All Tickets Honored From The First Unitarian Church



Fri, May 3, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


Daughter is vocalist/guitarist Elena Tonra, electric guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella. Together, the trio write dark, ethereal and hauntingly beautiful songs that showcase a group of young musicians experimenting delicately with a rich array of songwriting ideas. Described by Mojo Magazine as, “unflinchingly honest & hugely captivating,” Daughter came together in late 2010, and have watched their star gently rise, collecting fans one-by-one as their demo tracks started to spread amongst enthusiastic friends and bloggers online. In April 2011, Daughter self-released their debut EP, His Young Heart. Since its release, Daughter has caught the attention of critics and fans alike. Currently preparing to make their US debut, Daughter will be releasing their new EP ‘The Wild Youth’, on Glassnote Records this February with a full length album scheduled for release later this year.

(via Union Transfer | Philadelphia Music Venue » Daughter – Tickets – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA – May 3rd, 2013)

BCC002: Barbara Rubin’s Christmas on Earth and Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses

Public · By Black Circle Cinema

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Thursday, May 16 at 8:00PM



Aux Performance Space / Vox Populi Gallery

319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tickets: $7-10 sliding scale

Two epic and erotic depictions of raw sexuality, Christmas on Earth and Fuses are likely to still shock audiences 50 years on from their making. Both subjects of harsh criticism and censorship, these two films are prime examples of filmmaking in the era of sexual liberation. However, these works are not only radical in content but also form: Christmas on Earth is shown with two reels simultaneously projected (along with a soundtrack of AM pop radio hits); Fuses was self-shot and “collaged” by the filmmaker through many different means of stressing the film material, adding layers of physical subtext to the ecstatic struggles depicted.

Black Circle Cinema salutes Ladyfest Philadelphia (taking place June 7-9) and the Ladyfest Film Series taking place throughout the month of May at Aux and International House Philadelphia.

Christmas on Earth (dir. Barbara Rubin, 1963, US, 16mm double projection, 29’)

Note: Christmas on Earth will be presented according to the filmmaker’s wishes as expressed below.

Barbara Rubin’s 29-minute Christmas on Earth is the filmic record of an orgy staged in a New York City apartment in 1963. This double projection of overlapping images of nude men and women clowning around and making love is one of the first sexually explicit works in the American postwar avant-garde. Today Christmas on Earth generates a small but passionate discourse in avant-garde film circles. Many consider it to be an essential document of queer and feminist cinema, though others dismiss it as the worthless effort of a naive amateur. It is still largely unknown to art history.

Fuses (dir. Carolee Schneemann, 1967, US, 16mm, 30’)

Filmed and edited by Schneemann; with herself, James Tenney and Kitch. 2007 restoration of the original collaged 16mm print.

“In her attempt to reproduce the whole visual and tactile experience of lovemaking as a subjective phenomenon, Schneemann spent some three years marking on the film, baking it in the oven, even hanging it out the window during rainstorms on the off chance it might be struck by lightning. Much as human beings carry the physical traces of their experiences, so this film testifies to what it has been through and communicates the spirit of its maker. The red heat baked into the emulsion suffuses the film, a concrete emblem of erotic power.” — B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Art Institute

(via BCC002: Barbara Rubin’s Christmas on Earth and Carolee Schneemann’s Fuses)

East of Broad, the Vine Street Expressway is a concrete river disrespectfully detaching Callowhill from Chinatown and very few strides have been made to improve the relationship between these two neighborhoods. But the truth is this relationship has always been poor. This post industrial corridor has been the city’s dumping ground for necessary evils. 

Viaducts, highway chasms, and rail tunnels keep the logistics of development tricky. Narrow lots along Vine Street’s southern lane don’t offer the land needed for high volume urban projects, and the streetscape isn’t pleasant enough for row homes. Capping the expressway and converting it into a park might change this, but the cash isn’t there to take that risk. 

(via Philly Bricks: Embracing the Vine Street Expressway)

I came in with the mindset of ‘let’s do a little bit of everything,’ but there has to be a common thread. I love the tagline that we are ‘the center of weird.’ I think that applies to a lot of our events. Sure, we have some classier events, but there’s usually an element of weird, whether it be Naked Girls Reading series or our film-themed burlesques, or the weird movies I program.

— Eric Bresler, director of programming at PhilaMOCA

(via How PhilaMOCA went from a DJ party house to ground zero for Philly performing arts | The Key)