common ground open mic series

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On March 1, 2012, forWord was featured at common ground’s March collaboration show with Tuesday Night Project for an all around night of explosive awesomeness.  The night was filled with a lot of art and a lot of community and a lot of heart on all ends.  It was a little strange for me because I help organize common ground and I was featuring with forWord as well.

Enough about me… on to the show!  It was an exciting show for us because fW loves both cg and TNP and they came together to put on a great show.  It was our second time featuring at common ground. You can read about the first time here!  Mark opened up our set with his Untitled piece about hip hop and then I tagged in with my piece about wanting to kiss someone.  Eddy and Stephanie did their new piece about censorship and we closed out our set with a currently untitled piece we’ve only performed one other time at APAAC about being Asian American.

As for the rest of the show, the co-hosts were Cara from cg and Candace from TNP aka C^2 (but squares they were not!).  They really upped the ante on awkwardness but in a very warm and hilarious way.  It was amazing to share the stage with the other features!  Pratiti brought the house down with her beautiful voice and the harmonium, a very interesting Indian instrument, and it was really cool to see the creator of Tuesday Night Project, traci akemi kato-kiriyama, in front of the scenes collaborating with Sue Jin and Jenny San Angel for a poetry and music extravaganza!  DJ 2-one was cool as a cucumber!

Shout out to my friend Mai-Thi who sang her soul out on her ukulele and Noize who came out to support and who beatboxes his way into our hearts all the time.  One time he chased me down a street in Long Beach after the Definitive Soapbox just to get me to SPIT! That’s love right there! 

Much thanks to common ground (Phi, Cara, Sandy) for the invite to perform (cg/susan: you’re welcome!). It was a beautiful night and we were glad to be a part of it!

common ground will be on hiatus but for updates, check the facebook!  Also, more photos from the night on the facebook! Tuesday Night Project kick starts their show on April 3rd.  Check them out here.

Who took these bomb photos? Kristina Aquino


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