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Speak Up! Spoken Word Open Mike. Santo and Ryan

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Speak Up! Spoken Word Open Mike. Santo and Ryan

Time: February 24, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Tatiana's Restuarant
Street: 70 Market Street
City/Town: Lynn, MA 01901
Website or Map: http://www.tatianasrestaurant…
Phone: 978-921-4628
Event Type: spoken, word, open, mike
Organized By: Tony Toledo
Latest Activity: Feb 21, 2010

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Santo and Ryan will give SPEAK UP! listeners fluid, erotic, and controversial spoken word that will strike just the right chord with with this hard nosed Lynn audience. Their performances range from a fusion of funk, urban, elektro beats to spoken word that'll make your heart beat faster and your smile wider. Their rough-edged performance poems showcase the words and recitation skills of Santo and Ryan. This is a confident duo willing to explore the potential of language.

Santo plays the bad guy. His words are vicious, cynical, a rush of half-remembered clichés twisted to a hip-hop aesthetic and a dark humor. At times, the rush of imagery and set-phrases can be sentimental or predictable: His persona, Santo the dirty saint, is well sustained, making this more than just unrelated sketches. He is unrepentant, dirty, cynical yet honest: the perfect blend of macho and sensitivity.

Ryan is the sensual moon faerie - although her erotic passages are far more shocking than Santo's machismo. Flipping between bad-girl heat and hippy girlishness, her persona balances his rugged masculinity. Within this stereotype, she does find real pathos, doubt and confusion, exploring the darker sides of sexuality.

Their sheer force of will moves the show along at a steady pace, and the refusal of cheap audience participation gives them a harsh determination. The poetry itself is powerful and imaginative, working at the boundaries between the beat and the beat-box. There is something interesting happening in this meeting of these two talented talkers.

SPEAK UP! meets every Wednesday. We gather at 7 PM. Sign up begins at 7 PM to get your own five minute slot of fame at the microphone. The Open Mike starts at 7:30. Our featured performer goes on at 8:30 PM followed by more Open Mikers till 10 PM. FREE. There is food and drink aplenty at Tatiana's to satisfy your every taste, all moderately priced to make make your wallet happy. See you at SPEAK UP!

SPEAK UP! Spoken Word Open Mike
Every Wednesday 7 PM.
Tatiana's Restaurant
70 Market Street
Lynn, MA 01901

Tony Toledo, SPEAK UP! host
Pork Chops Boiled in Orange Juice. Try it.
Collector of Bill Morrissey Autographs
Pigsty Cleaning Method
PO Box 302
Beverly MA 01915

Up Coming Features:

Feb 3 January Gill O'Neil. Poet/ Author of Underlife.

Feb 10 Andy Davis, NH Storyteller and Chipmunk Farmer.

Feb 17 Walnut. Da Lyrical Geni

Feb 24 Santo and Ryan. Blazing Words in a Family Way.

March 3 Janet Feld. Singer Songwriter Sublime.

March 10 Geoff Bartley, Blues Guitarist/Singer/ Songwriter. Legend.

March 17 Pending Annoucement TBA

March 24 Nick Nickerson. Boom Boom Poet. (Nick's 61st birthday is March 23)

March 31 Richard Cambridge, Poet from the People's Republic.

April 7 Tony Toledo, Storyteller. 2nd Anniversary of SPEAK UP! Say What? WOW.

April 14 Justin Locke. Bassist with BSO for 18 years. Author: Principals of Applied Stupidity.

April 21 Pending Announcement TBA

April 28 Ana Eder-Mulhane, Poet of the Gentle Breeze, Poet of the Mountain.

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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