Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ready to Smile? frm Inside/Out #Detroit #michlit

IO Event News
It's Almost Showtime

InsideOut's second annual arts showcase, Get Versed, hits the stage at the Detroit Film Theater in just six days, Wednesday, May 23rd. Curtains go up at 5:30 p.m sharp. Please help IO salute the hard work of some Detroit's bravest young poets, spoken word artists and dancers. 

 IO's Chace Morris Gets Real About GET VERSED

A hallmark of our work at InsideOut Literary Arts Project is placing top talent in Detroit schools. Each year our roster gets bigger and better. Chace "Mic Write" Morris, thanks to  generous support from MGM Grand, has brought a refreshing enthusiasm to three Detroit classrooms. 

"Working with the students has been a beautiful challenge,'' says Chace, who leads an after-school program at Detroit's Langston Hughes Academy."There is a current of honesty and fire that runs deep and if you're patient enough to dig, will push your wig back.''

Morris, who also fronts the local band Cold Men Young, will share his ferocious blend of free-style hip hop and the work of his students during Get Versed. The event, he says,  is about far more than an evening inside a grand theater. "When the children do wrong we hear about it as often and as publicly as the weather. But we rarely hear when they're achieving greatness,'' says Chace, who is also an assistant IO writer at Cody High School. Morris has made it a personal mission to pack the Detroit Film Theater in support of the students. His appeal:  "BE A PART OF THIS. See the other side of that looking glass. See what THEY see for a night.''

Take Chace's challenge. We guarantee you'll rack up a few smiles.

Tickets are just $5.00 and are available online.  Tickets may also be purchased at three area locations: Cafe Con Leche in southwest Detroit, Fourteen East Cafe just across the street from the Detroit Historical Museum and Lido Gallery & Gifts on Woodward Ave., in Birmingham.

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Terry Talks on WDET

IO Founder Dr. Terry Blackhawk talks to WDET's Travis Wright about the growth of our work around Detroit, including events like Get Versed. "We really believe the ability to put one's life situation into words has a healing power. The healing power of poetry gives mastery over a lot of things that our are difficult," she said. Get to know IO. Listen to the entire interview.


InsideOut Literary Arts | 5143 Cass Ave., Room 225 | WSU - State Hall | Detroit | MI | 48202

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