Friday, May 20, 2011

The Inspired Word's NYC Rising Stars Night + Open Mic - Thursday, May 26

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word features Rising Stars Night: spoken word poet Esoteric Structure, actress/poet Lillian Rodriguez, and Blues/Art Rock/Baroque Pop band Sylvana Joyce + The Moment.

Also a 15-slot open mic (open not only to poets and spoken word artists but fiction/nonfiction writers, comedians, monologists, singers, and musicians).

Hosted by 3-time HBO Def Poetry star Gemineye.



Lillian Rodriguez was raised in the Bronx. She is an actor and a spoken word poet. First working with International WOW Theatre Company in the summer of 2009, she has since, had her Fringe Festival, NYC debut in "Survival of the Fittest," was 'Helen of Troy' in "The Trojan Women" at Looking Glass Theatre, and acted in "Men Die and They Aren't Happy," a film touring the world (from Miami to Haifa, Israel). She works as an Associate Correspondent on Diplomatically Incorrect at the United Nations, where she interviews women active in art and diplomacy; exploring the notion of the "Diplomat Artist." Lillian just finished shooting the second webisode of "Red Notice," she plays a lead in this webseries based off Dante's Inferno. For more info, please check out

In the summer of 2010, Sylvana Joyce (piano/voice/music/lyrics) founded a five-oiece band with her childhood friend, Sean-David Cunningham (violin), after finally deciding to get her lifelong itch to perform out of her skin. The granddaughter of the late Romanian composer/celebrity George Sbarcea, Sylvana took to songwriting early in life. Her compositions range the spectrum of Blues, Soul, Jazz, Cabaret, and Gypsy, with a nod to her Eastern European heritage and theatre background that has drawn comparison to Gogol Bordello, Dresden Dolls and Billie Holiday. So far, the band has garnered a respectable reputation among Boston and NYC venues, having impressed McGann's, Parkside Lounge and The Bitter End, as well as having enjoyed a long summer residency at Northern Soul in Hoboken, NJ, where they later performed as nominees for Best Band of 2010 at the Hoboken Music Awards. Their next show will be as headliners at the Algonquin Seaport Theater at South Street Seaport, Pier 17, on May 28. For more info, go to

Esoteric Structure is a spoken word poet and the winner of the 2nd Inspired Word "American Idol" contest. He's also a clothing designer, illustrator and filmmaker. He recently completed a short film called "Dom & Magdalena."


When: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC
Phone: (212) 598-9126

Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 6:30pm

Showtime @ 7:30pm

Cover Charge: $10


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