The Rebirth Of Chic

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(Chic is back).

As part of its harlem is... art and music series, Community Works will stage Stylin’ Slam: The Rebirth of Chic, an electrifying musical poetry jam, at The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, on Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 2 PM. 

In celebration of the Black Style Now exhibit currently housed at the Museum of the City of New York—on display until February 19, 2007—and in collaboration with its Public Programs, Stylin’ Slam: The Rebirth of Chic will feature daring spoken word compositions performed over bold and soulful musical grooves that celebrate the evolution of flair and elegance inherent in the history and culture of Harlem. 

This highly-stylized presentation promises to be nothing less than a fête of chic individuality, a hallmark of the Harlem community. Stylin’ Slam: The Rebirth of Chic will be hosted, co-produced and featuring actress and poet, Sydnee Stewart. Stewart, who has starred in HBO’s Everyday People and in Hughes’ Dream Harlem, a docudrama about the life of Langston Hughes, has also performed poetry on BET’s Lyric Cafe and Def Poetry Plugged In. 

Performers for Stylin’ Slam: The Rebirth of Chic also include stellar spoken words artists Kasim Allah, Ainsley Burrows and Christine “Phyastartah” Gilliam and the incomparable vocalist/musician Jeremy James; their collective credits include performances for The Apollo Theater, BET’s 106th & Park, SOB’s, Joe’s Pub, The Blue Note, Lincoln Center, 98.7 KISS FM and Jammin’ 105 FM. 

The featured poets were additionally members on the U.S. HottestPoets International Spoken Word Slam Team, The Nuyorican Poets Café National Slam Team and the New Jersey National Slam Team.  An exceptionally talented group, these poets and artists will execute exciting and original works to the tunes of a superlative musical collective, including saxophonist Beavin Lawrence, percussionist Shawn Banks and legendary bassist Jerry Jermott. 

The harlem is… public art exhibit and public programs celebrate the rich history, culture, and people of this renowned community. Created by Community Works, the exhibition’s nine components have toured to over 25 institutions citywide, have presented 200 public programs and have served over 250,000 community members. 

Community Works is a leading nonprofit arts education organization that was founded by Barbara Horowitz in 1990.  Its mission is to build bridges between diverse cultures and neighborhoods by using the arts as a tool for social and personal changes, and sharing community stories that connect us all.

New Heritage Theatre Group is the oldest not for profit Black theater organization in New York City.  Headed by Voza Rivers, Executive Producer and Co-Founding member, New Heritage produces work of historical and political relevance reflecting the experiences of African American and Latino descendents in America and abroad.

For further information about our performances or to request a tour of the harlem is... public arts exhibit, please call Community Works at 212.459.1854.

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