Poet/performer shouts out against stereotypes

Carl Hancock Rux
“No Black Male Show”
Hollywood Theatre
8 p.m., Nov. 15, 16, 17

Poet, songster and “activist” Carl Hancock Rux brings his own special fusion of word, dance, social commentary and performance to the Hollywood Theatre, Nov. 15, 16 and 17.

Rux, one of the most lauded young poet/performers to day, created the “No Black Male Show” as a retort to the Whitney Musuem’s notorious 1994 exhibition “Black Male.” Rux’s performance comments, delves and dissects racism, stereotypes and perception through a torrent of poignant vocabulary and imagery.

He has been called “One of the 30 artists under the age of 30 most likely to influence culture over the next 30 years” by the New York Times Magazine.

In 1995 he received the Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s Fresh Poet Award, and in 1996 the Bessie Schomburg Award for Performance.

Prior to the creation of the “No Black Male Show” Rux released, two years ago, his “Rux Revue” CD. (See CD review this edition.) Most recently though he’s published a collection of poetry titled “Pagan Operetta.”

Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy, 8 p.m., Nov. 15, 16, 17. For more information and tickets call PICA at 503-242-1419. Prices are $13 for members and $16 non-members.