Sure, the 4th has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating America. No, no, keep the fireworks going strong with some sweet poetry, music, a little improv, and a lot of good food TONIGHT at Tuesday Night Project’s Tuesday Night Cafe at 7:15 at the Aratani Courtyard in Little Tokyo. I’ve posted about the Tuesday Night Project before; simply put, it is one of this city’s longest running open, public spaces dedicated to showcasing local artists and beat-boppers. Organizers of the Tuesday Night Project curate the Tuesday Night Cafe series every first and third Tuesday; as today is the first Tuesday of July (already!), there already is quite a lineup, from spoken word duo Bownstar to the quick wit of Room to Improv. The Park’s Finest, whose marriage of backyard BBQ and Filipino cuisine epitomizes what America is about, will be on hand to provide the eats.
For those who can’t make it out today (boo), the organization’s 12th year birthday-slash-benefit party is on July 31st from 5:00pm to 11:00pm at the JACCC Plaza, also in Little Tokyo. Pre-sale and student tickets are only $15 ($20 at the door). The party will feature past and present Tuesday Night Cafe regulars and almost-regulars, as well as various performances and a DJ for those who want to step out in your dancing shoes. All proceeds go towards supporting the Project and keeping the Cafe alive and well for next year. So we can, you know, celebrate America all year long.
The Tuesday Night Cafe starts at 7:15pm; those who want to get in on some open mic action best get there by 6:45 to sign up. The Aratani Courtyard is on 120 Judge John Aliso, between 1st and Temple downtown.