Monday, November 19, 2007

Open Mic in South Land

This is a post by friend Tom Kerrins-Torres!---a.h.

I think that any one who helps facilitate the meeting and mingling of creative minds is a Shepard for their communities artistic future. Certain groups in our area contribute to the exposure and growth of creative mediums such as visual performing arts. These places exist to encourage young novice poets to go out into the community and see their peers perform pieces of their own conception. To juxtapose their passion for poetry with that of their peers in an attempt to learn more about their craft.

In Pasadena there is Monday Night Poetry which offers featured and open readings every 2nd & 4th Monday night of the month from 8:00 to 9:30pm. It all takes place inside the back room of the Santa Catalina branch of the Pasadena public library on 999 E. Washington Blvd. in Pasadena. The evening is hosted by The Inner Three: CaLokie Don Kingfisher Campbell Marvin Dorsey. Also offered is the Wednesday poetry party at Rick and Kathy Wilsons’ house at 439 S. Catalina, #306, Pasadena, CA 91106 where moderators Don Campbell and Mary Torregrossa organize an environment of friendly critique.

A Mic and Dim Lights is a poetry spot in Pomona has become a haven for up-and-coming poets, professionals and amateurs alike. Located at the Cal Poly Downtown Arts Theater in the Pomona Arts Colony, 300 W. 2nd Street (91766) from 9:00pm - 11:30pm every Thursday for a mere three dollars. In their six years a University of La Verne alumnus Corey Coffer, 32, and his friend James Brady, 32 have created a forum for lyrical expression. The two men were tiered of having no where in the inland empire to go and took it upon themselves to create a place closer than Los Angeles to listen and recite poetry. Over the years the popularity of dim lights has grown so much that they now have three locations on 2nd street in Pomona. The venue has provided the exposure for poets such as Coffer to be offered a spot on the HBO cable TV series Def poetry.

Opportunities like these inspire youth culture to emulate and create their own niche within which to experience their creative process. In West Covina a group of high school students who regularly attend A Mic and Dim Lights, have started an open mic night every Sunday at 3648 Nogales St. at 7:00 pm - 9:00pm titled We The People. They encourage any and all to come and perform and share their various crafts with their peers. It feels good to see the spread of enthusiasm from one social circle to another.


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