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IndyFringe: A Sword and a Kiss

When: Sat., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 6 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 9 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 10:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 9 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 1:30 p.m. 2011

This performance utilizes both spoken word and musical elements. Using the pulse and rhythm of the streets, poets, rappers and actors discover truth and the power of love.

NUVO review

3.5 stars

Count on being enlightened as well as entertained during this under-the- radar performance from a trio of young, local hip hop artists. Part one of the show  the “Sword”  is inspired by the Civil Rights movement, with songs lyrically centered on rising up against racism; it is, as one performer describes it between songs, “A history lesson from a black man’s perspective.” The show shifts thematically to brotherhood, love and compassion in part two  the “Kiss.” Their message is powerfully told through thoughtful rhymes and arresting beats. A post-performance Q&A reveals their influences, which include Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco, among others. - Matt McClure

Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12

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