lecture)Kai Moon Oceans (inspirational talk)Glynnis Reed (fine art/poetry)O (performance art)Badd Gurlz Inq. (music)Stephanie Durann (poetry)Cassendre Xavier (music)Erika Richards (illustrator/PowerPoint presentation)In Memoriam: Monette Sudler; Niama WilliamsSincere Melody (spoken word) tentative

    SUNDAY (order subject to change)

    Sincere Melody (spoken word)Angel Hogan (poetry)Tamara L. Xavier (movement/lecture)Kai Moon Oceans (inspirational talk)Asha Mullock (filmmaker)Nikki Powerhouse (author/performer)Cassendre Xavier (music)Erika Richards (fine artist/PowerPoint presentation)Glynnis Reed (fine art/poetry)Keisha Oliver (artist/writer)Ghettosongbird

    Streaming live at https://YouTube.com/TheRotundaPhilly

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  • 8:00 PMOnline! Verses for a WTF World in Free Fringe Philly
  • 8:00 PM - 9:10 PM Poems, stories, and observations about rubber ducks, mental health, global warming, cows, Paris, UFOs, social change, prostitution, matching socks, Blue Suede Shoes, and other stuff. An open mind is a terrible thing. Some strong language. From the artist who brought you Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor. This show is part of Free Fringe Philly. Tue. Sept 20, 8pm-9:10pmWed. Sept 21,  8pm-9:10pmSun. Sept 25, 3pm-4:10pmFREE TICKETS: http://verses.eventbrite.com
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  • 8:00 PMOnline! Verses for a WTF World in Free Fringe Philly
  • 8:00 PM - 9:10 PM Poems, stories, and observations about rubber ducks, mental health, global warming, cows, Paris, UFOs, social change, prostitution, matching socks, Blue Suede Shoes, and other stuff. An open mind is a terrible thing. Some strong language. From the artist who brought you Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor. This show is part of Free Fringe Philly. Tue. Sept 20, 8pm-9:10pmWed. Sept 21,  8pm-9:10pmSun. Sept 25, 3pm-4:10pmFREE TICKETS: http://verses.eventbrite.com
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  • 7:00 PMIn-person! Soulfull Vol. 6 All Ages House Music and Dance Experience
  • 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM Funky Sole Fundamentals presentsSoulfull Vol. 6 An All Ages House Music and Dance Experience7pm-12amSole Selector: Matias and JustSoleImani and Queen DinitaA Special SolecaseGeneral admission: $10College Students with valid ID: $5
  • 8:30 PMOnline! Dr Ketchup Live from ElectricLattéLand!
  • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Dr Ketchup's style is a balance between jazz structure and a “funkified" groove. Original compositions draw inspiration from Miles Davis' "On the Corner". The band also embraces the Boogaloo beats from the late 60's to create a jazz funk sound.Streaming live Sept 24 at 8pm Eastern at https://youtu.be/MR6PaoLlSjI 
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  • 3:00 PMOnline! Verses for a WTF World in Free Fringe Philly
  • 3:00 PM - 4:10 PM Poems, stories, and observations about rubber ducks, mental health, global warming, cows, Paris, UFOs, social change, prostitution, matching socks, Blue Suede Shoes, and other stuff. An open mind is a terrible thing. Some strong language. From the artist who brought you Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor. This show is part of Free Fringe Philly. Tue. Sept 20, 8pm-9:10pmWed. Sept 21,  8pm-9:10pmSun. Sept 25, 3pm-4:10pmFREE TICKETS: http://verses.eventbrite.com
  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Fringe! Denise McCormack presents Metaphor and the Power of Story
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Denise McCormack presents Metaphor and the Power of Story on Sunday, September 25 @ 6 PM at The Rotunda. General audiences. Running time: approx. 60 minutes. PWYW. Donations accepted. (Suggested $15 pp)

    Storyteller Denise McCormack shares early versions of the “oldest” folktales and ascribed moral guideposts to uncover the often twisted and often subversive nature of the stories we live by and to expose what really lies behind the curtains, under the covers, and even in broad daylight. Who’s afraid of the big, bad, wolfHEALTH & SAFETY

    Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event, and masks must be worn for the duration of the performance. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Both digital and physical proof of vaccination are accepted. Please plan accordinglyDenise McCormack values and promotes the art, craft, and practice of the oral tradition of storytelling and offers programs and insights for a variety of purposes.

    According to McCormack whose mantra is “There is a story for every time and purpose under heaven,”

    Stories, even and especially the simple folk and fable, shine a light on little things that have far reaching implications, including the power to draw us together in community.

    Among McCormack’s favorites are tales of aged heroes and strong, wise women; creation tales, myths, and epics that speak of values and perseverance; and both prose and poetry that bring to life the magic of our glorious world. Of course, you’ll also find her singing ditties with kiddies and offering stories to grow on, too!

    McCormack has been a featured teller at local, regional, and national venues, including the National Storytellers Network conferences (KS, CA),NJ Storytelling Festivals (Grounds for Sculpture and Howell Living History Farm), and Philadelphia stages (The Rotunda, Parkway Central Library main stage, etc.), NYC’s Artists Without Borders, Godfrey Daniels (Bethlehem, Pa),and many others.

    Among her many roles, McCormack is president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild, coordinator and creative director of the Lehigh Valley Family Storytelling Series, liaison for the National Storytelling Network, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling and the arts play an integral role.

    For more information, go to: https://www.denisemccormack.live/

     

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    McCormack has been a featured teller and workshop presenter at local and regional fringes and festivals, including the National Storytellers Network conferences and Philadelphia stages, and educator conferences. She has also developed and facilitated local story slams and swaps.

    Moreover, trying to keep up with her creative initiatives over the course of the pandemic has resulted in digital media and audio/video productions which expand and connect community and story.

    More info and tickets: https://fringearts.com/event/metaphor/

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  • 9:00 PMIn-person! The Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Gathering returns! breakin, DJs, ciphers, and more info to come. 
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