A Thousand Words feat. LA Beckwith & Cole DeGenova


The Gentlemen of Mellow Concepts and Juan Valdivia of All Eyes On Art have conspired once again to feed your senses with a night of uniqueness, mystique, creative appreciation, and creative unity. An event of great entertainment and also of greater purpose, A Thousand Words is a Communion of sorts, offering a space where microphone masters and visual artists can build bridges of communication with a hope that collaborations and relationships (much like that between All Eyes On Art and Mellow Concepts) can b...e born. This is our vision.

Using some of the most captivating performers we've come across, and arming them w/a small team of phenomenal live painters, to offer the audience “….A Thousand Words” while showing the pictures they've painted through their performances.

The featured performers for the evening will perform their poems and our artists will paint their interpretation of the poets work, ensuring that we appeal to more senses than attendees are accustomed to, during a poetry set.

If you’re interested in purchasing a painting, they’ll be available for purchase.

Ace Bar is on 1505 W. Fullerton

$10 Admission

Doors open at 6 p.m., open mic sign up at 6:30 p.m.

Show starts @ 7 p.m.

About your features:

Cole DeGenova - Musician, Poet, And Songwriter Cole DeGenova Has Spent Most Of His Life Crafting His Eclectic Artistic Voice. Born In Chicago And Growing Up In A Family Of Musicians And Artists, DeGenova Began Playing Piano At Age Four And Spent His Childhood Studying Classical Piano, The Jazz And Blues Of His Hometown, And The Pop Music Of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, And D’Angelo. By Age 15 He Was Playing Professionally In Jazz And Blues Clubs On Chicago’s South Side. His Prodigious Talents Led Him To Study At Berklee College Of Music In 2005 Where He Trained Further With Jazz Piano Great Danilo Perez. After Forming His Funky Alternative Soul Group Cole Degenova & The Peoples Republic With Fellow Berklee Students, They Released Their First Album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN In 2009. Three Years Later, And After Thousands Of Miles Of Road Covered, His Second Album, ANOTHER COUNTRY, Is Here This Summer 2012; An Inspired Culmination Of Lessons Learned On The Road, Soulful Melodies, And The Infectious Grooves Of His Band. A Troubadour In The Truest Sense, Cole Degenova Has Performed Alongside Or Opened For The Likes Of Saul Williams, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Meshell N’degeocello, Paula Cole, J Davey, And Rapper The GZA.

L.A. Beckwith - Rising From The Deep Valleys Of Alabama And The Native Soil Of Spoken Word, Known As Chicago, Poet L.A. Beckwith Merges The Attitudes And Styles Of Her Home Towns, Offering A Unique Perspective Evident In Her Work.

During Her Time At UNA, She Became Discontented With The Lack Of Outlets For Creative Expression. She And A Friend, Who Shared The Same Frustration, Formed "Word Of Mouth," An Organization That Held Open Mic Performances On Campus For Students And Others In The Community. "It Was An Atmosphere Created To Encourage Writers To Release Their Joys And Pains Through Spoken Word." The Organization Was An Instant Hit On Campus And Is Still Active Today. L.A. Earned A Bachelor Of Science Degree From UNA In 2002.

She Moved To Southern California In 2004 In An Attempt To Further Her Radio Career. L.A. Began Working For Radio Disney In Los Angeles And Also For An Investment Management Company In Irvine. Even With A Full Schedule, She Still Felt Unfulfilled With Her Career And All The Life In Between. After A Long Hiatus From Writing, She Dove Headlong Back Into Poetry. With A New Spirit Breathed Back Into Her, She Began Performing Spoken Word At Live Poetry Readings Throughout Los Angeles. She Was Determined To Write And The Approbation That She Received From Strangers And Peers, Only Fueled The Fire Within Her To Make Writing Her Life's Work.

L.A. Moved Back To Chicago In 2009 For A Much Needed Change Of Environment And New Inspiration. "I Love Chicago. It's So Rich In History And Culture. Some Of My Favorite Literary Predecessors Were Either From Or Lived In Chicago. Some Of Them Include, Gwendolyn Brooks, Claude Mckay And Lorraine Hansberry. I Wanted To Be Here And Perhaps, Be A Part Of Continuing Their Legacy."

If L.A. Had Any Doubt In Her Mind About Her Life's Calling, Fate Intervened And Made Things Clear. She Was Hospitalized In 2010 And Diagnosed With Lupus And End Stage Renal Disease At 30 Years Old. Unable To Work, She Took Advantage Of Her Free Time And Started Vigorously Writing Her Debut Book, Black Pearls Before Swine. She Received A Kidney Transplant In February 2012, Doing Well And Excited About The Release Of Her First Book.


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