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On Friday, March 10th, at the historic Villa Victoria Center For The Arts in Boston’s South End we will celebrate a twelve years of East Meets Words! East Meets Words is the longest running Asian / Pacific Islander open mic series in the East Coast and this month we would have hosted 156 open mics! Features ranging from Bao Phi, Jess X. Chen, Franny Choi, Magnetic North, Taiyo Na, Beau Sia, and Kelly Tsai, to local community youth from ATASK YEP and Grub Street and budding artists and activists just starting to find their voice. This Anniversary Showcase will have stories and performances from many folks from our community!
Our headline feature of George Yamazawa. Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, G Yamazawa is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Southern Fried Champion, and Kundiman Fellow. He has been a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival and the White House Initiative for AAPI. Currently residing in LA and working on his debut album!
/// Location & Admissions ///
Villa Victoria Center For The Arts
85 W Newton St, Boston, MA
$5-$10 Sliding Scale Suggested Donation
No one is turned away at the door
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/// Event Details ///
Doors Open @ 7 PM
Showcase @ 7:30 PM
Intermission @ 9 PM
Feature @ 9:30 PM
Dance Party @ 10:30 PM
/// Directions ///
take the T to Park Street and take the 43 bus to Tremont & W Newton
take the T to Central or Harvard and take the 1 bus to Mass Ave & Tremont, short walk down Tremont street
venue is a short walk from either the Back Bay or Mass Ave stop
/// THE FEATURE ///
Born in Durham, NC and raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. “G” is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured 150 universities including Princeton, University of Guam, and NYU-Abu Dhabi. He is a Team Backpack Mission Underground Top 12 Finalist, and nominated for Best New Hip Hop Artist by the 2016 Carolina Music Awards. Winner of Kollaboration DC 2012, Audience Choice Award Recipient of the Inaugural Kollaboration Star and 2013 Kundiman Fellow, G has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One’s Season 3 of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
His poetry has been published in Beltway Quarterly, Asian Fortune Magazine, and 27 Views of Durham, and has shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover, and VP Joe Biden. Co-founder of North Carolina’s pioneer youth poetry organization Sacrificial Poets and advocate for youth empowerment, G also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing/performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, DC public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a focus in political poetry. G lives in Los Angeles.
/// About East Meets Words ///
In March 2005, the bookstore held its first monthly open mic. Now, over 132 open mics later, East Meets Words is one of the longest running Asian American open mic series in the country, and one of the main hubs of Asian American art and activism on the east coast.
At the open mic, participants can sign up to sing, spit, dance, play music, or share a story. Everyone is welcome. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.
Each month, we also feature an Asian American artist or group, who will perform a full-length set after the open mic portion of the evening. Past features have ranged from nationally known artists such as Beau Sia and Kelly Tsai to local creatives like you and me.
We strive to create a safer space and a platform for artists and non-artists to perform work of all stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and sign up on the open mic. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices – prioritizing API performers. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.
Subcontinental Drift Boston
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
/// More information ///
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