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Samsara

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Come to Samsara, the annual South Asian Cultural Show presented by Shakti, Wesleyan’s sexiest South Asian Cultural Association! This year’s show will have dance performances, acting, and spoken word. Chai will be served during intermission for $1/cup. All proceeds go to IMPACT India!

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 7 PM – 9 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: FREE

Rage and Resistance 101

Cherkira Lashley ’15 writes in:

RAGE and RESISTANCE 101 is a spoken word, music and dance performance that engages with ruminations on rage and resistance as a way to process the recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson, Chicago, New York, and more.

This event will feature: Circles & Ciphers, Cherkira Lashley, Markeisha Hill, Naomi Oyakhilome, Ismael Coleman, Monica Sun, David Stouck, Jillian Roberts, Sara Feldman

Date: Thursday, May 7th – tonight!
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies
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WeSLAM Presents: The Prop Slam

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If you ever wanted to slam it up, now’s the perfect time! WeSLAM’s spring semester slam series is more chill than the fall – with slams not geared to forming a team; rather, the focus is on creativity and the beauty of the spoken word. With that said, WeSLAM’s first slam of the semester is…
THE PROP SLAM! Though it takes the same three-minute-and-ten-second format, this slam ignores the evil “No Prop” Rule! So you can recite an ode to a banana, drum to give your slam rhythm, speak a poetic diatribe of how your toaster wronged you: anything goes in terms of the props So get creative! Just remember only one prop per poem. This slam will be held on February 8th, so start preparing! If you’re interested in signing up, email weslam(dot)wesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com after 5pm on the day of the slam. If you’re interested but don’t know where to start, be sure to check out Writers’ Bloc, every Sunday from 4-5:30, for some nifty prompts to get the ideas flowing. More information will be revealed closer to the slam, but now’s the chance to get a head start on writing poems for the slam! We’d love to hear your words and see your banana or toaster or whatever you choose to prop it up with!

Date: Saturday, February 8th
Time: 7:30 PM
PlaceAlpha Delt

Blood, Muscle, Bone: A Performative Teach-In

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This courtesy of Sara Feldman ’17, Alma Sanchez-Eppler ’14, and Trinithas Boyi ’16:

Come to a performative teach-in by the members of the class, “Blood, Muscle, Bone: The Anatomy of Wealth and Poverty” this Monday evening!  Through visual presentations, movement, spoken word, and songs, the students will invite the audience to explore poverty and wealth and their surrounding issues.  The program will run from 7pm to 11pm.  The doors will open every thirty minutes, so come when you can and stay as long as you can.

Please come join us in this exploration of interdisciplinary learning!  This program will make you think.

Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: Free!

Mabuhay

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Get yr culture on. From the awesomely named Tess Pei Lemon ’14:

Come to Mabuhay – the Asian/Asian American Culture Show held annually
during WesFest!!!

Support your peers and friends as they perform a variety of
traditional and modern acts including dancing, singing, spoken word,
and much, much more!

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!!

Tickets are on sale now at the box office for $5. All proceeds go to
Liberty in North Korea and Brighter Dawns.

Doors open at 5:45pm

Date: Today, Wednesday, April 17th
Time: 5:45 pm  – 8:00 pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $5

Buddy Wakefield Does Crowell

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WeSlam, Wes Alliance, and Writer’s Bloc want to satiate your soul’s thirsty Thursday with the power of spoken word:

Buddy Wakefield is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and a former member of the Seattle Slam Team. He has performed his work on NPR, BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. An author of Write Bloody Publishing, Wakefield is known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart. Buddy is a gentleman and a scholar, and he will undoubtedly make you feel and think things that you never have before.

Featuring new poetry from the Wesleyan Slam Team!!!! Hosted by Michael Rosen ’11. Sponsored by WeSLAM, Wes Alliance, and Writers’ Bloc. Note: The event is free, but WeSLAM will be asking for donations to help the Wesleyan Slam Team get to nationals in April!

What: Buddy Wakefield
When: Thursday, Feb. 28
Time? 8 PM
Where: Crowell Concert Hall
Free? Free as Facebook.

Interested in a 24-Hour Group Poetry Slam?

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WeSLAM, Wesleyan’s premiere spoken-word organization, wants to know if you would be interested in participating a 24-hour group slam. Basically what this means is that you would be paired up with a fellow poet on a Friday night, you would brainstorm ideas for a group piece (examples: 1, 2, and 3), and then you would wake up early Saturday morning and get writing. On Saturday night, you would compete against other group poems for a chance at first place.

If this sounds remotely fun to you at all, then please email Coz Deicke ’15 at cdeicke(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

WeSlam Presents: The Wesleyan 2012 Grand Slam

WeSlam wants you to know that this is your LAST CHANCE (this semester) to have your mind blown away by a night of incalcuable awesome:

This is it.

Only 12 poet-finalists remain from the three preliminary slams held over the course of the semester. This Saturday at 9:00 PM they will compete in the CFA Hall for the right to be one of the FIVE members of the 2012-2013 Wesleyan Slam Team.

Those finalists are: Coz Deicke ’15, Ari Ebstien ’16, Zach Goldberg ’13, Alex Heyison ’15, Markeisha Hill ’16, Cherkira Lashley ’15, Lily Myers ’15, Mark Nakhla ’13, Evan Okun ’13, Jason Reitman ’15, David Stouk ’15, and Kara Wernick ’15.

There will also be LIVE MUSIC during the slam provided by Wesleyan’s own: Mel Hsu ’13, Sam Friedman ’13, Mark Bennet ’13, and Jess Best ’14.

WeSLAM Featuring Franny Choi: Preliminary Slam No. 3

The good folks of WeSLAM bring you the third and final preliminary slam of the semester. For poets interested in signing up to perform, there is important SIGN UP INFORMATION after the jump!

Come to Malcolm X House this Saturday to watch 10 poets battle it out to decide the final 4 competitors in the grand slam final! These 4, along with the 8 other finalists from previous preliminaries, will compete on December 5th for one of 5 slots on Wesleyan’s slam poetry team.

This weekend we are poetically blessed to have Franny Choi as our feature. Franny was a finalist at the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam and a finalist at both the 2011 National Poetry Slam and the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Franny also works as an organizer with the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a non-profit that challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers. Franny is undoubtedly going to bring the house down.

Franny will also be hosting a workshop at 2pm on Saturday (day of the slam!) in Usdan 110. Come practice, come hang, come spend a few hours not worrying about homework.

Seating IS LIMITED, so if you want to go down with it, make sure to get there on time!

Date: Saturday, Nov 17th
Time: 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Place: Malcom X House
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Expresiones de Latin@s

Hopefully you can still grab a ticket for this classy-sounding, meal-included event. From Zaida Garcia ’15:

This Friday is Wesleyan’s annual student celebration of Latin@ culture, EXPRESIONES DE LATIN@S. (interesting fact: Ajùa Campos uses the term Latin@ to express the gender spectrum, as opposed to the traditionally masculine term Latino). Please come support your talented peers for a night of dancing, singing, spoken word, and skits celebrating Latin@ culture. This year’s Expresiones is dinner and a show, and so tickets are limited. Get yours at the box office now!

Date: Tonight, November 10th
Time: 8pm
Place: Daniel Family Commons
Cost: $10
Facebook Event: Link.