Thursday, May 28th 7-10pm

Join us for a night-time serenade replete with hometown and far out heroes:

good ol alt-country music just like grampa never thought to make


pseudonymic superman tweaking twangy tunes


twining, pining harmonies lift you up, up, and away





Fire Museum Presents: John Ingle/Dan Joseph Duo, Ashley Tini
Thursday, June 18th 7:30 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

John Ingle/Dan Josph Duo (San Francisco/NYC):

New music for saxophone and hammer dulcimer

John Ingle (San Francisco) and Dan Joseph (New York) have collaborated since the late 1990s, developing a unique style of pattern-based improvisation and collaborative composition. With the unusual instrumentation of alto saxophone and hammer dulcimer, their music is built upon fixed modes and simple melodic figures from which they develop and improvise their collaborative works. With a sound combining elements of minimalism, free jazz and Indian raga, they have developed a devoted following in the Bay Area where their collaboration began. They have appeared at New Langton Arts, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Berkeley Arts Center, Knitting Factory Los Angeles and other California venues. In New York they have performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room and the other venues. Their CD trancepatterns with guests India Cooke, violin, and Miya Masaoka, laser-koto, is available from the Deep Listening Catalog and in digital form from Mutable Music.

Ashley Tini (Philadelphia):

Ashley Tini is a versatile performer and collaborator who especially enjoys promoting collaboration within music communities. Ashley has premiered dozens of contemporary solo and chamber pieces, performing at venues ranging from The Stone to Carnegie Hall. As a global music advocate, she has researched the traditions of West Africa, South America, Italy and the Balkans. She believes that the language of chamber music across cultures can inspire the development of new music paradigms. Ashley has worked with noted composers Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Torke, Susie Ibarra, Matthew Welch and So Percussion, and has recorded for the Naxos, Ecstatic, Constellation, and High Two record labels. Together with percussionist Emily Strachan, she regularly performs and commissions new work through their chamber-duo; Duomo . Ashley holds a Bachelors of Music in performance from The University of Kansas, where she studied with Ji Hye Jung.

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Poetry/ Jazz Improv Night
Thursday, June 4th 7-10pm
James Strong brings us an event incorporating improvised sound and Jazz with local and traveling poets featuring John M Bennett (Ohio) and Jack Wright (PA)

John M. Bennett has published over 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.

Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as legendary guitarist Davey Williams called him back in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He’s said to have the widest vocablular of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. For more info go to springgarden music, for sounds and writings


‘Diggin Deep: A Plant Medicine  Workshop Series at RTR

‘Diggin Deep is a Plant Medicine Workshop Summer Series located (most of the time) in the backyard oasis of The Random Tea Room and Curiosity Shop.

June 7 – Spring Tonics, Wild Foods, and Adaptogens

Healing medicine is all around us! Learn how to identify common wild edible and medicinal plants as we walk through Liberty Lands and the surrounding neighborhood outside the Random Tea Room. We’ll be discussing common edible plants like dandelion, burdock, cleavers, chickweed, and nettles, share recipes and samples, and discuss herbal preparations to support wellness throughout the spring and summer seasons – including support for common seasonal ills like allergies, sluggish digestion, stress, and exhaustion.

Through exploratory, hands-on games and guided meditations with live plants, teas and flower essences, we’ll explore how to cultivate our sensory capacity to receive insight from the plants. A unique day of delving deep into the esoteric and experiential, this workshop will have you questioning just how communicative plants really are! Quiet your mind, re-ignite your intuition, and open yourself up to receive teachings from the plant world! (Participants will take home a plant to work with from City Planter).
July 5 – Herbal First Aid
Burns, sprains, fevers, aches, upset stomachs – learn how to use herbs to remedy simple first aid complaints. We’ll be discussing plants that every herbal first aid kit should have on hand and discuss how to build a useful kit.
Learn to support your body, spirit, and mind by harmonizing your diet with the seasons. Based on the principles and energetics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we’ll explore which foods and herbs to rely upon and share recipes for creating healing and delicious dishes and explore the medicinal properties of many commonly found kitchen herbs and spices already at your stove-side!
August 9 – Natural Bodycare
What we put on our body is just as important as what we put in it! Learn how to make natural body care products that uplift the senses with natural scents and are devoid of harsh chemicals and dyes. We’ll explore recipes for making tooth powder, natural deodorant, herbal massage oils, and salves.
August 23 – Plant Energetics
A nuts-and-bolts type of class, this workshop will ground our understanding of herbs in the language of traditional Western herbalism, energetics (hot – cold – damp – dry), and tissue states, giving us a scientific and intuitive framework for working with new and familiar plants. We’ll learn how to classify an herb’s actions in the body, learn various physical conditions, and create a continuum of comparison for working with plants – i.e. what’s hotter ginger or cayenne – and how is this important? A great class for those looking to blend the scientific and the intuitive aspects of learning.
The herbalists of yore based their knowledge of healing upon a joint understanding of the planets and the plants, often making elaborate tables of correspondences that associated each planet with a mineral, stone, color, herb, etc. In this class, we’ll learn the archetypes of each planet and astrological sign and how this can illuminate our understanding of plant energetics and how to work with them on the emotional and spiritual realm. We’ll taste tinctures of plants under the sign of their rulership and enjoy time for reflection, meditation, and sharing.
June 21st 4-7pm
Last year, on the summer solstice, Make Music Philly organized hundreds of
free outdoor concerts in an incredible array of genres and locations. Over
800 musicians entertained audiences on sidewalks, streets, parks, and
gardens throughout the city.

This year, Make Music Philly returns and one of the locations is here at the tea room!