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A variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this exhibition, for members and the public alike.

Friday Nights

Final Fridays: AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball
Friday, October 27, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, design, art, and creativity. Come dressed to impress in your best sci-fi and AfroFuturist fashions for a night of imagination, art, and activism. This evening has been envisioned by Black Quantum Futurism (Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips) and is presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled.


Mobile Futures Institute Bus
5:00–6:30 p.m.
East Terrace
Watch some Afrofuturist films in this retrofitted shuttle bus.   


Tarot Readings
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Women’s Committee Gallery 164, 1st floor
Oshun, a generational bruja whose work is rooted in African ancestral energy, is on hand to help you achieve your highest purpose.
Space is limited; first come, first served.


Music Performances (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

MovaKween
Soul and R&B singer MovaKween honors the many layers and levels of the Divine Feminine.  

:3LON
Groove to ethereal and industrial tunes by underground producer and vocalist :3LON.

Sammus
Don’t miss a rousing performance by beatmaker and lyricist Sammus.

Moor Mother
In collaboration with local musicians, Moor Mother presents an eclectic mix of jazz, poetry, hip hop, and electronics.

King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm
In this live solo presentation, King Britt transmits “omniversal signals from divine abstractions into a sonic experience.”


Body Painting
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Kitakiya Dennis and Rell Stylez transform your look with detailed designs.


Mask Masking
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Great Stair Hall Balcony, 2nd floor
Need a finishing touch for your costume? Make a decorative face mask with Anthony Molden.  


AfroFuturist Library
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Lenfest Hall (West Foyer), ground floor
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and Metropolarity bring written works for you to read and explore.


Fashion Show & Best Dressed Competition (hosted by MC Kennedy Allen)
7:20 & 7:40 p.m.
Great Stair Hall, 1st floor
Walé Oyéjidé of Ikiré Jones, Eva Preston, and Feya Sterling show off their futurist looks on live models. Also, three finalists from our Best Dressed Competition will get to strut their stuff before the winner is announced. (Stop by the photo booth and the nomination station on the Great Stair Hall Balcony beforehand to make sure you’re entered in the competition.)

PHLA Kitchen

PHLA Kitchen Events
Perelman Café, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Join the culinary artists of PHLA Kitchen for informal events about dishes featured on their menu.

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CANCELED)
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Film Screenings

Grounded While Walls Fall
Saturday, October 28, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free tickets required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish

Filmmaker Zein Nakhoda presents Grounded While Walls Fall, which profiles practices of resilience and spiritual grounding among organizers, cultural workers, and movement builders in Greater Philadelphia. Rhetta Morgan, a sound healer, performer, and interfaith minister whose voice is featured throughout the film, moderates a discussion.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Talks & Tours

Celebrating Activism—A Philadelphia Forum
Sunday, October 29, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Reservations required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish.

A forum celebrating the various forms in which activism manifests today and into the future

​Led by members of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia and moderated by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Friday Nights

Odean Pope
Friday, November 3, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Performances at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Great Stair Hall

Legendary saxophonist Odean Pope and his quartet perform an evening of original jazz compositions animated by the themes of collaboration, movement, and spirituality. Pope trained amid the illustrious jazz scene of the mid-twentieth century and has devoted a lifetime to developing a distinctive voice that remains inventive and vibrant.

Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Talks & Tours

Alumni Ex-Offender Association Meetings
Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

​The Alumni Ex-Offenders Association engages the public in a dialogue to explore the evolution of mass incarceration on a personal, familial, and communal level.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Performances

Philadelphia Fathering Festival
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

A three-day event promoting equal responsibilities between parenting partners, and advocating for deeper engagement between fathers and the children in their lives. With performances, film screenings, workshops, and public forums.

Organized by Billy Yalowitz, Les Rivera, and Eric Marsh and offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled
  • Friday, November 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Talks & Tours

Grower Series: Transcending Place, Creating Culture
Saturday, November 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Skylit Atrium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

An afternoon dedicated to growers from the Asian, African, and Latin American diasporas in Philadelphia. Enjoy demonstrations, film screenings, live music, art-making, culinary events, guest speakers, and more.

​Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Talks & Tours

On Climate Change
Saturday, December 2, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Perelman Building, Perelman Auditorium
Free tickets required
Admission to the Perelman Building is Pay What You Wish

This panel discussion brings together artists, advocates, and researchers to speak about climate change and sustainability with a specific focus on seeds. Also includes seed-selling and seed-swapping activities.

​Led by Ron Whyte of Deep Green Philly and Nate Kleinman and Dusty Hinz of Experimental Farm Network. Offered in conjunction with Philadelphia Assembled

Talks & Tours

Workshop and Discussion with Black Quantum Futurism & People’s Paper Co-op
Saturday, December 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Skylit Atrium & Perelman Auditorium, Perelman Building
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Philadelphia Assembled collaborators Black Quantum Futurism and the People’s Paper Co-op host two workshops utilizing the PHLA City Panorama. A discussion on the role of collaboration in community work and artistic practice follows.

3:00–5:00 p.m.: Panorama Workshop, Skylit Atrium
6:00–7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Perelman Auditorium

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