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 ]
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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 ]

This is a beautifully crafted video of Taylor Mali’s poem, “What Teachers Make.”

I still remember the first time I heard this poem years ago. I believe it was 2005 or 2006. My friend’s History teacher (who would later be my Filipino Heritage Studies teacher), Ivan Santos, made me and a few friends CD mixes exposing us to conscious music and lyrics.

One of the tracks was this poem which was a live performance by Taylor Mali himself. At the time, I didn’t know what spoken word poetry really was. But after listening to the words, it made me look at teachers in a different way beyond writing my name on the board or assigning me chapters to read. I came to appreciate what teachers do: They make a difference. Not saying all of my teachers changed my life, but there are some I will always remember for what they taught me.

Being a student, going through the grade levels, you sometimes forget or often do not realize how teachers help us learn, help us succeed, help us become “definitely beautiful” people. I don’t know about you, but I believe teachers, the real ones who actually care about their students, make a difference.

Thank you, Taylor Mali, and all my past teachers who did their job!

- Eddy M. Gana Jr.

[ Posted on 3.3.12 / 9 notes ]
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