Toni trains as a boxer with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines, mastering drills, and even piercing her own ears to fit in. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity amid her newly defined social sphere.
On April 11th, volunteers from all over the world will take to the streets to participate in the 5th Annual Free Listening Day.
Free Listening Day is a day of unity, a day of togetherness, and a day of Listening. People will be heard, stories will be shared, and community will be connected.
To participate, simply go to our website and register as a Free Listener to let us know where you will be Listening on April 11th:
Make a Sign!
Just write "FREE LISTENING" on some cardboard or poster board. Your sign can be as simple or as artistic as you want it to be.
Choose a Spot!
Find a safe street corner where there's lots of foot traffic. Hold up your sign and wait for someone to approach you.
When someone approaches you, put your sign down and listen, giving them your full attention.
If you’ve been curious, if you’ve been waiting to join, or if you’re moved to make a difference, this will be your chance!
Let the trash talk commence! This is for friends and family of The Listening's community - open to you too!
Come hang out with us for First Friday! We got Uno, Jenga, Yahtzee, and more! We’ll have music going, in case you can’t find us!
We'll be on the second floor, in suite 209.
Our Signature Sessions are an opportunity to witness the person behind the art. Artists that grace the stage at these sessions use their talents to inspire, motivate and instigate cultural impact, while raising the bar and showing what makes them artists.
For our first open mic session of the year, we are ready to hear from you! Inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s song of the same title, the stage is ready and the mic is open to for what you have to say. Bring your song, your poetry, bring yo squad!
We are in a new year, and last year was a doozy for many of us. Let this be our energy all year - no matter what’s going on outside, no matter what tries to tear us down, we wanna declare loud and proud: WE GONE BE ALRIGHT!
RSVP here, courtesy of our partner, Give Lively!
$5 donation at the door to benefit our events and programs all year!
Sign up at 7:45p to perform
Signature Artist to be announced shortly!
Introducing “Screen/Shot”, our quarterly film screening and discussion series!
Film and cinema have long been conduits of public engagement, communicating stories and perspectives that challenge our own. Screen/Shot is a quarterly film and discussion program hosted by The Listening with Riverviews Artspace, designed to utilize cinema to explore the many ways that the arts have impacted lives. Current schedule includes screenings and discussions in the months of February, May, August and December.
“Soundtrack For A Revolution” is an award-winning documentary that follows the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, with an emphasis of the music that powered the voice of a generation. Featuring musical interpretations by Wyclef Jean, John Legend, The Roots and Joss Stone, we invite you to join us in revisiting this pivotal moment in our country’s history!
This event is free, but we ask all to consider supporting events like this with a donation! See you there!
Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. Directed by Bobbito Garcia, the duo brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever.
Outside on Court St., there will have an interactive art project with Vector Space. The Before I Die Project invites you to leave your mark on our chalkboard-painted garage door. Started by artist Candy Chang, the “Before I Die” project has challenged communities all over the world to consider how we approach our own death and mortality, and the meaning we attach to it. There will be an open mic at Speakertree on November 8th, hosted by The Listening.
CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
In conjunction with the Maier Museum of Art's exhibition of "Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat", The Listening is hosting an open mic session celebrating, discussing and enjoying the messy miracle of being young. From the recklessness of adolescence to the boldness of pre-adulthood, we invite you to bring your poetry, your songs, your art, your voice. Whether you're navigating your own youth or still young at heart - we're here, and we're listening.
Open Mic Sign Up - 6:45pm
Event Start - 7:00pm (ish)
6:00pm - VIP (Pictures, NEW VIP Experience, Early Entry)
7:00pm - Doors
7:30pm - Start
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What is home for you?
For some of us, it is the four walls that you grew up, with all kinds of significant memories. For others, home is less about the place and more about the people that we've shared these memories with. Whether you call home a place or a group of people, we want to hear from you.
Bring your poetry and spoken word, your music and your talent to the mic. We are listening. Join us in the historic Anne Spencer Garden for this intimate session!
$5: Door Donation
Open Mic Sign-Up: 6:45p
Start time: 7pm
Join The Listening, Inc. with Riverviews Artspace for this free screening of this documentary, setting the stage for one of the most innovative elements of the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and learn how you can be a part of bringing a chapter of Freedom Schools to Central VA!
Our Signature Sessions (formerly known as Stripped Sessions) were created last year as a space for artists to take the stage and become known less as entertainers and more as people. As a mix of local and national traveling artists join us on this stage, we hope for it to be known as a part of what makes The Listening exist.
Wanna be one of the cool kids?
We all know cool when we see it, but we also all have different definitions for what it actually is. It could be the undeniable swagger of Cool Hand Luke or the effortless magic of Beyonce - whatever it is, we've all come across the cool. The stage is open for you.
Come define it for yourselves at the Academy Center of the Arts with your poetry, your songs, your dance, whatever - just keep it cool!
Academy Center of the Arts - Ann White Gallery
600 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA, 24504
$5 // April 13, 2018 // 7PM
Five years ago, a movement began. We want to celebrate with you!
Join us at Chipotle for dinner, and 50% of whatever you spend helps support our mission of "engaging, changing and saving lives". Because hey, these burritos are works of art, amirite?
See you guys there!
Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book.
The Roots made an album.
You have a story. Bring it, on March 18th to The White Hart Cafe.
When in your life have you experienced the tipping point? The theme of this event leaves much room for interpretation - which is where you come in.
Gladwell describes the tipping point as “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire." Hip-hop's number one band, The Legendary Roots Crew released an album of the same name, which fused influences from soul, jazz, and funk.
Storytelling is an ancient tradition and a revered art form. All it takes is your voice.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Queens, it is time we start using our voices and creative gifts to magnify one another's strengths and build each other up. For this open mic session, there's no more room for middle-school girl tearing each other down or backstabbing. Together with the YWCA, we are setting out to speak life to girls' strengths, and bring out the royalty inside.
Bring yourself and a queen you know for our "Queen" open mic on March 9th at 7p at the YWCA! Since this will be a session to encourage and acknowledge, we are asking that all artists consider an atmosphere with respectful language and positive energy. Stay tuned for updates on giveaways and much more!
In the words of Maya Angelou,
"Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it."
"I Am Not Your Negro" is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history.
Inspired by the original text by Carter G. Woodson (“Miseducation Of The Negro”) and multi-award winning debut album by Lauryn Hill (“Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”), The Listening is holding the space for us to discuss all things we’ve learned about love, life, and everything in between.
The last time we were together, we announced a “pursuit of greatness”. But nearly a year later, things have changed for us, and the world around us as well.
Starting at 7pm, Spencer’s Vanguard will take the stage, presenting stories of their own personal journeys in identity.
These poets and musicians from The Listening’s community aim to address the identity of the community that surrounds them, both local, national, and international - from their eyes.
Subject matter will include multiculturalism, loss, diversity, family life, spirituality, love, and community.
Please note that some content may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 18.
Doors Open at 6:30p
$15 at the door.
Join the Academy Center of the Arts and The Listening, Inc., on Friday, October 27, for Give the Drummer Some, featuring a drumming exhibition with local percussionists, followed by a screening of the 2014 Academy Award Winning film 'Whiplash' starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.
- Doors open at 6:30pm
- Music begins at 7:00pm with Viral
- 'Whiplash' screening at 8:00pm
Participating musicians and drummers include: Viral, Brad Cox, and more TBA.
Tickets for this event are just $10.00 and can be purchased online atacademycenter.org or by calling (434) 846-8499.