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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 Avengers Infinity War / Recap

Its almost fitting that we ended our CAN I KICK IT? x Downtown Summer Flicks outdoor movie screening series with Avengers Infinity War, given the film’s huge success and its significance to the story in that line Marvel Studios’ movies.  And despite this being our rain-date, a good time was had all-the-same.

We of course would like to thank the DowntownDC BID for once again bringing us back for a third year, thank you to all of our sponsors and media partners, props to all of the guest DJs, martial artists who conducted demos, and the cosplayers, salute to everyone who helped on-site and spread the word, and a huge thank you to everyone who attended – some who attended multiple screenings.

Our summer is far from over, with our next screening happening at The Cary Theater (Cary, NC.) featuring KILL BILL Vol. 1, on Aug. 2nd.  For tickets and additional info click here.

Be sure to check our website for our events calendar, which features our other dates this summer, and to check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

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.

 

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Captain Marvel / Recap

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

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Thor: Ragnarok / 6.25.19

Join us this Tues June 25th for Thor: Ragnarok, the fourth film of our CAN I KICK IT? DowntownDC Summer Flicks series.

We’re pretty excited for next week’s event, as we’ll also have opening DJ sets by DJ Lickashot and G-Rock, starting at 7:30 PM, as well as a live martial arts demo by DC’s own, and friend of SHAOLIN JAZZ, Terence Nicholson, which start around 8 PM.

For more info/RSVP click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Black Panther / 6.11.19


Join us this Tues June 11th for the block buster hit: Black Panther – the second film of our DowntownDC Summer Flicks CAN I KICK IT? series.  This film earned a myriad of records such as the second highest grossing film of 2018, the third highest grossing film ever in the US, and the ninth highest grossing film of all time.

We start the evening’s activities at 7:30 PM with a DJ set by NYC’s finest and friend of SHAOLIN JAZZ P.U.D.G.E, with the film starting promptly at 8:30 PM.

This will also be our second night inviting cosplayers as well as conducting a ‘best dressed’ contest, so be sure to rep your favorite superhero!

For more info/RSVP click here.

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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The Poster is Here!

We’re a little less than 1 month away from the first Downtown Summer Flicks CAN I KICK IT? screening and we’re excited to finally get the main movie poster featuring the schedule of screenings, so you can plan for which films you want to see.

Our first film out the gate will be Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse which will be held on Tuesday June 4th.  For more info and to RSVP click here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Downtown Summer Flicks / CAN I KICK IT? / Summer 2019

We’ve been holding onto this for a minute!  Now we’re of course pleased to announce that we’ll be back at Freedom Plaza this summer conducting CAN I KICK IT? for year three of Downtown DC’s “Downtown Summer Flicks” series.  However, this year we’re extremely excited about this summer’s lineup which will be all movies from Marvel Studios’ storied catalog!

From June 4th – July 9th we’ll be bringing you Marvel films such as Black Panther, Avengers Infinity Wars, and Deadpoool.  Additionally, we’ll have special dates inviting those of you who enjoy cosplay.

Our first film out the gate will be Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse which will be held on Tuesday June 4th.  More info and to RSVP click here.

Hope to see you there and stay tuned for more….

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron / 3.26.19

Join us this Tues Mar. 26th at Songbyrd for our next edition of CAN I KICK IT? feat Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron.  We go from 6 – 10 pm and there’s no cover.

That night we’ll also have new SHAOLIN JAZZ merch available so stay tuned!

For more info/RSVP click here.