And You Don’t Stop

What do modern-day hip-hop freestyle battles have in common with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales? “Nothing,” most people might say, but Baba Brinkman isn’t most people. A native of British Columbia’s tree-planting subculture, Brinkman became enamored with hip-hop at the tender age of eleven. He managed to combine his passion for freestyle with his college education, writing his undergraduate and master’s theses on the connections between freestyle battles and Chaucer’s infamous storytelling competition.

All of this has led to Brinkman’s critically lauded fringe production, The Rap Canterbury Tales, which has toured around the world to numerous cities and festivals -- including, but not limited to, Prague, Montreal, Edinburgh and San Francisco.

Add Boulder to that list: Brinkman will perform The Rap Canterbury Tales at the Old Main Chapel on the University of Colorado at Boulder’s campus tonight at 7 p.m.; his epic, cross-generational masterpiece is free and open to the public. Visit for information.
Thu., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., 2008

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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