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Annual Hip Hop Theatre Fest Starts April 26


UC Riverside Hosts CaliFest '05 Hip-Hop Theatre

A celebration of hip-hop culture through theatre, dance, music, poetry, spoken word and art

(April 15, 2005)

Rickerby Hinds, photo by Peter PhunEnlarge

Rickerby Hinds, photo by Peter Phun

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- The Department of Theatre at the University of California, Riverside, presents the CaliFest '05 Hip-Hop Theatre, a five-day celebration of hip-hop culture through theatre, dance, music, poetry, spoken word and art, led by Assistant Professor Rickerby Hinds.

Admission is $5 to performances on April 26, 27, 29 and 30 at the Theatre Lab, located on the UC Riverside campus next to the University Theatre. Parking is $5 in Lot 6. Two free performances on Thursday, April 28 are at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Free parking is available in public lots.

One new feature of this annual festival is a day that explores hip-hop as a tool of resistance, rebellion and enlightenment by indigenous people around the world.

The CaliFest Hip-Hop Theatre is made possible through the generous support of: The Center For Ideas and Society, CHASS Connects, UCR Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, UCR Office of Governmental and Community Affairs, African Students Programs, Red Bull, The Black Voice News, The Black Voice Foundation, The Riverside Downtown Partnership, and Riverside Art Museum.

Professor Hinds was Playwright-in-Residence for both the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Shakespeare Festival LA. In addition to UCR, he has taught playwrighting at the University of Cincinnati and California State University, Los Angeles. He has won numerous awards for his original plays including Birthmark, winner of the Audrey Skirball-Kennis UCLA Playwrighting Award, 1996; Film Noir, commissioned by Cornerstone Theatre Company, 1997; and Blackballin', winner ASK/Royal Court Theatre Exchange, 1996. His Keep Da Headz Ringin' A Hip Hop Tetralogy which was commissioned by ASK was performed at California State University, San Bernadino, and recently in a fully-realized production in New York.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Some performances may not be suitable for all audiences.

April 26, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
FORESHADOW
Four one-act plays by local artists explore aspects of hip-hop culture including: selling out, the law, missed opportunities and the global struggle of oppressed peoples with works: Mark Gonzales, Gabriella, Bess Kepp, Janae Heard, Leon Clayborne and Rickerby Hinds.
Theatre Lab, Humanities 411 Admission: $5 General Parking: $5 in Lot 6


April 27, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Native Voices
Explores hip-hop as a tool of resistance, rebellion and enlightenment by indigenous people around the world featuring emceein', deejayin', spoken word, singing, beatboxin'and breakdancin'.
Theatre Lab, Humanities 411 Admission: $5 General Parking: $5 in Lot 6

April 28, Thursday, 5 p.m.
Word.Art Part I. The demonstration:
Several Graffiti artists demonstrate and break down their techniques while creating a piece.
Riverside Art Museum Admission: Free Free public parking is available

April 28, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Word.Art Part II. Word On Art:
Spoken-word artists perform poems inspired by works of local visual artists while local visual artists display works inspired by the spoken-word artists.
Riverside Art Museum Admission: Free Free public parking is available

April 29, Friday, 7 p.m.
Tha Moves
Hip-hop dance performance.
Theatre Lab, Humanities 411 Admission: $5 General Parking: $5 in Lot 6

April 29, Friday, 9 p.m.
Tha Word
The dopest spoken word artists in Southern California on one stage for one night.
Theatre Lab, Humanities 411 Admission: $5 General Parking: $5 in Lot 6

April 30, Saturday, 9:00 P.M.
CaliFest Closing Events
FORESHADOW
Four one-act plays by local artists explore aspects of hip-hop culture including: selling out, the law, missed opportunities and the global struggle of oppressed peoples with works: Mark Gonzales, Gabriella, Bess Kepp, Janae Heard, Leon Clayborne and Rickerby Hinds.
Theatre Lab, Humanities 411 Admission: $5 General Parking: $5 in Lot 6

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The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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