RADIUM Runway will end its fall 2023 series with three great performances next weekend. Moth Storyslam and Grandslam royalty take the stage for “Runway Stories” on Thursday, October 12. On Friday, Oakland-based Ensemble Mik Nawooj bring their adventurous and sonically lush “Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience,” combining classical music and hip-hop with a Korean twist, complete with an augmented 25-piece orchestra to the stage. The series comes to an end on Sunday, October 15, with a special edition of a TURF Inc. Dance Battle that would blow the roof off if (there were a roof).
October 12: “Runway Stories”
This custom edition of “Runway Stories” curated by JP Frary—well known for his six wins of the Moth’s StorySlams and his prowess as an emcee—will feature a lineup of some of the most compelling Moth StorySlam and GrandSlam winners. The theme is “Making From Scratch.” The stellar cast of Bay Area storytellers, including two Alameda locals, will spin their tales direct from the heart and the head, live and in person, with no notes and nothing written beforehand.
“The idea,” says Frary, also a Moth slam winner, “is to share an experience in such a way that the audience feels so involved with what they’re hearing that they’re transformed in an authentic way. It’s a very specific talent and a bit of a highwire, but when it works, there is a definite and electric connection between the audience and the performer.”
- Corey Rosen: Berkeley Moth Emcee and author of Your Story Well Told as well as BATS Improv producer.
- David Rodriguez: Multiple Moth GrandSlam winner who is also Director of St. Vincent’s Day Home in Oakland.
- Mike Sela: Both a Moth GrandSlam winner and a Beyond Borders winner.
- Mindy Meyers: Moth GrandSlam winner who lives in Alameda and also happens to be an International Chef and director of Cooking Round the World.
- Harriet Jernigan: StorySlam winner by night, Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University by day.
- Inanc Karacalak: Moth StorySlam winner, comedian, and Kite Board Wizard who also teaches the sport and lives in Alameda.
- Idrissa Lattier: StorySlam Oakland Star and president of Bright Futures Growth and Development Center.
- Cameron Lehman: SF StorySlam Star involved in Special Projects at ZUM.
Tickets for “Runway Stories” start at $15 from Eventbrite and the show begins Thursday night at 7 p.m.
October 13: Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Ensemble Mik Nawooj, sometimes referred to as EMN, bring their Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience to the RADIUM Runway stage before heading to Latin America to appear at the Cervantino Festival. What makes this performance particularly special is that it coincides with the release of their documentary, Method Sampling: How to Build the Future Together, distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. At RADIUM Runway, the ensemble will debut their largest orchestral set up ever, with a full 25 pieces including strings, woodwinds, French horns and more.
The ensemble centers around original music that samples from both classical and hip-hop canons. This performance will offer a compelling mix of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, deconstructed with funky rhythms and rapid-fire rhymes. Seeing and hearing hip-hop performed live by a 25-piece orchestra—as hip-hop celebrates 50 years of commanding the public consciousness—promises to be an unforgettable evening.
JooWan, (the ensemble’s composer and leader, was born and raised in Busan, South Korea, and came to the United States when he was 20 years old. So, as he says, “Yes, I’m pretty Korean.” He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen when he turned 25 through his father, who holds citizenship from serving in the U.S. Army.
One of the pieces in the repertoire, “Parangsae,” is a deconstruction on the Korean folk tune of the same name. It is a song of resistance that originated during a peasant revolution against a corrupt government.
October 15: Leave Your Mark | 2nd Edition Dance Battle | Popping
Oakland’s legendary turf dance culture comes to Alameda Point for “Popping,” the largest dance battle tournament on the West Coast. This dance battle extraordinaire will be an afternoon of high-powered athletic competition from TURFInc. If RADIUM Runway had a roof, it would surely be in danger of blowing off from the energy these dancers bring to the proceedings. 16 popping dancers and eight open style dancers will battle for top honors.
Check out TURFInc on Instagram: Turfinc. Tickets start at $15 and are available from Eventbrite. Doors open at noon on Sunday for registration. Preliminary auditions start at 1 p.m., the show begins at 2 and will last three hours with an intermission.
More information about all these events is available at the RADIUM Runway website.