{September 30, 2009}   Smorgasbord

The flyer says it all:


{September 23, 2009}   Word Swap / Bake Sale

And this one repeats. Every third Friday, starting in October, we’re hosting a word swap. What does that mean you ask? It means you bring copies of your work, you take home copies of other people’s work, and in the meantime hang out with other writers (or not). No workshop, no reading, no obligation. A risk-free way of putting your work Out There. So, bring poems, stories, zines, chapters, novels, comics, long, short, etc. And bring your quarters, cause this is a bake sale honey. Friday October 16, 7-8:30pm, 1918 Bancroft st.

{September 9, 2009}   Heap Us ‘Round Our Ruins

Film Screening coming! Like the carnival, it’s traveling to us. Filmmakers Ben Balcom and Josh Weissbach present Heap Us ‘Round Our Ruins: An Interstate Film Circuit, which is a fifteen state (and counting) film tour that will encompass all regions within the continental U.S.  Weissbach will showcase interiors of the liquid gap (2009), an experimental documentary shot on Super 8 and 16mm that focuses on Cuban exiles and the intimate sites of their lives before, while, and after crossing the liquid divide between Cuba and the United
States (45min). Balcom will showcase transmission (2009), celebration of dead leaves (2009), and every small heart is a miniature inferno (2008). transmission is a short experiment with the material being signals of perception (6 min).  celebration of dead leaves uses a combination of optical printing techniques and hand processing as tools to manipulate, as well as
emulate, our experiences of seeing and moving through the world (14 min). every small heart is a miniature inferno is like a free-verse poem (6 min). Both filmmakers differ in their approach and subject matter, but are unified by an interest in the vitality of the moving images as an experience of communication.

Sunday Sept. 13, 2009, 7:30pm, 1918 Bancroft st.

Infernal Light

interiors still

{August 26, 2009}   Set Construction

There’s another play afoot. It won’t be at the cha-cha, but it’s being put on by Adam and Reb, ahem, the Western Narrative Company, for Philly fringe. And set construction is underway.

“Since being rescued from obscurity, Desert of Hallways has shaken the American literary canon with its poignant portrait of a family’s journey through a nation in flux. Western Narrative’s original musical production uses this anonymously authored novel to guide a present-day family as they ready themselves for a neighbor’s foreclosure party, reading their own lives through the fictionalized characters of the page. With a three-person cast that alternately plays the characters of Mom, Dad, and Junior, Desert of Hallways maps a family’s shifting identity through moments of humor, conflict, and acceptance.

“Western Narrative Company brought Philly Fringe Festival goers to tears of laughter and discomfort in 2008 with their debut production, i love you, hailed by The City Paper for its ‘Inventive absurdities and exuberant and poignant songs…delivered by a cast that looked like they were having as much fun as the chuckling audience.'”

This one starrs: Adam Brody, David L Byrne & Joel Chartkoff. Sept. 10-12, 18-19. 7pm. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut st, Philadelphia, $10.

{August 14, 2009}   Zooid Vamoose


Starting literally today, Tory Franklin, Cha-Cha’s first floor printmaker, is exhibiting work at Flux gallery space in Kensington! “A multi-media installation featuring electronically enhanced light conducting LED prints, drawings, and cut-vinyl pieces, Tory’s work utilizes our animal friends (and foes!) as reassuring stand-ins to pictorialize human dramas, fears, and flashes of joy.” The exhibition runs for a month, with an opening reception for Zooid Vamoose Saturday, Aug. 15th, 7-10pm, 3000 N. Hope Street, Phila, PA 19133

Tory Flux

Update: Check out the mention in NY Times article about art in Philly, (8/28/09).

{July 26, 2009}   Bringing the Sound

Week from today, on Saturday, we’re having a good old-fashioned music show. Yes, there will be Sensual Abuse (former member Soft People), Layers/Quake, Her Dead Twin (Andy Giles), and (our very own) Tristan Dahn. Come one, come all. Sat. August 1st, 8:30pm, $5 donation.

{July 14, 2009}   Upcoming ManMoth

The reading series continues… ManMoth the third will be presented the last saturday of this month in the Cha-cha’razzi lounge (can I call it that?), well, the upstairs. There will be readings by: TIM LEONIDO, BROOKE PALMIERI, PAUL GARGAGLIANO, TADD GERO, also featuring the MUSICAL WILL DEAN, and A PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATER, TRADED FOR THEMSELVES. There are usually refreshments, but maybe bring a fan. Sat. July 26th, 8pm, free to all citizens of the Commonwealth.

{June 30, 2009}   Dance for Radio

Prometheus Radio Benefit take 2! We’re hosting the dance party follow-up to last week’s concert. DJs play music, you dance, they build low power fm radio stations. Hurray! Prometheus is your local low power radio non-profit that helps communities build their own fm stations. Donations go towards sending the group to the Allied Media Conference. Come support them Sat. July 11th, 10pm-2pm, $5-10 donation.

Prometheus Benefit

{June 30, 2009}   Scout and Little Tongue

From the staging of Collecting Dust: For the weekend, Emily Rabkin turned our first floor into the cupboard of a dust archivist and stage of verse. Tristan did live music for it, and there were shadow puppets (by Lee Davis, Cecily Anderson, and Nina Macintosh). I couldn’t get a good picture of the projection, but they were really beautiful. (If anyone has better photos, do send them). Below is Emily, pictures of the set (jars! dust! keys hanging on a wire!), and Scout (Alexis Scott) and Littletongue (Monica Gomery) wrapping each other in string.





{June 13, 2009}   ManMoth (it happened)

Proof! Here’s from the second edition of the ManMoth reading series (that was May 28th). Compliments of one Jeremy Tennenbaum. See the whole set here.






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