B-Girl Be Carnival! Block Party

Part park-party revival by females, part bring-your-daughter-to-hip-hop day, this recurring, one-of-a-kind celebration of women in rap, graffiti, and hip-hop dance is so much fun that its uplift can feel like a bonus. DJ Pam the Funkstress of Oakland rap greats the Coup headlines with witty New York rapper Amanda Diva opening, but the highlights are all around: live aerosol murals going up over the walls, b-girls from around the world, an MC "battle to the death" with male and female participants, an art marketplace, workshops, films, an interactive art exhibit, and other related dance performances inside with separate (though cheap) admission: Beat Contortionists at 2 p.m., and Decipher This at 10 p.m. Inspiring for girls, invigorating for everyone, this is one of the few multi-medium hip-hop parties left. Noon to 10 p.m. Sliding donation until 6 p.m., $5 to $10; $10 starting at 6 p.m. For a full schedule of related B-Girl Be events (including many on other days and at other locations), visit intermediaarts.org.
Sat., Sept. 4, 12-10 p.m., 2010

 
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