In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Competition brings out
load of poetic talent

SIX MONTHS have passed since the inaugural "First Thursdays" slam poetry competition, and organizer Steve Kealoha Wong is well on his way toward establishing Hawaii as a hotbed for poetic talent.

He's already put together the 2003 HawaiiSlam Team, comprised of Melvin Borja, Selah Geissler, iNTREPiD, Yama Lake and Travis Thompson. The group is in San Francisco this week, where they're taking part in the Living World Festival. Back home, Wong's "First Thursdays" competition has grown into what's being called the "largest registered poetry slam in the world," packing crowds into Studio 1 on a monthly basis.

This time around, Wong plans to bring in 12 Inch Species to perform a few tracks off its new album, "Vinyl Fantasy," and will share some of the pieces he performed at the 2003 National Poetry Slam. DJ Rise Up will also be on hand to spin between contestants throughout the evening.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for "First Thursdays," with a $3 cover charge before 8 p.m. that goes up to $5 afterward. Call 387-9664 ...

DON'T FEEL like heading out tonight, but still want a taste of underground hip-hop this weekend? There won't be any slam poetry going on, but the 12 Inch Species and DJ Rise Up will be joined by the Microscopic Syllables, 4 Elements and DJ A2Z tomorrow night at Anna Bannana's during "Interplanetary Design."

It's not often that hip-hop gets a showcase at Anna's, so do your part to support these guys if you can. Party people 21-and-over are welcome; $5 gets you in. Call 946-5190 ...

FOLLOWING A successful run on Friday nights at Grumpy's, the Architechs have packed up and moved over to Reign and partnered once again with the gang from Kaizo Speedgear.

Tomorrow marks the first installment of "Paper," which I'm told will be "chock full of theme nights and straight crazy decor." Doors open at 10 p.m. for the 21-and-over crowd, and DJs Delve.Oneder and XL will be there as usual to provide the beats and get people dancing. Cover is $7 for this one; surf over to www.architechshawaii. com for more info ...

AND OVER at Hawaii Theatre, check out Tony Conjugacion as he takes to the stage tomorrow night in support of his (kind of) new CD, "Hawaiian Passion." It's a re-recording of the 1986 Hoku Award-winning album by the same name, with all the original musicians and six additional tracks that are brand new.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $20. Call 528-0506 to reserve yours ...

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