Bust Her Rhyme

Poetry sucks. Poetry was written by dead white dudes. Listening to poetry is like being forced to watch Lost in Translation ad nauseam.

Modern-day poetess Leah Marché isn’t buying those lit-class lies. Her all-female lyrical revue Soft & Wet: From Her Lips to Your Ears (The Sequel) is the third in a series of successful music-slash-dance-slash-poetry performances presented by BlackPoet Ventures. “The woman's voice is necessary in spoken word,” says Marché. “This show highlights that from an African-American perspective [and] a human perspective.” Performers include host Jewel Taylor of AZTV’s Pillow Talk, former Arizona Cardinals dancer Kivah Harris, and eclectic band The Market. The first installment of Soft & Wet included a scene in which sensual dancers – one on a stripper pole – entertained a male audience member. This time, though the show is based on the lascivious Prince song “Soft and Wet,” the erotic antics will be limited. “I want my mom to be able to sit through the whole show,” Marché says.

Sat., Nov. 29, 8 p.m., 2008