In 2001, shortly after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th, two Chicago-based educators, Kevin Coval and Anna West, decided to create an outlet for young high school students to express themselves through spoken-word poetry. Nearly 20 years later, Louder Than A Bomb has grown from a small number of local high school teams to a full-scale competition made up of 120 teams from high schools all over Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The success of the program has inspired educators to form spoken-word poetry competitions in 13 cities across the country, and even in Canada. Today, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) prides itself on being the largest youth poetry festival in the world. The success of the program, as well as the students and educators involved with organizing it every year, was the subject of a 2011 documentary, Louder Than A Bomb, by filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel.
Jacobs and Siskel followed four individuals competing in the 2011 competition to paint a portrait of youth outlook on world events, social climate, politics, and their own personal stories. The film not only received praise at the Chicago International Film Festival, but also at film festivals all over the country, including Milwaukee, Cleveland, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Portland. Prelims for the upcoming 2018 festival are being held at Columbia College starting on February 21st-22nd. You can check eligibility rules and sign your team up on the Young Chicago Authors website. Louder Than A Bomb is available on Amazon Prime, and if you have an account I would definitely add it to your Watchlist.
This week/weekend is shaping up to be another good one for live music in the Twin Cities. Of the many events going on this weekend, Homeless & Big Cats will be headlining the Icehouse along with Crunchy Kids and DJ Ander Other. The show is 21+ and advance tickets are still available for only $8 ($10 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
This Saturday the good guys at Rogue Citizen will be hosting “Minimum Wage” at Gamut Gallery downtown. As the title reads, the event is meant to fight for the raising of Minnesota’s minimum wage; at $6.15 an hour it is among the lowest in the nation. Rogue Citizen (Lizardman, Dalsen, Blaster, McGorry & Ugaso) has prepared over 200 one-hour paintings that will only be viewed at the event, each piece can be purchased “Name your price” style as long as it’s above $6.15. 100% of the profits will be donated to Minnesota low wage workers centers including: Minnesota Young Workers, Centro de Trabajadores en Lucha (CTUL), and Greater Minnesota Worker Center. The rally starts at 4PM and the sale begins at 6PM, the event will also feature live music/poetry from Guante & Jeremy Carpenter among others. This should definitely be a good time, a nice chance to cop some artwork for a decent price AND contribute to a good cause.