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The Living List: January 2018


As I told you last month - I do not like the name "News Letter" but I think I like this name.

The Living List!

 .... I think I like it.

     .... ION KNOW! 

           .... Well, it may stick.

I suppose I am naming this the The "Living List" because I will add new events through the month as they come - so check back.

But also -

If you ain't attending, you ain't LIVING!


Of course, as always, I am always up for suggestions.  If you can think of something better - let me know.

ANYWHOOOOO - onto the January Events and Announcements:

ALL JANUARY - I am TAKING OVER the ArtsKC Instagram!  YES THE WHOLE MONTH! Subscribe HERE and see my hijinks for the month!

HEALING KC'S AUDIO PROJECT HAS BEEN RELEASED! Healing KC is a new group and will be releasing what will hopefully be the first of many projects supporting our community.  This is in tribute to the women slain in Kansas City.  Like the page HERE, join the community HERE and stay tuned for updates of the release.

January 5th - Poetry and Absinthe with the Worm Wood collective.  - OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION -The Wormwood Collective Kansas City (Poetry & Absinthe) joins forces with Kansas City Goths to fire off 2018 with a unique and exciting double feature event at your neighborhood friendly Prohibition Hall. The Wormwood Collective presents Poetry & Absinthe: Beginnings in the basement level. how old were you when you first starting performing spoken word and what was your expression like? what inspired you? we're going to take it back to the beginning and share some of our oldest, rawest poetry, and as always, everything else as usual is acceptable on the mic. we will also continue celebrating the Winter Solstice and the energy it brings to us. we proudly welcome a variety of performances like musical acts (please ask about what is acceptable if you're in doubt), prose, comedy, spoken word burlesque performances, freestyle and slam, side-show performances.. basically anything we can legally get away with as long as words are incorporated. hosted by Will Superior (Guillermo Sanchez).

Afterwards, stomp with us at The Night Arcade starting at 9PM, an event full of excitement and untold wonders, where you never know what terror lurks in the dark. There will be DJ's. Dancing. Fire. Fetish. Shibari. Vendors. Carnival Food. The theme obviously is the Night Arcade. Vampires, spooky freaky sideshow stuff, or just come as you are! hosted by your friends at Kansas City Goths.TWO great events under ONE roof! JOIN US at "The Evil Boss Stage of Spoken Word Events!"

Prohibition Hall 1118 McGee St, Kansas City, Missouri 64106 6:00pm - 10:30

January 6th - Dialogue in Color - Join me as I perform with other prestigious poets for this phenomenal project.  Artist Glyniesha Johnson is a Visual artist with works installed at The Writer's Place.  Poets have been commissioned to write pieces in response to her works. In turn - she has created a work in response to our writings.   - OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION - Through the language of collage and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson recreates familiar domestic Black spaces of color. She explores the notion of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of Black history due to colonialism. TWP invited seven local poets to write poems in response to her work. These poems will be displayed next to each collage. During the reception poets Glen North, Sherri Purpose Hall, Jermaine Thompson, Anne Gatschet, Chell Navarro, Jessica Ayala, and Jose Faus will read their poems.

The Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas city, MO - 7:00 - 10:00pm

January 7th



It's an international holiday!

January 10th  - Indie Lens Pop-Up - I Am Not Your Negro -  A couple of poets and I will be performing at the opening of this event.  James Baldwin is one of my FAVORITE writers and I am excited beyond belief for this event!  - OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION - One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.Attend a special, free screening of I Am Not Your Negro on Wednesday, January 10th at the Gem Theater.This event is made possible by a partnership with KCPT, National Archives at Kansas City, American Jazz Museum, Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group and The Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc. - Kansas City.RSVP now!

The Gem Theater1601 E 18th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

January 19th - OneMic: Open Mic + Poetry Series - I AM FEATURING HERE!  Yes, whole show of meeee plus open mic!  - Musician and host TBA.

Ad Astra Books & Coffee House141 N Santa Fe Ave, Salina, Kansas 67401

January 20th - The Black Girl Magic Power Block is in full effect every third Saturday on KUAW 98.5 FM starting with Roux on the Radio hosted by Angela Roux at 12:00pm and then The Gospel of Poets hosted by MEEE at 1:00pm.

January 24th - Community Writing and Performance Workshop - OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION - COME ONE COME ALL!!!! We will write 'til our hearts are content! Or maybe we will just write until our content accurately describes our hearts!I have created this workshop as an ongoing event because we have many open mics and slams, but rarely is there a space for the community to collaboratively work on the art that goes into these shows. This will be a dual workshop focusing on both the literary craft and the art of the performance.This is a safe space.All are welcome.We will learn together.We will grow together.We will share together.We will have fun and get the work done!

Uptown Arts Bar3611 Broadway St, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

January 24th - Poetic Underground featuring RJ Wright @ 10pm at Uptown Arts Bar 3611 Broadway, Kansas City MO. Poetic Underground presents: Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Darrien Case and Mariah Boothe. Sign-up list opens at 9:00pm, show starts promptly at 9:30pm. Names are read in random order. Feature goes on at 10pm. No cover.   RJ Wright, is a writer from Seattle, Washington, by way of Cambridge, England. He has a BS in psychology with a minor in military science from The Prairie View A&M University. He is now pursuing a Masters in human science and serving as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve and is currently living in Houston TX. YOOOO   LISTEN - I have heard him MYSELF, IN PERSON.  THIS GUY IS DOPE!  Come out and support this event as Kansas City not only cultivates dope artists but also brings in dope artists!

January 25th - FTW Slam -OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION -  Join us on Thursday, January 25, 2018 for a night of incredible poetry and fun at the FTW SLAM!Slam Specifics:10 poets will be given the chance to perform their best poems in a 3-round, elimination style slam.Each poet will have 3 minutes or less to wow the audience and the randomly selected judges of the evening. AND We're giving out cash prizes to not only first place, not only second place, but the top 3 performers of the night! This is gonna be a great night on both sides of the mic! #FTWSlamDoors open at 7. The slam begins at $8.10 cover.

The Writers Place3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

January 26th - HIP HOP MEETS KC -OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION - To all you "HIP-HOP" lovers we have a dope show for you! We have brought some of KC's talented artist to do a special show @ The Mini Bar located @3810 Broadway, KCMO 64111. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm and ends at 1am. LINEUP:FreezyMz. RedyGreater PurposeT. HudsonArtistic GeniusTonio MoraleDJ SCOTTY WUWU on 1's and 2's!We will have a rap cypher towards the end of our show. All the artist who were apart of the show, and to any hip-hop/rapper who signs up to be apart of it on the sign-up sheet when you come in for entry. Must be 21+ to drink and to enter!So if you love HIP-HOP KC, then please come out and support our show. ***Tickets are $10 and are sold through link;, or by calling 816-703-9824 (leave a message stating that you are calling about tickets) to schedule an appointment for purchase.***-ARRA∆ENTERTAINMENT ™

miniBar3810 Broadway Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

January 28th - Poetry over Wine with a Shot of Soul - January 28th is a special day because it is my mother's birthday - HI MOM! But also, it marks the first live fundraiser for my trip to represent Kansas City along with Kati Clair and other talented souls at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.  This event is being curated by none other than the talented Teianna Cooper (whom is also traveling to Dallas in March). 

OFFICIAL EVENT DESCRIPTION - This is the perfect way to start your week!!! Tsp of Organic EnergyPinch of Original MusicCup of Dopeness aka Poetry Quart of Tasty-n- Savory Food (Yes, there will delicious food samples)And wineAnd wine And wineAnd more wine... And your ♥ desire in a shot glass (Wine and Shot Specials ALL NIGHT)KC has given enough attention to national artist so we putting our own artist ON because we got Def and Dope and Dumb artist in our city. Soooooo no covers in this joint! Yep, that's right...No Beyonce...No Chris Brown...No Rhianna...No Ro James...No...No...No!What you will hear is phenomenal work from some of Kansas City's most talented artist... So, come out and support!!!

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