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Dedicate It, with Aja Monet
September 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$18
A private message in plain sight.
Dedicate It is a live show and podcast that zeroes in on the dedication page. Come hear host Emily Ludolph find the stories about the people and experiences that motivate our favorite writers, musicians, and scientists. Dedicate It examines the greatest dedications in history, holds intimate conversations with the people we admire most about the people they admire most, and opens the door for everyone to make a dedication to someone who got them where they are today.
If you dedicated something you were proud of, what would it be? Who would you dedicate it to? Come tell us September 19th.
Guest: poet Aja Monet
Doors 7:30, show at 8:00. 21+
Watch Aja’s moving reading of “My Mother was a Freedom Fighter” at The Women’s March on Washington.
Aja Monet is an internationally established poet, singer, performer. Her craft is an in-depth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest winner of the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title, she combines her spellbinding voice and powerful imagery on stage. Her books of poetry are My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter, Inner-City Chants & Cyborg Cyphers, and The Black Unicorn Sings. She collaborated with poet/musician Saul Williams on the book Chorus: a literary mixtape. Her first CD, Scared to Make Love/Scared Not To is a social commentary on the discussion of love. Of Cuban-Jamaican heritage, Monet has performed at world-renowned venues including the Town Hall Theater, the Apollo Theater, the United Nations in New York City, and the NAACP’s Barack Obama Inaugural event in Washington DC.
Emily Ludolph is an alum of TED Conferences, where she shepherded business speakers to the stage as part of the TED Institute program. She has produced full cast recordings of American plays as part of the radio show and podcast Playing on Air. In her time working in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art she developed an attachment to Alexander Hamilton’s fifteen-foot-tall clock. Before that, Emily and the BEAT Festival programmed Brooklyn performers in nontraditional spaces. Her favorite job of all has been coaching high school juniors on personal essays for their college applications. She has published in Design Observer, Quartz, and Narratively, and is a graduate of Vassar College.