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CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM | feat Mystery of Chessboxing | 4.30.20

Thanks to everyone who’s been watching and supporting, we’ve got some great momentum and are looking forward to our next CAN I KICK IT? LIVE STREAM which will be next Thurs. Apr. 30th, where we’ll be featuring the iconic Mystery of Chessboxing.

Mystery of Chessboxing found it’s way into hip-hop lure because it’s where Ghostface of Wu-Tang Clan gets his name and the title of the movie is also the name of a famed Wu-Tang track.

We start the film at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST and for more info click here.

 

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.

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 John Wick / 7.23.19

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.

 

Deadpool Postponed

Unfortunately, due to pending inclement weather, tonight’s CAN I KICK IT? Downtown DC Summer Flicks screening of Deadpool will be postponed until further notice.

But don’t worry, we will be back next Tues, June 25th, with “Thor: Ragnarok”, so stay tuned!

 

CAN I KICK IT? / Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse / Recap

Fun, engagement, entertainment, and culture.  Those are just four of many words that can be easily applied to and describe the first screening of this year’s DowntownDC Summer Flicks CAN I KICK IT? screening, featuring Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse.

Additionally, there was an overall feeling of community, with the number of families who have returned through the years, also with how, this year, attendees setup their chairs around DJ 2-Tone, signaling a closeness attendees have with CAN I KICK IT?

And if you’re familiar with SHAOLIN JAZZ and our CAN I KICK IT? engagement we work within a range of cultural spaces that have familial relationships with each other such as the synergies between hip-hop and comic books, martial arts and hip-hop and, by that math, comic books and martial arts.

And because we don’t have to “try” to create fun, engagement, entertainment, and culture people tend to enjoy and “feel” CAN I KICK IT? as an experience that taps into a certain part of one’s soul, both young and old.

Props to the DowntownDC BID for bringing us back for a third year, salute to all of our media partners for helping to promote this year’s series, shouts the cosplayers who attended, and thank you to everyone who attended and also helped to spread the word about us conducting CAN I KICK IT? at Freedom Plaza.

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CHAMBERS / Opening Reception Recap

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The opening reception of our CHAMBERS exhibition was nothing short of dope.  Major ‘thank you’ to our partners Art Whino/Blind Whino for bringing together a more than solid stable of participating artists.  Hats off to all of the talented artists whose works showed their range of talent and abilities across an array of mediums.  You’d be hard pressed to find just one favorite.

Shouts to the Diamond Cutterz DJ crew for spinning what felt like the right Wu-Tang track where the last one left off, which thoroughly complemented the visuals.  Thanks to all of the art lovers who attended.  Whether you were an art aficionado or Wu-Tang fan, like-minds were in the building to celebrate and elevate culture.  No worries if you missed the opening reception, as the exhibition will be up (call to make an appointment) and we’ll be holding a closing reception on Thursday October 27th, which, mark my words, will surely pick up where the opening reception left off.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Asheru

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Meet Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed. one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday.  Asheru is a veteran Hip Hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening theme for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, and other musical contributions to the show, for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award – becoming the first hip hop artist to receive the prestigious award. Alongside his career as a Hip Hop artist, Asheru has served as a teacher/administrator in DC Schools for over 15 years, and is well known for his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement, namely through his organizations, Guerilla Arts Ink, and the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.).  To learn more about Asheru click here and here.

CAN I KICK IT? / Comic Book Style

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I designed a series of comic book style visuals when we screened Big Trouble in Little China and since they were so well received I decided to design another set for our screening of The Golden Child (Tues. Mar. 22nd at SongByrd).  To RSVP for our next CAN I KICK IT? click here and to view more of the visuals click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / 3.22.16 / Screening “The Golden Child”

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We’re pretty excited about this month’s CAN I KICK IT? as we’re bringing you “The Golden Child” starring Eddie Murphy.  We’ve also got a surprise for everyone at the end of this month’s event so RSVP here and we’ll see you there.