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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.

 

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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.

SHAOLIN JAZZ – perspectives for Byrd Over Staten

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For more perspectives click here.

nomads + tribes / Visual Bios

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Haven’t posted my design work in a MIN, but I’m pretty proud of this package I’ve been producing.  Above is part of a content design and marketing package I’ve been developing for Lil So So Production’s (LSP) Nomads and Tribes New Year’s 2015 New Year’s event that’s taking place at a venue in Washington, DC called Song Byrd.  Please note that LSP designed the n + t logo.  For info about the event click here and to review the additional visual bios of the amazing DJs and performers click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / “The New Legend of Shaolin” / Recap

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The weather is finally starting to break and the turnout for our most recent CAN I KICK IT? certainly reflected that, along with a pretty expansive promotion and marketing effort.  There’s not too much that beats a 70 degree Spring evening in DC and “The New Legend of Shaolin” had attendees locked from the opening scene and Jet Lei’s kid co-star, 9 year-old Xie Mao (Tze Miu), provided a surprising boost with dynamic martial arts skills that rivaled his adult co-stars.

Props to everyone that attended; salute to Marvin for hosting, special shouts to our amazing bartender Alyssa, Madison Davenport PR, Som Records, and Palace 5ive , DSE Live – our media partners, and thanks to TC, Cherisse, and Duane for the promotional lift.  Thanks also to Lyft – our transportation sponsor.

Stay tuned for our next CAN I KICK IT? which will be Tuesday May 26th.  For more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry