Underground At Ron’s Goes Aboveground

Saturday, May 30, 7:30 pm. Your host? Why, Ron Kravitz, of course.

It’s a night of dance, improv, storytelling, music, and just good times. It’s a reunion performance of Playback Theatre — one you won’t want to miss. PLUS you’ll also get to  enjoy the award-winning Jenkintown Select Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Alyssa Davidson. She’ll be collaborating with percussionists Quint Lange, Ron Kravitz, Sam Torres,  and Steve Corsover.

PlaybackPlayback Theatre is an alternative theatre, a community forum, a place to explore the relationship between the personal and the political, between the individual and the collective. It’s an opportunity to hear and be heard, to recognize how we are similar and how we are different… to see our lives on stage. Playback Theatre will feature Bobbi Block, Eric Brunner, Dance Wareham, Jeanette Ponder, Kristen Bissinger, Ron Kravitz, Sarah Halley, and Tom Bissinger. 

The performance is spontaneous — it is theatre created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience weaving together spoken word, dance, music, storytelling, and physical theatre in an improvisational form that can be serious, deeply moving, and often hilarious. 

Youth ChoraleThe Jenkintown Select Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Alyssa Davidson, is comprised of students whose ages range from 13-16 who enjoy the choral experience and sharing their love of music with others singing both traditional and world music. The middle school vocalists will be performing at the Music-in-the-Parks Choral Adjudication in Hershey, Pa. The high school vocalists have just returned from Boston, Mass. where they participated in the Heritage Festival Adjudication, rating first in their division.

You won’t want to miss this event. $20 admission at the door, kids under 12 free. General seating.

Ron Kravitz was first introduced to the Djembe (West African Drum) by the late and great Nigerian master drummer, Babatunde Olatunji. Today Ron has amassed a collection of over 650 percussion instruments from around the world. It is here that he facilitates weekly Community Drum/Music/Vocal Improv gatherings, and in the basement he hosts Underground at Ron’s. Ron is a facilitator for the Music for People organization which is dedicated to teaching and facilitating the art of music improvisation. For the past 32 years, he has been percussionist for Philadelphia’s Group Motion Dance Improvisation Workshop and is the acting musician for two of Philadelphia’s Playback Theatre ensembles.

Alyssa Davidson is the Choral Director at Jenkintown Middle/High School.  She conducts the Vocal Experience, Concert Choir, the Honors Chorale, Just the Guys— Male Ensemble, and The BelleTones, the schools’ all female A Cappella choir. Ms. Davidson is the founder of Flutterbye Theater Company, a non-profit children’s theater company, housed at the Cheltenham Art Center.  Ms. Davidson has her BA in Fine Arts/Music and her Masters Degree in Multicultural Education, from Eastern University.

We’re Pulling Out All The Stops For Our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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Saturday, September 20, 6 pm

Who would have ever believed it? A vision to create an Arts Hub where artists in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill could come out of isolation, meet each other, create opportunities, be inclusive, build community. A place where truthful content and genuine stories would unfold to build vision. An Arts Hub where people would feel acknowledged and received. Well, it’s happening at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), and this is only the beginning…

We’re celebrating a huge 5-year milestone on Sat., Sept. 20, 6 pm at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.! We believe, if you love the arts, you’ll have the time of your life. We invite you to join us for a glorious celebration while supporting MAAGs programming and growth.

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Ready to kick it up with John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel, and Arlyn Wolters? Oh yeah!

DANCE your heart out with musicians from the Dukes of Destiny… as in John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel and Arlyn Wolters!

EAT/DRINK to your heart’s delight with catered food from local businesses and wineries.

INDULGE your love for fine art and handcraft by bidding on work donated by MAAG artists to our Silent Auction. Preview all artwork while you “Sip and Stroll” at the Street Fare, Thursday, September 18th from 6-10 pm. Be sure to stop by MAAG for a special, free sneak peek. To see the growing list of work donated by MAAG artists, view the Artists Page HERE.

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Ceramic created and donated by Lou Ann Merkle

ENVISION gifts certificates all related to dining and the arts! Think dinner and museum memberships, theatre tickets, music performances, classes, and more. For a full and growing list of participating donors, see below.

In short, FEED YOUR CREATIVE SOUL! This amazing evening costs a mere $30 in advance/ $35 at the door.

For more information call 215.242.5074. Join us for this special celebration.

Heard enough? Buy your tickets now and save! 

$30.00 Add to cart

 

Want to know more? We said it was going to be a night focusing on the arts. So feast your eyes below on the initial list of donors!

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Photography created and donated by Ellie Seif

List of Donors (and more is coming in daily!)

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

Arts 

1812 Productions — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Act II Playhouse — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Ambler Theater — 4 passes to the Ambler Theater — Value = $40

Anna Crusis Choir —  2 Season Passes — Value = $100

Annenberg Center for the Arts — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice —  Value = $100

Arden Theater — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $100

Ballet X — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $70

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $170

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Silk and batik created and donated by Kathy Robinson

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $145

Crossing Choir — 2 Tickets to each of 3 performances — Value = $200

Custom Picture Framers of Glenside — Gift Certificate for Framing — Value = $50

Dovetail Artisans — Gift Certificate — Value = $20

Eastern State Penitentiary — 6 Tour Tickets — Value = $84

Fabric Workshop — Family Membership + “An Industrious Art”—fabric and print book  — Value = $85

First Person Arts  — 2, 6-pack entry cards —  Value = $120

FringeArts  — 2 memberships  — Value = $100

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Abstract art created and donated by Lee Muslin

Gravers Lane Gallery  — Original Handblown Glass  — Value = $170

Grounds for Sculpture  — 4 guest passes  — Value = $48

Handcraft Workshop  — Beginner’s Sewing Class  — Value = $50

Institute of Contemporary Art — Family Membership — Value = $100

Interact Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice  — Value = $7

Keswick Theatre — 2 Tickets to Jad Abumrad, Host of RadioLab — Value = $75

Lantern Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $83

Mann Center for the Performing Arts — 2 VIP tickets to orchestral performance + parking pass + access to VIP Donor Terrace and Garden — Value = $165

Morris Arboretum  — 4 Passes  — Value = $68

National Museum of  Jewish History — Dual Membership  — Value = $72

Opera Philadelphia  —  2 Tickets to the East Coast Premier of “Oscar”…The Life of Oscar Wilde  —  Value= $300

Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts  — Family Membership  —  Value = $80

Philadelphia Folksong Society  — 2 Philadelphia Folk Festival Passes  —  Value =$312

Philadelphia Museum of Art  — 4 General Admissions —Value = $80

Philadelphia Orchestra — 2 Orchestra Level Seats — Value = $170

Philadelphia Theatre Co. —  2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $118

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Penscape created and donated by Andrew Walker

Piffaro Renaissance Band — 2 Season Subscriptions + CD + Book — Value = $180

Please Touch Museum — 4 Passes — Value = $68

Profiles Studio — 2 Professional Photos of Your Artwork — Value = $100

Quintessence Theatre Group —  2 Opening Night Season Tickets + Meet The Cast After-Parties — Value = $380

Stagecrafters Theater — 2 Season Passes — Value = $130

Woodmere — 2 Family Memberships  — Value = $70 per family membership

 

Buy your tickets now and save! 

$30.00 Add to cart

 

Catering

(More Still Coming!)

Far Hills Winery

Herschels East Side Deli

Jyoti

Little Jimmies

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Photography created and donated by Charles Edwards

New Kings Deli

Night Kitchen

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Totos

Trader Joe’s

Weavers Way

 

Dining Certificates

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

(More Still Coming!)

Bacio Italian Restaurante — $50

Brunos — $60

Dimeo’s — $25

Earth, Bread, and Brewery — $75

Iron Hill Brewery — $25

McMennamins — $50

Mi Puebla Restaurant — $25

Stephen Starr Restaurants — Il Pittore — $200

Tavern on The Hill — $25

Trevi — $20

Trolley Car Diner — $100

Yu Hsiang Garden — $25

 

You won’t want to miss this celebration! Buy your tickets now and save! 

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And Now A Word From A Poet…

Next Open Mic on Sat., Sept. 6, 7 pm $5 at the door

Jazz backup with Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon

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(a poet’s review)

And even tho’

I’ve made a practice of

hiding in plain sight

safe in the knowing

that no one really knew

what they were looking at

when they saw me,

I heard there would be jazz

 

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soulful songs from

singing hearts

accompanied by bass notes

and rhythmic drums.

 

And there were.

 

Every wild woman in town

who heard the call

who had something worth saying

something

they were compelled to say

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that emerged from the cracks

made by the wear and tear of

living and

 

dying

of keeping a candle lit

in the darkest days,

in the violence of storms,

in the irretrievable nothing

left by loss,
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It was lightning.

It was a blazing

spectacle

of soul.

 

So come

and slam

your poetic self

down on the table

naked and writhing

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lightness

and darkness.

Show yourself,

bear witness here.

History is being made.

You won’t see it on the news

but it’s quake

can change your destiny.

 

This poem written and contributed by Alison Nappi, founder of Write With Spirit.

 

Want to read at our next open mic/slam? Contact poetryslam.maag@gmail.com

 

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Jazz Jam…That’s What Change Is All About

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Hey jazz fans, we’re  going through some changes in our ensemble. So while that happens, you’ll probably experience certain changes in our music and personnel. But that’s what change is all about. And I know how to deal with change. So make sure you plan on attending our next jazz jam on Wednesday, July 10th. We will not disappoint!

This past month our guest pianist graced us with some sounds for the evening along with congas, djembe and the strong bass sound of Charles Witherspoon. The night started slow.  As the evening grew,  so did the music. With the horns arriving it was off to the races. We had two young musicians in the audience seeing live music for the first time, something that I definitely promote. I even got a chance to meet them (what a charge). They were excited.

During the course of the night I couldn’t help but think about the next session and what it will consist of. So in saying that, I want all of my fellow musicians,  jazz fans, and listeners to stay tuned. The best is yet to come. Only one thing troubles me though…I haven’t seen your face in the place.                                        

Peace

TANK

 

 

Jazz Jam…How Far We’ve Come


Generic Jazz Jam FlyerJust sitting back and thinking about how far we’ve come.

The MAAG Jazz Jam has really brought fourth some good local talent. Every 2nd Wednesday of the month – it’s become what many musicians have been looking for…a place to unwind with their instruments, some good times and good people.  When we begin to unload our all-time standards (which we, as jazz people,  all know) we end up tearing the house down.

So, join us this Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. As a listener or player, make this the place to be…you won’t be disappointed.     

Peace,

Tank Keitt

 

Wow! International Women’s Day – Where Do We Even Begin?

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Photo by Janet Mason

It’s often difficult to re-cap such a whirlwind weekend. Yet, let me start here:

Thank you.

To all of the performers, attendees, and volunteers, you truly made last weekend’s celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) an unforgettable one. Without your inspiring work and  participation, we wouldn’t have been able to spread the message of IWD in such style. So, we thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts! In case you missed it, Friday’s event, “Outloud: A Celebration of Female Voices,” which showcased the music and poetry of eight incredible female performers in our city, was an absolute, standing-room only success. From ruby-flows, Trayvon Martin laments, folkie guitar riffs, heart-warming chorale collaborations, Anne Sexton throwbacks, and everything in-between, the evening will undeniably live on. More importantly, though, it will only further the progress of women throughout our beautiful city.

Yet, Saturday and Sunday followed with equal fervor. Cocktails were served and conversations ran deep. Slideshows of female artists became illuminated against our walls and discussions on the intersection of art and social change were undeniably front-and-center. On Sunday afternoon, during our conversation revolving around “Women in the Media & The Arts”, speakers and attendees shared familial history, personal struggles and triumphs, as well as strategies to further improve women’s progress.

Overall, all of these performers, speakers, and conversations are a testimonial of how far women have come throughout the ages. Yet, simultaneously, they are a reminder, a gentle nudge, for how much work still needs to be done.

As I said during the opening remarks on Friday night, we have an obligation to change our world for the better; yet we can’t do it alone. And, I believe, there’s no better way to do it than this: Care about each other. Care about each other, despite differences, and build a unified network that stretches across any boundary imaginable. Again, to illustrate this vital connection, I’d like to offer you a poem, written by Marge Piercy in 1980 and recently reiterated by spoken word artist Stacey Ann Chin.

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“Outloud: A Celebration of Female Voices”
Photo by Michael Albany

“The Low Road” 

What can they do
to you? Whatever they want.
They can set you up, they can
bust you, they can break
your fingers, they can
burn your brain with electricity,
blur you with drugs till you
can’t walk, can’t remember, they can
take your child, wall up
your lover. They can do anything
you can’t stop them
from doing. How can you stop
them? Alone, you can fight,
you can refuse, you can
take what revenge you can
but they roll over you.

But two people fighting
back to back can cut through
a mob, a snake-dancing file
can break a cordon, an army
can meet an army.

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Two people can keep each other
sane, can give support, conviction,
love, massage, hope, sex.
Three people are a delegation,
a committee, a wedge. With four
you can play bridge and start
an organization. With six
you can rent a whole house,
eat pie for dinner with no
seconds, and hold a fund raising party.
A dozen make a demonstration.
A hundred fill a hall.
A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter;
ten thousand, power and your own paper;
a hundred thousand, your own media;
ten million, your own country.

It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again and they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.

As these words remind us, women’s progress occurs step-by-step, one person at a time joining forces with another. It may seem tedious, but in reality, it’s the beauty of progress. We’ve got to keep building, keep pushing, keep creating the art that makes us whole again and advances social change. Because if we don’t, who will?

Last weekend, and everything it embodied, was a testament to this. Yet, let our final thought be this: Carry on the message of International Women’s Day for not just one day or weekend, but  for the entire year. Don’t let the inspiration and fervor of last weekend slip away. Don’t let these performances and conversations go (As my mother often said) – “in one ear and out the other.” Instead, embrace them without reservation and truly be a beacon of hope.

Now, on a lighter note, check out some photos!

              

Again, many thanks to all who made last weekend a reality!

 

MAAG Jazz Jam… Wed., December 12

 

Our MAAG Jazz Jam started in November, and it was all that and more – 5 guitar players, 2 drummers, sax, keyboards, and 2 of the best vocalists ever! Yes, we were finger poppin’ and having a great time. Led by Tank Kitt and the  Passage Jazz Band. Yes, and we are proud to have them as the MAAG house band.

So we’re doing it again. Monthly, in fact. With food. You can byo.

It’s casual. If you’re a musician, bring your “axe.” We’ve even got a piano and a drum setup. You could end up having a great time. We did!

If you’re a jazz lover, bring yourself and your friends. And your love of good jazz. $5 for musicians (good food) and $10 for jazz lovers. Wed. Dec 12 from 6-9 pm at 11 W. Mt Airy Ave. (That’s the second Wed. of every month.)

Let’s see what happens! At MAAG,  anything is possible.

Neither Rain Nor Snow…

Stopped the Mt. Airy Art Garage From It’s Grand Opening Over 225 people stopped into the Mt. Airy Art Garage, a community-based artist cooperative, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 542 W. Carpenter Lane. Although snowy and damp, families and friends met to enjoy and purchase unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays— custom leatherwork, jewelers, mixed media and fiber artists, sculptors, photographers, painters, winter “art garb” and a host of other fine art and handcrafts. High Point Café, the Night Kitchen, Baker Street, and Weavers Way donated mouthwatering cakes, coffee, and treats to nourish the palate and warm everyone up. Live music fed the soul—Slippery Slope led a full-scale, foot-stomping, swaying “hootenanny,” Richard Dreuding warmed spirits with beautiful acoustic guitar, while the violin playing of Elizabeth Shaak and Hollis Payor put smiles on everyone.

What’s next? Come check us out this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 from 10 am – 6 pm at 542 West Carpenter Lane—more delicious food from our sponsors in the Northwest (Bredenbecks and Mi Puebla, for starters), music from Terri Rambo and others. And, best of all, each weekend will feature all new artists from the Northwest! Visit us, shop, and share in the Holiday spirit. Admission is free and open to the public. And mark your calendars for Dec. 19 and 20, same time, same place! Join in our Holiday vision—meet the artists, buy wonderful things, watch us blossom and grow. Come to the Art Market! Friend us on Facebook, or visit us at www.mtairyartgarage.org.