Monday, September 22, 2008


Field Trips

I moved the field trip post to the comment section. It was too long. If you attend anything and write about it: a short 1 page review. You can have extra credit.

Speak The music
Butterscotch, Icebox, Maximillion & more!
Thursday September 25, 2008

$8 gen. (All Ages!) - 8 PM (I think this is wrong. I will check.)
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
510-849-2568 info(at)

From the website

Beat Boxing like you never knew existed. This show will move you and blow you away with its ever changing variety of artists. Performers include Butterscotch, Soulati and Infinite from Felonious, Syzygy, Eachbox, Monkstilo, Constant Change, Cornbread, D.C., Icebox, Tim Barsky, The Genie, Maximillion & more.

Ever since the creation of the Vowel Movement in 2003, beatboxing has exploded in the Bay Area. For the past 5 years, San Francisco and Berkeley have been home to beatboxing, and the demand to see more keeps rising.

Speak the Music is a new organization in the Bay Area that was created by Ian Canright and Mike Tinoco. The organization is dedictated to supporting the art of beatboxing by providing an outlet for up-and-coming and professional beatboxers alike to be heard; our goal is to reach out to the community and bring in new faces.

Many beatboxers at Speak the Music use the stage as a means to tap into new creativity; some incorporate different elements into their performances, such as digital effects, live looping, musical instruments, collaborations, and more. Our monthly showcases not only feature beatboxers, but musicians, poets, and emcees as well.

Our mission is to support local beatboxing and speak the music from within! But our bigger vision is to do youth outreach and spread the word about our positive means of expression.

If you would like to get involved with our organization, please feel free to contact us at

"MacB: The MacBeth Project," directed by Victoria Evan Erville, Sept. 19-October 5 at the Buriel Clay Theatre, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. There is free parking on site. Visit or call (415) 762-2071.

I'd like to go Sunday, October 5. Shows are 8 PM Friday and Saturdays, and 3 PM on Sundays.

"Ebony and Johnny: A Starcrossed Hoodtale," starring The Lower Bottom Playaz, in the 8th Annual Shakespeare in the Yard

This play runs October 3,4, and 10 at 7 PM and October 5 and 12 at 2 PM. I'd like to go Friday, October 3, opening night. Tickets are $10 for students (college and elders). The Thea Bowman Memorial Theater is located at 920 Peralta Street (in the back of the Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc.). There are groups rates, so if more than 10 students want to go we can probably knock a few dollars off the total.

AC Transit stops in front of the venue, and it's near the West Oakland BART Station. It's outdoors, so one should dress warmly. For information call (510) 835-8683 and(510) 208-1912.

Laney College Theatre Piano Lesson(I'll get back to you on the date.)

"Climbing PoeTree's "Hurricane Season" at La Pena, Friday October 24, 2008 and Saturday, October 25, 2008 (We can talk dates later.)
$20 adv. $10-20 (sliding scale @ dr.) - 7:30 PM

Climbing PoeTree's Hurricane Season. A multi-media show, popular education tour, and national organizing strategy that connects the issues that surfaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the "unnatural disasters" disenfranchised communities are experiencing nationwide and worldwide on a daily basis. Seating is limited! Buy tickets in advance! Visit

"Speak the Music, featuring: The Genie, Monkstilo, Cornbread and More!Thursday October 23, 2008
$10 (All Ages) - 8 PM

Beat Boxing like you never knew existed. This show will move you and blow you away with its ever changing variety of artists. Speak the Music Performers include Butterscotch, Soulati and Infinite from Felonious, Syzygy, Eachbox, Monkstilo, Constant Change, Cornbread, D.C., Icebox, Tim Barsky,The Genie, Maximillion & more.

"Living Word Festival: Race is Fiction (more will be forthcoming)

Friday, Oct 17 at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
The Living Word Project presents a program spoken storytelling through dance, music and film.

Price: Free. The Living Word Project presents a program spoken storytelling through dance, music and film.,

Intersection for the Arts: "somewhere in advance of nowhere*:youth, imagination and transformation


by Evan Bissell

September 26 - November 22, 2008
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat, 12-5pm
Opening Reception: Friday September 26, 6-9pm

This multi-tiered visual arts project explores and celebrates the transformative potential of the creative process in the cultivation and expression of individual voice and social activism among today's youth.

"The project is a documentation and celebration of the power of having the time, space, and loving community support to realize one's voice through creativity, imagination, observation, expression and reflection. It is the transformative potential of a creative process rooted in self-expression, communal creation, and supportive community that this project intends to highlight. Education in both process and knowledge has always been central to the project." - Evan Bissell

The exhibition's title, somewhere in advance of nowhere: youth, imagination and transformation, is taken from poet Jayne Cortez's book of poems and serves as the heart of the exhibit's message highlighting the urgency for the cultivation of imagination in today's youth in order enable them to envision better futures and to create larger social transformations. Masterfully executed in acrylic paint and oil pastel on prepared non-woven media mounted on wooden panels, Bissell's portraits are larger than life-size, imbuing each young subject with heroic, inspirational qualities that are generally not attributed to them in the context of our larger society. In addition to the portraits on display in the Gallery at Intersection, 15 portraits will be installed in public locations throughout the city. The location of each portrait is chosen by the poet (each a member of Youth Speaks' SPOKES) and each portrait is a reflection of the neighborhoods, communities and environments that have special, significant meaning to each subject; giving voice and positive recognition to a youth population that often goes unheard. Take-away maps detailing the locations of the portraits will give people the opportunity to experience these works within their particular community context. Additionally, viewers can interact with each portrait by calling a special number (415) 200-4587 and entering the corresponding extension to listen to the poets in their own words. The audio component of the project is a collaboration between Bissell and The Freedom Archives, an organization that aims to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and shape the future through the archiving of over 8,000 hours of audio and video recordings documenting social justice movements. This public installation brings each portrait to life and enables the project to live within a larger context beyond the gallery world and also provides unlimited, 24-hour accessibility.

Reflecting the positive contributions of young people to their communities and the empowerment of the youth voice through access to positive creative and educational opportunities, this installation and corresponding workshops, panels and performances strive to highlight youth art-making and the transformative qualities of art. Bissell will also involve other artists and art educators in the creation of materials that demonstrate a number of methods and philosophies aimed at empowering the next generation through creativity, culminating in an exhibition space that will be as informative as it is inspiring. Through a series of workshops led by Bay Area Artists, young artists, writers and dancers will create portraits around the idea of expanding imagination that will be included in the changing exhibition as a document of an active and dynamic creative community.

* from a poem by Jayne Cortez

Also at Intersection for the Arts: "Angry Black White Boy"

Intersection for the Arts and The Hybrid Project in association with Resident Company Campo Santo present the World Premiere of Angry Black White Boy

Written and adapted by Dan Wolf from the book by Adam Mansbach

October 23 - November 16, 2008 at 8pm, Thursdays - Sundays, $15-$25/sliding scale. Thursdays are pay-what-you-can

Directed by Sean San Jose
Featuring: Myers Clark, Keith Pinto, Tommy Shepherd & Dan Wolf
Collaborative Team: Sharif Abu-Hamdeh, Mia Baxter, Josh Begley, Duncan Cooper, Robert Hampton, Chinaka Hodge, Joshua McDermott, & Christopher Studley

Intersection for the Arts, in association with Resident Artist programs the Hybrid Project and Campo Santo, proudly announces the World Premiere Production of Angry Black White Boy, Dan Wolf's play adaptation of Adam Mansbach's provocative novel of the same name, an outrageous and deft satire about race, whiteness and Hip Hop pop-culture, identity and violence in the twenty-first century. This innovative re-mix of Mansbach's novel with performances that combine hybrids of theatrical storytelling, poetry, rapping, beatboxing, ballet and hip-hop dance is directed by Campo Santo's Sean San Jose.

Angry Black White Boy features Dan Wolf as the title character along with actor/soundscape musician Tommy Shepherd, and actors and choreographers Keith Pinto and Duncan Cooper. This is a collaboration that wrestles head on with the messy issues of identity and race with all the fight and flavor of a Hip Hop battle.

"With this brutal, hilarious, and tragic novel, Adam Mansbach proves once again he is one of the most insightful, and daring writers of our generation." - Noted Hip Hop journalist and author, Jeff Chang (Can't Stop Won't Stop)
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