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DC Hip Hop Theater Festival

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The Hip-Hop Theater Festival returns this summer to Washington DC.

Join us in celebrating the full breadth of Hip hop Culture LIVE & on stage!

9th Annual DC Hip Hop Theater Festival
Presented by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

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DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival join forces again for the Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. This year, the 2010 Hip Hop Theater Festival comes to DC from July 5 – 9, 2010.

The summer of 2000 gave birth to the first New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF). It marked the first organized event showcasing the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop in one venue. That summer, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival brought together some of the finest actors, playwrights, b-boys and b-girls to narrate the stories of the Hip-Hop generation.

In its brief history, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival has expanded substantially from presenting two events in 80 and 150-seat theaters to 30 full-length productions and staged readings in multiple venues, and in various cities all around the country, including Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago.

Since its inception, The Hip-Hop Theater Festival has grown into one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country and has become an important contributor to the cultural life of participating Festival cities.

For more information, contact Lisa Richards Toney.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC!
Run of Events for the 2010 Hip-Hop Theater Festival:

TUESDAY, JULY 6:
The Foundation: DMC DJ Exhibition
Curated by Christie Z Pabon, DMC North American Producer
6pm @ Kennedy Center Millenium Stage | 2700 F Street NW

4th Annual J Dilla Annual Benefit Concert
Produced by Munch for Groove Gumbo
10pm @ 930 Club | 815 V Street NW

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
Hip-Hop Humanities: A Day on Earth
Co-presented with The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
12-2pm @ Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History | 14th & Constitution Ave NW

Paige in Full
Written and performed by Paige Hernandez
Directed by Danielle A. Drakes
7pm @ Studio Theater | 1501 14th Street NW

Ameriville: The “Sneak Peak”
Written and performed by Universes, directed by Chay Yew in special arrangement with the Roundhouse Theatre Company
9pm @ Studio Theater | 1501 14th Street NW

THURSDAY, JULY 8
Where My Girlz At? A Comedia Look at Black Lesbian Communities
Written and Performed by Mica Mosely
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
9pm @ Studio Theater | 1501 14th Street NW

Late Night Comedy Cabaret (with a hint of hip-hop)
Hosted by Kibibi Dillon
10pm @ Busboys & Poets | 2021 14th Street NW

FRIDAY, JULY 9
Keepin It Moving: The Legacy of Sandman Sims
Directed and choreographed by Holly Bass
A work Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
7pm @ DancePlace | 3225 8th Street NE

SATURDAY, JULY 10
The Freshest of All Time
Presented by Hip-Hop Theater Festival
A signature of event of Words Beats & Life
2pm-8pm @ Columbia Heights Youth Club | 1480 Girard Street NW

Keepin It Moving: The Legacy of Sandman Sims
Directed and choreographed by Holly Bass
A work Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
7pm @ DancePlace | 3225 8th Street NE

DC Festival Closing Night Party
10pm-Midnight @ DancePlace | 3225 8th Street NE
For more info go to DCArts.dc.gov

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BCAM’s Little Shop of Horrors Shows This Week Only!

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BCAM is presenting their first ever musical production, an adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors! Students and staff have worked tirelessly for three and a half months to produce something our community can be proud of!

Shows run Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (May 19th-May 21st) at 7:00, in the auditorium at the Francis Scott Key building (300 Willoughby Ave, 1st Floor). Tickets are only $2, so bring the Family!

(Above featured students)BCAM actors and actresses excitedly practice the performance to be ready for this week’s final performances.

10th Anniversary Mixtape Series // DJ Center

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10th Anniversary Mixtape Series // DJ Center:

In true celebration, DJ Center has created this mix exclusively for the Festival, highlighting some of his favorite artists and inspirational tracks behind his debut album, Everything in Time out now. Center gets the mixtape series rolling on a smooth, mellow tip with choice tracks that run the gamut from Nas and Mos Def to Brazilian songstress Ceu and the always classic Dynamics.

Your journey back begins with the free download. Enjoy the tunes!

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Ernie Silva Solo Show at La MaMa in the East Village

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Lastly, HHTF Alumni Ernie Silva, returns to his hometown, after doing some amazing work in LA with his autobiographical solo show at La MaMa in the East Village. We saw the show last week and this Brooklyn native sure has a story to tell!

Recap – HHTF’s Hip-Hop Humanities Series

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Thanks to everyone who joined us!

Click here to see photos from the event…

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HHTF’s Hip-Hop Humanities Series:
A Conversation w/ Ken Swift & Joe Schloss, Ph.D.
Free & Open to the Public (Only 60 Seats)

Friday, March 12, 2010, NYC – Tisch School of the Arts
7:00pm – 9:00pm

As part of Hip-Hop Theater Festival’s Humanities Series, Joe Schloss Ph.D., will join the legendary Ken Swift in a conversation about aesthetics of Breaking and Rock (two distinct forms of Hip-Hop Dance), cultural history, the need for documentation and the absence of institutional support in preserving the heritage of New York’s Hip-Hop cultural legacy. Come join us for one of the many important conversations contributing to the growing body of discourse around these important forms of urban American culture. The respondent for the evening will be Imani Johnson, Ph.D., who is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.

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Anniversary Mixtapes…

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All year, HHTF will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the New York City Festival coming in October 1 – 16, 2010. As a way to share the joy HHTF enlisted an eclectic mix of its favorite DJs to bless us with original sounds and new favorites.

10 years.

Seems like a lifetime since the Y2K scare, and the new millennium dawned upon us. You could argue that nothing has changed more than Hip-Hop.

However, as the movement has changed, there have been beacons that have kept the essence of the movement alive. And being at the forefront of this movement for 10 years takes work. Through that work, there are moments you want to kick back, and vibe out. Well, this is it.

Kick back, vibe out, and help us honor 10 years of celebrating the movement on stage with a mixtape series that takes a look back at this decade.

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On Tour

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Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF) is one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country. HHTF On-Tour brings Hip-Hop theater artists to venues all over the planet, working toward the recognition of Hip-Hop theater as a bona fide art form. Read more »