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Stellar 

Masses

PROJECT DATES & LOCATIONS

May 9-16, 2018

Stellar Mass I

May 9, 2018

6:30-8:30pm

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Stellar Mass II

May 10, 2018

6:30-8:30pm

Iron Gate Theater

3700 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Stellar Mass III

May 16, 2018

6:00-8:30pm

Franklin Institute

222 N 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hive Revival: A Stellar Masses

Get-Down

May 12, 2018

7:00-11:00pm

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden Street 

Philadelphia, PA 19123

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Vince Anthony 

Frances Bodomo

King Britt

Renee Cox

Samuel R. Delany

Allene Foster

V. Shayne Frederick

Johan Grimonprez

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Husnaa Hashim

Sirius Juju

Madison McFerrin

Moor Mother

Terence Nance

Raquel Salas Rivera

Jakeya Sanders

Ursula Rucker

Marvin K. White

Saya Woolfalk

SPOKEN WORD

Organized as a series of gatherings that explore the sacred roots and interstellar potential of spoken word practices, Stellar Masses upholds the spoken word as at once ancient and futuristic, capable of testifying, time traveling, and spellbinding. The site-specific events will feature writers, musicians, and filmmakers, guiding attendees through a mind-expanding continuum of ritual and performance. Curated by Curator of Spoken Word Yolanda Wisher.

stellar mass I

FIRMAMENT

Blessing by Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim
The Stellar Mass Choir directed by V. Shayne Frederick
Performance by Sirius Juju
Film shorts by Terence NanceFrances BodomoJohan Grimonprez, and Saya Woolfalk
Moor Mother delivers The Word. Featuring Rasheedah Phillips of Black Quantum Futurism.

stellar mass II

HEAVEN

Benediction by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera
The Stellar Mass Choir directed by V. Shayne Frederick
Samuel R. Delany and Alexis Pauline Gumbs deliver The Word
Performance by Bethlehem and Sad Patrick
A book signing, with Samuel R. Delany, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Raquel Salas Rivera, will follow.

stellar mass III

EARTH

Libation by Ursula Rucker
The Stellar Mass Choir directed by V. Shayne Frederick
Marvin K. White delivers The Word
King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm
Star show by Madison McFerrin
Film shorts by Renee Cox and Will Haughery & Kris Harzinski

hive revival

A STELLAR MASSES GET-DOWN

Blessing by Marvin K. White 

Featuring music by WORLDTOWN