The Poet & the Violin (2nd show 8:00pm)

There are shows and there are events. Shows are great but they happen often. Events don’t happen as often as shows do and some events may only happen once in a lifetime. This event can certainly be placed in the “Once in a lifetime” category. This once in a lifetime event consists of 3 parts.

First part is “Brooke Alford. Artist of the Violin” In Brooke’s 13 year career span as an independent artist, she has released 4 CDs (Expressions LP, The Viosocalist EP, Closer Remixes EP, and My Christmas EP) and has had the opportunity to open for The Whispers, Mint Condition, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Najee, Will Downing, India.Arie, Robin Thicke, Andra Day, and Marsha Ambrosius, just to name a few. Brooke has shared the stage with Alex Bugnon, Frank McComb and recorded with Bob Baldwin, Marcus Anderson, Climate Change, and Chante Cann. Some of Brooke’s notable corporate clients include Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, The Hotel at Avalon, AARP, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Bud Light, and Taliah Waajid. In short, she is a very accomplished musician. Currently residing in Atlanta Georgia, she is traveling all the way to California for this event.

Second Part is “Novelist/Author/Poet Graffiti Bleu” He is considered a literary “Triple Threat” of sorts. He is a brilliant storyteller, prolific emcee and a dynamic spoken word artist. He has published 4 books, 3 of which are a part of the “Poet’s Pursuit of Pleasure” series (An Emotional Affair, Intimate Rival’z and Simony Chiavary 2.0) He has performed the spoken word across the globe. At gala events such as the Morris County NAACP 80th Anniversary Celebration in 2011, where he performed for the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. He also performed and lectured at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change World Conference in Salerno Italy in 2015.

The third part is the release of the book this event is honoring. “The Art of Saying No” The Art of Saying No: The Memoirs of a Naive Poetis a self help/memoir which is Graffiti Bleu’s 5th published novel. He describes this as the “Picasso” of everything he has published thus far. The spoken word performance he has written for “The Poet & the Violin” to celebrate the release of the book will undoubtedly match the “Picasso” level of artistry. Join us and be a part of history that pushes the culture of independent music & art forward.

Once purchased, tickets will be emailed to you electronically. Books will be given at the venue to ticket holders upon entry.


The Poet & the Violin (1st show 4:00pm)

There are shows and there are events. Shows are great but they happen often. Events don’t happen as often as shows do and some events may only happen once in a lifetime. This event can certainly be placed in the “Once in a lifetime” category. This once in a lifetime event consists of 3 parts.

First part is “Brooke Alford. Artist of the Violin” In Brooke’s 13 year career span as an independent artist, she has released 4 CDs (Expressions LP, The Viosocalist EP, Closer Remixes EP, and My Christmas EP) and has had the opportunity to open for The Whispers, Mint Condition, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Najee, Will Downing, India.Arie, Robin Thicke, Andra Day, and Marsha Ambrosius, just to name a few. Brooke has shared the stage with Alex Bugnon, Frank McComb and recorded with Bob Baldwin, Marcus Anderson, Climate Change, and Chante Cann. Some of Brooke’s notable corporate clients include Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, The Hotel at Avalon, AARP, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Bud Light, and Taliah Waajid. In short, she is a very accomplished musician. Currently residing in Atlanta Georgia, she is traveling all the way to California for this event.

Second Part is “Novelist/Author/Poet Graffiti Bleu” He is considered a literary “Triple Threat” of sorts. He is a brilliant storyteller, prolific emcee and a dynamic spoken word artist. He has published 4 books, 3 of which are a part of the “Poet’s Pursuit of Pleasure” series (An Emotional Affair, Intimate Rival’z and Simony Chiavary 2.0) He has performed the spoken word across the globe. At gala events such as the Morris County NAACP 80th Anniversary Celebration in 2011, where he performed for the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. He also performed and lectured at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change World Conference in Salerno Italy in 2015.

The third part is the release of the book this event is honoring. “The Art of Saying No” The Art of Saying No: The Memoirs of a Naive Poetis a self help/memoir which is Graffiti Bleu’s 5th published novel. He describes this as the “Picasso” of everything he has published thus far. The spoken word performance he has written for “The Poet & the Violin” to celebrate the release of the book will undoubtedly match the “Picasso” level of artistry. Join us and be a part of history that pushes the culture of independent music & art forward.

Once purchased, tickets will be emailed to you electronically. Books will be given at the venue to ticket holders upon entry.


Rhythm & Poetry / Open - Mic / Feb 7th

Every Thursday Poetic Butterfly & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” Sacramento’s premier “Safe Space” for artist. Poets, Emcees, Actors, Activist, Singers, Musicians, Authors & Comedians are all welcome. The term “Safe Space” is in the context of providing a comfortable environment in which artists of all ages, cultures, beliefs & preferences may express themselves freely. All we ask is that you enter our doors with your hearts & minds open. Open Discussion &/or Red Table talk will start between 7:45pm & 8:15pm (depending on who’s hosting) we break for conversation, food & drink between 8:15pm & 8:30pm then the mic opens to the public..  Come join us at:

The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange 2420 N Street Suite 180 Sacramento 95816.

We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

 

 

             

 Red Table Talk Night!!!

                                                                                                                                       Malik Saunders!

Successful author of “ Memoirs from the 5th Floor”,* Malik Saunders is stepping to the California guest speakers circuit with powerful presentations for youth and adult audiences .
Drinking & driving
Texting and distracted driving
Living Life in Gratitude
Disability Advocacy

“I am committed to saving lives – I am blessed to be able share my story and inspire others to live their lives to the fullest”.

Successful author of “ Memoirs from the 5th Floor”,* Malik Saunders is stepping to the California guest speakers circuit with powerful presentations for youth and adult audiences .

His well paced dramatic presentations weave spoken word, music and theatrical visualizations into a powerful and moving testimony for school-aged youth, in-home health care providers, doctors or chronically ill patients.

“Malik’s words immerse his audience into a heartfelt journey that spurs deep reflection “ ~ Gerry Simpson Educator / Photographer

“It’s humbling to witness a man who has overcome immense spiritual and physical obstacles get vulnerable in order to help others …”
~ Entertainment blogger Britanny Shawntee

CONTACT :Malik Saunders 916.752.4687
Arts & Ethics Ventures ~ speakerS BUREAU DIVISION

Half-hour or 45 minute presentations

*Memoirs from the 5th Floor: Fighting for My Life ~ A journey back.

 

Enjoy a night filled with Powerful PoetryLIVE MUSIC from a very talented pool of poets & musician. 

Writers, Authors, Poets, Emcees, Singers, Musician & Comedians all are welcome.


Rhythm & Poetry / Artist Showcase / Brandon Leake / Jan 17th

Every Thursday Poetic Butterfly & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” Sacramento’s premier “Safe Space” for artist. Poets, Emcees, Actors, Activist, Singers, Musicians, Authors & Comedians are all welcome. The term “Safe Space” is in the context of providing a comfortable environment in which artists of all ages, cultures, beliefs & preferences may express themselves freely. All we ask is that you enter our doors with your hearts & minds open. Open Discussion &/or Red Table talk will start between 7:45pm & 8:15pm (depending on who’s hosting) we break for conversation, food & drink between 8:15pm & 8:30pm then the mic opens to the public..  Come join us at:

The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange 2420 N Street Suite 180 Sacramento 95816.

We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

 

 

             Artist Showcase Night!!!

Brandon Leake is an Award Winning Spoken Word Poet, Artistic Educator, and Motivational Speaker from Stockton, Ca. His creative mixture of art, charisma, and passion, tailored to his own unique personal narrative has taken him across the country as a speaker and performer. Brandon is also an Artistic Educator teaching a workshop series he developed entitled “Dreamerz” which is geared towards using poetry to engage youth while making literacy fun. Now to explain the purpose of the tour. The tour is entitled “The Dark Side Tour”, and this tour is based around my upcoming Spoken Word Poetry album, “Deficiencies: A Tale From My Dark Side” as well as my poetry . The emphases of this tour are the concepts of healing through art, self actualization, and choices. To find a bio about me or any more information about me please click this link:

http://www.calledtomovectm.org/brandon-leake/ 

Enjoy a night filled with Powerful PoetryLIVE MUSIC from a very talented pool of poets & musician. 

Writers, Authors, Poets, Emcees, Singers, Musician & Comedians all are welcome.


Point of Reference.. #blog

     In my relentless quest for balance, I have often found myself talking about “perspective” mostly and how someone’s perspective shapes their reality. However there are many layers to all things and “Balance” is no different. I have found that considering “Point of Reference” to also be one of the many key components to finding balance for all who seek it. Let us examine where we get our information for example. We have all established that major media outlets, for example, should not be trusted in essence because of their point of reference. We all know that the all major media outlets regardless of how they may “bicker” with one another are all owned by the same 1% of the people who control the majority of the world’s wealth. Yet for all intents and purposes, with this knowledge lodged in the back of our brains, we still are quick to anger when we come face to face with a narrative that doesn’t sit well with our soul. IE does America not care about Flint Michigan? Are the KKK still protesting in 2018 and coming out with huge numbers as a show of force? Does our government NOT hold its police accountable when those police have proven themselves to be corrupt and to NOT be in the public’s best interest? How do we forget that the narrative is being constructed from the point of view of the filthy rich? It is almost like watching a 3d movie. You are sitting in the theater, watching the show with your 3d glasses on, knowing that the computer generated carrot thrown by the CGI Bunny with the celebrity voice over isn’t really going to hit you. Shit, you even know it isn’t real. However, when that giant, orange carrot looks like it is inches away from your face, you can’t tell your motor skills not to duck or shut your eyes.

We will talk about this dynamic and more on the next Rhythm & Poetry

GB


Rhythm & Poetry / Artist Showcase / Word Wizards / Oct 18th

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at:

The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange 2420 N Street Suite 180 Sacramento 95816.

We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

 

Showcase Night!!! Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, Dudes & Dudettes.. We go random with the artist collective known as the "Word Wizards" They are a collective of artist who have been working and collaborating on projects that work in harmony with the mission statement of Rhythm & Poetry. 

 


Rhythm & Poetry / Open - Mic / Oct 11th

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at:

The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange 2420 N Street Suite 180 Sacramento 95816.

We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

Open Mic Night!!! Writers, Authors, Poets, Emcees, Singers, Musician & Comedians all are welcome.

 

Free Drink for all who order tickets online.

 


Rhythm & Poetry Feature: Levi Moses

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at:

The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange 2420 N Street Suite 180 Sacramento 95816.

We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

 

Feature Night!!! Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, Dudes & Dudettes.. We bring you Levi Moses to close out the month. Hailing from Sacramento, CA, Libra born Levi started his musical journey at 13 years old. As a rapper turned singer, Levi has evolved greatly. The 2011 "Not for Sale Mixtape" made a mark on underground music in Sacramento, the Bay and beyond. Now with two upcoming releases, the "Foreplay EP" and "Dozen Roses Mixtape, his are eyes set on conquering the world by storm with his smooth vocals and carefully penned songs.

Limited Open - Mic: Writers, Authors, Poets, Emcees, Singers, Musician & Comedians all are welcome.

Free Drink for all who order tickets online.


Corporate Boy Slim - A Chapter from the upcoming book: "The Art of Saying NO"

Corporate Boy Slim

     After Cain had murdered his brother Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Cain answered, “I know not; am I my brother's keeper?” Cain's words have come to symbolize people's unwillingness to accept responsibility for the welfare of their fellows — their “brothers” in the extended sense of the term. Much like Able, I had no idea that Corporate Boy Slim was capable of pulling a Cain - like betrayal, whereas I was murdered in a sense symbolically like Able. I was enjoying having real money for the first time when I met Slim. We kicked it on a cruise ship about a number of topics. Mental sparring in every sense of the word. He would grow to be one of my most trusted friends. A brother from another mother. Something was off from the jump though. Little things that would eventually lead to bigger things. For example: If a few weeks would pass and we didn’t speak, he would get bent outta shape. He would give me the speech that made you feel like you were being scolded. “We need to be close and we each need to have each other’s back” Slim would say, with a voice that vibrated at the frequency of chastise. Granted, we were both doing contract work on the road far from home. Yes, it would be wise to keep close contact, so whereas we could monitor each other’s back. His reasoning sounded reasonable. However, I just met this cat on a cruise ship 4 months ago. Was I really the only intellectual “goon” he knew? Was he with the shits for real? Was he street cat on the low that needed other brothers with the shits just incase the beef popped off? None of that was actually the case though. The foundation of his motives were fear. Yes fear. To be clear. I am not trying to paint this man as some kind of punk. It would be easy to write his narrative and twisting the fact to make it seem as if he’s some sort of bitch ass nigga. But Slim was no punk. So I would be a punk to call defame him as such. Through my perspective, his fear was more about people. A skeptical and cynical man, his word view people was odd to me. I would listen to him verbally dissect people. But not in the way that highlighted one’s beauty. To o also be fair, I confess, that I allowed dialogue like this for fear of not being accepted by my peers. So I do assure you, I blame this man for nothing and wish him great fortune. However I have to finish this story. lol #testify

Some times goes by and gets me a job. He is my boss now. Life is good. Or at least it is in my mind, (My brother and I are in here) I wasn’t looking for any handouts and I wasn’t a idiot in regards to this new work environment reality. My brother from another mother is my boss. I not only do I have to be better, faster, earlier and more professional than everyone else. I have to keep the fact that he’s my dog to myself. I am sure, other employees would feel uneasy if they knew. I told Slim this to his face. He agreed with me. I will work my way through the ranks at let my brother do the rest. Little did I know that Slim had other ideas.

There were a number of weird moves that happened shortly after this conversation.

Weird Move #1. My wife at the time confessed to me that she never trusted Slim. I always wondered why she waited until after I accepted the job to tell me.

Weird Move #2. He told everyone on the job we were boys anyway. Thanks. Now they look at me like I’m some sort of snitch/corporate plant.

Weird Move #3. He always compared how long he knew the guys he grew up with, to the time I knew him. Slim would say shit like “I’ve known you for 10 years, but I’ve known them for 20” To which I would say “wtf?” to myself when he did. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why someone would feel the need to highlight that. With the assertion that somehow tried to suggest that I was pressed to be his “Bestie” As if skirts aren’t so much more fun to chase.

Weird Move #4. Remember folks, this is the same cat that would say “We need to be close and we each need to have each other’s back” 4 months after I met him on a cruise ship.

Weird Move #5. Although I won favor with his superiors and excelled at my job quickly, he stayed on my case. His vibe suggested he had done me a favor by giving me the job. He did do me a favor, but I did him one by accepting the job. I had all of the credentials and letters after my name to eligible. to to mention, his other employees really weren’t very hard to beat. At all.

Final Move & Last Straw  This motherfucker showed me his penis. Why would you do that? We were in Europe talking philosophy, life and Christ. We were in a hotel in Germany. I get outta bed to hit the can and I walked by his bed on my way to it. He pulls back the covers as I walked by and bam. I should whup his ass right now but I am 7000 miles from home. Slim has all of the fucking maps and directions. So I acted like I never saw that shit. Ever.

Bottom line. Thank god for all of his creatures. They teach us so much. I am grateful to Slim because he helped me learn what some folks are capable of. Most of us don’t know until we know. The only real way to know what you want is by exploring everything you don’t. I now say “No” to cats who make weird moves like Slim did once upon a time. He wasn’t an evil man, he was just an insecure one. So was I. I didn’t say “No” however until I was comfortable in my own skin, free from insecurities. I said “No” to being loyal for loyalties sake. I am from the school where your word is your bond. So when a cat refers too you in terms of brotherhood and such, it is taken seriously. This incident taught me how to say “No” to the words and pay more attention to the actions. Again, who am I to judge Slim. Just like me he’s a child of God too. This if for all of my leaders out there. All of the true Queens and Kings. Not every invitation is a welcome one.

 

"The Art of Saying NO" (The Memoirs of a Naive Poet)


Rhythm & Poetry / May 10th / Open - Mic

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

Open Mic Night!!! Writers, Authors, Poets, Emcees, Singers, Musician & Comedians all are welcome.

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Rhythm & Poetry April 19th Artist Showcase: Ron Mathews

Graffiti Bleu

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

 

 

Artist Showcase Night!!! We celebrate our 1 year Anniversary with Ron Mathews one & only musician extraordinaire. Born & raised in the San Francisco/ Bay Area. Doing what I do & doing what I do well. Funky & classy originals R&B Neo - Soul, Smooth Jazz, Dance & Light Rock. Serious music for serious people. Doing keyboards, Lead Vocals, Vocoder & Flute. He enjoys what he does.


Rhythm & Poetry March 29th Double Feat: Iman & KaiLord

Dyvacat, & Graffiti Bleu host “Rhythm & Poetry” every Thursday night. Every Thursday there is an Open-Mic for authors, poets, musicians, emcees & vocalists. (Unless we do an artist showcase) We have 2 features on the last Thursday of every month consisting of 1 poet & 1 musician/band. Come join us at Stellar Studios on 202 23rd st Sacramento 95816. We enter, sit, drink & have open discussions on a range of topics from 7:45pm – 8:15pm / The actual Showtime is from 8:15pm – 10:30pm. Rain or shine we start on-time…

Feature Night!!! Feminine Poetic Energy meets Masculine Hip Hop Energy on this final Thursday of the month of March. 

Iman is an amazing poet. She does sincerity in a style all her own... A warrior of words young  at heart and old in soul. 

KaiLord is as hungry and as talented as they come. He has come to Rhythm & Poetry already and left the mic smoking. I can only imagine what he'll do with a feature. 

#EPICNIGHTALERT