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Cornerstone Update

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In this week’s calendar section, you’ll find an article about a special Culture in the City event. It’s a Cornerstone reunion, and apparently we got it twisted. The article conflated up-and-coming local hip hop group The Cornerstoners – comprised of rappers and poets who met and collaborated at the Cornerstone venue – with the original Cornerstone itself, which is a creative collective of talented folks of vastly varying disciplines. “We brought together people from a lot of different backgrounds – performance artists, visual artists, musicians… One of the best things about Cornerstone for me was meeting a lot of the people who became involved via Theater of the Underground,” explains Josh Weiss, the founder of the original Wynwood haven. “On the one hand it was a very amorphous idea; on the other hand, everybody who came seemed to just kind of get it. It became a deeper connection.”

Weiss’s passion is poetry and performance art, and he always kept the venue’s vibe very improvisational and free spirited. Consequently, tonight’s reunion will be positively bursting at the seams with talented performers. “This is a classic Cornerstone bash. It’s like a who’s who. I can’t give you a specific number of performers,” says Weiss. Well OK. For starters, keep your eyes peeled for performers like Michael Kupferberg aka “Moses,” Eric Thompson-Green, Analyze, Benny, Grim Reaper, and Prophet, Jesse Jackson, Roberto Poveda, Brendan O’Hara, Stevie B., and oh yeah – The Cornerstoners. There’ll be minimalist avant garde performances, music, dancing, and lots of love in the air. It goes down at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Arts & Minds, 3138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove. Call 305-752-9595, or visit www.cultureinthecity.org for more event information, and check out www.myspace.com/cornerstonemiami.

-- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

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