Eris Temple Arts/Certain Circuits Presents

Discordinalia – Goddess Night

Friday September 16th,   7pm-12am

At the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum

3819 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia PA

Ursula Rucker (feature performer)

Bonnie MacAllister

Maleka Fruean

Natalie Felix

LizZ/A Piano and a Cocktail Murderess

Radio Eris with special guest Kali

Medusa and the Mythological Blues Band

Screening of Pisces short film

And the Painted Model Artist Showcase and “Fashion Show” curated by Blueberry Crush

A celebration of edgy creative women and tribute to our muses and goddesses:  Spoken-word, music, theater and film screenings featuring a diverse group of provocative and iconoclastic Philadelphia women.   With the Painted Model Artist Showcase, showcasing local women artists painting the bodies of live models.

About the performers

Ursula Rucker

Music and art critics have embraced Ursula’s socially conscious works. The alluring tales she created for the The Roots contained subject matter that was motivated by heightened consciousness. Whether exploring sexual exploitation as in The Unlocking or introducing the lifestyle of a crack-dealing single mother in Adventures in Wonderland, she provided listeners with an intimate glimpse of urban reality. Whatever the content, Ursula has an uncanny ability to strike with unrivaled, softspoken and seductive lyricism.  Attracted to diverse genres, with roots firmly grounded in hip-hop, Ursula’s collaborations throughout the 1990’s included Loveless (4Hero/ Talking Loud), Get Ready (Silent Poets/Idylic),and the Gravity Games (ABC) anthem Sixth Sense (Josh Wink/Ovum Recordings). Ursula’s later work illustrates her growth as an artist and her ability to transcend the bounds of poetry. The life and death saga Return to Innocence Lost (The Roots/MCA); an unsettling portrait of slavery Soon (Rob Yancey/Realized Recordings) and the classic Jazzanova remix of the mer-fantasy driven Circe (Guidance Recordings).

LizZ / A Piano and A Cocktail Murderess – Fringe veteran LizZ, creator of Crooked House and Beyond the Pale, performs theatrical spoken-word and sings with partner Matt Stevenson as  “A Piano and A Cocktail Murderess” who have mined the vast sea of 20th century pop music with keen curatorial ears to select surprising and enchanting songs. Once adapted for midnight cocktail lounge piano, the likes of Elvis Costello, Peggy Lee, Tom Petty, and all sorts in between thrill all over again. (Germ Books 2010)

RadioEris with Special Guest Kali!/pages/Radio-Eris/59505104735

Psychedelic spoken-word veterans Radio Eris fronted by shamanic poetess Lora Bloom and with a special guest performance by Kali (singer Hillaria Goodgame),  are also the hosts and sound crew for the event.

Medusa and the Mythological Blues Band

An original Cabaret about the life and times of Medusa created by Hannah Tsapatoris McLeod, reimagining Medusa  as a singer in a blues club with her backing band of Persephone, Cerberous and the Minotaur.

Maleka Fruean – is a mama, writer, artist, and events coordinator at an independent bookstore.   She was born in Apia, Western Samoa, raised in New Jersey, and became an adult in Philly.  She has featured her poetry in the Painted Bride, and various communal houses, bookstores and tea houses, and has helped organize Ladyfest Philly, Black Women’s Arts Festival, Greenfest Philly, and events at LAVA, a radical media center.

**Natalie c. felix** –

Is a poet, artist and Uni-Verse-All community member with a BA in Spanish Literature from UC Santa Barbara and a MA in Human Science from Saybrook University. She is the Executive Director of the Community Cultural Exchange (CCE), a non-profit whose mission is to create community through art and culture.

Bonnie MacAllister –

Bonnie MacAllister renders moments through a variety of media.   Often pieces are multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide installations, spoken word, video, and performance.   Examining sound and syntax through uncommon combinations, her poetry thrives on a chopping constructs and forms often four or five line stanzas: rarely rhymed, strictly metered, intensely syllabic, occasionally crafted sestinas, a deconstructed breath verse.  She publishes small editioned chapbooks including SOME WORDS ARE NO LONGER WORDS and PAID IN GOATS and collaborates to produce poetic films. The chapbooks are in permanent collections including the Zine Library at Barnard College, Brooklyn Art Library, amd the Utopian Library in Viareggio, Italy, Concentrated Experimental Poetry.  Her films have been featured on (UK), and writing has been published in editions and multimedia such as Paper Tiger Media (Brisbane), nth Position (UK), Grasp (Czech Republic).  Recent stagings of her plays were at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Shubin Theatre, and the Adrienne Theatre.  She has performed at NYFA, Painted Bride, Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, Wilma Theatre, and Highwire Gallery.

Pisces Short Film by Samantha Paradise / Kharybdis Films

Kharybdis Films is a Philadelphia based production company, formed in 2009. Kharybdis aims to produce and present, independent cinematographic productions which focus on strong female characters. Their first film, Pisces premiered on August 7, 2010 at World Cafe Live.  Kharybdis is a mythological naiad who pissed Zeus off. Since male gods frequently throw temper tantrums, Zeus turned her into a sea monster. She is most remembered for her work as the whirl pool monster in Homer’s The Odyssey.

And the Painted Model Artist Showcase and “Fashion Show” curated by Blueberry Crush (!/blueberrycrush)

A diverse group of women artists painting  the bodies of models from all areas of the local arts/culture scenes.  Painting will take place from 7-9 and “fashion show” around 9pm. Artists include Blueberry Crush, Delia Gable, Bridget Goldhahn and more.