Monday! July 23rd! DIRTY GERUND sets the bar high w/ Boston Cantab Grand Slam Champ KEMI ALABI! Musical Guest: World Travelers LOBO MARINO! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Things keep heating up in Dirty Gerund Land! This Monday promises to bring more amazing to our stage! Renaissance Sauce Style! POETRY FEATURE: KEMI ALABI is a writer and amateur political scientist living in Boston, MA. She facilitates workshops as president of Boston University’s Spoken Word Collective, Speak for Yourself, and performs her poetry in venues throughout New England. Most recently she is the current Boston Cantab Poetry Grand Slam Champion, Kemi will compete on the Cantab’s 2012 slam team at the National Poetry Slam this August in Charlotte North Carolina! First time performing in Worcester, this talent young rising star’s performing in our town for the first time, so let’s welcome her and her words!

MUSICAL GUEST: LOBO MARINO is the musical response to the travels and ongoing spiritual journey of members JAMESON PRICE and LANEY SULLIVAN.  During a year long trip in South America, Price and Sullivan encountered one of their many spirit guides, the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, also known as “el lobo marino”.The first album “keep your head up” was written on that first sojourn.  The group’s second album “The Reincarnation EP” was recorded in Richmond, VA in 2011.  It is a powerful and experimental musical composition with philosophical lyrics pondering ideas of industrialization, war, and home.   Since the release of “The Reincarnation EP”, Price and Sullivan have been mostly on the road, both playing music and just exploring. At the end of June 2012 Lobo Marino released their third album, “Kite Festival”, which was recorded in front of a live studio audience. It is a meditative musical reflection of their time in Puerto Rico, Spain and the Untied States. Check out more at www.lobomarino.com

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP: “QUDDUS vs. ZAJON!” That’s right! We’re scouring all the way to the end of the alphabet and them difficult highly prized Scrabble Tile Letters to bring you the first ever intercontinental Iron Poetry Championship! Current Champ DR. JEN MAHON does not live here anymore. She’s run off with our trophy and we need to replace the champ! NICOLE ZAJON & YUNUS QUDDUS have stepped up and won their prelims to earn a shot at the title! 3 new poetic concoctions based on chairman YOSH SHARTIN’s secret ingredient! 3 judges. 3 categories for scoring, one champion poet left standing! It’s gonna be a summer thrill ride worthy of popped corn!

NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS wants to informally mentor you… in a bar! Nick’s the current poet in residence at NICK’s BAR on Millbury Street in Worcester! This Saturday, your intrepid curator is gonna knock back a few and talk writing and poetry with anyone who wants to walk through that door. He calls it the CABERET POETS GROUP (just cause he can’t spell doesn’t mean he can’t write!). 3:30pm until you run outta beer money! Monday will see snacks, visual arts, live backing band music, the best in drinks and burgers, and of course some dancing may ensue! Viva la Monday Night Life!

Remember Music Videos! Me neither! Apparently our musical guests have produced a “video” to go along with their “song”! Outstanding!

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