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.
A shot from the “Using AfroFuturism to Examine Reality” workshop with the Institute for Community Justice program, where the AfroFuturist Affair exchanged perspectives on racism and stereotypes in sci-fi, ancient wisdom, co-creating the future, time as a cycle, and time traveling.
If you would like The AfroFuturist Affair to give a presentation or workshop at your community organization, please contact them at @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The AfroFuturist Affair is a Philadelphia based community aiming to not only provide space for dialogue around Afrofuturistic ideas, but also a space for actual and practical implementation of these ideas as they serve social progress and freedom. The AfroFuturist Affair uses Afrofuturism and Sci-Fi as vehicles for expression, creativity, education, agency, and liberation in communities of color. For more information, visit their website here.