Learning circles and jazz for the soul

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, April 6-12, 2023

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Wilkins, a Black man, in a camo-like blazer jacket holds a saxophone by a mic and conductor stand in a studio space
Immanuel Wilkins plays this weekend at the Kimmel Cultural Campus. (Photo courtesy of Kimmel Cultural Campus.)

Coming up in Philly this week are a pair of learning circles that take a different approach to education, sharing, and community. The School for Temporary Liveness is one of them, and the Black feminist-led annual meetup is entering its third year. Then, Spanish-speaking folks can get closer to Spanish literature in a workshop forum hosted by Gente y Cuentos and the Free Library.

April is also Jazz Appreciation Month, and Philly has plans to celebrate all month. You can check out over 100 events throughout April, and we’ve picked out a handful of events that we think you’d enjoy.

Be jazzy, Philly.

School for Temporary Liveness, Vol. 3
April 6-8
Rotunda, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

The School for Temporary Liveness is a collective study forum that asks, “What if we approach performances as invitations to enter into study? … If we imagine the whole operation of a school as a performance, how does that change the ways we teach and learn, or what we think of as knowledge?” These questions are grounded and informed by the work of Black feminist thought, queer theory, critical pedagogies, and performance studies—in short, it’s a great chance to move into a learning circle that subverts traditional ideas around learning, school, and education.

Check out the full roster of artists, creators, performers, and educators and learn more about the previous volumes online.

Leyendo a Fondo
Starting Thursday, April 6, 12-1:30pm
Streaming online

The Free Library teams up with Gente y Cuentos for a seven-week series that looks to bring literature closer to the Spanish-speaking community in Philadelphia. The informal discussions will feature short story reads with follow-up conversations to interpret the stories from personal experience. The series is free.

Jazz at the Kimmel
Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 8, 8pm
Perelman Theater and Verizon Hall at Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

This weekend, Kimmel Cultural Campus gets jazzy with two performances. First up on Thursday at Perelman Theater is alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins, “one of the vital voices of jazz in the 21st century.” The Upper Darby native’s 2020 debut album received critical acclaim.

Then, the Monterey Jazz Festival tour makes a stop at Verizon Hall on Saturday night. The festival enters its 65th year and features an ensemble of Tony and Grammy award-winning performers.

Jazz Genealogies: Spring Sounds and Vinyl Exchange
Saturday, April 8, 2-5pm
Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

There’s more jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month, and Jazz Genealogies is another entry in events throughout the city. Stop by Clark Park in West Philly for a curated listening session of jazz records, a vinyl and book swap (bring up to 10 records or books of your own!), and a live musical set by Shugsline.

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