Brooklyn Gypsies: CONVERSATION: HOW TO MAKE IT IN BLACK AMERICA, PT. 1 (July 2 – 12)


A meditation on the history and current state of affairs of race relations in the U.S., featuring original poetry by acclaimed spoken word artists Modesto ‘Flako’ Jimenez and Saroya Marsh, who have interwoven historic video and audio with present-day text, surrounding it in a visual art landscape which is created afresh each night by Bonafide Rojas.

TICKETS: $20 in advance or cash only at the door. There will be food every night!

Thursday, July 2 at 8 pm
Friday, July 3 at 8 pm
Sunday, July 5 at 7 pm
Wednesday, July 8 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 9 at 8 pm
Friday, July 10 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 11 at 8 pm
Sunday, July 12 at 7 pm


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OYE! Avant-Garde Night is an annual festival devoted to the development of new performances by artists from Bushwick and surrounding areas. Brooklyn Gypsies created OYE! as a platform to celebrate and share what is unique about Bushwick’s converging arts communities. Join us for a night of eclectic theater, dance & film, including a reasonable daydream of the fall of nations, Patti Smith, and other cannibals and the story of a Broken Bachelor. Performances followed by music, conversation, food and dancing.

OYE! Avant Garde Night  features Actors, and musicians, including Jake Denney, Arisleyda Dilone, James Zebooker, AR Garcia, Nick E. Finn & Tabitha Vidaurri and Felix Gottdiener

Produced by Brooklyn Gypsies, OYE! Avant Garde Night is curated by Modesto Flako Jimenez, Lighting & Tech by Jay Maury & Dan Kent, Technical assistant Kevin Torres & Daniel Broadhurst.

Oye! Avant-garde night 2015 is TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
June 5-6 8pm at the Bushwick Starr Theatre

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“SHAKE ON THE BLOCK” workshop will help young writers shed the fear of Shakespeare and discover the magic, fun and some would say craziness of the immortal bard through playwriting, adaptation and performance. Students will work on breaking down Shakespeare’s broad array of exciting, complex plots and characters in Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, which they will then adapt for performance by adding street slang and modern English. Students will be introduced to the rudiments of the theater process and develop skills in acting, memorization, adaptation, staging and performance while using their imagination to create cool, dynamic new characters based on Shakespeare’s plays. These skills will benefit students in everyday life as well as on stage as they learn to experiment, take risks and challenge expectations. The workshop will culminate in a series of rehearsals and a final performance at Spaceworks in Williamsburg that will be free and open to the public.

*Parents can fill out the registration form but students should complete the “Writing Background” field, describing their background and interest in taking the workshop. Through the generosity of one of our donors, we’re offering the workshop for free. We will admit students based on the merit of the Writing Background statement.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Modesto “Flako” Jimenez
  • Dates: June 29–August 15, 2015
  • Time: Mon/Wed, 3:30-5:30 PM (final performance Sat, Aug 15)
  • Location: Spaceworks, Williamsburgh Library
  • Ages: 13-18
  • Class size: 15-20 students
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JUNE 21, 2015


Conversation: How to Make it in Black America By Modesto Flako Jimenez & Saroya Marsh


Conversation: How to Make it in Black America

How to Make it in Black America is a meditation on the history of race relations and our current state of affairs in these United States of America. It features original poetry by spoken word artists Saroya Marsh and Modesto ‘Flako’ Jimenez interwoven with historic video and audio and set in a visual art landscape, created afresh each night by Bonafide Rojas. Join us and take part in the conversation about where we’ve been, how we got here and where we’re headed.

Written by: Modesto Flako Jimenez & Saroya Marsh
Art by: Bonafide Rojas

Director: Modesto Flako Jimenez
producer: Lingua Franca Arts / Sandra Gardner
Production Team: Kevin Torres, Daniel Broadhurst, Jake Denney, James Zebooker

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
Sunday, May 24 at 7:00pm
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