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Free 2 Spit Open Mic + Potluck: Hanifa Washington

  • The Peoples Center 37 Howe Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

(Ends at 10pm)

FREE 2 SPIT one of the East-Coast's Hottest Open Mic venues. Featuring, Jamaican Native and Author of Barrel Children: RAYON LENNON, Friday, April 1sth. 7pm. The New Haven Peoples Center. Hosted By BAUB BIDON. DEEJAY OCTIMUS 800 aka MR 8 DOUBLE OH aka Greg Cherubin Metaphysics with DAZ ETHER. Sponsored by the First Friday Cafe. 

Hanifa Washington is a singer/songwriter, spoken word artist and Forum Theatre enthusiast who graduated from Beloit College in 2001 with a B.A. in Communications & Russian & Soviet Studies. The motto at Beloit College is “Invent Yourself.” Hanifa has had the opportunity to do just that over the past 15 years.

Hanifa first started writing poetry at age 9 and was greatly influenced by her grandfather's quick and copious rhyming tales of life. Her singing roots take us back to Oak Park Baptist Church in Oak Park, MI. Washington jokes, “If Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Tracy Chapman all high-fived the resounding clap would be Hanifa Washington.” Since moving to New England in 2003 Hanifa has graced many a small stage across the region. Here in New Haven, you can catch her monthly at Permission on Fail at Lotta Studio in Westville. Hanifa’s original pieces are inspired by the struggle of good and evil, the sacredness of the mundane and the beauty of nature.

Hanifa's life work is motivated by two distinct forces. First, the force that celebrates the creative in regards to words and design- a force that captures story and core meaning. The latter force is one that thrives to create order and inclusive structure within self, relationships, home, business and community. 

Hanifa is a native of Detroit, Michigan, lives in New Haven's Westville Village, loves strawberries and her beloved cat Kiki.

$6.00 + the option of paying for someone who can't afford it.