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The Mayhem Poets

7:30 pm Thursday, January 28, 2016

Scott Raven, Mason Granger, and Mikumari Caiyhe—collectively known as The Mayhem Poets—are on a mission to make poetry appealing to the masses. Described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert,” these lyrical virtuosos, who met at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, merge elements of hip-hop, theatre, improvisation, and stand-up comedy to express insights about the issues of our times. In 2006, the poets won first place and a grant in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge. Since then, the group’s approach to the spoken word has landed it on NBC’s Today and on tours of the United States and beyond. The trio’s name is derived from the 1999 film Fight Club, but the poets are language lovers, not fighters. “Their only weapon is words, specifically the snappy, streetwise art known as slam poetry,” writes a New York Times reviewer. “And they deploy it brilliantly … .”

The performance contains adult language.

Adult $25
University Park Student $9
18 and Younger $20

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, January 28, 2016

Schwab Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring the three Mayhem Poets performers, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.