E.G. Bailey co-curates + hosts Late Nite Series

Late Nite Series Sept 12th Poster

Pillsbury House Theatre proudly presents Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series, curated by Laurie Carlos and co-curated by e.g. bailey. Late Nite is a transformation of culture where text, music, spoken word, sounds and images weave together in a fearless celebration of new voices and new art. Witness the beginnings of brand new performances as artists from an array of disciplines come together to explore the cross currents of social change, community and identity. Each performance brings new and original acts to the Pillsbury House Theatre stage.

When you attend a Late Nite performance, you’re part of a family and every good family gathering is incomplete without a good meal.  That’s why we always serve up some great food before you digest some amazing art.  Be sure to bring your appetite when you join us for Late Nite.  (There is no extra cost for food.)

Featured artists for Late Nite 2009 include:

September 12 (8pm – Food, 9pm – Performance)
• José James featuring Chris Smith, Gideon van Gelder and Brandon Commodore
• St. Paul Soapboxing Slam Team (with Khary Jackson, Guante + Sierra DeMulder)
• Kenna Sarge
• D’Lo
• DJO (of the Bottom Feeders + Death Ray Scientific)

October 10 (Food and performance to immediately follow King of Shadows; approximately 9:15pm)
• Zell Miller III
• Katie Ka Vang
• Kim Thompson

November 14 (8pm – Food, 9pm – Performance)
• Pramila Vasudevan featuring Sarah Beck-Esmay, Romina Takimoto, Chitra Vairavan, and Matt Wells
• Joette Poehler + Love
• Bill Cottman featuring J. Otis Powell and directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

Ticket Prices:
$10 Adults, $5 for students/seniors. Ticket packages are available now (Save $6! Attend all three Late Nite performances for only $24; Save $10! Attend all three Late Nites plus get a ticket to the October 10th performance of King of Shadows for only $40). Single tickets go on sale Aug 24 at 10am. http://www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org/

Guante featured at Junkyard Empire ‘Rebellion Politik’ Release Party

Junkyard Empire CD Release Party Poster (600pxl)

Politically rambunctious hip-hop/jazz/indie ensemble Junkyard Empire set to perform with emcee, activist and 2009 National Poetry Slam 1st Place winner GUANTE at the Rebellion Politik CD Release Party on September 4th. Co-Sponsored by LiveWithSubstance.org

Junkyard Empire plans to blow the roof off of the Cedar Cultural Center on September 4 with hip-hop and spoken word poet extraordinaire, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records artist GUANTE, and internationally acclaimed independent war reporter, DAHR JAMAIL.  Guante and the St. Paul “Soap Boxing” poetry slam team recently finished first at the 2009 National Poetry Slam, beating out artists from Austin, NYC, Oakland, San Francisco, Albuquerque and elsewhere.  Guante’s success as a poet is reflected in his work as an emcee: every word counts, and stage presence is as much about creating a real connection with the audience as it is about jumping up and down and yelling.  City Pages, in their annual “Artists of the Year” feature, said: “Guante quietly rolled into the Twin Cities’ hip-hop and spoken-word scenes with a hand grenade, and pulled the pin. If you look anywhere in those scenes now, you’ll see his shrapnel buried deep in every wall.”

Headlining act Junkyard Empire shares a similar passion for lyrical content and successfully inspires its listeners to think critically about world affairs and question mainstream media’s impression of international politics.  Trombonist and band founder Christopher Cox discussed in a recent interview with Political Affairs Magazine that Junkyard Empire wishes to provide “the soundtrack for political protest,” commenting that all necessary change needs to come from a grassroots level in various communities.  Vocalist Brihanu elaborated that the music “is just the icing on the cake” implying that its message and organizing power is where much of the splendor lies.

Don’t miss this extraordinary event as Junkyard Empire continues to unite music and politics and Guante thrills the crowd with the ferocity of his stage presence.  It will be a night of impeccable musical performance and fascinating world assessment that is sure to turn heads and enlighten minds.

Junkyard Empire CD Release Party featuring Guante, Carnage the Executioner, Samosa and Dahr Jamail. Co-sponsored by LiveWithSubstance.org. 7:00pm. All Ages. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.

Guante + See More Perspective at Kibera Girls Soccer Academy Benefit

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Guante + See More Perspective feature at a benefit for Kibera Girls Soccer Academy. Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) supports and sustains the development and growth of a girl’s soccer academy located in the slums of Kibera, Kenya. KGSA was established as a U.S. based non-profit that works to develop strategies for the long-term sustainability of the school, and to identify individual donors and organizations interested in partnering to promote secondary educational opportunities for our students. KGSA works directly with the school’s staff in Nairobi, Kenya to provide free, quality education and programming for our students, while raising awareness around the issues of gender inequalities. KGSA is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged young women by providing free secondary education, and artistic and athletic opportunities in the slums of Kibera, Kenya. It believes that through active participation in sports, arts, and education, young women will have the opportunity to develop a stronger confidence in their minds, bodies, and spirits – empowering them to become inspiring leaders in their own communities and country, as they advocate for a brighter Kibera and Kenya. www.kiberagirlssocceracademy.org

The benefit will also feature the St. Paul Soapboxing Slam Team (2009 National Slam Champions), Slam MN! and others. The Music Box Theatre, 1411 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 7:00pm. All Ages. $5.