Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.
Capitol Theater 206 5th Ave SE
FREE for Conference attendees
General Admission $7
Tickets at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or Rainy Day Records
This grand finale to Solidarity in Action will salute the work of the conference and connections made. Brooklyn’s Climbing PoeTree, Seattle-based emcee and teaching artist Gabriel Teodros. and local groups Vradiazei and Danza Quetzalcoatl de Olympia will inspire conference attendees and the public with their strong artistic messages for social justice.
Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Alixa and Naima – poets, performers, muralists, and designers – represent the expression of a growing movement for radical social change. With roots in Haiti and Colombia, the women reside in Brooklyn and travel across the country and globe, on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. www.climbingpoetree.com
Gabriel Teodros, active on the Northwest Hip Hop scene as an emcee, teaching artist, DJ and organizer, received international acclaim for his 2007 album Lovework. It topped the CMJ Hip Hop Charts, and prompted a Teodros tour from Alaska to Mexico. www.freshchoppedbeats.com/gabrielteodros.html
Danza Quetzalcoatl de Olympia is part of an informal organization of Aztec dancers from throughout the Western US. The diverse troupe has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences with energetic, colorful and loud beat performances that honor ancient traditions through the group’s modern lens. www.danzadeolympia.com
Vradiazei, an all female, acoustic trio of viola, banjo, and guitar will reunite in Olympia after a two-month tour in Europe. Their music stirs emotion and movement through song that is energetic, dark, and inspiring, with influences from metal to folk. www.vradiazei.blogspot.com
Peace Works 2011: Solidarity in Action also features acclaimed author Alice Walker with The Poet/Writer as Activist, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.