8/23/18 The New Black Eastside Songbook

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Streetlight Guild presents “The New Black Eastside Songbook,” a six-song suite conceptualized by Columbus writer Scott Woods featuring new music composed by The Ogun Meji DuoCounterfeit MadisonKrate DiggaPaisha Thomas and Jordan Sandidge.

“The New Black Eastside Songbook” is an exploration of black life and culture in Columbus historically and now, touching on subjects ranging from local jazz legends and privilege to the police and gentrification. It interrogates the definition of Columbus culture, and what relationship such culture might have to the people who both create and partake of it. Utilizing some of Columbus’ brightest musical talent across a variety of styles and backgrounds, this work seeks to establish a bar for the marriage of political context and musical examination, adding new bricks to the foundation of whatever Columbus culture may entail.

PROGRAM*
1. Welcome to Bronzeville
2. Blight Privilege
3. Rahsaan Rollin’ In The Dirt
4. Olde Town Beast
5. Things To Do In Black Columbus
6. Bulldozing The Ave

Originally funded as a commission by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, this performance was debuted as part of the “New Music at Short North Stage” free concert series.
* THE 8/23/18 NATALIE’S PERFORMANCE WILL FEATURE NEW ADDITIONAL WORK!

 

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7/26/18 Ogún Meji Duo +1 w/ Lance Johnson

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The Ogún Meji Duo +1 events are musical performances accompanied by a visual artist creating work on site in collaboration. Musical duties are handled by the always-powerful and progressive Ogún Meji Duo (Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II on drums / Eddie Bayard on sax), while the visual artists rotate for each set. This miniseries happens over five dates, all taking place at the intimate Art of Republic space in Columbus, Ohio.

February 22 + Bryan Christopher Moss
March 29 + Hakim Callwood
April 29 + So Jung Kim
June 28 + Richard Duarte Brown
July 26 + Lance Johnson (NYC)

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Admission: $10 at door
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

6/28/18 Ogún Meji Duo +1 w/ Richard Duarte Brown

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The Ogún Meji Duo +1 events are musical performances accompanied by a visual artist creating work on site in collaboration. Musical duties are handled by the always-powerful and progressive Ogún Meji Duo (Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II on drums / Eddie Bayard on sax), while the visual artists rotate for each set. This miniseries happens over five dates, all taking place at the intimate Art of Republic space in Columbus, Ohio.

February 22 + Bryan Christopher Moss
March 29 + Hakim Callwood
April 29 + So Jung Kim
June 28 + Richard Duarte Brown
July 26 + Lance Johnson (NYC)

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Admission: $10 at door
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

5/26/18 – What’s Playing: Rare Music feat. Krate Digga

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What’s Playing? is a rare music only listening series, mixed by some of Columbus’ top DJ and music digging talent. These aren’t dance parties so much as kickbacks designed to broaden the musical palate of its audience, though we never rule it out either. Bring some friends and chill out to music you’ve never heard before for a couple of hours over house drinks.

May 26 features the deep cuts of the legendary DJ/producer/musician Krate Digga!

All sets are at Kafe Kerouac from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
Admission: $5
Kafe Kerouac / 2250 North High Street / Columbus, Ohio 43201 

5/8/18 A Study in Verse – Hughes’ “I, Too”

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A Study in Verse is a series of lectures by poets focusing on a single poem each session. They interpret its meaning, its devices and context, and what the poem may have to say to audiences now. A brief Q&A follows the lecture.

April 10 – Geoff Anderson on Gregory Pardlo’s “Problema 4”
(Parsons Library / 1113 Parsons Avenue)

April 24 – Steve Abbott on Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

May 8 – Dr. Sidney Jones, Jr. on Langston Hughes’ “I, Too”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

All lectures are from 7:00 – 8:00 in various locations. 
Admission: Free

4/26/18 The Ogún Meji Duo +1 w/ So Jung Kim

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The Ogún Meji Duo +1 events are musical performances accompanied by a visual artist creating work on site in collaboration. Musical duties are handled by the always-powerful and progressive Ogún Meji Duo (Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II on drums / Eddie Bayard on sax), while the visual artists rotate for each set. This miniseries happens over five dates, all taking place at the intimate Art of Republic space in Columbus, Ohio.

February 22 + Bryan Christopher Moss
March 29 + Hakim Callwood
April 26 + So Jung Kim
June 28 + Richard Duarte Brown
July 26 + Artist TBD 

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Admission: $10 at door
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

4/24/18 A Study in Verse – Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”

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A Study in Verse is a series of lectures by poets focusing on a single poem each session. They interpret its meaning, its devices and context, and what the poem may have to say to audiences now. A brief Q&A follows the lecture.

April 10 – Geoff Anderson on Gregory Pardlo’s “Problema 4”
(Parsons Library / 1113 Parsons Avenue)

April 24 – Steve Abbott on Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

May 8 – Dr. Sidney Jones, Jr. on Langston Hughes’ “I, Too”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

All lectures are from 7:00 – 8:00 in various locations. 
Admission: Free

4/10/18 A Study in Verse: Pardlo’s “Problema 4”

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A Study in Verse is a series of lectures by poets focusing on a single poem each session. They interpret its meaning, its devices and context, and what the poem may have to say to audiences now. A brief Q&A follows the lecture.

April 10 – Geoff Anderson on Gregory Pardlo’s “Problema 4”
(Parsons Library / 1113 Parsons Avenue)

April 24 – Steve Abbott on Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

May 8 – Dr. Sidney Jones, Jr. on Langston Hughes’ “I, Too”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

All lectures are from 7:00 – 8:00 in various locations. 
Admission: Free

4/2/18 – Quarter Given: New Poems by Maggie Smith

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Quarter Given: New Poetry is a truly exclusive poetry reading experience that features all-new work by a notable poet in an intimate setting, in which only 25 audience members are given access. Some of the work may be soon published or experimental, and almost all of it will be work you haven’t accessed in any form. A brief Q&A follows each reading. This miniseries happens over two dates, both taking place at Art of Republic in Columbus, Ohio.

March 19 – Hanif Abdurraqib 
April 2 – Maggie Smith     
Tickets on sale now!

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: $13 / ADVANCE SALES ONLY / Tickets for 4/2 can be bought here.
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201