Tuesday Night Project

Tuesday Night Project Tuesday Night Project hosts the 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Café, one of the longest running free public arts and performance series in downtown LA.
Tuesday Night Project (TNP) is a community of artists, organizers, activists, professionals, independent business owners, educators, and community members. TNP maintains a passionate, positive space with a focus on new work from Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the greater Los Angeles Area. Its flagship free public arts & performance series, the Tuesday Night Café (TNC), is a space where art + community connect, featuring artists, performers, and community members of all disciplines. TNC has become one of the longest running free public art series in downtown Los Angeles and the oldest still-running Asian American mic space in the nation. Tuesday Night Café runs 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, April through October.

Support Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles and local bakers, including our friends The Park's Finest, THIS SATURDAY at the...
06/17/2020

Support Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles and local bakers, including our friends The Park's Finest, THIS SATURDAY at their bake sale fundraiser! Pre-orders are going quickly! Pick up at HiFi Kitchen.

Reach out to loved ones who may be feeling most vulnerable or isolated during tomorrow's Tea and Letter Writing in partn...
06/09/2020
Events | Japanese American National Museum

Reach out to loved ones who may be feeling most vulnerable or isolated during tomorrow's Tea and Letter Writing in partnership with JANM.

For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2785475331739175/
FREE. RSVP here: http://www.janm.org/events/#10

During these tea & letter writing sessions, we are taking time to reach out to those we love who are the most vulnerable or isolated in this time. This session we are focusing especially on queer and trans people of color who are currently incarcerated. We will also provide time for creative reflect...

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 12th, 2020!** We’re still accepting creative proposals centered around “art+community” for o...
05/29/2020

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 12th, 2020!**

We’re still accepting creative proposals centered around “art+community” for our first TN Zine! We want to see your poetry, essays, illustrations, recipes, letters, self-portraits, and more. Use your creative voice and tell us how community grounds, inspires, and educates you. Open to artists of all different experience levels, who work in different mediums. We encourage collaboration on pieces, as well!

Submit your proposal at our submission form here http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/TNZine2020

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 12th, 2020!** We’re still accepting creative proposals centered around “art+community” for o...
05/29/2020
Tuesday Night Project

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 12th, 2020!**

We’re still accepting creative proposals centered around “art+community” for our first TN Zine! We want to see your poetry, essays, illustrations, recipes, letters, self-portraits, and more. Use your creative voice and tell us how community grounds, inspires, and educates you. Open to artists of all different experience levels, who work in different mediums. We encourage collaboration on pieces, as well!

Submit your proposal at our submission form here http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/TNZine2020

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We're highlighting some of our amazing donors over the past year! Connie K. Lim, better known by her stage name MILCK, h...
05/26/2020

We're highlighting some of our amazing donors over the past year!

Connie K. Lim, better known by her stage name MILCK, has been a long time community member and occasional featured artist at Tuesday Night Cafe. From her first feature at TNC, she has come into her own voice, leading to the critical acclaim of her song “Quiet” during the 2017 Women’s March. The track landed at No. 2 on NPR’s Year in Music list and was featured as part of NPR’s American Anthem series.

Her music calls for the self-reflection, healing, and change that speak to the hopeful parts of us. As a gesture of gratitude and reverence to the movement, MILCK started the #ICANTKEEPQUIET fund to benefit nonprofits that are working tirelessly to collaborate with underrepresented communities with the goal of amplifying their unique voices. We have been fortunate to be one of only 3 organizations that MILCK has chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds.

Our relationship has grown over the years, and with her dedication and commitment through many seasons of TNC we have been able to create a space for all our artists to thrive. Alongside many others in the TNP network of artists, she has gone above and beyond with her support of our fundraising efforts and fellow artists. We consider her a part of the TN Family for life, as we do so with anyone that joins our community, We are grateful for her partnership and the above-and-beyond support she gives to us and so many! Thank you, MILCK!

Listen to her EP, Into Gold (https://tinyurl.com/y9ocrqcz), an ode to those who have gone from survivor to thriver, If I Ruled the World (Stripped) (https://tinyurl.com/ydaoocfu), and Gold (Stripped) (https://tinyurl.com/y7lkjxk9), produced by MILCK and Wayne Miller.

TN Zine, a zine by Tuesday Night Project, is now accepting submission proposals for works encompassing the theme of “art...
05/02/2020

TN Zine, a zine by Tuesday Night Project, is now accepting submission proposals for works encompassing the theme of “art+community”.

We are interested in artists of all different experience levels, who work in different mediums. We seek your poetry, essays, illustrations, recipes, letters, self-portraits, and more. Using your creative voice, share with us how community grounds, inspires, and educates you. We encourage collaboration on pieces, as well.

To submit your proposals, please fill out our submission form at https://www/tinyURL.com/TNZine2020.
Submissions will be open until May 31.

Today on Bandcamp, 100% of the profits are going to the artists! Support TNC artists and treat yourself to some great mu...
05/02/2020

Today on Bandcamp, 100% of the profits are going to the artists! Support TNC artists and treat yourself to some great music! https://bit.ly/2VSyOHC

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC and Sustainable Little Tokyo present Little Tokyo Little Podcast! ...
04/18/2020

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC and Sustainable Little Tokyo present Little Tokyo Little Podcast! Stretch with Rajio Taiso, hear the seasons changing through haiku poems, listen to music from local musicians, and hear cute local news! There will be new episodes every other week in English, Japanese, Korean or Spanish. The first episode features TN family members and a special message from George Takei! Visit the SLT website to listen online or via phone.

Website: http://sustainablelittletokyo.org/projects/little-podcast

04/16/2020
Hollis Wong-Wear

Hollis Wong-Wear X TNP Brunch livestream this Sunday 4/19 at 11AM PDT featuring special guest TNP director/artist/organizer Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama, James Choi of Cafe Dulce, musician Shinkawasaki and actor Keiko Agena to support Go Little Tokyo's Community Feeding Community Fund providing relief for LA’s Little Tokyo hospitality workers and small businesses!

Watch on YouTube Live this Sunday! https://youtu.be/E8SBA8DSDHs

powering up w @tnproject for brunch with Little Tokyo’s all stars 🌟 we’ll be supporting @golittletokyo’s Community Feeding Community Fund providing relief for LA’s Little Tokyo hospitality workers and small businesses. Really hype to do brunch with these powerhouses: dyanmite artist/organizer @traciakemi1, prolific musician @shinkawasaki, iconic actor @keikoagena & James Choi of @cafedulcela, home to my FAVORITE baked goods 🤤 Tuesday Night Cafe was one of my first solo live performances and I felt so encouraged and held by the community they’ve gathered; it’s an honor to hold space for a neighborhood that truly needs our help during this time. ♥️ (and big shouts to @seanmiura for being the glue as always!!! real aapis know!! Lol)

Thank you to everyone who joined in last night’s  edition of Tea & Letter Writing! Special shout outs for the support of...
04/16/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined in last night’s edition of Tea & Letter Writing! Special shout outs for the support of site partner JANM and our own TNTalks initiative.

We had a wonderful turnout and letters are on their way in - destinations include seniors in resident housing in Little Tokyo and folks currently detained at Otay Mesa Detention Center.

Please feel free to join us again for our next Tea & Letter Writing on Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 PM -7:45 PM!

Tonight would have been the first show of our 22nd season of Tuesday Night Cafe. We were excited to kick off the year to...
04/08/2020

Tonight would have been the first show of our 22nd season of Tuesday Night Cafe. We were excited to kick off the year together. We're sad that we can't share space with you all, but we continue to be inspired by all of you who are stepping up in this moment. We aren't going quiet though. Keep watching this space. We'll be back together again soon.

In the meantime, check out this photo essay by Rino Kodama of Visual Communications, documenting our 2019 season: https://vcmedia.org/latest-news/rino-kodama-and-tnc

To our Tuesday Night Project family,For the past two decades, we have been grateful to hold space for our communities an...
03/26/2020
TNP COVID-19 Response and Update

To our Tuesday Night Project family,

For the past two decades, we have been grateful to hold space for our communities and our city. By coming together through community partnerships, long-term artist support, and especially our flagship Tuesday Night Cafe series, we’ve found comfort in gathering and a sense of togetherness through hard times.

As we are all experiencing now, the world has changed drastically over the past few months. Though circumstances are shifting every day, our number one priority as an organization has always been to guard the safety and health of our community. With “safer at home” orders expected to continue and to do our part in flattening the curve by keeping spatial distance from each other, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Tuesday Night Cafe season indefinitely.

Read our full statement here: tuesdaynightproject.org

To our Tuesday Night Project family, For the past two decades, we have been grateful to hold space for our communities and our city. By coming together through community partnerships, long-term artist support, and especially our flagship Tuesday Night Cafe series, we’ve found comfort in gathering ...

Our neighbors in Little Tokyo need your help! Several businesses are still offering takeout/delivery/gift cards; every p...
03/26/2020

Our neighbors in Little Tokyo need your help! Several businesses are still offering takeout/delivery/gift cards; every purchase will help them through this difficult time!

Check out Not a Cult's online, donation-based creative workshops this week at http://notacult.media/events:• 3/23 @ 7p |...
03/23/2020

Check out Not a Cult's online, donation-based creative workshops this week at http://notacult.media/events:

• 3/23 @ 7p | Close (writing workshop) with Edwin Bodney
• 3/25 @ 2p | Self Development in a Time of Isolation (training) with TN Fam beau sia
• 3/25 @ 7p | To The Bloom (writing workshop) with Yesika Salgado
• 3/27 @ 2p | The Hauntings and Celebrations of the Homeland through poetic narratives (writing workshop) with Karla Cordero

Hello! Consider making an order soon for pickup from The Park's Finest - They’re doing everything they can to take care ...
03/19/2020

Hello! Consider making an order soon for pickup from The Park's Finest - They’re doing everything they can to take care of their employees and community. Time to give back in any way we can. Thank you Johneric, Christine, Ann, Mike and the whole team for ALWAYS being there for us and feeding everyone who comes through TNC to perform, volunteer and produce. Be sure to support them supporting the community!

When all the cancellations and postponements began raining in with the storm last Thursday, we realized quickly that no ...
03/16/2020

When all the cancellations and postponements began raining in with the storm last Thursday, we realized quickly that no one would be attending our Tea & Letter Writing event at the Japanese American National Museum. Our team moved swiftly and held a a session anyway, inviting folks to join us via Zoom for a virtual gathering of tea drinking, anxiety-lifting conversation, and letter writing hosted by Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama, Mya Worrell and Lauren Moon.

Stay tuned for our next virtual session - coming soon! (Thank you Linn and Kady for letting us post your lovely faces!)

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Tea & Letter Writing was developed in traci's +LAB Residency last summer in Little Tokyo. JANM is a site partner and the event is now supported by TNP's TNTalks initiative.

Season 22 is starting soon! Mark your calendars for Tuesday Night Cafe’s season opener. 🗓
03/11/2020

Season 22 is starting soon! Mark your calendars for Tuesday Night Cafe’s season opener. 🗓

Get more involved with us! 👀 We’re looking for people to fill the following roles on our volunteer staff:- Donor Engagem...
02/06/2020

Get more involved with us!
👀 We’re looking for people to fill the following roles on our volunteer staff:

- Donor Engagement Coordinator: work with TNP Director and Senior Management on development and implementation of donor awareness, engagement and acknowledgment.
- House Manager: Executes and leads physical set up for shows and serves as location manager. Helps adjust to audience/ community needs depending on show.
- Social Media Coordinator: Assists in creating and posting posts for social media and press. Experience with various social platforms and some graphic design preferred.
- Stage Hands: Helps with the set up and take down of equipment during Tuesday Night Cafe shows.

Please email us at [email protected] with the subject line of the role you’re interested in and tell us why. Submit by Feb. 10th, 2020.

Tuesday Night Cafe 2020 planning is underway! With that said, we are closing artist submissions THIS FRIDAY, January 31s...
01/28/2020

Tuesday Night Cafe 2020 planning is underway! With that said, we are closing artist submissions THIS FRIDAY, January 31st, 2020.

We've had an incredible number of submissions over the last couple years - so much so, that ahead of our new season, we're closing applications to be a feature very soon. Apply today! http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/submissions.

As we've done in years past, submissions will re-open at the end of the season.

Our season finale will be hosted by Johneric Concordia of The Park's Finest & Thunderbolt Los Angeles, with beats by DJ ...
10/15/2019

Our season finale will be hosted by Johneric Concordia of The Park's Finest & Thunderbolt Los Angeles, with beats by DJ Waxstyles (Michael Nailat).

Join us and the rest of the TN family tonight at Tuesday Night Cafe - October 15 - Season Finale!

We're excited to welcome back longtime TN friend and fam Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) to Tuesday Night Cafe tomorr...
10/15/2019

We're excited to welcome back longtime TN friend and fam Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) to Tuesday Night Cafe tomorrow! Umar will be performing as one half of The Special 2, a throwback 1980s rap group.

Join in on the fun at our last show of the season! RSVP, invite your friends and get more details at Tuesday Night Cafe - October 15 - Season Finale!

Janelle Paule, Poet, Sabrina Im, & Karen Joyce all met frequenting community spaces such as Tuesday Night Cafe & Sunday ...
10/14/2019

Janelle Paule, Poet, Sabrina Im, & Karen Joyce all met frequenting community spaces such as Tuesday Night Cafe & Sunday Jump. Join us for a special set by these collaborators and best friends at Tuesday Night Cafe - October 15 - Season Finale!

Janelle Paule is a Filipina American poet whose writing explores themes of immigrant family experiences, mental health, and body image. She is the Resident Co-Host at Sunday Jump, the longest running open mic in Historic Filipinotown. Janelle hopes to inspire people to own their stories, as she finds the courage to do so herself. She is the author of “brave: the everyday practice of resilience.”

Sabrina Im is an emerging poet, dabbling artist, and diasporic storyteller. The daughter of Khmer refugees, she is all about community building, manifesting, and creating social transformations. Currently, she is an Urban Futures Lab Fellow at Public Matters where she hopes to continue using storytelling as a means for mediating and cultivating inter-generational narratives, as well as mobilizing others to explore their art too.

Karen Joyce is a singer-songwriter, zinester, and professional doodler. Delivering conversational lyrics with a heartfelt clarity, her music’s inviting melodies and evocative storytelling draw listeners into an intimate state of mind. In addition to songwriting, Karen also explores trauma and social activism through writing and performance art. She also creates original merchandise (tees, pins, stickers) promoting self-care and self-publishes under her zine project, Yellow Stained Blue.

We're closing out our 21st season with a rockstar lineup of TN family members, including traci kato-kiriyama & friends!T...
10/13/2019

We're closing out our 21st season with a rockstar lineup of TN family members, including traci kato-kiriyama & friends!

Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Since 1996, she has performed and written for theatre tours, productions, artist residencies, and performance collaborations in hundreds of venues throughout the country. She is the co-founder and director of Tuesday Night Project and a 2019 Little Tokyo Service Center +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

traci will be joined on stage by Kuniharu Yoshida, Umi Hsu, Grace Umali, Mya Worrell, Ally Vega, Rino Kodama, Mia Barnett, Joy Yamaguchi, and Sara Omura Suravech!

RSVP, invite your friends and get more details at Tuesday Night Cafe - October 15 - Season Finale!

Miss Shu Mai is back at Tuesday Night Cafe – this time with another TN fam, Jensen Reyes of Sunday Jump! Make sure to ca...
10/12/2019

Miss Shu Mai is back at Tuesday Night Cafe – this time with another TN fam, Jensen Reyes of Sunday Jump! Make sure to catch their collaboration at Tuesday Night Cafe - October 15 - Season Finale!

Miss Shu Mai is a second generation Asian American drag queen whose drag incorporates sexuality and satire while queering Asian American femininity and culture. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she now lives in LA where you can catch her hosting and performing at Gameboi in West Hollywood, and she also coproduces LA’s first and only API drag show called “Send Noodz”! She also represents the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) as Miss GAPA 2018. As a dancer and choreographer, she teaches and performs all over California, and hopes to use drag as a way to build community among queer APIs and explore the issues that are prevalent in our community.

Jensen is a 25-year-old Filipinx American creator from the Carolinas barrio in San Juan Capistrano, California. You may recognize them from their previous performances here at TNC, or through their work with organizations like Sunday Jump, Pilipino Workers Center, and Lakas Mentorship Program. According to their mother, Jensen first learned how to sing before they could even speak, and they haven’t shut up since. First making their mark in 2013 as a spoken word artist performing in Los Angeles spaces like Sunday Jump, they’ve since pivoted to their first love of music and is currently working on their first EP, expected to come out Lunar New Year 2020.

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Hello everyone! I work with Sean Miura at BuzzFeed, and we're planning a holiday market/craft fair for employees on December 13th. I've seen so many awesome artists with tables at TNC over the years, so I thought I'd reach out here to see if anyone would be interested in having a table at our event. Please DM me!