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
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.
We’re down to the final 4 most requested films for our 1st Annual ‘Fan Pick’ edition of CAN I KICK IT? / Let us know which one of these 4 cult classic films you’d like to see on Sept. 26th / Email your selection to firstname.lastname@example.org. And for all event info click here.
Glad I got a chance to check out the homie Munch Joseph’s (CEO of HedRush Agency) show “Is Separate Ever Equal?” at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ space in their HQ. In fact, it was too important of a show not to miss. The concept was Joseph curating a show centered around the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. Five separate cases representing five jurisdictions across our nation were consolidated under one, each calling for gross societal inequities to be resolved.
Munch selected a range of contemporary artists who addressed these and other questions related to this topic. Visual art, public programming, thematic live performances and a series of lectures and demonstrations. To check out some of the works click Read the rest of this entry
Got a chance to attend the SAAM Arcade annual event this year which was hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its partners. One hundred fifty independent developers have submitted their games while additional arcade cabinets and consoles were provided by MagFest, Death by Audio Arcade, Arcades4Home, and CrabTowne USA. Game building workshops were also presented by Boolean Girl and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
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Check out our All The Fly Kids interview. Shouts to Geronimo on the look. Listen here.
Tomorrow at CAN I KICK IT? be sure to check out local brand Efua’s Baby 1977 a mommy ran family business that offers 100% handcrafted health necessities such as soy & coconut oil candles, body butters, and other consumer goods. Learn more at www.efuasbaby.com.
We’re pleased to announce that, after last month’s successful outdoor series at Freedom Plaza, we’re back at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe for our next edition of CAN I KICK IT?, Tues July 25th, screening the cult classic Marked for Death starring Steven Seagal, 6 – 10 PM, FREE.
We’re pretty excited about this month’s screening, as we’ll be conducting CAN I KICK IT? downstairs in Songbyrd’s music house, so please take note.
At this month’s event we’re happy to announce that the pop-up shop (also located downstairs) will feature Efua’s baby – a Washington, DC woman owned business offering high quality handmade products including 100% all natual soy & coconut oil candles, body butters and other products.
To RSVP click here.
June 2017 has been a milestone month for SHAOLIN JAZZ in that our CAN I KICK IT? engagement, which started as a simple idea developed during one of our college trips in MA, has grown into an event that’s rocked hundreds of people in our hometown, at one of the most iconic national monuments in our nation’s capital. Simply put, we made something out of nothing, which is precisely how SHAOLIN JAZZ even started. And we were able to add to the creative cultural fabric of our city and share it with friends and family which is uniquely special.
We more than appreciate the Downtown DC BID for wanting SHAOLIN JAZZ to conduct CAN I KICK IT? to help launch their Downtown Summer Flick series; we’d like to send an enormous bid of thanks to DC Music Download for their top tier PR support; thank you to our community and media partners: Lil SoSo Productions, 202creates, DC Funk Parade, Listen Local First DC, Zipcar, Boss Shepherd’s, Pret-A-Manger, the Mayor’s office on African American Affairs for their marketing and promotional support; props to everyone who’s helped to spread the word and shared their experience(s); and we cannot thank you enough to the individuals who’ve attended one, some, and, in some cases, all four screenings.
Keep in mind that we’ve still got more events and programming coming and this is just the first so stay tuned, and in the meantime for all SHAOLIN JAZZ info click here and to follow us on social media click: instagram, facebook, and twitter.
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“Hip-hop has a real focus on authenticity, but I hadn’t seen the authentic martial arts combined with hip-hop. As a martial artist coming into hip-hop, I really felt like I was embodying the mantra of rap is a martial art.” – Philippe Prosper
SHAOLIN JAZZ got a chance this week to chop it up with internationally decorated kung-fu artist and rapper, Philippe Prosper, aka Rap is A Martial Art.