Monday Nov 12th! All Hail 2011 Individual Poetry Slam Champ CHRIS AUGUST from Baltimore! Musical Guest TORI PARMZ! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP????

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: In 2011, Chris August was named the number one ranked performance poet in the United States at the Individual World Poetry Slam held n Cleveland, Ohio. This was the culmination of ten years of involvement in national slam scene, representing Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2012, he left his job as a special educator to pursue poetry full time. Later that year, he represented the United States at the Poetry World Cup in Paris, France where he was ranked second in the world. His latest book, A Life Called Special, is a compilation of his poetry about special needs education.

MUSICAL GUEST: TORI PARMZ – Local Worcester based poet & songstress TORI PARHAM has just turned 21, so we thought we’d celebrate with some tasty acoustic, soulful, folk singing with someone we hope will be a Gerunder for years to come!  Help us welcome this talented youngster to our stage for the first time ever. If you can’t wait, check out a couple tunes at www.toriparham.bandcamp.com.

Support our local artists!

BONUS RUCKUS: (not set in stone yet) – Hoping for an IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UP between current Intercontinental Champ YUNUS QUDDUS & Challenger CYNDI KEELY. Stay tuned until we get confirmation. (travel arrangements and such). IRON POET Match-ups involve two poets, 3 rounds, 3 poetic dishes (original haiku, original short poem, and incorporation). One secret ingredient will be announced at beginning of the show. Our poets will have the rest of the show to prepare 3 courses for 3 judges who will score based on 3 criteria, taste, presentation and use of the original ingredient!

DUCT TAPE BAND continues to impress and rock out behind poets like it’s their job! Wait! It is their job and they succeed! Constantly! Snack Time & Visual Arts to continue! NOTE: Visual Arts will now be auctioned off the week after the art is created to give the artist a better opportunity to sell their work to more audience members! Winter is coming through with a taste. Come to the Gerund and stay a step ahead of the winter blah’s!

We’ll leave you with some straight truth from our amazing feature!

Monday Nov 5th! DG nominates GEORGE “G” YAMAZAWA from Durham, North Carolina for President! Musical Guests: THE DOTTED EYES! Plus! “Persona Poem” Challenge Do-Over!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2012 by dirtygerund

Thanks to the handful of stalwarts who came out for last week’s open mic. Some guests are coming back this week. Some we’ll re-book real soon. We were sad not to have all our featured acts in the house due to the storm, but we also acknowledge that we were (and are) supremely fortunate to have electricity, food, adequate shelter and each other. Best wishes go out to everyone in the effected areas still struggling to secure their footing and all the things that we often take for granted. We will do an extra bucket pass this Monday to try to raise some funds for the American Red Cross. November is upon us! Let’s open up a can of “oh man! this is some great poetry show!” Let’s elect us to lead this charge!

FEATURED POET: GEORGE YAMAZAWA JR. is a second generation Japanese-American poet/emcee from Durham, NC. Raised in a Buddhist household while learning the nature of the Bible Belt, “G” quickly understood how to embrace his differences and take pride in his culture. Heavily influenced by hip hop, G first began writing rhymes at 12 years old but never considered himself a writer until he found poetry. But in 2007, G was expelled from his high school and sent to an alternative school. During that time of uncertainty and depression, he discovered the power of spoken word and used it as a positive outlet for his creativity. Since then, he has become one of the founding members of the Sacrificial Poets, the premier youth poetry organization in NC, and dedicates his time cultivating the young voices in his community. In 2010, G performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Nuyorican Poets Café. At only 21 years old, he is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and a two-time Southern Fried Champion. This is his first visit to Worcester! I’m super excited to host this young firebrand on his first tour of New England!

MUSICAL GUEST: THE DOTTED EYES, based out of Boston, MA, formed in 2010 from the ashes of bands ranging from dance pop to metalcore. What emerged was an acoustic based rock band with a focus on catchy harmony and dynamic cadence. That energy was sewn together in their first self recorded and produced EP “Threads.” “Threads” has appeared on Pandora and Ourstage.com with 3 songs receiving Top 40 placement in Indie Rock, Folk, and Indie Pop. In their first year, The Dotted Eyes impressed local media, winning New England Band of The Month from the Deli Magazine as well as being featured on NECN’s Morning Show. Their new LP “Wondering & Worrying” picks up where the EP left off with 10 unique, fun, and catchy songs. Check out their super duper website: www.thedottedeyes.com then take a break from dancing in front of your mirror, to come down and dance right in front of them!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Tricks or Treat(ment) Costumes Persona” Writing Challenge! Planning on dressing up Monday? Good! We support that! Depending on your costume and writing chops, you may very well win. All you have to do is come at our mic, in costume, with a poem, inspired by, or coming from the perspective of whatever it is you freaks decided to dress up as. We’ll have a secret judge or two, maybe the entire crowd decide who best matches their outfit! Winner gets (what could very well be) an amazing prize donated by our resident October Enthusiast / Visual Director AARON WHITE!!!

Pre Election Fun! Duct Tape Band! Yosh & Chicken are voting for us! Snacks and Visual Arts! Nicholas Earl Davis is not sure what town he’s registered in! Voting is sexy! Come on down and support all the ARTS! All of em! We’ll leave you with some poetry from our feature! Boom!

Monday Oct 29th! Trix or Treat(ment) at the DG w/ PORSHA OLAYIWOLA! Musical Guests THE DOTTED EYES from Boston! Plus! The “Costumed Persona Poem” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2012 by dirtygerund

Rocktober is almost at it’s end. Don’t let Hurricane Sandy dismiss your pre holiday revelry! Get on down to your local multi-arts extravaganza and get soaked in double barrel Boston Action once again!!! Two weeks in a row, we call on our friends from the east to help juggernaut this mania!

FEATURED POET: PORSHA OLAYIWOLA, describes herself as Black, dyke, poet, lover hip-hop feminist, womanist friend, Porsha Olayiwola is a performance artist who believes in pixie dust and second chances. A resident of Boston, by way of Chicago, Porsha O is runner-up of 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a member of the current Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team. Her intention is to speak, love, and maintain a cypher that is undocumented, uncontrollable and just plain ole dope. She blasted onto the Cambridge Lizard Lounge Scene, gaining Championship and Slam Team Honors! A coach for the semi-finalist Codman Academy in Dorchester’s first ever Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Team, she’s recently linked up with Mass LEAP to serve as a teaching artist, organizer and all around comrade to the cause! First time featuring in Worcester, so let’s get down to the funky funky sounds! King Kong ain’t got sh#t on her!

MUSICAL GUEST: THE DOTTED EYES, based out of Boston, MA, formed in 2010 from the ashes of bands ranging from dance pop to metalcore. What emerged was an acoustic based rock band with a focus on catchy harmony and dynamic cadence. That energy was sewn together in their first self recorded and produced EP “Threads.” “Threads” has appeared on Pandora and Ourstage.com with 3 songs receiving Top 40 placement in Indie Rock, Folk, and Indie Pop. In their first year, The Dotted Eyes impressed local media, winning New England Band of The Month from the Deli Magazine as well as being featured on NECN’s Morning Show. Their new LP “Wondering & Worrying” picks up where the EP left off with 10 unique, fun, and catchy songs. Check out their super duper website: www.thedottedeyes.com then take a break from dancing in front of your mirror, to come down and dance right in front of them!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Tricks or Treat(ment) Costumes Persona” Writing Challenge! Planning on dressing up Monday? Good! We support that! Depending on your costume and writing chops, you may very well win. All you have to do is come at our mic, in costume, with a poem, inspired by, or coming from the perspective of whatever it is you freaks decided to dress up as. We’ll have a secret judge or two, maybe the entire crowd decide who best matches their outfit! Winner gets (what could very well be) an amazing prize donated by our resident October Enthusiast / Visual Director AARON WHITE!!!

Not nearly enough bids at the end of last week’s arts auction. BRADLEY MOMBERGER did a fine job and will be back to sell his original piece early on in the show! DUCT TAPE BAND would have bid, but they were too busy rocking the fux out! Delay Pedals and new one of a kind cymbals, all led to an intoxicating sound-scape for our poets to paint on! YOSH & CHICKEN are swapping fried turkey best practices and not focused on the holiday at hand! We expect to be at full staff capacity this week. It’s been almost a month since all of us have been together! Mix in some spooky holiday magic, special special guests and that all blends into one hell of a time! Don’t miss it! Like, don’t make us beg! Okay, maybe we’ll beg! Nick misses you or something! I could go either way, n’a mean?

Check out some video from our feature! Boom!

Monday Rocktober 22nd! Book Release Party for Boston’s NICOLE TEREZ DUTTON! Musical Guest SOSOL! Plus! The “Blood Sugar Bath!” Reading Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 by dirtygerund

Hey Gerunders! I plan to be back in the house, ready to celebrate the word with you all again this Monday. I may have a fun road story or two in my pocket, so come on down this and re-connect. Miss ya’ll so much! And oh, am I glad I’m back in time to catch….

POETRY FEATURE: NICOLE TEREZ DUTTON‘s work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review, and Salt Hill Journal. Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and has received the fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Load Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her collection If One Of Us Should Fall. Nicole currently lives in Boston and is a lecturer at Boston University. Check out this glowing review from none other than 4 time National Poetry Slam Champ & award winning author Patricia Smith! “Nicole Terez Dutton’s fierce and formidable debut throbs with restless beauty and a lyrical undercurrent that is both empowered and unpredictable. Every poem is unsettling in that delicious way that changes and challenges the reader. There is nothing here that does not hurtle forward.” Check out more about this amazing voice at www.nicoledutton.com

MUSICAL GUEST: SO SOL – Só Sol is a new 5-piece trail blazin’ band out of Boston, MA. Sò Sol, which translate to ‘Only Sun’, is based around the songwriting of husband and wife duo John Garrett and Jessica DaSilva with the saturated sound of a backing band. They are heavily influenced by international tastes that blend the sounds of folk, americana, rock, blues, soul and tropicaliá, sung with a bad-ass Judy Garland voice written in English and Brazilian Portuguese. Jessica Dasilva the lead vocalist, plays the ukelele. Jess is accompanied by her guitarist husband John, who lends his voice with contagious harmonies. John also played in the Vermont-based band, Pariah Beat. Check them out at www.sosolmusic.com

BONUS RUCKUS: The BLOOD “SUGAR” BATH Poem Read Challenge! Like sweet things? Good! Like creepy things? Great! Nick wants you to raise the blood sugar intensity with a new challenge, that, ahem… involves putting food in your mouth while reading poems. We’ll bring some creepy classics down. We’ll bring some sugary treats. Whoever gives the best reading while muffled and sugar blasted, gets a prize! Let that sugar hit the old bloodstream and watch them words fly!!!!

YOSH & CHICKEN are NOT wearing matching costumes! So don’t ask! Duct Tape Band is going to dress like a crew of kick-ass musicians, but that’s not a costume, that’s just what they are every week! Visual Arts! Snack Time! I’ve been hearing great reports on open mics and lately, so I’m hoping to return to a rollicking great time! We miss you so much already!

Monday! Rocktober 15th! Double Show of Amazing from Portland Oregon, MEG WALDRON & ROBYN BATEMAN!!! Musical Guest FOLK YA’LL from Connecticut! Plus the “Rip Alex for Being Outta Town” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2012 by dirtygerund

Rocktober continues. I am still on the road stealing rock star moments from the cosmos and eating high quality breakfast foods amongst Pacific Northwest Compatriots! I am super sad to be missing another Gerund, but I hear things rocked last week, so let’s keep this ROCKTOBER Rocking! with……

POETRY FEATURE(S): Why stop at one? Two of Portland Oregon’s fiercest female performers are troubedoring their way through the Northeast! MEG WALDRON & ROBYN BATEMAN are coming to town and ready to fill your ears with envelope shoving awesomeness! MEG WALDRON is a writer, traveler, and youtube enthusiast. She was a member of the 2011 Portland Poetry Slam team and competitor at the National Poetry Slam in Boston, Massachusetts. Meg’s poetry is sharp and honest, making crowds keel in laughter at how ridiculous our very serious lives can be. She is the author of a chapbook, Sex, Drugs, Tuck n’ Roll (2011), and has had her writing featured in many poetry collections
across the country. Meg’s spirit animal is a baby deer with wings. ROBYN BATEMAN Robyn Bateman is a performance poet based out of Portland, Oregon. She is best described as a perverted, crass old man disguised in the body of a charming, young woman. Robyn is the reigning City Champion of Portland, and was a finalist at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and a 2012 competitor at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Robyn rallies
audiences with her high energy, quirk-with-bravado performance style and her imaginative narratives on the simple beauty of what it is to be human. Robyn has two chapbooks and has been published in a number of poetry and fiction journals. Check out www.megandrobyn.wordpress.com for more info!

MUSICAL GUEST: FOLK YA’LL – Oldtimey folk-punk from New London, CT. They play house shows, BBQ’s, campfires, birthday parties, and the occasional D&D game! Band members MIKE ARSENAULT, DONALD PALARDY III and JACOB WYSOSKI list Doc Watson, Tommy Jarrell, Johnny Cash, John Hurt, The Skillet Lickers as influences and they want you all to sing along! We expect a rousing dance party to ensue at half time! Don’t miss it!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Alex is outta town again, let’s clown his absent ass!” Challenge DG co-host ALEX CHARALAMBIDES thinks himself a proud poetry papa, but in all actuality, he is one deadbeat dad! He should wear a mask! Missing two shows in a row, in order to spew his words and failed rockstar guitar hero poses throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alex thinks he can get away with leaving it all to NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS! Let’s clown his ass! Bring your best haiku or short poem, clowning Alex for being selfish and leaving you all. Heck, maybe it’s a celebratory haiku, thanking everyone’s lucky stars that he’s gone. Maybe it’s a well crafted entreaty for him to stay where ever it is, he is! Be original. Spit that hot fire at the DG crowd and win a drink on us!

Thanks to all who came out and shined last week! Special thanks to LAURA DAVIS for jumping in to co-host! Expect more of the same and excellent music from the DUCT TAPE BAND! Visual Arts and Snack Time! YOSH & CHICKEN are discussing how Halloween Costume Season cannot come soon enough! We hate to leave you, unless we’re leaving you with some amazing words from one of our special guests! Let’s go!!!!

 

Monday, Rocktober 8th! JOHN SURVIVOR BLAKE from VA returns! Musical Guest: SHANE PALKO from PA! PLUS! “The Have Your Pie & Eat Poetry Too!” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOHN “SURVIVOR BLAKE” has come a long way. From humble beginnings in the Baruch (Project) Houses on the lower-east side of Manhattan, NYC, John is now published in magazines (InTheFray, BeyondRace, Urban Weekly), Literary Journals (Naugatuck River Review, Two Bridges Review, Red Fez, Adobe Walls, Love And Car Crashes), and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He’s performed nation wide: universities, high schools, jails, juvenile detention centers, rehabilitation centers, and poetry festivals and venues everywhere. His seven chapbooks are always on hand so do inquire! John’s first full collection of poems has been set to print for early 2012 by Urban Publishing (NYC). His book of memoirs “Wildflower – One Man Remembers a Remarkable Woman” and his traveling essays “Sharing Breaths With Gods” and first manuscript of collected poems “Beautifully Flawed” will be published 2012. John is available for guest lecturing, writing/performance workshop facilitation, and teaching artist/artist-in-residence positions. Check out more about his story and work at www.johnsurvivorblake.com

MUSICAL GUEST: Indie Folk Rocker SHANE PALKO hails from Kemlesville, Pennsylvania. He’s released three official albums, two of which are available on iTunes: “Going Places” (2010), “Songs From Pretoria” (2011). You may hear the title, “Going Places,” and think it to be some silly proclamation of big dreams. Nope. It is more of an observation; i like to go places. i like to be places. It is not named for some deep-seated desire for a successful musical career. i already have that. You know how i know my music is successful? My grandad recently told me that he uses my first album, “Pretty Good Songs: Volume VII” as his alarm clock every morning! He’s in town and favored us with a couple songs last week. We’re looking forward to catching a full set. Check out some music RIGHT HERE

 

BONUS RUCKUS: The first ever “Have Your Pie & Eat Poetry Too!” Challenge! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS want your to open wide and speed eat your way to glory. There will be 4 pies for 4 competitors, the one who eats their pie and reads the poem baked to the bottom with the fastest time, wins a special prize and maybe something to wash that pie down with, and a paper towel to wipe your mouth with. Bring your won bibs! Boom!

I’ll be outta town for the next couple weeks! Please come down and make Nick’s life easier!!! Duct Tape Band Rocks! Yosh and Chicken do too! Visual Artist and Snack TBA! Got not more to type! Hitting the road and I’ll miss you all! Keep rocking rocktober for me!!!!

Monday Rocktober 1st! HEIDI THERRIEN visits from Portland, ME! Musical Guests EAST COAST RUNAWAYS! Bonus: Nick’s “Wrestler Quote or Poem?” Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2012 by dirtygerund

The Dirty Gerund is blasting into its fourth year of blending all the arts together and seeing what we get. It’s mostly a lot of fun and warm and comfirting and exciting. This week: FEATURED POET: HEIDI THERRIEN is the 2012 New Hampshire Grand Slam Poetry Champion. She has featured at many venues along the East Coast, has opened for mind blowing poets like, Jeanann Verlee and Billy Tuggle and is laying out a double tour: One with Michelle Nimmo, the other with Ryan McLellan, Wil Gibson and Beau Williams (guys like you tour). She was on the 2012 Manchester “Slam Free or Die” Nationals Team this year and performed in Charlotte, NC. She also has a chapbook through Sargent Press, will have another soon and like likes you a lot lot. First time featuring in Worcester, so you know we’re in for a treat!

MUSICAL GUEST: EAST COAST RUNAWAYS are a Modern rock group with a wide range of influences spanning all music old (Pink Floyd), new (Breaking Benjamins), legendary(Nirvana) and local(the Wanda’s). Based out of Worcester, MA the band has recently undergone a line-up change can now be found once again playing the local MA and RI scenes. The songs are described as “dark, driving energy… by guitarist Jeremy Carnrike.” (Janet Schwartz, Worcester Mag. Mar 23, 2011) They have finished the pre studio phase of recording their upcoming release, “Nosebleeds and Maybelline” and are now moving on to the recording sessions! check out some tunes at http://www.reverbnation.com/eastcoastrunaways!

BONUS RUCKUS: Time once again for “NICK’s WRASTLIN PROMO or POEM?” Quiz Show Guess Challenge! Your curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS finds poetry everywhere, even in (and over the ropes) of the squared circle! Oooooooo! YEAH!!!!! Nick’s preparing quotes, from famous poets and famous wrestlers. Your job? Buzz in and guess if these pretty words are raging from the pen of a master, or blasting at your ear holes from a juiced up, potato sack grappler! First to three gets a frothy prize on us! Snap into it!

Thanks to those who threw down with us on our third year anniversary! Super appreciative to have been rocking with ya’ll for so long! CONGRATS to current MISS DIRTY GERUND, EMILEE MORREALE! Well deserved! Duct Tape Band Serenades! Visual Arts to be determined! YOSH & CHICKEN think the baseball season should be over already! Get ready to rocktober with us all month! ROCK!

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