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CANCELLED – POWER OUTAGE – to be rescheduled – FREE – Poet-tree En Motion-Feb 5-Tonight

CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – POWER OUTAGE – to be rescheduled. You don’t want to miss this fabulous event, and it’s FREE. Donations gladly accepted and well deserved. Please support Plum Dragoness, an attendee at the Salon, in her on going effort to bring much joy to Philadelphia through various forms of artistic expression.

Poet-tree En Motion

2014 Winter & Spring Performance Series!

 

 

Wednesdays

Feb 5th, April 2nd & June 4th!

 

From 7-10pm (except June/11:30pm)

@ The Rotunda

4014 Walnut Street, West Philly, PA 19104

www.therotunda.org!

A FREE community event (but donations are always appreciated)!

 

This ongoing seasonal event series features a variety of dance/movement/theater mediums, live electronic/acoustic music, vocalists & poetry/spoken-word presentations, circus/fire/flow arts performances, community art creations, live painting & VJ projections…

Plus an Open Mic/Stage & Jam Sessions!

(Sign up Begins & Doors Open @ 7pm)

 

 

Featured acts include…

 

February 5th: Lunar New Year Salutations & Celebrations!

 

  • Bill Fieger– This marks my 35th year as a guitar player. When I started this

Journey I had no idea where it would take me. As a teenager my dreams of playing in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands came true how cool is that? After I got tired of playing in rock bands I decided on a more personal approach to music. Composing electronic music under the name Oblivious Solitude. Later I was performing and recording with Heather Lind as Stares to Nowhere. I’ve also performed with Mike Hunter as Mayakara, as well as recording and performing solo acoustic music, sometimes modifying and creating new instruments to take the music to new places.

 

facebook.com/william.fieger.39

 

 

  • Shannon Hayden-a classically trained cellist who has never been content

to stay strictly within the confines of the traditional course of study. Having achieved early success in competitions both at home and abroad she quickly began to experiment with other forms of music as well as other instruments. Working with renowned cellists such as Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, with whom she began a graduate level course of study at the age of 18 at the Yale School of Music, did not keep her from playing lead guitar in rock and experimental bands or writing music for electric cello. She feels that musicians who want to consider themselves artists should go beyond mere craftsmanship and constantly look to expand the repertoire of their instrument, fulfilling the needs of the era within which they actively participate. When not performing her own pieces, Shannon focuses on 20th century and contemporary works and has enjoyed working with composers Ezra Laderman, David Lang, percussionist/composer Andy Akiho and tours occasionally with Eric Genuis. Having completed her studies she is currently supporting her first album with shows around the United States and hopes to meet other artists with similar interests whose focus is continuing to stretch the boundaries of virtuosic classical music by embracing technologies which she feels are underutilized. Shannon also shares her parent’s passion for sustainable living and alternative energy and spends as much time as she can at the family’s off the grid organic vegetable farm.

 

shannonleehayden.com 

 

 

  • Kalamandir Dance Company– a contemporary dance ensemble that

uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression. Instead of diminishing the foundation of our classical styles, we look to investigate their communicative potential when merged with Western dance traditions. Using Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Capoeira, Flamenco, Modern and Ballet training, our dancers collaboratively converse with movement and create dialogue with expression. We are driven by creativity, human emotions, and a desire to be released from the four walls of our daily existence. Our movement vocabulary is a collective effort that aims to create a reachable area for all people to participate and communicate. Artistic Director, Malabika Guha presents the piece “The Love That Remains”. Based on the Portuguese word “saudades,” this piece explores the fervent state of longing by channeling the painful sweetness of remembering a loved one from whom we have been separated while reveling in the joy that they may return (see link above for more info).

 

kalamandirdanceco.com

 

 

  • Kaleema Poles– her natural creativity comes with focus, inspiration &

discipline. She loves using natural or recycled materials in most of her Jewelry, Visual & Fashion Art with inspiration coming from life cycles, family, culture, spirits, friends, dreams, the earth & sky.

 

etsy.com/Kaleema 

 

  • Oriental Fitness Institute– (T’ai Chi Chuan Demonstration) Its philosophy

is dedicated to helping people implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  By providing information about different kinds of exercise and diet we design a program to meet each individual’s specific needs.  We draw on the wisdom and practices of both ancient and modern traditions. East & West Come Together To Maximize Health & Well-being.

orientalfitnessinstitute.com

 

  • Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke) – Native to West

Philadelphia, Plum is a multi-talented 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 15 years, she as toured not only as a solo artist but also as founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director with groups like Archedream & Be Tru Dance Crew among many others. She has also independently released 2 albums of original work with the project Plum Dragoness & the Elements, known for its fusion of multi-media, live world beat musical infusions & spoken word vocals & lyrical poetry. Currently, she’s in collaboration with a music project known as the trio, The Femme-mynistiques. Since 2007, she’s been a resident performance artist & organizer for this ongoing community arts series @ The Rotunda known as Poet-tree En Motion.

 

plumdragoness.com

 

  • Text Rich (a.k.a. Ali Richardson)– an artist of many talents and gifts. His musical mastery includes working with traditional acoustic and electric

instruments such as djimbe, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and more. His range of vocal interpretation covers singing, emceeing, beat boxing, scatting, and performing poetry. Text Rich’s musical background started with Hip Hop music as it developed through the 80’s and 90’s and once introduced to the guitar he took to learning blues, jazz, rock, and funk. He brings all these elements of music and expression to the stage, to classrooms where he teaches music, and in the community as a known griot/troubadour openly sharing musical inspirations with others. Known well in the community as Ali Richardson, Text enjoys spending a large portion of his time creating musical learning experiences for all ages. He is also committed to providing quality educational experiences for youth through workshops and classroom education.

 

reverbnation.com/textrichmusicrich               

 

  • VJ Spooky (Space Pirates, I<3 Industrial, Stimulate, Smack)-is a

Philadelphia based VJ that enhances a multimedia experience for various events and has worked with such acts as Axwell, Laidback Luke, Headhunters and Steve Aoki.

 

facebook.com/vjspooky

 

March 2nd & 8th: Community Outreach Workshops!

Dance/Movement, Poetry/Song Writing & Theater Arts

(Pay What You Can/Suggested donation $5-20)

Follow Event for details: facebook.com/events/425380820927264

 

April 2nd: Spring Rites & Femme-mynistique Fundraising Plights!

 

June 4th: Summer Festivities & Plum Dragoness Fundraising Activities! 

 

To keep Updated on Coming Events …

Join the Facebook Group for Poet-tree En Motion (facebook.com/groups/116980678334215)!

 

 

CANCELLATION – NO EROTIC LITERARY SALON-LIVE TONIGHT – Jan 21

I regret having to inform, the Salon will be cancelled for this evening. Snow, snow, glorious snow, which I dearly love under other circumstances, is supposed to make traveling most treacherous. I realized I was willing to walk the 10 blocks from my home, but I’m not willing to risk falling. One new hip and another one scheduled for mid-February, day after Salon. Must play wimp.

Stay home, soak in the tub, enjoy!

Ainsley Burrows also had to postpone his presentation. He feared his travel plans would be thwarted, if he couldn’t return home (Brooklyn) in time to make his Wednesday morning flight. Ainsley will definitely be the featured presenter at the April 15th Salon (note it is early in the month, since April 1st  falls on a Tuesday).

In almost 6 years of hosting the Salon I have cancelled only once, for the Obama inauguration – I was invited and then fell ill. So you can imagine how difficult this decision was for me.

For everyone who signed up to read today, Jan. 21 you will automatically be on the February 18th Salon reading list. Please email me if you are unable to attend next month. There will be two featured presenters in February, Monica Day and an Argentine Tango demonstration.

Hope to see you all next month.

Winter Storm Warning in Southeastern, PA

Significant snowfall expected today and tonight followed immediately by bitterly cold air.

A fast moving but potent weather system will bring snow to our entire area today into this evening. As the storm strengthens to our East later today, the winds will increase resulting in areas of blowing and drifting snow. As the storm continues to exit. Bitterly cold air will quickly settle in tonight into Wednesday.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 am this morning to 6 am EST Wednesday.

Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 1 am to 11 am EST Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Wind Chill Advisory, which is in effect from 1 am to 11 am EST Wednesday.

  • Snow accumulations: 8 to 12 inches.
  • Timing: snow will overspread the area toward mid to late morning, then continue through this evening.
  • Impacts: travel will become hazardous due to snow covered roads and periods of very low visibility. Areas of blowing and drifting snow will develop especially this evening and tonight. The afternoon and evening rush hour will be significantly impacted.
  • Winds: northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 to 40 mph, becoming north and northwest overnight.
  • Temperatures: mainly in the teens to 20s today, then dropping to the single digits tonight.
  • Wind Chill, as low as 10 below zero. These dangerous values can quickly cause Frostbite to exposed skin and lead to hypothermia.

 

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow are expected. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Areas of blowing and drifting snow will greatly reduce the visibility especially in open areas later Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night. This will result in snow blowing back onto previously plowed roadways. Use extra caution while driving. A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

http://www.google.org/publicalerts/alert?aid=95fe2d8f3404f525&hl=en&gl=US&source=web

 

Tomorrow-Weather Conditions – Jan 21-ELS-Live-Philadelphia Weekly-PhillyNow

Tomorrow The Salon will happen, since I live so close to TIME. But in the event it is even too dangerous for me to make the trek, I shall post all information regarding the Salon tomorrow.

Ainsley Burrows, spoken word poet extraordinaire, creator of the ‘The Sweet Spot,’ featured presenter tomorrow Jan 21, along with 20+ readers, at the Erotic Literary Salon-Live.

 Ainsley Burrows at www.artburrows.com, www.burrowsink.com or www.sweetspotnation.com

Philadelphia Weekly – PhillyNow

The Erotic Literary Salon

by Josh Kruger

Word geeks talking genitalic fun—or even use—are lucky to be around these days. It used to be that the only sites to talk freely about intimate exploits were either stiflingly clinical or unnecessarily shameful, with bright neon lights outside and sticky linoleum on the inside. Indeed, safe spaces where people could creatively rant or rave about their awesome, mundane or downright twisted sex lives were primarily on psychiatrists’ couches or barstools a few blocks away from the neighborhood parish. Thank heaven times have changed.

To celebrate both remorseless kinkiness and good ol’ fashioned spoken word, the Erotic Literary Salon brings together an eager audience on every third Tuesday of each month at TIME in Center City, where open souls share five-minute sex-related poems, remembrances and short stories. And for January’s gathering, attendees will welcome Ainsley Burrows, creator of the touring “pop-erotica extravaganza” dubbed Sweet Spot Nation, which hits Philly next month—on the weekend before Valentine’s Day. (Mark that calendar now.)

Burrows, who’s toured professionally as a poet for over a decade, will give a talk with a Q&A before the evening’s open mic—oh, and his ultra-hot poems are going to leave blisters. Here’s to a night that’s as publicly and positively affirming of sex and sexuality as it ought to be. / JOSH KRUGER

Read more: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/events/Erotic-Literary-Salon-240151961.html#ixzz2qyPktwGQ