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FOR THE LOVE OF POETRY – ONE OF THE HOTTEST SHOWS OFF BROADWAY

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Media

QUESTION! What’s one of the best shows Off-Broadway?

For The Love Of Poetry.

Recently went to an event at the Times Square Arts Center called For The Love Of Poetry. Checked out their website, seemed really interesting and I hadn’t been to something like this – or a poetry slam – since I’d lived downtown and went to the NuYorican.

What I saw was deep, impactful, funny, spontaneous, riveting, eye-popping in some instances, and one poem in particular by the Founder Francisco Reyes (also known as “The Black Plague”), reminded me of a modern day James Joyce. High praise I know, but I wouldn’t even include his clip in the edit you are about to see because the background noise from one of the adjacent bars precluded me from doing his words justice. I have arranged with Frank to shoot him during the day next week in silence. So stay tuned.

That’s how good he was…. that’s HOW GOOD – this entire show was. Hosted by Mike Bump – who should be on TV, the show never missed a beat.

From the rhetorical musings of D-Black who got it started, to the witticisms of Jerry Laroque the show got off to a fast start. Mr. Jeff Dess the “Hayku Master” pumped up the crowd and got everyone going by asking a series of questions to the audience. Then came a surprising performance (I won’t blow it for you), by Guitarist Akil Dasan, this show had it all. It finished up with to comedian Gina Brion who you may have seen on Comedy Central. I will be uploading a separate clip just of her on SplashVideo.tv’s Comedy Channel. And the show finished with co-founder Blatant Misses whose eloquence left me (literally), staring with my mouth open.

But look, don’t take my word for it. Go see it. The show is every third Thursday of the month at The Times Square Arts Center on 8th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street.

Watch this clip. You can read more about For The Love Of Poetry here

FOR THE LOVE OF POETRY ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OFF BROADWAY

FOR THE LOVE OF POETRY ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS OFF BROADWAY

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