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June 21, 2018 4-10pm
Maximum Tilt: Summer Solstice Festival

Photo: 195A SOHO/EIT image of the Sun (NASA/ESA)

Maximum Tilt: Summer Solstice Festival
June 21, 2018
4:00pm – 10:00pm | (4:00 – 6:00pm: family activities; 6:00pm – 10:00pm: performances and celebration)
Located in front of the Vox Populi building, 319 North 11 Street, Philadelphia

On June 21, the longest day of the year, join Vox Populi members for Maximum Tilt: Summer Solstice Festival, a free block party featuring performances, art-making, food, and drink that kicks off nine-months worth of programming in celebration of our 30th Anniversary!

The event begins at 4:00pm in the shade of the Rail Park, located in front of the Vox Populi building (319 N. 11th Street), with a number of hands-on art-making activities and a performance by Lavender Suarez (C Lavender). Beginning at 6:00pm, welcome the summer season through a mind-expanding continuum of nature walks, performances, and other spectacles that bring together ritual healers, spiritualists, and artistic shamans. Appearances will be made by artists, dancers, and musicians, including Timeghost, Isolde Touch, Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble, Pearl Harbor, and DJ Rana Ransom. The event is kindly hosted by FemmeC Katie Rauth.

Vox Populi Anniversary celebrations are supported by Love City Brewery, which has created a special Vox beer for the occasion. Food will be served by 13th Street Kitchen, and specialty herbal cocktails are sponsored by The Trestle Inn.

Tickets into Vox Populi’s $30@30 fundraising raffle, offering the chance to win a one-week stay at a private cottage on Deer Isle along the coast of Maine, can be purchased at the event or on Vox Populi’s website until the morning of June 21. The winner will be announced at the Summer Solstice Festival.

All events are free and open to all — friends, families, artists, art aficionados, community members, and patrons are welcome.

Family-friendly activities led by Loraine Wible and other Vox Populi members, including sun prints and a DIY costuming station, as well as a healing sound performance by Lavender Suarez (C Lavender).

FemmeC Katie Rauth and DJ Rana Ransom lead us down the garden path, featuring performances, music, video, and rituals along the way. Performances by Timeghost, Isolde Touch, Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble, Pearl Harbor, and DJ Rana Ransom.

Vox Populi will be serving delicious food by 13th Street Kitchen, a special Vox Beer created by Love City Brewery, and herbal cocktails sponsored by The Trestle Inn.

Maximum Tilt is supported by Love City Brewery, 13th Street Kitchen, The Trestle Inn, and RAIR, as well as ticket sales of Vox’s $30@30 fundraising raffle.

Solo performance by Adam Morosky utilizing modular synthesis, synchronized light, and multi-channel surround sound. Recordings released on Load Records and Chondritic Sound. “Timeghost pours modular synthesis, drum machines, found sounds, and spoken prose into dense, hot compositions, then squints delightedly at the results. The methodology is a tug of war between chaos and control, allowing stray sounds to cycle off at random, but giving space to work their way back into the fabric.” -Louis Pattison, The Wire

Isolde Touch
Isolde Touch is film-maker and sound artist Asha Sheshadri. Her work hinges on experimentation and abstraction through archival material, speech synthesis, original texts, computer, and piano, and her latest recording “Secretary of Sensation” was released on Entr’acte Recordings.

Lavender Suarez
Lavender Suarez is a sound artist, healer and educator based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Lavender regularly facilitates sound healing workshops and has been a featured speaker at The Rubin Museum, MoMA PS1, Maha Rose, RPI University, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Wanderlust Yoga Festival. In the spring of 2016, she taught a ten-week class for children about the scientific and artistic aspects of sound. Lavender is a certified member of the Sound Healers Association, is certified in Tibetan Usui Reiki and studied Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros. Lavender also performs, records and makes installations under the moniker C Lavender.

Philadelphia Slavic Women’s Ensemble
Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble is a community choir in West Philly, performing acapella Slavic choir arrangements and folk music from Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia. Their music is full of dissonant harmonies, asymmetrical rythms and songs about the perils of young maidenhood in rural Eastern Europe.

Wo Chan (aka Pearl Harbor)
Wo Chan is a nonbinary, vers top drag performer and poet based in Brooklyn. They are the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation of Arts, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. Their writing centers on personal narratives of immigration, race, and gender in text and stage performance. They are a standing member of Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play and currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU. Follow them on Instagram @theillustriouspearl

Katie Rauth (fka Lezzie McGuire)
Katie Rauth is a West Philadelphia-based multidisciplinary artist working in video, performance and sculpture. Through constructed identity, her work often draws on the disempowerment and invisibility of a high femme identity within the queer community. Recently, Rauth has been exploring the intersection of femininity, queerness and fatness, actively working within the framework of radical fat liberation. Rauth curates the ongoing drag and performance series Wavelengths at Vox Populi and is a member at Practice Gallery.

Maximum Tilt: Summer Solstice Festival
June 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
June 21, 2018 @ 10:00 pm