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

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

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3/29/18 – The Ogún Meji Duo +1 w/ Hakim Callwood

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 + Artist TBD 

All shows run from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 at door
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

3/26/18 – Race Against the Machine – Live

For three years the Race Against The Machine podcast was the irreverent source for discourse on all things regarding race and racism. After two powerful return-to-form episodes released in 2018, Streetlight Guild is proud to host Scott Woods & AaronNoName for a one-time live recording that unpacks, dissects and otherwise eviscerates the headlines and more with the kind of talk even your barbershop won’t let you have.
Recording to be followed by Q&A.

WARNING: While packed with Scott and A-A-ron’s trademark wit and intelligence, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT THIS EVENT THAT WILL BE REMOTELY FAMILY FRIENDLY.

You can check out previous episodes online at http://raceagainstthemachine.podomatic.com/

See all Streetlight Guild news at:
www.streetlightguild.com

Monday, March 26 @ 8:00 PM
Admission: $10 at door
@ Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, OH

3/19/18 – Quarter Given – New Poems: Hanif Abdurraqib

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 – SOLD OUT
April 2 – Maggie Smith – Tickets on sale soon

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: $13 / ADVANCE SALES ONLY (Watch here for ticket info)
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

3/14/18 The New Black Eastside Songbook

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 Duo, Counterfeit Madison, Krate Digga, Paisha 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

Funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music, this performance is part of the “New Music at Short North Stage” free concert series. Cocktails will be available for purchase an hour before the concert at Ethel’s Lounge, adjacent to the theater. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Recommended for guests age nine and older. Parking is available at a lot just south of the theater and at nearby meters. Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays on the south side of Fifth Avenue west of High Street around the corner from the theater.

ABOUT SCOTT WOODS
Scott Woods was the creator of the 2017 award-winning arts series “Holler: 31 Days of Columbus Black Art.” He is the author of “Urban Contemporary History Month,” “We Over Here Now” and “Prince and Little Weird Black Boy Gods.” He has been featured multiple times in national press, including multiple appearances on National Public Radio. He was the president of Poetry Slam, Inc. and is the co-founder of the Writers’ Block Poetry Night. In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested seven more times without repeating a single poem.

Scott was a recipient of the Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for his work “Holler” at the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2017 Community Arts Partnership Awards.

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2/22/18 The Ogún Meji Duo +1 w/ Bryan Christopher Moss

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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 + Artist TBD 

All shows run from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: $10 at door
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

2/23/18 – Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Reading

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In 2017 Stephen King launched four movies, two TV series, and two new books. King fan and cultural critic Scott Woods checks in on some of King’s…darker tendencies, specifically how King uses black people in his work.

Woods’ lecture includes the reading of excerpts from various works by King, examining the issues around his use of the “Magical Negro” trope and black characters in general, as well as how his use of them relates to creative freedom, self-expression, and narrative license. Readings include excerpts from “The Shining”, “The Green Mile”, “Mr. Mercedes”, and “Sleeping Beauties”, as well as other material. It will also include new observations on recent films “The Dark Tower” and “It”, as well as the “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Mist” TV series.

Previous versions of this talk included most of the black characters in King’s universe at the time, but with the volume of reimagined and transitioning characters released in 2017 alone, it’s time for a temperature check. In 2014 Woods published a notable essay on King and his use of the Magical Negro device in Union Station Magazine. The reading will conclude with a Q&A.

Friday February 23, 2018
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
St. Philips Episcopal Church
166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, OH
Admission: $5

9/28/17 – Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Reading

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2017 is the year Stephen King pays all the bills. The author is launching two movies, two TV series, and two new books this year. So it’s time for writer, King fan, and cultural critic Scott Woods to check in on some of King’s…darker tendencies, aka how King uses black people in his work.

Woods’ lecture includes the reading of excerpts from various works by King, examining the issues around his use of the “Magical Negro” trope and black characters in general, as well as how his use of them relates to creative freedom, self-expression, and narrative license. Readings will include excerpts from “The Shining”, “The Stand”, “The Green Mile”, “Mr. Mercedes”, as well as other material. It will also include new observations on the forthcoming films “The Dark Tower” and “It”, as well as the “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Mist” TV series. (The new book, “Sleeping Beauties” may be included if it has relevant material, but this won’t be known until its release on September 26).

Previous versions of this talk included most of the black characters in King’s universe at the time, but with the volume of reimagined and transitioning characters from print to film in 2017, it’s time for a temperature check. In 2014 Woods published a notable essay on King and his use of the Magical Negro device in Union Station Magazine. The reading will conclude with a Q&A.

Thursday September 28, 2017
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Kafe Kerouac
2250 N. High Street, Columbus, OH
Admission: $5