FRIDAY HEADLINE EVENT Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS

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7-9pm Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 Father Morissette Blvd.
Mestre Calango of Capoeira Rosa Rubra. (Left) Mestre Calango of Capoeira Rosa Rubra plays the traditional Capoeira instrument known as the berimbau. (right) Photos by Anna Isaak-Ross

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The Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) invites artists to downtown Lowell to give short performances or talks about their work. Novelists, non-fiction writers, sculptors, filmmakers, painters, poets, and contemporary and classical musicians have given stunning performances during Lowell’s three years of hosting the series. Designed to be a dynamic, compact presentation of local, regional and national talent, UVAS supports working artists by connecting them with an audience that will appreciate and support their talents. It also encourages students and faculty of UMass Lowell to come to downtown as performers and audience members while reaching out to residents and regional audiences. Members of the Lowell Poetry Network and Bootstrap Productions organize and produce between four and six UVAS shows per year. Mestre Calango Mestre Calango began playing Capoeira as a teen in Brazil. He has been practicing and teaching Capoeira, as well as fitness and rehabilitation, to students of all ages and abilities for nearly 30 years. Almost 120 years have passed since the end of slavery in Brazil, but much of the suffering still resounds in Brazilian life and culture. Slaves trained and remained ready for rebellion through a connection to their African roots now known as Capoeira. Out of necessity, they disguised the fighting art of Capoeira as a dance with accompanying instruments and a method of constant movement known as the ginga. From this basis of movement and readiness a Capoeirista may respond to or escape from whatever comes his/her way—be it in the roda or in everyday life. Mestre Calango was a professor of Capoeira in Oliveira and Minas Gerais where he organized groups that performed in various countries around the world. At the moment, more than fifty students are enrolled in the Academia de Capoeira Rosa Rubra in Lowell, Newton, Brookline and Amesbury, MA. Anyone aged eight or older is welcome to come and learn this beautiful, practical and spiritual art from Mestre Calango. Please visit CapoeiraRosaRubra.com for more information. Michael Casey Michael Casey was born in 1947 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He received a B.S. in Physics from Lowell Technological Institute where he took a class with poet William Aiken. He’s also studied at SUNY, Buffalo, with poets John Logan, Irving Feldman and William Sylvester. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and his stay at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, provided the fodder for his later collection, The Million Dollar Hole. In his first collection, Obscenities, Casey writes of his work as military police officer in Vietnam’s Quang Ngai Province. Obscenities won the 1972 Yale Younger Poets Award, chosen by Stanley Kunitz, and sold over 200,000 copies. He’s published the following collections: Millrat (Adastra Press), The Million Dollar Hole (Orchises Press), Raiding a Whorehouse (Adastra), Permanent Party (March Street Press), Cindi’s Fur Coat (The Chuckwagon), and The Bopper (Kendra Steiner Editions). For more on Casey see the above presses online or see Bridge Review: Ecommunity.uml.edu/bridge/review4/casey/index.htm. Jessica Smith Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Jessica Smith received her B.A. and M.A. from SUNY Buffalo, where she was the Founding Editor of the poetry magazine name and won the Academy of American Poets Prize twice. Smith is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar. She teaches writing at SUNY Buffalo and Medaille College and since 2001 her work has been published in dozens of magazines including apocryphaltext, Cannibal, dANDelion, ixnay, Phoebe, Small Press Traffic and in three anthologies. Her poetry has been translated into Turkish, Swedish, Icelandic and Danish. Chapbooks include bird-book (Detumescence), The Plasticity of Poetry and Telling Time (No Press), Shifting Landscapes (above/ground press), butterflies (Big Game Books), and What the Fortune-Teller Said (dusie/a+bend). Smith is also known as an editor for her work with the monthly women’s broadzine Foursquare, which was recently on view at the Handmade/Homemade exhibit of small press publishing. Smith now resides in Buffalo—a city Robert Creeley called “the last place you can be Bohemian.” Jessica Smith’s work can be accessed online: Looktouch.com. Caleb Neelon Caleb Neelon is based in Cambridge, MA, and is an artist, writer, and educator. His paintings and installation artwork have appeared in solo and group shows in America and Europe. His vivid murals sprawl across walls in Kathmandu, Reykjavik, Bermuda, Calcutta, São Paulo and all over Europe. He is co-author of the Thames and Hudson book Graffiti Brasil as well as Street World from Thames and Hudson, Abrams. Neelon is the author and illustrator of the children’s book Lilman Makes a Name for Himself, and has been a collaborator on nearly a dozen other books. He is an editor at the popular culture hardbound bi-monthly Swindle, and has been a contributing writer at Tokion, Print, Juxtapoz, On The Go, Lemon and many other magazines and journals. Neelon has lectured at international conferences and festivals as well as Harvard Law School, Bates College, Northeastern University and his alma mater the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A monograph of his work, Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, was recently released by Gingko Press. He dislikes winter weather. For more on Neelon, check out: Theartwheredreamscometrue.com

Michael Casey, Jessica Smith, & Caleb Neelon with his art.

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