The San Francisco City Slam Presents:
Poets and Playwrights
Poets and Playwrights is a celebration of the theatrical stage, blending blazing poets with the innovation of one act plays and monologues.
Don't you wish you could see Nationals in Boston this summer? Well you should! But in case you can't you can still catch a few hot fire Nationals style bouts right here at home! That's right folks you can still catch the Bay's hottest teams in their finest form as they sharpen their lyrical blades before boarding the plane to Boston! The Bay Area's hottest poets have ...been sharpening their tongues to represent THE BAY AREA at NATIONALS SO bring YOUR SUPPORT to The Luggage Store Art Gallery.
This Months Features:
Los Angeles Poets Nikki Blak and Kevin Sandbloom
Bay Area Playwright Aimee Suzara
Where: The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. (@6th 2 Blocks from Powell Street BART) in San Francisco
When: December 9th 2012
Show Time: 6:30pm- 8:30p
Resident DJ Yaddos will be on the Wheels of Steal Rocking us all night!
Hosted By San Francisco Slammaster Mona Webb
C0-Host by Audacious
Free Creole Food! All Ages Venue (but no censorship)
$5 Donation (No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds! We wanna see you there!)
Nikki Blak is a proud Los Angeles native and the recipient of the 2005 World Stage/UCLA Literary Scholarship. She was the only poet whose likeness was depicted in a Michael Massenburg Mural in the heart of Leimert Park, as well a a piece commissioned for the Metro Expo. In 2005, Nikki released her first literary work entitled GIRL and is also the author of the long awaited follow up, entitled Five-Three and Rising. She has been a member of the 2006 Los Angeles, 2007 Hollywood, and 2008 San Diego Slam Teams. In 2010, she earned the title of Los Angeles Grand Slam Champion and was a member of the LA Slam Team, which she also co-slam mastered and coached. Last year, she revisited her role as co-slam master, coach, and member of the 2011 LA Slam team and traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to compete in the annual National Poetry Slam. In the coming year, Nikki looks forward to publishing her third volume of poetry, essays, and shorts stories, continuing to conduct writing workshops and perform poetry nationally, and becoming a wife.
Kevin Sandbloom is a man who knows a little bit about rebirth and new beginnings. Throughout his career, he has continually reinvented himself. First he was a member of cover bands and then he did an extended stint with the popular Southern California band The Congregation. But, perhaps his most intriguing transformation has been as a traveling solo artist who wows crowds from Boston to St. Louis to his native Los Angeles.
Five full-length albums and an EP under his belt, he is currently touring and promoting his latest recording, Under Pink and Bourbon Skies. He has performed on stages as diverse as Poetry N Motion in London, England to Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York to Berklee College of Music in Boston to B.B. King's Blues Club in Los Angeles and is a fixture at music and poetry venues across the U.S. He brings a fresh sound to an industry weaned on Auto-tune without being retro or dated.
Regarded as a songwriter at the top of his game, he wrote the title track for Grammy-nominated guitar legend Robben Ford’s Supernatural album. He has also contributed music to many independent films including Laurence Fishburne’s directorial debut, Once in the Life and he had a featured appearance on the ABC Family series “Lincoln Heights.”
He has shared stages and studios with Michael McDonald, Gil Scott-Heron, Vinny Caliutta, Goapele, Bilal, Jimmy Earl, The Zap Band, poet Talaam Acey and countless other artists. He is highly sought after for collaborations with other musicians, singers and poets and uses his musical prowess to advance social causes like economic justice and environmental consciousness.
Sandbloom is currently hard at work recording new material, completing his latest CD/DVD project and working with other artists.
Playwright Feature :
Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American writer, cultural worker and educator who has been writing and performing in the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area for over a decade. Suzara is currently a member of the playwrighting pool at Berkeley Repertory Theaters Playground.
Featured One Act Play:
A bitter intellectual Afro-centric Oakland native and an equally bitter bohemian Filipina professor meet at a trendy dive bar during Oakland's hottest art night, a haven for out-of-town hipsters, while the Giants and the A's are in the playoffs. Add two “bad Filipinas” and their greasy-haired boyfriends, Frantz Fanon, cupcakes, an awkward bartender with a fantastic mustache, and too many plaid shirts to count.
December 9, 2012
---- The Luggage Store Art Gallery
1007 Market St. (@6th 2 Blocks from Powell St. BART) San Francisco, CA
HOST: MONA WEBB
2nd Sundays of Every Month
Next Show December 9th
Free Creole Food
The City Slam & Experimental Mic. -A forum for lyrical creativity: layering poetry, music, dance, & all artistic avenues of expression.
Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM