Keep TN Free

egana:

So my favorite and the longest running free performances series in Downtown LA, Tuesday Night Cafe, needs our help to raise $11,500 to ‪#‎KeepTNfree‬ and today is the LAST DAY to do so! Donate online now: http://bit.ly/TNPdonate.

So what if it is not Throwback Thursday, I started to reminisce about this Asian-American spoken word collective I used to be on the grind with called, “forWord.” When I first learned that we were featuring at TNC, I was ecstatic and honestly nervous. I couldn’t believe it. This was 2011. Post-UCI. We were younger then and didn’t really know where we were going, but we were doing it. Thanks to Mark and Narinda, I had been to TNC as a listener before and I remember how inspired I felt, connecting with people, relating to their struggles, and enjoying everyone’s creativity. And now, we were given the opportunity to feature and share ourselves in spoken word. I recall the host, Johneric, who warmly introduced us by saying something like, “They are not going backwards. They are moving forWord!” We felt the push in our veins and so we stepped up to the mic. Exactly at that moment, the nerves went away. I didn’t feel like we were performing for strangers. I felt at home and I reflect upon that feeling today.

Acceptance is the first word that comes to mind when I think of TNC. There is a community that exists there. Our community exists here. TNC is the heart of Asian-American spaces in not only Los Angeles, but California (and I’m from the Bay). Yes, I believe this space is necessary because it instills hope that we as a people will never again be forgotten and overlooked like in some history textbooks. If things didn’t make sense before, it made a lot more sense after that Tuesday night. Here’s to another 16 years. Thank you, Tuesday Night Project!

[ Posted on 7.30.14 / 2 notes ]
Tags:   #tuesday night cafe    #keepTNfree    #los angeles    #open mic    #LA    #little tokyo    #asian american    #apia    #api


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

Reflection: Tuesday Night Project’s National Poetry Month Show

We are a little behind on reflections but bear with us… (grr)

Almost a year ago in June when we were first starting out we featured at a Tuesday Night Show and it made our life.  We had heard about TNP and were familiar with their history so featuring there felt like we were entering the big leagues.  This year TNP invited us back to feature for National Poetry Month on April 17 and it made our lives again!

This was a special show for us because we were featured in celebration of National Poetry Month and that’s what we do!  It felt good.  Eddy and Stephanie performed “Are You Listening Now?”, Stephanie did “Chalk Days” which you can find in our chapbook, Mark did the classic “Realization” (on our CD), and we closed with our Asian American group piece which we have finally named!  Curious as to what it’s called… come to a future show and talk to us!

Major props to the other poets, Cold Tofu, and Dawen who brought the music!  Special shout out to Zulay and Allan.  Their set was so cool and Zulay and I had a shouting contest after the show about who was more awesome.  She totally rocked it with the sign language to Allan Aquino’s poetry.  All in all a really good night… a night in which our lives were made.

Tuesday Night Project is a very, very, very cool open mic venue that takes place in the courtyard of a church converted into a theater.  They always feature very talented Asian American folks so go to there.  Actually, the next one, June 5th is going to be featuring common ground so I will be there fosho!  Come out and support local talent and if you cannot go, stream them live online.

[ Posted on 5.25.12 / 4 notes ]

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

forWord Movement: Projekt NewSpeak Interview by David A. Romero

The Mexi-Asian Perspective: A Latino’s Guide to All Things Latin, Asian, or Both

by David A. Romero

Many vie for the title of hardest working poet (or poets) in Los Angeles. Many claim the title of hardest working poet (or poets) in Los Angeles.  Every year sees the rise and fall of new venues and new, hungry artists making the rounds to fill them with their passion and drive.

For the past two years, for anyone with both functioning eyes and ears, the answer to which poets were dominating LA with their omnipresence was obvious: forWord.

This four member Asian Pacific American poetry collective could be seen from Hollywood to the Inland Empire, from Long Beach to Downtown Los Angeles and everywhere inbetween. Never before had a collective so effortlessly maintained features with open mic performances, group pieces with solo readings; managing to do all of it while loved by everyone they came across.

forWord members Eddy Gana Jr., Stephanie Sajor, Mark Maza and Susan Diep kicked off this year by performing at the 27th Annual Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference at their UC Irvine.

I had the pleasure of meeting up with forWord after the conference and witnessing their fun group dynamic in action. We had a chance to discuss their newest release, the chapbook Feel What We’re Saying.

How and when did you four poets decide to form the poetry super group forWord?

READ MORE at http://projektnewspeak.com/forword/

[ Posted on 2.29.12 / 9 notes ]