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Battle of the Skillest brings popping, locking and spinning

When Mike "Ground Level" Cisneros spoke with the Bohemian in March about his days breaking with fellow Windsor native and B-Boy World Champion Omar "Roxrite" Delgado, he was just coming off a personal hiatus. But passion doesn't quell easily in the arts.

Cisneros has recently teamed with Shen-na "Sha-One" Smith under the moniker Stolen Laces. Adding some veteran credibility to the North Bay hip-hop scene, they've gathered a crew of renowned Bay Area colleagues for an all-out b-boy battle this week in Santa Rosa.

With the recent passing of Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch, the world has been thrown into nostalgia for up-rock dancing and vinyl scratching. Saturday's all-ages exhibition features all four elements of hip-hop culture under one roof: gallery showings by graffiti artists, MC-ing by Kool Daddy Moe and an exclusive scratch performance by DJ Fooders backing the main breaking event, where a $1,000 prize pack awaits for streetwise crews and a $250 prize pack for kids.

Judges include "hip-hop archeologist" Mikey Ice and West Coast Rock Steady Crew member Zulu Gremlin. Know the steez on Saturday, May 26, at the Last Day Saloon. 120 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 2pm. $5–$7. 707.545.5876.

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