After a year's hiatus, the B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop summit has returned to Intermedia Arts with an ongoing art exhibit, dance workshops, and this weekend's day-long block party. In addition to dance, film, art, and a live mural painting (which will once again transform the exterior walls of the gallery), the block party will showcase a selection of female musicians. Spoken-word poet Tish Jones will kick off the day's performances, followed by a trifecta of hip-hop powerhouses teaming up for a performance called "Partners in Rhyme" that includes freestyle trio Bloody Black Eyes (Indigo, Miss Cellanious, and SpikaBoxxx), beatbox duo Ill Chemistry (Desdamona and Carnage), and Puerto Rican R&B/rap diva Maria Isa. The night caps off with a set by the mysteriously billed Twin Cities All-Stars—and we can only guess what surprises will be in store for attendees by the time these special headliners take the stage. With Katana, Akira Johnson, Black Pearl, Eternia (featuring Chesney Snow), and DJ Chela. All ages.
Sat., Sept. 19, 12-10 p.m., 2009