SPEAKOLOGYThe Long Beach Spoken Word FestivalMarch 8 - 17, 2007www.smithsonianweek.com.
The Arts Council for Long Beach, in conjunction with Smithsonian Week, will be presenting a 10 day Spoken Word Festival in Long Beach. Included in the festival will be poetry readings, storytelling, panel discussions, films and art exhibits.
Poetix Editor G. Murray Thomas will help kick off the week on The Poetry Show, TPS Radio, on KBeach.org, on Friday, March 9. At 9 pm, Kari will interview Smithsonian scholars Jim Garry and Dovie Thomason. At 10 pm,Thomas will interview Long Beach poet Mindy Nettifee.
Many of the events will be of particular interest to poets. Among these are:Voice Map, Koo’s Art Center. March 10, 5 pm: A combination art exhibit and spoken word performance. Among the performers will be poets Eitan Kadosh and Mike The Poet.
Words & Music, Pike Bar & Grill, March 12, 8 pm: Rachel Kann, Rebecca Schoenkopf and Rob Roberge perform genre crossing works.
Tongues Afire, Homeland Cultural Center, March 14, 6:30 pm: Khmer Girls in Action present an evening of spoken word in celebration of International Woman’s Day.
Poetry Slam, Found Theater, March 16, 7 pm: Poetry competition featuring some of SoCal’s best poets.
Strangers with Poetry, Viento y Agua, March 17, 7 pm. Poets from CSULB and beyond will perform.
This is only a small sampling of Speakology. For a complete calendar of Speakology events, plus directions to the venues, go to www.smithsonianweek.com.