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Monday! April 6th! D.RUFF visits from Boston! Plus “State Your Business” Writing Challenge! RICE CAKE ALERT!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2015 by dirtygerund

dRuffPOETRY FEATURE – D.RUFF is the co-host and anchor of the “if you can Feel It, you can Speak It” Open Mic, series, held every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Bella Luna/Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. He has been writing for over 15 years, performing for over 10 years and is a member of Writers’ Block (with Matt Ganem, Gia Flores and Kimo Hill). Over the past decade, he has featured at venues such as The Middle East, Slades Bar & Grille, The Haley House, Darryl’s Corner, The Strand Theater dRuff2and The Apollo Theater. Additionally he has performed at Bay State College, Boston University, Emerson College and Wheelock College. His book, “Staying on 94: Tales from a Misguided Soul”, is a collection of his performance and written poetry. Most of his poems stem from personal experiences and observations, and therefore range in topics from love and heartbreak to inequality and culture. D.Ruff performs with a unspeakable passion in hopes that society will recognize the flaws in institutionalism, find bravery to collectively speak and start to demand real change for future generations.

BONUS RUCKUS: The “STATE YOUR BUSINESS” Writing businesscardChallenge. Co-Host NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is always networking. There isn’t a Saturday of Sunday Morning where he doesn’t empty his pockets to find several business cards from folks he doesn’t remember meeting. Perhaps you all can help fill in the missing scenes by going persona on some of these business cards. Your job? Pick a card, any card from Nick’s stack of lost memories, write short poem about the type of business, or write from their perspective. Deliver your piece at half time and win a special prize! Bonus points if the person who’s card you chose is in the room and feels you’ve captured them and their business correctly! Could happen right?

RICE CAKE ALERT! RICE CAKE ALERT! Benevolent Snack time queen7hills-flier-april EMILEE MORREALE has been gracious enough to bring amazing culinary achievements the past three weeks. House rules state that if no-one volunteers, Dirty Gerund will be featuring bland, saltless, generic rice cakes for your snack. If you want to save the day, notify Emilee at snacktimequeen@gmail.com by Sunday 4pm, or else…. MATT & the BASTARDS need to send us a photo if they want to get on our Ruckus Staff page! YOSH is planning an impromptu Easter Egg hunt in MIKEY’S BEARD! If the weather reports no rain and 60 degrees outside, we plan on taking the show out on the patio, so stay tuned to our facebook  page – ALSO if you’re looking to get outta the holiday house and hear some good words THIS SUNDAY, SAHARA RESTAURANT hosts the last open qualifier for the SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM. Last chance to slam for a slot in our May Finals to select the 2015 Worcester Poetry Slam Team. Guest feature by Boston’s MEAGHAN FORD! Not to be missed! Right?

Monday March 30th! Get Free w/ RICKY ORNG from Lowell! Plus! “Too Cool for April Fool’s” Fooling Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2015 by dirtygerund

NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS would love to thank all the great folks who came down this past monday, celebrated his birthday and roasted him oh so thoroughly. ALEX CHARALAMBIDES would like to remind ya’ll that the roasting doesn’t necessarily have to stop. Let’s sprint towards Spring!!!

POETRY FEATURE: RICKY ORNG is a Cambodian-American rickyorngperformer and educator based in Lowell, Massachusetts’ Little Cambodia. He is the Director of Lowell’s Youth Spoken Word organization, FreeVerse! – and helped coach their youth slam team to finals stage at Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts 2012, 2013, Brave New Voices 2011, San Francisco; and most recently the 2014 Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts Champions. Ricky hosted the first Asian American & Pacific Islander Poetry Reading at National Poetry Slam in Boston in 2013. He currently hosts the bi-monthly Untitled Open Mic. His works has been featured on Angry Asian Man, Absolutely Fobulous, Lowell’s Artist Anthology, Young Angel Midnight; and Cambodia’s first bi-lingual fashion publication, F-Magazine. Ricky is a Gemini, loves Autumn, bikes occasionally and photographs people for fun. His works can be found on his poetry & arts blog.

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Too Cool for April Fool’s” Comedian or Artistic image of microphone against a rustic brick wall with spPoet Guess Challenge! So much access to great comedians and poets on the internets these days! Sometimes poetry can be so side splitting that you wonder why the comedy shows aren’t banging down their doors. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS wishes to test this theory and see how “fool”ish some of you may look while guessing. He’s gonna grab lines from stand up comedy specials and popular poems, yuck them in your face, and we’ll ask three players to guess comedian or poet. Guess correct? Get a point. Guess wrong? Lose a point while we shout “fool!” at you. First to three correct wins a frothy prize on us! I pity the fool, verily! Am I right folks?

WE ARE IN A RICE CAKE ALERT! I repeat RICE CAKE ALERT! The Dirty Gerund Poetry ShowContact snacktimequeen@gmail.com let Miss Emilee know you wish to volunteer snack time. If she has to produce another snack this week, the following week will result in a tasteless, generic, non salt having rice cake! We hate to do it. House band has been killing it recently! YOSH & MIKEY hope the laughs and tips keep coming! Dirty Gerund has gotten our dose of humility last week and is committed to creating new memories for you all to make fun of for years to come! TV’s just not that great on Mondays. We don’t have cable anyways.

Monday! March 23rd! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS BIRTHDAY ROAST! Special Surprise Guests!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2015 by dirtygerund

nickdavis1This ain’t your slightly older cousin’s Gerund! This Monday, we disregard our regularly scheduled programming to leverage the fux outta our main carnival barker’s 30th trip around the sun!

FEATURE: NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is turning 30 and even though our community regularly roasts this fool week in week out, he’s decided that he wants a coordinated effort to comically time him back to the period before the stone age. We’ve contacted numerous folks who’re funny, sharp and willing to deliver 3-5 minute bursts of unbridled ridicule, all for the good cause of bringing this sack a tato’s back down off that cloud he’s been fishing from all these years. Frankly things are just going too well for Nicky lately, so sharpen those pressure cookers people, we’re gonna slow cook this nickdavis2turkey so he STAYS cooked! I’ve been trying to explain to Nick that this entire show series has been one subliminal roast, but he just doesn’t see it. Stick a fork in him. No wait, I think he might like that too much!

OPEN MIC & BONUS RUCKUS – we’ll add some spots on the mic. We’ll rotate poems & songs with guest celebrity roasters. Keep that arts/farts balance intact. We’ve been promised nickdavis4special guest hip hop set to end the evening with a proper dance party!

VISUAL ARTS by MELLISSA WORSTER (of the Worcester Worsters, but that’s actually Nicky pictured on the left there) Snack by SAM C! There may be cake. YOSH & MIKEY are gonna slice Nicky open with their bartending skills and count the rings. MATT & the BASTARDS will probably keep their clothes on, while still bringing you the best in musical back-grounding. 30 years means 30 bonafide guaranteed yucks to be had, as the Gerund celebrates the clown prince of words properly!

Monday! March 16th! Book Release Party for EMILY O’NEILL’s “Pelican” Plus! FINISH THIS LIMERICK CHALLENGE!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2015 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: EMILY O’NEILL is an artist, writer, and proud Jersey emilyoneill girl.  She tells loud stories in her inside voice because she wants to keep you close. She has facilitated workshops and poetry programming in association with the White Plains Public Library, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and the New Jersey public school system.  She competed at the 2010 National Poetry Slam in St. Paul, MN with the Hampshire County Slam Team and is a founding member of the nationally touring performance poetry troupe No More Ribcage. Her work has appeared in The Best Indie Lit New England Anthology, Sugar House Review, and Whiskey Island, among others.  Her poem “de Los Muertos” was selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of Gigantic Sequins’ second annual poetry contest, and emilyoneill2her poem “& when the canary stops singing” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014 by Vector Press.  She is a former editor and essayist for Side B Magazine. She holds a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and teaches creative writing courses at the Boston Center For Adult Education.  Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of the Pamet River Book Prize, awarded by Yes Yes Books to first collections from female-identified and gender queer poets, forthcoming in January 2015.  She lives in Medford, MA.

BONUS RUCKUS: The FINISH THIS LIMERICK Challenge! So after limericksdoing some extensive research, it turns out limericks, those often bawdy short verse poems aren’t as Irish as many people think they are. We’re still gonna get a little broguey and throw down on the following: Contestants, bring and perform your own limerick in round one, you will then have the pleasure of finishing a limerick that me and NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS are too lazy to finish ourselves! We’ll get the crowd involved, see who rocks these short verse the best and the winner gets a prize! Simple yes? There once was a gerund so dirty…..

RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY is filling in on drums for the Spring 7hillsBreaking ALEX THORSEN! Who’s got snacks? Word has it, MELISSA WORSTER (of the Worcester Worsters) isn’t stinging too bad from her closest of close defeats in last week’s Iron Poet Championships, she’s down to hook up the visual arts and we’re hoping that’s gonna happen sooner than later. YOSH & MIKEY are working on their St Paddy’s color schemes! More snow is melting. Great open mic and show last week. Can you open mic folks do us a HUGE favor and get down to Ralphs a little earlier so we can start on time? Thanks! Oooooh! ALSO SEVEN HILLS SLAM returns to SAHARA this Sunday, this is your next to last chance to earn your spot in this year’s Worcester Poetry Slam Team Finals, happening this May! Just Saying!

Monday March 9th! ADAM GOTTLIEB from Chicago! Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2015 by dirtygerund
FEATURE: ADAM GOTTLIEB is a poet-emcee/teaching-artist/singer-gottliebsongwriter/revolutionary from Chicago. (photo by Ryan Schorr) As a teen he was featured in the 2009 documentary film “Louder Than A Bomb,” about the world’s largest youth poetry slam festival by the same name. Since then, he’s performed and taught widely throughout Chicago, the U.S., and even the world, working as a facilitator of safe spaces for creative expression, cultural community-building, and social activism. He graduated from Hampshire College in 2012, where he studied poetry and critical gottlieb3pedagogy. In March 2014 he co-founded the Chicago chapter of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, a network which uses the arts (and poetry in particular) as a tool for organizing and galvanizing social justice movements. That same year I was selected by the Guild Complex to be one of five emerging writers in a project called “Voices of Protest,” through which I participated in the “Kapittel” festival for Literature and Freedom of Speech in Stavanger, Norway. You can find him busking with his guitar in Roger’s Park or in the subway.
ironpoetbobbyBONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! “GIBBS vs. WORSTER” – It’s that time, newly re-crowned champion ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS is taking a break from all his politicking to defend his title as former champ MELISSA WORSTER (of the Worcester Worsters) has re-engaged with the show and the scene in general with an eye on giving Bobby a run for his money (note: there is no actual money tied to this title, apart from highly lucrative endorsement deals that Dirty Gerund organizers get a piece of, just sayin…” 3 rounds or mayhem. 3 judges scoring on 3 categories, 3 poetic concoctions and of course one diabolical secret ingredient from our heralded chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Battle!
Word has it visual arts will be handled by ASHLEY TUCKER! Another_DSC8980 word has it that new friend CASSIE from Federation of Belligerent Writers will be volunteering snacks! MATT & the BASTARDS didn’t break any equipment last week, but did break all our brains with the amazing arrangements on DOC LUBEN‘s incredible poetry feature! We’ve got a lot of awesome show this week, so please arrive and sign up by 8:30pm so we can get things rolling on time! Dirty Gerund is gut punching winter until we get to spring! Congrats to Rainy on winning the last challenge! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS misses you already! YOSH & MIKEY might feel that way too, but they’re playing it wayyyyy cooler. See you!

Monday March 2nd! DOC LUBEN from Porltand Oregon! Plus! The “Manifest Sunshine” Manifesting Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2015 by dirtygerund

So many amazing times last week! Let’s continue to joy punch winter in it’s dumb guts with our shiny spirits! as we welcome…

FEATURED POET: DOC LUBEN is the two-time Poetry Slam Champion doclubenof the Portland, Oregon poetry slam, and was a finalist at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam. A writer and performer in L.A. and AZ since way back in the ancient 90s, his stage plays have been featured productions at the Arizona Classical Theater, and he was the Tucson Poetry Slam Champion in 2009. Doc was a panelist and performer at the 2010 Phoenix ComicCon Nerd Slam and was featured at the Rose City ComicCon, and has taught subversive youth workshops in writing and performance for two decades. He trained at the freakishly progressive California Institute of the Arts, where they absolutely do NOT have Walt Disney’s head frozen in the basement.

sunshine-faceBONUS RUCKUS: The “Let’s Manifest Some Sun Shine Already!” Manifesting Challenge! This is a writing challenge. Bring a poem that is guaranteed to help bring this cursed winter to an end already. Or write a poem on the spot that invites the warmth back into our dreary, fed up, hyper-tense, sock soaked lives. Let your words cast their ethereal glow on us, test the sky on its listening skills and replace the ground hog and spring training baseball as the new arbiters of a sunnier happier season! Bring us stanzas so radiant, harvest festivals are planned in YOUR honor! Anything to manifest the sun already! Super awesome prize, trophy and refreshing beverage for the winner!

Speaking of winter winners! Super props to the entire crew at SWEET March 7 Hills_zpsemrgoe5tWorcester, not only for visiting us in support of their coworker Michael G for his first time on the open mic, but also for raising the ruckus level for all our performers, mixing it up and volunteering a special snack time for this week! MATT & THE BASTARDS love to live up to their name and SMASH like the Hulk’s student loan officer. Guest visual arts this week by VOID SANSANGE! She’ll have a tough act to follow as AARON WHITE netted close to DG record auction levels this past week. YOSH is expected back this week in full health, which he’ll need if we get another incredible onslaught of support for this weeks show! MIKEY! Where you at?!!! Also don’t forget, SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM this Sunday night at SAHARA with special guest MEAGHAN FORD! 

Monday! Feb 23rd! Worcester Emcee ASHLEY DEYJ! Plus “Personify This” Writing Challenge! Visual Arts by AARON WHITE!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2015 by dirtygerund

So great to be back! So great so see how many DG fam-sters came through in our return! Like any old man, old man winter wants us to turn it down, but we continue to turn it up! So many notches!

FEATURED ARTIST: ASHLEY DeJARNETTE (aka ASHLEY DEYJ)ashleydeyj is a Worcester based musician who’s mission is to create expressions of truth throughout the world to educate people about self-worth and purpose. She is a rapper, singer, producer, actress, and also plays guitar. She graduated (with honores) from college in 2010 with a Bachelors in Legal Studies and Sociology while acquiring certification as a Paralegal, but came to the realization that her true calling was to educate the public through music and the arts. She decided not to become a statistic and to fully own her destiny as a musician and to always create expressions of truth in order to aid in the spiritual healing of humanity world-wide. She designed, created, and produced her debut album entitled “Lonely Girl Dreams” and is currently working on her second album which will be primarily spiritual, moving from realms of  struggle and hardship into self purpose and worth. Check out some music at YouTube.com/user/AshleyDeyJ/videos

backpackBONUS RUCKUS: The first ever “PERSONIFY THIS!” Writing Challenge! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS loves his backpack but is not a back-packer. Know what we mean? Neither do we. So NICHOLAS is also a chach-ki collector. He likes books and things and stuff and visiting recycling centers and adorning his space with all sorts of books and stuff and things. He will fill his back pack this Monday and bring it to the show. Your job? Pull an item outta his bag, and write a short poem, personifying what you find. Whoever does that the best at half time, wins a prize!

AARON WHITE will be returning to the easel to paint for you all this aaronwhite-gerundMonday! Sweet! MATT & The BASTARDS were so happy to be back, they didn’t break any of their equipment. We even punk rocked garage band practice jammed before the show cause we couldn’t contain our reunion excitement. Snacks shall be had (and they will be rad!) Thanks to EMILEE MORREALE for her blueberry cream beignettes (no time for spell check) thanks to ADRIANA for her V-DAY leftover chocolate pretzel bouquette! Thanks to MUNCHIES LATE NIGHT for the extra savory perrogie! Nuts to my inability to spell exotic food items properly. Feel free to bring me a dictionary this Monday, and YOSH & MIKEY can smack me in the bum with it between bringing you the best in food & drinks!

 

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