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Now & Then: LINE UP! . . . GLOVES OFF!

London-based dancer/choreographer Zinzi Minott

London-based dancer/choreographer Zinzi Minott

So this weekend I attended Line Up! an evening of kick-ass international performance, sound, and video art. My peeps brought groundbreaking black art right on down to my SE Portland neighborhood. Thanks lovelies! What'd I catch? 

London-based dancer/choreographer Zinzi Minott was in town and brought me to my feet with a performance of urgency that left British police tape pouring from her body and slithering from the stage. Sharita Towne came through with the debut of video piece that left us all sitting in awe and contemplation of the raw psycho-sexual race fetish that we'd just experienced. The evening opened with a deep throated, experimental sound piece by Amenta Abioto and closed with Dead Thoroughbred--sidony o'neal & keyon gaskin--a peri-conceptual, dis-experimental, a-nihilist, post-ratchet, deceptive non-band band.

After the show I was chatting and shit-shooting with the other assorted artists and spectators as one does and who do I come across? Portland's own sharpshooting photo and video artist Sika Stanton that's who! And she brought gifts including these images from last year's GLOVES OFF: on Black contemporary/experimental/abstract arts and audiences, September 12, 2015.  Conceived by Portland artists Sharita Towne and keyon gaskin, in collaboration with BCC: BrownHall (Black Creative Collective), GLOVES OFF took the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)'s world renown TBA Festival on a black led, black centered conversation on Black contemporary, experimental, and abstract arts and audiences.

Who we were? Sampada Aranke (San Francisco), Samiya Bashir (Portland), keyon gaskin (Portland), Jibade-Khalil Huffman (Los Angeles), Eileen Isagon-Skyers (Portland), and sidony o’neal (Portland).

What did we do? Well, we set the room a'spin and it's too bad if you missed it. But you can take a peek at what Sika captured and imagine. No no no no... imagine harder:

Wanna hear some poems?

Yeah. Hearing poems is a good thing. GO FORTH THEN! And check out my a newly posted reading I gave last fall in Seattle, Washington. Introduced by Jane Wong and Josh Fomon who said, "This is the kind of writing that grabs my attention and engages me to experience language in new, wonderful ways." Check it out here, as well as on my WHAT TO SEE page.

Reading for Margin Shift in Seattle, WA with Raul Sanchez, Deborah Woodard, Rebecca Zweig, introduced by Jane Wong and Josh Fomon.

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