Behind the Notes: Student Music Recital

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Thirteen students were given the opportunity to show off their piano skills at a recital called Beyond the Note. They have been preparing since the beginning of the semester.

Charles Abramovic, Chair of the Keyboard Department at the College of Music and Dance, has been teaching at Temple since 1990. He chose music pieces composed by Antonin Dvorak, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Frances Poulenc, Alfred Schnittke, Gioachino Rossini, Benjamin Lees, Mortiz Moszkowski, and Aleksandr Scriabin to challenge students’ musicianship.

Charles Abramovic speaking before the performances start.

Abramovic stated, “I was trying to find short, attractive pieces, and things that would match the students’ abilities. That’s why I chose Dvoark and Korsakov.”

Abramovic made sure that incoming students in the program were able to hone and enhance their skills by being partnered with a veteran of the program. He believes that both students can learn from each other, no matter how much experience a person may have.

Circus at Fairmount Park: UniverSoul Circus

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UniverSoul Circus is celebrating its 24th year of family entertainment.

The interactive circus will have people out of their seats dancing and laughing. Just like all circuses, it has a variety of animals and mouth-dropping acts. But what makes this circus so unique is its traditional soul line.

Temple Update met up with the ringleader sidekick, Zeke, who said that, “We have new acts that are out of this world. But then we also have our traditional things.”

The UniverSoul Circus consists of many different acts, but also tries to get the community of Philadelphia involved.

For its opening act, the circus had youth dancers from all over Philadelphia dance for the opening shows. This circus does not just cater to kids, it caters to adults as well.

Michael Martin of Burlington, New Jersey told Temple Update that he relives his childhood through the circus.

“I’m actually reliving my childhood through my grandchildren and the circus. So, I’m a big kid at the circus,” said Martin.

UniverSoul Circus is also home of Fresh the Clown. He told us, “Because of the clown stuff that has been happening, it kind of helped our image. Kids now look at us as superheroes or super clowns.”  

People can head down to Fairmount Park to watch the circus in person Tuesday through Sunday. Show times and tickets can be found at http://www.universoulcircus.com.

Day of the Dead

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Last week was a celebration of Mexican culture with Day of the Dead, which started Tuesday October 31st and lasted to Thursday November 2nd.  Day of the Dead is a special Mexican tradition to honor their ancestors.

Cesar Viveros, an artist affiliated with the Mexican Cultural Center talked about why different aspects of the holiday are important. He shared a few words about the festive holiday:

“So the big tradition is Day of the Day is a special day where we can always live with the departed ones.”

Saturday October 28th, the Mexican Culture Center partnered with the Penn Museum where they coordinated a Day of the Dead event filled with a variety of activities.

People from the community had the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and the way they celebrate their ancestors through music, dance, jewelry and art.

Cesar Viveros said, “This year was dedicated to the victims of the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico and the earthquake that devastated part of Mexico City and other cities around,” sharing the importance of the alter and what it represents.

Children were dressed up to be part of the day of the dead to commemorate their ancestors. They also made gifts such as flowers, sugar skulls and jewelry to present at the altar.

Temple students took the initiative to engage with the community, volunteering for the Mexican cultural center, assisting at the face-painting table.

Meztli Cardoso, the President of Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos (AdEL) was face-painting while describing its significance. “The living dress up as the dead to connect with the spiritual after-world life.”

This event was a combination of fun and knowledge. Happy day of the dead.

Screening of Temple Graduate Joe Mederios’ New Documentary

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On Monday, October, 23rd at 3 PM there will be a free screening of a new documentary called Processions of Faith in Annenberg Hall room 201.

This is a smart documentary about a church that is still the center of the Los Angeles Italian community, even though the Little Italy neighborhoods in Los Angeles are diminishing.

The filmmaker of this documentary is Joe Mederios, who is a Temple graduate and the former head writer of NBC’s The Tonight Show.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mederios at the screening.

Philadelphia Film Society Hosts 26th Annual Film Festival

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This year marks the 26th year that the Philadelphia Film Society has hosted their annual film festival.

With nearly 100 films submitted from all around the globe, cinema and art lovers are in for a treat. Attending a screening provides an opportunity to have a Q&A session with the film directors, as well as a complementary beer.

The festival officially began October 19th and runs until October 29th.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office on opening night, or go online to get tickets for I, Tonya, a story about the olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.

 

FILM ONLY ticket prices for the 6 PM and 8:45 PM screenings:
$20 | $15 for PFS Members | $7 for Student Rush Tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yappy Hour Comes to the Draught Horse

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The Draught Horse will be hosting the first annual Yappy Hour on October 23 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.

Yappy Hour is ran by an Entrepreneurial Marketing group called “Puptown Girls.” These girls have a passion for animals and have partnered with Morris Animal Refuge for this event. Morris Animal Refuge has helped homeless and abandoned pets in the Philadelphia region since 1874.

At Yappy Hour, guests can pay a cover fee of just $5 to indulge in discounted drinks and meals, and they even can play with dogs from the shelters. All of the proceeds will go toward the Morris Animal Refuge.

Come down to the Draught Horse for this fun and charitable event, and watch the Eagles vs. Redskins game while playing with pups.

Temple Theater Presents “Guys and Dolls”

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Temple Theaters is bringing a classic musical to the Randall Theater.

“Guys and Dolls” tells the story of a gambler and missionary. The production is being directed by former MFA alumni Peter Reynolds.

“The musical is about a gambler who finds love with a mission worker named Sarah Brown,” says Reynolds.

 

The musical was made into a film in 1955, starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. However, Reynolds said like so many other Broadway musical productions adapted into film, some changes were made.

“It’s pretty true to quite a bit of the Broadway musical, but with changes. I mean added some songs for Frank Sinatra, because he was Frank Sinatra, and different locations, and because it was Marlon Brando some changes were made that way to accommodate him,” said Reynolds.

Senior Theater Major, Salvatore Mirando, is no stranger to musical production. Mirando is reprising his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson, which he also played when he was in eighth grade.

“Nicely Nicely Johnson is the right hand to Nathan Detroit, so he does all of his shady back dealings. He has to deal with all of Nathan’s antics and he has a great number at the end of the show called ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ is the showstopper, so yeah he’s just a real easy-going funny guy,” says Mirando.

“Guys and Dolls” is now showing at the Randall theater until October 22nd. General admission tickets are $25 and for Temple students, tickets are $10. To find out more information visit the event page here.

27th Annual Outfest Hosted in Philly

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For many LGBTQ members, it is often hard to find a place of comfort to be themselves. Events like Philadelphia’s 27th annual Outfest are designed for the LGTBQ community to come out essentially and have fun with friends and family.

Drag shows, games, bar crawls were just some of the events that are featured at the 27th celebration of Outfest, which was hosted by Philly Pride, a local Gay Pride organization.

Drag shows were a popular part of Outfest.

“When we get together, we try to provide each other with tools, so we can go back to our impoverished parish communities, so we bring about more LGTBQ-inclusive change,” says Seth Jacobson, a volunteer from a Catholic church community that accepts LGBTQ members.

“I think discrimination needs to stop, it doesn’t matter who you are, we all bleed the same color,” says Frank Rosario, founder of the LGBT Bill of Rights.

Temple students, church volunteers, Philly residents, and Temple alumni were just some of the people spotted at Outfest. This year’s event also featured musical performances by LGBTQ members.

“Those of you who feel like you don’t belong to anything, there’s a community here waiting to take you with open arms,” says David Doty, a Temple Law student.

This year’s Outfest ran from 12 PM to 6 PM, and was hosted on 13th and Locust in Center City.

For more information on the LGBT Bill of Rights visit lgbtbacker.com.

National Coming Out Week Drag Show

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As part of National Coming Out Week, Temple hosted its 6th annual Drag Show on October 2nd from 7 to 10 PM.

Hosted by Drag Queen Kiara Genae, the show featured performances by Temple University Dance Company, D2D. Third place winner Ms. Lee’s emotional performance wowed the crowd. Second place winner, Ms. Penny, started her routine with an original rap and later on performed I Wanna Be Your Man by Zapp and Roger. First place winner, Sakura Allure, transformed into Cardi B and returned to the stage for their rendition of Do You Think Of Me by Misha B.

Drag Show Judge Kalen Allen has been attending the show for four years. He is impressed by the performances and energy from the crowd every year. He believes that the number of students getting involved in National Coming Out Week events will continue to grow by Friday.

Students Kate Whalley and Haydn Williams found the performances emotional and uplifting. They felt that students appreciated the art of the Drag Show, even though they are not a part of the LGBTQIA community.

Temple Student Government President Tyrell Mann-Barnes emphasized that the show’s message was solidarity. He spoke about the Owl Promise initiative and TUnity statement. Barnes urges students to accept everyone’s race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background since it makes Temple’s campus unique and diverse.

Other events during the week included Come Out, Speak Out (Tuesday) and Queer Lunch (Wednesday). The two other events coming up this week are State of the LGBTQIA + Issues Townhall on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and NCOW Fest on Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

So Far Sound Philadelphia

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On Wednesday, September 20th, many music lovers attended a concert in Rittenhouse Square.

However, this is not the typical concert. This show was organized by an online music community called So Far Sound. According to Carolyn Lederach, organizer for So Far Sound Philadelphia, the organization was started by two guys who wanted to take the normal venue atmosphere and move to a more a relaxing atmosphere in people’s houses.

“They noticed everyone talking over the music and more focused on catching up with their friends and drinking than paying attention to the music. They kind of wanted to take music out of that atmosphere and bring it to homes,” says Lederach.

One the performers at the show is indie rock and Philly band, Maitland. For lead singer Josh Hines, playing in a smaller setting can be fun and nerve-racking.“Playing So Far shows and more intimate rooms and spaces is really, really fun for me. It’s really nerve-racking because there’s just a certain amount of like visibility when you’re in a small space. It’s a little different when you’re on a big stage and the lights blind you from seeing everybody that’s out there,” says Hines.

Getting into So Far Sound shows can be a difficult. Because the shows are held in small rooms, only a certain amount of people who sign up for tickets can attend the show.

“You just go to our website sofarsounds.com, look for the closest city and then you can just sign up on there and the dates will be listed on there,” says Lederach.

To find out more about upcoming shows in Philadelphia visit sofarsounds.com.