idris goodwin


V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
DJ Diles

Arts

Urban Verbs

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.

V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Idris Goodwin

Arts

Church of Idris Goodwin

Poet/rapper/author/nice guy performs at COB

Idris Goodwin has a new book—These Are the Breaks—and a newish album—Break Beat Poems—and both of them are mm mm good. Because he somehow lives in Chicago, Iowa and New Mexico, you never know when you’ll get to catch him, or what crazy project he’ll be popping up in next. BUT see him this Sunday at the Church of Beethoven. You like music, you like poetry and, unless you’ve never heard him, you like Idris Goodwin. Go! Then you’ll be part of the team that knows what’s up.

(Full disclosure: I once acted in a play that Goodwin wrote. And it was awesome.)

This is the program:

Igor Stravinsky: Elegy for Solo Viola

George Gershwin: Preludes for Clarinet and Piano

Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Idris Goodwin, poet

V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010
Amiri Baraka

Music to Your Ears

Diction and Contra Diction

For a country defined by freedom of speech, America can be alarmingly intolerant when people express themselves. Amiri Baraka knows this firsthand. Over half a century, the award-winning poet, playwright, music critic, political activist and Black Arts Movement founder has stirred controversy and incited criticism for his work. In 2002, for instance, Baraka was named poet laureate of New Jersey and published the poem "Somebody Blew Up America." The poem deals with 9/11, racism and classism. The first stanza, with preface, reads:

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Poet Idris Goodwin and artist Chaz Bojorquez
516 ARTS

Festival Preview

Shout It in the Streets

516 ARTS brings the noise

It was time to see; now it’s time to listen.

STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression began in October with graffiti and its nerdy cousin, street art. The streets of Downtown Albuquerque—a city with a long and often acrimonious relationship with graffiti—saw artists putting up posters and murals, beautifying the scenery. 516 ARTS Executive Director Suzanne Sbarge and Program Coordinator Francesca Searer say that so far, the exhibit has opened the conversation they had hoped for.

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V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010
Mmm, delicious words

Aural Fixation

Break Beat Poetica

Idris Goodwin is a hip-hop sundae

Idris Goodwin is the Neapolitan ice cream of words. He’s a rapper, an HBO Def Poet and an award-winning writer. His material mixes and serves the best elements of these genres. He’s also a “hip-hop educator” who has lectured in institutions across the country on themes like culture and empowerment. Literary journals have published him and clubs have played his music. Goodwin is from Chicago but has duel residence in Illinois and New Mexico. The cherry on top is that he’ll perform as part of the Wordstream Poetry Series at the Harwood Art Center on Friday, June 18. (Full disclosure: In 2006 I acted in Goodwin’s play Braising.)

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