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No Sleep ’til Brooklyn
A powerHouse Hip Hop Retrospective

Event Programming During VH1 Hip Hop Honors Week: October 13–16, 2006

The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
For more information, please call 212-604-9074 x100

Exhibition Open Daily to the Public: October 13–November 19, 2006
No Sleep ’til Brooklyn is a 30-year retrospective of hip-hop culture documenting its humble beginnings in the South Bronx through its glorious rise to global domination. The group exhibition represents every element of hip hop—from the breakers, graffiti writers, emcees, and djs to the photographers, writers, personalities, and fans who have made hip hop the greatest single force in pop culture. But this is by no means a story of celebrity, fame, and mass-market names. As KRS-One said, “Rap is something you do, hip hop is something you live.” And so we dedicate No Sleep ’til Brooklyn to the people and to the streets, paying tribute to the founders, the innovators, and the next generation.

The show will feature works by artists including Bob Adelman, Charlie Ahearn, Patti Astor, Janette Beckman, Peter Beste, Le Bijoutier, BLADE, Boogie, Martha Camarillo, Henry Chalfant, Vincent Cianni, Claw Money, CYCLE, Martha Cooper, DAZE, Martin Dixon, DR.REVOLT, ELLIS G., Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Carol Friedman, Ruediger Glatz, Hamburger Eyes, Lisa Kahane, Brenda Kenneally, Brian Kenny, Seth Kushner, LADY PINK, Maripol, NATO, Charles Peterson, Mark Peterson, Ricky Powell, QUIK, Lee Quinones, Carlos “MARE 139” Rodriguez, Joseph Rodriguez, Randy “KEL 1st” Rodriguez, Thomas Roma, Jamel Shabazz, STAY HIGH 149, Peter Sutherland, TEAM, TOOFLY, Craig Wetherby, David Wong, and David Yellen.

Friday, October 13, 2006, 6:00–10:00 pm
Hip Hop: By All Means Necessary
New York premier screening of the first documentary film by acclaimed photojournalist Brenda Kenneally
The film is a graphic and gripping journey inside the rap game. Featuring the members of the MMO clique based in Brooklyn, including Big Trigg, Sha, Skinny Minnie, and Foogie, the film travels around the city and across the country to explore how young black youth are hustling hop hop as a way to make something of their lives. But this is by no means a sugar-coated story; the film opens with a young man killed by the police; it takes you on stage with Ol’ Dirty Bastard at one of his final performances; it shows life in the projects as they are lived. Hip Hop: By All Means Necessary appearances by Brooklyn’s own MMO clique; Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Kurupt (Tha Row), Old Dirty Bastard (Wu Tang Clan), LA Confidential, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Funkmaser Flex, and Kante West, among many others.
Panel discussion featuring MMO clique members Big Trigg, Foogie, Sha, Skinny Minnie, and others to follow.

Saturday, October 14, 2006, 6:00–10:00 pm
The Fun’s Not Over Yet!
Film Screening: Trailer for the upcoming documentary film, Patti Astor’s FUN Gallery (Robert David Films)
The world famous FUN Gallery was the epicenter of the early 80's East Village cultural explosion. The first gallery in that then tenement neighborhood was founded in 1981 by underground film star Patti Astor and Bill Stelling. It showcased the works of artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat, Lee Quinones, Keith Haring, Dondi White, ZEPHYR, Kenny Sharf, FUTURA 2000, A ONE, FAB 5 Freddy, and DR.REVOLT. The gallery provided many artists with their first solo shows and introduced countless others to the established art world for the first time. In 1983 then Citibank art advisor Jeffery Deitch stated in People magazine that the Fun Gallery was „one of the hottest galleries in the city.

FUN! The True Story of Patti Astor, her first book to be published by powerHouse Books, relates her escapades at that storefront pioneering space along with the unique FUN Gallery crew of graffiti artists, rock, rap and movie stars, uptown collectors, scheming Soho dealers and neighborhood kids and hipsters.

The FUN Gallery panel will be moderated by Patti Astor and features some of the influential and original members of the FUN Crew:
• FAB 5 Freddy on the landmark coming together of uptown and downtown for which he was the chief ambassador.
• LEE Quinones as the first FUN artist to be signed to a major gallery (Barbara Gladstone) on making that transition.
• ZEPHYR , like LEE renowned as a King of The Line, on making the move from the yards to the galleries while staying true to his beliefs something he shared with the late Dondi White.
• Diego Cortez who curated the first "outlaw" art shows, "Batman,” "Grutzi Elvis," and the groundbreaking "New York New Wave" on bringing this art to a larger audience.

Patti Astor will introduce each panelist by reading short excerpt from her book. The panel will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Film Screening: Wild Style Screening
For those craving the true roots of rap, Wild Style captured the hardcore South Bronx scene at its birth. The stars of Wild Style form the pantheon of hip hop’s pioneers: DJ’s Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore, D.St.; rappers Grand Master Caz and The Cold Crush Bros, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Double Trouble, Fantastic Freaks and Rammelzee and b-boy champions The Rock Steady Crew. Beat Music by legendary Blondie guitarist Chris Stein and Fred Brathwaite. Wild Style stars the legendary subway artist Lee Quinones and the queen of the graffiti scene, Sandra PINK Fabara. Graffiti Masters DONDI, ZEPHYR, and DAZE also bombed for the movie. Patti Astor stars as Virgiina, the downtown reporter who comes uptown to dig the scene. Fab 5 Freddy, who along with writer/producer/director Charlie Ahearn, helped create Wild Style, shines as the smooth hip-hop impressario Phade. Wild Style follows the outlaw artists through the train yards to the rap/breakin’ clubs. The movie culminates at a massive outdoor jam, definitely the most famous hip-hop party in history!

Sunday, October 15, 2006, 6:00–9:00pm
An Evening with Jamel Shabazz
Hosted by TRACE
Since the 2001 publication of his first monograph, Back in the Days, hip-hop culture’s premier street photographer and documentarian.Jamel Shabazz has inspired a new generation to learn their history and celebrate their heritage. Committed to preserving the community and uplifting the people, Shabazz will host an evening featuring a selection of the music that inspired his work, a slide show and lecture exploring his vast archive covering the past 30 years, host a Q&A session, and screen a trailer from the forthcoming documentary film, 1 Love, on himself, as well as photographers Ernie Pannicoli and Joe Conzo.

Monday, October 16, 2006, 4:00–10:00pm
Women in Hip Hop
Held in conjunction with Black Girls Rock
Hosted by Brooklyn Bodega
All too often, women are overlooked, marginalized, or just flat out insulted in hip-hop culture. This event is designed to give women their due while creating a forum for critical discussion and pro-active and positive approached to problem solving. Featuring a panel discussion with acclaimed female artists and writers, Women in Hip Hop will discuss the challenges they have faced as women setting out to make their mark in a traditionally male dominated culture, providing both inspiration to young women and girls, as well as offering insight of their struggles to the men and boys with whom they work, love, and live. The event will also feature a performance from local Brooklyn songstress, Maya Azucena who most recently performed at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, as well as a PSA from Black Girls Rock, and a multi-media presentation for We B*Girlz, the first book of female breakers around the world today by Martha Cooper and Nika Kramer.

The Women in Hip Hop Panel discussion will be moderated by powerHouse Book Publicity Director and No Sleep ‘til Brooklyn curator Miss Rosen and will feature a broad range of women whose work has influenced hip hop for the past three decades including:
• Patti Astor, co-founder of FUN Gallery
• Janette Beckman, photographer of some of the 80s most iconic album covers
• Beverly Bond, Founder and President of Black Girls Rock
• CLAW Money, graffiti glamour girl and fashion designer
• Martha Cooper, legendary hip hop documentarian
• Delphine Fawundu-Buford, street photographer and portraitist
• LADY PINK, legendary graffiti writer and artist
• Joan Morgan, author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
• Rokafella, b-girl extraodinaire
• TOOFLY, hot young urban muralist

Short Film Screening: Redder than Red
Celebrated photographer Martha Cooper and writer Nika Kramer make their directorial debut with the story of Hanifa 'Queen' Hudson aka Bubbles, the pioneering female breakdancer who rose to fame in the early '80s with breakdance crew 'The B-Boys', via appearances on TV and in early Hip Hop films 'Electro Rock' and 'Bombin'. Widely acknowledged as the first female breaker to compete with men in the almost exclusively male emerging Hip Hop culture, Bubbles remains an inspiration to B-Girls all over the world. Bubbles became famous through a line in Electro Rock when the host says: “Check out the one in red—it’s a girl!” Since she is Jamaican-British, we took our title from the old Bob Marley song Redder than Red (which means hotter than hot). Combining vintage and recent footage, the film explores the life history of a talented, now 37 year old, Jamaican-British girl who got caught up in the excitement of Hip Hop in the early 80’s, attained a measure of fame, was virtually forgotten, but has recently re-entered the scene. In the intervening years, Bubbles married, had a son, divorced, and converted to Islam, changing her name to Hanifa. The film captures the excitement of the early days of Hip Hop as it arrived fresh from the Bronx to England in the 80's. The film’s highlight is a reunion of Bubbles’ crew, the B-Boys, in the local community center where they dance together for the first time in nearly 20 years. An interview with Bubbles describing her life and her feelings about it, weaves the segments together.

Drinks courtesy of Brooklyn Lager.


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