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March 8, 2017
Gentle Sheers presents
Alex Pelchat (Montreal), Alex Smith, Stroker, & Vitche-Boul Ra

Wednesday March 8th 2017
8 pm, $7-10 sliding scale
no one turned away for lack of funds

Vox Populi and Gentle Sheers present:
Alex Pelchat (Montreal)
Alex Smith
Vitche-Boul Ra

Alex Pelchat (Montreal)
Alex Pelchat is a guitarist based out of Montréal, Québec. He plays solo as well as with projects such as math rock duo *Shining Wizard*, experimental rock trio Jugular Methot and jazz quartet Shortest Longest Day. His approach to performance is influenced by the sensibility of Albert Ayler, the energy of Arto Lindsay and the unruliness of Peter Saul.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith exists in the seams in the cloth of existence where he desperately stitches together universes with one hand and with the other, armed with a espresso tamp, makes valiant attempts to keep his lights on. Smith’s writing was born in a confusing mire of slam poetry, house/vogue culture, and the DIY community, his work forever damaged by retro-futurist cinema and Silverhawks cartoons. This cosmic eclecticism has led to the shattering of several go-nowhere punk bands and the inevitable demise of his superstar DJ career. A member of the sci-fi artist/activist collective METROPOLARITY, the founder of the queer sci-fi reading series Laser Life, and curator of the retro-futurist electro mash-up art-jam Chrome City, Alex’s stories and writings emboldened the weird, strange, and revolutionary dichotomy of being black and queer in a world that marginalizes both. Selected by Rosarium Publishing for the anthology dedicated to the writing of Samuel Delany, Stories for Chip and for Black Quantum Futurism’s Space-Time Collapse: From the Congo to the Carolinas, it’s Smith’s flash fiction collection Gang Stalk Oprah, self-published sci-fi zine A R K D U S T and super-hero space opera comic book BELIEVERS that will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free.

“New breed of Americanoise by way of Philadelphia. Rachel Slurr (of Heaven’s Gate) gives us that low end crunch destruction and machine gun chug, that distort rumble devotees know and love so well. Full of constantly changing blown out textures that slither over a fucked out bed of distortion. Nasty tones for nasty people. – rodger stella”

Vitche-Boul Ra
“What is and what hasn’t been will always be fore I have seen the sky slide into the fiery locust of bee spit. I have sunken the clouds. I have revoked the hills and the trees to stroke the Cock-Child, Dust. Cock-Child Dust breathes asbestos in heaves and crinkles satin into overturned bone. My Sun snakes through ape tongue and rewards the body with cum. Cum here into the something of nothing that has always been and always bee. Chew on the nectar tar, drained from the pit. Linger in the arms of The God. Here I have sewn the ripe web ofof of. Sacked blossoms reap the flourishing off the tides death. Golden coins melt tongues with vicious seament in the guise of cotton as blood finds light. This is the Hour be Blacked. This is thhe hour when the crusted mud reaches the bell. The hour when bod-lusts have their day. This is the Hour be Blacked. The hour when the crusted mud reaches the bell. The hour when The Blud has its day. Watakk they call this. ”

Header image video still from Vitche-Boul Ra







Gentle Sheers is a wandering series curated by visual/sound artist and Vox Populi Member, Jim Strong. It aims to promote a culture of curiosity and pleasure across the arts and non-arts – weaving “incongruous” media and aesthetics. Past events have included Poetry Readings, Magic Shows, Feasts, Screenings, Performance Art, Dance, Early Music, Noise, Improvisation, Pop music and Plays. Past series titles have included: Grownewbuddhismine-seminar, american shrimp girl, membrane channel etc.


Upcoming related programs:

April 5th- Lea Bertucci / Bhob Rhainey

April 6th- Mel Bentley Poetry Evening at Vox Populi

April 14th- 200 Nam Nam screening at Vox Populi

April 18th- missdick vibrocis (Lorene Bouboushian and Jill Flanagan/Forced into Feminity) at Vox Populi

April 22nd- James Ilgenfritz, Bhob Rhainey, Morgan Evans Weiller at TBA


Gentle Sheers presents: Alex Pelchat (Montreal), Alex Smith, Stroker, & Vitche-Boul Ra
March 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
March 8, 2017 @ 10:30 pm
$7 – $10
Jim Strong
Vox Populi
319 N 11th Street, Third Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States