Archive for December 23rd, 2013

Randall Garrett

When: Saturday, January 25, 8 pm
Where: WordSpace, 415 North Tyler Street
Admission: Free
MORE! Clay Stinnett and Andy Don Emmons provide performance accompaniment

SEE RANDALL’S WORDSPACE SPOKEN WORD SET LIST HERE!

In conjunction with his exhibition opening at Mighty Fine Arts, Randall Garrett performs spoken word art at WordSpace. Gallery opening starts at 6. Performance at 8. Beverages and snacks are served and neighborhood businesses on Tyler Street are open for business and block partying.

Mighty Fine Arts presents “Noble Savages” featuring the Cirkit of Mythos with new work by Eddy Rawlinson, Omar Hernandez, Randall Garrett and Steve Cruz.  This show opens Saturday Jan 25 with a reception for the artists from 6-9pm and will run till Sunday March 9.
Noble Savages” plays off the concept of the outsider, untainted by civilization and living under his own inner rule, the term emerged in the 19th century as an expression of naiveté used to describe the native and exotic “other” during the periods of colonial expansion. Winking at the inappropriate nature and archaic language that brought forth such a term,Cirkit of Mythos makes playful mockery of it by embracing their stance as artists who live in a 21st century technologically advanced age, yet willfully standing apart and gleefully wallowing in their own iconoclasm. 
Eddy Rawlinson creates iconic paintings that glorify the biker and rebel outsider, rendered in super saturated colors reminiscent of psychedelic poster art. The graphic pop constructions of Omar Hernandez utilize contemporary digital techniques, even as they point out the apocalyptic direction of such technologies, and leaving subtle hints of a primeval perfection that might yet re-emerge. Randall Garrett debuts a series of new photo works based on performance characters, presenting alternate deadpan and humorous archetypes of the self, as dredged up from the shadowy depths of the unconscious. Steve Cruz provides comic relief with painted narratives of deities and lovers caught in a never ending series of antics balanced between humor and pathos.


Corey Black at Dallas Poetry Slam

Corey Black 3When: February 21, 2014 at 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: 
Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members Free

Corey Black is a St. Louis born emcee, lyricist, poet, and spoken word artist. He is most known for his affiliation with St.Louis collective The Force and being the hypeman for recording artist Tef Poe. Black’s grit and tenacity also saw him perform on-stage with the Force in front of a crowd of over 20,000 at the 2009 and 2010 Live on the Levee. Along with The Force, Black has opened for such artist like Lupe Fiasco, Common, and Talib Kweli.

His poetry featured on international recording artist L-Vis 1990’s debut album Neon Dreams released in October 2011 through PMR/Island/Universal Records. Heavily influenced by Amiri Baraka and Gil Scott-Heron, Black honed his skills at open-mic nights as one of St. Louis’ premier poets. In November 2011, Black published a self-improvement book The Black Gentleman.This book is intended to help motivate and uplift Black men with inspirational sayings. Noted for his metaphorical lingo, Black has crafted powerful poems like “My Greatest Lyric” , “When You See Me,” and “Revolution” that can be heard on his 2012 spoken word EP “State Of The Art”. Black is the creator/founder of Live Poets Society, a unified collective of poets and spoken word artists that seek to keep the art of poetry, literature, and music healthy in the community. He is also host of Poetic Justice Open Mic, a monthly open mic night in St. Louis.

Prior to his poetry/recording career, Black served in the United States Marine Corps. He draws on that experience as a catalyst to create his art. Black believes, “hip hop is rooted in truth; and people are intrigued by my reality.”

For more information on this artist, visit http://www.iamcoreyblack.com.


Karleigh at Dallas Poetry Slam

537130_4768178685272_772775913_nWhen: January 17, 2014 at 8 pm
Where: Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie
Admission: $5, WS Members Free

Karleigh began writing poetry in April of 2013 after a performance of Shane Koyczan’s poem “To This Day” left her anxious to share her experiences with people who could relate. Before poetry she spent all of her free time working back stage as well as performing in the theatre. She grew up doing productions in her hometown, Decatur Texas Before moving to Arlington to be closer to poetry venues in the Metroplex. She bases her writing off of the many life experiences that have brought her to this point in her life where she has been allowed the opportunity to effect people in a positive and healing manner.

She was a member of the 2013 Forth Write Youth Slam Team based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Together, they traveled to Chicago to compete in the Brave New Voices poetry festival where they placed Top 10 in the World and Karleigh was invited to perform on the Best Of BNV stage.

A chapbook and CD are both in the works as she prepares for the 2014 Women Of The World Slam in Austin, Brave New Voices 2014 in Philadelphia, and the National Poetry Slam Competition in Oakland. She hopes to continue writing and performing poetry and she cannot wait to see where her opportunities take her next.


Youth Workshops 1 & 3 Saturdays

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway
3rd Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson

 Youth Poets Workshops is a component of WS Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. WordSpace presents workshops mentored by top performance poet and Dallas Youth Poets Executive Director, Joaquin Zihuatanejo and co-founder Alexandra Marie Thurston They provide poetry and slam outreach to area youth in two great locations. The workshops are open to ages 11-17. Participants receive instruction in writing and performance with a chance to compete for the  Dallas Youth Poetssponsored team that will represent Dallas in the annual conference, Brave New Voices.  The workshop participants are also eligible to compete in other area youth team competitions.

1069326_606241049416526_1446133809_nJoaquin Zihuatanejo (born in Dallas, Texas) is an award-winning American slam poet and teacher. In 2004, Zihuatanejo competed in the National Poetry Slam as part of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, which placed third. He also appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry in 2005.  In 2008, he won the Individual World Poetry Slam and was the winner of the World Cup of Poetry Slam in 2009. Currently, Zihuatanejo resides near his hometown of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. Outside of poetry, Zihuatanejo taught English and creative writing for seven years.

Alexandra Marie Thurstonis a writer from Los Angeles and Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam. She bring years of service to the poetry community and inspiring mentorship to young writers. Alexandra Marie Thurston serves as the board of directors of WordSpace.

WordSpace is honored to partner with Oak Cliff Cultural Center to produce Youth Poets Workhops at their facility. Funding for this program is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and WordSpace Members.

Special Thanks to Half Price Books, sponsors of WordSpace at The Kessler, for use of their facilities for this program. WordSpace is also honored to be a 2014 recipient of TACA’s generosity.

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Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Every first Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.

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Youth Poets Workshops 1st and 3rd Saturdays

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway

3rd Saturdays: 4-6 @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson

1002546_610081415699156_1946375174_n Youth Poets Workshops is a component of WS Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. WordSpace presents workshops mentored by top performance poet and Dallas Youth Poets Executive Director, Joaquin Zihuatanejo and co-founder Alexandra Marie Thurston They provide poetry and slam outreach to area youth in two great locations. The workshops are open to ages 11-17. Participants receive instruction in writing and performance with a chance to compete for the  Dallas Youth Poets sponsored team that will represent Dallas in the annual conference, Brave New Voices.  The workshop participants are also eligible to compete in other area youth team competitions.

1069326_606241049416526_1446133809_nJoaquin Zihuatanejo (born in Dallas, Texas) is an award-winning American slam poet and teacher. In 2004, Zihuatanejo competed in the National Poetry Slam as part of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, which placed third. He also appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry in 2005.  In 2008, he won the Individual World Poetry Slam and was the winner of the World Cup of Poetry Slam in 2009. Currently, Zihuatanejo resides near his hometown of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. Outside of poetry, Zihuatanejo taught English and creative writing for seven years.

Alexandra Marie Thurstonis a writer from Los Angeles and Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam. She bring years of service to the poetry community and inspiring mentorship to young writers. Alexandra Marie Thurston serves as the board of directors of WordSpace.

WordSpace is honored to partner with Oak Cliff Cultural Center to produce Youth Poets Workhops at their facility. Funding for this program is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and WordSpace Members.

Special Thanks to Half Price Books, sponsors of WordSpace at The Kessler, for use of their facilities for this program. WordSpace is also honored to be a 2014 recipient of TACA’s generosity.

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Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Every first Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.

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Dallas Poetry Slam Youth Series

When: Every first Saturday at 4-6 pm
Where: Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway, Program Room-
Hosted by: Alexandra Marie and Joaquin Zihuatanejo

WordSpace is honored to partner with Dallas Poetry Slam to bring Poetry and Slam outreach to area youth for workshops and performance.

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