Rivers September 2010 Performers Jessica Valoris is a budding visual and performance artist, and community organizer. Growing up in a strong family of bold women, Jessica hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and has made a home for herself in Brooklyn, New York. As a multidimensional artist, Jessica is passionate about various mediums of communication and expression. She is a born doodler, a self-experimenting visual artist, face/body painter, poet, performer, a student djembe drummer, and an educator. With a deep passion for design, crafts, music, movement, and youth, Jessica strives to use art to heal and inspire and practice love of self and community.
Rajdulari Barnes –the lead voice for so many of New England’s eclectic world, jazz and funk groups, Rajdulari hails from Boston and is a ten year veteran of the local performance scene. Her past performance credits include such venues as Jazz clubs Regattabar, Ryles, Scullers, along with many performances at the Emerson Majestic Theater, Saunders Theater, Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Agassiz Theater, and The Mayor’s Summer Jazz Concert Series. She has worked with composers Walter Robinson, David Zoffer, (New England Conservatory (NEC), Chair of Continuing Education Department) James Stewardson (Guitar faculty @ Rivers Music School, NEC Prep/SCE Jazz & Fresh Sounds recording artist) and is featured on many compilations along such performers as award winning pianist George W. Russell. She is currently performing as a member of the 8-piece, all female world music band, Zili Misik, (winners of the ROCKRGRL/Berklee All Female Battle of the Bands competition).
& Our Special Guest –D’Lo (see insert)
YaliniDream –Performance Artist/ Director/ Facilitator Her performance work blends spoken word poetry, theater, dance and song to explore issues in the Sri Lankan diaspora. She also directs and facilitates community based theater productions that bring marginalized voices to center stage. She will be joined by Lankan Cellist Varuni Tiruchelvam, Vocalist Arooj Aftab, and Beat Boxer Chesney Snow.
Q. Mical is a Black queer wryter/excyter who aims 2 keep it hyper from B-more, MD, currently living in Brooklyn. She's been writing/speaking since her teens at venues thruout the east coast, and a brief dabble in the dirty south. Her mission in sharing with folks is to slash through the silences that we all (un)comfortably live with, to place a mirror to our societies so that we SPEAK to each other, build dialogue, breathe a little easier, laugh and love a lot. She is a firm believer in direct action in and with our communities to bring about the change we always speak of. You can always catch her wylin out on the dance floor, laughing heartily, and belting out whatever song is on her brain's playlist. She hopes you can AND will join in. **kLeftamaniak is her ultra-unabashed emcee alter-ego, who rocks mics that your brother's scared to touch. may burn thru his knuckles, maybe even make him blush.** Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian living and working in NYC. After SF Weekly selected her as “The Best Comedian of 2009″ and the SF Bay Guardian awarded her “Best of the Bay,” she decided that it was finally time to depart her hometown. Since then, she has gained a large cult following in NYC and appeared on MTV’s “Hatin’ on ’09.” She has performed with Chris Rock, Bill Burr and Dave Chappelle, who all agree that Ali Wong is indeed, “very funny.”
is a slam poet homegrown on the California poetry scene. She served as the captain of the University of California Slam Poetry Team for 3 straight years, placing 5th place at Nationals 2 years in a row, earning a spot on final stage with a collaborative piece entitled “Hip Hop Scotch”. She is known for jump-starting the SickSpits Poetry Collective and hosted a rowdy open mic series in Davis, CA that now packs over 300 monthly attendees with fire marshals itching to shut it down. She is also a member of the 2006 Sacramento Slam Poetry Team and has shared the stage with artists such as Amir Sulaiman, Talam Acey, Rodizilla, beatbox champions Butterscotch and Leejay, Marc Bamukti Joseph, Zion I, Immortal Technique, and Random Abiladeze, just to name a few. So sit back, relax, and sip on some Simbolism.
Rivers of Honey is a Woman and Trans Artist of Color space born at WOW Café Theater held on the first Friday of Every Month (except for July). To join the Rivers crew, or to perform, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackie Fontaine –Your Host is a firm believer that creativity is one element of a few that brings a spark to life and living; this singer/ songwriter enjoys all things involving music and the arts. Holding down many titles such as promoter, event planner, and productions assistant can't seem to get enough of the entertainment business and not afraid to try new things in it either...like this hosting gig.
Co-Producers of Sept 2010 Rivers ARIANNE BENFORD Poet
JAZ CRUZ Artist, Writer, Barber
Rivers September 2010 Work Team Al Spivey –House Manager Arianne Benford –Lights Shawn(ta) Smith, Your Lesbian Librarian –Sound & Program Tuck – Stage Manager Laura Turley –Photography Simone Sneed –Upstairs Door Erica Banks –Downstairs Door Jackie Fontaine –Host Arianne Benford & Jaz Cruz –Co-Producers