"Arte Six": May 2004: THEATRE: "Brujalicious"

May 12, 11pm

Just in time for the witching hour, spoken-word artist Caridad De La Luz a.k.a. La Bruja ("The Witch") takes the stage for an evening of music and slam poetry.

Flipping virtuosic rhymes with hip-hop beats, La Bruja taps the power of art and positivity to transform sorrow into strength, ignorance into love, and hurt into hope:

“Bruja” is Spanish for “witch”
the spiritualist
Having moolah doesn’t always make you rich
Got food for your medulla — quick, grab a dish
I stay true to my gifts to uplift
Made a niche
Made a switch,
Skipped from getting WIC
To getting Merrill Lynch...

Thought of slitting my wrist
Experience is a bitch
But it was worth the trip
Through my roots I healed wounds without a stitch
Took risks, pulled tricks,
smoothed out the glitch
Found my heritage
Don’t sweat that shit
Your darkest hour is just
an eclipse...
- "Bru Who", La Bruja
Artist bio: Since her auspicious spoken-word debut at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 1996,La Bruja has appeared on "Russell Simmons’ Presents Def Poetry" for HBO and been a featured poet at the “Women Like This” hip-hop festival in Switzerland.

La Bruja is the author of the one-woman comedy show "Boogie Rican Blvd." She made her major motion picture debut as Cuca in Spike Lee’s 2000 film "Bamboozled", in which, known to Lee as an accomplished poet, she was allowed to improvise her own lines.

Find it: Joe's Pub - Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street (between East 4th Street/Astor Place)
Get info: (212) 539-8778

Read more theatre news in the May 2004 issue of "Arte Six".