BYOB. Donations appreciated. Drinks to be provided, donations appreciated. This is true, unadulterated, to the heart, uncensored, what open mic was meant to be! A PA system will be provided with 2 mics and 2 plug ins. Continue reading
Check out Santa Ana Underground – Santa Ana’s Open Mic night, set for every Thursday at 9 pm, at the basement of the Santora building.
This is true, unadulterated, to the heart, uncensored, what open mic was meant to be!
Bring folding chairs, as its in a basement commons area, but there are places to sit, but there needs to be more. Continue reading
This event will feature all styles of music, comedy, acting, costumes, hip hop, or just whatever you feel like doing on stage. Dress up like your favorite artist or rock star! Continue reading
Come Celebrate the Grand Reopening of El Centro de México in our new space in Downtown, Santa Ana!
El Centro has a new home, located on 313 N. Birch Street the Veterans Hall Building, where we will continue offering multiple of free classes, workshops, programs, and lectures. We invite the community Saturday, January 14th to celebrate with us the Grand Re-Opening of El Centro Cultural de Mexico. Starting at 5 PM there will be a showcase of all our programming and later in the evening at 8 PM a Baile and Fandango. Continue reading
Santa Ana artist Theo Hirsch is hosting a free speech open mic night at Malone’s bar, on Thursday, March 3, from 7:00pm – March 4 at 2 am. Malone’s is located at 604 E. Dyer Rd., in Santa Ana.
Feb 3rd was a blast, according to Hirsch, who also said that “we went until 2am and had two different crowds!” Hirsch says that “this time will be even better and I will promote it just as much, and I am counting on everyone else to do the same, POST THIS AS AN EVENT ON YOUR PAGE, post it as your status as often as possible, tell your friends, email list, text!! Help promote this open mic!”
Last time there were about 25 performers so get there early for sign ups, at 7:30 p.m.
Click here to RSVP on Facebook.
Thanks, but no Thanks!
(An alternative way to celebrate a day of giving thanks)
“The Thanks, but no Thanks” is a yearly gathering of friends and family held the day after Thanksgiving. It is a potluck, with the hosting family providing the main dish. An open microphone allows participants to share poetry, music, art, literature or express political, social or personal commentary. Participation is encouraged, but not required. It is recommended that you bring a sweater, jacket or blanket. It can get cold. Everyone is welcome.
Date: Friday, November 26, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM – ???
Place: 934 W. McFadden Avenue, Santa Ana, CA. 92707
(The house is between Flower St. and Lowell St.)
Contacts: Alfonso Alvarez Gerardo Briceno
714-309-4072 714 – 546 – 5980
Common Ground is hosting their next Open Mic night on Thursday, November 4, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, at the VAALA Cultural Center, located at 1600 North Broadway (closest cross-streets are Broadway & 17th Street), in Santa Ana.
Show up – speak out – invite others! Doors open at 6:00pm. Open Mic sign ups by 6:30pm. If you would like to sign-up, please show up early. The show starts at 7:00pm.
- Thomas’ Apartment| alternative rock (http://www.thomasapartment.com/)
- Narinda Heng| spoken word & poetry
- Giana Nguyen| pianist/singer-songwriter (www.facebook.com/giananguyen)
- Shine Velasco| art exhibition
- Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team| community spotlight (http://www.apaitonline.org/)
Every first thursdays of every month @ the VAALA Cultural Center, at 1600 N. Broadway Santa Ana. $5 donations suggestion. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Common ground/sân chơi chung: connecting communities through creative expressions. We are a collective of community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating positive and safe space for artistic growth and community empowerment.
Common Ground Open Mic is coming to the VAALA Cultural Center in Santa Ana on August 5, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, at 1600 N. Broadway, in Santa Ana.
Doors open at 6:00pm. Open Mic sign ups by 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:00pm. $5 donations suggestion. No one turned away for lack of funds.
- Mai Doan | poetry
- Anna Minh-Giang Nguyen | spoken word
- Jumakae | hip hop & vocals
- Diana Nguyen | youth spotlight
- Keli Arslancan | art exhibition
- Em-1 | special guest dj
- Gingee | special guest dj
- contact: commongroundOC@gmail.com for more info.
*co-sponsored by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letter Association
FEATURED ARTIST BIOS
All featured artists embody this month’s open mic theme: empowered women (re)defining the arts.
Keli Arslancan is a Muslim Hapa, born and raised in La Palma, CA. Her Turkish father came to the United States on a scholarhsip to comlete his doctorate. Her mother was a Japanese orphan adopted by a Polish American woman after WWII. Keli’s artwork has become a reflection of her biracial background. As an artist, Keli has beeen fascinated with figurative language because it is an instrument used to compare and contrast two unlike things. In her pieces, she focuses on the relations of language with image and allusion with illusion.
Mai Doan is never able to explain herself in one sentence. She looks to poetry as a tool to disrupt and expand understandings of what it means to be queer, Vietnamese, mixed, woman. She needs and believes in cultural transformation, collective liberation and love. Her words have been published in the online anthology Flick of My Tongue, a project of Kearny Street Workshop and Intersection of the Arts, as well as the Spring 2009 publication of Cipactli, a Raza Studies Art and Literature Journal at SF State University. She performed at last year’s APAture’s Literary Night, and you can catch her this Fall performing at Litquake in San Francisco.
Diana Nguyen. 16 years ago, Diana Nguyen was born. Since the day she was born, she grew up in a household of Vietnamese affection. Her parents’ hard work and their forehead sniffs signified their love; however, growing up as Vietnamese American was not always easy. The reassurance of her parents’ love was not always there. She faced the struggles of self acceptance in American society. Where was her place? And who was she? Lost in the media’s protrayals, she knew she had to find her answers elsewhere. Books, lessons, and people came forth her way and allowed her develop her own sense of identity. She answered who she was and realized her place in American society. Today, she now enjoys continuing the discovery of life, from local ice cream shops to her personal identity.
Anna Nguyen. Minh-Giang (Anna) Nguyen is a 5th grade educator in East San Jose and is a member of Viet Unity, a Vietnamese grassroots collective based in the greater Bay Area. She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Mass Communications and Sociology while dedicating her undergraduate career to the education and empowerment of underserved students through organizations such as REACH! (API Recruitment and Retention Center), bridges Multicultural Resource Center, and SASC (Southeast Asian Student Coalition). During her free time, she enjoys writing, running, sleeping, and being in the company of awesome individuals. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jumakae is a “Southeast Asian”-American artist weaving cultural differences into a common thread through lyrical storytelling and improvisation, accompanied by various sounds from acoustic melodies to fresh beats. Her words speak for the silenced people of the world, from the sex workers in Thailand to the 9-5 worker with broken dreams. She hopes to awaken the lost child that sleeps within every individual so that they can realize the beauty that exists through shared goals and creative expression. She has had the opportunity to perform alongside artists such at Akil from Jurassic 5, KRS-One, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Barikuda from One Love Community, Native Guns, and other prominent hip hop and spoken word artists from Southeast Asia to Los Angeles, CA. She is part of the artist collective based in Long Beach called ONE IMAGINATION, which helps to foster creativity and challenge the status quo through its various writing and performance workshops. She also co-hosts an open mic the last Thursdays of every month called Break the Silence held at PIZZA PI near the East Village Arts District. Please visit www.oneimagination.blogspot.com for more information, or visit her Music Page: www.myspace.com/siamesemeerkattion.
common ground: connecting communities through creative expressions. we are a collective of community members, artists, and activists committed to cultivating positive and safe space for artistic growth and community empowerment.
Support Autonomous Youth! UMER- Un Mundo En Resistencia, an all grassroots OC youth group will be selling “taquitos dorados” food plates to fundraise for a santa ana youth conference in early summer…..please bring a couple bucks to support santa ana youth!
Start Time: Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 8:00pm
End Time: Monday, March 29, 2010 at 11:30am
Location: El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Santa Ana , Ca
MC’s and performers: Continue reading