Refried Latino Pride
In his speech Refried Latino Pride, Hernandez-Kolski presents an exploration of his ethnic identity as he travels from an urban Black high school to an Ivy League university. Somewhere along the way, Hernandez-Kolski learns to not only accept his ethnicity as a Mexican-Polish-American but to embrace it. Through comedy, music, dancing and storytelling, Hernandez-Kolski uses his art to create a common bond between all audience members.
Cultural Collisions: Commentary for a Changing America
Hernandez-Kolski's nickname, "Pocho Joe," comes from his mixed background as a Mexican-Polish-American. Considered rude by some, "Pocho" is a term that Mexicans sometimes use to describe an "Americanized" Mexican. Hernandez-Kolski embraces the term and believes that "Todos Somos Pochos" (We are all Pochos). There is no way to grow up in America without being influenced by a variety of cultures on a daily basis. With this show, Hernandez-Kolski delves deeply into the many hybrids he deals with on a daily basis, ranging from economic to ethnic and cultural mixtures.
Rockin’ the Mic: A Hip-Hop Headbanger’s Story
As music is so important to Hernandez-Kolski, this show is dedicated to fully exploring its influence on his life. Growing up a heavy metal head banger, Hernandez-Kolski never liked hip hop, even though he attended a majority black high school in Chicago where hip hop and house music were prevalent. Ironically, it wasn't until he went to Princeton University that he truly began to appreciate the message and beats of hip hop. Now a hip hop culture instructor at several afterschool programs throughout Los Angeles, Hernandez-Kolski has learned how to use his spoken word poetry to communicate the importance of diversity in one's musical collection and how this affects one's view of the world around them. This show includes a screening of Hernandez-Kolski's award-winning short film, Afterschool'd, about an afterschool hip hop program gone wrong.
Power Chords: Striking Harmony Through Sex, Identity & Rock n’ Roll
Hernandez-Kolski has never been afraid to reveal himself in front of an audience. With Power Chords, he delves deeply into his relationships with women and his relationship with himself. He deals with dating, break ups, and first love, supported by a great music soundtrack. Hernandez-Kolski even considers himself a feminist and he can talk about it for hours upon hours. This show, thank goodness, only lasts an hour.
You Wanna Piece of Me? (with DJ Jedi)
So Fresh & So Clean (with beatboxer Joshua Silverstein)