Our final CAN I KICK IT?, of the Hudson River Parks’ Hudson RiverFlicks outdoor screening series, couldn’t have been more hip-hop (from its early beginnings), an exercise in resourcefulness, or DIY.
The passing weather made it impossible for us to conduct the screening at the designated location, so the team at Hudson River Parks had a plan B: take an empty hanger/warehouse space that they never activate that had only 1 working light, bring in a generator for power, use one of the exposed bring walls for a screen, open up the garage doors, and bring chairs and the A/V equipment. The result was a uniquely memorable experience that was intensified by a raw space in New York. Classic.
The only downside were the people who could not make it due to our quick location change as well as those who were unfortunately turned away, as we reached our 200 max capacity very early.
We’ve had an incredibly fun run with the two CAN I KICK IT? screenings that we were fortunate to conduct as apart of Hudson River Parks’ series and we’re hopeful to come back next year.
Thanks again to Hudson River Parks for bringing us, props to everyone who helped, salute to everyone who spread the word, and thank you to everyone who attended.
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Vancouver is modestly incredible in that parts of it are similar to Monte Carlo, San Francisco, Miami, Seattle, and San Diego. Depending on your vibe they’ve got you covered.
And “modestly incredible” is our best description because locals practically don’t mention those attribute, yet those kinds of environments exist in Vancouver’s chill universe unto itself.
They’ve also got great amenities such as their super efficient late-night public transportation (including a 3 line train system that runs pretty much every 15 min) along with the vinyl and lifestyle heavy Beat Street Records and notable streetwear boutique Livestock.
Simply put, you’ve got to visit for yourself and for more pics click Read the rest of this entry
As our first CAN I KICK IT?, featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, outside of the U.S. – Vancouver definitely “got it” and the good-times ensued. The location, which was an historic outdoor plaza called Van Art Gallery North Plaza, felt like home with it being similar to Freedom Plaza (back in D.C.), with its smooth stone surfaces, ledges, and steps, which was also home to the city’s skateboarders. Insert some great food trucks and popcorn and we were ready to go!
In addition to the movie, scores of attendees, both young and old, enjoyed our makers-station where you could create your piece of art using a stencil (turntable, ninja, boom-box, or Bruce Lee) and spray paint. We love employing the makers-station whenever possible so people can participate in the event and have a meaningful and tangible memory of our experience.
And what’s a CAN I KICK IT? event without live demos, so the DVBIA brought in Shape Shifter Studio who not only conducted BBoy workshops, which got the crowd dancing, but also excited the audience with amazing BBoy exhibitions. We, in-turn, reached out to Lions MMA who sent two of their most celebrated members Kia and Sean who rocked attendees with a spirited power-driven demo.
Thank you to the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association for bringing us out, props to both Shape Shifter Studio and Lions MMA for conducting the workshops and exhibitions, and salute to everyone who attended, especially those who’ve been longtime SHAOLIN JAZZ supporters.
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Our CAN I KICK IT? screening of KILL BILL Vol. 1 at The Cary Theater, in Cary, NC. proved to be one for the books. We enjoyed a nearly sold-out show and received one of the warmest receptions to date from attendees who were thrilled to discuss various stand-out moments of theirs from our remixed/live soundtrack version of the cult classic film.
Thank you to The Cary Theater for both bringing us out and for their generous hospitality, props to everyone who helped spread the word, and a huge thanks to everyone who attended and shared their positive sentiments. We certainly hope that we can come to the town of Cary and The Cary Theater.
For our next CAN I KICK IT? we’ll be in Vancouver, Wed. Aug. 7th, featuring 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For more info click here.
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For next CAN I KICK IT? at Songbyrd, on Tues Aug 27th, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be screening the blaxploitation classic Cleopatra Jones.
If you’re unfamiliar with the title, Cleopatra Jones is an undercover special agent for the United States Government. Overseas modeling is only a cover for her real job. Cleo is a Bond-like heroine with power and influence, her silver and black `73 Corvette Stingray (equipped with automatic weapons), and her martial arts ability. While she evokes the glory of a funk goddess, she remains loyal to her drug-ravaged community and her lover, Reuben Masters (Bernie Casey), who runs B&S House (a community home for recovering drug addicts).
DJ 2-Tone Jones sets the vibe with music starting around 6:30 with the movie starting around 7:30 PM. Drink and food specials will be available.
CAN I KICK IT? is free and open to the public.
We hope to see you there!
Summer of Shaolin 2019 is moving along well and we’re happy to announce that our next CAN I KICK IT? will be next Friday, Aug. 2nd, at The Cary Theater (Cary, NC.) featuring Quentin Tartino’s martial arts classic KILL BILL Vol. 1.
The movie starts promptly at 7 PM, tickets are on-sale now, and to purchase click here.
We’ve been moving around quite a bit, and we’re far from over, but its good to be back home, so please join us this Tues, July 23, as we return to Songbyrd for our next CAN I KICK IT? featuring John Wick starring Keanu Reeves.
We get things started at 6-10 PM and as usual – No Cover, Drink and Food Specials, and we’re at Songbyrd 2477 18th St NW (Adams Morgan).
For more info/RSVP click here.
New York is one of the cities that we’ve been to raring to rock and, despite some technical difficulties, we more than made sure to make our impression felt with our CAN I KICK IT? version of the ultimate NYC cinematic classic The Warriors.
We sincerely appreciate the over 500 people in attendance who stuck with us, props to the tech-savvy security guard who came in in the ninth hour with a solution, salute to our team who helped behind-the-scenes, and thank you to Hudson River Park for bringing us out to open their Hudson RiverFlicks outdoor series.
We look forward to coming back August 14th with Berry Gordy’s classic The Last Dragon, so be sure to plan ahead, and for the full recap click Read the rest of this entry
Join us this Tues, July 16th, for Avengers Infinity War – The Last film of our DowntownDC Summer Flicks CAN I KICK IT? series at Freedom Plaza.
DJ Lickashot will set the tone at 7:30 PM and the movie will start around 8:30 PM.
Complimentary popcorn be provided by Pret-A-Manger and Urban Legends will gift vinyl, from their Marvel Variants music project, to the lucky winners of our trivia.
For more info/RSVP click here.
Our CAN I KICK IT? screening of Captain Marvel shaped up to be the highest attended film in the history of the DowntownDC Summer Flicks series. The evening also included vibe-setting opening DJ sets by DJ Miss H.E.R and Cleveland Browne, an activation by JUMP Bikes – who brought their signature bikes and scooters for people to demo, and a hugely dynamic martial arts demonstration from our friend Philippe Prosper and his brother James Whitley, who performed using weapons and hand-to-hand styles.
We hope to see you next Tues, July 16th, for Avengers Infinity War, which is the final movie in our series, and for the full recap from Tues click Read the rest of this entry