Rapper brings Seattle hip hop to Juneau
Seattle rap and hip hop artist MG! The Visionary makes his Juneau debut Friday at ANB Hall. His show will feature work from his CD "TransparEmcee," released in early 2000.
"I have two guys with me, another emcee, Othello, and a DJ, Manuel," MG said. "It's the basic hip hop set up the DJ keeping the music up in back. There'll be a lot of stuff freestyle on the spot, we vibe off the audience."
MG! The Visionary emphasizes Christian themes in his performances.
"It's just hip hop, but I'm a Christian and I definitely represent Christ. It's all positive," MG said.
MG will speak to youth groups at a variety of Juneau churches this week. His concert and speaking tour is sponsored locally by Valley Chapel. Shane Beider, who worked with the youth group at Auke Bay Bible Church, organized the show.
"I have a bunch of his CDs," Beider said. "I like his music, he's a positive rapper, and I wanted to let kids see some positive hip hop."
Before embarking on a solo career, the artist performed in the early 1990s in the group New Life Crew and from 1993 to 1996 in Third Nail Productions.
The show starts about 7 p.m. Friday and there may be an opening act. Admission is $3.
Comedians perform at Marlintini's
Comedian Ted Alexandro will perform two shows this weekend at Marlintini's Lounge.
Alexandro has appeared in his own half-hour comedy special on the Comedy Central television network, on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. He has performed in theater and musical productions and in comedy clubs across the country.
Alexandro takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Comedian Jerry Evans of Fairbanks will open the shows. Tickets are $12, available at Hearthside Books and at the door. The Vancouver, British Columbia, rock band Monkey Wrench will perform after each show.
Poetry and authenticity
Jim Hale will look at writers ranging from Geoffrey Chaucer to Bob Dylan on Friday when he presents a lecture "This Note's for You: English poetry and the Quest for Authenticity," at 7 p.m. in Egan Library.
Hale, a UAS English teacher, presents the final event in the "Evening at Egan" series at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Hale said poetic authenticity is a slippery concept to define. Beginning with Chaucer and 16th-century English poet John Skelton and then jumping to 20th-century American poet Robert Lowell and songwriter Bob Dylan, he'll talk about poetry's function as a social skill and how it changes in response to the appropriation of its formal characteristics to other, non-poetic ends. He said the talk's title comes from the Neil Young song "This Note's for You," which addresses the same issue.