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The Future Weird x The AfroFuturist Affair Movie Night
The Future Weird short film screening series out of Brooklyn joins The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly for an evening of sci-fi, experimental, speculative & weird short films by directors from Africa and the Global South, with live, thematic musical interludes from experimental/electronic artists  Marlo Reynolds and Moor Mother Goddess. Join us on Saturday, May 10 at LAVA Space from 4 to 9pm to screen two of The Future Weird’s curated tracks, VISIONS OF EXCESS and IN SEARCH OF A BLACK ATLANTIS, 
 Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds Snacks Sponsored by:Philadelphia Printworks, GriotWorks, The Future Weird, and The AfroFuturist Affair

The Future Weird x The AfroFuturist Affair Movie Night

The Future Weird short film screening series out of Brooklyn joins The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly for an evening of sci-fi, experimental, speculative & weird short films by directors from Africa and the Global South, with live, thematic musical interludes from experimental/electronic artists Marlo Reynolds and Moor Mother Goddess.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 at LAVA Space from 4 to 9pm to screen two of The Future Weird’s curated tracks, VISIONS OF EXCESS and IN SEARCH OF A BLACK ATLANTIS,


Cost: $5 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Snacks

Sponsored by:
Philadelphia Printworks, GriotWorks, The Future Weird, and The AfroFuturist Affair

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RECURRENCE PLOT: AND OTHER TIME TRAVEL TALES

the debut book from @afrofuturistaffair creative director & metropolarity founding member, Rasheedah Phillips  ++++++ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot and Other Time Travel Tales present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.

A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards…

Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.

230 pages.

Available for purchase  at:

AfroFuturist Affair

Metropolarity

Recurrence Plot

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The Time Travel Convention is an exhibition that explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not necessarily require a machine, an advanced degree, or any other privileges. Using afrofuturism and the speculative as lenses, the exhibition will feature time travel devices and objects from creators who use tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music to craft their temporal devices.

Time Travel Convention | Pt. 2 - Activation is an opening reception for the exhibition and book release for AfroFuturist Affair Creator Rasheedah Phillips’ experimental, independently published fiction novel, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).

MMGz — PsychoAcoustics & Memory 
Black Shesus — The Pyramid of Shesus
R.Phillips — Recurrence Plot (RP)
Kameelah Janan Rasheed — No Instructions of Assembly, Activation II
Alisha B. Wormsley — there are black people in the future
Mourl Ferryman — The Shadow and the Substance 2014
Melissa Moore — An Infinitygram: Diasporan Object Design For A New Future

Noni Red - everything begins within

Readings from:
Metropolarity
Warren The poet longmire
Michael Michael Joseph O’Hara
Rasheedah Phillips
Rorie Still
+ Special Guests

FREE

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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Philly Comic Convention Celebrates the Black Experience, Black Women in the Industry

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Find your equilibrium at the 2014 East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market St., Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes! via ECBACC

Philly Comic Convention Celebrates the Black Experience, Black Women in the Industry

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Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release
In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   
Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 
The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.
Submission information
Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.
Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

Open Call for Creators: Time Travel Convention and Recurrence Plot Release

In collaboration with Metropolarity.net, this interactive exhibition explores time travel as a practical activity – something that does not require a machine, an advanced degree, or other privileges. Using afrofuturism and science fiction as lenses, the exhibition will revolve around time travelling with everyday tools such as memory, dreams, imagination, manipulation of language and perception, light, and music.   

Inviting submissions from the public of all ages, the installation will feature personal time machines and time travel devices created by submitting creators.  Leading up to the exhibition, we will host a workshop on March 23, 2014 at Yell Gallery with materials and an interactive lecture component, where people can discuss ideas for alternative methods of time travel.  The workshop will feature the “quantum time capsule”, where attendees can be part of the creation of a live installation at the Convention. We will also disseminate a curriculum for use in classrooms and afterschool programs for teachers to work with students to make work for the Convention. 

The Time Travel Convention opening reception will also be the premiere of AfroFuturist Affair creator R.Phillip’s experimental book of short time travel tales called Recurrence Plot and her Sun Return celebration. The reception will feature readings by Metropolarity and a few other guest authors.

Submission information

Seeking submissions of small installations, film, audio/video, literature, photography, objects, and art pieces dealing with time travel, such as personal time machines and devices and time travel artifacts. Works can be individual or collaborative, and should be experimental. Proposals should include a description of your project or piece, including dimensions, sizes, number, and other specifications. Please identify any audio/visual and electrical needs. Also include artist information and website if available.

Please submit a proposal for your submission to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by February 20 2014. The Time Travel Convention opening reception will take place at Yell Gallery in Philadelphia on April 5, 2014.  For more information please contactafrofuturistaffair@gmail.com

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SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 
Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.
Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.
SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.
Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

SPACES: Spacemaking Artist-in-Residence Program Request for Proposals! 

Beginning January 15, 2014, The Village of Arts and Humanities (based in North Philadelphia) requests proposals from individuals and collectives, for two, four-month artist residencies in cycle one of SPACES: Artist Residency at The Village.

Through SPACES, youth and families in North Central Philadelphia collaborate with resident artists to explore how the process of sharing artistic practice and engaging in meaningful exchanges of information within a community, can nurture the creation of SPACE—space to create, to dream, to build, and to transform physical landscapes.

SPACES artists will live in creatively renovated row homes in The Village Heart, a four square block area consisting of 14 art parks and nine program buildings, all woven into the existing residential and commercial fabric of the neighborhood. During each residency, artists will engage with community members through informal and Village facilitated dialogue, programs, apprenticeships, or workshops, to design and execute an original, transformative project rooted in art, born from the artists’ relationships with the community, and realized in partnership with community members.

Residency is for emerging and mid-career individual artists and collectives across a wide discipline of arts.  Artists will also be rewarded $10,000 as part of the residency. For more information, visit Village Arts and email artsresidency@villagearts.org. Proposals due Feb. 28. 

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Philly Love: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka | readings of his work, original music production inspired by and incorporating his work, film screenings, special guests, blessings to the late great ancestor | 2.1.14 @Brandywine Workshop | presented by @philaprint @Phillyrockers @afrofuturistaffair @moonstonearts | #amiribaraka #philly

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ROCKERS! AND PHILLY PRINTWORKS PRESENT MOVIE NIGHT: 

 ”IT IS WHAT IT IS” EDITION

"It Is What It Is" (Black Punk Documentary) is the story behind the Chicago based band The Breathing Light. Recorded over various periods in it’s short period of 5 years, it gives viewers insight into the personalities and ideals that make up the band. Race, Rock N’ Roll and Reality make “It Is What It Is” the source for truth and possibility for Black Youth World Wide.

☠ Discussion with band following film
☠ Free snacks
☠ Donations accepted


House of Future Sciences
3213 Turner St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Brought to you by ROCKERS!, The AfroFuturist Affair and Philadelphia Printworks.

our first event of the year

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West Philly-based cartoonist Annie Mok reads from Screentests, her most fully-realized work to date. Annie’s comics are by turns quiet, raucous, funny, and sad, and always clear-eyed and nuanced. “These stories, which could be incredibly heartbreaking with no relief, instead give the reader hope.” - Mey Rude, Autostraddle. Annie’s work can be found at cargocollective.com/heyanniemok, heyanniemok.tumblr.com, and @HeyAnnieMok on twitter.She’s joined by the incredible creators Ras Mashramani (metropolarity.net), R.Phillips (AfroFuturistAffair), and Alex*Laser Life (The Afterv3rse), of the Philly-based queer sci-fi crew Metropolarity; O. Horvath (Spurt of Blood), “hysterical cartoonist / pvd”; and Khristina Acosta of the Philly/NJ-based PoC-only zine distro No Shame Distro (facebook.com/noshamedistro), reading from her zine The Birthday Party.A Q&A and signing will follow the readings.*Please note that some stories read at the event may be triggering.Facebook event
Vox Populi Gallery in the Aux Performance Space319 N. 11th St, 3rd FloorFri. Jan. 17 @ 7pm

West Philly-based cartoonist Annie Mok reads from Screentests, her most fully-realized work to date. Annie’s comics are by turns quiet, raucous, funny, and sad, and always clear-eyed and nuanced. “These stories, which could be incredibly heartbreaking with no relief, instead give the reader hope.” - Mey Rude, Autostraddle. Annie’s work can be found at cargocollective.com/heyanniemok, heyanniemok.tumblr.com, and @HeyAnnieMok on twitter.

She’s joined by the incredible creators Ras Mashramani (metropolarity.net), R.Phillips (AfroFuturistAffair), and Alex*Laser Life (The Afterv3rse), of the Philly-based queer sci-fi crew Metropolarity; O. Horvath (Spurt of Blood), “hysterical cartoonist / pvd”; and Khristina Acosta of the Philly/NJ-based PoC-only zine distro No Shame Distro (facebook.com/noshamedistro), reading from her zine The Birthday Party.

A Q&A and signing will follow the readings.
*Please note that some stories read at the event may be triggering.
Facebook event

Vox Populi Gallery in the Aux Performance Space
319 N. 11th St, 3rd Floor
Fri. Jan. 17 @ 7pm

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The AfroFuturist Affair Year 2013 Review

As we prepare to refresh resolutions from last year that we never got around to, craft some new goals, and fill in our calendar for ‘14, AfroFuturist Affair wants to take the time out for a retrospective afrofuture review of our projects and activities over this past rotation ‘round the sun. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our journey and inspire us to keep it revolving and evolving. 

FEBRUARY

Moderated *GRIOTWORKS Presents: ‘Afrofuturism’: Exploring the Future of Black Media, Myth and Culture* panel @ Vivant Art Gallery 

MARCH

Radio interview on Frater Heru Institute ”The Legacy of a Nation" BlogTalk Radio Show

Featured reader at Roots and River Zine-a-Thon w/ Metropolarity 215 Speculative Fiction Collective @ Wooden Shoe Bookstore

APRIL

GALAXY HIGH SPECULATIVE FICTION HOUSE PARTY and Metropolarity Benefit @ AfroFuturist Affair’s House of Future Sciences 

Featured reader at Spring Laser Life West Philly Queer Empowered Sci-Fi Reading @  A-Space Anarchist Community Center. See videos from past Laser Life gatherings here.

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MAY

THE BLACK TRIBBLES PRESENTS: OCTAVIA CITY  - The Black Tribbles joined with Gabriel Bryant of G-town Radio’s Stepping Into Tomorrow and Rasheedah Phillips of the AfroFuturist Affair to present original tales of afrofuturism from some of the genre’s upcoming and brightest stars. Part One and Part Two of the first Octavia City event

JUNE

Featured in Gemly’s Portal Sci-Fi Magic Art Show, a multigenerational art show of portals, alternate reality, and magic put on by the UCAL youth scifi magic art class, with photography from the “Lost in Time” photo series by D1L0 by Adrian Jackson , The L.Park Project, and feyasterling inc.

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Community Partner for Philly Premiere of AfroPunk’s “Triptych” Film Screenig at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Moor Mother Goddess Presents Mama’s Gun Official Afterparty

JULY

Quantum Time Capsule Workshop @ Day 3 of Rockers BBQ Weekend w/ readings by Metropolarity.net and the release of SE01:EP02 Space Invaders Issue (Gentrification x Community)

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*The AfroFuturist Affair and Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Present: Wine + Spirit + Mind II:  An Evening of Exploration and Examination of the Inner and Outer Reaches of the Multiverse 

AUGUST

Science is Fiction! Using Sci-fi & Afrofuturism to Time Travel workshop @ Girls Rock Philly! Summer Rock Camp

Speech on intersectionality of sexual assault, race, and gender, at Slutwalk DC!

SEPTEMBER

Featured guest on Genesis Science Fiction Radio, a program of Black Science Fiction Society, w/ hosts Jarvis Sheffield, Penelope Flynn, and William Hayashi discussing relevant topics in science fiction from a black perspective

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The Peace House Creative Space & Rockers Closet present "A Different World" Dance Party/Fashion Show in Celebration of Philly Fashion Week 2013, with afrofuturist-inspired stylings by The AfroFuturist Affair and Rockers Closet. Body art by Omi Urban Gypsy. More photos + behind the scenes here.

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Featured reader at Fall Laser Life West Philly Queer Empowered Sci-Fi Reading @  A-Space Anarchist Community Center. See videos from past Laser Life gatherings here.

OCTOBER

Featured scifi reader as part of the GriotWorks and Vivant Art Gallery Afrorythmic Futurstic performance at JUMP N FUNK W/ RICH MEDINA @ PENN MUSEUM in tribute to the amazing Fela Kuti 

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Sponsor of Philadelphia Printworks Fall Launch Party @ AfroFuturist Affair’s House of Future Sciences

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Interview on Nobantu Project - AFROFUTURISM, Agent of Change & Annual Charity & Costume Ball -  Philadelphia public interest attorney, author, and Creative Director of AfroFuturist Affair Rasheedah Phillips speaks about the organization’s upcoming Annual Charity & Costume Ball and Afrofuturism as a medium for social commentary

Excerpts from an interview published in Afrofuturism - The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack 

Featured reader at Philly Zine Fest w/ Metropolarity.net crew @ The Rotunda

NOVEMBER

THE BLACK TRIBBLES x AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR RETURN TO OCTAVIA CITY

*Afrofuturist Affair 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball Presents: Dark Phase Space

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Reading with Metropolarity.net @ Punks Against Racism Show

Shadows Took Shape Book Club Discussion featuring “Kindred” by Octavia Butler at Studio Museum in Harlem w/ Illustrator and Professor John Jennings - R.Phillips  presents on Time, Memory, and Agency | Photo and mini-review by Invisible Universe Documentary www.maslidukan.com/kindred-discussion

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AfroFuturist Affair featured Guest Blogger on Shadows Took Shape Tumblr 

DECEMBER

Visual projections at ROCKERS!/MMGZ Presents: HEAR BEFORE: politics as usual  

Women in Sci-Fi and Afrofuturism workshop at Girls Rock Philly! Ladies Rock Camp

Community partner @ Leeway Foundation Presents Emergent Strategies: Speculative Fiction & Radical Organizing w/ Octavia’s Brood Adrienne Maree Brown - a lively conversation and writing workshop inspired by the work of visionary, post-apocalyptic, science-fiction author Octavia Butler

For more information on The AfroFuturist Affair Futurist Fund grant, collaborations, projects, readings, workshops, booking, and upcoming events, please contact afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com. 

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Philly Anti-Cap Presents: Let the Fire Burn - Free Screening @ LAVA
This documentary film follows Philadelphia’s MOVE Organization & their heated relationship (and conflict) with the Philadelphia Police Department, using archival footage. MOVE is a radical black liberation group with strong environmental leanings. (95 mins)7pmfree snacksshow up early/on time for rowdy music videos before the filmstay later for discussionLava space (lancaster avenue autonomous space)4134 Lancaster Ave(43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street)

Philly Anti-Cap Presents: Let the Fire Burn - Free Screening @ LAVA

This documentary film follows Philadelphia’s MOVE Organization & their heated relationship (and conflict) with the Philadelphia Police Department, using archival footage. MOVE is a radical black liberation group with strong environmental leanings. (95 mins)

7pm
free snacks
show up early/on time for rowdy music videos before the film
stay later for discussion
Lava space (lancaster avenue autonomous space)
4134 Lancaster Ave
(43 bus or 10 trolley to 41st street)

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HEAR BEFORE: politics as usual 
Come see hear everything all at once.
PERFORMANCE BYMIGHTY PARADOCS  (come say gbye to Rebecca Roe and wish her safe travels as she goes to Costa Rica)ANCESTRAL SOUND BYMMGZ (Moor Mother Goddess)Myal & Obeah , Preta Velha Listening partyfeaturing: JAMES DREAMWORD SPELLS BY EMERALDJYAH of Cult FortifiedREADING BYMAGGIE EIGHTEEN of Cyborg Memoirs and MetropolaritySOUND BENDING BY EX BY VVISUALS BY THE AFROFUTURIST AFFAIRHIP HOP REALITIES BY  MENTAL GRAFIKBASS WORSHIP BY PROF. JAZZ12/7/13 | 8PM | ALL AGES @ Lava Space center for radical media and organizing 
 $5/$3 with book donation/No one turned away

HEAR BEFORE: politics as usual 

Come see hear everything all at once.

PERFORMANCE BY
MIGHTY PARADOCS
(come say gbye to Rebecca Roe and wish her safe travels as she goes to Costa Rica)

ANCESTRAL SOUND BY
MMGZ (Moor Mother Goddess)
Myal & Obeah , Preta Velha Listening party
featuring: JAMES DREAM

WORD SPELLS BY
EMERALDJYAH of Cult Fortified

READING BY
MAGGIE EIGHTEEN of Cyborg Memoirs and Metropolarity

SOUND BENDING BY
EX BY V

VISUALS BY
THE AFROFUTURIST AFFAIR

HIP HOP REALITIES BY
MENTAL GRAFIK

BASS WORSHIP BY
PROF. JAZZ

12/7/13 | 
8PM | ALL AGES @ Lava Space center for radical media and organizing 

$5/$3 with book donation/No one turned away

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