Saturday: Kondwani Fidel: Pieces of a G Unplugged

June 4

Poet and spoken word performer Kondwani Fidel first came to the attention of the Baltimore City Paper with a gorgeous and devastating video for his poem, 'Baltimore Bullet Train,' which fervidly bemoaned street violence: "People can't even say 'the summer is mine'/ You can't enjoy yourself looking over your shoulder every five minutes without hearing guys dumping the nine/ Wearing R.I.P. shirts, my little man got slumped in his ride." It's the kind of work that blew everybody away, but—given his ongoing progression and political sophistication—it feels years and years away from where his work's at currently. Since then, Kondwani Fidel's profile has risen, thanks to a series of similarly politically-engaged poems, the book of poems "Asperous Artistry," and a series of performances in which he sets his poems to music. Join him at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center where he'll perform with guitarist Alexander Falu. 7:30 p.m., Downtown Cultural Arts Center, 401 N. Howard St., (410) 837-2787, downtownculturalartcenter.org, $25. (Brandon Soderberg)

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