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  • 7:30 PMIn-person! Be Nothing, Rope Trick, Spectral Forces, Icky Bits
  • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM ppssyyychhhhDoors at 7pm, $10-20 sliding scale(no one turned away for lack of funds)No alcohol allowed in the space. Tea by Caro: instagram.com/amor___silvestre***BE NOTHING (Brian Nothing + mems of Stinking Lizaveta and The Company Corvette)https://benothingband.bandcamp.comROPE TRICK (EP release)http://ropetrickband.comSPECTRAL FORCES (Alex Smith, Julius Masri, Pete Dennis)https://youtu.be/sX_l5p9Z-m4ICKY BITS (mems of Taiwan Housing Project, Kohoutek)https://ickybits.bandcamp.comDoors at 7pm, $10-20 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
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  • 5:00 PMOnline! Sylvia Platypus Live from ElectricLattéLand
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    “Imagine Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Leo Kottke walking into a bar where Nina Simone is doing shots of Glenfiddich with David Gilmour.” -A.D. Amorosi

    Like that only-one-of-its-kind duck-billed egg-laying mammal, Sylvia Platypus is a unique creature. Janet Bressler’s distinctive vocals, Bill Barone’s soulful guitar, the kick-ass rhythm section of Ruchama Bilenky and Tom Theurer, and Charlie Rutan’s inventive usage of highland and uilleann pipes, tin whistles and tenor sax combine elements of rock, folk, goth, glam, Celtic, and blues to create memorable songs with a sonic signature that rattles the cage of genre.

    Tips are welcome! You can PayPal the band during the performance [or any time] at sylviaplatypus@sylviaplatypus.com

    This is a virtual event. Direct link to the livestream: http://tinyurl.com/SylviaPlatypus

  • 7:00 PMIn-person! Womynsfest 24 presented by Vitamin D Productions
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Womynsfest 24 presented by Vitamin D ProductionsThe 24th annual!

    The Longest-running Free, All Ages Women's festival in Philly 

    Womynsfest, booked & produced by Vitamin D Productions and now in its 24th year, is an annual festival of female musicians, singers, dancers, poets, filmmakers, speakers, visual artists, crafters, activists, and more. Beloved in West Philadelphia and beyond, Womynsfest represents homecoming for many seasoned performers while continually offering a platform for emerging artists. Past performers have ranged in age from 6 years old to 80+. Vitamin D Productions fosters an inclusive, welcoming environment for people of various backgrounds and viewpoints.

    Featured this year: Mia Johnson, The Primaries, GhettoSongBird, Laura Cheadle, Morgan Pinkstone, Susan Rosetti, and more TBA

    Admission is FREE
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  • 12:00 PMIn-person! moved from Wed March 6: 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. Almost every Wednesday 12pm-2pm. This week's jam is happening on Thursday March 7 but most other jams will happen on Wednesdays. 
  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Moved from Tue March 5: 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. This drop-in will happen on Thursday March 7 instead of Tuesday March 5. All other drop-ins will most likely happen on Tuesdays. 
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Dan Blacksberg's Encounters Night 1: Improvised duets with Mikel Patrick Avery - Percussion, Sonali Singh - Bassoon
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ANNOUNCING! DAN BLACKSBERG TAKES OVER THE ROTUNDA!!March 8th & 9th!!!DAN’S WEST PHILLY MONTHLY SERIES SPECIAL EDITIONS At Philly’s (and maybe even the world’s?) greatest community venue!!Night 1 (Fri March 8): EncountersImprovised duets withMikel Patrick Avery - PercussionSonali Singh - BassoonNight 2 (Sat March 9): Klezmer!Dan presents a Big Yiddish Dance Party with the Di KatzenMusik klezmer band and dance leader Miryam Coppersmith!Featuring:Rachel Winsberg - TrumpetCara Tratner - SaxDaniel Stern - ViolinJoni Leibovic - AccordionMelissa Zeltser - BassElliot Beck - DrumsBoth nights start at 8PM! More details soon.
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Dan Blacksberg's Encounters Night 2: a Big Yiddish Dance Party with the Di KatzenMusik klezmer band and dance leader Miryam Coppersmith
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM ANNOUNCING! DAN BLACKSBERG TAKES OVER THE ROTUNDA!!March 8th & 9th!!!DAN’S WEST PHILLY MONTHLY SERIES SPECIAL EDITIONS At Philly’s (and maybe even the world’s?) greatest community venue!!Night 1 (Fri March 8): EncountersImprovised duets withMikel Patrick Avery - PercussionSonali Singh - BassoonNight 2 (Sat March 9): Klezmer!Dan presents a Big Yiddish Dance Party with the Di KatzenMusik klezmer band and dance leader Miryam Coppersmith!Featuring:Rachel Winsberg - TrumpetCara Tratner - SaxDaniel Stern - ViolinJoni Leibovic - AccordionMelissa Zeltser - BassElliot Beck - DrumsBoth nights start at 8PM! More details soon.
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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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  • 7:00 PMOnline! The Bigger Picture presents a FREE virtual workshop: Spring Into Grant Writing For Artists, Part 1 of 2
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The Bigger Picture presents a 2-part FREE series!Spring into Grant Writing with Trish Downey, from Hopephl, will occur on Monday March 11 and Monday March 25. Both are 7-9pm.Get ready to dive into the world of grant writing for artists and learn valuable tips and tricks to help you spring into success!

    Both workshops will be held virtually via Zoom!  

    Register via the links below for this two-part series.

    Spring Into Grant Writing For Artists: Part 1

    Spring Into Grant Writing For Artists: Part 2

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

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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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  • 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. Almost every Wednesday 12pm-2pm
  • 6:00 PMIn-person! Amy Cohen discusses her new book Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM The University City Historical Society (UCHS) West Philadelphia Book Talk SeriesAmy Cohen will discuss her new book Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy. This book from Temple University Press explores the lasting legacy of Black Philadelphians that are present in the city. Amy Cohen spent twenty years as a middle and high school social studies teacher, including thirteen years at Masterman School. As Director of Education at History Making Productions, she develops educational materials to accompany documentaries about the history of Philadelphia.Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Secret Cinema 16mm films
  • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM  The Secret Cinema presents LOST TELEVISION 2024 EDITION LOST TELEVISION consists of rare and forgotten shows from the early era of television, which mainly survive thanks to now-aging 16mm film prints.The 16mm film format was crucial to early television broadcasters in the days before videotape was perfected. Filmed recordings of live television, called kinescopes, were made using special equipment. Other programs were originally shot on film -- this was standard procedure for the popular 1950s TV genre of anthology dramas, short stories made with changing casts. And for many years 16mm prints were shipped to local stations as a convenient distribution medium for both programs and commercials. The Secret Cinema archive includes many original prints with examples of all of these uses, and these will be showcased in LOST TELEVISION 2024 EDITION.There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is FREE.All Secret Cinema presentations are projected in 16mm film on a giant screen (not video).This screening is part of The Rotunda's ongoing "Bright Bulb Screening Series," which offers free movies on the second Thursday of every month, throughout the year.Included in LOST TELEVISION 2024 EDITION will be:SHERLOCK HOLMES: "THE CASE OF THE PERFECT HUSBAND" (1954) - Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved character has had a long screen history. Sherlock Holmes was the very first detective to be depicted on film (in 1903), and countless actors have portrayed the clever crime-solver ever since. This interesting British import appears to be Holmes' first televised portrayal, as played by Ronald Howard (son of movie great Leslie Howard).THE LIFE OF RILEY (1949) - Chester A. Riley was a bumbling aircraft factory worker who got himself into amusing situations each week. William Bendix introduced the character on radio in 1941, and successfully resumed the role on NBC television for five years, starting in 1958. But in between those two versions was this earlier TV iteration, on the Dumont network -- and because Bendix was unavailable at the time, the lead role went to a pre-HONEYMOONERS Jackie Gleason, in his first series. Despite frequent use of the tag line, "What a revoltin' development this is!", the show did not catch on, and this edition of RILEY lasted but one season (a Bendix-starring LIFE OF RILEY movie was released the same year, and two live television test episodes, with different actors playing Riley, aired in 1948).TELEPHONE TIME: "THE STEPMOTHER" (1956) - This anthology drama series (sponsored by Bell Telephone) was based on short stories from host John Nesbitt, who had earlier served a similar role in MGM's long-running series of theatrical shorts, JOHN NESBITT'S PASSING PARADE. This episode, about a young Abraham Lincoln's begrudging acceptance of a new family member, was directed by Hollywood veteran Erle C. Kenton (ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN).NEW HORIZONS (1959) - "We're here to make your scripts get produced better, despite budget limitations." This ultra-rare slice of lost television could also have fit in last month's Rotunda program TOP SECRET: FILMS YOU WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO SEE. It's "a television recording -- a kinescope, if you like," made by CBS to showcase the newest electronic gadgetry that they offered to outside producers, and probably shown at broadcasting trade shows. Hosts Rex Marshall and Ann Amouri introduce such then state-of-the-art technology as the Photo Matte, Electromatte, "limbo sets," various trick lenses and the kaleidoscopic oscilloscope.Plus more!SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: http://www.thesecretcinema.com  Admission is FREE
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Bowerbird presents Maffe Kaffews with Spectral Forces
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    BOWERBIRD PRESENTSMAFFE KAFFEWS

    Spectral Forces

     

    Photo: Katharina Hauke

    Bowerbird is pleased to present Berlin-based music maker Maffe Kaffews at The Rotunda with opening set by Spectral Forces.

    Maffe Kaffews is a pioneering music maker who works live with space, data, things, and place to make new electroacoustic composition. Site, accessibility and the physical experience of this music has always been central to her approach and so she has also invented some unique interfaces – the sonic armchair, the sonic bed and a variety of sonic bikes which enable new paths into composition for makers, and ways in to listening for wide ranging audiences. In 2021 she developed the breathing Enviro Bike to enable riders to hear music made by the pollution of the air as they ride. Summer 2022 saw the Buzz Bike in street compositional research in Berlin, now ready to make new vibrational composition. Today, she is back live on stage with no laptop. Instead a new DIY instrument the Ripley, a noise filter system designed on alchemical discoveries made by G.Ripley, a 15th British alchemist, flanked by 2 processing ipads.

    Spectral Forces, a Philadelphia based trio of Pete Dennis (bass), Julius Masri (drums), and Alex Smith (keys and words), brings triangulated octohedronal hysteria, wired nexus and timpanic atom bathe! the new wave in mystic sonic structure.

    Admission is FREE/pay-what-you-wish

     

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  • 7:00 PMIn-person! Clay Practice: Recent Experiments in Movement/Sound/Material from Shannon Brooks
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    CLAY PRACTICE

    RECENT EXPERIMENTS IN MOVEMENT/SOUND/MATERIAL FROM SHANNON BROOKS

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    CREATED AND PERFORMED WITH:

    AUBREY DONISCH

    KIMYA IMANI JACKSON 

    LU DONOVAN

    A SMALL CHORUS EXPLORING SOUND AND MOVEMENT

    AND A PILE OF CLAY

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    3/16 at 7PM 

    3/17 at 3PM

    Suggestion donation $5-$30. pay at the door; absolutely no one turned away for lack of funds. RSVP HERE

     

    IMAGINE A PILE OF CLAY IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM 

    CLAY PRACTICE experiments in growing our trust in impulse, touch, and how it feels.

     

    In this practice we move and sound with clay to experiment with our senses, and to  s t r e t c h out time into the space between each clay particle - into the time and space between each cell in our bodies -  to explore questions like:

    ·       What is there to feel? How does it feel? How do we know and take action through touch?

    ·       How do we feel into each other and ourselves? How do we connect to the memories, ghosts, and histories embedded in our environments, bodies, and imaginations? 

    ·       How do we erode? 

    ·       What are the edges of our capacity? What is burden? 

    ·       What is impossible? What do we believe?

    ·       What is excavated? What do we build? And who profits?

    CLAY PRACTICE is deeply influenced by (Shannon's) personal experiences with low-vision/blindness, madness, and chronic illness.

    More info 

    HERE 

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  • 3:00 PMIn-person! Clay Practice: Recent Experiments in Movement/Sound/Material from Shannon Brooks
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    CLAY PRACTICE

    RECENT EXPERIMENTS IN MOVEMENT/SOUND/MATERIAL FROM SHANNON BROOKS

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    CREATED AND PERFORMED WITH:

    AUBREY DONISCH

    KIMYA IMANI JACKSON 

    LU DONOVAN

    A SMALL CHORUS EXPLORING SOUND AND MOVEMENT

    AND A PILE OF CLAY

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    3/16 at 7PM 

    3/17 at 3PM

    Suggestion donation $5-$30. pay at the door; absolutely no one turned away for lack of funds. RSVP HERE

     

    IMAGINE A PILE OF CLAY IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM 

    CLAY PRACTICE experiments in growing our trust in impulse, touch, and how it feels.

     

    In this practice we move and sound with clay to experiment with our senses, and to  s t r e t c h out time into the space between each clay particle - into the time and space between each cell in our bodies -  to explore questions like:

    ·       What is there to feel? How does it feel? How do we know and take action through touch?

    ·       How do we feel into each other and ourselves? How do we connect to the memories, ghosts, and histories embedded in our environments, bodies, and imaginations? 

    ·       How do we erode? 

    ·       What are the edges of our capacity? What is burden? 

    ·       What is impossible? What do we believe?

    ·       What is excavated? What do we build? And who profits?

    CLAY PRACTICE is deeply influenced by (Shannon's) personal experiences with low-vision/blindness, madness, and chronic illness.

    More info 

    HERE 

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  • 6:30 PMIn-person! Penn SPEC-TRUM presents Jordan Ward with Reggie Becton
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Join SPEC-TRUM on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024 at The Rotunda to see Jordan Ward with Reggie Becton!

    The door opens at 6:30 pm, opening with Reggie Becton.

    *Attendees with student tickets must show Penn ID at door*

    Tickets are $7 for Penn students and $15 for the general public.

    Grab your tickets before they are gone! Tickets can be purchased HERE

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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Event Horizon series presents Beard Farm, Ace Paradise, KaneLisk Duo
  • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

    The Event Horizon concert series 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.

    d/a73 impresario Wright Lagrone has said, “Beard Farm is both the best and the worst name for a band that d/a73 has everencountered”. Players Tom Bruce and Karl Fury play stringed instruments, hardware and software synthesizers, Linnstrumentcontrollers and iPads — all processed through laptop computers, thickness planers, and nuclear reactors. They combine jazz, classical, and a wide variety of ethnic and electronic music influences to create improvised journeys through expanded soundscapes. Spoken word, noise and notes come together to create a unique body of recordings. Karl Fury is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from central New Jersey. His musical background ranges from rock and blues to jazz-rock, world music, ambient, electronic and free improvisation.. Karl performed and recorded for several years in the world music duo Near East. He currently has releases with The Melting Transistor, The EquinoxProject, Quantum Elf and solo works under his own name and as Tars Obscura. He is often heard in well-known electro-music venues and on radio programs throughout the Northeast. Tom Bruce is a musician and sound artist living in Ithaca, New York. He works with a number of collaborators, including Karl Fury, James Spitznagel, Charles Shriner, and Rob Snyder. He has performed solo at the Northeast Electro-Music Festival, at the Mountain Skies festival in Asheville, NC, at MEME in Indianapolis, the Cosmic Crossings series in New Jersey, and at WPRB radio in Princeton, as well as at many events in the Ithaca area. In 2022, he and Rob Snyder took 4th place in an international competition for electronic music created via Internet collaboration. You can find out more than you want to know about him at https://linktr.ee/tbruce0

     

    Ace Paradise is an Electronic Musician, DJ/Producer and Live Performer, who has been specializing in the production of many forms of Electronic Music since the early 1980′s. Ace, having a background of 45 + years in traditional music as a multi-instrumentalist, both acoustic and electronic, has merged his years of traditional music training, with his talents for both Electronic Music and as a seasoned DJ. He is known in many circles, as one of the early pioneers to develop techniques for combining and mixing several elements Live, using hardware synths, looping and samples and various DJ Gear, combined with live musical performance, enabling him to produce a spectacular and unforgettable live sound. More info, www.beatport.com/artist/ace-paradise/322442, www.djrankings.org/DJ-ACE_PARADISE/, soundcloud.com/ace-paradise, mixcloud.com/ace_paradise

    KaLi embodies the transcendent power of time and change, producing a music of joy, courage, and hope. Undulating rhythms and patterns of melodies infused with the sensual side of harsh noise are core to their sound, rewarding the listener with inspiration and renewal. Bonnie Kane – saxophone, flute, electronics Tracy Lisk – drums A conductor of energy, dedicated improvisor, Bonnie Kane, is a pioneer in electronic processing for saxophone and flute. She is fascinated by the moment of creation and compelled by the focus required to be in that moment, because of the purity found there. To be a master improvisor, is to really tell the truth. Tracy Lisk is a drummer, painter, and curator who resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   An internationally renown percussionist, her background in painting and Brazilian percussion inform the substance of her improvisations while maintaining a fluid, suspended continuity. Find Kane/Lisk (KaLi) Duo recordings @ – bonniekane.bandcamp.com

    Admission is FREE

     

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  • 4:00 PMIn-person! An Evening of Shorts, Produced by The Collective Mic Productions
  • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM The PEOPLE have spoken!BACK by popular demand for an ENCORE PERFORMANCEAn “Evening of Shorts” Produced by The Collective Mic Productions!“Not Without Her Stories” Written by Jody Austin“It’s Not My Fault” Written by Tiffani Dean“What’s wrong with me?” Written by Nedenia Bennett“The Dancer” Written by Tiffani DeanTickets are $40. Get your tix HERE: http://the-collective-mic-productions.ticketleap.com/an.../
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  • 7:00 PMOnline! The Bigger Picture presents a FREE virtual workshop: Spring Into Grant Writing For Artists, Part 2 of 2
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The Bigger Picture presents a 2-part FREE series!Spring into Grant Writing with Trish Downey, from Hopephl, will occur on Monday March 11 and Monday March 25. Both are 7-9pm.Get ready to dive into the world of grant writing for artists and learn valuable tips and tricks to help you spring into success!

    Both workshops will be held virtually via Zoom!  

    Register via the links below for this two-part series.

    Spring Into Grant Writing For Artists: Part 1

    Spring Into Grant Writing For Artists: Part 2

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

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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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  • 9:00 PMIn-person! The Gathering
  • 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Gathering! breakin, DJs, ciphers, and more info to come. 9pm-1am. Admission is $3 before 10pm, $5 after. More info to come soon!
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  • 8:00 PMIn-person! Badu Taught Me: An Erykah Badu Tribute
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Badu Taught Me: An Erykah Badu Tribute

    Come join us for a night of soulful music as we pay tribute to the legendary Erykah Badu. This event will take place on Fri March 29th at 8:00 PM. Doors open at 7 pm.

    The tribute will be led by Jahwula Seapoe, a talented R&B/Neo-Soul vocalist, and her musical friends Tylar J, and Kito Starr. Together, they will perform a 1-hour set of some of Erykah Badu's greatest hits that have left an indelible mark on the world of music. You can expect to groove to some of her classics, such as "Didn't Cha Know" and "Bag Lady" throughout the night.

    Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience. Grab your friends and get ready to be inspired by the one and only Erykah Badu.

    Meet the Artists:

    Jahwula Seapoe is an R&B/Neo-Soul vocalist and storyteller who performs captivating renditions of popular songs from the 70s to the present day. She is from West Philadelphia and has studied under various influential musicians in her community and at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Some of her mentors include Lisa Willson DeNolfo, Sherry Wilson Butler, and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kate McGarry.

    Event link: https://jahsingsbadu.eventbrite.com

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  • 8:00 PMOnline! 30 Minutes of Swearing
  • 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM 30 Minutes of Swearing Michael Broussard in a virtual performanceAn entirely improvised, expletive laden rant about everything. Attendees are invited (encouraged) to join in. Some (lots of) strong language. In cooperation with The Rotunda. Register to attend at http://tinyurl.com/30MinutesofSwearing 
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