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Don't miss this week's Free At Noon Doubleheader with singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and rapper, singer, and spoken word artist Dessa.



Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter raised in Colorado, now living with her husband and two boys in Portland, Oregon. Her first album was self titled and released in 1999 featuring just her and a guitar. Her ninth and latest album Warp and Weft was produced by her husband Tucker Martine, who also joins in playing a variety of instruments. It was recorded in a basement studio and features guests such as Neko Case, and some members of The Decemberists. The album made it's debut at number 10 on the US Folk Albums charts.

Recent Release: Warp & Weft
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Label: Raven Marching Band Records

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One of hip-hop’s most diverse and talented artists, Dessa is known to a national audience as a rapper, a singer, and a potent, imaginative lyricist. This Doomtree veteran combines wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect. Dessa spins delicate and charged stories and animates them with her expressive alto voice, arresting for its honest, clear simplicity. She's achieved immense national recognition with the release of her newest album, Parts of Speech, which debuted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.

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Recent Release: Parts of Speech
Release Date: June 25, 2013
Label: Doomtree Records

A collection of Moth GrandSLAM Stories from around the country. A rabbinical student answers tough questions; a couple crashes the 2008 Obama inauguration;
The Moth's founder, George Dawes Green, details the fireworks when his mother learns that her family plantation is slated to be turned into a theme park;
A socialite turned social activist inherits her mother's hunting trophy collection; a hospital orderly with an attitude problem is put to the test;
Phil Caputo shares how a bullet wound helped him heal his soul; a little girl learns what love is all about after surviving a terrible car accident; a
The Greyboy Allstars Keep It Tight And Funky For 20 Years

September 12, 2013 - Almost 20 years ago the members of The Greyboy Allstars got together to play a record release party for DJ Greyboy and discovered a perfect fusion.
Every Thursday from April through December, a group of folks meet at 6th and Chestnut Streets and go back in time as they pub crawl through Historic Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts many exhibitions from around the world but some of the most gratifying are from the long cultural tradition of Philadelphia itself.

Nature Theater of Oklahoma, the New York ensemble theater company, embodies what is most prized about the FringeArts Festival...an absolutely original approach to stagecraft that constantly explores new terrain. In their 14 years the Obie award-winning company has drawn admirers around the world and are returning to FringeArts for the third time to present their latest work, Life and Times, Episodes 1-5.
British Band Treetop Flyers Soaks Up California Sun On Debut Album The Mountain Moves

September 11, 2013 - We welcome the British band Treetop Flyers to the World Cafe. They are a folk-rock 5-piece that initially turned heads on the main stage of the 2011 Glastonbury Festival.
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