Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from April to October, the courtyard at the Union Center of the Arts transforms into Tuesday Night Cafe, one of the oldest ongoing free public art series in Los Angeles.
Tuesday Night Project acts as a transformative and incubative space for Asian American artists, creators, curators, and appreciators. For the past 16 years, poets and musicians have flocked to TNP to perform, eat, and be merry. It is a completely volunteer run and donation funded organization that has deep community roots.
Every show, they feature community announcements from organizations such as Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education Los Angeles (ASPIRE LA), which is a pan Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant youth led org in LA. Also featured was the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC-LA), a local restaurant worker center founded in 2010 that has over 600 restaurant worker members.
Pumana rocked out about the blues of Hawaii
As the night winded down, everyone’s heart was filled to the brim with music and poetry.
Sonia Rao performing “Stay With Me”
This was my second TNP, and it was just as cathartic as the show I attended one year ago.
(Perspective 1 — me shouting “SMILE FOR THE CAMERA”)
(Perspective 2 — Thanks for the photo, Daren!)
Oh, and mega thanks and shoutout to TNP for inviting me as the featured blogger! Like I said at the show, TNP has come to mean so much to me despite the 3,000 miles usually between us. I’m blessed to have stumbled into this vibrant and positive community when I did, and I will always be thankful for the connections and opportunities that have come out of it. When I move to LA, you can fully expect to find me in this courtyard every 1st and 3rd Tuesday.
Tuesday Night Cafe’s location is at:
Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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