Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from  the Secret Cinema Collection
Jul
22
8:00 pm20:00

Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from the Secret Cinema Collection

  • Maas Building

On Saturday, July 22, The Secret Cinema will return to the historic Maas Building with an all-new program called Archive Discoveries: Unseen Curiosities from the Secret Cinema CollectionIt features a mélange of fascinating short films from the past, representing a variety of genres and subject matter. None have been shown in previous Secret Cinema programs; indeed, few of these films are likely to have been seen anywhere in recent years.

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00.

The Secret Cinema's private archive contains literally thousands of reels of 16mm (and 35mm, and 8mm) features, theatrical shorts, cartoons, newsreels, television shows, educational films, travel films, industrial films, and home movies. Together, they add up to well over three million feet of often rare celluloid, with several prints thought to be the only extant copies in the world.

Some of the more interesting of these amazing films will again see the light of a projector bulb in Archive Discoveries… This previously ungroupable group of short films will include films that were made to entertain, to teach, to encourage commerce and to alter opinion. Spanning many decades, they show wondrous places, styles and things that have long-since vanished. Some of them now seem campy, others still have valid lessons to teach, but all are fascinating, and extremely unlikely to be seen anywhere else.

Expiring
Aug
3
8:00 pm20:00

Expiring

  • 5th Side Space at the Maas Building

Nascent Theater presents its new play, Expiring, in the 5th Side Space at Maas.


Rough & Tumble, Show & Tell
Jun
20
6:00 pm18:00

Rough & Tumble, Show & Tell

A work-in-progress showing as part of SOlowfest 2017, Rough & Tumble, Show & Tell is a kinetic, intimate flirtation between power and pleasure, control and vulnerability, audience and performer. Allowing sensuality and personal desire to drive the process, Lilli--" the performer" welcomes audiences into her tiny rodeo of grief, sexuality, control, and power. 

Run time is approx 30 min. and designed for audiences of about 6-10 people. Email lillian.ransijn@gmail.com to reserve a seat. 

Saddle up, Cowboy!

Additional showing on Wednesday, June 21, at 6pm.

Gala in the Garden
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Gala in the Garden

  • The Maas Building Garden

Join us for "Gala in the Garden," the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Leah Stein Dance Company!

We will be honoring Deenah Loeb, former board chair of Leah Stein Dance Company and Executive Director of the City Parks Association.

There will be special performances by Settled Arrows & Leah Stein Dance Company and a silent auction.

Click here to R.S.V.P.
Your ticket is a tax-deductable donation.

Tango Guitar Workshop with Alejo de los Reyes Part I
Mar
14
4:00 pm16:00

Tango Guitar Workshop with Alejo de los Reyes Part I

  • The Maas Building

Developed for guitarists, this workshop traces tango back to its roots in Argentine folk music and presents the fundamentals of tango guitar playing. Conducted in two parts in chronological order.

PART 1: Tuesday, 3/14 4-6:30pm
- Fundamentals of tango rhythm on guitar
- Tango voicing and chords
- Origins and influences of tango, from Spanish Baroque music to the music of the Pampas region
- Right hand techniques of Chacarera and Zamba rhythm
- Early tango style: Carlos Gardel and his guitars

PART 2: Tuesday, 3/21 4-6:30pm
- Fundamentals of pick technique development of South American music
- Brief study on various ways of producing sound with a pick: joint and separate finger, wrist and arm action
- Characteristics of guitar ensembles playing South American music
- Notable guitar ensembles of the 20th and 21st century

$60 per session $100 for 2 sessions (Recommend taking both as they build on each other) 

Register by 3/6 via facebook or DuoTIntaRoja@gmail.com

To learn more about Alejo, visit www.alejodelosreyes.com

Act Local 101: Turn PA Blue, Larry Krasner, Reclaim Philly
Feb
28
6:30 pm18:30

Act Local 101: Turn PA Blue, Larry Krasner, Reclaim Philly

  • The Maas Building

An informative evening about local politics and the fight for our State.
Philly friends, come get better educated about local activism, making a difference and working on change in our (very sensitive swing) State of Pennsylviania, in local swing districts and in Philadelphia.
If you are already an activist, or interested in working for change, yet want to know about how to more effectively participate... This is an event for you.
Please come! Refreshments provided.  
6:30pm gather and mingle
Presentations start at 7pm sharp.

Larry Krasner is a civil rights lawyer who specializes in criminal defense and police brutality matters, has worked as a public defender in Philadelphia for about six years before opening his private practice, Krasner & Long, LLC. He recently announced his candidacy for the office of Philadelphia District Attorney. He is largely known for representing activists, including members of the Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter movements, as well as Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who was accused of assaulting an off-duty police officer in February 2016. Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/02/09/larry-krasner-joins-da-race/#7kpFRLsQq9FOaycu.99

RECLAIM Philadelphia: Founded by former Bernie staff and volunteers, Reclaim Philadelphia is committed to continuing the Political Revolution in the City of Brotherly Love! Reclaim Philadelphia is committed to the idea that this state of affairs is not inevitable. In a city—a country—tending towards ever greater inequality in wealth and power, we seek policies and candidates, and we develop strategies and tactics, to redistribute that wealth to the poor, to enfranchise the dispossessed, and to invest in the commons. We believe that grassroots organizing can bring people together, and that—together, with members in every neighborhood in the city—we can unsettle the complacencies of the powerful.
We reject racism and discrimination on the basis of gender and sex, and we seek to stop these evils at their root. We insist that a viable economic future cannot be built through choking children with smog and despoiling the planet; that a warming globe is a grim threat to everyone everywhere, the poor most of all. We categorically reject the notion that police are entitled to menace entire swathes of the city with racial terror and to shoot unarmed black men and women in the streets.

Activism for Families
Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

Activism for Families

This workshop will be a space to talk about activism, dissent, and speaking out as families. We will share resources, talk about concerns, trade ideas, and build community. Kids of all ages are welcome, and we will have additional child care support on hand in case parents and caregivers need a little break to talk.

Some topics include: 
-Making kid friendly signs/making signs with your kids
-Talking to your kids about activism
-Determining what events feel right for your family
-Engaging kids in the process of speaking up
-Tips for how best to prepare for large events with kids
-Anything else the group wants to discuss!

We will also share resources we are in the process of collecting. There is no one size fits all so an array of different ideas and perspectives are welcome! 

The Maas Building has kindly offered its space up to hold this and other events for community organizing. We are grateful to them! This event is free but please let us know if you are coming via this event page so we can plan some materials accordingly.

Akikazu Nakamura Performance and Conversation with Gene Coleman
Feb
24
Feb 25

Akikazu Nakamura Performance and Conversation with Gene Coleman

  • The Maas Building

The first event in the ACF Philadelphia series will take place at 7:00 PM on February 21st, featuring the shakuhachi master and composer Akikazu Nakamura. Mr. Nakamura is an ideal first guest for the series, in that his musical universe encompasses a range of styles that may seem very unusual. He is a highly regarded master of the Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) but also studied classical and jazz music in the USA at Berklee College of Music. In his unique style, many musical elements are combined in new and fresh ways. 

The evening will feature Mr. Nakamura in conversation with ACF Philadelphia director Gene Coleman. The conversation will explore Nakamura's evolution as a performer and composer, with an emphasis on his Zen Music project. The Zen Music project was supported by Denon Japan and brought Nakamura to over a dozen Zen temples, where he studied and documented their unique music. This work is represented in a highly regarded series of CDs on the Denon label. The conversation will be followed by a short solo performance by Nakamura and a reception. 

This event is free and open to all. It may be of special interest to those looking to know more about Japanese music and its relationship to contemporary Western music and the practice of Zen Buddhism. 

Please RSVP to Gene Coleman at: gene@acfphiladelphia.org

You can learn more about Akikazu Nakamurahere: http://www.komuso.com/people/people.pl?person=327

A Benefit for Rock to the Future
Feb
24
7:30 pm19:30

A Benefit for Rock to the Future

  • The Maas Building

Cold Weather Company stopped in Philly to benefit, Rock to the Future, an organization that provides music education programming to at-risk Philadelphia youth at no cost to them or their families (http://rocktothefuture.org/). 

They are joined by Colton Kayser and Sunday Muse.

Doors open at 7:30pm and music starts at 8! There will be an $8 cover, with all door proceeds being donated directly to Rock to the Future. 

We really love what Rock to the Future is doing for the Philadelphia community, and we look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Mont Blanc at The 5th Side
Feb
18
7:00 pm19:00

Mont Blanc at The 5th Side

  • The Maas Building

Mont Blanc is a trio that places itself somewhere between ambient, contemporary classical, and jazz. From groovy to thoughtful to soaring, Mont Blanc's music explores the nature of classical music in the twenty-first century.

Composer - Ted Babcock
Violinist - Shannon Lee  
Pianist - Michael Djupstrom

All three members are alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania.

Reserve a spot below!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mont-blanc-in-philly-tickets-31405745430

Check out Mont Blanc here: https://soundcloud.com/mblancmusic
 

Coaction Dance Collective Presents: Coalesce
Feb
11
Feb 12

Coaction Dance Collective Presents: Coalesce

  • The Maas building

Join us on Saturday February 11th and Sunday the 12th as Coaction premieres their 3rd production: "co·a·lesce". 

co·a·lesce is to “come together and form a whole”, which brings to life our mission to collaborate and create holistic performances with the arts community. Featuring guest choreographer Megan Mizanty of Mizanty Dances. CDC founders Julee Mahon and Gracianna Coscia will present works, as well. 

Saturday’s program will feature:
Amanda Keller
Allie Linn
5th Digit Dance
Katie Horton & Artists
Retro Flow

Sunday’s program will feature:
Lyons and Tigers
Primal Descent
The Interaction Project
Molly Woytowicz
Michele Olivia Francois & Coralie-Michele Francois
Retro Flow

Coaction Dance Collective (CDC) seeks to engage the community of Philadelphia through art. CDC is composed of three women, Gracianna Coscia, Emma MacDonald, and Julee Mahon, with three different styles, three different stories, and one focus: collaboration.

Danny Black: Adventure Soundtrack Record Release Show
Feb
9
5:30 pm17:30

Danny Black: Adventure Soundtrack Record Release Show

  • The Maas Building

The first ever solo performace of Good Old War guitarist Danny Black's entire new album:

Adventure Soundtrack 

Expect a unique show that will spark all of your senses

Follow the link below to RSVP, and share with your friends! We'll see you there. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/danny-black-adventure-soundtrack-record-release-show-tickets-31532130451?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing

Cry Babies: Art Show Fundraiser for ACLU
Jan
27
7:00 pm19:00

Cry Babies: Art Show Fundraiser for ACLU

All proceeds from this event will be donated directly to the PA chapter of the ACLU. You can read more about the mission of the ACLU here: www.aclupa.org/abouttheaclu or better yet, speak to a representative at the event!
 

Note: This event or its organizers are not directly affiliated with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, nor has the organization officially endorsed this event.


Follow Facebook link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/623658357820346/

ARS NOVA Workshop Presents...
Dec
3
8:00 pm20:00

ARS NOVA Workshop Presents...

  • The Maas Building

Ars Nova Workshop will be presenting the founders of The Acid Mothers Temple Makoto Kawabata (guitar) and Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion) here at The Maas Building. 

Prepare for a mind-altering experience!

To get tickets follow this link: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/makoto-kawabata-tatsuya-nakatani-12-03-2016

 

Secret Cinema: Archive Discoveries
Nov
11
8:00 pm20:00

Secret Cinema: Archive Discoveries

  • The Maas Building

Unseen and forgotten favorites from The Secret Cinema collection.

As always -- still -- Secret Cinema programs are shown using 16mm film projected on a giant screen. The Secret Cinema's private archive contains thousands of reels of 16mm features, theatrical shorts, cartoons, newsreels, and more. Some of the best of these amazing films will again see the light of a projector bulb in ARCHIVE DISCOVERIES...

These previously ungroupable group of short films will include films that were made to entertain, to teach, to encourage commerce and to alter opinion. Spanning many decades, they show wondrous places, styles and things that have long-since vanished. 

 

Hi 5 Studio Ramble Series
Nov
4
8:00 pm20:00

Hi 5 Studio Ramble Series

The Maas Building is hosting a rare intimate concert with Jesse Hale Moore, Rosali, William H. Travis and Special Guests. 

Doors open at 7:30. Music starts shortly after 8pm. $5 suggested donation. (Please enter at the Maas Building Garden Entrance: 1320 N 5th St) Refreshments available.

Upcoming shows include:

Friday, Nov 18th
Jesse Hale Moore, Rosali, William H. Travis and Guests  

Friday, Dec 2nd
I Think Like Midnight, Younger Me

Friday, Dec 16th
Holiday Showcase  

Yoga with "MotherHeart" (Dawn Smelser)
Oct
3
Oct 26

Yoga with "MotherHeart" (Dawn Smelser)

  • The Maas Building

Monday Mornings 9:30am-10:45am - Classical Yoga with Dawn
Monday Nights 6:00pm-7:15pm - Restorative Yoga with Dawn
Wednesday Nights 6:00pm-7:00pm - Prenatal Yoga with Dawn
Wednesday Nights 7:15pm-7:45pm - Satsang (Talk and Share) & Meditation with Dawn

 

Fringe Festival Show: A Streetcar Named Desire
Sep
10
Sep 20

Fringe Festival Show: A Streetcar Named Desire

  • The Maas Building

WEEK ONE:

Saturday, September 10, 8:30PM with party following

Sunday, September 11, 7:30PM

Monday, September 12, 7:30PM

Wednesday, September 14, 7:30PM

Thursday, September 15, 7:30PM

Friday September 16, 7:30PM

 

WEEK TWO:

Saturday, September 17, 7:30PM

Sunday September 18, 7:30PM

Monday September 19, 7:30PM

Tuesday, September 20, 7:30PM

Fringe Festival Show: Two Stories
Sep
9
Sep 10

Fringe Festival Show: Two Stories

  • The Maas Building

Performance Times:

Friday, September 9, 7:30pm and 9:30pm  

Saturday, September 10, 7:30pm and 9:30pm

Entrance at the Garden: 1320 N 5th St. 

Bowerbird: Del Sol String Quartet
Apr
20
8:00 pm20:00

Bowerbird: Del Sol String Quartet

  • Hi 5 Recording

DEL SOL STRING QUARTET
music of Terry Riley, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Ben Johnston, and George Antheil. 

Bowerbird is excited to welcome the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet for an intimate concert in the Maas Building's Hi5 Studio. Featured on the program will be work Ruth Crawford Seeger's serialist "String Quartet" (1931), Ben Johnston's microtonal "“"String Quartet no. 10" (1995), and music by the radical early experimentalist George Antheil.

Hi5 Studio @ Maas Building - use Garden Entrance
8pm; $15 general, $10 students and artists

The Secret Cinema: Movies for Every Occasion
Apr
15
8:00 pm20:00

The Secret Cinema: Movies for Every Occasion

  • MAAS BUILDING

On Friday, April 15, The Secret Cinema will return to the beautiful Maas Building with a new program called Movies for Every Occasion: The Best and Worst of Castle and Official Films. Culled from the depths of the Secret Cinema archive, it will highlight the abundant and varied output of two companies that were pioneers in home entertainment.

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00. Beer and refreshments will be available at the screening.

For more information please visit The Secret Cinema

The Secret Cinema: Stag Movie Night
Nov
21
8:00 pm20:00

The Secret Cinema: Stag Movie Night

The Secret Cinema returns to Maas Building for

STAG MOVIE NIGHT: VINTAGE PORNO FROM THE 1920S, 30S & 40S
This collection of rare erotica films will surprise and shock those who believe the "sexual revolution" of the sixties and seventies gave birth to the celluloid depiction of sex. True, the seedy adult theaters of the seventies and the home video industry that followed it did not exist when these films were made behind closed doors. The original stag movies were distributed through a covert network of all-male screenings at lodges, bachelor parties, and fraternities. Seeing these forbidden films was nonetheless a fairly common rite of passage for American men back then, as the surviving reels of film testify.
The earliest extant pornographic film dates from 1915, and they were probably made well before then. The introduction of 16mm film in 1923 really opened the floodgates of stag production, and a standard format was established. Virtually all stag films are black and white, one 10 to 15 minute reel in length, and silent -- assuring compatibility with the relatively low-cost home movie projectors that were typically rented along with a night's worth of programming.
What shocks today's audiences about these films is that most (though not all) of them are completely explicit in their depiction of sexual acts. The variety of acts and couplings filmed long ago is another eye-opener, and it is somehow comforting to note that the camera angles for such action, worked out over half a century ago, survive in today's adult videos.
The silent films will be accompanied by recordings of period music, including early jazz, crooners, and dirty blues songs.
This new edition of Stag Movie Night will include both new, never shown material as well as the return of some favorite reels from the past screenings. The final selection is still being planned, but titles likely to be chosen include Hollywood Honeys, A Jazz Jag, Through the Keyhole, Mortimer the Salesman, and more, plus Buried Treasure, a hilarious pornographic cartoon from the 1920s attributed to the Max Fleischer studios and others.
There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $9.00. Beer and refreshments will be available at the screening.
Secret Cinema's first Stag Movie Night was presented at the old Silk City Lounge way back in 1996, and that venue also hosted several sequel volumes (with different content). Our last presentation of Stag Movie Night was almost 9 years ago (at a sold-out screening in the 2007 Philadelphia Film Festival) -- so it is definitely overdue for a new showing.
Noshhh: Holiday Craft Food & Vendor Showcase
Nov
13
7:00 pm19:00

Noshhh: Holiday Craft Food & Vendor Showcase

MAAS Building welcomes NOSHHH, a local craft food and drink vendor showcase presented by, Spirit Forward and Home Brewed Events. Sample hand-crafted cocktails, beer, coffee and food from the newest Philadelphia businesses that everybody needs to know about. In true speakeasy style, the location of the after party will be kept secret until the week of the event. Clues about the after-hours spot will be released here leading up to the evening soiree. Enjoy live jazz from Evan Cory Levine to set the mood for the event. And, casual cocktail attire and 20's/speakeasy attire encouraged!

Buy Tickets in advance here!

Local Philly Vendors:

Spirit Forward
Home Brewed Events
United By Blue Coffeehouse and Clothier
The Dashing Rogue
The Beese Knees
Two Brothers Hummus
Chocamo Cookie Cups
La Colombe Coffee Roasters
Kurant Cider

And many more...

Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders
Sep
16
1:00 pm13:00

Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders

Calling all Creative Visionaries, Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed, Artists, Activists, Community Leaders and Dreamers!  Led by Lee Fogel, Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders begins at Maas on September 16th.  This group program is for YOU if you want to dream into and live out your callings and your fully thriving life!  Read more and register HERE

“I thoroughly enjoyed Somatic Wellbeing for Visionaries and Leaders.  During the classes Lee’s instruction and guidance allowed me to reach deep states of relaxation and quiet that has expanded my sense of well being and enabled me to work and live with a greater sense of ease and comfort. I also am able to accomplish tasks  with far less  effort.”

–Jeff DeLone, Sr Partner at Velocity Concepts,

Iron Age Theater Co Presents:  A Great War (Sept 10 - Sept 27)
Sep
10
Sep 20

Iron Age Theater Co Presents: A Great War (Sept 10 - Sept 27)

A Great War
by James J Christy Jr

Directed by James Christy Sr

PERFORMANCES
Thursday Sept 10 7pm
Friday Sept 11 8pm
Sunday Sept 13 7pm
Thurs, Sept 17 7pm
Friday, Sept 18 8pm
Sunday Sept 20 4pm and 8pm
Thursday Sept 24 7pm
Friday Sept 25 8pm
Sat Sept 26 8pm
Sun Sept 27 4pm and 8pm
for tickets: http://www.ironagetheatre.org

An unbreakable soldier. An unwinnable war. 
On the 100th anniversary of World War One, Iron Age Theatre presents the dynamic premiere of the remarkable journey of a German Jewish soldier who survives the deadliest battles of the Great War, only to learn the devastating truth about its origins.

[redacted] Theater Co Presents : This Damned Body Is Carved Out of Meat (Aug 28 - Aug 30)
Aug
28
8:00 pm20:00

[redacted] Theater Co Presents : This Damned Body Is Carved Out of Meat (Aug 28 - Aug 30)

At the end of August, right before the Fringe Festival, see a brand-new kind of performance by [redacted] Theater Company. It's a musical, but there's no singing. It's a concert, but with a human story. It is an art installation. It's voyeurism. It's a play. It's two queer lovers in a bathtub.

Come and learn what love looks like, what transness looks like, what depression looks like. Not what they're supposed to look like.

Friday August 28, 8:00pm
Saturday August 29, 7:30pm, 10:00pm
Sunday August 30, 8:00pm

Bowerbird: Begin Anywhere
Apr
11
8:00 pm20:00

Bowerbird: Begin Anywhere

Chapter 1:
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8pm 

Performances by: 
Eric Derr (percussion)
Heather Gardner (voice)
Elizabeth Huston (harp)
Alize Rozsnyai (voice)
Joel Weszka (clarinet) 

Conversations with:
Jeri Lynne Johnson (Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra)
David Brick (Headlong Dance Theater)
Whit MacLaughlin (New Paradise Laboratories)