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April 2012

From Radio Reading to Community Performances: Bilingual Poetry Festival Updates, April 11 to April 19

Check out, notate, and tell your friends that the VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry Festival is ONLINE, ON RADIO, AND IN THE COMMUNITY!!! The calendar above will let you know how and where to find Bilingual Poets and Performers in the community. And tune in every Wednesday live from 6-8 PM on http://www.bsrlive.com to hear interviews and poetry read live on-air.  Check back on VenusSings.com and Crudoprod.com for updates, links and podcasts, like the one here from last week with Carolina Major Diaz and QueenMah Love.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry festival is launching the community arm of its festival when Soldiers of Life, the AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra and Carolina Diaz perform at AS220 this Thursday, April 12. Expect a dance party all night with poetry to describe the mood instead of the musicians.

Performances continue on Friday at Rhode Island College with poets/performers Agus Lele, Gina Rodriguez-Drix, QueenMah Love, an open mic and other special guests at a free event that includes food and directly follows the Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. conference.

On Saturday, April 14, youth and adults are invited to participate in a free Spoken Word Poetry workshop with la Dominicana, Sussy Santana.  And don’t forget to start spreading the word about next Thursday, April 19 at Bienvenida Latin Grill!! The 19th will be a night called “Poemas y Platanos” and it will feature performances by Sheyla Rivera, Carolina Major Diaz, and Jesus Andujar.

For more information on each of the shows, scroll down for email singsvenus@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 11, 6-8 PM: Sonic Watermelons (radio show)
ADDRESS: http://www.bsrlive.com
PERFORMERS:
– > Marie B Michaelle (published author)
– > Jerediah Gonzalez (band leader, Soldiers of Life)

Thursday, April 12, 8:00 PM: AS220 ($6.00)
ADDRESS: 115 Empire St., Providence
PERFORMERS:
– > The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestera
– > Soldiers of Life
– > Carolina Major Diaz

Friday, April 13, 5:30-7:30 PM: Rhode Island College, Alger Hall (FREE)
ADDRESS: Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence
PERFORMERS:
– > Agus Lele
– > QueenMah Love
– > Gina Rodriguez-Drix
– > (JUST ADDED) Sidy Maiga, RI Foundation MacColl Johnson Fellow

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM: ECAS (FREE)
Sussy Santana Spoken Word Workshop
ADDRESS: 421 Elmwood Ave., Providence

SAVE THE DATE:
Thursday, April 19, 7-10 PM: Bienvenidas Latin Grill
Poemas y Platanos
ADDRESS: 44 Hospital Street, Providence
PERFORMERS:
– > Carolina Major Diaz
– > Sheyla Rivera
– > Jesus Andujuar
– > Sussy Santana

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Meet the Bilingual Poets and Performers – Podcast 1 – “Bilingual” Authors QueenMah Love and Carolina Major Diaz on Sonic Watermelons


On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, the episode of Sonic Watermelons resembled a soup or stew with THREE guests, 2 hours, and ONE SHOW to hear about bilingual poetry in Rhode Island, Conflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in the Congo, and the women working in both areas. This podcast features QueenMah and Carolina Major Diaz, two poets participating in the VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry Festival in April and May 2012. Listen to live poetry and fiction read on-air and learn more about the festival by listening in.

PLUS listen every week to…
Sonic Watermelons on BSR
EVERY Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 PMHear it live or archived: www.bsrlive.com
Studio phonelines: 401-863-9277
Contact: www.VenusSings.com

Because the World is a Big Place
With Big Ideas and Lots and Lots of Music

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MORE INFO

Today on BSR (bsrlive.com), we start a new, two month series of sharing poetry, narratives, literary art and music on-air through THE VENUSSINGS.COM BILINGUAL POETRY FESTIVAL on Sonic Watermelons. We begin with published authors, Carolina Major Diaz & QueenMah Lovewho will share their words and take us on a journey through their literature and lives. And there is no time like the present to learn and engage in sharing our own stories and the voices of the voiceless as we’ll hear with our second guest, Ali Wolfson, who will join us to talk more about H.R. 7695, a bill that was introduced in the RI Statehouse to end sexual violence and civilian deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have been linked to overseas mining operations for certain industries.Click here to learn more about the VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry Festival.

Click here to download an info/advocacy sheet on H.R.7695.

Bilingual Poetry Updates, Bits and Pedacitos, April 11-13


This Friday, April 13, the VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry Festival Goes to Rhode Island College! Catch performances by some of our Bilingual Poets and Performers in Residence from 5:30 – 7:00 PM directly after the last session at the Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. Conference. You can also catch performers the night before, on Thursday April 12 at AS220.

PROVIDENCE, RI – It’s Monday and some of you may be planning for the week, so I wanted to get you some pedacitos (little pieces) about events coming up as part of the VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry Festival.  More information coming later this week, but I wanted you to feel free to put these dates in your calendar since it’s Monday and it’s a good day to think ahead.

Espero que reunas conmigo!! / I hope you join me!!
Reza Rites

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On the Radio:

April 11, 2011, 6-8 PM
listen live at http://www.bsrlive.com
Featuring Marie B Michaelle & Members of Soldiers of Life

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In the Community:

Thursday, April 12
8 PM @ AS220,
115 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Friday, April 13
5:30 PM @ Rhode Island College in Providence
On-campus in Alger Hall

 

 

No, It’s Not Armageddon: WRIU Temporarily Off-Air but Returning Soon


If you were listening to WRIU last week or last weekend, then you know that we were doing our annual Radiothon. If you turned on the station today, you might think we came up short and shut down operations. Well, we’re still tallying numbers, so it’s too premature to comment on that, but what I can say…It’s just a little building maintenance and we’ll be back real soon.  As WRIU General Manager Jeremy Wigton noted in an internal memo (which seems okay to share, right?): “The power in the union will be off in the memorial union [on Saturday] from 6:30am-5pm.”  The union, for those who don’t know our parlance, refers to the Memorial Union at the University of Rhode Island, where the station is headquartered.

So stop digging that new basement, hoarding canned food, and saying endless prayers; WRIU will be back to normal within hours – though I can’t speak for the rest of the world.

Sharing Bilingual Poetry and Curbing the Use of Conflict Minerals: Sonic Watermelons on BSR, April 4, 2012

THREE guests, 2 hours, and ONE SHOW to hear about bilingual poetry in Rhode Island, Conflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in the Congo, and the women working in both areas…

Sonic Watermelons on BSR
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
6:00-8:00 PM

Hear it live or archived: www.bsrlive.com
Studio phonelines: 401-863-9277
Contact: www.IsisStorm.comwww.VenusSings.com

Because the World is a Big Place
With Big Ideas and Lots and Lots of Music

***
MORE INFO
Today on BSR (bsrlive.com), we start a new, two month series of sharing poetry, narratives, literary art and music on-air through THE VENUSSINGS.COM BILINGUAL POETRY FESTIVAL on Sonic Watermelons. We begin with published authors, Carolina Major Diaz & QueenMah Love who will share their words and take us on a journey through their literature and lives. And there is no time like the present to learn and engage in sharing our own stories and the voices of the voiceless as we’ll hear with our second guest, Ali Wolfson, who will join us to talk more about H.R. 7695, a bill that was introduced in the RI Statehouse to end sexual violence and civilian deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have been linked to overseas mining operations for certain industries.

Click here to learn more about the VenusSings.com Bilingual Poetry Festival.

Click here to download an info/advocacy sheet on H.R.7695.

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