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Pillsbury House Theatre’s “Late Nite Series: Non English Speaking Spoken Here” will return on Nov. 8, 15, and 22. The annual celebration of new work, now in its 17th year, will feature a unique lineup comprising emerging artists from Minnesota and New York.

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About Late Nite


At Late Nite at Mama Laurie’s: The Late Nite Series, curator e.g. bailey continues Laurie Carlo’s legacy of bringing some of the best interdisciplinary performers from New York and Minnesota together to explore the cross-currents of contemporary culture through music and sound, text and images, and movement and dance.

When you attend a Late Nite performance, you’re part of a family. That’s why we always serve up great food before you digest some amazing art. Food from local chefs served at no extra charge starting at 7 PM on the second floor, where audiences can mingle with artists before the show.

Past Late Nites have included: Daniel Alexander Jones, Nioka Workman, Jessica Huang, Matana Roberts, Curio Dance, Quinton Moore, Sol Light, Katherine Glover, Dylan Fresco, Sun Mee Chomet, Juma B. Essie, Ellen Hinchcliffe, Lisa Brimmer, Jose James, Zell Miller III, Kenna Sarge, Idris Goodwin, Queen Drea, Stacey Robinson, and many many more.




Jasmine Hearn // November 10, 2018

Jasmine Hearn, a native Houstonian, graduated from Point Park University. A Bronx based choreographer, teacher, performer, and dancer, she currently collaborates ...
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Zainab Musa // November 17, 2018

Zainab is a performance artist; an actor for the stage, television and film. Skilled in West African Dance, she comes ...
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Taylor Seaberg – Seaberg Band // November 3, 2018

Late Nite Piece: "Afro Forrealism" as performed by Seaberg.  In a world of constant dysphoria and existential crisis, gender-queer performer, Taylor Seaberg, ...
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Ashley Selmer // November 17, 2018

Ashley Selmer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (emphasis in choreography & ...
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Blackout Improv // November 10, 2018

Blackout Improv is a hilarious comedy troupe. The style is a mix of comedy, social justice, and arts access. We ...
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Dua Saleh // November 17, 2018

Dua is a multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis who centers afrodiasporic resistance through a sociopolitically black, queer, and muslim lens ...
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Taja Lindley // November 3, 2018

The Bag Lady Manifesta: In a world that treats Black life as if it’s disposable, The Bag Lady is an ...
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Queen Drea // November 3, 2018

Andrea (Queen Drea ) Reynolds - 2017 Minnesota Emerging Composer award winner is a vocalist, performance and soundscape artist who's ...
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Kristoff Krane // November 10, 2018

Kristoff Krane is a Minneapolis based rapper known for his stream-of-consciousness approach to writing, freestyling and performing. As part of ...
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Julian Jahneral Hines // November 3, 2018

Interdisciplinary artist Julian Hines a.k.a. the JAHNERAL has created a kaleidoscope path in his artistry for over 10 years in ...
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Dameun Strange // November 10, 2018

Dameun Maurice Strange is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer whose conceptual chamber works, choral pieces and operas are focused ...
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DJ Chamun // November 3, 10, & 17, 2018

DJ Chamun is Chamindika Wanduragala, a Sri Lankan visual artist, puppeteer, stop motion animation filmmaker and the founder/director of Monkeybear’s ...
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Lady Xok // November 17, 2018

Lady Xok Lady Xok music lives somewhere between Future-Folk and Indie-Rock mixing Indigenous instruments, rock kits, digital sounds, and experimental ...
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Douglas R. Ewart

Douglas Ewart // November 18, 2017

The polymathic Douglas R. Ewart has been honored for his work as a composer, improvising multi-instrumentalist, conceptual artist, sculptor and ...
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Bill Cottman & Yonci Jameson // November 11, 2017

Yonci enjoys a variety of music making; jazz on bass clarinet, traditional rhythms on West African drums, and exploring the ...
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Pyeng Threadgill // November 18, 2017

Described as “charmingly eclectic" by St Louis Today Pyeng Threadgill sings ‘New Porch Music’ crafting an intimate journey through folk ...
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PaviElle French // November 18, 2017

PaviElle is an amazing interdisciplinary artist, Upper Midwest Emmy Award and Sage Award winner. She is known for her powerhouse vocals and ...
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Tha’ll // November 4, 2017

Tha'll is an Afrocentric interdisciplinary gender-neutral performance ensemble creating around ideas of dimensional time travel and shapeshifting. Keri Deng Tap is ...
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Mankwe Ndosi & Mire Regulus // November 18, 2017

Mankwe and Mire will be performing a piece titled Glorious Raw. Miré Regulus is a mover, writer and theater performance ...
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Marlies Yearby // November 11th, 2017

Piece: On Sacred Ground The art of flying starts with feet rooted on the earth.  Director Choreographer Marlies Yearby joins ...
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DJ Chamun // November 4th, 11th, 18th, 2017

DJ Chamun is Chamindika Wanduragala, a Sri Lankan American visual artist, DJ, puppeteer, stop motion animation filmmaker and Artistic Director ...
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Tish Jones

Tish Jones // November 11th, 2017

Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks, Tish Jones is a poet, performer, educator and organizer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She ...
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Junauda Petrus // November 11th, 2017

Junauda Petrus is a creative activist, writer, playwright, and multi-dimensional performance artist who is Minneapolis-born, West-Indian descended, and African-sourced. Her ...
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Truth Maze // November 4th, 2017

Truth Maze is a cornerstone of the Twin Cities music scene and a major contributor and pioneer of Minneapolis hip ...
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Renita Martin // November 4th, 2017

One of Curve Magazine's "favorite theatre artists," Renita uses art to advance justice. She is a highly respected, critically acclaimed ...
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kim thompson & Crystal Brinkman // November 4th, 2017

kim and Crystal will be performing how..., a work in progress. kim thompson is a proud queer korean-american adoptee who is ...
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Jordan Hamilton

Nov. 08 // Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton is a Minneapolis resident, a visual artist, educator and late night creative. His work practice is rooted in ...
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brianne a. hill

Nov. 22 // brianne a. hill

brianne a. hill, a Detroit native, is an actor/writer/artist currently based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.  Some of her favorite ...
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Danielle Daniel

Nov. 22 // Danielle Daniel

Danielle Daniel's career includes a wide variety of theater projects including storytelling programs, and workshops. Her tour shows The Incarceration ...
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Lisa Brimmer

Nov. 22 // Lisa Brimmer

Lisa Brimmer is a writer and performance artist. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow and ...
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Pyeng Threadgill

Nov. 22 // Pyeng Threadgill

"I always wanted to be a singer " says New York chanteuse Pyeng Threadgill. From the time she was four ...
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LaTasha Natasha Diggs

Nov. 15 // LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna* 2013); the chapbooks Ichi-Ban, Ni-Ban ...
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Deja Stowers

Nov. 15 // Deja Stowers

Deja Stowers  began dancing at the age of four in the drill team African Perfection.  She continued to dance throughout ...
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Nov. 15 // Brenda Bell Brown

Brenda Bell Brown is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving a BA in Theater Arts from Brown University, dedication ...
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Rico Mendez

Nov. 08 // Rico Mendez

Rico Simon Mendez, aka Dj Don Cuco, is a multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and Producer. Humbly sharing stages and performing along side ...
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Nov. 08 // Love|Forté

Memory Withholdings is predicated on the collective consciousness, a shared history and reality that informs our practices, our bodies, and ...
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Jayanthi Kyle

Nov. 08 // Jayanthi Kyle

Jayanthi is a midwestern lady, having been raised in both Ford Heights, IL, and Minneapolis, MN. Her father is from ...
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DJ Steely Dan

Nov. 15 // Dan McAllister

"Steely" Dan McAllister is a Twin Cities-based deejay, record collector, and radio host, specializing in rare grooves from around the ...
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The 2013 series was dedicated to the memory of Brandon Lacy Campos.

Amanda Leaveck

Amanda Leaveck // Nov. 2, 2013

Amanda Leaveck is the founder and Executive Director for Face Forward, a nonprofit that supports local artists in a socially ...
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PaviElle French // Nov. 2, 2013

Twin Cities native PaviElle is an interdisciplinary artist focused on bringing truth to light through dance, writing, speaking, and political ...
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Emmanuel Ortiz

Emmanuel Ortiz // Nov. 2, 2013

Emmanuel Ortiz is a Latino writer and community organizer. He is a founding member of Palabristas: Latin@ Wordslingers,  - a ...
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DJO // Nov. 2, 2013

D'jo | dee'joe | (SATX/Mpls)-TurnTablist/Producer/Host- -FreshMoon Records-TekkDJz-BOLA-FMtv-BOUNCE! 1. If you were to order his style in a drink: D'jo would ...
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Renita Martin

Renita Martin // Nov. 9, 2013

One of Curve Magazine's "favorite theatre artists", Renita Martin is the recipient of the Arch Bruce and Brown Play Award ...
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Kirk Washington

Kirk Washington Jr. // Nov. 9, 2013

Kirk Washington Jr. is a native Minnesotan. He originates from the north side of Minneapolis. He's a multi-disciplinary artist with ...
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Nimo Farah

Nimo Farah // Nov. 9, 2013

Nimo H. Farah uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Part of her current undertaking is to develop ...
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Paulino Brener

Paulino Brener // Nov. 9, 2013

Paulino is an educator and performer from Argentina.  He uses art to connect and share with people around him. In ...
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Junauda Petrus

Junauda Petrus // Nov. 9, 2013

Junauda is a dancer, actress and writer who fell in love with aerial arts 5 years ago. Combining the ritual ...
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Nick Lehane

Nick Lehane // Nov. 16, 2013

Nick Lehane is a Brooklyn-based actor and puppeteer. Puppet performance credits include The Pigeoning by Robin Frohardt (Pittsburgh International Festival ...
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Malia Burkhart

Malia Burkhart // Nov. 16, 2013

Malia Burkhart is a multidisciplinary Performance Artist, Arts Educator, Earth-Activist, and Healing Arts Practitioner.  Malia graduated from the Perpich Center ...
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Jessica Huang

Jessica Huang // Nov. 16, 2013

Jessica Huang is a Minneapolis-based professional playwright, co-founder, producer and core writer for the Unit Collective,and a 2012 recipient of ...
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Henning Koczy

Henning Koczy // Nov. 9, 2013

Henning was born in Germany, grew up in Oregon, went to school in Minneapolis, and now works out of Brooklyn, ...
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Maya Washington

Maya Washington // Nov. 2nd

Maya Washington is an actor/filmmaker and the Creative Director of Running Water Entertainment, the parent company of White Space Poetry ...
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Ryan Strandjord

Ryan Strandjord // Nov. 16, 2013

Ryan Strandjord is a Minneapolis based filmmaker, producer, crowdfunding consultant, and community organizer. His latest film City Boots premiered at ...
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Gabrielle Civil in a sombrero

Gabrielle Civil. Nov. 3, 2012.

"Fugue"--live performance art action by Gabrielle Civil Charles Aznavour and chants for the lwa.Transformed suitcases. Memory loss. Dirt studies.Trying to ...
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Intikana. Nov. 3, 2012.

Intikana is a Taino/Boricua Hip Hop artist, poet, educator, filmmaker, and photographer from the Bronx. He has been featured on ...
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Kirk Washington

Kirk Washington Jr. Nov. 3, 2012.

Kirk Washington Jr. is a performance artist from north Minneapolis. He has worked in various creative spaces throughout the years ...
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Nimo Farah

Nimo Farah. Nov. 3, 2012.

Nimo Farah is a poet that creates a new personal mission statement for herself every four years. She recently started ...
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Ryan Dean

Ryan Dean. Nov. 3, 2012.

This work focuses on a parallel between that which is animal tendency and that which is human. Politics is inevitably ...
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Antoine + Antonio Duke. Nov. 10, 2012.

Antoine Duke As a Artist, Performer, Poet, Educator, Spoken word artist, dancer, and director Antoine Duke is indeed a man ...
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Pamela Sneed

Pamela Sneed. Nov. 10, 2012.

Pamela Sneed is a six-foot-three-inch-tall black woman with a shaved head, a big smile, and a wily sense of humor ...
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Moe Lionel (photo by Ann Marsden)

Moe Lionel. Nov. 10, 2012.

Moe Lionel is a writer and performance artist whose work focuses on resiliency, disease, trauma, and the body. In 2011, through the Naked Stages ...
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Beverly Cottman, photo by Ann Marsden

Beverly Cottman. Nov. 10, 2012.

Beverly Cottman is an interdisciplinary artist creating at the intersections of visual, literary and performance art.  As storyteller “Auntie Beverly” ...
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WarMachine. Nov. 10, 2012.

WarMachine was founded in 2010, with a common goal in mind: to unite all of the most dedicated, hard working, ...
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Iris Wilson

Iris Wilson. Nov. 17, 2012.

Iris Wilson is an original (featured) cast member of the 3 time Tony award winning Broadway musical Fela! directed by ...
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Sarah White and Rico Mendez

Cultura Love Experiment f/ Sarah White + Rico. Nov. 17, 2012.

Sarah White is a singer, emcee, musician and photographer known for her sultry voice, conscious message and experimental sound. Sarah ...
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Bao Phi, photo by Anna Min

Bao Phi. Nov. 17, 2012.

Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam ...
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Adrienne Maiers

Adrienne Maiers. Nov. 17, 2012.

Adrienne is a performance artist, educator, and aspiring therapist/healer. All of her work has but one basis:  the collective healing ...
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DJO photo. Late Nite artist Nov. 10 and 17, 2012.

D’JO. Nov. 10 & 17, 2012.

Originally from San Antonio, TX. D'jo found his love for the turntable at the age of 18 through techno and ...
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Nioka Workman. Oct. 22, 2011.

Nioka Workman is among an active force of innovative cellists forging new frontiers for string players. Drawing on the “genius” ...
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Daniel Alexander Jones. Oct. 22, 2011.

Daniel Alexander Jones makes live art.  His unconventional, interdisciplinary approach has yielded a dynamic body of work including: Phoenix Fabrik, ...
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Nimo Farah. Oct. 22, 2011.

Nimo Farah loves orators and storytellers. The material for a good story is all around and within us. We share ...
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Jessica Huang. Oct. 22, 2011.

Jessica Renee Huang writes plays cross-legged on the kitchen floor, often wearing one sock and chewing her cuticles. She and ...
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Mantana Roberts

Matana Roberts. Nov. 5, 2011.

Matana (m(a)-ta-na\) Roberts; internationally documented, chicago-born saxophonist/multidisciplinary sound artist; working in various mediums of  sound performance/inquiry; has created alongside visionary ...
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Curio Dance

Curio Dance. Nov. 5, 2011.

As a professional choreographic team trained in the styles of modern, contemporary, and traditional dance forms. Giselle Mejia graduated with ...
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Quentin Moore. Nov. 5, 2011.

Quentin Moore aka “Q” is a poet/spoken-word/hip-hop artist from the Midwest.  He was raised in the Twin Cities by way ...
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Sol Light. Nov. 5, 2011.

Sol Rebel Phoenix Born Teonna Marie Marshall October 4th 1991, 3 days from a new moon she has found herself ...
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Katherine Glover

Katherine Glover. Nov. 5, 2011.

Katherine is the creator of three solo storytelling shows, which she has performed at theater festivals throughout the U.S. and ...
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Dylan Fresco

Dylan Fresco. Nov. 5, 2011.

Dylan Fresco wears many hats as a performing artist.  He has created two hit solo shows for the Minnesota Fringe ...
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Ellen Hinchcliffe

Juma B. Essie + Ellen Hinchcliffe. Nov. 12, 2011.

Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe is a poet, performer, videomaker and loving Auntie.  Her performance work includes: Dirty the Bones- On being ...
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Sun Mee Chomet

Sun Mee Chomet. Nov. 12, 2011.

Sun Mee Chomet is a St. Paul-based actor and playwright. She has worked with Mu Performing Arts Arts (WTF, Cowboy ...
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Julia E. Babb. Nov. 12, 2011.

Julia Elizabeth Babb is a self-mythologizing Performanceusse and Conceptual Artist. On a polizontal Search and Create Mission from Inner Space, ...
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Lisa Brimmer

Lisa Brimmer. Nov. 12, 2011.

Lisa Brimmer has been writing in the Twin Cities area for the last six years. The playwright, poet and essayist ...
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Featured Past Performers:

José James, Chris Smith, Gideon van Gelder, Pramila Vasudevan, Zell Miller III, Katie Ka Vang, kim thompson, Bill Cottman, J. Otis Powell, Dipankar Mukherjee, Kenna Sarge, D’Lo, St. Paul Soapboxing Slam Team, Carl Hancock Rux, Machado-Thompson, Nazirah P Mickey, Pyeng Threadgill, Reg E Gaines, Sharon Bridgforth, Tiye Giraud, Toshi Reagon, Black Ice, Idris Goodwin, Xelias Aerial Arts, Queen Drea, Tou SaiKo Lee, Ellena Schoop, Peter Jenson, Marilyn Amaral, Tish Jones, Signe Harriday, Truthmaze 2, Stacey Robinson, Ashley Gold, Anton Jones, Amy-Salloway, and DJO

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