Family Style Open Mic
3rd Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17
General admission: $5-10 sliding scale
Want to take the stage?
Sign up for a 5-minute open mic spot here!
Hosted by Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh of the spoken word duo
Yellow Rage, Family Style is Asian Arts Initiative's dynamic and
eclectic monthly open mic series where we invite the sharing of
stories, song, dance, and poetry among Asian Americans and extended
“family” of all cultures. Our stage is open to all who want
to perform. Original work is especially encouraged. Don’t forget
to come early for the popular pre-show reception with free food and
drinks for all open mic guests!
top left: DC-based poet Gowri Koneswaran (February 15), hip hop gropu
SNRG (March 15), and local singer/guitarist Jason Min (April 19).
SPRING PERFORMING ARTS RESIDENCY:
Hawaiian hula dance company Pua Ali'i 'Ilima comes to Philadelphia!
Feature Performance: Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Click here to buy tickets for the feature performance.
Hula Workshops: Adult Hula Workshop on Monday March 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Youth Hula Workshop on Tuesday March 19, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Click here to buy tickets for the workshops.
Photo of the Pua Ali’I ‘Ilima hula company by Taylor Crichton,
courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance
in 1977, Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima (“the Royal ‘llima
Blossom”) is a school of traditional Hawaiian dance based in
Honolulu that has performed in cultural festivals and events throughout
the world. Building connections among communities in opposite ends of
the country, during their Philadelphia residency Pua Ali’i
‘Ilima debuts a new piece E Hui Ana Nā Moku (“The islands
will unite and rise”) that uses ancient-style hula movement to
animate sacred ancestral chants to uplift and rally people in times of
struggle and to call them to band together.
This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. E Hui Ana Nā Moku
is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project
co-commissioned by Asian Arts Initiative in partnership with PA’I
Foundation, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and NPN.
off her 2013 book tour, Family Style host Michelle Myers takes audience
members on an unforgettable journey through storytelling, spoken word
poetry, and song celebrating the strength and beauty of women,
especially in their most vulnerable moments. In giving shape and life
to these meaningful, vibrant stories in her performance/reading,
Michelle hopes to build a community united in the restorative energy of
love, acceptance, and personal power.
The She Book
Reading by Michelle Myers
Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
$10 General | $8 Student Admission
FREE Admission for anyone who brings a copy of The She Book to the door
Copies of The She Book will be available for purchase for $15 each; purchase of the book includes admission to the show.
ABOUT MICHELLE MYERS
been a professional spoken word poet for 13 years. She is a founding
member of the spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, a dynamic duo of
Philly-based Asian American female spoken word poets. Yellow Rage is
best-known for appearing on the first season of the
critically-acclaimed HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def
Poetry and performing in the first live Def Poetry Jam show in Aspen at
the 2001 HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. As a solo artist, Michelle is
dedicated to raising awareness about social injustices and building
positive relationships across communities.
box office and book sales will be donated to Odanadi, an organization
based in Mysore, India that rescues and rehabilitates women and
children who are survivors of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
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