Monday, June 22, 2009

reviews: Regina Spektor, Street Sweeper Social Club

New reviews I wrote for CultureBully:

Regina Spektor: Far

Street Sweeper Social Club: self-titled

I'll be presenting at MNSWA's Summer Teachers' Institute

I'll be doing workshops Tuesday and Wednesday and sitting on a panel Thursday. This is a really good resource for teachers, educators and students. Send Sha an email at the address below if you're interesting in learning more. Info:

"In Da Tradition"

2nd Annual Spoken Word & Hip Hop Institute
Presented by The MN Spoken Word Association & The University of MN's English Department
June 22-26th / On the U of M's campus

Coffman Union Whole Music Club --300 Washington Avenue

For more information: sha.mnswa@gmail.com

Hip Hop • Spoken Word • Graffiti • Writing • Performance • Dance • Music • Discussion • Experimentation• Turn-tablism • Scholars • Leading Practitioners • Food and more

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

facilitating a workshop/ally training on 6/23

Hey-- so I was out of town, but I heard the last installment of the Hip Hop Against Homophobia series was pretty great. Good to hear things are still building and bubbling. The next event we're doing is a workshop on what it really means to be an "ally." It'll have a hip hop twist to it, but it's mostly just about discussing how those with privilege when it comes to one identity can support and work with those who are oppressed in that same identity. This is a really important topic that relates to all forms of identity, and I think we can have a pretty engaging discussion. Details are below; hope some of you can make it (or at least spread the word about it! please forward to those you think might be interested).

Pillsbury House, Tuesday June 23rd

3501 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis
5:30-7:30pm
Free!
Hip Hop Ally Training
What does it mean to be an ally or supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities? What is a queer ally? Is it just about supporting gay marriage? Is it at all about supporting gay marriage? Is it fair to single out hip hop when all of society is homophobic? We'll learn about sex, gender, and sexual orientation, discuss what it means to be an ally, how hip hop perceives and portrays gender and sexual orientation, and how to confront homophobia, or any oppression, through hip hop. Come explore moving beyond marriage, about queer movements for economic justice, and where hip hop fits into to any of that.

Presented by Jessica Rosenberg, Kyle "Guante" Myhre, Cypher Coalition, and the MN GLBTA Campus Alliance.

Friday, June 12, 2009

shirts!

oh snap. come to a show and get one. s-xl.

the bottom says "we are waking up in our caskets."

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

ZOMG

BIG BUNCH OF RANDOM UPDATES:

1. Performing at Soundset ended up being a lot of fun. Here's my full recap. Still waiting for the photos, but I'll post them when I get them.

2. You can catch me on two great new mixtapes: hip hop blog Midwest Broadcast's "Flyover Land," and the McNally Smith "Rhymebook Compilation." Both are free, and both have some really good tracks from artists like Hieruspecs, Toki Wright, Big Quarters, Doomtree, Kristoff Krane, Kanser, Muja Messiah, M.anifest and many more. The MWB one you can download for free; the McNally Smith one might be hard-copy only, but check out what they're doing either way. They have a Hip Hop Studies diploma now, and it's taught by people who actually know what they're talking about.

3. I updated my "Sexism in Indie Hip Hop" article and it's posted over at CultureBully.com. More relevant now than ever. Please link to it, Twitter it, forward it, whatever.

4. Summertime means themed poetry slams. I'm on the St. Paul national team this year and we're trying to get to the National Poetry Slam in West Palm Beach, Florida, this August. Two big fundraiser slams coming up: the IWPS qualifier slam on July 6 and the Erotica slam on August 2.

5. June is going to be a very busy month for shows, but it's full of GOOD shows. See More's releasing a single on June 11 at the 501 Club (which is FREE); Hip Hop Against Homophobia on June 13 at the Bedlam Theater and June 27 at the Depot (I'll be in Madison for a show on the 13th but will be playing the latter one); the Bottom Feeders CD release show on June 25 at the Nomad (which is also FREE)-- all of these shows should be wild. Will be traveling a lot in July and August (and through the Fall, really) too. If you got good contacts for shows/slams/whatever in your city, let me know.

6. Me and Big Cats! are in the studio recording our full-length this month! An Unwelcome Guest, a concept album, will be out late Fall/early Winter.

7. Mentioned it already, but the homie See More Perspective will be releasing his first single on June 11 at the 501 Club. It's called "First Impression" and here's a link to some more info on that.

8. Two Hip Hop Against Homophobia shows this month, and we're also doing some more in-depth workshop/ally training stuff too. There'll be an informal discussion before the show on 6/13, at 7pm at the Bedlam Theater, and an ally training sometime in mid-late June. Space is limited; if you want to be a part of the ally training, message or email me.

9. If you haven't heard about Fong Lee, check this out; a statement made by Tou Ger Xiong after the officer who shot and killed Lee escaped punishment.

10. Don't forget: check out my twitter for regular updates. Thanks!