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The Rap Guide to Evolution

Saturday, June 1, 2013
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

At once provocative, hilarious, intelligent and scientifically accurate, The Rap Guide is an unusual exposition of Charles Darwin’s theories, navigating natural selection, sexual selection and the evolutionary roots of human behavior, all in the setting of the world’s first peer-reviewed hip-hop show. How is bling like a peacock’s tail? What do scorpions, geese and gangster rappers have in common? Can white people be Afro-centric? Through clever re-workings of popular rap songs and original character driven story lines, explore a culturally evolved take on Darwinian evolution.

The Rap Guide to Evolution is part of a three show cycle, Evolutionary Tales, running May 31 to June 22 at the Player’s Theatre.


Baba BrinkmanRap Artist, Writer

Canadian rap artist, writer, and former tree-planter, Baba Brinkman has personally planted more than one million trees in the Rocky Mountains. After graduating with an M.A. in comparative literature in 2003, he began his career as a rap troubadour.

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Jamie SimmondsProducer, Sound Engineer, DJ

Jamie Simmonds is a professionally trained producer, audio engineer, and performer who specializes in hip-hop, theater, and custom projects. He has worked with several record labels such as NTone (Ninja Tune), K7, and Crammed/SSR, as well as major label artists like Alison Goldfrapp, Leftfield, and Pressure Drop.

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Heather BerlinNeuroscientist

Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist, assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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Stuart FiresteinNeuroscientist

Stuart Firestein is the chair of Columbia University’s department of biological sciences where, along with his colleagues, he studies the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet.

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Helen FisherAnthropologist, Author

Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University. She studies the evolution, brain systems (fMRI) and biological patterns of romantic love, mate choice, marriage, gender differences, personality, and the biology of leadership styles.

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