The late, great bard Brendan Behan was quick-witted when it came to his passions. He quipped that rather than being a writer with a drinking problem, he was a "drinker with a writing problem." If you're a writer, or have spent any time around writers, that sentiment probably strikes a familiar chord. You're not alone. Local slam hero Carlos Contreras is starting a series of spoken word events called I'll Drink to That. The inaugural show takes place at Nexus Brewery (4730 Pan American NE) today from 4 to 6 p.m. and boasts an impressive lineup, including Contreras and newly named Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy. Like poetry but not beer? Good. Everyone loves a designated driver.
Rhyme and Reason
Urban Verbs trio transforms Voces
An autobiographical hip-hop intersection of Hip-Hop and humanity in five acts
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.
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.
Spread the Words
April is National Poetry Month
Some people hear the word “poetry” and flash back to that grueling week in middle school whern they were forced to dissect and memorize Carl Sandburg’s “Fog.” If that’s you, this month offers a good excuse to reassess: We’re in the first few of a whole 30 days devoted to imaginative, rhythmic, lyrical expression.