She’s a Brickhowwwse!

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She’s a Brick… howwse.. She’s mighty might-aaay!

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Greetings from the City of the Burning Sun, people of the internet. Today I am busy doing yoga & drinking hibiscus tea in preparation for next week’s Open Sesh. I need my creative chakras to be fully flowing for the musical, visual, and physical work of art the Urban Arts Club is making next Friday (2/21) in FAC 28, Tempe Campus. Come share your area of expertise with us and add to the collective inspiration (:. An open microphone will be ready for all the sophisticated poets out there, as well as space-age Ipad Instruments, & not-so-space-age instruments, with a dance floor full of ASU’s finest. Show love.

Junious Brickhouse will be there, as the Open Sesh follows the workshop he will be leading earlier that evening. This dude moves like water. Flowing over a cliff. On the Moon. Check it out:

Don’t miss the chance to work on your steps with this guy. He won’t teach us how to dress that freshly, but hey, we can’t supply you with everything.

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cultureclash

  • Learning a thing or two from Brickhouse & then teaching everyone else a thing or two in the open session will only cost you 7$. Come on, it’s worth it. It’s good for your soul. (I’ll be there, and I recently paid the lady at Fedex two quarters & an old fortune cookie to print an essay for class). I wish that was a joke, really. This is all happening 2/21, in the Nelson Fine Arts Center, FAC 28 (ASU – Tempe).
  • As part of ASU’s Night of the Open Door, half of Phonetic Spit Myrlin Hepworth will be hosting a poetry slam March 1, at 6pm. He is representing the power of the spoken word and the written verse in an event mostly advertised for its science-based activities, so make sure you show up and let the University know that art & poetry is just as essential to the mind as science & mathematics. The Night of the Open Door is the evening of March 1, at Memorial Union on ASU’s Tempe Campus. It’ll be dope & inspiring!

Well, that’s all for this weekend mi amigos. Enjoy some of the fresh paint on our walls around the valley:

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Starwars Raids you guys!!

Starwars Raids you guys!!

The Music Drug

The Music Drug

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The Tale of Toogie

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The Tale of Toogie

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Oh yes. I know it was a long week, urbanites. You’ve been waiting day & night for the interview with artist/philosopher Toogie to be published, & now your patience will be greatly rewarded. Go make some coffee, put on some classical music, & prepare yourself for the wisdom about to slap you in the mind. I shouldn’t spoil the readers so much, I know. Enjoy.

Toogie (Heartbreakerz/Substance Over Hype) was the first guest artist of this semester for the Urban program at ASU. She is a dancer, and a teacher, a world traveler, seamstress, sculptress, and hip hop guru. Make sure you tune in.

 

Our next guest artist will be Junious Brickhouse, who will be teaching his workshop on 2/21. Bring 7 bucks & jump in on the knowledge and the chance to learn from a master at 9 p.m., FAC 28 (ASU Tempe). The workshops are always an enlightening, lively environment and the atmosphere is something you simply cannot find anywhere else on campus. Come learn all the things you don’t get in class!

Smoooooth Jazz

This is what you will feel like at the Open Sessions

The workshop is followed by another 2-hour open session. Bring your creative juices, but leave the shy-bread at home (I’m sorry for that one. I had to.) You can show up & dance in the cyphers, or come jump on the open instruments and jam with us. This is also an open-mic opportunity for anyone who wants to freestyle or has a spoken word piece to share. If you can draw or paint you should come, too. The inspiration will be there, & the more the merrier! (2/21, 7$, FAC 28). Get it? Got it? Write it down. Circle it with a heart on your calendar. Good.

Phoenix-based duo Phonetic Spit will also be teaching another fantastic poetry workshop at the Burton Barr Central Library, Saturday afternoon, on the 15th. Last month, I strolled up the flights of stories in the library not knowing quite what to expect. What I found was a circle of 35-40 kids, busily breaking down the barriers built between them by the unimaginative uniformity forced upon them in our public schools. I contrasted this experience with all the silly college-kid slams I usually attend & was shaken. Everything was down-to-Earth & genuine. No one was trying to be a poet; they just shared their thoughts & impressions on life out here in the desert. Don’t miss it; & do your duty by showing up & showing love (:

Urbanites

Urbanites

& That’s basically what’s going down, Arizona. Go get yourself one of those 100 oz Thirstbusters that we’re so famous for (I’m pretty sure they’re illegal in New York now) and stay cool.

Alleycats & Cellos

Alleycats & Cellos

Horseshoe on a Rabbit Foot (feeling lucky)

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Horseshoe on a Rabbit Foot

photo(10)Happy February! You can feel the vibrations from the city as it snoozes out of the sun’s rays for once. We should let all the kids stay home from school on cloudy days here in Phoenix.

There was definitely some mojo in the air at the Nelson Fine Art Center @ ASU, Tempe Campus last night. The Urban program at ASU brought in featured artist Teresa “Toogie”  Barcelo to share some of her secrets of dance with everybody. Check out some of Toogie’s choreographed pieces, as well as her work with the Heartbreakerz & Substance Over Hype. A truly unique & genuine human being, Toogie gave us all a slice of real life in the basement-level dance studio.

With the lights low, a crowd of 50 students took an hour out of the daily rush to stop and breathe. The workshop began as total relaxation, laying face up on the floor, releasing any pockets of tension. Every fiber, every finger, every toe. Every ligament, every bone.

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Get Free

The dancers who I thought I was getting to know transformed, existing as an instrument with the posture of an amoeba, in the rhythm of a jellyfish. “Abandon any idea, any aesthetic of what you think you should be doing..” Toogie said as she liberated everyone’s minds, with the casualness of someone working their day job. Toogie was a maestro, conducting and directing everyone’s energy (that’s not a metaphor, that was really happening).It was indeed hard not to slip into meditation as Toogie taught everyone from first-timers to hip hop veteran House Magana (see Cyphers) new ways to feel a rhythm. One student remarked that he came to learn to dance, but instead learned how to listen to himself and move accordingly. Hell yeah.

photo(7)Before her workshop, Toogie agreed to have a chat-on-camera with yours truly at UrbanArtsAZ. I intended to talk to her about her life experiences, what she draws on as an artist, how she grew up, etc. (& we did talk about those things!), but the conversation inevitably turned to dinosaurs, the mass production of hip hop, the transience of the human experience, and how cool it is to insert a “z” wherever an “s” is needed in rap. It got pretty real in there. The interview will be up in next week’s page for you lucky, lucky readers, enlighten yourself!

enlighten yourself!

enlighten yourself!

Following the workshop was the first open session hosted by the Urban Arts Club at ASU. A jam session outfitted with electronic instruments & an open dance floor, this event is free, so come and feel the fun creative vibrations. Future open sessions & featured-artist’s workshops are planned as follows:

Junious workshop/session: Friday, Feb 21st 6-9pm. FAC 28
Coflo workshop/session: Friday, Feb 28th 6-8pm FAC 28

Shakeer workshop/open session: Friday, Mar 21st 6-8pm. FAC 28 Archie B workshop/session: Friday, April 11th 6-8pm FAC 28

It’s 7$ to participate in the workshop, but the open sessions are free. The energy was inspiring, y’all.

When he arrives in April, guest artist Archie Burnett will be hosting the Come As You Are ball, which will most definitely raise the roof. The party will be April 18th, on Tempe Campus, inside PEBE EAST. Don’t miss this!

art is the way you see the world

art is the way you see the world

& Of course, as a matter of custom, WHAT’S GOING DOWN?

  • ·         Mark your calendars for ASU’s Urban Sol event coming April 4th. The night will be a riot by the Galvin Playhouse on Tempe Campus. It’s kind of like the renaissance festival of Hip Hop in AZ, boasting a competitive dance battle between 16 teams; all in 5-on-5 rounds (they don’t wear armor but these dancers are warriors), as well as a DJ competition, featuring talent from all parts of the country (as well as DJ Tiger from Power 98.3). Bboy House will be schooling us all in the graffiti workshop, and if that wasn’t enough perpetual dopeness for you, a microphone for MCs and musicians will be rocking.(Kanon of New Breedz will be performing, among other artists TBA). Did I mention everything is free? Yeah, you read that correctly. Urban Sol is completely free, but a donation will be hosted for Cyphers, as well as a fundraiser for Jukebox Studio. The night will be one to remember, so come show love!
  • ·         The beginning of a new month is a time to celebrate for artists here in Arizona! Take every opportunity @ Walk In Wednesdays hosted by the Tempe Center for the Arts, & Open mic night @ Fair Trade Coffee every Monday night. First Fridays too, you guys!

So long for now my friends, but remember:

eyes bright, it seems like the fight is dim in 'em (Common)

eyes bright, it seems like the fight is dim in ’em (Common)

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Lovely faces at Toogies Workshop

Lovely faces at Toogies Workshop