On Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Poetry & Art hosts an evening of progressive arts combinations from San Diego’s top local artists, writers and performers. Our first event of 2008 brings together the literary collaborators of San Diego Writers, Ink (SDWInk) with the edgy, unpredictable performance artists of Pruitt Igoe. The evening includes written, spoken (voice/song/music) and visual art. Entry is $8, free for members. The Museum of the Living Artist (MOLA) is located at 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.
San Diego Writers, Ink has supported San Diego’s artists and writers through artistic and cultural collaborations and by offering courses, workshops and readings throughout San Diego County SDWInk also has a permanent space in East Village called The Ink Spot for writers and artists to gather and encourage each other.
As for Pruitt Igoe, “You never really know what’s going to happen at one of our events,” says frontman Ted Washington. “It’s gonna ramble. We’ll go from the political to the personal, and half of what we’ll do will be brand new material,” he says. The players electronic musician Matthew Kerr, mezzo-soprano Molly Wilmot, guitarist Jon Cordova, percussionist Chad Farran, bassist and violinist Are Jay Hoffman, trombonist Andy Geib, dancer Coco Campbell, and poet/artist Washington combine their talents, creating a mix of gypsy punk, go-go dancing, opera and spoken word.
The Poetry & Art series has featured the lyrical compositions of acclaimed theater critic Charlene Baldridge in collaboration with saxophonist Zuri Waters; the postmodern artistic analysis of professor Fred Moramarco through poetry and paintings; Xdrop dance, poetry in motion; Ed Decker’s Sordid Tales of a Bartender in Heat; the live painting smackdown of lucha libre and Aztec Gold; and the poetry of Anthony Black-sher, aka Ant Black, with dance.
Poetry & Art (established in the summer of 2001) has launched performers into the limelight, given a voice to budding, collaborating performers, and provided a space and an audience for artists at every level. Poetry & Art crowds have seen writers, artists and aficionados gathered amongst the paintings to experience live collaboration/combinations that have included spoken word, short film, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, modern dance, Mexican wrestling (!), percussion with poetry, and performance art. Every event includes open mic for local artists, and several of our features have come from the open forum part of the show.