Two out and local poets to tour Southern states this May

Lady B Smoove and Audacious
Lady B Smoove and Audacious

Lady B Smoove and Audacious will be embarking on their Southern Made Tour heading out to perform a series of spoken word events and book signings across Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana. They have jam-packed 11 dates into the next month traveling across six states including Texas. They kick off the tour right here on May 1 at the Backbeat Cafe which will also feature hip-hop band Dem Southernfolkz and local poets, Rye and Prudence the Isis.

“This is our first ever tour as an artist collective after our promo tour in October 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia,” Lady B Smoove says .

“As urban poets, this is our work and calling to encourage and uplift in the Southern part of the U.S. because it’s home for us. We appreciate the support of those who believe in what we do,” Audacious adds.

—  Rich Lopez

Tonight, Queerly Speaking is gonna give it up for the ladies

Tonight, the Fahari Arts Institute holds its monthly Queerly Speaking event but this time, it’s all about the women. To celebrate a “Special Herstory (Women’s History) Month,” they want peeps to come by and partake in the spoken word event  by bringing works and words (as in poems, stories, rhymes, songs)  showcasing the ” feminine in history, in your life, and/or in you.” Although, I wonder if there will be many “I Am Woman” renditions.

Queerly Speaking is a monthly event held at the Backbeat Cafe, 300 N. Akard St. and starts at 8 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

Fahari Arts Institute hosts third Queerly Speaking Friday

QueerlySpeaking
Queerly Speaking October event

Since we’re outie after today, I can’t be trusted to come out of a tryptophan coma to write this up later in the week. The Fahari Arts Institute will be hosting their third Queerly Speaking event this Friday. It’s becoming quite the buzz around Facebook with already a decent number of confirmed guests.

QS is a “monthly spoken word event featuring black gay poets, their allies and friends.” They are hoping for an even stronger attendance if people are back in town for the holiday. But this month, they mention a slight format change. They say for people planning to speak or share work, arrive and sign up before 9 p.m. At that time, the show starts and runs till midnight.

Queerly Speaking takes place at the Backbeat Cafe & Listening Room.

The Institute has made great strides this fall with some fantastic community events. Last week they hosted the Queer Film Series of Black Cinematheque and in October they held a discussion with lesbian artists Lovie Olivia and Billie Simone.

We can’t wait to see what’s next from these guys.

—  Rich Lopez