Blues for Black Opals: Yolanda Wisher, Dick Lourie & Company
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

Blues for Black Opals: Yolanda Wisher, Dick Lourie & Company

  • Rosenbach Museum & Library

Philadelphia Poet Laureate and vocalist Yolanda Wisher and poet/horn player Dick Lourie come together with poets Quincy Scott Jones, Iréne Mathieu, and Trapeta Mayson, as well as musicians Jim Dragoni, Sirlance Gamble, and Mark Palacio for an evening of poetry, blues, and jazz in remembrance of Black Opals, a 1920s literary magazine produced by black writers in Philadelphia. This program is FREE but advance registration is required.

Sincerely Philadelphia: A Letter to Our New President
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

Sincerely Philadelphia: A Letter to Our New President

  • Christ Church Neighborhood House

Part of the First Person Arts and WHYY Common Space Project. 
An original Philly reACTS production. 
Part of the Encore! Series Presented by PECO.

In this open-letter style performance addressed to our new commander in chief, Philadelphians come together through storytelling to discover the common ground we'll need to move forward under new leadership.

Join us as artists share personal accounts in response to some of the biggest issues of the past four years such as #BlackLivesMatter, the European refugee crisis, Pope Francis' visit, the state of our schools, and more.

Voice how current events have impacted your life, and share your dreams for the future at onsite recording stations. Because whether you vote red or blue, we're all part of the red, white, and blue. Featuring Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher and poet Denice Frohman.

 I Wonder What Else Could Be Different Around Here
Sep
17
6:00 pm18:00

I Wonder What Else Could Be Different Around Here

  • Institute for Contemporary Art

PHILALALIA Closing Event. A little Monk. A little Bessie. A little Langston. Legendary troubadour, poet, and blues saxman Dick Lourie joins Philly Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher and her band The Afroeaters for an intergenerational performance of blues and verse. They are joined by poets Natalie Diaz and Christian Campbell who will also collaborate in a reading that engages the themes of creative freedom and resistance that are part of the exhibition "The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now" on view at ICA starting Sept. 14th.

The Poetic Cypher
Jun
17
7:30 pm19:30

The Poetic Cypher

  • 4809 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19144 United States

CHILDHOODSLOST ENTERTAINMENT GROUP along with TYREE EVANS PRESENTS The POETIC CYPHER BACK "2" BASICS EDITION. This poetic showcase will bring to stage some of the areas top poets, and will be a night full of powerful perfomances, networking and just and all around dope show. Partial proceeds will go towards furthering programs in the city based around empowering and uplifting our youth. 

Bloomsday Reading 2016
Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

Bloomsday Reading 2016

  • The Rosenbach

Yolanda Wisher reads from the Ithaca section of James Joyce’s Ulysses during the Rosenbach’s Bloomsday Festival. 

The Mission Statement Workshop
May
29
1:00 pm13:00

The Mission Statement Workshop

  • Art Church of West Philadelphia

A workshop series going that connects younger poets to established Black poets here in the city of Philadelphia. The suggested donation is $10 and we welcome all writers of the Black diaspora, no matter your level of experience. Workshop Event Dates & Locations:

Sunday, May 29
West Philadelphia Art Church
5219 Webster St.

Sunday, June 26
West Philadelphia Art Church
5219 Webster St.

Rosenbacchanal
May
19
6:00 pm18:00

Rosenbacchanal

  • Rosenbach Museum and Library

Wisher is the guest speaker at the Rosenbach Museum and Library's annual fundraising dinner and will read a selection of her own poems as well as poems from the collection.