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Performances in Public Spaces | Modero

July 28, 2018 5:30 pm

The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces presents, Modero & Company. Modero is a community based traditional Indonesian and fusion dance company.

This performance will be part of a cultural preservation effort and an invitation for all to enjoy the beauty of traditional dances, customs and to get to know the Indonesian community. Modero will lead the audience in a simple Indonesian dance, their namesake, “Modero,” which is a social dance circle.

From June through October, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Performances in Public Spaces, a free series of family-friendly, cultural performances in parks and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. The series is part of OACCE’s Arts in Action initiative that regularly brings quality arts programming to communities across Philadelphia and supports local, creative talent.

 

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Michael David Lukas’ “The Last Watchman of Old Cairo”

July 30, 2018 6:00 pm

Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary—perhaps magical—Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph’s family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces—potent magic, forbidden love—that boldly attempt to bridge that divide.

Praise for The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

“A beautiful, richly textured novel, ambitious and delicately crafted, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is both a coming-of-age story and a family history, a wide-ranging book about fathers and sons, religion, magic, love, and the essence of storytelling. This book is a joy.”—Rabih Alameddine, author of the National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman

“Lyrical, compassionate and illuminating.”—BBC

“Michael David Lukas has given us an elegiac novel of Cairo—Old Cairo and modern Cairo. Lukas’s greatest flair is in capturing the essence of that beautiful, haunted, shabby, beleaguered yet still utterly sublime Middle Eastern city.”—Lucette Lagnado, author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit and The Arrogant Years

“Lukas writes marvelously about Old Cairo, a city he cherishes. . . . The Last Watchman of Old Cairo delivers in polyphonic textures a timeless yet contemporary story set in ancient and modern Cairo and Berkeley.”—The San Jose Mercury News

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, was recently published by Spiegel & Grau. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He works at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland.

 

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Digital Summit Philadelphia

July 31, 2018 8:30 am

Awesome Keynotes including the co-founder of Netflix, the founder of The Onion, and bestselling author, Dan Pink will be joining DS’s all-star lineup. Immerse yourself in the latest tips, strategies, and best practices on Content, Social, UX & Design, Email, Mobile, Video, SEO, and more. Over 45 sessions and speakers featuring the latest digital strategies, tactics and best practices.

Go here for more information: philadelphia.digitalsummit.com.

 

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Lyn Back’s “Treading Water at the Shark Cafe” w/ Mary Wade & Lucy Tinkcombe

July 31, 2018 6:00 pm

Treading Water at the Shark Café is an American Quaker woman’s extraordinary journey of witness and discovery from her suburban Philadelphia home to the war zones of the former Yugoslavia. Set against a background of violence, her story focuses on young people–often forgotten in times of war–who lived outside the spotlight.

Like the Freedom Riders and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the United States, the student activists in the former Yugoslavia envisioned a better world, taking incredible risks to make their dreams come true. Optimism, energy, and imagination conjure new possibilities, even in the midst of chaos. Told with honesty and deep conviction, this memoir will resonate with a growing audience of readers who are tired of political warmongering and share a longing for effective nonviolent alternatives.

Lyndon Back has a master’s degree in public administration from State University of New York, Albany. She has a CELTA/TESOL certificate from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her competency in Serbo-Croatian was earned at the Akbukum Language School in Novi Sad, Serbia.

In 1998, Lyn left her job as director of planned giving at the American Friends Service Committee to volunteer with the Balkan Peace Teams in Belgrade, Serbia, and Prishtina, Kosovo. After her return, Lyn worked in refugee resettlement at Lutheran Children and Family Services. Her experiences in the Balkans continue to influence her writing. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals. Lyn is a member of Old Haverford Monthly Meeting (Quakers).

Rev. Mary Wade, Ph.D., is a poet, public speaker, community peacebuilder, and minister in Philadelphia. She currently serves as Associate Minister at Wayland Temple Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Dayton, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University European Division, and her Ph.D. from George Mason University Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution in 2005. She wrote her dissertation on Spirituality and Conflict Resolution: A Study of the Life and Teachings of Dr. Howard Thurman. Formerly the Quaker United Nations Human Rights Representative of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Mary focused on South Africa (emphasizing apartheid), Central America, and the UN Human Rights Covenants.

Lucy Tinkcombe has taught public speaking, interpersonal communication and writing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Community College of Philadelphia. She has professional experience in strategic communication, technical writing, and journalism, and has published original poetry and translation. Lucy served as Executive Director of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and consulted to Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center on internal and external communication during its strategic planning process. Lucy has an A.B. summa cum laudein Medieval Studies from Mount Holyoke College, an M.Litt. in Medieval Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a Ph.D. in American and Comparative Literature from Stanford University.

 

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Performances in Public Spaces | Danse4nia Repertory Ensemble

August 9, 2018 12:00 pm

The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces presents, Fortunate Explorers Jazz Collective. The Fortunate Explorers create unique jazz compositions, blending into their live performances exotic harmonies and melodies, spontaneous improvisations, and global rhythms.

Fortunate Explorers Jazz Collective is an original jazz ensemble that features local Philadelphia Jazz artists, including famed alto saxophonist and CIMP recording artist Bobby Zankel, University of the Arts professor Matt Davis, and other unique original exploratory jazz musicians. This ensemble honors original music that has been derived from the music theories of renowned Philadelphia composers like Dennis Sandole, Vincent Persichetti, George Crumb, and Samuel Barber.

From June through October, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Performances in Public Spaces, a free series of family-friendly, cultural performances in parks and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. The series is part of OACCE’s Arts in Action initiative that regularly brings quality arts programming to communities across Philadelphia and supports local, creative talent.

Rain Date: August 16, 2018.

 

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Philly Free Streets on car-free North Broad Street – August 11 (8AM – 1PM)

August 11, 2018 8:00 am

Come out and play on car-free North Broad Street, between City Hall and Erie Avenue!

Join us for family-friendly, people-powered fun and experience Philly streets in a new way! Walk, bike, and play on an 8-mile round trip route of car-free North Broad Street. People of all ages and physical abilities are invited. There is no formal start or stopjoin the fun anywhere along the route. Participants are encouraged to arrive by SEPTA, foot, or bike.

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.PhillyFreeStreets.com.

Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia.

 

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Performances in Public Spaces | The Patchwork Storytelling Guild

August 11, 2018 12:00 pm

The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces presents, the Patchwork Storytelling Guild. This hour-long storytelling program will include stories that are suitable for all ages and feature fable, folk, and fairy tales, as well as other ditties, and will progress from stories that are familiar and appeal to the youngest children and families to those that are appropriate for upper elementary, teens, and adults.

Patchwork Storytelling Guild has rallied to combat the decline of storytelling since 1984. Its primary purpose is to promote storytelling and the exchange of information and ideas through educational activities and performances.

From June through October, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Performances in Public Spaces, a free series of family-friendly, cultural performances in parks and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. The series is part of OACCE’s Arts in Action initiative that regularly brings quality arts programming to communities across Philadelphia and supports local, creative talent.

Rain Date: August 18, 2018.

 

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Performances in Public Spaces | Warrior Writers of Culture Trust

August 12, 2018 3:00 pm

The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces presents, Warrior Writers of the Culture Trust. The Warrior Writers will present a series of poetry readings by local veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some poets will collaborate with musicians, reciting their poetry with live musical accompaniment.

After the performance, veteran artists will be available onsite to talk and engage with people, giving folks a chance to learn even more. There will be a survey for audience members to share their thoughts and reactions.

From June through October, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Performances in Public Spaces, a free series of family-friendly, cultural performances in parks and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. The series is part of OACCE’s Arts in Action initiative that regularly brings quality arts programming to communities across Philadelphia and supports local, creative talent. For more, creativephl.org/pps.

Rain Date: August 13, 2018.

 

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Upcoming Casting Calls in Philadelphia

August 14, 2018 1:00 pm

Send headshots, measurements, resume and preferred audition time to casting@princessparty.com

We are seeking actors who have the ability to impersonate popular princess characters for our Philadelphia troupe. As a member of our team, you receive:

-Training

-Paid Performances

-Flexibility that allows you to choose gigs based on your schedule

-A fast-paced growth environment

-Networking and collaborating with the finest professional local actors and members of the performing arts community

-A community of other Princess impersonators to grow and develop with

-Heart-warming experience working with children

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Performances in Public Spaces | CAGE Dance Group

August 22, 2018 7:30 pm

Times above are tentative, finalized times TBA.

The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces in partnership with Scribe Video Center presents, Cambodian American Girls Empowering (CAGE). CAGE Dance Group is a classical Cambodian dance troupe led by Lanica Angpak.

Each summer, Scribe holds Street Movies!, a free outdoor performance, film screening and discussion series that takes place in diverse low-income neighborhoods throughout the Greater Philadelphia region and is produced in partnership with area community groups.

From June through October, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) presents Performances in Public Spaces, a free series of family-friendly, cultural performances in parks and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. The series is part of OACCE’s Arts in Action initiative that regularly brings quality arts programming to communities across Philadelphia and supports local, creative talent. For more, creativephl.org/pps.

 

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