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Thank you everybody for making Last Saturday's Creative Minds gathering (Aug. 31) so awesome! Maybe it was because so many people wore red (the color of the day), shared their laughter, enjoyed themselves and vibed up the place. Maybe it was because so many of our favorite people came through. So much fun, information and sharing. I'm telling you, you missed a real treat if you missed this one.
The GOS guacamole alone is worth the trip so mark your calendar and join us on Saturday, September 28 for something positive, uplifting and beneficial, "Creative Minds #5" at the GOS Art Gallery Studio, 1825 Del Paso Blvd., 2 PM. The Scribes will introduce to some and re-introduce to others their 5th anthology, "African Reflections"
The color for the day will be, Africa: dashikis, bubas, kente, cowries, head wraps, kufis, however you reflect or express our African heritage. Yaaaaaay!
May 25, Straight Out Scribes launches Creative Minds, a new, family friendly, all ages welcome poetry series at GOS art gallery and studio. 1825 Del Paso Blvd., Suite 2, Sacramento, CA. Mark your calendar and come help us celebrate the launch of a new monthly series at the GOS Art Gallery Studio, Uptown. FREE! Door prizes, open mic, community announcements and refreshments, All ages welcome! For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org -
May 9, 2019
8 p.m. at Luna's Café, 1414 16th St.
Straight Out Scribes will feature
Plenty of Open Mic
Geoffrey Neil is the host
$2 cover or one drink minimum
Food and drink available for purchase.
Space is limited. Street parking is limited. Parking garages available nearby
April 13, 2019
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento
Revealing the Tapestries of Our Life Stories
Workshop: The Art of Word Weaving with Dr. VS Chochezi and Staajabu--Join mother/daughter poetry team Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu, known as Straight Out Scribes, as they describe and demonstrate their unique style of spoken word and how they craft their art.
There is a smorgasbord of workshop offerings and presenters.
$35 early bird tickets. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, visit ourlifestories.org
June 30, 2018 - FREE - Sacramento Poetry Center, SOS Family Art Show Legacy closing reception.
Saturday, 6/9 - FREE - Sacramento Poetry Center, Straight Out Scribes Family Art Show Legacy Exhibit Opening Reception, 4pm with art talks and performances with art from Jessa Ciel, Billy and Tisho Ward, Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu along with Areyana Jones.
June 7 at noon on KUBU Access Sacramento Radio 96.5 fm the Scribes will talk about the family art show. Tune in!
June 1, 7:00 PM, Guild Theater, Opening Panel Discussion led by the featured authors. Free and open to the public. Must RSVP to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-events-for-the-5th-annual-sacramento-black-book-fair-sbbf-tickets-45969487976
June 2, 6 p.m. at The Guild, SOS will feature. The Book Fair is jam packed with authors and activities so be sure to check out the schedule, but don't forget to join us at The Guild at 6.
May 31, FREE - 9:00-10:00 a.m. Straight Out Scribes will be guests of Beth Ruyak of INSIGHT on CAP public radio along with Faye Kennedy and Frederick Foote to talk about the upcoming Sacramento Black Book Fair and to share some poetry with the listening audience. Will also air from 8-9pm. 90.9 FM Sacramento and 88.9 FM Sacramento
Saturday 5/19 - FREE Uptown Arts Fest at Roberts Family Development Center, Sacramento 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Featuring Shawn Raiford Experience Band, with Straight Out Scribes serving as the MCs as well as sharing their dynamic poetry. Diva Market vendors will be on hand, along with door prizes and fun for the whole family.
Saturday, 28th - Performances and Workshops - Sierra Nevada Poetry Festival - 10am - 5:30pm, Sierra College Grass Valley Main Stage, 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA - 530-278-5155 - Tickets $25-$45. Register in advance at www.nevadacountyarts.org
Sunday 2/18 10am - 5pm - FREE - Crocker Museum, Black & Beautiful Community Marketplace, Family Festival, 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA - 916-808-7000 - www.crockerart.org
Sunday 2/18 5-6pm - FREE - "Conversations with Artists" Celebration Arts Theater - Open House, 2727 B Street, Sacramento, CA - 916-455-2787 - www.celebrationarts.net
Friday 2/23 - 6pm - UC Davis School of Medicine Student National Medical Association 11th Annual Candle Light Dinner at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sac, CA - email@example.com FREE but must register at https://candlelightdinner2018.evenbrite.com
Thanksgiving Day, November 2017 tune into KUBU 96.5 Radiio, Access Sacramento for Straight Out Scribes guest appearance on "Sacramento Airs" with Charlene Jones from 4-5 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 3-5 pm, at GOS Art Gallery, 1825 Del Paso Blvd. Suite 2, Sacramento.
Wear your most cosmic, futuristic, science fiction, intergalactic outfit and accessories and join in the fun as mother/daughter poets Straight Out Scribes Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu embark on their newest venture, "Caledonia's Daughters", a unique work combining the art of poetry and short short stories about interplanetary Black women in the future.
The Launch will feature a presentation by Simpson on the current art exhibited at the gallery. Editor Dr. V.S. Chochezi will speak on the publishing process and author, Staajabu will read from the book and talk about the historical participation of African American Science Fiction writers. There will be door prizes, refreshments, community announcements and books will be available to purchase and sign. Admission is absolutely FREE.
Caledonia's Daughters is also available on Amazon.com including a Kindle edition for those of you who can't make it. Don't forget to Like us on Face Book @ Straight Out Scribes (SOS).
Join Straight Out Scribes as we welcome Mama C back to Sacramento on her latest heal the community tour!
An Evening with Mama C (Tanzania) and Straight Out ScribesGoing
Mar 10, 7:30 PM ·
Gold Lion Arts
2733 Riverside Blvd
Sacramento, California 95818
Straight Out Scribes Celebrated 25 Years with Release of “Mud Cloth Roots” Feb. 2015
Friday, February 24 BAPAC Sacramento Cannabis Education Forum!
From 8:30am-4:30pm. Tickets are only $50
Located at the Capitol Event Center, 1020 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814 (Between J & K Sts.; park in parking garage at 10th & L; in alley next to Chops Restaurant). 916-750-0086.
www.bapacsac.org/registration or go to EventBrite.com to register.
Join this "All Star" cast of panelists as we learn the difference between medical cannabis vs. recreational; various strains, THC/CBD levels, types of business in the cannabis industry (transportation, marketing, products, cultivation, graphic design, etc.); discuss city, county and state ordinances, taxation, zoning, licensing and laws and regulations, Prop 64 and records expungement and more! Question & Answer session. Continental breakfast & lunch provided. Please RSVP. Don't get left out! It's being called the upcoming "Gold Rush" in California.
Lori Ajax (Chief, CA Bur. of Medical Marijuana Regulation aka Marijuana Drug Czar), Assemblymember Jim Cooper, Councilmember Allen Warren, Councilmember Ben Bartlett (Berkeley), William Jahmal Miller (Deputy Director) Office of Civil Rights), Amber Morris (Chief, CA Dept. of Food & Ag., CalCannabis Licensing), Lauren Michaels (CA Police Chiefs Assoc.), Tim Cromartie (League of CA Cities), Cat Packer (Drug Policy Alliance - Los Angeles), Roland Tiemann, (Defense Attorney), Lanette & Donald Davies (Canna Care), Sue Taylor (iCANN Health Center), Scott Bonagofsky (Cannplex) & others! Spoken word performance by the infamous Straight Out Scribes (V.S. Chochezi & Staajabu). www.bapacsac.org
January 16, 2017
Saturday, October 31 – 2-4 pm: Gerry GOS Simpson presents:
The first ever “Senior Readers Speak” kick off for a monthly reading
with a focus on Seniors who enjoy the Literary Arts to be held at
GOS Art Gallery Studio, 1825 Del Paso Blvd. Sacramento.
Mark your calendars and come hear what our seniors and elders have to say.
All ages welcome, refreshments, door prizes, community announcements and fun galore.
Our first feature will be James W. Sweeney, Esquire. Contact Staajabu @ 916-601-5980,
firstname.lastname@example.org - FREE – This is a Straight Out Scribes Production.
Sunday, September 13 – 2:30-5:30 pm – James W. Sweeney and Associates present Straight Out Scribes, “Celebrating 25 Years”. The Regis Bldg, 3rd Floor - 1100 Eleventh Street, Sacramento – 510-435-4493 – FREE – Poetry, refreshments, door prizes and of course, Straight Out Scribes.
Saturday, September 12 – 3-6 pm – Art Talk – GOS Art Gallery Studio, 1825 Del Paso Blvd., Sac (Second Saturday) 916-245-0711/GosArt54@gmail.com - FREE
Thursday, September 10 – 8:00 pm – Vibe Night @ Laughs Unlimited, 1207 Front Street (Old Sacramento) Hosted by Terry Moore - 916-208-7638 - $10 Adm – This is a T-Mo Entertainment production.
Friday, September 4 – 6:00 pm. – Tule Review Reading Hosted by Frank Dixon Graham and Rebecca Grove @ The Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster Street, Oakland, CA – 510-844-4120 - FREE
Thursday, July 16th
Listen in from 4pm-5pm on
96.5 KUBU or on the web at
www.AccessSacramemto.org to catch
Straight Out Scribes reading from
Mud Cloth Roots, talking about the
ongoing 25 year anniversary celebration
Sunday, July 19
5 p.m. FREE
1111 H St. Naked Lounge
Coffee and Poets Live Audience podcast
Dr. V.S. Chochezi guest hosts interviewing
Miss Marianna Please join us.
Thursday, July 23
Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St.
Staajabu and Kathleen Lynch feature
Plus Open Mic
Hosted by NSAA
Sunday, July 12
Book signing for Mud Cloth Roots
Sacred Crowns Salon
621 Capitol Mall (5th and J Sts.)
Straight Out Scribes will share
more poetry, discuss Mud Cloth Roots
and talk more about our 25 year
journey together as mother/
Soapbox 6/22/15, 7:30 p.m.
Straight Out Scribes will share
poetry, discuss Mud Cloth Roots
and talk about our 25 year
journey together as mother/
Saturday, June 6
Sacramento Black Book Fair
Brickhouse Art Gallery
2837 36th Street
36th and Broadway
2 – Luna’sCafe, 1414 16th Street, 8-11pm
11 Fenix Studio, 2110 Del Paso, 7-9pm
4 – Queen Sheba – Mahogany – 1704 Broadway, 9-11pm
11 - Sacramento City College - Cultural Awareness Center -12-1:30 pm
16 – Sac Poetry Ctr (SPC) – 1719 25th Street – 8-10pm
21- North Sac Hagginwood Library, 2109 Del Paso Blvd., 3-5pm
21 – The Soap Salon, 3716 30th Street – 7pm
24 - Sierra College, 2 – 3:20pm
28 - 1001 Art Gallery, 1001 Del Paso Blvd., 2-4pm
Straight Out Scribes is releasing a new book of poetry in February 2015. The first booksigning will be at the Soap Salon Feb. 21 followed by a reading at 1001 Gallery. Stay tuned for the full schedule and press release.
SACRAMENTO, Saturday, February 21, at 7 p.m., Straight Out Scribes, Sacramento’s dynamic mother/daughter poetry team Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu, unveiled their newest collection of original poetry, “Mud Cloth Roots”, at The Soap Salon, 3716 30th Street.
“Sacramento is vibrant and rich in diversity” said Staajabu, matriarch of the team. “We think “Mud Cloth Roots” has a little something for everyone. Though there are some poems addressing serious issues, the book has a mostly upbeat, nostalgic, spiritual kind of vibe.” In addition to reading some of their poetry, the Scribes will tell you all about Mud Cloth, which is a beautifully decorated, handmade cloth from the African country of Mali.
“Mud Cloth Roots” will usher in an exciting year for the Straight Out Scribes team. After the initial debut at the Soap Salon, they have scheduled four months of readings at different venues and locations, culminating with their Silver Anniversary celebration in May as a tribute to their 25th year collaborating as authors, publishers and performance poets. (See their schedule below.) For more information, contact Dr. VS Chochezi at email@example.com.
To book Straight Out Scribes to share poetry on your program, contact us. We generally share on programs from 20 minutes to 1 hour as features and fees vary. We are also available to conduct writing workshops.An
AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon, Kindle, BarnesAndNoble.com and other online platforms. Get your copy today!
Caledonia's Daughters, an anthology of short-short stories with an afro-futuristic, sci-fi theme written by Staajabu.