Thursday, September 6, 2012

September is Full and Satisfying!

September, my birth month is full and satisfying!

I started September at a retreat for SPEAC - A community organizing program of Hope Community - connecting with and ourselves for the joys and challenges of organizing.

Thursday - Sunday Sept 6 - 9 is Moreechika: Seasons of Mirage by Ananya Dance Theater at the Southern Theater. I have been blessed to work on the score, composed by Greg Schutte.   The show draws much of its inspiration from stories of "oil and the environmental, cultural and human costs of oil extraction around the world, particularly on women in global communities of color." Choreographed by Ananya Chatterjea and Co-Directed by Laurie Carlos, the company has spun oil stories from around the world into powerful examinations of the costs of our addiction to oil.

Saturday, September, 15th  I get to share a show with Talib Kweli & a host of illustrious resident musicians at the Hip Hop Harambee!  Check out their lineup which includes, Lizzo and the Larva Ink, Big Zach, Grittee Committee, Sean Anonymous, Mike the Martyr, Haphduzn, Audio Perm, Manny Phesto, Up Rock & Hosted by Alicia Steele.  Medium Zach & I will do a short set. Gonna be a sweet block party!

Sept 21st  - 23rd is the Black Environmental Thought II Conference at the University of Minnesota. The conference invites "scholars, activists, farmers, artists, gardeners, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts across the African diaspora to engage in translocal and transnational dialogues about environmental justice.

That Saturday,  the 22nd I will be hosting a creative community dialogue at the BETII conference. 
Later that evening I am blessed to read/sing a few new pieces at Equilibrium: Patricia Smith and Anis Mojgani. It's the 10th anniversary of EQ - and I am honored to be a 
part of the celebration!   

That same Saturday nite, Sept 22nd - 11pm - 2am - Late Nite at Icehouse Mplswe are hosting a full night of Soul Sista music (& connecting to the BETII Conference).  The full show includes Gospel Machine - w/ Jayanthi Kyle and Wes Burdine  and Oyin Dance Collective.  11pm $6 21+  
2528 Nicollet Avenue South.  This is my first full show since the release - we'll put some new juice into the machine!   COME WISH ME AN EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  More to come.

And at the end the month _ I am blessed to spend time in a residency w/ Yeyo Arts Collective - a talented, persistent collective of women in St. Louis. Spirit, Sense and Everyday Abundance.

I feel truly abundant - with a life full of simple, satisfying gifts!