december, 2017

01decAll Day03UMSL Theatre presents "L-vis Lives!"Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm / Sunday at 2pm | Free AdmissionKranzberg Arts Center - Black Box, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

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Free Admission

In the Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box.

UMSL Theatre
L-vis Lives!

December 1 – 3, 2017
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2pm

Free Admission

FROM THE POET the Chicago Tribune calls “the new voice of Chicago,” comes L-vis Lives!, a bold new collection of poetry and prose exploring the collision of race, art, and appropriation in American culture.

L-vis is an imagined persona, a representation of artists who have used and misused Black music. Like so many others who gained fame and fortune from their sampling, L-vis is as much a sincere artist as he is a thief. In Kevin Coval’s poems, L-vis’ story is equal parts forgotten history, autobiography, and re-imaginings. We see shades of Elvis Presley, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, and meet some of history’s more obscure “whiteboy” heroes and anti-heroes: legendary breakdancers, political activists, and music impresarios.

A story of both artistic theft and radical invention, L-vis Lives! is a poetic novella on all of the possibilities and problems of “post-racial” American culture—where Black art is still at times only fully accepted in a white face, and every once in a while an “L-vis” comes along to step in to the void.


december 1 (Friday) - 3 (Sunday) cst


Kranzberg Arts Center - Black Box

501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

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