Philly free jazz great Henry Grimes returns to town tomorrow to perform in Celebrating Cecil at the Painted Bride. The event recognizes the innovative work of jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor at the Painted Bride. Both musicians were at the forefront of ’60s avant-garde, re-constructing jazz alongside Pharaoh Sanders, Albert Ayler and Don Cherry.
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Of all the tortures, to put it lightly, of elevator-sharing (awkward eye contact, microscopic talk, the dreaded cougher), the music may be enemy number one. Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) understands the pain, and is flipping it on its head with a new exhibit, “Really Good Elevator Music.”
The project, headed by AAI artist-in-residence Yowei Shaw, turns an elevator into a pop-up installation, where office-goers and art lovers can change how they view passive time — the habitual commute becoming an experience. Collaborators on the project include Steven Dufala (formerly of Man Man) and a slew of other Philly artists. Their two-minute tracks are an experiment in found sound, field recordings and music, with the hope of promoting active listeners and an active community. Expect to hear heart-warming, thought-provoking and light-hearted pieces piped in through the PA, with tracks ranging from a recorded discussion with men to take shelter at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission to a soundbite of eighth graders rehearsing their Miley Cyrus-themed graduation video.
The project is running now through March 31st in the Wolf Building elevators, at 340 North 12th Street. Shaw will host a listening party on March 14th that features the music and video reactions from participants. That takes place at the Asian Arts Initiative, at 1219 Vine Street. For more information and to listen to some of the tracks, go here.
Pretty much everyone (thinkers, doers, makers, aspirers, inspirers, etc.) has something to gain from a TED talk. The international multimedia lecture and workshop series takes place in Philly on March 28, with an all-day series of lectures and performances by and with more than 20 prominent speakers in the local art and culture scene.
Complete speaker list below
It’s rather fitting that right after the glut of the Academy Awards, Philly DoGooder II offers an award show where what you’ve done trumps what you were. DoGooder celebrates all that is good — the people, the communities, the organizations — in Philadelphia via hands-on storytelling and community outreach. Each entrant was paired with a filmmaker to document its work over the year. Check out the video finalists here. Awards will be doled out at a ceremony on March 12th.
Videos after the jump
Philly’s not immediately thought of as a “twee” town. We’re (proudly) a cheesesteak-huffing, rival-team-slaying, bar-and-basement-dwelling people, but that’s only for us to say (see: Vice‘s much-maligned backhanded pat on our back and the corollary backlash). For years, Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) has been called a “cutesy” outlier in a punk town. Yet the diminutive is not/was not even close to Bleeding Rainbow’s ethos. In fact, Bleeding Rainbow is smack-dab in the middle of the Philly music scene, defining it and defying detractors’ assigned novelty status. Over their past three LPs and various other recordings (culminating in the just-released Interrupt), Bleeding Rainbow has shed that image (not to mention a name) and gained a new sound, new lineup, new groove.
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For the next three seasons, the Wilma Theater will offer its regular productions at a deeply discounted rate — $25 standard, $10 for students — in a bold initiative to broaden their audience. That’s some extra cash to spend on pre-theater dining, maybe a few extra pennies in the “new opera glasses” fund. More importantly, the theater hopes its WynTix initiative will create a more diverse and accessible theater, with an audience that reflects a greater portion of the Philadelphia populace.
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