PHOTOBOOTH w/LATEST FRACTAL-EDGE AUGMENTED SPX TECHNOLOGIES
ROOM OF SPIRIT & TIME LOUNGE
CELEBRATION OF THE SUN RETURN OF METROPOLARITY MEMBER R.PHILLIPS
PUBLIC RELEASE OF SE:1 EP:1 METROPOLARITY ZINE
BLACK LIGHT :: STROBE LIGHT
SPACE PUNCH (U-IN-THE-FACE)
SOUND TECHNIQUES W/ OUR OWN DJ ALEXX & SPECIAL GUEST DJ JOHN MORRISON
BASS BANGERS FUTURE FUNK TRAP SHIT BROKEN-BEAT TWERK ANTHEMS DETROIT TECHNO WHATEVER WHATEVER WHATEVER
BRING YOUR PROSTHETIC BODY PARTS
BRING YOUR CRYSTALS
BRING FIVE ($5) BUCKS
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Metropolarity is honored to read alongside author IMOGEN BINNIE on tour supporting her debut novel NEVADA. An ALL STAR CREW from PHILLY & NY will read to you. Let’s get intimate~
WHEN: APRIL 3 TIME: 7:30–9:30 WHERE: A-SPACE @ 47th & BALTIMORE AVENUES, PHILA PA
WHO & WHAT:
Imogen Binnie is the author of the zines The Fact That It’s Funny Doesn’t Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. Additionally, her work has been anthologized in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, released in Fall 2012. She is currently a monthly contributor to Maximum Rocknroll and has previously written for Aorta Magazine, The Skinny and PrettyQueer.com. She writes about books at www.keepyourbridgesburning.com, and she’s 1/3 of the legendary doom metal band Correspondences.
Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she’d carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever. Find out more about Imogen Binnie and Nevada at http://topsidepress.com/nevada/.
Red Durkin is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com and one the most promising young queer comics in the country. She has toured extensively as part of the Tranny Roadshow, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit and was a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. She has written 9 zines, was featured in the final issue of Punk Planet magazine and Topside Press‘s The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard.
Her work on Youtube has reach over 100,000 views and has appeared in classrooms and boardrooms nationwide. Her upcoming novel, Ready, Amy, Fire is scheduled to be published by Topside Press summer 2013.
Born in Indian, Alaska and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Red currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Maggie Eighteen writes ALL THAT’S LEFT (cyborgmemoirs.com), an ongoing collection of non-linear pulp dystopian stories from the post-binary future. Eighteen is a founding member of Metropolarity(.net), a collective of artists, activists, and futurists, in the Speculative Vision and Critical Liberation Technologies departments. They/he/she is a cyborg from Olney, raised in AOL chatrooms and the wilds of Northeast Philly.
Ras Mashramani is NSF[anything] and lives in the intersection of cyberspace and memory. She is a founding member of the Philly-based speculative fiction collective Metropolarity, and her work appears in the latest issue of The Painted Bride Quarterly. You can find her work at Metropolarity.net.
An anvil. A wild leaf wafting to the grass on the tendrils of ghosts and the dreams of our fathers. A naked vein and the enmity of ether. A myth of the lamp of the universe; a light to guide you to it. All of these things we know, all of these things we seek, all are encompassed in spiritual vortex of the works of Alex Smith. His is the power to weave on the most dangerous loom.
Smith is a queer black activist, poet, dj, actor, musician, afro punk/afro-futurist chronicler of the naughty universe. Smith’s work speaks to the edge, to the post-fringe dystopia slowly creeping upon us. Too cantankerous and flamboyant for the Saul Williams wanna-be/def poetry set, too tribal for academia, Smith paints viral inscriptions for an audience of armed pixie insurrectionists. He is the founder and curator of the queer-empowered Laser Life sci-fi reading series. Alex’s poetry collection, “Gang Stalk Oprah“, with its lines hashed like an SAT-word injected SEPTA bus graffiti, and his sci-fi literary zine “A R K D U S T” will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free.
Ohh the Zine-A-Thon! This was a good way to spend a Sunday. We sat around a line of tables piled high with crafting supplies, surrounded by books and zines in the anarchist book shop, Wooden Shoe. The crews behind Roots and River Philly and Femme Dreamboat zine had invited Metropolarity along to read as part of their cozy fundraiser. Among all the zine making there were snacks, there was some five for five pizza action, and there was a lot of really good casual radical discussion the likes of which is usually only seen on tumblr threads.
Cyree Jarelle Johnson kicked off the readings with Femme Privilege Does Not Exist, a must-read/must-listen essay that seemed to generate a minor paradigm shift online about femme-centered discussions (and even had its own follow up video).
Then R. Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair read us a very delicious bit of spherical time travel, quasi hard science fiction…
Ras Mashramani closed out the night reading from our PILOT EPISODE ZINE, answering IS SCI-FI POLITICAL, and expounding a bit upon Metropolarity’s intentions. Then they read Web 1.0 Raises a Woman and we all wept.
Femme Dreamboat and Roots and River Philadelphia are having a Zine-A-Thon! Five whole hours of zine making as a fundraiser for Roots & River Philly Collective + for Femme Dreamboat Zine! They’ve invited local folx with zines to read from their zines, or teach a zine related skill every hour.
You want even more of a reason to come??
March 17t is the day that Mercury gets out of Retro. Thank the stars.
Sunday March 17th, 4pm to 9pm
at Wooden Shoe Books & Records
704 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Facebook Event Page
Sliding scale donation $3-25 if you come WITH zine supplies to share, $5-30 without any supplies. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Roots and River Philadelphia is an artistic home for Queer Black artists in Philadelphia. R&RPC works to provide programming & other resources for LGBTQ & POC artists. You can find more information about them at the Roots and River main site, and or the Philly collective’s tumblr.
Femme Dreamboat is a radical zine and blog project designed to centralize feminine experience in queer culture. Follow their excellent blog here.
R. Phillips is the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, a founding member of Metropolarity, and a public interest attorney by day. Against the backdrop of night, Phillips explores the fine line between fiction & reality, experiments with time order, and turns black holes inside out to create nu worlds.
Maggie Eighteen writes ALL THAT’S LEFT, an ongoing collection of non-linear pulp dystopian stories from the post-binary future. Eighteen works with Metropolarity, a collective of artists, activists, and futurists, in the Speculative Vision and Critical Liberation Technologies departments. They/he/she is a cyborg from Olney, raised in AOL chatrooms and the wilds of Northeast Philly.
Ras Mashramani is NSF[anything] and lives in the intersection of cyberspace and memory. She is a founding member of the Philly-based speculative fiction collective Metropolarity, and her work appears in the latest issue of The Painted Bride Quarterly. You can find her work right here on this site.
The Museum of Time is a space where different modes of time (past, present, and future and any and all combinations therein and thereout), are bought forward or backward into the present through the preservation of energy in artifacts and through the persistence of memory in flesh and through blood.
The Museum of Time is Every-when and No-when simultaneously, enacting all possible times in all possible permutations. While most museums are limited to the here/now/then/there, in The Museum of Time, there are interactions with varied modes/forms/theories/visions of time through music, art, story, fashion, and exchange of thoughts and ideas.
Once you step inside the non-local capsule of The MoT, you become Master Traveler, Manipulator, Alchemist, God-Is, and/or Magician of Time, crafting it and displacing it however you see fit. The singular requirement is that you share your visions with the other Masters in the room.
“BluDahlia makes clothing, accessories, and home décor, remixing tribal, bohemian, hippie, and urban glam with dreamy “found” elements. Richly layered, fun, and functional, we are the most daring-est Trio this side of the Mississippi. Our products are made on site at RedHouse, a boutique showroom and studio space in Philadelphia, PA.We support and welcome self taught designers and stitchers.developing local talent, through inexpensive classes.
We are also co-Program Directors for Break Free Design Group, teaching fashion design entrepreneurship to urban youth.Whenever possible, our core group students are a part of our manufacturing team.”
The METROPOLARITY crew hopes to see you there. If not at this event, then certainly at the ball. Remember, the theme is MUSEUM of TIME.
This Saturday, OCT 27 at the Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street) is the 10th annual Philly Zine Fest.
Metropolarity resident cyborg, Maggie Eighteen, will be there with their post-binary dystopian zine, ALL THAT’S LEFT. They will also have audiobook cassettes, and patches & pins for cyborgs. Rumor has it there may even be particle physicist and Central High alum (260!) to answer your questions about dark matter and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Ooooh~
This event is FREE and ALL AGES. NOON to 5 PM.
“The annual fest showcases local artists and zinesters, as well as zine distros, bringing DIY, radical, whimsical, and artistic small press publications to the public. Ranging from bike repair to poetry to crafts, the Zine Fest is a great place to go to learn new things, connect with local writers, and get involved with creating new forms of accessible media.”
For more information, visit the Philly Zine Fest website here.
A reading series dedicated to giving voice to the swirl of diversity that exists in the known and unknown universe, LASER LIFE is a queer empowered reading series that serves as a gateway to the dreaming. At its core, it’s a reading of science and speculative fiction and fantasy, with the intensity of a sweaty, West Philly poetry slam on mind-altering, homemade drugs. Through a hum of chaos, this series takes the othering (read: exoticizing) aspects of our experiences and renders them in lush tapestry, placing at center stage the marginalized and forgotten. Transgendered youth battling storm troopers in dystopian futures. Pan-sexual trolls stealing into the boudoir of African princes. Ghosts of orphans hand-in-hand traversing the multi-verse. What happens when the downtrodden, exploited and ignored are suddenly given the keys to the Millennium Falcon? When those who litter the background of a crowded bazaar become more than just peppering for the scenery of the journey of the so-called every-man?
THE LASER LIFE answers those questions, but also challenges audiences to ask more. Channeling Octavia Butler, Sam Delaney and the dollar bin at the comic book shop, the assembled are some of the most talented writers, both published and unpublished, in the Philadelphia area. As empires fall and our old planet crumbles, these writers are opening portals to theirs—braver, newer and out of this world.
M. CRAIG is a freak, a queer, and a punk who writes for freaks, queers, and punks. she likes to take real things and real issues and change them, make them the same but different so it’s easier to get at the truth in them. she makes ordinary things magical and shows the magic in ordinary things. The Narrows is her first novel and she’s currently working diligently in the slums of Brooklyn, NY to scribble out its sequel. http://http://narrowsthenovel.com/
althea baird is a video, performance, & collage artist using their work for shapeshifting and geometry:: prisms of + portals to memory, identity, violence, healing, speculation and prophesy. http://spiritweaponteeth.tumblr.com/
Ras Mashramani hovers in a digital cloud over Philadelphia, waiting. Her work can be viewed at New Wave Vomit, >kill author, and on her blog, motherWAP.blogspot.com. She is a staff member for APIARY magazine and has completed an erotica project with Carolyn DeCarlo which can be found at notupbut.tumblr.com
ALEX SMITH (writer, poet, dj, anarchist, host and curator of LASER LIFE)
SHANE JENKINS (writer and musician responsible for the Razed By Wolves project, forging new cosmology)
MAGGIE EIGHTEEN (Not everyone is good at their body. Not everyone has the skills, the specs, or the access. This is all that’s left. Post-binary dystopian smut stories. For cyborgs by cyborgs. http://cyborgmemoirs.com/left)
The AfroFuturist Affair presents THE MUSEUM OF TIME
In the spirit of Halloween and all things awesome about Autumn, the AfroFuturist Affair is throwing its annual Afrofuturist-themed COSTUME BALL! Last year’s Affair was legendary and this one promises to vibrate even more intensely as we emanate from our new venue @PhilaMOCA.
Every aspect of this year’s Affair is bigger than the last. For starters we’re happy to announce that the MUSEUM OF TIME will take place at a new space: PhilaMoCA will be hosting this year’s themed-costume event on NOVEMBER 3rd so don’t put away the Halloween spirit JUST yet. Costumes are rabidly ENCOURAGED!!!
THE MUSEUM OF TIME features:
Donyae Coles – www.defaultdaydreams.com
Ebony Malaika Collier – http://ebonymcollier.tumblr.com/
Tafi Brown – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Analogue-Transient-Capturing-the-light-within/234460939945123
Priscilla Bell – www.pbutterpaint.com
The L. Park Project – https://www.facebook.com/thelparkproject
Rell Stylez of S.W.A.G
Nit Ra Sit – http://www.nitrasit.com/
Kitakiya Dennis/Intuitive Expressions
John Morrison – www.liberationmovienight.tumblr.com
The Alien Architect – http://alienarchitect.bandcamp.com/
Napoleon Dolemite – https://www.facebook.com/NapoleonDolemite
Kenny’s Myth – http://kennysmyth.com/
Warren Longmire – http://dountiltrue.tumblr.com/
Lindo – www.lindoyes.net
Alex Smith – www.facebook.com/laserlife
Ras Masramani – http://notupbut.tumblr.com/
Dja DJa N. Medjay – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDjaDjaNMedjay
Bill Campbell – www.koontown.com
and much more…. please stayed tuned as we release daily information on performers, and other surprises the closer we get to NOVEMBER 3rd!~
$10 admission donation includes refreshments gathered from the future and punch to put you out of this world…
The AfroFuturist Affair is a charity and all proceeds from the MUSEUM OF TIME will be donated to The Futurist Fund Community Grant fund. More details about the grant, who it helps, and how you may donate, as well as application details, are available at https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-afrofuturist-affair/futurist-fund-community-grant-guidelines/406115982777133. The application will be available on www.afrofuturistaffair.com after October 3, 2012.
For more info about the AfroFuturist Affair’s mission, goals, and vision please visit our website @ www.AfrofuturistAffair.com
Photos from last year’s Charity & Costume Ball by the L.ParK ProJecT can be found at:
Rock a costume or just GET FLY… Either way, DONT MISS IT…!
VENDORS: there is still space available! $15 for table space
SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS: If you or your organization would like to volunteer and/or sponsor the MUSEUM OF TIME please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.