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Open Mic Night | Shirlington | May 6, 2013 | Shelly Bell Hosts Featuring Raquel Ra Brown

Busboys and Poets

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

Open Mic Night | Shirlington | May 6, 2013 | Shelly...

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Monday Night Open Mic! A Busboys and  Poetry Event   For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.

Shelly BellTo merely refer to North Carolina native and Alexandria, VA resident Shelly Bell as a curious and talented consumer of life's most positive energies would only tell half of the story. An award-winning poet, as well as a songwriter and published author, her diversity of skills allow her to expertly navigate the space between performance and journalism. Excelling as a truly dynamic force in local, national and now international media, her work as spoken-word poet has led to her currently serving as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Alexandria ,VA, Director of the Seven City Art Society, LLC and also being a BMI accredited songwriter. Furthermore, her evocative, forthright and conversational writing style is now showcased on Washington, DC/New York, NY based hipster mega-blog Brightest Young Things, internationally respected hip-hop cultural site BrooklynBodega,com, portal for Free - the former 106 and Park host and current FM radio personality -, DC area hip-hop site and Bell's own Shelly Bell is unquestionably an extraordinarily gifted artist mixing uncommon honesty with a populist style. Her unflinching desire to remain honest to herself and her aspiration makes her personal motto entirely true. "Regret nothing and write everything!"

Raquel Ra Brown

So, I've been an artist since before I knew that it was more than drawing or 2nd grade, maybe. Started writing when I was 13 to escape the self-imposed prisons of the mind I had around having to move "down South"...which is what I consider this DC Metro area. I've since grown to love it here, however, will forever let it be known that... I'm from Philadelphia!
Host of the popular Mangos (now called Jin) open mic for just under 10 years, I have hosted and performed on so many stages between New York and L.A., even a couple in Europe with local, national and international spoken word, vocal music and dramatic artists...or poets that perform, singers and actors.  I have a daughter that is so beautiful that I sometimes stare at her like I did when she was born...not in disbelief but for the extreme I trust that I was given to her for a reason as I trusted that I've been given writing for all of the reasons given over the 30 years I've been doing it. It all goes black to God. it is.

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When & Where

4251 South Campbell Ave
Arlington, 22206

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world. 




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