Tuesday Night Cafe, Los Angeles, California

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Those who claim there's nothing to do in Little Tokyo have obviously never been to Tuesday Night Cafe, a summer concert series at the Union Center for the Arts in Los Angeles that features music, poetry, spoken word, dance, hip hop, visual art and short films. There is also an "Open Mic" segment where emerging artists and audience members can share their work.

The July 1, 2008, concert was produced in collaboration with Filipino Americans for Immigration Reform and organized around the theme of immigration. Featured were MC Franz Cipher, Jose "Flipchild" Saenz, Elaine Dololas, Visual Communication's Armed With A Camera Fellowship, 18 Might Mountain Warriors, and Albert Chiang.

Tueday Night Cafes are held on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from April to October. Visit www.tnkat.org for more information about the show schedule and getting involved.

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Union Center for the Arts

Union Center for the Arts, now home to the East West Players theatre group, was an active church in the Little Tokyo community until earthquake damage forced the congregation to move in 1994. On 1st and 3rd Tuesdays throughout the summer, the Aratani Courtyard in front of the church is …

Union Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, California
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MC Franz Cipher

The show opened with a performance by hip hop artist Franz Cipher.

MC Franz Cipher at Tuesday Night Cafe, Los Angeles, California
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Audience

MC Johneric Concordia pumps up the crowd.

Tuesday Night Cafe Audience
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Warming Up

Mikey de Lara adjusts the microphone before starting his set during the "Open Mic" segment of the show. Anyone can sign up to perform.

Setting Up at Tuesday Night Cafe, Los Angeles, California
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Mikey de Lara

Mikey de Lara performs some of his songs.

Mikey de Lara at Tuesday Night Cafe, Los Angeles, California
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Jinah Kim

Jinah Kim performs some of her songs during "Open Mic."

Open Mic at Tuesday Night Cafe, Los Angeles, California
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Traci Kato-Kiriyama and MC Johneric Concorida

Cafe organizers Traci Kato-Kiriyama and MC Johneric Concordia at Tuesday Night Cafe on July 1, 2008. The success and longevity of their concert series, celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2008, is a glimmer of optimism in the struggle to maintain a youth presence in Little Tokyo.

Traci Kato-Kiriyama and MC Johneric Concordia at Tuesday Night Cafe
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fmpotter — Last modified Jun 28 2021 1:49 a.m.


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