Ground Zero Performance Café

Ground Zero Performance Café For students, by students. Ground Zero is a student-run performance venue and café located in the heart of USC’s campus, frequently described as the campus living room.

Our space is available to book any kind of event, ranging from talent shows and dance nights to academic lectures and movie screenings. We also organize and put on our own events including concerts, comedy shows, open mic nights and much, much more. For more information on booking our venue email our production managers at [email protected]. We also have an awesome coffee bar in our venue! Famous for

Our space is available to book any kind of event, ranging from talent shows and dance nights to academic lectures and movie screenings. We also organize and put on our own events including concerts, comedy shows, open mic nights and much, much more. For more information on booking our venue email our production managers at [email protected]. We also have an awesome coffee bar in our venue! Famous for

Operating as usual

Come through!!!! Even if you’re not currently registered, even if your address is wrong, even if you had a different par...
03/03/2020

Come through!!!! Even if you’re not currently registered, even if your address is wrong, even if you had a different party preference initially. They can help you at the polls. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Tonight we will NOT be having Open Mic, but instead we’ll be open for you to engage in the Democratic Primary. Key info:...
03/02/2020

Tonight we will NOT be having Open Mic, but instead we’ll be open for you to engage in the Democratic Primary.

Key info: anyone over the age of 18 can vote at this location due to the new LA county voting laws. If you’ve had a different address, if you were previously registered with a different party, or this is your first time.... you can vote!

If you have any questions we have trained poll workers ready to help!

Don’t forget that VOTING STARTS THIS WEEKEND!!
02/28/2020

Don’t forget that VOTING STARTS THIS WEEKEND!!

Cast your ballot and vote for the 2020 presidential primary election at USC! The USC Vote Center will run from Saturday, February 29 to Monday, March 2 from 9AM to 6PM and on Election Day, March 3 from 7AM to 9PM at the USC Ground Zero Performance Café. Open to anyone registered or who wants to register to vote at their campus address or otherwise within L.A. County. You can also turn in your mail-in ballot. If you have questions or concerns, ask our volunteers at the polling location! All of your voting questions answered: https://buff.ly/2HY1CGW

Vote SC - USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences - University of Southern California - L.A. County Registrar-Recorder

Commedus Interuptus is coming in hot with some improv gold tonight. Swing on by for laughs galore. Event starts at 10:00...
02/27/2020

Commedus Interuptus is coming in hot with some improv gold tonight. Swing on by for laughs galore. Event starts at 10:00pm

Tonight, as a part of their week focusing on inclusion and intersectionality, USC Marshall School of Business presents M...
02/27/2020

Tonight, as a part of their week focusing on inclusion and intersectionality, USC Marshall School of Business presents Marshall Takes the Mic. Event starts at 6:00pm.

Tonight's another open mic! Sign up starts at 8:30. Don't miss out!
02/24/2020

Tonight's another open mic! Sign up starts at 8:30. Don't miss out!

Come spend the corporatist holiday doing something fun with the people you love instead. Tonight GZ is throwing a Valent...
02/14/2020

Come spend the corporatist holiday doing something fun with the people you love instead.

Tonight GZ is throwing a Valentine’s Day Dance of epic proportions. If you’re wanting to cozy up to a long time cutie, dish the hot gos with your best friends, and share some anti-VD sentiment, come on down.

There will be pizza, candy, games, and a DJ to help us all say “eff this” and dance the night away.

Event starts at 7pm!

Tomorrow! Bring your sweetheart (platonic or not) down to GZ town. We’ve got snacks galore and a hot dance floor. Happy ...
02/14/2020

Tomorrow! Bring your sweetheart (platonic or not) down to GZ town. We’ve got snacks galore and a hot dance floor. Happy Valentines, lovers.

Tonight we are back and better than ever. Come give your halftime performance at the Open Mic. 🤩🎙Sign up starts at 8:30!
02/03/2020

Tonight we are back and better than ever. Come give your halftime performance at the Open Mic. 🤩🎙Sign up starts at 8:30!

Don’t forget that that open mic sign up starts at 8:30 tonight! Come make some magic out of the first day of the semeste...
01/13/2020

Don’t forget that that open mic sign up starts at 8:30 tonight! Come make some magic out of the first day of the semester. We’ve got SNACKS! Cookies and hot cocoa galore, so don’t miss out!

Hello 2020! We’re back with another semester of killer programming. Come through on Monday as we bring back everyone’s f...
01/11/2020

Hello 2020! We’re back with another semester of killer programming. Come through on Monday as we bring back everyone’s favorite Open Mic!

THERE WILL BE SNACKS!

So come grab a cookie, get cozy, and enjoy a night of live performance... or try out that resolution to try new things and be the star of the show yourself. 😉

This week, come on by to study your butt off. We’re closed today for a private event but we’ll be re-opening at 5:00pm! ...
12/10/2019

This week, come on by to study your butt off. We’re closed today for a private event but we’ll be re-opening at 5:00pm! Stop on by!

Tonight! First Friday is back and better than ever for the last show of the semester. Come thruuuu! 8:00pm!!
12/06/2019

Tonight! First Friday is back and better than ever for the last show of the semester. Come thruuuu! 8:00pm!!

Starting soon (at noon to be precise), the Office of Religious Life brings What Matters to Me and Why back this time fea...
12/04/2019
What Matters to Me & Why with Karen Tongson

Starting soon (at noon to be precise), the Office of Religious Life brings What Matters to Me and Why back this time featuring associate professor Karen Tongson. Step out of the rain, get warm, and enjoy.

“What Matters to Me and Why” represents a creative solution to an important and often unrecognized problem in the university setting: the separation of intellectual life from personal and spiritual issue. The people who shape USC, who teach students the ways of their particular disciplines, and ...

Time's ticking close down to the end of the semester, so don't miss out on some of our last events of 2019!
11/18/2019

Time's ticking close down to the end of the semester, so don't miss out on some of our last events of 2019!

OPEN MIC NIGHT, SIGN-UPS START AT 8:30PM. I MEAN NOW.
10/02/2018

OPEN MIC NIGHT, SIGN-UPS START AT 8:30PM. I MEAN NOW.

OPEN MIC NIGHT TONIGHT!!!
Lottery Sign-ups @ 8:30PM, show at 9:00PM!

OPEN MIC NIGHT TONIGHT!!!Lottery Sign-ups @ 8:30PM, show at 9:00PM!
08/27/2018

OPEN MIC NIGHT TONIGHT!!!
Lottery Sign-ups @ 8:30PM, show at 9:00PM!

08/24/2018

!!!!HAHAH!! Come one come all! Gather round! In less than ONE HOUR!! !!!COMEDY NIGHT!!!! COMEDY!! LAUGHS! haAHAHAH! HAHA!

💀💀💀GZ IS RESURRECTED AGAIN💀💀💀need a place to procrastinate studying for finals? come thru to Ground Zero from 10am-10pm,...
04/29/2018

💀💀💀GZ IS RESURRECTED AGAIN💀💀💀
need a place to procrastinate studying for finals? come thru to Ground Zero from 10am-10pm, starting tomorrow (Monday) til Saturday! Say hello to your friendly neighborhood barista and get ur study on.

Cafe will be closed, so no milkshakes or coffee 😭 but feel free to bring your own!!

Today is the last day of Ground Zero's Study Days, and consequently, the last day we'll be open for the year. Stop by an...
12/08/2017

Today is the last day of Ground Zero's Study Days, and consequently, the last day we'll be open for the year. Stop by any time today for free coffee, cold brew, and hot chocolate. Thank you guys so much for your support, especially through this crazy milkshake-free semester. Good luck on your finals, and on the next semester. We love you, and we'll see you all next fall.

Escape the herd. Come by GZ this week for a chill study space and FREE (!!!) coffee drinks.credit: usc meme page (if you...
12/06/2017

Escape the herd. Come by GZ this week for a chill study space and FREE (!!!) coffee drinks.

credit: usc meme page (if you know, you know)

WE IN DIS BIH. SIGN-UPS START IN 15.OPEN MIC NIGHT @ GZ. SHOW STARTS AT 9PM.
10/10/2017

WE IN DIS BIH. SIGN-UPS START IN 15.

OPEN MIC NIGHT @ GZ. SHOW STARTS AT 9PM.

09/13/2017

Missing Open Mic night? Us too. But don't trip guys - QuASA has got you covered! QuASA Open Mic, tonight at 8pm at GZ. Be there or be ⬛!

08/10/2017

With heavy hearts are we making this announcement-

Ground Zero will not be open for regular business this upcoming school year. During the fall semester we will only be open for scheduled events and will be completely closed during the spring semester for necessary renovations to take place.

We are extremely saddened that Ground Zero will be closed this next year but at the same time we are glad that our beloved space is getting the attention it needs and deserves.

Thank you to all of our customers and friends for your business and support. We will miss you all very much this next year.

Untill next year and best wishes,
-Ground Zero Management

08/03/2017
it's always sunny - the boys are back in town

Hope you had an amazing summer in Prague/DTLA/your weird small town in Iowa! No matter what you did this summer, we'll be ready with enough to ice cream to help you beat the SoCal heat when you get back. GZ will re-open Monday, August 21st at 8:30am. Come crack open a cold brew with the boys.

mac and dennis rag into the night

05/12/2017
Kool & The Gang - Celebration

CONGRADS. GZ will be open serving celebratory shakes until 3:30pm. Get 'em while they're hot (cold, actually, but whatever).

Music video by Kool & The Gang performing Celebration. (C) 1980 The Island Def Jam Music Group

05/10/2017

YOU DID IT, KIDDO, YOU MADE IT THROUGH FINALS! Time for all of us to take a break - baristas included. We've closed up early today, but will be back to our usual hours tomorrow and Thursday.

04/29/2017

Woooooah double posting!
GZ will be CLOSED tomorrow for a private event. Come back Monday for more caffeinated goodness!

Finals are coming up and trust, we feel your pain. To help everybody out, we're instituting ~*SOUND ZERO*~ for the next ...
04/29/2017

Finals are coming up and trust, we feel your pain. To help everybody out, we're instituting ~*SOUND ZERO*~ for the next couple weeks (meaning, you guessed it - a totally silent GZ). Come grab a cold brew and get your study on. But like, quietly.

GUYS. Contrary to our last post, it's not too late to send in your application to GZ! We're extending the deadline to TH...
04/16/2017

GUYS. Contrary to our last post, it's not too late to send in your application to GZ! We're extending the deadline to THIS FRIDAY (4/21). Get stoked.

Calling all coffee snobs and meme queens - we're hiring for fall! Applications due Friday, April 14th.
04/10/2017

Calling all coffee snobs and meme queens - we're hiring for fall! Applications due Friday, April 14th.

roll thru GZ this month to celebrate arguably one of the best holidays of the year, as well as our barista of the month,...
04/06/2017

roll thru GZ this month to celebrate arguably one of the best holidays of the year, as well as our barista of the month, Juice!!!

02/20/2017

The rumors are true, we are closed for #notmypresident's day. See you tomorrow at 8:30am #political #marketing

Address

615 Childs Way
Los Angeles, CA
90089

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 11:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 11:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 11:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 11:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 11:30pm
Saturday 1pm - 12am
Sunday 1pm - 8pm

Telephone

(213) 821-1484

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Does anyone have the milkshake recipes from way back?