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UCR Presents Califest ’09 June 4-6

The theater festival returns with performances that celebrate the influence of hip hop culture on artists and audiences.

(May 28, 2009)

Rickerby Hinds

Rickerby Hinds

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UC Riverside Department of Theatre presents the Califest ’09 Hip Hop Theatre Festival beginning Thursday, June 4, through Saturday, June 6, on the UCR campus.

The three-day festival celebrates the arts as manifested through elements of hip hop culture: hip hop dance, MCin’ or rap, spoken word, Djin’, and graffiti. Created and produced by Rickerby Hinds, assistant professor of playwriting in the Department of Theatre, Califest speaks to the influence of hip hop culture on theater artists and how they see the world, and the way they are seen by the world.

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive one hour before the start of the performance to increase the chance of admission. Some performances may not be suitable for all audiences. Parking is $5 in Lot 6.

Hinds is a native of Honduras who immigrated to South-Central Los Angeles at age 13. He holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television and is one of the founders of the hip hop theater genre.

The Califest ’09 Hip Hop Theatre Festival is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and supported by a grant from the UCR Center for Ideas and Society as well as the Office of the Chancellor, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Administration, Office of Research, Sweeney Art Gallery, and African Student Programs.

All events will be held in the Theatre Lab, Humanities 411, located next to the University Theatre on the UC Riverside campus.

Schedule of events:

Thursday, June 4, 8 p.m.

Boom Bap Meditations by Baba Israel – An artist’s exploration of his place in the world using beatboxing, MCing, freestyle rap and compelling body movements. The performance follows the journey of Baba Israel from his native New York to his mother’s homeland of Australia.

Playback Theatre – Original performances created during workshops directed by Baba Israel on Playback Theatre, an improvisational theater form that uses stories told by audience members as the foundation for the performance.

Friday, June 5, 8 p.m.

D’Lo – A Tamil Sri Lankan-American, political theater artist/writer and music producer whose work sheds light on many of the issues of modern society, such as brutality, justice, AIDS, sexuality, political and social unrest and division along ethnic and gender lines. D’Lo is a teaching artist and has performed and held workshops extensively throughout the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sri Lanka and India.

Saturday, June 6, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The 115 – Students showcase original works developed during nine weeks of a theater class, “HipHop Theatre Immersion.” They also play an integral role in all aspects of the production of Califest ‘09.

For more information contact Kathy DeAtley, program promotion manager, at (951) 827-3245,

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