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CAN I KICK IT? Returns to Freedom Plaza

We’re pleased to announce that we’re back this summer, partnering with the DowntownDC BID to conduct CAN I KICK IT? outdoors for their Summer Flicks series.  This year we’ll back at Freedom Plaza and we’re excited to inform everyone that we’ll be adding more dates this time going from June 5th – July 10th and screening classics such as The Karate Kid, Kung Fu Hustle, and Bloodsport.

We look forward to seeing you there and for more info and to RSVP click here.

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#MYTUESISBETTERTHANYOURS

This month, Tues. May 22nd at Songbyrd, join us for our next edition of CAN I KICK IT? as we screen the cult martial arts classic Shogun Assassin.  Some might even consider this film to be a hip-hop classic as it was sampled and given prominence by one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s founding member’s GZA for his legendary debut album Liquid Swords.

To RSVP/Info click here.

 

#MYTUESISBETTERTHANYOURS

This month at CAN I KICK IT? (4.24.18 at Songbyrd), we’re screening the contemporary cult martial arts classic “Kiss of the Dragon” starring action star Jet Li.  We’ve also got a special announcement that we’ll be making soon, but for now #upstairsdowntownstairs is the hint.  Stay tuned for more…

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Enter the Dragon / Recap

Taking risks are apart of business, but when you build your brand a certain way and you plan and execute your marketing strategy properly those risks pay off and our final CAN I KICK IT? of 2017 exemplifies that risk, as we decided to conduct it the day after Christmas, despite a number of people responding after hearing the news, “You’re going to it when?” and “Are you sure, its the day after Christmas?”

The answers to those questions came in the form of us having our biggest crowd to date at Songbyrd, where standing-room-only quickly came into effect.  And the irony is that Songbyrd actually bought more chairs which was great because they did get used, however, the demand persisted.

To out the recap from Tues click Read the rest of this entry

I’m withe banned – Documentary

Last week I was fortunate to get the shout about the screening of Spotify’s first documentary I’m with the banned.

Really liked how they flipped the editing to give it almost like a cinematic music video-feel.

Essentially I’m with the banned is a music initiative to empower artists and fans from different cultures to come together, and to amplify the voices of people and communities that have been silenced.  The documentary focuses on a variety of issues that impact different communities today–from immigration to LGBTQ equality–through artist collaborations, performances and original content.

I’m with the banned chronicles a musical collaboration between six artists from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Iran; the countries incorporated in the proposed travel ban, with six American artists such as Pusha T, Dr. Lonnie Smith, BJ The Chicago Kid, and K.Flay.  And since the artists from the Middle East cannot enter the U.S. they and the American have to record in Toronto.

In addition the complimentary drinks and popcorn at E Street Cinema, where the screening was held in DC, the good people at Spotify saw that it was also only fit to do an after-party (open bar) at a spot downtown featuring artists from the documentary Moh Flow and DC’s own Oddisee.

I’m with the banned will air, in it’s entirety, on VICE this month so stay tuned and for the additional info about the doc click here and to check out the full event recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? ‘Fan Pick’ Edition – Recap

For this to be our first ‘fan pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT? we were pleasantly surprised.  When you do something new, you have no idea what’s going to happen, but then you have moments like this where people participated with lots of and in some cases – very random suggestions of movie titles and then there’s the surprise announcement of the film that night, which, as we hoped would happen, proved to be the icing on the cake.

In the end, Road House, a classic title from the late 80’s starring Patrick Swayze (RIP), won the night.  Props to Songbyrd for hosting and thanks again to everyone who came thru as well as all of those who spread the word.  Lastly, special shout to Maishah for also run our pop-up shop.  To check out the full recap click Read the rest of this entry

Its Almost Tuesday…

The people have spoken and a selection has been made for our first ‘Fan Pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT?  The winning movie will be announced before we screen it tomorrow on the 26th.  We look forward to seeing everyone and for all CAN I KICK IT? event info click here.

DowntownDC Summer Flicks with SHAOLIN JAZZ presents CAN I KICK IT?

We’ve been working on this for a minute and now we’re pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with the DowntownDC BID to conduct a series of CAN I KICK IT? events for their first outdoor screening series called DowntownDC Summer Flicks.  Every Tuesday in June we’ll be screening one of the four movies above in downtown Washington, DC at Freedom Plaza.  The events are free, all ages, and open to the public.  For more info including the movie schedule click here.