Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Actor/Playwright/HBO Def Poet Brian Dykstra Headlines + Special Guests + Open Mic - Thursday, July 28

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word proudly features one of the most original performing artists on the planet - actor/poet/playwright Brian Dykstra.

Opening for Dykstra will be San Francisco writer/musician/filmmaker Jesús Ángel García and London spoken word artist Talia Randall.

There will also be a 15-slot open mic open to all types of artists.


Brian Dykstra is a poet, playwright, and actor. He is probably the only person (other than Mos Def) to have appeared on an episode of Chappelle's Show and HBO Def Poetry in the same season. Currently he's writing a Hip Hop play that is actually written using the language of Hip Hop about how easy it is to sell out, even when the topic is race. He's about to run off and play the artist Mark Rothko in the play "Red" for three months in Cincinnati and St. Louis. He is a two time star poet of the Spoken Word Almanac Project. He lives in New York City with his amazing wife. For more info, please visit http://www.briandykstra.net/.

Jesús Ángel García is a writer, musician and filmmaker based in San Francisco. His debut (transmedia) novel, badbadbad, is available as an old-school book on real live paper, a CD of songs derived from the narrative and a DVD documentary film based on the novel’s themes of fear, hypocrisy, sexual morality, intimacy in e-culture and self-destruction v. redemption. His fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, 3:AM Magazine, HTML Giant and other literary venues. His non-fiction has been published in The Faster Times, Vol. 1 Brooklyn and Electric Literature’s The Outlet, where he’s a regular contributor. His work has also been featured in podcasts at Inside Higher Ed (Radio Free AWP), Orange Alert and Dr. Dick’s Sex Wisdom. More info and lit-audio-video samples may be found at http://www.badbadbad.net/.

Talia Randall is a spoken word artist who writes about, cigarette buts, chicken bones, pigeons, estate agents, old school trainers, old school days, strangers on trains, drunken encounters, her dad's record collection and bus journeys. Born and bred in London, she works solo and with two collectives, Rubix (http://rubixcollective.blogspot.com/) based at the legendary Roundhouse (http://roundhouse.org.uk/) and Show Don’t Tell (http://timeplacestory.tumblr.com/) and independent storytelling collective. She has performed and shown work at some of London's leading venues such as Battersea Arts Centre, The Roundhouse and The Whitechapel Gallery. For more info, please visit http://www.taliarandall.com/.


When: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Where: One and One Bar & Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC
Phone: (917) 703-1512

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

Showtime @ 7:30pm

Cover Charge: $10


"The Inspired Word isn't just a series, it's a movement."


And please join us for our Tuesday Night Open Mic Joint - same time, same place!

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