Slam poetry: spoken word under pressure

Slam poetry: spoken word under pressure

At the risk of coming across as that obnoxious English lit instructor, or a dinner party show-off, or your annoying know-it-all friend, I’m writing this month about the difference between spoken word and slam poetry. Caleb Rainey     Spoken word is an art form that...
AIDS documentary recalls heartbreaking activism

AIDS documentary recalls heartbreaking activism

Early on in the documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” activist Larry Kramer is shown giving a motivating speech to a group of young New Yorkers. He asks half of the large audience to stand up, then announces, “All of you are going to be dead in six months. Now what...
New hope for youth through spoken word, poetry

New hope for youth through spoken word, poetry

Caleb Rainey I first met Aubrey Barnes at an open mic I produced. He performed with power and passion, starting his poem before he even got to the stage. I watched as his words, palpable and poignant, landed in people’s ears. We were captivated. Later, I learned this...
Live local musicians deserve our dollars

Live local musicians deserve our dollars

Ross Clowser When musicians perform, audience members only see the final portion of their work. That show, concert, or gig is only the end of a larger process that takes hours, days, and even years of investment and preparation. The compensation for these performances...
Lend Handicare a hand at March 31 benefit concert

Lend Handicare a hand at March 31 benefit concert

Ginny Ryan turned to Handicare to help care for all four of her children. All of the staff remember all of her kids’ names, and identified each of their unique needs. “We were so grateful to have the loving support and experienced care of Handicare providers,” Ryan...