Friday, December 3, 2010

HBO Def Poetry Star Vanessa Hidary - "What if...?"/Interview @ Mike Geffner's Inspired Word

Vanessa Hidary, AKA The Hebrew Mamita, beautifully performs one of her signature pieces, "What if...?", and does a brief interview @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word NYC spoken word/poetry event, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, One and One Bar/Restaurant, Manhattan, New York City.

"What if...?" is a powerful poem that challenges notions about the societally-agreeable identities she ultimately rejects, embracing instead, her authentic self: self-expressed, powerful, vulnerable, sexy, smart, Jewish, female, human.

Hidary is a native New Yorker who seems to write a lot about Jews, men, race, and juicy thighs. She has aired three times on HBO'S Def Poetry Jam, was a finalist at Nuyorican Poets Café , and her solo show "Culture Bandit," which has toured nationally, has been produced by LAByrinth theatre company, Roar @ Nuyorican Poets café, and the Hip Hop theatre festival, among others. She was featured in the award winning short film "The Tribe," which appeared in numerous festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca Film. She was the director of the show "Monologues": An evening of solo performances exploring Jewish Identity inspired by a 10-day trip through Israel . She received her MFA in acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory, and is currently working on a book that may be called "the Chronicles of The Hebrew Mamita."

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The Inspired Word is New York City's hottest new poetry/spoken word series that happens every Thursday night in downtown Manhattan, produced by longtime writer/journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, hosted by Erik "Advocate of Wordz" Maldonado, and featuring not only the likes of Suheir Hammad, Lemon Andersen, Willie Perdomo, Patrica Smith, and Oveous Maximus but an open mic showcase that's open to ALL artists.

Videographer: Elaine Delehant (

Music: La Bruja, "Keep it Movin' Like,"

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