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UMSL THEATRE PRESENTS "L-VIS LIVES!"

UMSL Theatre
presents
L-vis Lives!
December 1 – 3, 2017
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm
Free Admission
FROM THE POET the Chicago Tribune calls “the new voice of Chicago,” comes L-vis Lives!, a bold new collection of poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture.
L-vis is an imagined persona, a representation of artists who have used and misused Black music. Like so many others who gained fame and fortune from their sampling, L-vis is as much a sincere artist as he is a thief. In Kevin Coval’s poems, L-vis’ story is equal parts forgotten history, autobiography, and re-imaginings. We see shades of Elvis Presley, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, and meet some of history’s more obscure “whiteboy” heroes and anti-heroes: legendary breakdancers, political activists, and music impresarios.
A story of both artistic theft and radical invention, L-vis Lives! is a poetic novella on all of the possibilities and problems of “post-racial” American culture—where Black art is still at times only fully accepted in a white face, and every once in a while an “L-vis” comes along to step in to the void.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-01-2017 7:30 pm
Location
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 North Grand in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Bu St. Louis, MO 63103 US
Kranzberg Arts Center
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