Art in Motion
April 4th, 2012
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205
6pm – 10pm
An interactive and stimulating sensory experience where visual and performing arts unfold for an explosion of color, sound, and movement. We will have a DJ, with intermittent short performances, and throughout the event; visit the Splatter Paint Room, witness live painting and body painting, get your face painted, and surround your self with circus performers, arts vendors, and guests from all walks of life. All funds raised will benefit Five Points Teen Arts & Business Leadership Experience.
Ietef Vita is a Denver, Colorado native, hailing from the historic Five Points. He has been a long time community activist due to an early awareness of inequity in his neighborhood. At age 25, Ietef Hotep Vita is DJ C.A.V.E.M. (Communicating Awareness Victoriously Educating the Masses) Moetavation, an internationally known HipHop artist, writer/producer, deejay, HipHop Yogi, Afro-Latin percussionist, producer, father, midwife, and environmental and youth advocate. He is an Eco-Cultivator/Educator, sharing his knowledge with various age groups in organic gardening, veganism, holistic health, sustainability, consumption and HipHop culture with Denver’s Blue and Yellow Logic, The GrowHaus, Youthbiz and Detroit-based non-profit Urban Farming.
Denver First Lady, Mary Louise Lee
One of the few natives of Denver, Mary Louise Lee began performing at an early age. For close to 20 years, she has built an extraordinary professional performing career. Mary Louise has performed at numerous high profile events throughout the country, including the 2004 National Democratic Convention in Boston, several private events for the 2008 National Democratic Convention in Denver, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s Inaugural Gala, 2008 Colorado State Senate Opening Ceremony, Denver Mayor’s City Address, the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Responsibility Luncheon and YMCA’s MLK Awards Breakfast, several Denver Nuggets games, the opening of the Red Rocks Visitor Center, and the Games People Play New Year’s Eve Gala just to name a few.
In addition, she is a highly sought after vocal coach, coordinator, director, and mentor for many vocal groups and performance troupes, which include: co-directing the 2003 Inaugural Children’s Choir for the City and County of Denver’s Mayoral Inauguration.
Mary Louise is probably most recognized for her musical stage performances which include: “Powerwoman” in Menopause the Musical – Denver Civic Theatre; “Charlene” in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Top of the Rockies 2005, “Best Actress/Musical”), “Narrator” in Beehive – Country Dinner Playhouse; “Smokey Joe’s Café” – Theatre Aspen; “Geneva” in 1940′s Radio Hour – Arvada Center; “Billie Holiday” in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Westword 2003, “Best Actress in a Musical”) – Shadow Theatre, and nominated by the Denver Post in 2005 for the Denver Post Ovation Award for “Best Year for an Actress”. National credits include: A Brief History of White Music, Beehive and Up On the Roof (Denver Drama Critics Circle 89-90 “Best Performance by Actress/Musical”).
Theo “Lucifury” Wilson
Lucifury is a native of planet Earth, and has spent most of his life there. The rest of his time was spent on the Park Hill continent of planet Denver. He conquered his first empire at the age of 18, but traded it for something more valuable; a rhyme book. After being mistaken for the lord of darkness in his adolescence, he began training as a pupil of the Egyptian god, Osiris. Around this time, he lost his belief in gravity. He only walks so people don’t freak out.
Lucifury is the son of a half-Jamaican wizard who stopped Vietcong bullets with lightning bolts. His mother is a yellow rose who appeared as a woman in his father’s dreams. His grand father made his living by skinning live tigers, and was among the first Negroes to teach steel to fly. Lucifury comes from a family of shamans who study the esoteric magic spells written on the wings of butterflies. He speaks fluent river. Lucifury also possesses x-rated vision, and knows what womens’ dreams look like in the nude.
Lucifury is the proud owner of a pet universe. He has defeated an entire school of ninjas without armor, using nothing but African souls trapped between his toes. He also has an allergy to bullshit, and credits this disability for his not being capable of wackness. After a crash with the Silver Surfer, he had an operation where his blood was swapped for pure liquid charisma. Since this event, he has fathered 20 immortal children made of various shades of light. Lucifury is currently in a relationship with the color black, and loves her for who she is. He is now working on lyrics powerful enough to cure all known and future diseases.
Su Charles – SuCh
As a performer, SuCh has enough energy to power a small city; her passion for music emanating tangibly in venues large and small. As a songwriter, she writes simple songs about complex things – loss, family, love, life, friendship and hardship. She connects emotionally as both with her audiences through melodies that soar, woven in her clear, soulful voice, spiriting them away to distant lands, forgotten memories, and dreams of a better world.
SuCh is Haitian-American and a Boston born, New York raised, California educated, Denver transplant. Just like her upbringing, her road to music has been a scenic journey. It started at the age of 15, when she auditioned for the Grammy Highschool Jazz Ensemble. She was accepted for three consecutive years, 2000-2002, and she had the privilege to tour LA’s best jazz clubs and venues – The Brown Derby, Spaghettini’s, The Knitting Factory, etc. She attended the Grammy Nominee Dinner and the Grammy Awards where she met and performed with Patrice Rushen, Peter Cincotti, Kurt Elling, Dave Koz, Erykah Badu, Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Carlton and Letoya and Latavia (of the former “Destiny’s Child”).
She spent the next few years leading choirs, praise teams and congregations in worship in Boston, Chicago, and Denver. That led her to work with international recording artist K’naan on the choral orchestration and arrangement of his hit single Wavin Flag. She recently finished 63rd out of 112,000 contestants on American Idol Season 11.
Eye Soar Performance