“We reopened on July 22nd and things have been going extremely well since then. But last night that notice came out of nowhere. And, you know, we’ve literally had four L&I inspectors out here just this year,” [PhilaMOCA manager Eric Bresler] said. “That’s why this is such a shock…I thought all these kinds of city-related troubles were behind us.”
Quick update: We’re still waiting for the electrical permit from the city, they said it would be ready by March 3 at the latest. Our electrician is all ready to go so things should move quickly after the permit is in. I mentioned last time that another $1800 worth of electrical upgrades were added to the total, these are things we need to pass our CO inspection (wired smoke alarms in the storage rooms, additional fire pull bars throughout the room), about a third of that has been paid off and I’m currently scraping together funds to pay off the rest as well as rent and utilities for March. So things are moving along nicely and I’m still aiming for an April re-opening. I already have our re-opening night film screening ready to go and am all set to start booking for this year’s Cinedelphia Film Festival, which will likely be held in May.
Also, a bunch of kind locals organized a benefit show for PhilaMOCA, it’s happening at the First Unitarian Church on Friday, March 6 and will feature locals Yowler, Kississippi, and Thin Lips. Advance tickets are available here: https://resurrect-philamoca.eventbrite.com
The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art will celebrate its 10th anniversary by reopening its doors to the public after a long city-imposed hiatus.
The beloved arts venue known as PhilaMOCA won a special exception from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday morning, and the indie institution’s manager expects to be fully operational again by April.
PhilaMOCA’s troubles began in September when representatives from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections showed up in the middle of a concert.
Zoning acquired! Big thanks to everyone who wrote letters and showed up to today’s hearing in-person. We’re in the home stretch now, just have to survive the next couple of months and finish up the additions and repairs. I’m uncomfortable asking for additional funds, but we’re not going to be able to open back up without further monetary support. PhilaMOCA currently needs to pay an architect ($300), an electrical engineer ($1300), and an electrician (est. $1500). This is just to have that required shunt switch installed, which has been an ordeal due to the city not having any plans for the building on file, thus we had to start from scratch. Beyond that we’re in need of an additional emergency exit door plus hardware, stage edging, a new snake, and money to cover upcoming inspection fees as well as at least two months’ worth of rent and utilities. Anything beyond that will go towards paint and wall repair. All I can say is thanks for all of your support thus far and I’m doing all I can to resurrect PhilaMOCA.
CALL FOR SUPPORT: Our zoning hearing is coming up on Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 AM at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor and we need your support! Anyone is welcome to testify in-person though our lawyer warns that they may not actually see us until later that morning. A helpful alternative is to write a letter of support for PhilaMOCA, here are some suggestions for content: explaining that PhilaMOCA is an asset to the city/community, explaining that PhilaMOCA is not harmful towards the community/youth, mentioning the uniqueness of the building and how it would otherwise be destroyed and replaced with condos, your personal experiences and feelings towards the space, you get the idea. Letters can be e-mailed to PhilaMOCA [GoFundMe is blocking the actual e-mail address, but it’s easy to find on our website] and we’ll hopefully be bringing a big stack of them to the hearing. The supportive words of performers, patrons, and professionals will all be helpful and we thank you for your time! This hearing and the raising of some additional funds are the only major obstacles in the path towards our reopening and we’re very hopeful that we’ll be back by March or April.
The 2019 Eraserhood Forever kicks off with a live performance from Brooklyn supergroup, Fuck You Tammy, performing the music of Julee Cruise, Angelo Badalamenti, and other TWIN PEAKS-related songs. Headlining the event will be TWIN PEAKS fan favorite actor James Marshall who will join us for an on-stage Q&A followed by a meet and greet. James is still cool, he’s always been cool.
NOTE: This year’s event will be held at Ruba Club while PhilaMOCA is temporarily closed.
Since 2012, PhilaMOCA has been hosting an annual David Lynch-themed celebration in honor of the neighborhood’s direct influence on his debut feature, ERASERHEAD. Past Eraserhood Forever guests and performers have included Sherilyn Fenn, Chrysta Bell, Xiu Xiu performing the music of TWIN PEAKS, and ERASERHEAD’S The Lady in the Radiator performing “In Heaven” with The Divine Hand Ensemble. The event has sold out every year since its inception and attracts David Lynch fans from all over the country.