Feb 6, 2013

Hiding out at the Bomb Shelter!


 HEY All.. Coco here from Today's Tmrrw. This past Thursday January 31st, I went down to the Dwyer Cultural Center to Catch the First Bomb Shelter of 2013..
To give a little background on what the Bomb Shelter is;
 The Bomb Shelter is a venue for today's YOUNG ADULT Poets to build a New Harlem Renaissance. A monthly retreat from the fallout of everyday life and forum to express our experiences, thoughts, and ideas in Poetry, Song, and Spoken Word arts.
 The Bomb Shelter’s mission to promote craft, culture and opportunity for music, poetry and articulation.
Much like a bomb shelter is an escape and shield from war, attacks, nuclear fallout, and impending apocalypse, The Bomb Shelter is a relief from the war and fallout of our everyday lives: where those who make it pool our resources, experiences, thoughts, and ideas in preparation to repair and rebuild when we return to "the real world".
  With a general tagline of :
"If it all goes down, we’ll be at The Bomb Shelter."

My experience it being my first time at the bomb shelter, the event as a whole was an overall positive atmosphere, a very non judgmental place where everyone can be themselves and express to their full potential.
The Bomb Shelter commences the 4th Thursday from 6:30 - 9.
At the events entrance, there's a sign up sheet. One in which to become apart of their mailing list, and another to sign up to perform in the nights festivities.. Any talent that you may have is welcomed!
This particular night there was Singers, Poets, MCs ,& Spoken word, was all in the building showcasing talents!
After the Open Mic segment of the event, there was an event called 'Be' in Art :

Where a Member of the Bomb Squad named Be , introduces a list of different art galleries and opportunities going on in the city, most of which being little to no charge. I found this segment very informative, especially because I enjoy going out and culturing myself in the arts, but often with my busy schedule spend the time instead looking for exhibits instead of actually experiencing them. So this segment definitely gave me a one stop shop to whats going on in the city! Thx :)

The last segment was a show case of a predetermined Featured Artist by the name Darren R. Thur .

in this segment, Darren performed a list of his pieces; some being just recently written for black history month, and the remainder coming from a previously published book written by him [ info on this soon to come so stay tuned, I've got you covered! ]  

In conclusion, I want to say that I overall loved my time spent at The Bomb Shelter, and would recommend 
those of you with aspiring talents to come and be apart of the great cause! 
Again, the event is called The Bomb Shelter spoken word  open mic & showcase
The event goes down EVERY 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 9 @ :
The DWYER Cultural  Center 
Located 258 St Nicholas Ave [ Entrance on  123rd street btw Fredrick Douglass & St Nicholas]
You can keep up with them by :
clicking the 'Like' Button on their Facebook Fan Page :
& Subscribing to them on YouTube :

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