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CAN I KICK IT? / feat Enter The Dragon / 11.21.19

CAN I KICK IT? returns, next Thurs. Nov. 21st, to Creative Alliance (Baltimore) for another exciting night of Hip Hop, Martial Arts, Rare Grooves and more as we screen Bruce Lee’s legendary film Enter The Dragon.

We start the movie at 7 PM, tickets are $12 for general admission and $9 for members (+$3 at the door).

For more info and tickets click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / 10.31.19

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be conducting another special Halloween edition of CAN I KICK IT? featuring the 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Thurs. Oct. 31st (Halloween Night), at Songbyrd DC.

Music starts at 6:30 PM and the movie starts at 7:30 PM,  with the film being shown on both floors.  Drink specials and Songbyrd’s full dinner menu will be available.

For more info/RSVP click here.

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 / 9.14.19

Our good friends at The Kennedy Center have tapped us to be apart of the launch festival for their new state-of-the-art REACH Center – a new venue designed to help artists bring their creative pursuits to life.

And for this edition of CAN I KICK IT? we’ll be featuring the 90’s classic BLADE starring Wesley Snipes.

Unfortunately tickets for our night are sold-ou, but they do have them available for the range of additional events that they’ll be conducting starting on this Sat Sept 7th.

For info click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Big Trouble in Little China / Recap

This summer has provided a lot of firsts for SHAOLIN JAZZ and our recent CAN I KICK IT? in Milwaukee is another welcome first to that list.

We were happy to be invited to be apart of the Marcus Center’s hugely popular “Peck Flicks” series which was located outdoors at their Peck Pavilion – an outdoor amphitheater.  And while Milwaukee has a pretty relaxed vibe, the attendees at our event were anything but, bringing a huge boost of energy from the opening scene with Egg-Chen.

Thank you to the Marcus Center for bringing us out, thanks to everyone who helped spread the word, and huge thanks to everyone who attended.

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CAN I KICK IT? / feat The Last Dragon / Recap

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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CAN I KICK IT? / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) / 8.7.19

We’re pleased to announce that this Wed. Aug. 7th we’re finally bringing CAN I KICK IT? to international waters and will be conducting a special edition of it in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) as apart of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s Summer Movie Nights programming.

The featured film will be the live action 2014 version of the 90’s cartoon classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with the screening taking place at the Van Art Gallery North Plaza.

DJ 2-Tone will set the vibe at 7 PM, followed up by Bboy workshops and exhibitions by Shape Shifter Studio, and a martial arts demo by Lion MMA around 8:30 PM.  The movie will start around 8:40 PM.

For additional info click here.

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Cleopatra Jones / 8.27.19

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!

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) / 8.7.19

Canada meet CAN I KICK IT?
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Wed Aug 7th feat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
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Vancouver Summer Movie Nights / Free / At the Van Art Gallery – North Plaza
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Music at 7:30 PM / Movie at 8:52 PM
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Courtesy of @downtownvan (DVBIA)
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For more info click here

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Tai Chi Master / Recap

Our second CAN I KICK IT? screening in NYC proved to be just as special as our first (the week prior) despite the unfortunate blackout that occurred in Midtown Manhattan, which eliminated power from nearby buildings, trains, even Times Square.

We’re fortunate and happy to provide our unique experience for those who made it and we’re hopeful that those who were en-route (as well as those who attended) made it home safely.

Despite the power-loss a good time was definitely had as we blessed the crowd with Tai Chi Master (starring Jet Li) – the surprise film for the New York Asian Film Festival’s “Secret Screening” event, which closed out the festival’s programming.

Thank you to the NYAFF for bringing us out and we appreciated all of your hospitality and thank you to everyone who attended and helped to spread the word.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry