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July 2014 » M T W T F S S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25Events on July 25, 2014
Songs, Stories & Puppets
Starts: 10:00 am
Nous Bloomon en Francais
Starts: 5:30 pm
Description: In partnership with Alliance Française, Nous Bloomons en Français is a celebration of French language and culture through song and dance and led by Vincent Vigneron.
Honey Badgers Book Tour
Starts: 8:00 pm
Description: Four Asian-American Poets.
Six Cities. One car. One tour.
Embracing fearlessness, tenacity, and entrepreneurship – all tenets of our totem animal, the toothsome beast that launched a media frenzy – poets MICHELLE CHAN BROWN, CATHY LINH CHE, EUGENIA LEIGH and SALLY WEN MAO speed through the Mid-Atlantic/South/Midwest to read from acclaimed first books. From Vietnam to Belgrade, pop culture to nature, interrogations of the body and yes, the soul, by turns brash, baroque, lush and lissome, these four exemplify the ferocity of the new American poetics.
Poetry is Dangerous.
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MICHELLE CHAN BROWN was born in London and grew up in Prague, Krakow, Moscow, and Belgrade. Her collection DOUBLE AGENT was winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and many others. A chapbook, THE CLEVER DECOYS, is available from LATR Editions. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle was a Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan, and has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. She has been writer-in-residence at Pomfret School, St. Paul’s School, and the Indian Springs School. Michelle lives with musician Paul Erik Lipp in D.C., where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat.
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CATHY LINH CHE is the author of SPLIT (Alice James, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.F.A. from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is currently Program Associate for Readings & Workshops (East) at Poets & Writers and Manager of Kundiman. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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EUGENIA LEIGH is the author of BLOOD, SPARROWS AND SPARROWS (Four Way Books, Fall 2014), which was a finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including PANK Magazine, Indiana Review, The Collagist, and the Best New Poets 2010 anthology.
Eugenia earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was awarded the Thomas Lux Scholarship for her dedication to teaching creative writing, demonstrated through her workshops with incarcerated youths and with Brooklyn high school students. Eugenia has won awards from Poets & Writers Magazine and Rattle, and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Asian American Literary Review. She serves as the Poetry Editor of Kartika Review. Born in Chicago and raised in southern California, Eugenia lives and writes in New York City.
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SALLY WEN MAO is the author of MAD HONEY SYMPOSIUM (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Most Anticipated Poetry Books of Spring. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is published or forthcoming in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Third Coast, and West Branch, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.F.A. from Cornell University.
26Events on July 26, 2014
Starts: 9:30 am
Starts: 10:30 am
27Events on July 27, 2014
Camp Kolobok (Summer Haitus)
Starts: 10:00 am
String Beings: A Song Writers Circle
Starts: 12:00 pm
Starts: 4:00 pm
Performetry: Old Poems, New Poems, Your Poems
Starts: 6:00 pm
28Events on July 28, 2014
Starts: 9:30 am
On Hiatus until September - Interpretive & Folkloric Dance Fusion (bilingual class)
Starts: 6:45 pm
Description: Marta will start class back up in September. In July and August, She is on sabbatical where she will focus on devotional dances, dance therapy, community building and strengthening arts and community organizations/spaces.
Recognized for her sincere dedication to learning and teaching, Marta offers weekly classes, workshops and private sessions in the D.C. area.
Marta approaches teaching from a holistic perspective, emphasizing technique, stylization, and musical interpretation while helping students understand how each movement initiates, feels and flows through their individual bodies. With a clear historical and cultural foundation, she invites more advanced students to fuse their own creativity, where appropriate, allowing for the exploration of each one's unique voice.
Through her own independent studies and her certified doula/labor assistant work (ALACE & The Farm Midwives), Marta brings knowledge of women's health into her teaching; currently working to finish a curriculum that incorporates childbirth education and dance for mothers-to-be. Lastly, Marta is committed to using dance and other forms of creative movement in her work with under-resourced communities (in the U.S. and Latin America) to support engagement, healing, leadership, community building and skills development among women, teens and girls. To this end, she actively volunteered for over 3 years at the Sitar Center for the Arts as well as BloomBars and has completed several community based initiatives including a month-long dance project in Lima, Peru. She continues to provide special workshops and classes throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
Marta has been a faculty member at award-winning institutions including Joy of Motion Dance Center (JOM), Dance Institute of Washington (DIW), Sahara Dance (founding instructor), and the MamaSita Cultural Center (home of the Belly Dancers of Color Association). She currently conducts classes at BloomBars, Danza Jonda (Marta's private dance studio), D.C. Public Schools, and community centers throughout the city.
"Marta's classes are wonderful and a unique combination of elements. Her precision, empowering teaching style, integration of history and social movements into the dance class, and her emphasis on the basics as the core language from which personal interpretation follows, allows beginners and advanced dancers to enjoy the same class. Thank you for uniting the people and keeping our roots alive and in their power." -S.L.
The Garden Open Mic feat. Camisha Jones (hosted by Gowri K.)
Starts: 8:30 pm
Description: Join us for DC's only weekly variety open mic (poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, etc-ing) where the show is appropriate for all ages (please and thank you to performers).
Sign-up list opens at 8:30 pm
Show starts at 9:00 pm
Featuring: CAMISHA JONES
Anne LaMott once said, “You don’t want to wake up at 80 wishing you would have written more.” After leaving a full-time job in 2010 at her alma mater, the University of Richmond, Camisha Jones has committed herself to writing her way out of having regrets at 80. She became active in the spoken word community in Richmond, Virginia, gaining a spot on the 2013 Slam Richmond team and a cast member of The Lyric Ave Show. She has been invited to perform at statewide events like Virginia Festival of the Book and the James River Writers conference. Her writing is often shaped by the 16 years she spent leading community-building and diversity programs at non-profits and institutions of higher education. She is published in Urban Views Weekly newspaper and Let’s Get Real: What People of Color Can’t Say and Whites Won’t Ask about Racism by Lee Mun Wah. Camisha is currently Managing Director of Split This Rock, a DC non-profit which calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets.
Hosted by: GOWRI K.
Gowri K. is a Sri Lankan Tamil American poet and lawyer. Her advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, and the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused. She has co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and her poetry has been published in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, and Lantern Review. Gowri was a member of the 2010 DC Southern Fried Slam team and has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She hosts open mics at Busboys and Poets and BloomBars, where she serves as poetry coordinator, and is the senior poetry editor at Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Gowri tweets on-the-spot haiku @gowricurry.
29Events on July 29, 2014
Rockin Tot Tuesdays w/The Singing Lizard
Starts: 10:00 am
Description: The Singing Lizard comfortably inhabits her own sound, somewhere between eclectic electronica and soulful pop. She will have you and your little ones singing and dancing with joy in no time. The Singing Lizard encourages you to play along, so don’t be shy, pick up those drums, shakers and microphones and let’s rock!
BloomScreen presents: Amílcar Cabral
Starts: 7:00 pm
Description: Bloombars - 3222 11th St NW - Washington, DC 20010
Tuesday, July 29nd at 7:00 pm
Amílcar Cabral (2001, 60 min), by Ana Ramos Lisboa – recalls the life of Amilcar Cabral, leader of the Liberation Movement of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau and the founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Cabral, born in Guinea in 1924 and assassinated in Conakry in 1973, is one of Africa’s great heroes. Using rare footage, the film shows the various aspects of Amílcar Cabral’s life: as a man, as a father, as a politician, as a humanist and as a poet. (In Portuguese with English subtitles). (http://tinyurl.com/amilcar-cabral-trailer)
Our screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Mwiza Munthali.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.
Don't miss this event! Many of our best and most informed discussions have been with Mwiza Munthali!
BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests.
30Events on July 30, 2014
Uno Dos Tres con Andres
Starts: 5:30 pm
Learn The Djembe (Weekly Workshop)
Starts: 7:00 pm
Description: Every Wednesday from 7-8:30pm, join Drumlady Kristen Arant and Ghanaian drummer/drum-builder Kweku Owusu for West African drumming classes at BloomBars! Learn techniques and rhythms from Ghana and Guinea, West Africa on djembe, kpanlogo and dun-un drums. This class is guaranteed to open your heart, spark your spirit, calm your body and challenge your mind! $25 suggested donation for drop-ins or $140 ($20/per class) for seven sessions. Drums are available but first come first serve.
Starts: 9:00 pm
31Events on July 31, 2014
Starts: 10:00 am
Starts: 7:30 pm