Saturday, May 30, 2009


We love the idea of the Artomatic! This year, we are promised that the tenth year of this unique collaborative event will be like no other year!

Here are some things we are looking forward to and willing to check out for various reasons:

  • BECAUSE THEY ARE PART OF OUR FAMILY-- Liberated Muse Member MAHOGANEE, performing tonight and on June 13. Click HERE for her Artomatic profile. James Terrell performing in June. Click HERE for details.

  • BECAUSE DC IS THE HOME OF LIBERATED MUSE--A visual art historical exhibit of the neighborhoods of Washington DC. Click HERE for details.

  • BECAUSE HIP HOP @ THE ARTOMATIC IS ALWAYS A RARITY--Hip-hop artist Storm the Unpredictable

  • BECAUSE THE NAME ALONE IS COMICAL--Check out the Sarah Palin Tribute Band, I mean, come on, you are interested too to see what they are about. Read their profile HERE.

  • BECAUSE THEY ROCK IT OUT EVERY YEAR @ ARTOMATIC & EVERYWHERE ELSE!-- Check out the go-go band Mambo Sauce who are kicking it off on the 4th of July. Get the details HERE.

  • BECAUSE SHE SHOWS US SUCH BEAUTY THROUGH HER LENS: Camille Mosley-Pasley and her art exhibit on breastfeeding. Read her profile HERE. Artomatic is not Artomatic without a Camille Mosley-Pasley exhibit.

  • BECAUSE WE LOVE BILLIE HOLIDAY: We should check out DC poetess supreme Dehejia Maat as she takes us on a theatrical journey weaving spoken word and song. She is performing this weekend and in June. Read her profile HERE.

And, of course, you HAVE to come and join all of Liberated Muse on Saturday, June 20 @ 6pm and on Friday, July 3 @ 8pm on the Solo Stage at Artomatic as our family celebrates the new Liberated Muse book anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul. Writers from the book will do readings while performers on our network will perform. The roster of performers include Teisha Marie, Dee Stone, Margaux Delotte-Bennett, Farah Lawal, and more! Our hope is that the book will be out by then for purchase!!

Artomatic this year is a can't miss event!

Visit the Liberated Muse profile on the Artomatic site HERE to get dates and location details.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Join Liberated Muse for Fun-Packed Weekend (Fri & Sat)

Mark your calendars for a Liberated Muse weekend which kicks off on June 19 @ the Potter's House in DC. Celebrating the publishing of the first anthology in the Liberated Muse Volume series, there will be live music performances accenting the readings of pieces from the book.
Featured performers include Dee Stone, James Terrell, Anonamas, Gary Young, Quiniece Clarkson, Farah Lawal and more!
On June 20, catch a continuation of the celebration festivities at the Artomatic arts festival in DC. This time you will catch a recap of some of the performers above with original works performed by writer Alan King who is also May's Liberated Muse member of the month.
A can't miss weekend!
Email us at for more information. We will post more info as we get closer to the dates!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed

(in photo: Dr. Ananya Chatterjea)

So, I am pleased to be traveling to this year's PTO conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota and anxious as I pack for my early morning flight. Liberated Muse members of the Saartjie Project will be in attendance, set to perform on Saturday during the conference which begins today until Sunday.

PTO stands for Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed and is an organization of activists, performers and other individuals dedicated to using the arts as a vehicle of social & political transformation. The annual conference typically attracts activist/artists from around the world.

I can't wait to check out workshops from choreographers Dr. Ananya Chatterjea and Marc Bamuthi Joseph and poetry workshops by the DMV's own Sage Morgan Hubbard.

Here are details about the conference:

15th Annual International PTO Conference
Mad as Hell? Now Move (or Draw, or Act...): Organizing for Social Justice
Augsburg CollegeMinneapolis/St. Paul, MN (Twin Cities)
Pre-Conference WorkshopsMay 18-21, 2009
ConferenceMay 21-24, 2009
Post-Conference WorkshopMay 24, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Some Upcoming Festivals to Check Out This Season

While Liberated Muse Productions proudly presents the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest is summer, check out some other festivals taking place in the DC area...we will update you with more each month. Here are some coming up:
The 29th Annual Washington Folk Festival

Saturday, May 30th, 12 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31st, 12 to 7 Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD

Free Event for all ages • Rain or Shine

For more information: or

Held at the historic Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, MD, the free Washington Folk Festival features music, dance, storytelling, and crafts from artists throughout the Washington, DC area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland. The rich assortment of cultures represented is a wellspring of music, song and dance from around the world as well as many traditional American music styles. The Washington Folk Festival showcases continuous performances, a family stage, and workshops for every interest and every age, on seven stages over two days of programming.

43rd Annual ARSC Conference

May 27-30, 2009Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

The full conference program is at

For more information contact David Giovannoni, Program Chair, at, 301.987.2512.

One hundred and thirty years of recorded sound history-from the earliest extant recordings to today's "born digital" formats-will be explored when collectors, archivists, and recording historians convene for the 43 Annual Conference of the Association for Recorded rd Sound Collections (ARSC) in Washington, D.C., May 27-30. Sessions will focus on a full range of musical genres, artists and performances, as well as the timely issues of recorded sound preservation and restoration, public access, and copyright reform. ARSC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, from all periods. The meeting brings together a unique mix of over 200 recorded sound professionals and private collectors - all sharing a passion for our audio heritage.

The 10th Anniversary Washington Jewish Music Festival

June 4th - 11th

Tickets range from free to $35

For tickets: wjmf.orgFor information: 202-777-3251 or

The Festival kicks off with a Pre-Fest Event with Israel's Ivri Lider on June 2, followed by the official Opening Night on June 4 with the award-winning Andy Statman Trio. The Festival closes with a bang with Grammy Award winner Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip Hop Violinist. Other performers include: Pitom, The Sway Machinery, Feinsmith Quartet, Electro Morocco, ShirLaLa and The Kinsey Sicks. There's something for everyone during this festival of live performances, hands-on workshops and cross-cultural dialogs.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Announcing the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest Line-Up


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Bomani Armah


Teisha Marie

Marcel & the Truth


E the R & B Rockstar

...also the following hot acts:

Enoch 7th Prophet


Chaquis Maliq


Keisha "CrY" Prince

Kenny Wesley

Lucky Dub


Infinite Soul ft. Anonamas

Stay tuned for the official launch of the updated website at

Email for vending opportunities.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mothers Change the World-- And You Can, Too!

This is a letter from CODEPINK organizers Jody, Gael and Medea

Dear friend,

This Mother's Day weekend, you're invited to join The Saartjie Project, CODEPINK Women for Peace, and friends for a 24-hour vigil in front of the White House, where we will celebrate all mothers and women, honoring the original Mother's Day Proclamation of 1870 - a call for an end to war. Bring your mom, bring your kids & celebrate peace! You are also especially invited to a happy hour fundraiser to benefit the children of Gaza, and a panel discussion with women from war zones this Friday evening, May 8, at Andy Shallal's new restaurant, Eatonville, across the street from Bus Boys & Poets at 14th and V. Will you join us to celebrate Mother's Day, hear powerful stories and beautiful music, and take part in making history with the largest quilting bee ever outside the White House? Let us know that you'll join us for this inspiring weekend!Friday Night, May 8: Voices of Peace Fundraiser and Women's Panel6pm - 7pm Happy Hour Fundraiser for the children of GazaAn intimate private gathering with our Women's Voices panelists.

Light refreshments will be served.

$25 donation. Reserve your space today!

7-8:30pm Women's Voices PanelPanel discussion with women from war zones & countries under occupation. FREE event!Details at:

Here is your invitation to this wonderful night, which will open our Mother's Day weekend:

Be the first to see Andy Shallal's newest restaurant, Eatonville! Andy has opened a fabulous new restaurant just across from his famous Busboys & Poets restaurant at 14th & V. Help us christen the new Zora Neale Hurston-inspired Eatonville with our Mother's Day kickoff event.Mother's Day Weekend, May 9-10, 1pm to 1pm at Lafayette Park, across from the White HouseHighlights to include: radical acts of knitting, film screenings, Saturday night Women's Voices Concert, activities for kids, pajama party, free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, a peace picnic and more! + We will be joined by many talented special guests for 24 hours of fun, peaceful, Mother's Day festivities!

For more info (including our line up and 24 hour vigil schedule), visit our site:

Let's make this Mother's Day a special one! You'll be in the best of company as we co-create a positive, powerful, compassionate (and pink!) community. And maybe the 3 generations of powerful women in the White House will come out and join us!!Here is your invitation to Mother's Day weekend:

We hope to see you this Friday night and at our 24-hour vigil outside the White House this weekend! Check out the full schedule of activities, buy dinner in the park in advance, and let us know you're coming at Bring your family and be prepared to have a joyful and inspiring time! Mother's Day can be seen at The Real News starting Saturday at 1pm. Visit to take part in the vigil virtually.And even if you can't join us in DC, you can send a rose to honor a mother whose life has been profoundly affected by war. For just $3, you can let a mother who has suffered know that you are standing with her in opposing the madness of war. On Mother's Day, we will present the roses to the mothers and tie others to the fence outside the White House as a memorial to the dead and a moving call for peace. Click here to buy a rose in honor of the mamas.
As President Obama said, "And so sometimes I think that if you just put the mothers in charge for a while, that things would get resolved."

In peace,

Jodie Evans, Gael Murphy, and Medea Benjamin
CODEPINK Co-founders

Mother's Day Weekend is cosponsored by: Action Center for Justice, American Muslim Voice, American Palestinian Women's Association (APWA), Beatitudes Society, Brave New Films, Breast Not Bombs, Congo Global Action, CREDO, Equality Now, Feminist Peace Network, Gabriela Network-Mariposa Alliance, GirleGirlArmy, Global Exchange, Granny Peace Brigade, Institute for Policy Studies, Just Foreign Policy, Little Friends for Peace, Lower East Side Girls Club, MADRE, Mamapalooza, Mothers Acting Up, Mujeres, Inc., Philippines, National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW), National Organization for Women (NOW), Office of the Americas, Peace Action, Peace is Loud, PeaceRoots Alliance, People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), The Real News, The Saartje Project, SeeJaneDo, September Eleventh Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow, United for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace, DC, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, Washington Peace Center, Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), Women for Women International Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Women of Color Resource Center, World's Earth Alliance

On another Note...

Check out Liberated Muse members noon:30's press in online articles from the Washingtonian and the City Paper

Congrats ladies! We can't wait for you to rock out at the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest on July 25, 2009!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Register for Artomatic TODAY Before It's TOO LATE

Artomatic 2009 will be held May 29 to July 5 in Washington DC. Admission to Artomatic is always free for visitors.
Have you registered to be part of it yet? If you are a visual artist, there is a waitlist to be part of Artomatic. However, there still are slots available for performing artists.
Last year and before, Liberated Muse members have been featured in the nationally recognized Artomatic arts festival. Some of the members featured include, Mama Moon and her band Uninterrupted, visual artist GeminiVisions, Camille Mosley-Pasley, Afi Soul, and visual artist Amber Robles-Gordon.
Make sure you register to be featured in Artomatic ASAP! Click here for details and requirements to be part of this annual event.