Omaha serves up some Verbal Gumbo
December 31st, 2011
Omaha, NE – Over the last several months Omahaâ€™s arts scene has been getting a little spicy with bowls of Verbal Gumbo.
â€œDee-Jay Realâ€ along with dozens of other people filled a dimly lit room at the House of Loom in downtown Omaha earlier this month. Poets with a variety of topics stepped to the microphone and performed spoken word pieces. An artist who goes by the name of â€œEpiphanyâ€ stepped to the mic and performed an original spoken word piece called Help Us:
â€œOur youth are so dead inside. Waking up only to want to go back to sleep. Wishing their harsh reality was simply a bad dream. Wishing their dreams werenâ€™t hindered by what life seems to throw at them. I came to this world with something to give, but life circumstances have taken away my every motivation to live. Help us, but more importantly help us to help ourselves.â€
Felicia Webster or â€œWithlove, Felicia,â€ as sheâ€™s known, is one of the organizers who hosts the show.
Webster is a native of Omaha, who spent some time on the East Coast. She said she had the opportunity to connect with the big city art scene there. And she decided she wanted to bring that back home. Since September, sheâ€™s been working with other local artists to make that happen. Webster said Verbal Gumbo gives all artists a chance to freely express themselves.
â€œWeâ€™re all about promoting and empowering artist of all facets aside from the foundation of poetry,” she said. “Art is historical as far as who we are. It leaves trends, and it leaves and permeates history.â€
After the spoken word session, singer Dani Cleveland performed, and local fashion designers presented some of their work.
The next Verbal Gumbo is January 19th at 7:30pm at the House of Loom in downtown Omaha. The event will honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in celebration of Kingâ€™s birthday.