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Word Up! In-Person: Hip Hop And Freestyle Rap


  • WHEN Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

The Old Globe's Word Up project, which ran virtually throughout the entire pandemic, is finally going in-person at The Globe, in the Copley Plaza — they're using super dramatic, sci-fi-esque terminology like "reactivation" of the plaza, which I will allow on account of it being June 2021. This week's program will feature Miki Vale, hip hop extraordinaire and founder of SoulKiss Theater and rapper Ric Scales, and a live audience. Vale will DJ a set for the audience to dance to (or to just sit and listen to while you wonder if you remember how to interact with other humans), then they'll follow it with a hip hop and freestyle rap session with Vale and Scales.

Details: Friday, June 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Free.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From The Old Globe:
The beloved Word Up! program is back and in person!

You read that right, we will see you on our outdoor plaza ready for some exciting times together. Dance to Miki Vale's beats from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and then at 5:30 p.m. enjoy a night of hip hop and freestyle rap collaboration with YOU, and Globe-commissioned playwright Miki Vale with hip hop artist Ric Scales, featuring community guest Lorna De La Cruz.

Miki Vale is an international Hip Hop artist, Teaching Artist and commissioned playwright with San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. She has co-created physical and virtual spaces for women’s presence
and engagement, such as SoulKiss Theater (), exploring the impact of Hip Hop culture on race, class, and gender. In 2016 and 2018 she was the DJ and sound designer for The Old Globe’s Globe for All Tour.

Ric Scales is one half of the San Diego hip-hop group 18scales. Taking from both the old and new school, adding in storytelling and varied content, he tries to push boundaries musically and consciously. With beginnings in battle rap, he developed a skill for freestyling that helped him become the multiple-time champion of No Sucker DJs Battlebot monthly hip-hop tournament. As an artist, he has opened for acts such as Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), KRS-1, Raewkon, and 2 Chainz.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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