The International House of Philadelphia is hosting an unique line up of over 60 avant-garde and commercial films that have been key to redefining sex in the West explore the “political and artistic tumult of the 1960s and ‘70s and its effect on contemporary culture.” The series, which runs through February 15th, features appearances and talks by several of the original filmmakers and influential film historians. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand, but for those of you who are film history buffs it’s not to be missed! If it helps appease your prudish side, the series is funded by a grant from Pew. How’s that for official endorsement as “art”? More details and schedule (with work safe images!) here.
Join Leeway Foundation on December 8 to welcome writer and cultural organizer Adrienne Maree Brown for Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing–a lively conversation inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler. This discussion will explore the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice using Butler’s work.
Butler’s writing in The Parable series and other works instigates and provokes new thinking about how we can bring into being the kind of society that we want and expands what we might imagine. Through her protagonists, Butler illustrated adaptive, intuitive, shared leadership in practice. This recurrent theme, dubbed “Emergent Strategy,” will be a key focus of the afternoon’s discussion.
Emergent Strategies will take place on Sunday, December 8 from 1:30pm–3:30pm at Art Sanctuary (628 S 16th St).
The event is free but you must RSVP here or call 215-545-4078 x17
For those for whom this is relevant:
Artists U/Philadelphia is hosting a workshop/discussion Monday, December 2, on Artists Raising Kids. It’s for artists raising kids and artists who are thinking of raising kids. There’s free childcare at the event! More details are available at http://artistsu.org/philadelphia/
If you are a parent, they are asking that if you can fill out this two-question survey to help them gather material for the workshop: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KXG3VP2
Do you know Blackness when you see it? This provocative question informs the work of Dr. Yaba Blay, whose (1)ne Drop Project depicts the stories and images of over 60 individuals from around the world, all of whom identify as Black, but none of whom fit the stereotypical “Black box.” Their candid memoirs challenge our understanding of race and identity.
The storytelling event, (1)ne Drop Project Live, on November 10th interweaves history with candid stories from participants in the Project and gives a microphone to living testimonies of diversity. Featuring Danielle Ayers, Perry “Vision” Divirgilio, Zun Lee,Sembene McFarland, and Brandon Stanford.
For more details and tickets click here.
Want to get out of the house despite the rain and cold? There’s so many great things happening in Philly this weekend that should inspire you to put on a raincoat and get out! Here’s a few picks of arts and cultural events being organized by some of the talented and amazing people I know:
FRIDAY OCTOBER 11
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12
Visual artist Sosena Solomon presents a pop installation of her piece MERKATO.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12
Mytili Jagannathan will be reading at Head House books along with two other creative writers.
Head House Books, 619 S 2nd
Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People Are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus, 2010) and Manifest (Switchback, 2013). Her poems and reviews have appeared this year in Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, diode, and horse less review. Her radio show The Last Word for 91.7 WLFR Pomona NJ contributes a podcast regularly to The Conversant. She splits her time between the East Coast and Kentucky.
Mytili Jagannathan listens to the notion that “every letter is an alphabet,” making poems that investigate public and private space, power, gender, property, desire, collectivity, and the conditions of speech. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press. Her poems have appeared in Sous Rature, EOAGH, Rattapallax, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Combo, Fanzine, Interlope, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She’s currently dreaming up film/poetry collaborations with filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi, which so far has yielded the short Up Against (also in collaboration with electronic musician Gralin Hughes) for the “Shelter” episode of the Termite TV Collective.
Robert Ostrom is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Queens and teaches at the City University of New York and Columbia University.
As part of my day job I’ll be leading a free workshop here in Philadelphia on September 21, 2013 at 2pm called “Social Media for Social Change. In the 90min workshops I’ll be going over best strategies and tips on how to engage communities and us social media platforms as an effective additional community organizing tool.
If you or anyone you know are interested please register at: http://peacedayphilly2013.eventbrite.com/
This was posted on the Netsquared list by the Urban Technology Project, which works with Philly high school graduates. Thought I’d pass it on for the developers I know:
Are you a technologist interested in developing interesting solutions to community challenges while mentoring new technologists?
The Urban Technology Project, a nonprofit I.T. workforce development program that trains Philly high school graduates and GED earners to support the technology infrastructure of Philadelphia schools while supporting digital inclusion initiatives, is organizing a one day hackathon on July 20th called MentorHacks! We’re looking for GIS and web developers to attend the event and that could be you!
MentorHacks is a one day community codefest and skillshare framed around creating a space for experienced and inexperienced technologists to attend workshops on technology and mentorship and then collaborate and create projects based on a survey of the community and its needs.
We’re looking to support a diverse, fun space that supports technologists at all levels in creating inelegant solutions to community challenges. Our community challenges are web development and GIS mapping challenges sourced from local community nonprofits!
We’d love to have you attend and address community challenges with us so register today!
Amanda Cameron, Program Development Coordinator, Urban Technology Project, Email: email@example.com
The details are all available here.
I saw this on Geekadelphia and had to share since it applies to so many couples in my world (you know who you are!).
The author of The Geek’s Guide to Dating is launching a web miniseries connected to the topics in the book. What’s it going to be?
Adorably geeky couples hop on camera and discuss their relationship in short, one minute videos, and dish out useful pieces of advice to other geeks out there. Playing MMORPGs. Starting a podcast as a couple. Sharing comic books. Learning how to cosplay together. Fun stuff like that, shot in the vein of those old couple vignettes in When Harry Met Sally.
They are looking for geeky couples in the Philadelphia area to shoot your stories! They will be shooting July 20th and September 15th. If you’re interested, or know an adorable couple who fits the description, click here for more info.
Join Scribe Video Center Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 as they present a series of retrospective screenings and a Master Class to celebrate Michelle Parkerson’s groundbreaking film work. Among the first African American women filmmakers to explore the intersections between race, gender, LGBT sexual identity, and class, Michelle Parkerson’s impressive body of work contains portraits of some of the most extraordinary artists of the last half of the 20th century, including the jazz musician vocalist Betty Carter, the a cappella innovators Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the extraordinary poet/essayist Audre Lorde.
Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Third World Newsreel, Women Make Movies, Department of Film & Media Arts at Temple University, Leeway Foundation, and BlackStar Film Festival.
The second annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival bring a slate of films to the I House and Gershman Y this weekend! Check out their line up of films from Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Colombia and the US at www.flaff.org/schedule.