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Saturday, May 14 • 12:30am - 1:30am
Dr. Zhivago

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Sharrif Simmons (aka Dr. Zhivago when performing with his son Omari) is a performance artist, songwriter and activist who’s writing career has spanned more then a decade. Beginning in the early 90′s, his prophetic poetry has become incredibly relevant to today featuring life experiences, political insight and musical ability. His education as a writer began at U.C.L.A. also known as (University on the Corner of Lenox Avenue), at the famed Liberation Bookstore on 131st St. & Lenox Avenue. Founded by his Great Aunt, Una Mulzac, the bookstore has served the Harlem community for over 35 years, 5 of which found Sharrif spending his days there as a book salesman.
As poetry and spoken word underwent a cultural resurgence, Sharrif Simmons became a staple in New York’s cultural art scene. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Cooler, CB’s Gallery, CBGB’s, the Brooklyn Moon Cafe, Satta Cafe, Frank Silvera’s Workshop and Joe’s Pub, were some of the New York based venues that found Sharrif showcasing his poetry on any given night. Poets and emcees like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Asha Bandele, Mike Ladd and Jessica Care Moore, who would eventually publish his first book of poetry Fast Cities And Objects That Burn on her imprint Moore Black Press, would often share the stage with him, helping to develop what has now become “The Movement”. Sharrif is also the main man behind BAAM! Music Fest.


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Saturday May 14, 2011 12:30am - 1:30am
German Club / Das House (18+) 2318 2nd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203

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