Open Mics

UPDATE: We are back on a performance hiatus as a collective until an undetermined date. However, we are still active in the scene in other ways. Mark helps organize The Definitive Soapbox (TDSB) every last Friday of the month at The Mirage Cafe in Long Beach. Stephanie and Eddy are co-founders/organizers of Sunday Jump every 1st and 3rd Sunday at Kapistahan in Historic Filipinotown. We encourage self-expression over everything so please come support your poetry open mic spaces!

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Next Sunday on May 19th as part of our Lineage Edition series, we will be honoring Carlos Bulosan, Filipino-American novelist and poet! Please bring your favorite poems by him to share so we can together celebrate his legacy.

“The old world is dying, but a new world is being born. It generates inspiration from the chaos that beats upon us all. The false grandeur and security, the unfulfilled promises and illusory power, the number of the dead and those about to die, will charge the forces of our courage and determination. The old world will die so that the new world will be born with less sacrifice and agony on the living…” - Carlos Bulosan

RSVP via Facebook here.

[ Posted on 5.12.13 / 2 notes ]
Tags:   #forword    #los angeles    #open mic    #poetry    #spoken word    #sunday jump    #the definitive soapbox    #Historic Filipinotown    #Filipino-American    #filipino    #LA    #open mics


Tuesday Night Project presents:
In collaboration with FilAmARTS highlighting the Festival of Philippine Arts and CultureThe 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Cafe
September 4, 2012

Hello fond followers!!!  Did you know forWord is featuring at FPAC this year?!  Awesome stuff, right?  To get folks excited about FPAC they are teaming up with the equally excellent Tuesday Night Cafe to put on a little preview of what’s to come.  This lineup includes our very own Mark Maza who will have his own 10 minute set!  Are you wondering what he will do for 10 minutes?!  Hmm… if that doesn’t entice you, something is wrong with your electrical wiring.  Come out and support this man and enjoy one of the coolest outdoor open mic spaces in LA.  If you cannot come out to enjoy the space, they have a live stream set up at www.tuesdaynightproject.org/  

Say goodbye to summer the right way!

facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/271734226262319/
Tuesday Night Project: http://www.facebook.com/tnproject
Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC): http://filamarts.org/fpac

Tuesday Night Project presents:

In collaboration with FilAmARTS highlighting the Festival of Philippine Arts and CultureThe 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Cafe

September 4, 2012

Hello fond followers!!!  Did you know forWord is featuring at FPAC this year?!  Awesome stuff, right?  To get folks excited about FPAC they are teaming up with the equally excellent Tuesday Night Cafe to put on a little preview of what’s to come.  This lineup includes our very own Mark Maza who will have his own 10 minute set!  Are you wondering what he will do for 10 minutes?!  Hmm… if that doesn’t entice you, something is wrong with your electrical wiring.  Come out and support this man and enjoy one of the coolest outdoor open mic spaces in LA.  If you cannot come out to enjoy the space, they have a live stream set up at www.tuesdaynightproject.org/  


Say goodbye to summer the right way!


Tuesday Night Project: http://www.facebook.com/tnproject

Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC): http://filamarts.org/fpac
[ Posted on 8.31.12 ]
Tags:   #FPAC    #Tuesday Night Cafe    #tuesday night project    #mark maza    #forWord    #spoken word poetry    #open mic    #LA    #LA on a tuesday night    #music    #art    #culture    #festival of philippine arts and culture

forWord Feature: Tuesday Night Cafe - National Poetry Month!

Tuesday Night Project presents:

The 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Cafe
April 17, 2012

Celebrating National Poetry Month!

Hosted by: Johneric Concordia

Guest DJ: Sessions LA DJs
http://www.sessionsla.com/

Featuring:
- Audrey Kuo
http://audreykuo.wordpress.com/

- Dawen
http://www.dawen.us/

- forWord
http://forwordcollective.tumblr.com/

- Mike the Poet
http://mikethepoetla.tumblr.com/

- Cold Tofu
http://www.coldtofu.com/

- Zulay and Allan

Featured Vendor:
Vinyl Delight
http://record-bowls.com/

Open Mic sign-ups at 6:45pm

Live broadcast begins at 7:30 PM at:

http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org
/watchlive

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Parking is available across the street at the Aiso Street Parking Lot!
$3 Flat Rate after 5pm

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Want to be featured this season as an artist, vendor, or performer?
We’re accepting submissions through April 30th! Submit here:
http://bit.ly/HZkTkj

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For more info:
http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/

Please “Like” us on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/tnproject

Follow us on Twitter at:
http://www.twitter.com/tnproject

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http://tnproject.tumblr.com/

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Come see us tonight! If you can’t make it out, no worries because they will be streaming the show! Thanks for all the support!

[ Posted on 4.17.12 ]
Tags:   #Tuesday Night Cafe    #tuesday night project    #little tokyo    #open mic    #forword    #forword feature    #dawen    #mike the poet    #cold tofu    #zulay and allan    #audrey ko    #sessions la

Reflection: Between the Bars Open Mic

Between the Bars Open Mic
2nd and 4th Wednesdays
dba256 Wine Bar Lounge
256 S. Main Street, Pomona, CA

Want to be at the start of something great?



We were fortunate enough to be invited by David A. Romero, the man, the legend, himself, to be one of the first features of his brand new open mic venue in Pomona called, “Between the Bars Open Mic.” This was its first show ever! Right across from the second largest open mic venue in LA, “A Mic and Dimlights,” there is no doubt in our minds that Between the Bars has the potential to further proliferate the desire for self-expression and construct an open space that will only increase the arts community.

It was a joy to see some familiar faces we have not seen in such a long time. Friends like, O.Smith, Matt Sedillo, and Karla Moxley, were in the house as features. We met all three during the days of Speak Easy Open Mic about a year ago. We have all grown since then so it’s dope to see that progress. Kasi was also in the house who is one of the most consistent spoken word artists we know with a new haircut and everything. We also made new friends, such as Jon Gill aka Gilead7 of Advent, and we were in awe by the other features and open mic-ers that held it down for the evening: Judah1, Ghettospeare, and Mic Hempstead.

For our set, this was a hallmark for us. Why, you may wonder? I drove Steph, Susan, and new friend, Jennifer, and we were running late due to some wrong turns by me. When we arrived, it was 20 minutes into the show. We met up with Mark and were about go outside to rehearse, but suddenly, David was already on stage introducing us. We took it in stride and walked up together to the mics. After some whispering, we went in and had a memorable experience.

Artists must be on their craft rain or shine, 24/7. This challenge was met and overcome and will go down in the forWord history books. Let this be a fair warning to all artists, always be prepared because you never know when your name will be called. Go in, get it!



Thank you, David A. Romero and dba256 Wine Bar Lounge! Don’t know where to go on a Wednesday night in Pomona? You can meet great folks and have a fun time between the bars!

From,
Eddy M. Gana Jr.

[ Posted on 4.15.12 / 1 note ]
Tags:   #between the bars open mic    #open mic    #david a. romero    #pomona    #inland empire    #forword    #forword feature    #reflection

Reflection: ITZ HAPPENIN’ Full Moon Open Mic

Who says werewolves are not real?

ITZ HAPPENIN’ Full Moon Open Mic
Once Every Full Moon
At El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, CA
8:30 PM - Midnight

At our forWord feature at the ITZ HAPPENIN’ Full Moon Open Mic on April 6th, 2012 in Santa Ana, creative monsters were unleashed and we were there front-and-center to witness the carnage. In all seriousness, the community was as huge as the moon that night. There was a variety of performers like Hip Hop emcees, singers, flute players, poets, comedians, reggae artists, rock bands, and more.

Joese Gloria, one of the organizers and the host for the night, kept it real with freestyle sessions and honest opinions to keep the audience engaged. Nestor aka Illness was the sound engineer for the night and made sure that everyone’s voices were heard clearly and that the beats reverberated our chairs for an awesome evening of creative self-expression.


We loved this open mic! One of the best open mics we’ve ever experienced. We had fun out there. During our set, we performed a poem about our Asian-American identity and cultural competence (still untitled).  Susan performed, “A Taste of Home,” Steph and I performed “Are listening now?,” and I ended our set with “Everybody Wants to Be An Activist.” The crowd was very receptive and showed love to everyone not just us. And that is what open mics are all about: Connecting and forging a community through self-expression.

A special shout-out to Sherwin aka ReVerse and Tony aka NOIZE for coming out to support and enjoy the arts with us!

If one night you look outside and there is a full moon, make your way to El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana for one of the best open mics in the area!

From,
Eddy M. Gana Jr.

[ Posted on 4.14.12 / 3 notes ]
Tags:   #full moon open mic    #forword    #forword feature    #reflection    #santa ana    #open mic    #orange county    #full moon