Featuring work by LTAB all-stars, alumni, and co-creator Kevin Coval
Friday, August 5 & 6, 2011 7:30pm
Zacek McVay Theater
TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
This will be one of the most exciting nights at the Victory Gardens this summer!
Don’t miss out on ENGLISH CLASS HERETICS: LOUDER THAN A BOMB IN CONCERT! The stage artists from the largest and most explosive youth poetry slam in the world, Chicago’s own Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) will take over Victory Gardens with an evening of great performances.
This exclusive concert presentation features the best LTAB performances from recent years as well as performances by LTAB staff, teaching artists and alumni (including poets from the critically acclaimed LTAB documentary.)
Idris Goodwin is back home to Chicago tonight to celebrate the recent publication of his first book. It’s a collection of prose, poetry, and essays titled THESE ARE THE BREAKS.
These Are The Breaks is the debut collection by NEA award-winning playwright, HBO Def Poet, and critically acclaimed “indie” rapper, Idris Goodwin. Diverse in scope and wickedly satirical, Goodwin’s poetic essays sample race, class, and culture, transcending the page with hip-hop musicality. Goodwin cross-fades past and present, personal and political: Motown’s last vinyl factory juxtaposes against Bronx rap legends battling in open-air arenas; Chicago’s Public School system contrasts against Santa Fe’s tourism industry; an Egyptian child drowns in the Dead Sea as Nat Turner sprints across Death Valley. These Are The Breaks is the literary mixtape of our cacophonous times.
It’s scheduled to hit shelves in March 2011, but he’ll be selling advance copies after the performance.
If you don’t live in Chicago…
NEW SCHOOL POETICS presents
THESE ARE THE BREAKS – CHICAGO BOOK LAUNCH
Hosted by Poet, Educator ,WBEZ Correspondent Kevin Coval
Featured Performers: Award Winning Playwright/Performer Tanya Saracho & Poet Lamar “the trufe” Jorden, star of the critically acclaimed documentary Louder Than A Bomb
2229 South Halsted Street
$5 donation, students free. No one turned away
click here for a downloadable preview of the book, slated to hit stores Spring 2010.
Quraysh Ali Lansana
From Public Square, a project of Illinois Humanities Council, news of a Saturday Afternoon session at Englewood’s Perry Mansion Cultural Center. Mix poetry and conversation across generations, color, and neighborhood lines. Add sunshine and grow…
“Join us for an afternoon of poetry, conversation, and sunshine as some of the most prolific and profound poets in Chicago come together. Each of the poets will perform their work and participate in a post-performance conversation, moderated by spoken word artist Kevin Coval about the power of words.
Called “Word: Across Generations”, this intergenerational and intercultural event will include Quraysh Ali Lansana, director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University and author of They Shall Run-Harriet Tubman Poems and southside rain; Adrian Matejka, author of Mixology; Angela Jackson, acclaimed poet, playwright, and fictionist; and FM Supreme, Louder Than A Bomb poetry slam champion. The event will be emceed by Kevin Coval and music will be provided by DJ Seanile from Tomorrow Kings.
Reservations are recommended and can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 312.422.5580.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Perry Mansion Cultural Center
7042 S Perry Ave
This weekend is the culmination of the Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Mindblowing, bone-chilling work from youth that’ll renew your faith in “these kids today”.
Check out the Finals tonight at the Chicago Theater, hosted by Chinaka Hodge, and emceed by Chicago Spoken Word legend Kevin Coval:
175 North State
general admission $18
click here for ticket info
If you miss the event tonight, you can also catch the Brave New Voices documentary series (presented by Russell Simmons) on HBO…
Thanks to Tricia Hersey-Patrick for the heads-up on this one…
Curated by Tres & Kevin Coval
@ Hyde Park Art Center
5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Featuring artwork and performances by…
Amanda Williams / Clifton Henri / Avery R. Young / Kevin Coval /
Kid Jungle / Sandra Ivelisse Antongiorgi / Sharrieff Muhammad / Lea Pinsky
Lady Terror / Erin Teegarden / Marta Garcia / Krista Franklin /
Parneshia Jones / Tyrue “Slang” Jones / Cecil McDonald, Jr. / Dustin Harris
Hyde Park Art Center
and the “70 Days for 70 Years” Series presents “The Exchange”, a collaborative event in which writers, dancers and performance artists are paired together with visual artists to respond to one another’s creations. For instance, a spoken word artist may write a piece in response to a clay sculpture. The event was curated by Tres Colony and Kevin Coval.
If you wind up East-of-the-Viaduct in Hyde Park Art Center country, don’t forget to pick-up some on-point gelato at Istria Cafe (adjacent to HPAC). My favorite (today) is half pistachio/half marscapone cherry. Mmmmm.