Hailing from Germantown via Ambler, North Wales, Brooklyn, and Belize, the husband-wife duo of double bassist Mark Palacio and poet laureate Yolanda Wisher has been marrying art and activism in Philadelphia since 1999. Palacio and Wisher will share stories and images from their past projects and perform original songs and poems. $5. Limited seating; RSVP required: Call 215-834-4140.
A monumental project deserves a monumental performance, and Philadelphia’s poetry scene does not disappoint. Local writers Yolanda Wisher, Lillian Dunn, and Nicole Steinberg, and more have selected a host of Philadelphia-based poets for this one-night-only monument in verse, part of Monument Lab, a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.
The tradition of the rent party dates back to the Harlem Renaissance, when communal gatherings of artists and musicians fed the outpouring of blues, jazz, and poetry for which this period is known. Hosted by poet Yolanda Wisher, this quarterly series celebrates the literary past with readings by contemporary poets and music performed by her band, the Afroeaters (Jim Dragoni on guitar, Sirlance Gamble on drums, and Mark Palacio on double bass).
Workshops and performances through the galleries, celebrating the art of words and language. Finale in the Great Stair Hall by Yolanda Wisher & The Afroeaters, featuring Jim Dragoni on guitar, Marcy Francis & Jan Jeffries on percussion, Carol Moog on harmonica, and Mark Palacio on double bass.
Pirate Jenny, the vengeful heroine dreamed up in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, sails into the 21st century as a modern-day poet and blueswoman. Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, imagines this retelling, inspired by Nina Simone’s powerful 1964 cover of the iconic song. Musing on black love and rage, civil rights, and the meaning of womanhood, Wisher’s tour-de-force performance travels the continents of spoken word and song, with first-mate and double bassist Mark Palacio at her side.
Poet Yolanda Wisher & double bassist Mark Palacio present "hokkuchi," a meeting of haiku & eros inspired by Sonia Sanchez’s most pulse-stirring & blush-worthy work. Performing original haiku sequences set to blues changes, Wisher & Palacio explore the intimate connection between form & feeling.
The Pep Rally for students and families will feature special guests, including Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher, local comedian Chris Cotton, radio personality MinaSayWhat, author and WURD personality Solomon Jones, and rapper Chill Moody.
A reading of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by participating poets and writers, as well as a reading of their own work and others. Presented by Poetry In Common, Peace / Works, Leonard Gontarek and Alicia Askenase.
Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher presents an improvisational reading from Maple Street Rag, a work-in-progress. Wisher will read poems, share images, perform songs, and invite members of the audience to take part in a Q&A following the show. Featuring Jim Dragoni (guitar), Sirlance Gamble (drums) & Mark Palacio (double bass).
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.
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.
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.