9th Annual Dan Jam

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 2pm-10pm
Johnson Park Pavilion | 6200 Northwestern Ave. Racine, WI 53406
$10 or $8 with 2 Non-Perishable Food Items
(4 Food Tickets and 1 Drink Ticket w/ Paid Admission)

Gather your friends and family and spend the day with us at the 9th Annual Dan Jam – The Family Reunion Music Festival! Enjoy tons of live music, kids/family activities, and food/drink at a marvelously beautiful park!

The Dan Jam Music Festival celebrates the life and passions of Daniel “Hawk” Conner, who died in an auto accident on June 27, 2008, at age 26. Deeply devoted to helping others, Conner worked with area youth in a variety of programs — from the YWCA and River Bend Nature Center to after-school programs and Thoughts for Food’s All Ages Event — teaching them to swim and canoe, coaching various sports, and more.

Families are invited to come and have fun in honor of Conner’s love of music, and the many gifts he shared with people of all ages throughout the community. 

Be The Next Kenosha/Racine Poet Laureate

The Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate Program is seeking applications from June 1 through August 5, 2017 for the position of Racine Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador for poetry, encouraging creative expression and literacy, while celebrating the power and beauty of language in the greater Racine area. The person in this position writes and shares their work in public appearances, workshops and exhibits, and engages the public to find and share their own voice.

Applications and more information are available at the Racine Public Library, online at the Library website, www.racinelibrary.info and on the Left of the Lake website, www.leftofthelake.com. Completed applications and supporting documents should be delivered to the Racine Public Library, Poet Laureate Program,  75 7th Street, Racine, WI 53403 or sent to poets@leftofthelake.com. Questions on applying or on the program should be directed to Nick Demske of Racine Public Library at nick.demske@racinelibrary.info or (262) 619-2570.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by November 1, 2017 and reside in Racine County, including its city, towns and villages. They need to have access to reliable transportation, either public or private, and agree to maintain residency in Racine County during the term of appointment to this position.

Dependent on availability of funds and approval of the program’s committee on their use, the Poet Laureate may attend conferences, seminars and workshops and/or finance their creative project, along with other items related to the purpose of the Program. The Committee strives to obtain adequate funding for the Program through grants and donations.

This is the fourth time that a Poet Laureate will be crowned in Racine. Past recipients include Darin Zimpel and Stephen Kalmar II (2011-13),  Nick Ramsey (2013-15), and Jessie Lynn McMains (2015-17).  The program’s committee also appoints the Poet Laureate of Kenosha and encourages the poets from both communities to work together to further the mission of the program.

The program is made possible through the Racine Public Library and Kenosha Public Library, in cooperation with Left of the Lake, LLC, a small press publisher, arts magazine, and art gallery, showcasing the work of artists and authors from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

BONK! 105 @ The Hospitality Center

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Featuring:

Poetry      Aricka Foreman

Poetry      MKE BNV Crew

Music       Jay Anderson

Aricka Foreman’s work has appeared in The Drunken Boat, Minnesota Review, RHINO, Day One, Phantom, shuf Poetry, James Franco Review, thrush, Vinyl, PLUCK!, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation by Viking Penguin, among others. She is the author of Dream With A Glass Chamber from YesYes Books. Originally from Detroit, she currently lives in Chicago.

MKE BNV Crew: The 20th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival will convene young poets from around the world for 4 days of workshops, slams, showcases, community service, and civic participation events in California’s Bay Area from July 19-22, 2017.  Wisconsin students have raised their voices at  Brave New Voices since 2006. This year, however, will be the first year for an ALL MILWAUKEE area team! The team is composed of Michaela Lacy (HS of the Arts), Elizabeth Saggio (Nicolet HS), Aryanna Strickland (Veritas HS), Xin Ju “Belladonna” Hippe (King HS) and Jasmine Roach (Prairie HS).  Before they go to CA, though, the MKE BNV crew will be coming to BONK! for a warm up.  In the meantime, if you want to help them get to BNV this year, check out their gofundme page here.

Jay Anderson has become one of Milwaukee’s most prolific and hardest working musicians. Over the years, Jay Anderson has shared the stage with artists like The Roots, Flaming Lips, and Lupe Fiasco. He currently leads four Milwaukee bands. His newest group, Foreign Goods is a force to be reckon with in Milwaukee. Blending jazz, hip hop, soul, and touch of Afro-Beat, the band is one of the best live bands in the city. Foreign Goods will be releasing a live EP on Gloss Records (GGOOLLDD, Platinum Boys). Anderson is currently working on the Foreign Goods debut album. While he is not on stage, Anderson works to improve the Milwaukee music scene. He is the creator and curator of jazz supper club series at Company Brewing, where he brings some of city’s best jazz musicians together to perform weekly. One of those shows was an amazing tribute to Miles Davis. Anderson also co-founded and curated the three-day Strange Fruit Music Festival, which addressed the racial unrest in Milwaukee.

BONK! 104 @ George Bray Neighborhood YMCA

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FEATURING:

Poet          Franklin K. R. Cline

Poet          Duriel Harris

Music       Curtis Crump

Franklin K.R. Cline is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a PhD candidate in English—Creative Writing at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor of cream city review. He lives in Milwaukee with three cats and his wife, Rachel Kincaid.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of three critically acclaimed poetry volumes including No Dictionary of a Living Tongue, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize (2017). She is the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and co-founder of the Black Took Collective and Call & Response Performance Ensemble. Current projects include the conceptual work “Blood Labyrinth,” “Experiments in Joy Poetics+”—launched with Harriet, The Poetry Foundation blog, and Thingification—a one-woman show. Recent performances include appearances at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corner Playhouse, and MPAACT Signature Series at the Greenhouse Theater. She is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University, where she teaches creative writing, literature and poetics.

Curtis Crump is from Racine, WI, a fresh graduate from UW-Parkside with a bachelor’s in Music w/ Jazz Studies & Performance concentration. He’s been composing for 7 years under the guidance of his Jazz professor, Russ Johnson. He hopes to continue playing & composing both in other groups as well as his own, & go for a graduate degree in composition (film) in a couple years. He is also the director of music & organist at Wayman AME & plays in a variety of different bands in the Racine/Kenosha/Milwaukee area.

Get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour 2017

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The 7th Annual get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour is an event celebrating the arts and artists of the Racine-Kenosha area.

The tour provides a rare, behind-the glimpse of the working artist. This year’s tour includes more than 45 visual and performing art studios where more than 85 artists are at work. The Racine area studio tour (includes 16th Street Studios, 1405 16th St. and the Racine Arts Council, 409 Sixth St.) is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Kenosha area studio tour is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Suggested donation is $5 at any location – the button is good for admission to all locations both days.

Maps and details at http://getbehindthearts.org

The 2017 sponsors are: Racine Community Foundation, Racine Art Museum, Real Racine, Kenosha Area Convention & Visitor Bureau, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Andy Meyer & Chris Hefel, Rivals Sports Pub & Grill and Benjamin Beer Co.

  • Location: 1405 16th Street, 16th Street Studios, WI
  • Phone:(262) 880-4549
  • Time:11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price:$5 Suggested donation, Kids free

BONK! 103 @ iMET Center

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Poet         Esteban Colon

Poet         Kara Candito

Music       Benjamin Mubiru Mulwana

Esteban Colon is a Pushcart nominated writer and experiential educator from Kenosha. His work has found print in a variety of journals and anthologies. The writer of “Things I Learned the Hard Way,” he is also the author of chapbooks “This Frankenstein Union” (Crisis Chronicles Press), “Edgar Avenue” (Naked Mannequin Press) and “Between Blue Lines” (Exact Change Press). His poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, chapbooks and anthologies. Co founder of the Waiting 4 the Bus poetry collective, he’s graced a wide variety of stages in the Chicago land area and southern Wisconsin.

Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has been published in Blackbird, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Drunken Boat, Forklift Ohio, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2007, and elsewhere. Candito is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Santa Fe Arts Institute. She is a co-curator of the Monsters of Poetry reading series and a creative writing professor at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Benjamin Mubiru Mulwana is a Uganda native that attended Carthage College and while there started to play music in the city of Kenosha. Benjamin has been playing music for about 8 years; he is the lead singer of a band that started at Carthage College called 21 Hours. As an aspiring singer songwriter and cover musician, he has a passion for music that shows whenever he takes the stage. Combining acoustic, contemporary rock and his own African influence, Benjamin puts a new spin on covers and original songs.

BONK! 102 – 15 Minutes Of Fame @ Preservation Hall

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A very special evening of art and inspiring discussion. Part of the “Famous” Portraits Art Project by artist Deb Marett. Patterned after the TED Talks series. Our amazing cast of speakers will be sharing thoughts on making a difference in our everyday lives with our work and interactions. Live a life of purpose, intent, and impact. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit: http://debmarett.com/15-minutes-of-fame.html
*Please RSVP for groups of more than 5, so seats can be reserved.

 

FEATURING:

 

 Naomi Shihab Nye is an internationally acclaimed poet and children’s author. She refers to herself as a “wandering poet” because she has traveled the world to hold writing workshops and inspire people of all ages for about 40 years. She is an author of many poetry and children’s fiction books. Her poems are based on heritage and peace, and are connected to her experience as an Arab-American. Among her many awards, Naomi won the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.

 

 Paul Willis is a poet and literature professor. Paul is a former Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, CA, and has been included in The “Best American Poetry” series. Paul will be speaking on the evolving nature of one’s creative path or calling.

 

 Timothy Westbrook is a fashion designer and fiber artist with a focus on sustainability. Former Project Runway contestant. Timothy will be speaking about  transforming big ideas into reality simply by believing in them, and how one starfish can save the world.

 

is a non-violent communication facilitator and advocate for peace and justice. Olu will be discussing addressing the epidemic of violence in our communities.

 

 Thea Kovac is a Milwaukee artist and teacher. Thea will be talking about the cyclical nature of creativity, and the need for allowing oneself time to rejuvenate.

 

Aszya Summers is a conservation education manager at the Racine Zoo. Aszya will be talking about crane conservation and the work of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo.

 

Travis DuPriest taught Humanities and Creative Writing at Carthage College for 30 years. He published two scholarly editions of 17th-century writers and five creative Chapbooks of poems and essays. Travis will be talking about family, loss and reconciliation.

 

Nick Demske curates the BONK! performance series in Racine, and won the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series Award. Nick will encourage everyone to think about how each of us is simultaneously the most important, and the least important, thing in the universe.