january 2019

21jan3:00 pm5:00 pmFeaturedMLK Jr. Day performance with Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux & Will Calhoun


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Monday, January 21
Live performances and dynamic conversation with Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux & Will Calhoun
3-5 p.m.

This afternoon of onstage conversation, song, and poetry with Toshi Reagon, Carl Hancock Rux, and Will Calhoun is curated around the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement. What connects all the performers are the strategies of engagements utilized in their life’s work and activism, very much like Dr. King’s. Free admission

Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive, and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age seventeen, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk. Toshi Reagon

Carl Hancock Rux is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and recording artist. He is the former head of the MFA Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts (2006–09) and has taught or been in residence at the University of California–San Diego, Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hollins University, and the University of Iowa and Brown University, and he has collaborated with Carrie Mae Weems on numerous occasions.

Will Calhoun‘s unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour’s four Epic releases: the groundbreaking multiplatinum debut, “Vivid”; the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, “Time’s Up”; the “Biscuits” EP; and “Stain”; as well as their latest release on Sanctuary Records, CollideØscope. A prolific songwriter, Will has cowritten many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song “Pride” on Time’s Up and “Nothingness” on Stain. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Will has recorded and/or toured with diverse artists, including B. B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, the Allman Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Marcus Miller, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the Grammy-winning CD High Life). He has recorded with rappers Run-DMC and Public Enemy. As a producer, player, and songwriter, Will worked on Herb Alpert’s Grammy-nominated CD Colors.


(Monday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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