Yup, you read right. Get a bite-sized Sulu DC show for FREE and celebrate Artisphere’s birthday at their free Birthday Open House!
Artisphere’s Birthday Open House
Sunday, October 9, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Artisphere (Dome Theater)
Free, no tickets required!
The show will feature Regie Cabico, Simone Jacobson, Alex Cena, Amanda Lee and The Pinstriped Rebel. Learn more about the artists after the jump.
(Want to celebrate Artisphere’s birthday a day early? Check out The 1 Party this Saturday night.)
Regie Cabico is a poet and spoken word pioneer, having won the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam in 1993 and taking top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams. Television appearances include two seasons on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. His work appears in over 30 anthologies and co-edited Poetry Nation,: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (1998 Vehicule Press). He is a recipient of numerous arts awards and fellowships. The Kenyon Review recently named Regie Cabico the “Lady Gaga of Poetry” and he has been listed in BUST magazine’s 100 Men We Love. He has been 2006 artist in residence for New York University’s Asian American Studies Program & 2009 artist in residence at Deanza College. He is the Youth Program Coordinator for Split this Rock Poetry Festival and is the artistic director of Sol & Soul, an arts and activist organization. He is the co-founder of Sulu DC, a monthly Asian American Performance Series. He is pleased to be part of BANFF’s 2010 Spoken Word Faculty.
THE PINSTRIPED REBEL
With over 14 years of DJing experience, Les Talusan a.k.a. The Pinstriped Rebel spins an eclectic and fun mix of music, maintaining the highest quality control across a freeform blend of soul, funk, deep house & old school hip-hop, even throwing in some 80s freestyle & the occasionally obscure pop gem. Born and raised in Manila, Les fell in love with music at a young age, DJing at local clubs and playing in bands. Since moving to DC from the Philippines at age 20, she has continued to develop her talents, performing behind the decks throughout the U.S. and abroad.
A performer, writer, curator and scholar, Simone Jacobson is a co-founder of Sulu DC. Her poetry has been published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and her articles and interviews have been featured on The Root, The Couch Sessions, The Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry and I Hate My 9 to 5 blog. She is managing editor of Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, a proud Burmese American gypsy, and received a Master of the Arts in Arts Management from American University.
Alex has spent 12 years working with various Asian American organizations. In college, he served as president for the Filipino American Coming Together and the Asian Student Union at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2003, Alex served as a National Director for Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue. In 2009, he helped found the Filipino Americans Creating A Dynamic Environment (FACADE) in Virginia Beach. Alex graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in International Studies. Alex currently works as the Secondary School Programs Coordinator and DC Mentoring Coordinator for Asian American LEAD and is a Co Founder of Sulu DC.
Comprised of singer/songwriter, Amanda Lee and bass player, Posido Vega, Vega’s intricately sensitive bass melodies and Lee’s honest, luring voice will capture your ears, provoke your emotions, and their melodies will stick with you long after you’ve heard their song. Unlike your typical love songwriter, Amanda Lee’s songs are introspective, filled with simple yet poignant lyrics about the inner struggle & human condition. Amanda Lee often plays at venues in the DC and NoVA area. She was also the 2nd place winner at the 1st annual Kollaboration DC. Recently she released her debut 4-song EP, which is now available on iTunes. For more check out: www.amandaleemusic.com