We’re moving to a new location!! Join us this Thursday (January 7th) at Hawaiian Brian’s for a top-notch installment of First Thursdays!! The new space is located at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard (on the 2nd floor). Hawaiian Brian’s is a premier performance space, and we will be in the large Crossroads concert hall. Parking is $2 if you stay for less than 4 hours, and $5 flat if you stay longer. There is plenty of street parking in the area as well (note, if you street park or walk/bike/bus, enter through the 24 Hour Fitness lobby on Kapi`olani and walk up the stairs). As always, this HawaiiSlam show will be hosted by Kealoha and will feature:
-- Jason Bayani, a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene who has been a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams and has been a National Poetry Slam finalist. He is the author of "Amulet" from Write Bloody Press. Bayani is an MFA grad from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and is currently the program manager for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country.
-- An official qualifier for the 2015-2016 HawaiiSlam season. Normal slam rules apply, and the top two poets will advance to the 2016 Grand Slam Finals (on April 7th, 2016) that will determine HawaiiSlam’s 13th National Poetry Slam team. Winner of this qualifier slam receives $100.
-- Turntable Sorcery by DJ Mr. Nick (KTUH/HPR)
-- Live painting by the resident artists (past artists include Solomon Enos, Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin, Erin McCullough, Kimi Werner, The Storekeeper, Dhyana Zagri, Stanstill, Nabahe, Wes Ka’uhane, Neal Uno, Pancho Abalos, Mike Fresh, Manny P, Patti Bruce, Aaron Char, Mark Agnir, Jeff Lum, Samantha Goldman, Earl Washington, Clinton "Clean" Haness, Sequoia, Carol Tagawa, TJ Howe, Nikila Badua, Jeremiah Skurtu, Sarah Hodges, Hanam Mun, Risa Oram, and Melissa Soriano)
-- Live music by Ivory City following the slam
First Thursdays (January 7th)
$100 Slam Poetry Competition & Open Mic
LOCATION: Hawaiian Brian's (Crossroads concert hall)
1680 Kapiolani Boulevard, (2nd Floor above 24 Hour Fitness)
Doors & Poet Sign-In 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm
$3 before 8:30pm, $5 after
Phone: (808) 387-9664
First Thursdays is the largest registered poetry slam in the world (500+ in attendance)!! HawaiiSlam has official 501(c)(3) non-profit status through Poetry Slam Inc. Please forward to anybody who may be interested...