Mon. Oct 24th JOSEPH LMS GREEN from DC! Musical Guest CRUNK WITCH from Maine! Plus! Iron Poet Championship Match-up “Swenson vs. Gibbs!”

YES!!!

This Monday at Ralph’s, the Dirty Gerund’s going to be all that and maybe more if you all behave and come down to the show!

POETRY FEATURE: JOSEPH LMS GREEN – a Washington, D.C.-based performance poet and educator with more than eight years’ professional experience. As a solo artist and member of the Intangible Collective, Joseph LMS has performed at venues and schools throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. For five years, he has coached the Hayfield Secondary School Forensic Speech Team, an art Joseph mastered at a young age: he ranked 13th in the nation for Dramatic Performance as a high school senior (1999). He toured with the educational entertainment group Theatre IV, the country’s largest in school touring company, for two and a half years at more than 200 high schools and professional theatres educating children and families. A four-time qualifier and participant in the National Poetry Slam, he has represented the Oneonta Slam team as their Grand Slam Champion (twice, 2005-06), as well as Slam Richmond (2009), and DC’s Beltway Poetry Slam Team (2011, ranked 5th in the nation). As the Beltway Poetry Slam representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam(2011), Joseph is the currently the 16th ranked poet in the world. His one-man show “She Is” was commissioned by the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts at the Wilbur Mansion in Oneonta, N.Y. (2007). He has self-published a poetry chapbook called “Her and Everything Else” (2010), and a poetry album entitled “unmastered – Vol. One” (2005). Joseph LMS is currently producing his first book of poetry, recording his second full-length spoken word album, and working to create the first city-wide youth slam in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia under the Louder Than a Bomb banner.

MUSICAL GUEST: CRUNK WITCH: comprised of married couple Brandon Miles and Hannah Collen, is an Electro-Rock duo from Presque Isle, ME. For samples of music check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADQFQkBjjec Started in late 2009, this baby has strove to challenge social faux pas through power packed electronic anthems filled with tales of fantasy and horror. Endorsed by PETA2, this band has been on 6 tours and played over 100 shows. Their quickly sold out debut, ‘The Battle Beyond E.P.’, was soon followed by the full-length record, “The Legends Of Manicorn” released on Milled Pavement Records. The band generated a heavy youtube buzz when their single, ‘The Battle Beyond’, was featured in a Jenna Marbles video with over 6 million views. After recently signing a licensing deal with Bunim/Murray (creators of Real World, Road Rules, Project Runway, etc.), the band won the award for ‘Best Eletronic Act’ at the 2011 Phoenix Awards. Currently Crunk Witch is hard at work on their follow up effort and are ready to explore all future opportunities.

Maine bands just don’t do this sort of thing. Lucky for us, Crunk Witch don’t give a (bleep).

- Portland Phoenix

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP “GIBBS vs. SWENSON”!!! – the title’s on the line and we’ve been looking forward to this match-up. Last month, Dirty Gerund resident Word Ninja LIZ SWENSON took the prelim over SAM CAPAGROSSI and earned the right to challenge our Champion BOBBY GIBBS! This could be one of the best championships ever! Bobby’s coming off his trip, repping the Wu at the 2011 Indie World Poetry Slam Championships, Liz has a new kitchen sink, just in time I’d say, cause she’s gonna throw it and any other plumbing in an attempt to wrestle the championship trophy from Bobby’s cold, buzzed hands! Two competitors, 3 new poems, 3 judges, 3 scoring categories and one unknown secret ingredient to be concocted and presented by out indefatigable chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Battle whut?! Ya, it’s exciting!

Two weeks from Halloween! Visual Arts Director AARON WHITE will be handling the arts this week as he carves the perfect pumpkin (maybe two) so that you can scare the crap outta them tricker-treaters! YOSH & CHICKEN are contemplating fangs! Tip ‘em and no-one gets bit! DG DUCT TAPE BAND is ready to jam out! Bagels with faces on ‘em were a hit at snack-time! Thanks Tak! Get in touch with EMILEE MORREALE to toss your snack hat in the ring and receive eternal glory! Me and NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS are psyched that we don’t have to write haiku this week! Aren’t you? Gives us more time to contemplate costumes and occupy things. Don’t make me get crazy clown posse on you!

We’ll leave you with a brand new video from our musical guest! Get down to this tune, then GET DOWN to the show this Monday! I won’t ask twice!

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