Concert: Isasa / Magic Tuber String Band / Michael R. Bernstein
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Isasa / Magic Tuber String Band / Michael R. Bernstein

Wednesday August 21 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Is@s@ (born to Uruguayan parents in Spain) is a guitarist and composer based in Madrid. He has been an active member of the city’s underground music scene since the early 90’s. He has performed throughout Spain, Portugal and UK as a solo artist, as well as a member of the Spanish band A Room with a View (1997-2003). Strongly inspired by the American Primitive guitarists – John Fahey, Glenn Jones and Jack Rose – Is@s@ plays acoustic guitar and weissenborn in an organic, serene and meditative style. His music is a relaxed and unhurried experience for the listener. It projects a spiritual and twilight beauty.

Magic Tuber Stringband is an experimental old-time-related duo from Durham, NC comprised of Courtney Werner on fiddle and Evan Morgan on guitar and banjo. The duo forges links between the dialects of traditional tunes and freak-folk improvisations. MTSB will release their debut record Wayward Airs for Earthbound Vagrants in July 2019 on Houston-based label Blue Hole Recordings. The record swings back and forth across the boundaries between traditional and exploratory song forms, often within the space of a song.

Michael R. Bernstein is a Takoma Park, MD based sound organizer. Stints in Double Leopards, Religious Knives, and Abstract Human have prepared him for, well, not sure exactly. Expect synthesizers, samples, and beats.

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Concert: Nappy Nappa and Friends
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Concert: Nappy Nappa and Friends

Thursday August 22 * 5pm doors * $5 * TICKETS

AUTONOMOUS (Release Show) - Featuring performances by: Nappy Nappa, Adé Hakim, Drvddy & Chachi, Cal Rips, +Auto Lola+. DJ sets from: Pat Cain, Ty, Moses, Baby Spider. Visual Art: Izzy, Rhythm, Monte, Saint Golder. A word from Nappy Nappa: AUTONOMOUS es as a project & a performance ceremony th a reminder of creative freedom, self/divine guidance. Manifestation of sovereignty coexist’n harmoniously en divine order & balance to only be ruined by intrusive force of a selfish will. Thank you all truly for your contribution to this experience we are free to learn from as much as we need.

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Concert: Coven Tree / Tadzio / Elisa Faires / Red Rae
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Coven Tree / Tadzio / Elisa Faires / Red Rae

Friday August 23 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Coven Tree is an experimental chamber doom duo comprised of Hannah Burris (Teething Veils, Tadzio, Anna Connolly, Hana Racecar, School), on viola and electronics, and Alexia Kauffman (The Torches, E.D. Sedgwick, Teething Veils, Soft Complex), on cello, keyboard, and electronics.

Tadzio is an ensemble of Philadelphia/D.C. based musicians who share an interest in creating evocative sonic landscapes that blend warm acoustic tones (Voice, Piano, Synth, Viola, Bass) with electronic instrumentation with an uneasy lushness that recalls both the soaring verticality of a symphony hall and the distorted hum of a basement noise show.

Elisa Faires' early beginnings were rooted in choral singing, and in college she studied opera and classical music as well as electronic music. After studying at the University she spent three years dedicated to her study and singing in Opera and began to pursue a career. In fact, one of her teachers was the great Dr. Robert Moog. As a reaction to the her rigorous training in technique and repertoire, she began improvisation with others and started recording and performing her own experimental music. After having many auditions and classical concerts she decided the conventional Opera scene was not where she wanted to be. She went on to Bali Indonesia to study Classical Balinese gamelan and to experience the culture that surrounds the music. Since then she has performed and recorded with several different projects such as Paw of Zing, Imaginary Numbers, Xambuca, Hans Joachim Roedelius, Void Ensemble, and with Meg Mulhearn in their project Spectral Habitat.

Red Rae - Shadow Ballads are a collection of traditional ballads about death adapted by Rae Red to be sung along with shadow accompaniment. Using the simple technology of an overhead projector, Rae creates an eerie yet beautiful experience of storytelling and song.

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Puppet Lab
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Lab

Saturday August 24 * 10am-noon * $5-10 donation encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

Puppet Lab’s purpose is to be a hub for all those interested in puppet theater who would benefit from:
boosting creative power
honing puppet-manipulation skills
cross-pollinating ideas
receiving feedback about works in progress
building local puppet community
More hands!

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Workshop: Intro to DJing
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Intro to DJing

Saturday August 24 * 2-4pm * $20/sliding scale * RSVP

Welcome to an introductory lesson on how to DJ! We will touch on core principles, ranges of techniques, and a broad overview of a variety of setups to fit your style and budget.

A little about the workshop from Natalia from Haus of Jung: Within the heavily male-dominated DJ industry, it can be very intimidating to take the first step toward exploring what goes on behind the decks. My self-taught journey DJing electronic music provides me with an important perspective on the obstacles to overcome as a beginner. Learn simple techniques and tricks I wished somebody had handed to me, such as a broad understanding of equipment, how to hook things up, attention to EQ / waves / timing / and structure for flawless mixing, DJing versus producing, and general myths about DJing are some areas of focus that will be cleared up and simplified to allow for a stress-free entry into the subject. I will also get into how to get you started based on your budget and goals. And time-permitting, those who wish to try out some basic mixing will be able to do so.

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Concert: Know Wisdom / Pink Wench / Gilgore+Mattrey+No Land / Vernal Pools
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Know Wisdom / Pink Wench / Gilgore+Mattrey+No Land / Vernal Pools

Saturday August 24 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

*Know Wisdom (Baltimore):* "a melange of clever melodic hooks, a pulsating bass line,fuzzy guitar and 3rd chakra melting drums"

*PinkWench (Baltimore)* "chill sad tunes for yr chill sad soul"

*Gilgore/Mattrey/No Land*
Jarrett Gilgore is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator. He usually performs on saxophone. He plays shows actively in the U.S.A. and internationally in a wide variety of contexts. Projects in 2019 include duos with Anthony Pirog, Anna RG, and Baltimore poet, Anna K Crooks. He is a member of Heart of the Ghost with Luke Stewart and Ian McColm, Anthony Pirog's Body Puzzle,Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Jaimie Branch's Bombshelter. He has performed/recorded with a wide variety of amazing musicians including Tony Malaby, Susan Alcorn, Lonnie Holley, Laraaji, and bands as diverse as the Dan Deacon Ensemble, Anna & Elizabeth, Cass McCombs Band, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Rubblebucket. // Joanna Mattrey is a violist active in both the new music and free improvisation communities who's playing often incorporates textural gestures, preparations, and electronic alterations. She is searching for moments of ceremony and ritual in a modern soundscape. Mattrey has played with such luminaries as Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, Mary Halvorson, John Zorn, Erik Friedlander, Nick Dunston and others among New York City's Downtown scene. // No Land is an artist, poet, and photographer. She fled school to convene with the outrider poets, jazz musicians, hackers, and magicians of the lower east side artist community. Her photojournalistic work has been published by Levy Gorvy Gallery, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, The Indypendent,Bill Moyer’s Journal, and others. In 2018, she released Authentic Artifice, an art-book of poem and photographs published by Newest York. Her cinema-poem, “Crepuscular,” a collaboration with the poet Anne Waldman, premiered at The Poetry Project in 2018.

*Vernal Pools (D.C)* Erin Frisby, Maya Renfro and Kamyar Arsani (members of OSYX/Pagan Reagan/Time is Fire) are vernal pool that shaped in D.C and gave habitat to music standing right on the edge of joyful Americana and tear jerking Mashriq and Persian music.

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Concert: Pas Musique / Chester Hawkins / Geoff Wilt
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Pas Musique / Chester Hawkins / Geoff Wilt

Sunday August 25 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Pas Musique emerged from Brooklyn, New York in 1995 as a solo project of founder Robert L. Pepper and has since gone through many variations of experimental, electronic iterations. In 2019, Pas Musique remain as a four piece consisting of Jon V Worthley, Michael Durek, Jesse Fairbairn, and Robert Pepper, pursuing the musical elements of electronic, experimental music with krautrock undertones.

CHESTER HAWKINS (Silver Spring, MD): ex-Blue Sausage Infant, active since 1985. Electronic excursions into deep audio, improvising a dangerous balance between the bleak and the pastoral. This performance celebrates the release of COPS NEED SERIAL NUMBERS, a 4+ hour suite on limited-edition USB drives in customized art boxes.

Geoff Wilt is a musician living in Silver Spring, Maryland. His recent work has focused on hardware modular synthesizers and acoustic instruments to create music blending the compositional and improvisational.

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Concert: Samantha Riott / James Brandon Lewis Trio
Aug
26
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Samantha Riott / James Brandon Lewis Trio

Monday August 26 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Samantha Riott is an NYC-based performer, prominent as a vocalist, musician, spoken word artist and writer. Confrontational and provocative in her work, she straddles the line between seductive siren & nihilistic hysteric, embarking on personal & socio-political endeavors with no-holds-barred intensity.

James Brandon Lewis Trio (NY/DC - James Brandon Lewis-Tenor Saxophone, Luke Stewart-Bass and Warren Trae Crudup III-Drums). James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today's scene. Lewis has shared stages with Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. James Brandon Lewis Leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

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Concert: Gardener / Analog Tara / Aaron Leitko / Dura
Aug
28
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Gardener / Analog Tara / Aaron Leitko / Dura

Wednesday August 28 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Under the name Gardener, Richmond, VA-based Dash Lewis uses a modular synthesizer, effects pedals, and his own voice to create intricately layered, rhythmically complex slabs of trance-inducing psychedelia, weaving looped vocal passages into thick, textured drones. Deeply influenced by German kosmiche music of the 1970s, mid-career Beach Boys, and spiritual jazz, Lewis’s interest lies in the organic interplay between electronics and the human voice. With Gardener, he works to meld seemingly disparate elements into a single instrument.

Analog Tara (Tara Rodgers) has had a wide-ranging career as a multi-instrumentalist composer and music scholar over the last 20 years. She is the author of Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound (2010) and numerous essays on the history of sound and synthesizers. Her recent techno EP, Fundamentals (1432 R), has been called “warm and immersive” (Resident Advisor) and “bold in the precision and subtlety it takes to mix such signals with thrill and grace and restraint” (NPR Music). Her live performances combine analog sound sources into vibrant atmospheres.

Aaron Leitko is the co-founder of Washington, D.C. duo Protect-U, who have released records on Future Times, Planet Mu, 1432R. Solo, he performs using a modular synthesizer, improvising dense and percussive compositions meant to evoke the alien energy of electro and the occult of nature.

Dura is the ambient, low listening project of Mattson Ogg that blends natural guitar sounds, textures and other vibrations. The latest release 'Reverberation Hymns' meditates place as the world moves by. Out now via Garden Portal.

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Closing Event for DADA QUEER DADA featuring Scummy Breakfast
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Closing Event for DADA QUEER DADA featuring Scummy Breakfast

Friday August 30 * 6pm * $10 * TICKETS

Closing for DADA QUEER DADA featuring SCUMMY BREAKFAST - Celebrate queer sexuality, non-binary gender and the iconoclasm of Dada with DADA QUEER DADA! Enjoy art and absurdity with DC Dada Art Collective. Last day to see DADA QUEER DADA art exhibit. Committed to exploding the constricting boundaries of art and society in the spirit of Dada, DC Dada employs absurdity and now-classic Dada and Surreal art forms – like collage, experimental film, ready-mades, abstraction – to address and upend social issues and conventions and also - just to have a good ole weird time! DADA QUEER DADA‘s month-long exhibit closes with atmospheric roaming performance, films, visual/3D/multimedia art, a participatory cathartic Unhinging Ceremony, and just all the absurdity. Including! A performance from SCUMMY BREAKFAST....

SCUMMY BREAKFAST is an experimental improvised theater show performed by Ben Taylor and a special guest. For this show Ben will be joined by Neil Baron, a professional improviser since 2008, who performs regularly in the DC area as part of the teams Goodison and The Broken Bones. Scummy Breakfast promises a site-specific show of movement, humor, honesty, and magic.

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Workshop: Painting the Moment w/ Khalid Thompson
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: Painting the Moment w/ Khalid Thompson

Saturday August 31 * 3-430pm *$30 adults / $20 children * REGISTER

Painting the Moment is an abstract intuitive painting workshop facilitated by Khalid Thompson. The objective is to use color application and action painting to create abstract works of art filled with dynamism, depth, and individual expression. Artists such as Ed Clark, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock brought notoriety to the process of action painting, where an artist uses immediacy and broad gestural expressiveness in order to transmit pure emotion onto the canvas. This will be an opportunity for participants to engage in the intuitive process of direct expression with the medium, developing a visual language unique to their identity. This workshop will be about self expression, not about how well one can paint or draw. In addition to encouragement and feedback throughout the workshop, Khalid will help facilitate a post-creation discussion during which participants can talk about their experiences. Materials provided: Acrylic paint markers and drawing pad paper.

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Modular Meet-up
Aug
31
3:00 PM15:00

Modular Meet-up

Saturday August 31 * 3-6pm * $5 suggested for the use of the space * RSVP

This event is an attempt to create a regular monthly meeting for people interested in Modular synthesis and to foster growth in a diverse and fast growing community of like minded individuals.

This event is open to everyone. From the novice to the advanced. Come to learn, share ideas and meet your peers. Get involved! Let’s grow a community!

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Concert: Matthew Ryals / Resonant Space / Geoff Wilt
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Matthew Ryals / Resonant Space / Geoff Wilt

Saturday August 31 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Matthew Ryals is a solo artist whose sound is a coalescence of avant-pop songcraft, melodic techno, and electronic experimentalism. An expression of human and machine, his music “filters the emotion of the human experience through the cold circuitry of electronics,” Tiny Mix Tapes. In concert, Matthew navigates his patchwork of a highly customized eurorack modular synthesizer designed to perform, remake, and reimagine a set of songs each night. It’s a highly interactive performance with a clear correlation between motion and sound complimented by his vocals. It’s a fully hardware setup. No computers are used.

Resonant Space is the modular audio and video synthesis project of DC area-based artist Barry Schmetter. Schmetter is a sound, installation, and video artist, and field recordist, working with themes of human cognitive processes, memory, and sensory perception. His latest installation, Electromagnetic Fields, was exhibited in the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum.

Geoff Wilt is a musician living in Silver Spring, Maryland, who utilizes both compositional and improvisational elements, using synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and found sounds to create long form live pieces influenced by musique concrète, minimalism, and contemporary electronic music. He has recent releases on Zeromoon and Flag Day Recordings."

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Concert: Cinghiale (Ken Vandermark+Mars Williams) / Steve Marquette / Sarah Hughes
Sep
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Cinghiale (Ken Vandermark+Mars Williams) / Steve Marquette / Sarah Hughes

Monday September 2 * 8pm * $15 * TICKETS

CINGHIALE - Saxophonists Mars Williams and Ken Vandermark met in Chicago during the early 1990s and were part of a new wave of activity taking place in the city during that decade, one that involved the work of a diverse number of projects and musicians based around significant venues for adventurous music at the time, Hothouse and the Empty Bottle. As part of that activity, which included legendary improvised music groups the NRG Ensemble and Vandermark Five, Mars and Ken formed the duo Cinghiale, both composing for the group and building off the rapport that they had been developing through their various collaborations at that time. In February of 2019 they reconvened the project, composing a new book of material together and presenting it in Chicago and at the Instigation Festival in New Orleans. The music, solidly grounded in foundations built over decades, also projected into future possibilities, based on projects and developments in their individual work. The excitement over this potential quickly led to a decision to put Cinghiale on the road later in the year, working on the new material, composing some additional pieces, and recording the music at the end of that tour.

STEVE MARQUETTE is part of a contemporary evolution taking place on the Chicago music scene, one that is again cross-pollinating between categories and genres, combining improvisation with new and experimental music, underground rock, and noise. He belongs to the trio, The Few, which has been an instrumental part of the resurgence of individuality among younger players in the city. Steve's solo music builds off of that trio's activity and collaborations with many other artists, particularly musicians based in New Orleans. Using both acoustic and electric guitars, Marquette's solo music explores the intersections between free improvisation, folk traditions and the guitar as "sound box".

SARAH HUGHES is an alto saxophonist, composer, and music educator from Pasadena, Maryland. She is a free improviser who enjoys creating within and on top of many genre frameworks including jazz, swing, blues, folk pop, and rock.

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Concert: Simon Joyner / Amanda Glasser / Ryan's Country Cookout
Sep
3
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Simon Joyner / Amanda Glasser / Ryan's Country Cookout

Tuesday, September 3rd * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

SIMON JOYNER (Omaha, NE; Jagjaguwar) is a singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska. He's been flying under the radar since 1991, releasing music on various independent labels including: Team Love, Jagjaguwar, Sing Eunuchs!, Catsup Plate, One-Hour, Shrimper, Brinkman, Secretly Canadian, and Unread. He is also the co-founder of Grapefruit Records and an occasional producer of other people's albums.

AMANDA GLASSER

RYAN'S COUNTRY COOKOUT lowdown country tunes from ya' boy Ryan from Staffers, featuring a small crew of friends

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Microcinema: Join Me Now
Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Microcinema: Join Me Now

Thursday September 5 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Join Me Now is a collection of seven short video works by seven artists developed during the summer of 2018 throughout a seminar taught by Stephanie Barber in Ithaca, NY. The collection, while consisting of works by individual artists, is a product of active group engagement with the pieces and collaborative thought processes. The program was released on DVD, VHS, and online digital screening in June 2019 by Naan cül Press. Join Me Now includes works by Kelsey Sucena, Martha Ormiston, Justin Audet, Janet Solval, Jason Lipeles, Matt Baczewski, and Hugo Gallo. Naan cül Press is a small press based in Binghamton, NY, committed to the production and distribution of small scale innovative works in a variety of mediums, including book forms, analog and digital video, and recorded sound. We are concerned with issues of accessibility in art making and believe that art can be conceived and received by all. Several of the filmmakers will be present to answer questions.

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Concert: What Cheer? Brigade / Cool People
Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: What Cheer? Brigade / Cool People

FRIDAY SEPT 6TH | 8PM | ALL AGES | $10 | TICKETS

The What Cheer? Brigade is a 20-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA. We prove that great parties need no electricity. DC supergroup COOL PEOPLE start the show. Since 2005, the band has been as likely to appear at community benefits as at all-night parties, playing bars, clubs, streets, libraries, cemeteries, weddings, bus stops, and playgrounds. We’ve played with Blondie, Dan Deacon, Man Man, Japanther, Dengue Fever, Okkervil River, Lightning Bolt, Ninjasonik, Mika Miko, Wolf Parade, Matt and Kim, Slavic Soul Party, Javelin, Sage Francis, and Chain and the Gang. We’ve appeared at Lollapalooza, The Newport Folk Festival, Aarhus Festuge (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary), and Guca (Serbia), offering mobile moments of intense revelry. “Thrillingly competent, with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.” -The New York Times “They never actually took a stage, but Providence, RI’s What Cheer? dominated the Newport Folk Fest like a headliner.”
-SPIN

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Puppet Lab
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Lab

Saturday September 7 * 10am-noon * $5-10 donation encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

Puppet Lab’s purpose is to be a hub for all those interested in puppet theater who would benefit from:
boosting creative power
honing puppet-manipulation skills
cross-pollinating ideas
receiving feedback about works in progress
building local puppet community
More hands!

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Opening: Aaron Meier "Suburbia"
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Opening: Aaron Meier "Suburbia"

Saturday September 7 * 2-5pm * RSVP

Celebrate the opening of Aaron Meier’s solo exhibition “Suburbia” with a very suburban tradition: an afternoon BBQ.

Suburbia is an exhibition about a Latino diaspora that takes place in the suburbs of middle class America. The exhibition, which is my first solo show, will take place in a suburban home in the neighborhood I grew up in. Paintings and drawings will be displayed with the aim of critiquing the complex which exists for suburbanite Latin American families, who are in the process of assimilating into US culture. The complex that I am talking about involves class, race, gender roles, patriarchy, and labor. My artwork is also heavily influenced by self-taught artists and other artists who work from personal narratives. The origins of Suburbia comes from my own personal history and my family’s pursuit of American privilege.

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Benefit Concert for RAICES: Halpine / Pen Palindrome / Fiona Kohrman / Diamond Shoe Joe Kelly / Swoll / Tooth Choir
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Benefit Concert for RAICES: Halpine / Pen Palindrome / Fiona Kohrman / Diamond Shoe Joe Kelly / Swoll / Tooth Choir

Saturday September 7 * 7pm * $10-20 * TICKETS

An A/V Showcase and Fundraiser for RAICES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas.

feat. live performances by: Halpine - a 3-song suite and live debut; Pen Palindrome - Soothing pop; Diamond Shoe Joe Kelly; Fiona Kohrman - Acoustic Folk; & video premieres by: Tooth Choir - Electronic ambient constructions; Swoll - Dark pop; Weavings for sale by Araceli Chaira.

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Workshop: Houseplant Magic
Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Workshop: Houseplant Magic

Sunday September 8 * 3-5pm * Sliding Scale $15-35 * REGISTER

Cool weather is on the horizon, so it’s time to prepare to bring the green inside with us for the winter. Living with plants can bring incredible amounts of joy, pleasure and healing if we understand how to treat plants right. In this workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to keep plants healthy and happy in your home. You’ll pot up a new houseplant great for beginners to bring home with you, and we’ll walk through a ritual to take advantage of the healing properties of cohabiting with our plant friends. Miriam Zoila Pérez is a queer Latinx writer and bodyworker with a houseplant obsession. After keeping one resilient pothos alive for a few years, Pérez’s plant collection quickly expanded to over 60 plants in their one bedroom apartment. Through @houseplantparenthood on Instagram, Pérez has been sharing knowledge and busting myths about houseplant care, with an eye toward the therapeutic benefits of keeping plants in our homes. They are finishing a Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture from the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. A portion of proceeds will go to a Latinx-led organization working to address the human rights crisis at the border.

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Concert: Sihasin / Les Filles de Illighadad
Sep
9
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Sihasin / Les Filles de Illighadad

Monday September 9 * 730pm * $20 * TICKETS

Sihasin: Brother and sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation in Northern Arizona have created their own unique brand of music with bass and drums. They grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Their music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.

Les Filles de Illighadad are all from the village of the same name, a secluded commune in central Niger, far off in the scrubland deserts at the edge of the Sahara. The surrounding countryside supports hundreds of pastoral families, living with and among their herds, as their families have done for centuries. Fatou Seidi Ghali, lead vocalist and performer of Les Filles de Illighadad is one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger. Sneaking away with her older brother’s guitar, she taught herself to play. While Fatou’s role as the first female Tuareg guitarist is groundbreaking, it is just as interesting for her musical direction. In a place where gender norms have created two divergent musics, Fatou and Les Filles de Illighadad are reasserting the role of tende in Tuareg guitar. In lieu of the djembe or the drum kit, Les Filles de Illighadad incorporate the traditional drum and the pounding calabash, half buried in water. The forgotten inspiration of Tuareg guitar, they are reclaiming its importance in the genre and reclaiming the music of tende.

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Death Cafe
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Death Cafe

Tuesday September 10 * 6:30-8:30pm * Free (small donation for the space encouraged)

SPACE IS LIMITED AND AN RSVP IS REQUIRED: HERE.

At a death cafe, people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and have a group discussion about death. The aim is to “increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.” What's on your mind about death and dying? Coffee and desserts will be provided! This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Discussion hosted by Sarah, founder of Death Positive DC and local end-of-life doula

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Concert: Jason Kao Hwang's Critical Response
Sep
14
4:00 PM16:00

Concert: Jason Kao Hwang's Critical Response

Saturday September 14 * 4pm * $20 * TICKETS

Transparent Productions presents: Jason Hwang’s CRITICAL RESPONSE - Anders Nilsson on guitar / Michael T.A. Thompson on drums / Jason Kao Hwang on violin and viola

With Jason Kao Hwang’s Critical Response sounds of origin radically evolve through rhythm, melody and colors to affirm compassion within neo-technological consciousness. With the multiple FX processing of both violin and guitar within layers of polyrhythms, this power trio has symphonic scope. Critical Response has performed in the 2018 Vision Festival (with Douglas Dunn and Dancers), Howland Cultural Center, Arts for Art in the Parks, Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, and Bushwick Public Housing. "Jason Kao Hwang brought Critical Response to Bushwick Public House last night for a dynamic set of improvisations. The music was fully improvised, riveting throughout, and evolved impressively from beginning to end." -Cisco Bradley, Jazz Right Now

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Concert: Bisio Knuffke Lonberg-Holm
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Bisio Knuffke Lonberg-Holm

Sunday September 15 * 8pm * $20 * TICKETS

Transparent Productions presents: BISIO KNUFFKE LONBERG-HOLM - Michael Bisio on bass / Kirk Knuffke on cornet / Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello

"It is hard to find three more expressive musicians. Bisio being one of just a few bassists that can match the energy of Matthew Shipp. Lonberg-Holm's cello can be heard on over 300 recordings, with heavyweights such as Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, and Joe McPhee, and Knuffke maybe (no, is) the most expressive cornetist working today." -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

“This music shows the magic power of great improv to inspire and heal those who need it.” - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

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Workshop: Write Your Own Obituary
Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop: Write Your Own Obituary

Monday September 16 * 630-830 pm * $10 * Pre-registration is required. (Space is limited to 16 people.)

During the workshop, we will:
-Learn about the history of obits and the current state of obits
-Share and read fun, moving, or unique obits. If you want to bring an obit to share, please do!
-Write our own obits (I'll provides some guided writing exercises as well as time for free writing)
-Rewrite our obits (optional -- what do we wish they said?)
-Share our obits/rewritten obits and discuss how writing our own obit helps us reflect on our lives and our legacies and perhaps inspire us to reprioritize our lives in an effort to live more fully. Can we hold on to these obits for a year (or more) and revisit them as a way to see how we have changed? Sharing is always optional!

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Concert: Eli Winter / Yasmin Williams / Kevin Coleman
Sep
17
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Eli Winter / Yasmin Williams / Kevin Coleman

Tuesday September 17 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Eli Winter is a guitarist based in Chicago. He's toured extensively, wowing musicians and audiences alike on all manner of guitars, and he's played with Ryley Walker, Daniel Bachman, Jaime Fennelly, John Herndon, Rosali, Cameron Knowler, Tom Carter and Sam Wagster, among others. His first full-length record, The Time To Come, was released in May on Blue Hole Recordings, featuring rollicking 6-string jaunts, sweeping 12-string epics and a healthy serving of improvisation. "Every moment is earned, every note rings out with warmth and wonder. Beautiful stuff." -- Aquarium Drunkard

Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her music has been commonly described as refreshing, relaxing, and unique and has been called some of the most imaginative guitar music out today. She utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping in her music to great effect. "Williams's music transcends the standard idea of what a guitarist should do." - NPR Music

Kevin Coleman - Folk guitar fingerpicking in the American primitive tradition.

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Concert: Sheena, Anika & Augusta / Bartees Strange / The Goodbye Party
Sep
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Sheena, Anika & Augusta / Bartees Strange / The Goodbye Party

Wednesday, Sept. 18th | 8PM | $12 adv/$15 doors | TICKETS

Sheena, Anika and Augusta, a.k.a. Sheena Ozzella (Lemuria), Anika Pyle (Katie Ellen, Chumped), and Augusta Koch (Cayetana, Gladie), will release their debut EP Simple Pleasures on September 6 via Asian Man Records. Its lead single, “For Billy,” is a spellbinding a cappella that interlaces the trio's vocals in a penetrating, fluid beauty. The song is seemingly a reflection of the emotive path taken to reach the present moment.

Bartees Strange

The Goodbye Party

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Performances: Jen Kutler / Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group / Zizia
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Jen Kutler / Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group / Zizia

Saturday September 21 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Jen Kutler - NY Multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments.

Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group Nancy Havlik has directed and choreographed for the past 25 years. She formed Dance Performance Group as a non-profit in 1989 to explore her own choreographic ideas with a small group of dancers and musicians. Nancy has directed site work performances all over the Washington, DC area in places as varied as Dance Loft on 14, The Torpedo Factory, The National Portrait Gallery, VisArts / Rockville, Josephine Butler Parks Center and Anderson House. The Dance Performance Group has been part of Atlas Theater Intersections, Velocity DC Dance Festival, Sonic Circuits and at Dance Place as part of their 2017 – 2018 season.

Zizia (MA) composes and performs with environmental recordings, natural objects, and musical instruments. Zizia is Amber Wolfe and Jarrod Fowler. Wolfe composes scores from celestial maps corresponding to each concert. Fowler samples sounds from natural habitats surrounding each concert. Wolfe and Fowler harmonize cosmic and chthonic music to create site-specific performances.

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Concert: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: Music & Storytelling for Kids & Families
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: Music & Storytelling for Kids & Families

Wednesday September 25 * 7pm * Free/donations * RSVP

Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: Music & Storytelling for Kids & Families - Grammy award-winning clawhammer banjo player, Abigail Washburn, and guzheng (21-string Chinese zither) virtuoso, Wu Fei are collaborative sisters from far-flung countries. Performing together as an entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo, Wu Fei & Abigail weave together traditional Appalachian and Chinese songs, singing in both English and Mandarin. Wu Fei and Abigail Washburn have embarked on a journey of sharing their multi-cultural music with kids and families. During their interactive performance, Wu Fei and Abigail will share stories about finding harmony and friendship through music, as well as their unique cultures and instruments.

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Workshop: Living Funeral Ceremony
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop: Living Funeral Ceremony

Thursday September 26 * 630pm * $50 * REGISTER

A living funeral ceremony is an intense exercise in confronting mortality. While some of the focus is of course on death, the ceremony is ultimately about the life the participants are returning to after it is over. It is intended to spur serious reflection on priorities and bring whatever is truly important to the participant into clear view. The ceremony is a 2 to 3-hour long experience (dependent on number of participants) which focuses on turning towards one's own mortality. Participants are faced with their own memorial, are told to write their last words, and then are lead through a death visualization. It is a truly transformative journey, bringing a new outlook on life as a whole. The Living Funeral workshop is conducted by Emily Cross.

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Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Eyecillator
Sep
28
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop: DIY Electronics with Vaux Flores - The Eyecillator

Saturday September 28 * Noon-2pm * $40 * REGISTER

Reintroducing the Eyecillator, a small, yet surprisingly complex little light-sensitive noise maker from VF designed for weirdos, STEM evangelists, musicians and other folks who just aren't all that into the weekend sports routine. So here it is – a small, Tom Bugs inspired 4-oscillator, cascaded NAND opto-synth with controls over pitch and voltage sag, as well as the modern addition of a third control over the frequency of a misappropriated telephone chip that acts as a somewhat strange filter of sorts. When used properly, it can chirp along with the best of them, as well as do its utmost to sound like that motorized garbage can robot from that one space movie...but with a drug problem. Not to mention that for this build, there are no wires. There is no case. Just a cool little light controlled circuit, some components and the guarantee that you'll be able to spark at least two and half minutes of unbridled joy out of this thing before you have to pack up and get serious about the week ahead. All materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep this synth at the end of the workshop. Attendance will be limited to 10 and a small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in nabbing a box without having to solder it themselves.

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Concert: The Good Ones (Rwanda) / The Mauls / Time is Fire
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: The Good Ones (Rwanda) / The Mauls / Time is Fire

Saturday September 28 * 8pm * $10-20 * TICKETS

This concert is part of the annual Multiflora Productions music series Flash of the Spirit featuring a diverse showcase of music with Time Is Fire, The Mauls, and The Good Ones from Rwanda. The Good Ones are a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs— often written in the dialect of their rural district which has for centuries been known as the region for producing poets for the Kings. Primary songwriter Adrien Kazigira interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer, Janvier Havugimana. In a style often referred to as “worker songs from the streets," these simple, direct and plaintive love songs speak more to the healing power of peace than a thousand academic treatises or preachy goodwill ambassadors ever could. Starting in 1978, the band members were taught music by Janvier’s brother who was blind and perished in the 1994 genocide. They formed the group as a healing process after the genocide and the original trio’s membership reunited Rwanda’s three tribes (with one member each historically from the Tutsi, Hutu, and Abatwa tribes). Since they live without electricity and have had almost no access to devices to reproduce musical recordings, their vocalizations are based on the singing traditions of their local immediate, rural district (which has historically been for centuries the region known for producing the poets for the Kings) rather than by outside influences. They utilize one-of-a-kind instruments in their music, often incorporating their farming tools as percussion. 2019 year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide.

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DIY Electronics Workshop with Vaux Flores: The DOSwave
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

DIY Electronics Workshop with Vaux Flores: The DOSwave

Saturday November 9 * Noon-4pm * $100 * REGISTER

Introducing the DOSwave – a pedal so new and potentially extreme that we haven’t even figured out the artwork to best reflect its character, leaving me no choice but to epoxy random items to the box for everyone's pleasure and amusement. On paper, it was designed to be a spiritual successor of sorts to two previous VF boxes – the 23, which as a funky, feedback-laden octave up ordeal and the MossWave, which was an attempt to harness the wackiness of digital logic chips on the most analog way possible. It is in short, pretty zesty. But again, what’s it do? It’s a lo-fi, high-gain, modulation effect that is able to provide pseudo tremolo chirps, metallic ring tones and high-frequency squeals all with the turn of a knob. Even better, the gain stage is voiced in such a way that goes from a subtle sizzle to full-on howling insanity for that part of your anthemic breakdown where all goes crazy right before the bridge. Because we all need that. Even better, it does all this courtesy of a digital inverter chip and another chip that was originally intended to be a telephone ringer. Is it transparent? Nope. Does it let your tone blossom and shine through? Oh hells no. Is it a clone of some random circuit used by one of those legendary rock gods we’ve all been raised to admire? If it is, it wasn’t on this planet. What it is, however, is a whole boatload of fun and even better, the only current way you can obtain one is by building it yourself under our kind guidance.

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Performances: Christine Ferrera's Cats, Criminals & Comedians / George Cory Todd / Moth Broth
Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Christine Ferrera's Cats, Criminals & Comedians / George Cory Todd / Moth Broth

Tuesday August 20 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Cats, Criminals & Comedians: The Untold Herstory of Feminist Performance Art is a one-hour theatrical experience that tells a never-before-heard tale of the radical women (and one man) who remained resilient in the face of an unsympathetic and patriarchal art world. The granddaughter of Sicilian immigrants who ran Cave of the Winds, the legendary Chicago supper club that hosted touring vaudeville acts, Christine Ferrera creates work in performance, video and painting that explores the intersection of art and comedy. Occupying a unique place in the span of feminist art, her intimate stories begin with a familiar experience and gradually veer into liminal and unpredictable terrain, revealing their emotional core.​ Christine Ferrera's work has appeared on NPR’s The Story, WYPR’s The Signal and the podcast You/Me/Them/Everybody. She was a featured solo performer in the 2014 Amsterdam Fringe Festival, a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award recipient and a 2007 Resident Artist at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi. She has performed at galleries, museums, hotel conference rooms and crawl spaces, internationally. She lives and works and eats and prays and loves in Baltimore, USA.

George Cory Todd is a musician and sound artist based in Berkeley, California, releasing his debut Icon on February 26th, 2019 via Atlantic Rhythms. Icon, like its creator, ekes out a space for emotion, creativity and privacy, introspection not found easily in a loud world. It’s ambient work, tinged and interrupted by dense texture, a bridge between the mental and the physical world, between states of thinking and being.

Moth Broth is the psychedelic witchpop collaboration of Greg Hatem (Natural Velvet) and Jake Bee (Dreambaby). During their two year hiatus from performing, the duo continued to write music across time zones for their upcoming album, I, a Flying Crab. Through haunting harmonies and surreal experiments in pop composition, Moth Broth explores myth, sexuality, ritual, and animal behavior.

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Soviet Diaspora Poetry with the Cheburashka Collective
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Soviet Diaspora Poetry with the Cheburashka Collective

Saturday August 17 * 7 pm * $10 * TICKETS

A night of poetry, incantation, and community. This event brings together members of the Cheburashka Collective, a growing group of women and nonbinary writers from the Soviet diaspora. Though scattered across the globe and the U.S., many members of the Soviet diaspora share a love for Cheburashka, a Russian cartoon character who represents both outsiderness and friendship, strangeness and cuteness. As immigrants, émigrés, and refugees, Collective members experience the dual pull of nostalgia and alienation, and their work offers an important counterpoint to expectations of assimilation. These writers will gather in Washington, D.C., home to a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multilingual refugee community, to share poems and dialogue. Join us. READERS: Marina Blitshteyn / Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach / Gala Mukomolova / Alina Pleskova / Tanya Paperny

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Theater: Area Woman presents "Ephemeral Fatale"
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Theater: Area Woman presents "Ephemeral Fatale"

Satrurday August 17 * 3pm * $20 * TICKETS

Ephemeral Fatale starts with an exit and ends with an arrival. Multidisciplinary performance collective Area Woman sifts through space, time, and expectations with their signature brand of trust-building meta-moments. Through meticulous movement, sonic worldbuilding, and murder mystery, they invite you to peek in from the outside, or come in for a drink. There are only 24 tickets available per show.

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Theater: Area Woman presents "Ephemeral Fatale"
Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

Theater: Area Woman presents "Ephemeral Fatale"

Friday August 16 * 730pm * $20 * TICKETS

Ephemeral Fatale starts with an exit and ends with an arrival. Multidisciplinary performance collective Area Woman sifts through space, time, and expectations with their signature brand of trust-building meta-moments. Through meticulous movement, sonic worldbuilding, and murder mystery, they invite you to peek in from the outside, or come in for a drink. There are only 24 tickets available per show.

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Concert: Lightmare / Strange Froots / Black Folks Don't Swim?
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Lightmare / Strange Froots / Black Folks Don't Swim?

Thursday August 15 * 7pm doors 8pm music * $10 * TICKETS

Lightmare (DC) A six-person soulpunk arrangement from Washington, DC making songs about love, death, and revolution, in any order and definitely overlapping. Smooth and sharp, warm and galvanizing, punchy, political and personal.

Strange Froots (MTL) Strange Froots is an "alternative chill-soul" trio formed in 2014 at NoBad Sound Studio, a music centre for youths in Montreal, QC. As the first all-fem initiative from the studio, the group is made up of Montreal natives Naïka Champaïgne and SageS, and DMV native Mags. Strange Froots are making their way to the forefront of MTL's #BlackFemmeMagic movement.

Black Folks Don't Swim? (DC) Black Folks Don't Swim? is a world based movement of musicians, songwriters, composers, and activists generating comfortable spaces for all to come together and feel uplifted through music.

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Dada Collage Workshop: Absurd the Night!
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Dada Collage Workshop: Absurd the Night!

Wednesday August 14 * 6-9pm * $donations encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

Collage workshop: Absurd the night! Join us after sunset as we make posters stickers collages and anything else that can be used to spread the word of DADA. Hands on poster and sticker making, including wheat-pasting. Supplies provided but please bring anything you want to share! And if you are truly dangerously absurd join us later as we distribute what we've made….

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Concert: Wendy Eisenberg+Shane Parish / Memory Dregs / Anthony Pirog+Jarrett Gilgore
Aug
13
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Wendy Eisenberg+Shane Parish / Memory Dregs / Anthony Pirog+Jarrett Gilgore

Tuesday August 13 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

WENDY EISEENBERG and SHANE PARISH are two sides of the same wishbone. Both inventive, spiny guitarists with deep roots in all genres, both veterans of critically acclaimed experimental rock bands, both published in Arcana VIII: Musicians on Music, edited by John Zorn (2017). They only just met in March 2018, while Wendy was on tour in Asheville. Hours after meeting, they recorded Nervous Systems (Verses Records 2019), a collection of radical standard-tuning guitar improvisations that explode the capacity of the instrument to accommodate fingers, pushing harmolodic boundaries, and displaying an uncanny psychic interplay that seems to evidence the fatefulness of this encounter. The music is confrontational and fluid, unapologetic and sensitive, contemporary, classical, polyrhythmic, folky, jazzy, shreddy, and punk as fuck. How fortuitous!

MEMORY DREGS The trio of Alexander Adams, Alexander Maerbach, & Rush Falknor. A tripped-out guitar/drums/alto sax ruckus that scrapes the nerves itching to twitch. Battery work pummels us along with scraping guitar razorsharp gashes as fully automatic saxophone rips through - the pitch-shifts and the breath spirals into the void; atmospheric, consuming, suffocating. Psychedelic Fire Music.

ANTHONY PIROG is making his mark on the guitar playing universe, one sonically enthralling, diversely influenced project after another. From his work on Janel and Anthony's “Where is Home," described in Guitar Player Magazine as “approachable experimentalism," to what AllMusic described as “pristinely executed rock guitar solos" with Skysaw, Anthony displays a “crystalline tone that’s immediately recognizable as his own" in his ever-evolving conception of how a guitar can sound. Seemingly able to master any convention he chooses to adopt and more than capable of developing and adapting his own, Anthony Pirog challenges our preconceived notions about genre and guitar sound. JARRETT GILGORE (b. 1992) is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and educator currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland. He primarily plays saxophone. He performs actively in the U.S.A. and internationally in a wide variety of contexts. New projects in 2017 include duos with Anthony Pirog, Anna RG, and Baltimore poet, Anna K Crooks, and a new trio with Zach Rowden and Ian McColm. He is a member of Heart of the Ghost with Luke Stewart and Ian McColm, Triage, Anthony Pirog's Body Puzzle, Xenga. Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Chris Pumphrey Sextet, Jaimie Branch's Bombshelter.

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Concert: Evan Miller / Our Signatures Blew Up In Space / Echolalia
Aug
12
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Evan Miller / Our Signatures Blew Up In Space / Echolalia

Monday August 12 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Evan Miller is a percussionist/improviser based in Dayton, OH. He uses percussion, tapes, and objects to make music based in drone, process, and memory. Recent performance venues include Rhizome (DC), Outpost 186 (Boston), and The Spot (Lafayette). He also performs in the improvisation/chamber duo Neutrals.

OUR SIGNATURES BLEW UP IN SPACE Launched on 15 October 1997, the CASSINI Saturn orbiter was active in space for nearly 20 years, with 13 years spent orbiting Saturn and studying the planet and its system after entering orbit on 01 July 2004. A DVD disk placed onboard the spacecraft contained the signatures of more than a half million well-wishers from 81 nations. These signatures of 616,420 people were recorded onto disk, then strategically tucked into the side of the Cassini spacecraft. The mission ended on 15 September 2017, when Cassini's trajectory took it into Saturn's upper atmosphere and it burned up in order to prevent any risk of contaminating Saturn's moons, which might have offered habitable environments to stowaway terrestrial microbes on the spacecraft…. For the Rhizome performance, OUR SIGNATURES BLEW UP IN SPACE will be JS Adams (turntable/prepared vinyl/electronics), Mei Mei Chang (visuals), RA Martini (bass), and Christopher O. Mathews (guitar). Source material: Beau Finley. Additional performers TBD.

Echolalia (Falls Church, VA) is the experimental outfit of DMV staple Amber Leigh Dunleavy. Through the use of theremin and a rotating cast of sonic objects, Dunleavy creates somnambulant territories and textures that lead listeners from the ears to the ether.

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Capital Bop's DC Jazz Loft featuring Aaron Martin and Lionel Lyles
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Capital Bop's DC Jazz Loft featuring Aaron Martin and Lionel Lyles

Sunday August 11 * 7pm * $10 * TICKETS

Aaron Martin is a veteran musician of inestimable originality, and he maintains a supreme focus on the facets of his own personal sound. Martin was named D.C.’s “Best Overlooked Jazz Veteran” by the Washington City Paper in 2014, but he’s also a living legend to some. Acoustic free jazz has about a 55-year history now; its mission is stretched between the liberation of melody from structure, and the liberation of narrative from melody. Some of the avant-garde’s saxophone icons—most famously, Charles Gayle and Peter Brötzmann—question whether notes are even needed, or helpful, in telling a story. Can other utterances do something more? Martin is connected to those players by artistic lineage and temperament, but he’s a melody player. His phrases leap octaves, linger on notes that feel both sour and colossal, maintain stern convictions. He often bundles his notes in tight clusters, like the wires of a tiny explosive device. At the core of his work is a deep personal lexicon, and from time to time you’ll hear him repeat phrases, patterns or scales; these may become a listener’s favorite parts of [his album], a familiar face in the storm.

As far as D.C. jazz is concerned, Lionel Lyles might be the hardest-working man in show business. At the very least, he’s hustling: His hearty, clean sound on a host of different horns has become familiar at venues across town, though by no means an unwelcome one. Lyles has been tougher to find recently, though, working on his latest session with his quintet, a process that culminated with the release of a new album, Simplistically Complex, earlier this year. Hot off that release, Lyles has been throwing himself back into gigging. Come hear brand-new ideas from the respected composer and improviser at the loft. And before Sunday, you can stream Simplistically Complex on all major platforms. The album is a hard-hitting and jubilant post-bop trip from protest to reverence, pairing well-worn styles (that fans of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Cederal Walton will dig for sure) with of-the-moment spoken-word pieces on the state of the country. Two titles are “Alternative Facts” and “Global Warming.” He’s not pulling punches.

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Concert: Powers/Rolin Duo / Allison Clendaniel + Lisa Perry / Mamet/O'Connor/Sandel
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Powers/Rolin Duo / Allison Clendaniel + Lisa Perry / Mamet/O'Connor/Sandel

Thursday August 8 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

POWERS/ROLIN DUO are an improvisational folk drone group based in Columbus, OH. Jen Powers is a former member of Autophonia, whose Scioto Records cassette release "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" was featured by Marc Masters in his Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp article in April of 2019. Matthew J. Rolin has made a name for himself in the guitar soli community over the past three years; his third solo album is set for vinyl and digital release by Feeding Tube Records by the end of 2019. In this project, Jen plays a lightly effected hammered dulcimer and Matthew plays an acoustic 12-string guitar. Together, they create hypnotic tapestries of sound that are both meditative and emotionally dynamic. They have shared bills with Luke Stewart, Amps for Christ, Itasca, Elkhorn, Charalambides, David Nance Group, Mountain Movers, Anthony Pasquarosa, and many more, and have collaborated with Wolf Eyes, Aaron Dilloway, and others.

ALLISON CLENDANIEL is an interdisciplinary artist and organizer in Baltimore, MD. Her work encompasses sound, classical & extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, technology, and theatre. A versatile performer and improviser, Allison has composed and played music for voice, synthesizer, piano, computer, cello, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her artistic attention at the intersectionality between technology and acoustic instruments. She has studied voice and movement with legendary performer and composer, Meredith Monk at the House Foundation. LISA PERRY is a soprano, pianist, and contemporary chamber music specialist hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a founding member of the Pique Collective (Baltimore) and REXDuo (Brooklyn), a contemporary voice duo with fellow soprano Danielle Buonaiuto. She is also a core member of Mind on Fire (Baltimore). Recent fellowships include Bang on a Can “Banglewood;” Opera from Scratch; SongFest as the first-ever New Music Fellow; and Thompson Street Opera. Clendaniel and Perry are performing "Polite Conversation," by Allison Clendaniel, as well as a couple of Recitations by Aperghis.

MAMET/O'CONNOR/SANDEL - DC-based improvising trio comprised of Abe Mamet (horn), Daniel O’Connor (percussion), and Jamie Sandel (violin).

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Concert: Cheer-Accident
Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Cheer-Accident

Wednesday August 7 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness with their already-loyal audience. Presenting itself in various configurations, the band’s core personnel is frequently augmented by some of Chicago’s finest musicians. Their body of work is unparalleled in its ambition and originality, and their two latest releases, “Fear Draws Misfortune” and “No Ifs, Ands or Dogs” (both on Cuneiform Records), demonstrate how the band continues to improve with each passing year. 2 sets, no opener.

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Concert: Off the Beaten Path Composers' Collective
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Off the Beaten Path Composers' Collective

Tues. August 6, 2019 * 7:30pm * $10 * TICKETS

Olivia Weise, Tim Bedford, Michael Gancz, Víctor Arce and Lewis Krauthamer present newly composed works for Trombone, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Trickeyboard, Percussion and Electronics. Join us as we perform and discuss explorations into microtonality, theatricality, spectralism, graphic notation, political activism, indeterminacy and miscellaneous. This performance is the culmination of an 8-week long collaborative summer composition workshop.

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Performances: 8 Short Plays / Crabs in a Basket
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: 8 Short Plays / Crabs in a Basket

Sunday August 4 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Theresa Columbus is collaborating with Sarah Jacklin to produce and direct "8 Short Plays." The central conceit of the piece is that the audience is watching a surreal vaudevillian variety show: as varied as performance art to classic song n' dance numbers, or avant-garde theater to Sunday morning comics. Often poetry in dialogue, the plot is held together with a wild emotional logic. The ensemble brings to life passionate stories in which characters explore their relationships to art, their peers, and themselves. The curtain opens on eight distinct acts; but when the curtain closes, the play continues, fleshing out the inner-lives of the performers as they fumble towards intimacy and wonder. In the process, traditional forms are celebrated, taken apart, and reinvented.

Crabs in a Basket - Orlando Johnson and Peter Redgrave are movement artists exploring how history lives in the body. Using scores to guide improvised movement and sound, they create experiences for audiences in settings ranging from lofts to parks to theaters.

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Cabaret/Opening: DADA QUEER DADA!
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Cabaret/Opening: DADA QUEER DADA!

Saturday August 3 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Celebrate queer sexuality, non-binary gender and the iconoclasm of Dada with DADA QUEER DADA! – a cabaret and art exhibit presented by DC Dada Art Collective. Committed to exploding the constricting boundaries of art and society in the spirit of Dada, DC Dada employs absurdity and now-classic Dada and Surreal art forms – like collage, experimental film, ready-mades, abstraction – to address and upend social issues and conventions and also - just to have a good ole weird time! DADA QUEER DADA‘s month-long exhibit opens on August 3rd with an evening cabaret featuring staged burlesque, drag, live music and nonsense poetry as well as durational performance art, roving performers, experimental films and live electronic music throughout the evening. We encourage Cabaret-goers to wear art/costumes and interact with the artists when appropriate so that our evening is a collective creation of all involved – artists and audience together. Everyone can DADA!! Exhibit runs through August 31. Proceeds will go towards supporting local LGBT+ artists.

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Concert: Secret Wilderness / Sacramence / Profit Prison / Vacuole Eyes
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

Concert: Secret Wilderness / Sacramence / Profit Prison / Vacuole Eyes

Saturday August 3 * 2pm * $10 * TICKETS

Profit Prison (Avant Records/Hospital Productions) is the solo work of Seattle-based Parker Lautenschlager, previously in the hardcore band Marrow, power electronics act Anteinferno, and black metal cult Bhereg. Profit Prison explores lyrical themes of isolation, estrangement, deprivation and paranoia against an aural backdrop of synthpop, post-punk and abstract industrial music.

Sacramence (Knife Vision / Phage Tapes) Richly layered and dense, Sacramence expands on the templates set by the early industrial pioneers of the first wave of the 1970s and 80s. You can hear alternating traces of Throbbing Gristle at their most dreamy and harrowing, while Front 242-esque rhythms coil in and out.

Secret Wilderness Jake Reid (Screen Vinyl Image, Alcian Blue, Ice Station Mastering) has put together a new project of art and music that continues his exploration of psychedelic electronic music with influences ranging from 90’s UK Ambient to early Detroit Techno. He'll be playing new material off of the split tape coming out with Blacklit. There will be lots of electro beats and delayed synths.

Vacuole Eyes Sam of the noise project Lazuli brings a solo set to Rhizome. Expect spacey layers of synths and reverb used with reckless abandon.

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Puppet Lab
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Puppet Lab

Saturday August 3 * 10am-noon * $5-10 donation encouraged for the use of the space * RSVP

Puppet Lab’s purpose is to be a hub for all those interested in puppet theater who would benefit from:
boosting creative power
honing puppet-manipulation skills
cross-pollinating ideas
receiving feedback about works in progress
building local puppet community
More hands!

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Concert: Rootless / Jagtime Millionaire / Jon Camp
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Rootless / Jagtime Millionaire / Jon Camp

Friday August 2 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Rootless is New York-based musician Jeremy Hurewitz. Described as “revelatory, immersive music,” by critic Nigel Spencer, Rootless combines solo-acoustic guitar with electronics to create expansive sonic landscapes. His fifth album, "Live at Rhizome," was released in February by Hypnic Jerk out of Melbourne, Australia. Previous releases have been on Aural Canyon, Cabin Floor Esoterica, Experimedia and Otherwordly Mystics. Collaborators have included Mark Mcguire, Brendan Anderegg, Ben Vida, Kevin Shea, Daniel Carter, Mukqs and Steven Hauschildt. Rootless radio play has included WFMU's "Avant Ghetto" show and Dublab's "Contact Wave."

Jagtime Millionaire is Raymond Morin, a Connecticut-born guitarist, luthier and songwriter. Currently living and working in Pittsburgh PA, Morin developed his guitar playing through a deep appreciation of British and American fingerpicking folk styles. He is a member of the long-running Pittsburgh guitar duo Pairdown, and also the co-founder of Pleinview Guitars, a line of made-to-order custom steel-string guitars. In the last couple of years, Morin has immersed himself in the music of Scott Joplin and set about learning some of the all-time classic rags, assisted greatly by the meticulous arrangements of legends like Ton Van Bergeyk, David Laibman, Stefan Grossman, and more. Using his jumbo Kevin Kopp acoustic guitar and his thumb pick, Morin presents this material with dynamics and humor, truly breathing new life into these timeless compositions.

Jon Camp is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from the DC region. On "Headwinds & Tailwinds," Jon builds off the structure of American Primitive Guitar and applies it to an electric full-band setting, encompassing psychedelia, country, drone, and more. For this show at Rhizome, Jon will be playing with long-time collaborator Nick Arrivo on bass, Jamie Linder (Crooks & Crows) on pedal steel and keys, and Dave Jones (The Caribbean) on guitar and electric piano.

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Microcinema: Rat Film
Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

Microcinema: Rat Film

Thursday August 1 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them--to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem." “It's one of the most extraordinary, visionary inspirations in the recent cinema.” -Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Zzzome Garden: closing for Tatev's Say Less installation
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Zzzome Garden: closing for Tatev's Say Less installation

Wednesday July 31 * 7pm * $donation * RSVP

Join an open COMMUNITY of humans at the Zzzome to create, talk, and be in the magical adobe together! Tatev will close her exhibition Say Less and celebrate the inspiring people she wants to some day plant in her GARDEN! Mel will sing traditional Armenian songs of Sayat Nova and Komitas with screening of clips from Color of POMEGRANATE! Joy will talk about issues of WOMEN's health and stories she encountered around the globe! Sam will use a vintage sine wave generator in combination with modern oscillators to create a raga like DRONE meditation piece! Nenet will perform her songs in the shape of FREE form storytelling! Andrew will be fishing for improvised melodic FEELINGS via a minimal collection of synths and effects! Angela will tell you out-worldly stories through graceful MOVEMENT! Ben will intro horizon images from distant planets, untouched in/by TIME and Tatev will show a short animation she made about this! Spencer will bring some FRUIT, Mel will bring some lavash, Tatev will bring home made apricot vodka, you will bring your beautiful multi-layered presences <3 There will be SPACE for EXPRESSION in many shapes and forms! Come one, come ALL to supercharge with rhizomatic thoughts!

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A/V Performances+Screenings: Alexander Dupuis / Tune in Light / Paloma Kop / Patrick Cain / Brian Murphy
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

A/V Performances+Screenings: Alexander Dupuis / Tune in Light / Paloma Kop / Patrick Cain / Brian Murphy

Monday July 29 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Alexander Dupuis is a Providence-based artist working with generative light and sound systems. He performs as a guitarist in the Happy Valley Band and the Verdant Vibes new music collective. "In Robert Ashley’s The Wolfman the lounge lizard becomes wolf, linking the uncontrollable erotic violence of werewolves with audio feedback. Me and Mr. Wolfman maintains the persona of a wolfman crooner, but looks rather towards connections between psychedelic audiovisual feedback and the out-of-body journeys of Scandinavian shapeshifters. Processed camera and microphone feedback loops are used to merge horror tropes, astral projection [mapping] and altered spacetimes into a kind of lounge lycanthropy."

Tune in Light - Jimmy and Jeremy present an exploration into audio and visuals as a form of intuitive communication. Jimmy Keith uses video mixers, screens, cameras, and computer processing to create generative video art. Jeremy Ray uses guitar, digital sampler, and other various objects along with looping techniques to express the bodily felt-sense.

The evening will also feature a screening featuring works by Paloma Kop, Patrick Cain and Brian Murphy.

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Art Party 2
Jul
28
4:00 PM16:00

Art Party 2

Sunday July 28 * 4-10pm * RSVP

What is an Art Party? It’s where people of every discipline, experience level, and genre come together and create spontaneous art. How? Participants will throw their names into a bag and we will use chance operations to determine ensemble size, make-up, and length of performance. What will these ensembles do? Perhaps there is a passage in a book you would like to read aloud with violin accompaniment.... Or maybe you want to play the saxophone to the movements of a dancer.... Maybe you are a painter who wants to spontaneously create with another painter to ambient electronic music. Everyone is welcome and who knows who you might meet or what you may end up creating! Hobbyists are encouraged to participate, along with seasoned improvisers (if you are free). No judgement and all fun here :). This event will be facilitated by Sarah Hughes who, incidentally, has her art available upstairs for sliding scale donations. She is hoping to give away all of these works, so stop by and see if you’d like to adopt a piece.

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Concert: Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo / Yeni Nostalji / Time is Fire
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo / Yeni Nostalji / Time is Fire

Saturday July 27 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Kid Millions/Jim Sauter Duo - Kid Millions a.k.a. John Colpitts, perhaps better known as the drummer for Oneida, has also recorded and released several drums-only records under the name Man Forever. He and older/wiser fire-spitting saxist Jim Sauter are also members of the rockist band Scarcity Of Tanks. Here they appear in duo, with no over-arching structures to contend with, and let fly. Sauter plays his sax amplified, with effects, and thus can often come on somewhat like a guitarist, though there's no mistaking his sound. If you've heard Borbetomagus or his work with Blue Humans, you'll recognize it immediately. Millions' drumming is indeed energetic, a non-stop series of press rolls and low end rumble, which occasionally sticks out when Sauter pauses for breath. When they're both going full-bore, their sounds seem to blend together into a smeared, feedback-laden mass.

Yeni Nostalji is a band based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The group writes original music sung in Turkish by bandleader and founder Christina Marie. They are currently signed to Ropeadope Records, and released their debut album in May of 2018 which features members of the Richmond Symphony, Bio Ritmo, and NO BS! Brass. Yeni Nostalji has shared the stage with acts such as Mdou Moctar, Banda Magda, Yonatan Gat, B.C.U.C., and Miramar. The performing band features Christina Marie (composition, lyrics, vocals), Gary Kalar (guitar, arrangements) and Turkish rhythm section Ayça Kartari (bass) and Emre Kartari (drums). The band takes cues from a wide-range of vintage and contemporary influences, including the soundscape of Turkish, European, and American pop radio from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

Time Is Fire is a band that could only come out of Washington DC. Rooted in DC's post-punk scene but reaching out to embrace rhythms from across the world, the group summons a kaleidoscopic sound that knows no borders-- a sonic blast of radio distortion from a country that doesn't exist.

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Workshop: Painting the Moment w/ Khalid Thompson
Jul
27
3:00 PM15:00

Workshop: Painting the Moment w/ Khalid Thompson

Saturday July 27 * 3-430pm *$30 adults / $20 children * REGISTER

Painting the Moment is an abstract intuitive painting workshop facilitated by Khalid Thompson. The objective is to use color application and action painting to create abstract works of art filled with dynamism, depth, and individual expression. Artists such as Ed Clark, Joan Mitchell, and Jackson Pollock brought notoriety to the process of action painting, where an artist uses immediacy and broad gestural expressiveness in order to transmit pure emotion onto the canvas. This will be an opportunity for participants to engage in the intuitive process of direct expression with the medium, developing a visual language unique to their identity. This workshop will be about self expression, not about how well one can paint or draw. In addition to encouragement and feedback throughout the workshop, Khalid will help facilitate a post-creation discussion during which participants can talk about their experiences. Materials provided: Acrylic paint markers and drawing pad paper.

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Workshop: Soul Art Body Mapping
Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Soul Art Body Mapping

Saturday July 27 * 11am-2pm * $50 * REGISTER

Soul Art is an explorational and transformational journey using artistic expression and creativity – that requires absolutely NO prior artistic ability at all. Soul Art Body Mapping is a 5 step process that begins with setting an Intention and ends with a creating a unique Spirit Action which helps you illuminate and embody a deeper connection to your own wisdom and propels you into the next phase of who you are here to BE. In this guided process we tap into our innate wisdom to receive insight, transform the blocks and barriers that prevent us from fully becoming who we are and to support us in living our best life now. If you have something you would like focus and clarity on (whether it is personal, professional or anything in between) and you can hold a crayon or glue stick, you’re ready to sign up. Workshop participants will receive a short introductory email upon signing up, containing suggestions on how to enhance the experience and your workshop guide’s contact details in case there are lingering questions.

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Performances: Consent Forms / Andrew Smiley / Peter Redgrave / Nenet
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Performances: Consent Forms / Andrew Smiley / Peter Redgrave / Nenet

Friday July 26 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Consent Forms: movement-based performance art by Madona LeBlanc, Gabbie Mganga, Audrey Arya, and friends.

Andrew Smiley is a guitar player based out of New York City. He plays in bands, and writes and performs his own music. He has a solo album that came out in 2017 for guitar and voice called Dispersal. A follow up is in the works. He just released an album called Countdown to Something with Drummer Daniel Pearce. Other current and past bands include Little Women, Bloor, Feast of the Epiphany, Empyrean Atlas, Horse Torso, Duo with Katie Battistoni, Duo with Jason Nazary, Duo with Matt Kanelos, Trio with Matt Kanelos and Nick Podgurski, Chris Pitsiokos Quartet, Mary of Egypt and Salo.

Peter Redgrave is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. He is interested in limits, interruption, narrative, and what it is to be human. His current work involves physical exploration and presentation of the body as a tool for collective memory - a theater of movement.

Solo musical performance by Nenet (of Park Snakes)

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Concert: Sounds of Siberia - Yuliyana and Aidyn / Insect Factory
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Sounds of Siberia - Yuliyana and Aidyn / Insect Factory

Thursday July 25 * 8pm * $10 * TICKETS

Yuliyana Krivoshapkina is the foremost master of the khomus, a style of jaw harp from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). She began studying the khomus from her grandmother when she was just seven years old. She joined Yakutian folk group Ayarkhaan, and the group toured several international festivals, captivating thousands of world music fans with their distinct melodic sound. Today, Yuliyana is a solo performer and teacher of khomus enthusiasts all over the world. Her repertoire is versatile, featuring traditional singing and folk melodies accompanied by the khomus. Yuliyana's voice and khomus blend to create unique harmony that often evokes feelings of profound wonder. Audiences might hear the rustle of grass in the wind, the cry of a bird startled into the sky, and the quiet incantations of an ancient shamanic ritual. In 2019, Yuliyana joined renowned Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin on their US tour, where she began her collaboration with Chirgilchin member Aidyn Byrtaan-ool. Aidyn is a student of legendary Tuvan throat singer Kongar-ool Ondar, who is best known for his role in the 1999 film Genghis Blues. The collaboration between Yuliyana and Aidyn transports listeners to the vast expanse of Siberia. Stretching from Tuva in the south to Yakutia in the north, Siberia is a land of mountains, deserts, plains, and tundra. Aidyn's mastery of the different styles of throat singing takes listeners to the taiga and mountain brooks of Tuva, while Yuliyana brings the sounds of the birds, reindeer, and winds of the endless tundra of Yakutia. Around the same time that throat singing emerged out of the Tuvan nomadic lifestyle, the khomus became the backbone of Yakutian culture and the tool of powerful shamans. When heard together, these two musical styles are a transformative experience.

INSECT FACTORY is Washington, D.C.-based guitar-drone expert Jeff Barsky. "Barsky's work as Insect Factory is remarkable because he manages to avoid that pitfall of over-effecting his guitar work into an indistinct mass of noise, yet enough so that the album often bears little resemblance to the instrument. This ends up being abundantly clear from the opening moments of "We’re All Just Here for the Money." The shimmering melodies that appear early on sound more traditional, but the synth-like pulses are distinctly alien in comparison. By the end, the piece is a complex structure of interlocking layers of playing and treated loops, but one that retains a sense of form and order." (Brainwashed)

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Concert: Pearl &amp; The Oysters / Lotion Princess / Dirtbike
Jul
24
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Pearl & The Oysters / Lotion Princess / Dirtbike

Wednesday July 24th * 8PM * $10 * TICKETS

Pearl & The Oysters (Burger Records, FL & France) After winning a free trip to the ★Ostreoid Asteroid Resort★ (from whence came their name) on the back of a dehydrated cereal box, a joyous society of galactic gleaners began making music together under the Neptunian moniker: 𝒫ℯ𝒶𝓇𝓁 𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝒯𝒽ℯ 𝒪𝓎𝓈𝓉ℯ𝓇𝓈. ✩ ☾ ❈
❖✢❖

Lotion Princess

Dirtbike (FL)

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Concert: Adam Ostrar / Raven Bauer Durham+James Wolf / Dais Queue
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: Adam Ostrar / Raven Bauer Durham+James Wolf / Dais Queue

Sunday July 21 * 8pm * $10 * RSVP

On Adam Ostrar’s new album, The Worried Coat, he weaves together disparate voices, like a non-fiction version of Our Town written by Wyatt (Robert) ... there’s no “good guys” or “bad guys” … just a lot of under-medicated neuroses bringing out nastiness and empathy in these sonorous participants. Or, as Ostrar explains when nudged for a TV Guide asterisked pick-of-the-week summation, “It’s twelve narratives on otherness, self-identity, and our personal relationships with anxiety. How we often betray our best intentions through willful ignorance.”

Raven Bauer Durham and James Wolf create their primarily improvisational music from their shared interests in song forms, noise, drone, and Appalachian sounds. Using strings, winds, and voices, they weave a conversation of consonant and dissonant movements. Bauer Durham and Wolf began playing together in the improvisational noise/drone ensemble Phoenix Auto Group in 2017. Soon after contributing sounds and art to each others solo work, (Raven Bauer Durham – Conversations; James Wolf – That, Engine Summer) they began working on improvised duo material. Over the course of five sessions they recorded The River and the Rain in It, released in April 2019.

Dais Queue is Davis Salisbury, based out of Washington, DC, playing solo guitar improvisations that move between prepared & extended techniques and minimalist melodic gestures. Focus is generally on shimmering textures, active sound fields, and resonant frequencies. Also one half of longstanding Charlottesville duo Grand Banks.

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Workshop: Mindful Drawing
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Mindful Drawing

Sunday July 21 * 2-4pm * $25 * All ages * REGISTER

Mindful Drawing uses a combination of repetitive strokes such as circles, dashes and looping shapes to create beautiful designs. The benefit of the practice, however, goes far beyond producing an appealing piece of art. The repetitive process of Mindful Drawing allows the mind to move into an emotional state of calm. Negative emotions, such as fear responses to stress, get stored in our bodies and imprinted in our subconscious minds, manifesting in negative looping thought patterns that can steal our sense of peace. Most of us have experienced this. Through Mindful Drawing, we automatically let go of the looping negative self-talk that may be plaguing us. We begin to release any thoughts or emotions that have kept us stuck in unhelpful patterns. The repetitive actions of the brush strokes interrupt our looping thoughts and transmit them to the page instead -- like looping on paper instead of in our heads. The effect is much like when we use a mantra in meditation. It gives the mind something else to attach to, with an added benefit: in Mindful Drawing workshops, many people who claim they "aren't artistic" or "can't draw" intuitively tap into their creativity and effortlessly produce original, gorgeous designs. They are delighted with the results and want to come back for more. In this workshop, you will learn and practice this drawing technique, which you can then use to de-stress any time you need it.

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