April 16, 2004 |
Tonight, Gate to Moonbase Alpha, a monthly celebration of all things interstellar and electronic, is back with Music for Isolation Tanks, space music duo Orbital Decay debuting an original video and music score just for the event, the very Godspeed-like Arkitekchur, Buchla Music Easel wiz Charles Cohen with laptop accompanist Joe Lentini, and performance artist The Great Quentini and oil projectionist David Gerbstadt (8 to midnight at the Rotunda, 4014...
August 31, 2001 |
Students new to the University of Pennsylvania will get acclimated to more than just campus life this weekend. On Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Rotunda, DJ-producer N8tive Sun will introduce virgin ears to "floetry": poetry set to music. While the spewing of verse over instrumentals is not a new concept, the term is. It resulted from the need "to define what the art form actually is," says Sun, a Detroit native. The word was coined by the poet Rha Goddess a few years ago, but she spelled it with a W (flowetry)
December 17, 2004 |
Electronic party Gate To Moonbase Alpha screens "Moog," a documentary about Robert Moog, the inventor of the modern synthesizer played by everyone from Emerson, Lake and Palmer to Stereolab. With Ortho, Audiophyle, the Cut-Up/Groove, and the Great Quentini (8 tonight, the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 215-573-3234, free, all ages, www.foundationarts.org). Secret Cinema unleashes its "Creepy Christmas Films," including holiday offerings from Howdy Doody and Davey & Goliath, religious reels, bizarre puppets and strangers' home movies (8 tonight, Sedgwick Cultural Center, 7135 Germantown Ave., 215-248-9229, $7, www.thesecret cinema.
January 12, 2015 |
There is nothing like a dome. Especially when it's as soaring and serene as the one that spans the Chinese rotunda at the Renaissance-style Penn Museum. The tiled canopy rests as lightly as a soap bubble on the walls of the rotunda, 90 feet above our heads, and the spare, unadorned walls make us feel as if we were entering an ancient sanctuary. When this section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opened on South Street in 1916, visitors marveled at the structure's gravity-defying grace and openness.
May 20, 2008 |
WALK INTO the Rotunda on any given night, and you might find the place thronged with 300 young hip-hop fans at the monthly Gathering, break-dancing up a sweat, trying out their mic skills, or writing graffiti on dedicated spaces; 20 music aficionados seated and listening intently to music from the fringe presented by Gate or Ars Nova Workshop; table after table laden with alternative culture for a Zine Fest or Punk Orck Flea Market; or a yoga class,...
October 8, 2004 |
Figurehead Productions, the people behind last year's Thrilladelphia Festival, are following up with the more ambitious Rock 'n' Roll Carnival. The kickoff at Turtle Studios includes Like Moving Insects and the Nite Lights (7 tonight, 225 Quarry St., 267-304-2779, free, www.figureheadproductions. com), followed by a big bash outside the Rotunda on Sunday with the Capitol Years, Joey Sweeney, Cordalene, Method + Result, Elevator Parade, the Perfectionists, This Radiant Boy, Dragon City, Pattern Is Movement and Alphabet City (2 p.m. Sunday, 4014 Walnut St., free, 215-573-3234, www.founda tionarts.
March 16, 2016 |
From the ballads sung by convicts in Australian penal colonies to "Folsom Prison Blues," song has been a means for incarcerated people to express their feelings about being locked up. Visual artist Erik Ruin and vocalist Gelsey Bell explore those thoughts and emotions in Prisoner's Song , which they'll perform at the Rotunda on Friday. The show, directed by Rick Burkhardt, uses Ruin's meticulously cut shadow puppets, which often resemble intricate woodcut images, and other projections to accompany a song cycle drawing on traditional folk ballads, poetry, archival sources, and audio interviews Ruin conducted with people who have spent time in prison.
January 23, 2003 |
Something's rotten at the Bucks County Courthouse. The roofs on the rotunda. So yesterday, the county commissioners approved two contracts totaling almost $500,000 to fix them. The rotunda is "leaking like a sieve," said Kathleen M. Dominick, chief operating officer for the county. Yesterday, Joseph Bush, county director of public works and county properties, told the biweekly commissioners' meeting that ceiling plaster below a leaking roof had fallen onto a corridor "two or three months ago. "Fortunately," he added, "no one was hurt.
August 6, 2011 |
Rudolf Alexandrov taught math classes at Chestnut Hill College twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. And on Wednesday, shortly before he jumped to his death, he sat in the rotunda of St. Joseph's Hall and collected his thoughts, as was his routine. "We were not aware that he was suffering any kind of emotional stress at all," said the college's director of communications, Kathleen Spigelmyer, who gave some insights Friday into what transpired around the time of Alexandrov's death.