Sunday, October 24, 2010

Brian Dykstra, angela kaRIOTis, Jennifer Blowdryer Headline The Inspired Word Oct. 28!

Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word NYC poetry/spoken word event featuring the dazzling lineup of writer/spoken word veteran Jennifer Blowdryer, HBO Def Poetry star Brian Dykstra, and performance artist angela kaRIOTis. PLUS - a 12-slot open mic (open not only to poets and spoken word artists but fiction/nonfiction writers, comedians, monologists, singers, and musicians).

When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Where: One and One Bar and Restaurant (downstairs Nexus Lounge)
76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue)
Manhattan, NYC (212) 598-9126

Time: 7:30pm

Cover Charge: $10

Must be 21 years of age or older. Please make sure to bring ID.



Jennifer Blowdryer got her dumb name from a punk band she sang for as a kid, The Blowdryers, in San Francisco, y'all. She has a few books out that are available at wildly varying prices on Amazon, ABE, and Alibris, and is currently working on a documentary, The 86ed Project, and a book called The Bitches Guide to the Lower East Side.

Brian Dykstra is a poet, playwright, and actor. He is probably the only person to have appeared on an episode of Chappelle's Show and HBO Def Poetry in the same season. Currently he's gearing up for S.W.A.P. '10 with the S.W.A.P. Poets for their December dates at The Tank, and his one-man Xmas show for adults, called HO! at 79th street Theatre Lab - Now called The Drilling Company Theatre. Those two shows are going up at about the same time, so if he has to be at two places at once, he'll burn that bridge just before crossing it. He's writing a play about the failure of Education in this country and how artistic expression in students is suppressed called "Education" while also writing a hip hop play about how easy it is to sell out called "The Tyranny of Clarity." He's just back from playing Ellyot Chase in Private Lives.

A lithe and vital writer-performer, angela kaRIOTis possesses the raw energy to light up a small city. But it’s her sly and engaging use of language that makes her work memorable in dynamic performances that are serious and seriously funny. Her first solo show, REMINISCENCE OF THE GHETTO & OTHER THINGS THAT RAIZED ME was described as “Inspiring, enlightening, funny, heart-breaking and boundry-breaking” by Angela has brought her unique performance style across America to venues such as The University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA-Live), Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, Legion Arts in Iowa and the Hip Hop Theater Festival. Winning a National Performance Network Creation Fund Award, she created her newest solo show, STRETCH MARKS: remix a fetal heartbeat and bust an amniotic flow. STRETCH MARKS is playing in New York City in November 2010. For artist info and video visit

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