Special Guest, Dahlak
The evening culminates with special guest Dahlak, a Hip Hop artist, musician, actor, poet and educator from Los Angeles, who is in Albuquerque as part of his National Performance Network (NPN) residency with Outpost. Dahlak will perform an excerpt from his one-man play–Spiritrials about “what happens when too many Saturday nights are blended seamlessly into Sunday morning. It’s for that time of the night when sobriety sets back in but the promise of salvation is still so far…’a dark gospel blue’.” Dahlak has performed on the Tavis Smiley Radio show and the past two seasons of Russell Simmons’ present Def Poetry Jam. $15/$10 Members (Outpost & 516) & Students.
516 ARTS, in partnership with Outpost, presents an evening of spoken word performances that revisits the 516 Arts SHOUT-OUT Festival organized in 2010 by Idris Goodwin for Street Arts, a Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression, for which Outpost presented an historic evening at the KiMo with Cecil Taylor and Amiri Baraka. Part of 516 Arts DECADE exhibition celebrating their 10th anniversary, SHOUT-OUT Redux: We The People, teams up with Beyond Poetry LLC, and welcomes back Idris Goodwin, an award winning break beat poet, playwright, essayist, and educator from Colorado. Goodwin will perform a new piece created in response to Chaz Bojorquez’ painting, We The People, on view at 516 ARTS, a continuation of a collaboration between the two when Bojórquez painted a mural in response to Goodwin’s words. Known as the godfather of Los Angeles graffiti, the world renowned Chaz Bojórquez felt that We The People was a perfect piece to show now in the current political environment and Goodwin explores the role of artistic expression in the new political climate. Goodwin asks, “In this political context, what do justice and liberty look like? How are we going to take care of each other?” and addresses “a futuristic alternate universe and the levels of consciousness that are different from the majority in this country.” He will be joined by Albuquerque poet Michelle Otero, who, through spoken word and song, revisits El Otro Lado: The Other Side – Albuquerque, an art and storytelling project presented by 516 ARTS and the Academy for the Love of Learning in 2009-2010. Otero is a writer, actor, teacher and facilitator, who utilizes creative expression and storytelling as the basis for organizational development and positive social change. Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy will share an excerpt from his work-in-progress, entitled Black Mantra, a one man, multimedia performance that is part monologue, part performance poem, and part interview with a younger version of himself. A reflective and interpretive piece that creates a visual and sonic dialogue between current events and the lives of a few young Black men.