Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree
Binkey can do it all. He sings, writes, and recites poetry, freestyles, writes plays and skits, acts, and host open mic sets all over the world. Binkey is an excellent writer with inimitable comedic timing. He can host anything from poetry sets to bar mitzvahs(and he has too!!)
Binkey accents his poetry with captivating lyrics and soul-filled melodies. His passion for performance and seemingly endless energy are fueled through his love for teaching, learning, mentoring and entertaining.
Some of the accomplishments that Binkey has been awarded include 2010 MGD Freestyle Champion, BET New Face Finalist, Jokes and Notes Stand-up Winner, Mixtape Mondays Rap Battle Champion, Creator of Just-Us Improv, Lead vocalists for bands Deep Fayed & Fly By Pants, Actor in numerous plays at Chicago Theatre, DuSable Museum & Gate Theatre in Chiang Mai, Thailand, winner at Showtime at the Apollo Theater in New York.
Binkey spent four years in SE Asia where he created a community of artists who shared their gifts with the world at Healing House every Friday. This is only the beginning for him.
Jaqui Almaguer is a Queer Chicana, Chicago based, artist. Almaguer grew up in Chicago, LA, Nashville and also spent a couple of years living in Costa Rica. Her work reflects her Mexican Heritage, travels and social/spiritual views. She is greatly influenced by her culture and intersectional upbringing.