Sulu Series: SPOKEN EXPLOSION
Hosted by Regie Cabico and featuring spoken word artists Moana Love, Mouth, G Yamazawa, comedian Vijai Nathan and a screening of “Hip Star” by Jason Nou (courtesy of DC APA Film)
Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 pm
Dome Theatre at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
2 Blocks from the Rosslyn Metro (Blue/Orange Line)
$15 general admission / $12 for students
Tickets on sale now!
Forget St. Patty’s. Local and regional AAPI spoken word stars are bringing a SPOKEN EXPLOSION to DC! Join the Sulu DC family in hearing these voices explore what it means to be AAPI. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get inspired to tell your own story.
Get to know the artists after the jump.
Regie Cabico is one of the country’s leading innovators and pioneers of the poetry slam, having won 3 top prizes in the 1993, 1994 & 1997 National Poetry Slams and winning The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam. Bust Magazine ranked him in the 100 Men We Love & The Kenyon Review called him the Lady Gaga of Poetry. He received 3 NY Innovative Theater Award nominations and won a 2006 Best Performance Art Production award for his work on Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. He has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and NPR’s Snap Judgement. His work is published in over 40 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Mr. Cabico received the Writers for Writers Award for his work with at-risk youth from Poets and Writers. He is former NYU Artist in Residence for Asian Pacific American Studies. He performs throughout the UK and North America & resides in Washington, DC.
Born Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, Moana Love is a Poet, Painter, and Actor. She was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga; raised in Hawa’ii and Utah; and now lives, creates and loves in NYC. She is a founding member of Mahina Movement, the phenomenal all woman trio. Moana is the author of a poetry, performance text, and visual art chapbook, tonga provo harlem. Moana has shared her poetry & painting all over the US and in Fiji, Tonga, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. She has been seen sharing her one woman show, Tongue-in Paint, which had its world premiere at soloNOVA’s 5th Annual Arts Festival at Performance Space 122 in NYC. She graduated from New York University in painting and performance, earned the Ellen Stoekel Fellowship/fulll scholarship in painting & drawing from Yale University and attended Columbia University’s Graduate Program in Acting.
www.moanalove.com | http://about.me/moanalove
Mouth is a graduate of the School of Speech and Drama, Trinity College, London and has performed for over 20 years in India and the U.S. He began performing at Da Poetry Lounge in the early 2000s in LA and slammed his way across the country for 10 years before entering academia to teach about how to use spoken word as social change interventions with communities across the country.
Vijai Nathan mortified her traditional Indian parents by canceling her wedding, quitting her job, and becoming a stand-up comedian– and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s opened for international comedy phenom Russell Peters and is one of his top “comics to watch.” In 2011, she taped “A Russell Peters Christmas” TV special. Credits Include: Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival; Back Stage Magazine’s “Top 10 Stand-Out Stand-Ups;” NBC’s Stand-Up For Diversity Finalist. Her material comes from her experience as an Indian girl in America – raising two immigrant parents, dating boys with mothers who wished their sons could find a nice blonde girl named “Tiffany,” and the universal quest for love, understanding and a good pair of undies.
G Yamazawa is a first generation Japanese-American poet/emcee from Durham, NC. Raised in a Buddhist household while learning the nature of the Bible Belt, “G” quickly understood how to embrace his differences and take pride in his culture. Heavily influenced by hip-hop, G first began writing rhymes at 12 years old but never considered himself a writer until he found poetry. But in 2007, G was expelled from his high school and sent to an alternative school. During that time of uncertainty and depression, he discovered the power of spoken word and used it as a positive outlet for his creativity. Since then, he has become one of the founding members of the Sacrificial Poets, the premier youth poetry organization in NC, and dedicates his time cultivating the young voices in his community. In 2010, G performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Nuyorican Poets Café. At only 20 years old, he is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and a two-time Southern Fried Champion.