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CAN I KICK IT? / feat “The Black Dragon’s Revenge / 2.25.20

If you haven’t been to CAN I KICK IT? in a minute you DO NOT want to miss this one: “The Black Dragon’s Revenge” starring the iconic Ron Van Clief.

Ron Van Clief is, hands down, one of the iLLEST and this movie is the proof.

Join us Tues Feb 25th at Songbyrd Music House.   Music starts at 6:30 PM and the Film at 7:30 PM.

For info/RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Enter the Dragon and Blade / Jan 24th – 25th

We’re pleased to announce that for our second CAN I KICK IT? of 2020 we’ve been invited to conduct CIKI as apart of the programming for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, where we’ll be screening two amazing films: Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon and Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, on Friday January 24th and Saturday January 25th, respectively.

For more info and tickets click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Black Belt Jones / 1.11.20

CAN I KICK IT? is back for 2020 at Creative Alliance and in the spirit of starting the year off right we’re bringing you one of the most iconic martial arts movies featuring one of the most iconic martial artists: Black Belt Jones starring Jim Kelly.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, the mafia wants to takeover the property of an African American karate school owned by the legendary Papa Byrd and Black Belt Jones, a friend of Byrd’s, is called to fend-off the mob and its henchmen through his unique style of martial arts.  Black Belt Jones is a true blaxploitation martial arts classic that you won’t want to miss.

For more info and tickets click here.

Barry Bishop The Creative – Interview

Barry Bishop is a legendary artist from Washington, DC who’s early works in DC’s streetwear scene (’87) made him a major influence – having created a number of the foundational designs that set the tone and direction for DC’s famed Madness Connection, which inspired him to start his own groundbreaking line B-Man Apparel.

Bishop is also an esteemed portrait artist, via his signature style of black and white, and his new show, Barry Bishop The Creative – Original Paintings and Prints, will open on Saturday December 7th, at the Brookland Artspace Lofts.

I got a chance to talk to Barry to learn more about his past and how its influencing his present and future.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Fist of The North Star / 11.26.19

Join us, Tues Nov 26th at Songbyrd, for our annual anime CAN I KICK IT? film, where this year we’re featuring the late 80’s classic Fist of The North Star.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by a nuclear war, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor of a deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill most adversaries from within through the use of the human body’s secret vital points.

DJ 2-Tone gets things started at 6:30 PM and the movie starts around 7:30.  For more info/RSVP click here.

New CAN I KICK IT? Promo Video

Check out our new CAN I KICK IT? promo video produced by the good people of Kreative 71.

SHAOLIN JAZZ for DC Design Week’s Opening Party

We had lots of moving parts, but a great time was had by all at the opening party that we flipped for DC Design Week at Big Chief in DC.

From our live stenciling station on the roof-top featuring stencils thematic of DC, Go-Go, and SHAOLIN JAZZ, to an exhibition and talk about the classic event posters from Globe Posters highlighting DC’s legendary Go-Go (and events) scene from MICA’s Allison Fisher, to a talk about the storied origins of Go-Go music, the bands and people who paved the way, and its influence on the city and the music industry by notable music journalist and DC native Marcus K Dowling, a conversation about the DC music scene through pictures by noted photographer Joshua Cogan, all the while DJ RBI providing a well curated soundtrack that helped guide the evening’s activities from start to finish.

Thanks to AIGA DC and DC Design Week for tapping us to help them help celebrate this years programming, salute to Big Chief for hosting, and thank you to everyone who attended.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat BLADE / Recap

There’s a great deal of enjoyment when a client wants you to be apart of their programming, but it feels even better when that same client wants to bring you back and this certainly was the case with The Kennedy Center who asked us to be apart of the launch festival for their new state-of-the-art REACH Center – a new multipurpose venue designed to help artists bring their creative pursuits to life.

The entire festival is actually 2 weeks of programming (over 400 events) with our scheduled date featuring all hip-hop based performances and engagements from local DC acts such as Kokayi to national legends – De La Soul, all happening simultaneously which allowed for attendees to fully explore the REACH Center and its various studios, multimedia spaces, and world-class works of art.

And despite all that was happening, which included DJ sets by Bobbito Garcia and workshops by Words, Beats, and Life, we held down a capacity crowd for our screening of the 90’s classic BLADE starring Wesley Snipes.  Add to that a continuous line out of the door and a visit of our screening by hip-hop legend Q-Tip, who The Kennedy Center appointed as its first Artistic Director of Hip Hop Culture.

Thanks to The Kennedy Center for bringing us back and thank you to everyone who attended.

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#WHEREISBENRICHARDS

The hashtag says it all.  See you at our next CAN I KICK IT? / Tues Sept 24th at Songbyrd / Music at 6:30 PM / Movie at 7:30 PM.
For more info/RSVP click here.

Beyond The Streets / Recap 1

I remember when the Beyond the Streets exhibition first opened in L.A. (featuring mostly West Coast writers) a few years back and me definitely wanting to check it out, so when I found out that they were doing an east coast version in NYC – me attending was a no brainer.

To put it short, its everything that I thought it would be and if you’re a fan of graffiti, street-art, and contemporary art then do yourself a favor.  The show stays open until the end of this Sept.

Props to Roger and his team for a well produced show, including all of the programming and product that goes with it, and to check out part 1 of my recap click Read the rest of this entry