I was awkwardly getting a little too drunk with a bunch of activists last night at the Majestic when I happened upon this heavenly apparition on my way to make a piss: Duane the Teenage Weirdo and Nikky Velvet.
Detroit, you are a beautiful, gracefully-aging metropolis, a well-squatted, food security wonderland. It’s no wonder that from your loins you managed to conceive these beautiful children. I can only describe their performance as an underage, futuristic David Bowie/Mad Max orgasm. Ms. Velvet happened to be wearing the sequined gown I can only pray I am buried in. Duane surrounded himself with monitors bearing illustrations of his own beautiful visage. Dancing, screaming, laughter.
If this recording doesn’t really do it for you, please hold your judgements. These kids just ooze freshness and sincerity all over the place. Must see them live. Hopefully soon!
If you’re near Baltimore this weekend, you gotta come out to the FREE outdoor arts festival that’s part of ROOTS Fest 2011.
Even if youhaven’t been able to take part in the National Learning Exchange, or see any of the awesome performances happening all around Baltimore this week, some of the most exciting stuff is still to come- like Talib Kweli tomorrow night at 9pm!
ROOTS Fest is being held on the notorious “Highway to Nowhere” in the heart of West Baltimore. It’s seeking to give new life to what can be, could be, would be, when the community comes together and plans development for itself. “Highway to Nowhere” is emblamatic of what happens when outside interests shape a community, and ROOTS Fest is where art and culture imagine the possibilities for a more just and beautiful urban landscape.
Kidz City is super excited to be part of the Interactive Arts Pavilion, which is happening both Saturday and Sunday on the corner of Gilmore and Franklin.
Heartbroken that I won’t be in town for the Listen! Literacy & Arts Festival this weekend. If you’re ’round, it’s up at the Community Book Store in Mid City on May 21, starting at noon. (I’ll instead be at… a wedding? In Indiana? What? WHY?) Oh, duh. And, best part! It’s also being organized by 2-Cent, a collective of AMAZING young people, political minds, comedians, and film makers from New Orleans. They’re one of those organizations that all at once makes you feel deep and profound shame for your own sloth, inspires you to get off your ass, and gives you a little hope for the future. Check out this Reading Rainbow Remix video they produced to promote the Listen Fest. It’s essentially the most perfect video ever, and by that I mean it features dancing children!