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Urban Verbs

An autobiographical hip-hop intersection of Hip-Hop and humanity in five acts

DJ Diles
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Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras, DJ Diles and Idris Goodwin: heavy hitters from the arts and music scene with many fingers in many pies at all times. Their newest confection, Urban Verbs, is a video, audio and physical performance piece that is dialogued entirely in poetic verse. Bellamy and Contreras play characters and interact, weaving over and under live electronic DJing from Diles—and under the sharp direction of Goodwin. The actor/creators call Urban Verbs an alternative to the brainless, heartless hip-hop of violence and exclusion. The Friday show also has live art creation, an auction and a DJ. Saturday’s show has a keg and musical guests BrokenBreadWinner.

These are bitty bios of the performers:

Hakim Bellamy – two time national champion slam poet, father, rapper, political journalist, community advocate and organizer.

Carlos Contreras (left) and Hakim Bellamy in poetic action
Carlos Contreras (left) and Hakim Bellamy in poetic action

Diles – Professionally certified, passionately motivated sound engineer, producer, beat junkie, rapper, and all around chemist of sound.

Carlos Contreras – Two time national champion slam poet, educator, artist, community organizer and activist, host of the NHCC’s Voces program.

Urban Verbs
Friday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 18, 8 p.m.
The Filling Station
1024 Fourth Street SW
Tickets: $15, $12 in advance
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176788
 
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