April 9th

Curated by Erik Ruin; Food by Aseel Rasheed

featuring performances by
Beth Nixon / Ramshackle Enterprises
Hidden Eye Theater
Jupiter Blue (D. Hotep and Tara Middleton)

6pm @ The Maas Building
1325 N Randolph St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

$20 to $50 sliding scale

Bowerbird is excited to launch a new series - Commonwealth Dinner Theater - a night of genre bending performances combined with a delicious meal. Perfect for the curious of mind and palate.

The night includes a vegetarian friendly meal served family style and three wonderful acts: Philly favorite Beth Nixon, a beautifully illustrated crankie- scrolling panoramic drawing- from Baltimore's Hidden Eye Theater (comics artist Eamon Espey & puppeteer Lisa Krause), and Jupiter Blue, a new musical duo featuring Sun Ra Arkestra's D.M. Hotep and Tara Middleton.

Admission is sliding scale $20 to $50. Please pay a little extra if you can. Please note, technically speaking you pay for the experience, food is free. Beer and wine will be available for a small additional donation. Event lasts approximately 3 hours.

BETH NIXON is an interdisciplinary artist who works under the name Ramshackle Enterprises. Since 1998 Beth has been writing, building, performing, and touring her own solo clown and puppet shows, collaborating with other artists, and frequently facilitating the creation of puppet parades, pageants, and performances with groups of children and adults. Beth has worked with Pig Iron Theatre and Spiral Q (Philly), Red Moon Theater (Chicago), Bread and Puppet Theater (VT), and Big Nazo Puppets (RI). CAPSULE is a work-in-progress performance created by Beth Nixon is collaboration with Maggie Alvarez, Theodora Rodine, Madeline Shuron, and Emma Wells, directed by Jaclyn Pryor.

Baltimore-based HIDDEN EYE THEATER (Eamon Espey & Lisa Krause) presents the Nameless Gate, a moving panorama. It is a meditation on male/ female and animal/ plant relations and the journey to return to the source of all things. It is a poem about the light of darkness. The music was specifically written for the performance and was made using a keyboard, a shovel and a boombass.

Sun Ra Arkestra guitarist D.Hotep with Sun Ra Arkestra vocalist/lyricist/violinist Tara Middleton form the duo JUPITER BLUE, exploring differing genres of music -- from composed to improvised to experimental, developing lyrical grooves & jazz-sourced vocal soundscapes.


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