Gay poet Regie Cabico is in South Florida this week as part of Tigertail Productions’ SpeakOut workshop series for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens.
Here’s a video featuring a Cabico’s performance from Def Poetry, followed by a schedule of this week’s events and Tigertail’s news release:
Regie Cabico SpeakOut Schedule in Miami
Monday, January 25
- 9:00 -10:45am, Performance and Workshop with GLBT support groups at North Miami Beach Senior High School
Tuesday, January 26
- 2:30-3:30pm, Workshop with GLBT support groups at Homestead Senior High School
- 6:30 pm, Workshop for LGBTQ teens from Pridelines Youth Services at Empower U. Free and open to all teens.
Wednesday, January 27
- 12:45-3:45pm, Performance and Workshop with GLBT support groups at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School
Thursday, January 28
- 5:30 pm, SpeakOut Open Mic and Slam for GLBT youth hosted by Regie Cabico at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach. Each participant (21 and under please) gets a chance to arouse, provoke and inspire with spoken word poetry! Material needs to be gay friendly. Free and open to all teens with no reservations needed. Sign up at the event.
Friday, January 29
- Noon, Workshop with gay and straight students at Academy of Arts & Minds School.
- 8:00 pm, reading and performance at Books & Books, courtyard, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. Free and open to all.
For more information contact Tigertail at 305 324 4337 or visit their website at www.tigertail.org. There is no charge for SpeakOut programs.
Florida’s pioneer of innovative arts & culture
Playwright, Comedian, Queer Poet Regie Cabico Comes to Miami January 25-29, 2010
Featuring Tigertail SpeakOut Workshops & Slam for Gay Youth
Tigertail Productions continues its SpeakOut project for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning) teens with a weeklong residency with nationally recognized, Washington, DC-based, Filipino-American spoken word pioneer Regie Cabico. School and community workshops, a poetry slam evening geared towards LGBTQ youth, and a reading for a general audience, take place throughout Miami-Dade County. All events are free. For more information and a full schedule visit www.tigertail.org or call Tigertail Productions at 305 324 4337.
Regie Cabico won a Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam and received multiple top prizes in National Poetry Slams. He performed two seasons on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” His work appears in over 30 anthologies. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including one from the Ford Foundation. His plays have been produced at the Humana Theater Festival, Kennedy Center Play Lab and Joe’s Pub, among others. Regie is described as “a high-energy star and a whirlwind of great comedic timing”. He is considered one of the up-and-coming Asian-American stand-up comics.
During his residency, Regie Cabico will lead workshops for students at Miami-Dade public high schools, hosted by individual Gay Straight Alliances/ Safe Schools South Florida and other groups. The public high schools involved include Homestead Senior, Dr. Michael M. Krop and North Miami Beach Senior. Other workshops will take place at the Miami charter school, Art & Mind and Pridelines. SpeakOut workshops train LGBTQ youth in writing and speaking skills within a medium that blends poetry, theater and hip hop culture and also provides opportunities for LGBTQ teens to perform their work.
The youth component of the residency culminates in a SpeakOut Open Mic and Slam for GLBT teens, hosted by Regie Cabico at the Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach, on Thursday, January 28. This is an opportunity for teens to read and perform their poetry, as well as to experience Cabico’s performance work. There is no charge to attend but each participant must be under 21-years old and material must be gay friendly. No reservations are needed. Those interested in the Open Mic and Slam need to register at the event between 5:00 and 5:30pm at the Miami Beach Regional Library. Free roundtrip bus transportation will be provided to students attending from participating high schools and Pridelines. For more information on all youth events visit Tigertail on the web at www.tigertail.org or call 305 324 4337.
Finally, Cabico will read and perform his writings and poetry on Friday, January 29 at 8:00 pm, at Books & Books, Courtyard, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. This event is free and open to the general public.
“Regie Cabico is a pioneer of spoken word in this country. This informed, versatile, and witty voice needs to be heard by South Florida audiences, both in the schools and in the community,” said Mary Luft, Tigertail Executive Director. “Our Tigertail SpeakOut project, which has presented such artists as Emanuel Xavier, Scott Turner Schofield and Staceyann Chin, continues this season to bring quality LGBTQ programming to Miami.”
SpeakOut grows out of Tigertail Productions’ existing and highly successful Tigertail WordSpeak teen spoken word project, which brings poets and performers to Miami each year to lead workshops for teens. Tigertail also sponsors and coaches a WordSpeak team of Miami teens who attend the national Brave New Voices spoken word youth slam and festival in the summer. Tigertail produces a book and a CD of the teen poems. Gay teens from the SpeakOut project have the opportunity to participate in the main WordSpeak program adding their unique voices to Miami’s youth culture.
Tigertail Productions, founded in Miami in 1979, is Florida's pioneer of innovative cultural work, and produces a full season of contemporary performance, along with projects in the literary and visual arts. The 2009-10 season has already included a book launch and reading of Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual; a concert by the Dutch group, Third Man Trio; AXIS Dance Company, physically-integrated dance company from San Francisco, as part of danceAble and the FDA WinterFest; Delta blues great David “Honeyboy” Edwards at the Colony Theatre, February 20; the virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke, March 20, also at the Colony; Alta Realitat, a dance/theater duo from Barcelona, Spain, April 9 & 10, again at the Colony; and spoken word and literary arts events throughout the year, including Iyeoka Okowa with WordSpeak mid-April and a Tigertail “green” fundraiser, May 15. For more information about Tigertail and full season details visit them on the web at www.tigertail.org or call 305 324 4337.
The SpeakOut program and Regie Cabico residency is made possible in part by a grant from the GLBT Community Projects Fund at Dade Community Foundation, Greater Miami’s permanent endowment made possible by generous donors since 1967, ES Moore Family Foundation, Miami Dade Public Library, Miami Dade Public Schools, Miami River Inn, Books & Books, Safe Schools of South Florida, the C/APP Alternate ROOTS program with funds from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Tigertail is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPNN). This project is made possible in part by support form the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors to the National Performance Network include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. For more information visit www.npnweb.org.
Tigertail’s 30th season is made possible by community partners and supporters including Season partners and supporters: Aquarius Press; Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; Audrey Love Charitable Foundation; Barefoot Wine; Biscayne Times; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites; Centro Cultural Español (CCE); The Children’s Trust; City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of the Netherlands; Dade Community Foundation; Dorsch Gallery; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Florida Dance Association; Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; Funding Arts Network; The Galler Group; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Grolsch; MiamiArtZine; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami River Inn; National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network with major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation; the New Hotel; Pridelines; Publix Super Markets Charities; River Lounge; Safe Schools South Florida; The Sain-Orr Royak DeForest Steadman Foundation; Rain Organics; River Lounge; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; Southern Arts Federation; VSA Arts of Florida; Vortex Communications; WDNA & WLRN FM and our many private supporters.