This is Paulie Lipman, substituting for Alex Charalambides (read as: Alex has chained me to a desk in his house and stated “Write this junk while I am off doing Worcester Hometown Hero-ish type things! http://tinyurl.com/7pjxyee. Do it well and there might be cigarettes and Pepsi in it for you!”) What a guy.
POETRY FEATURE: Other than being the Mayor of Awesometown, “Mighty” Mike McGee is an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic. He has performed in thousands of venues all over North America, and was one of the first Americans ever to perform poetry at the University la Sorbonne in Paris, France.
McGee began performing comedy and poetry to audiences at home in San Jose, California in 1998. As a Poetry Slam competitor in the U.S., Mike has competed at the National Poetry Slam on team San José several times. In 2003, McGee won the coveted National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship, besting over 300 nationally ranked poetry slammers. He has since toured over 300,000 miles throughout the United States and Canada where fellow National Poetry Slam Indy Champ, Shane Koyczan and beat-boxer poet extraordinaire C.R. Avery (of Vancouver, B.C.) joined him to form the group Tons of Fun University in 2004. They have since headlined music festivals across Canada, bringing their unique blend of poetry-laden “talk rock” to massive audiences all over the great north.
In 2006, McGee became the first person to win two separate individual titles by being crowned the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, besting over 70 of the world’s best ranked slam poets. His “stand-up poetry” has been written about in Writer’s Digest magazine, and been featured on NPR, HBO and CBC. Mike McGee books internationally and is on tour damn-near 300 days a year.
Mike McGee was born with Spina Bifida in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Tennessee, but grew up in and around San José, California. He writes and performs all over the world. He discovered a love of words at the age of three, but didn’t write poetry until the age of twenty-three. In 2003, he won the National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship in Chicago, and then in 2006 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship in Charlotte, N.C., becoming the first person to attain both titles.
Mike has a mighty appetite, an uncanny relationship with ladybugs, several tattoos and siblings, and a passable Scottish accent. He breathes somewhere between Silicon Valley, California and Vancouver, B.C. as often as possible. Mike thoroughly enjoys weather, beverages, and the scent of mock orange blossoms in the spring.
I’ve known Mike for 10 years and have never ceased to be amazed by his endearing, honest, and wonderful wordplay. Yes, wonderful. As in “full of wonder”, as Mike has never lost his sense of childhood and yet still explores the complicated morays of the adult world.
Please join us in welcoming this former Worcester resident back to the Woo in style!
MUSICAL GUEST: This week, the DG brings you the experimental sound stylings of Dreamzoo. This ain’t your normal musical type guest either. Oh no. This is that extra special two part goodness! Dreamzoo will consist of:
Blending lo-fi noise with minimalism, Paul Pinto (of thingNY) gives the Worcester premiere of For Stefanos Tsigrimanis, a haunting and meditative elegy scored for two Califone turntables, guitar, voice and electronics.
AND Cellist and vocalist Valerie Kuehne presenting a follow up to her recent release, Dream Zoo (featured in Avant-Avant and Lucid Culture, and praised as “more avant-garde than avant-garde”), entitled Food, Drugs, and Commerce. The satire and innuendo underscoring collective experience is revealed through blistering, operatic vocals.
BONUS RUCKUS: AUTOTUNE SHAKESPEARE CHALLENGE! Simple! Bring your favorite Shakespeare sonnet. Perform it. We’ll do the rest. Your curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS has made arrangements to have a production engineer AUTO-TUNE your words, so even you will have trouble recognizing the Frampton-esque stylings emanating from your gullet! Keep a straight face the best, audience votes. Winner gets a drink on us and a life-time worth of pop music stardom memories!
Last week’s open mic was the business! Let’s see if we can make this week’s the corporation! (Bad, I know…running low on caffeine…) VISUAL ARTIST & SNACKS TBD
And we shall leave you with a video from our amazingtastic poetry feature