Friday, April 01, 2005

Kundiman Fundraiser

Get ready for the coolest, baddest, swankiest fundraising event of the season: Kundiman's 80's Prom Gala at St. Mark's Poetry Project!

Dress up in your Breakfast Club duds & get that Spandau Ballet haircut. It'll be an extravaganza of high school nostalgia, kitsch, memorableperformances, wild dancing and wine cooler punch! Now's the time to askout that special someone--or not! Going stag is awesome, too. Perchanceyou'll meet someone on the dancefloor, or (cue music) across the crowdedroom.

The Kundiman Prom will be the prom you've always wanted. Buy your bidssoon & spread the word.

*****Kundiman presents TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART, an 80's Prom Gala

Travel back to the past to your senior prom—it’s 1985 again!

Put on that Molly Ringwald pink, don that rhinestone glove and Get intothe Groove.Bring your main squeeze or your best friends. Or, better yet, comestag—awesome!This multimedia Prom Gala will feature:•Open Wine Bar, 80’s Cake Reception•Dancing to your Favorite 80’s and Hip-hop Beats.•Performances by Award-winning Asian American Poets•Favors: a Class Ring or a Satin Orchid Wrist Corsage•Karaoke Election of Prom King & Queen•Prom Pictures!

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WHEN:Friday, April 29, 200510 pm – 2 amOpen Wine Bar from 10 pm – Midnight, Cash Bar Afterwards

WHERE:The Poetry ProjectSt. Mark’s Church131 East 10th Street (2nd Avenue)New York, NY 10003

HOW:General AdmissionAdvance Tickets are $35 and may be purchased on http://www.kundiman.orgAt the Door, Tickets will be $50Poetry Project Members may pay $30 at the DoorEmail info@kundiman.org to reserve your space. Must show proof of ProjectMembership at the Door

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Why go to The Total Eclipse of the Heart Prom?•All proceeds from the Prom will benefit Kundiman’s 2nd Annual AsianAmerican Poets’ Mentorship Retreat at The University of Virginia.•You want another chance to meet “Ducky”•You were in the closet and went to prom with someone of the opposite sex(who had a crush on you).•You can’t wait to “get physical” to Purple Rain and Take on Me.•It’s Totally Rad!This is activism for the fabulous and mischievous. For one night only,Kundiman, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and today’s brightestAsian American talents offer you the chance to experience prom as itshould be.Def Poetry Jam poet, Regie Cabico will host.

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Performer Bios:

Named one of A. Magazine’s hottest up-and-coming Asian American stand-upcomics, Regie Cabico is also a spoken word artist and poet. He won MTV’sFree Your Mind competition and appears on HBO’s Russell Simmons PresentsDef Poetry.

Ishle Yi Park is a Korean American woman who has been published in TheBest American Poetry of 2003. She has been twice featured on HBO’s DefPoetry Jam, and performed her poetry on the NAACP Image Awards. She has aCD entitled “Work is Love,” and a book of poetry called “The Temperatureof this Water.”

Patrick Rosal is the author of Uprock Headspin Scramble And Dive (PerseaBooks). His work has been published in many journals and anthologiesincluding North American Review, Columbia, The Literary Review, and TheBeacon Best 2001. He has been a featured reader at many venues in and outof NYC, from Boston to Daytona Beach, as well as in London and on the BBCradio’s “World Today.” He is currently Assistant Professor of English atBloomfield College.

Tina Chang is the author of Half-Lit Houses, published by Four Way Books.Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review,The Missouri Review,Ploughshares, Quarterly West, and Sonora Review, among others. She hasreceived awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbara DemingMemorial Fund, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the New York Foundationfor the Arts, Poets & Writers, and the Van Lier Foundation.

Mr. Miyagi's Theatre Company is an Obie-award winning theater companywhose work has been hailed by critics as "Whip-smart comedy - a bull's eye(Wall Street Journal)," "High speed, chokingly funny (Washington Post),""Smart, current and unapologetic--if you enjoy laughing out loud, go seeit (NYtheater.com)," Their current production entitled: SIDES: The FearIs Real... is one not to be missed.

Lisa Ascalon, a Poet-in-Residence for Poets & Writers and a KundimanRetreat Fellow, has performed spoken word at Nuyorican Poets Café andBronx Academy for Arts and Dance.

Mission Statement

Kundiman is a non-profit organization committed to the discovery andcultivation of emerging Asian-American poets. Through instruction andcollaborative programs as well as through publications and readings opento the public, Kundiman hopes to advance the work of Asian-Americanwriting. Through poetry, we aim to celebrate and promote a strong andpositive Asian-American culture and identity. Kundiman is a sponsoredproject of The New York Foundation for the Arts.www.kundiman.org

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