James S. Copley Auditorium
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
$5 members, $10 nonmembers
Get Kool with a live break dance battle, and film on the life of infamous graffiti writer, Cool "Disco" Dan.
7:00 p.m. | Film screening of The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan with director Roger Gastman and filmmaker Joseph Pattisall
9:00 p.m. | Balboa Break Session
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*All two programs included with ticket purchase.
Film Screening: The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan
Amid the intense social struggles of 1980s Washington D.C., a symbol of hope and resilience emerged on the walls of Chocolate City in the form of a simple yet impactful tag: Cool “Disco” Dan. The true story of Dan Hogg is chronicled in a film by Roger Gastman and Joseph Pattisall that contextualizes the infamous graffiti writer's actions amid the larger cultural backdrop of go-go dance halls, street crews, punk rock, and the politics of Marion Barry.
Filmmakers Gastman and Pattisall will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards. Gastman has become one of the most important graffiti historians and documentarians. He founded and published two respected pop-culture magazines—While You Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-publisher)—as well as more than 30 highly sought-after art books. Gastman was the supervising producer and creative consultant for the feature-length graffiti documentary Infamy, and served as consulting producer for Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary.
Most recently, Harper Collins released Gastman’s The History of American Graffiti and Jeffrey Deitch asked him to co-curate Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which is the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.
Balboa Break Session with The Rock So Fresh Crew and The Super B-Beat Boys
The San Diego Museum of Art, in conjunction with The Rock So Fresh Crew and The Super B-Beat Boys, brings you a night of open cyphers and a breakdance battle to crown the B-King or B-Queen of the Balboa Break Session!
The Rock So Fresh Crew was established in 2001 in San Diego, CA. Comprised of dancers, artists, and musicians, Rock So Fresh has cultivated years of soulful, funky, and rhythmic style. Rock So Fresh came together at the peak of the “breakdance” movement, when acrobatics had oversaturated this dance style. The crew formed in part to shine light on the origins of the movement.
The Grand Imperial DJ Mane One, The Everfresh Son of Jarel, and The Superkool DJ Sake make up The Super B-Beat Boys. They are the first ever San Diego DJs to spin solely breakbeats, the original music of hip hop. Together, they are responsible for DJing hundreds of b-boy (breaking) events locally and nationally for the past 15 years. They are also internationally known for The Super B-Beat Show, an online radio/talk show.