Thursday, November 25, 2010

ME! ME! ME! Cassendre Xavier Museletter Nov 24, 2014

In this issue:
HAPPY 4th THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER DAY
SUBWAY SIREN ALERT! - BUSKING ON BLACK FRIDAY November 25th
SINGING WITH JAZZ TRIO ON SUNDAY 12/5


Greetings, Friends!

Hello from singer-songwriter Cassendre Xavier ("a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade and Enya" - Borders Music Expert Steven M. Wilson)!

HAPPY 4th THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER DAY
I don't even know how to wish you a happy day today, because it's so rife with controversy. Yes, I understand what this day is in American history, all aspects of it, but can't I just wish folks that they enjoy their day, and that hopefully it's an off day and that if they're with their family of choice and/or origin, friends, or whomever they're spending time with, that they're (you're) enjoying yourselves?
Do I really have to receive text messages like the one that just beeped into my phone, "Happy Native American Massacre Day"? Why would I be "happy" about that?

Anyway, I'm enjoying a day off and I'm with my family and I'm keeping to my 50% raw vegan regimen, so I'm good. Hope you are, too!


SUBWAY SIREN ALERT! - BUSKING ON BLACK FRIDAY November 25th
Toomorrow's a big shopping day, Black Friday, November 25th, with some stores opening as early as 3AM - wow! Some of you may know that I busk (street/subway perform, in this case, sing and play the guitar) frequent weekdays from 3PM-6PM at Philadelphia's Suburban Station - in fact, this may even be how we met! I will be there tomorrow during my regular shift. If you're in the neighborhood shopping, please stop by! Designated Performance Area #1, directly below 17th Street & JFK Blvd.


SINGING WITH JAZZ TRIO ON SUNDAY 12/5
I've been a performing singer-songwriter-guitarist since 1991, a recording one since 1994 (first release in 2002), I've been a member of he Anna Crusis Women's Choir (the oldest feminist choir in the United States), and I've performed with various performers from rap artists to folk/rock artists. I've had a band twice, and I've played electric guitar in performance and in the studio. What I've never done is sing with a jazz band! I am very excited to report that I will be performing pop and rock songs arranged by Rich Santucci (who has performed my music before), along with one or two of my own songs, with Rich's jazz trio, the Santucci Trio. Details:

The Santucci Trio, featuring vocalist Cassendre Xavier
Sunday, December 5, 2010
5:30PM-7:30PM, FREE
Divan Turkish Kitchen & Bar
Corner of 22nd Street & Carpenter Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19146
www.DivanTurkishKitchen.com


All for now, folks. Hope to see you soon, and enjoy your day, no matter what wonderful or horrible thing happened. You're alive. Thanks for your time :-)


Very best,

Cassendre Xavier
Humyn, Being.
www.cassEndrExavier.com (site will be up again tomorrow)

www.CDbaby.com/all/cassendre
http://stores.lulu.com/cassendre
www.youtube.com/cassendrexavier
www.myspace.com/cassendrexaviermusic
www.facebook.com/cassendrexavier

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Streaming LIVE 11/24 Women’s Writing Series+Open Mic!

Greetings, Friends!

I just want to remind you that I will be hosting the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series, which returns tomorrow, Wednesday, November 24, 2010 after a 4 year hiatus!
The wonderful featured readers will be Ruth A. Rouff and Renda Rose (bios below)!
The time is from 7pm--9pm. Location: Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th St. (at Sansom St.), Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-735-9598.
The event will be streaming LIVE on the worldwide web at www.moonstoneartscenter.org!
Admission is $5 and includes a Mixed-Gender Open Mic as always.

About Ruth A. Rouff:
Ruth A. Rouff is a poet, novelist, and educator. She has published a novel, a biography, numerous poems and freelance articles, and is currently at work on a book of poetry. She is featured at poetry readings around the metro Philadelphia area.
Ruth was raised in southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia, and attended Vassar College on scholarship, majoring in English. She has worked at a variety of jobs, including retail management, publishing, and teaching in the Philadelphia public schools. She currently works as a writer, editor, and educator.
Visit Ruth online at www.RuthRouff.com.

About Renda Rose:

Renda Rose is among the nations most sought after voices, as she boldly stands as a spokesperson for those with internal wounds and unheard cries. A life coach, motivational speaker, and inspirational poet all but scratch the surface of who Renda Rose is.

Resilient defines this woman who uses the devastation of her youth as a testament that there is indeed life after death! Having experienced the aftermath of molestation and rape at the hand of her biological uncle, which started at the tender age of 5; this plague again met her at the age of 19, when she was brutally raped by a couple of felons; one of which a convicted murderer.
Oh yes! Ms. Rose is well acquainted with the stifling affects of abuse. Because Renda didn’t have the tools to properly heal, the aftermath of this devastation stayed with her, and would ricochet into her adulthood. Renda Rose has arisen victorious over a 20 year stint of drug addiction and depression. Nine of these years Renda spent homeless on the streets of Philadelphia. She proclaims that her turn around happened in the solitude of a rehabilitation institution.

Today, Ms. Rose stands by her statement that she was, “wounded only for a moment, and on purpose.” That purpose is to speak life into broken hearts of the young and old, from all walks of life across the nations. With thirteen victorious years of sobriety, Ms. Rose stands free from her past of desolation, shame, and insecurity. And once becoming totally clean from her addictions, Renda became a volunteer aid for five years at the very day shelter which once was a place of refuge for her.

Though on the move, Renda still has a strong passion for individuals addicted to drugs, and without a home; and is putting action behind her passion as she builds her nonprofit company, Rosewaters Inc. which will serve to educate, empower, and equip these individuals with the tools necessary to acquire healing and success. Ms. Rose firmly believes that, “healing is a choice!”

With a growing resume, Renda has worked with Victims Services of Montgomery Co. in the state of Pennsylvania, made a national television appearance on Channel 8, It’s Your Call with Lynn Dole, and was also featured on the international radio broadcast, In the RAWW with Paula Edwards. She has also hosted her very own internet talk show called, Heart to Heart.

There’s no stopping this dynamic woman now that she is finally walking in her purpose! Ms. Rose is preparing for the release of her very first manuscript entitled, Grace and Mercy Brought Me Home, a masterpiece which details her incredible transformation from a mere weed, into the beautiful “rose” she is today! Additionally she is currently a spokesperson for The Truth Behind Incest the Movement, and has availed herself for speaking engagements from large banquets, to small intimate settings; sharing her wisdom and insight with diverse audiences. She has also traveled far and near imparting hope, truth, and inspiration through her phenomenal gift of poetry. Renda’s poems have been likened to the remarkable and highly acclaimed, Maya Angelou. Renda makes her poems available in gift sets, which are great for all occasions.

With a personal desire to see wounded hearts healed, and to bring restoration back to the mother/daughter unit, driven to aide people from all walks of life that have somehow gotten off track along this journey called life to find their course; Renda has set out to spread her revelation about “Truth and Choices.”

Renda Rose, a woman of great faith, courage, and zeal is taking on the great task of spreading the good news which is that there “is” life after death through a process of rebuilding, and restoring. As she remains transparent about her journey, she encourages individuals entrapped in guilt and shame to “come out! “And as she embraces the truth, the choice, the freedom, the hope, the faith, the victory, the peace, the grace, the mercy, the purpose, and most importantly, the love,” this mighty woman is managing to lead humanity as a race into a place of healing, purpose, and destiny. Along with her personal declaration, God is marvelous; Renda’s favorite quote comes from the Bible, Philippians 4:13 which states, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Her favorite song… Amazing Grace.

Visit Rose online at www.RendaRose.com
Rose Waters, Inc.
Telephone: (610) 270-0695
Email: rosewaters1940(at)yahoo.com

About the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series: The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series provides a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing, at all levels of accomplishment, from diverse backgrounds, and always including a mixed-gender open mic. The Series was founded in 2002 by singer-songwriter and award-winning community cultural arts organizer Cassendre Xavier who is also founder of Philadelphia’s Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival, est. 2003, www.BWAFphilly.org). The Series continued throughout 2006 with co-hosts/co-curators fiction writer Louise Bierig and journalist Sherella Gibbs, as well as various guest hosts including Atticus Books novelist Alex Kudera and Eugene The Composer.
Some noteworthy features of the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series include cellist/composer/lyricist Monica McIntyre, scholar Dr. Leslie Niama Williams, and New York Times bestselling novelist L.A. Banks (aka Leslie Esdaile Banks).

Ongoing submissions to feature (female only) or guest host (any gender) are online at www.WomensWritingSeries.org, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Women’s Writing Series, POB 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204. Email: WomensWritingSeries(at)yahoo.com.

--------If you can’t join us, perhaps you can watch us online and we look forward to seeing you sometime! -Cassendre-----------

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cassendre Xavier Museletter November 14, 2010

Greetings!

Just want to let you know that I’ll be doing a concert of my 2002 album “The Whittenberg Sessions” this Friday, and next Wednesday, the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series will return after a 4 year hiatus. I’ll be hosting and the featured readers will be Ruth A. Rouff (www.RuthRouff.com) and Renda Rose (www.RendaRose.com). The Series will be streaming live on the internet at www.moonstoneartscenter.org for those of you who can’t attend in person.
Details for both events, as well as my mail order form are below as usual.
I hope you’ll join us!

In art and community,

Cassendre

Friday, November 19, 2010 8PM (Doors open 7:30pm)
$15 Donation includes CD!

The Whittenberg Sessions Concert
Rockstar Crystal Gallery, 20 E. Mt. Airy Avenue, Philadelphia
PA 19119 267-286-1011 www.rockstarcrystalgallery.com

Cassendre sings songs from her acclaimed 2002 debut studio album The Whittenberg Sessions. (Hear and read about this and Cassendre’s other musical recordings: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/cassendre)

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 7pm--9pm $5


The Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series feat. Ruth A. Rouff and Renda Rose, hosted by Cassendre, at Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th St. (at Sansom St.), Philadelphia, PA 19107, 215-735-9598, www.moonstoneartscenter.org


The Series provides a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing, at all levels of accomplishment, from diverse backgrounds, and always including a mixed-gender Open Mic.

Ongoing submissions: www.WomensWritingSeries.org, or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Women’s Writing Series, POB 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204.
For my complete schedule of events, please visit http://cassendrexavier.com/calendar.html


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CX DIRECT MAIL ORDER FORM (FREE SHIPPING IN THE U.S.A.!)

Send orders PAYABLE TO CASSENDRE XAVIER: Cassendre Xavier, PO Box 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204 USA

MUSICAL CDs - $12 each, TWO for $20!

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GUIDED MEDITATION CDs - $15 each, TWO for $25!

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BOOKS - $15 each, TWO for $25!
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CURIOUS BOOKLINGS™ (CHAPBOOKS) - $7 each, TWO for $12!

Yoko Ono & Brad Pitt’s Art Class – Creative Writing (2009) ----Quantity:___X $_____= $________
Making of a Woman/Atist: a book for every black girl & every black woman who has ever wanted to be an artist (2005) ---- Quantity:_______X $______= $___________
secrets & lies: poetry and other words (2004) ----Quantity:_______X $______= $___________


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Method of donation: Money order (preferred)/checks. (Coming soon - online orders / Paypal / Credit & Debit Cards)

Send orders PAYABLE TO CASSENDRE XAVIER: Cassendre Xavier, PO Box 30204, Philadelphia, PA 19103-8204 USA

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“Action is the new black.” ~CX

Previous venues: Oct 29 thru Nov 14, 2010

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Friday, October 29, 2010 Celebrating Survivors Concert

7:00 – 10:00 pm

Featuring Featuring R&B music by Ann Rabson, formerly of Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women, American “roots” music by Pat Wictor, Also, a spoken word performance by WIT’s own Marsheila Sutton.

First Unitarian Church

21st & Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia

$20 in advance (credit card), $25 at the door (cash/check). General admission. Info: http://www.helpwomen.org/wp/upcoming/490


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Monday, November 1, 2010 7:00pm-8:30pm

$5

Living with Joy - an Orin DaBen Study Group, based on the book "Living With Joy" by Sanaya Roman. Info: www.orindaben.com

Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119

www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

Pre-registration required at 215-436-9702, no later than the day before.


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Thursday, November 4, 2010 8:30PM - Free

Late Night Series - Philadelphia, an open mic at Drexel University's Creese Student Center, 33rd & Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA. I'm not featuring, just hanging out with friends and participating in the Open Mic! Feel free to join us!

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 8PM-9PM (Doors open at 7:30PM) One Measly Dollar!

Affirmations Sing-Along

Rockstar Crystal Gallery, 20 E. Mt. Airy Avenue, Philadelphia
PA 19119 www.rockstarcrystalgallery.com

Join acclaimed singer-songwriter Cassendre Xavier in song to affirm health, love, and abundance.
Cassendre has been writing affirmation songs since 2007 and was spiritually called to start leading Affirmation Sing Alongs that same year. She has done so at venues as varied as Arnold's Way Raw Vegetarian Cafe & Education Center, the Germantown Friends School, and house concerts. All are welcome, especially the tone deaf and scaredy cats!

Pre-registration required at 215-436-9702, no later than the day before.
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Friday, November 12, 2010 10AM - 5PM - Free
25th Annual Philadelphia International Art Expo

I'll be performing music in the lobby. www.octobergallery.com


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Saturday, November 13, 2010 10AM - 5PM - Free
25th Annual Philadelphia International Art Expo.

I'll be performing music in the lobby. www.octobergallery.com

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Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:00pm-3:30pm $5

Embracing the Goddess – Wimmin’s Spirit Circle



A safe space to explore feminist female-centered spirituality.

Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119

www.bigbluemarblebooks.com



Pre-registration required at 215-436-9702, no later than the day before.