The Common Ground Open Mic series will be celebrating one year of performances at the VAALA Cultural Center on August 4th in Santa Ana, California. Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra will be performing there alongside Jenny Yang (comedienne), Gingee (b-girl dance punk) and Anna Nguyen (spoken word).
The performance takes place from 7-9 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m. with open mic sign-ups by 6:30 p.m. at the VAALA Cultural Center at 1600 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA.
Thao Worra will be reading work from a variety of his collections including his latest book, BARROW. He will also be scouting for Southeast Asian American writers and artists for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, as well as the Kartika Review and several other publications serving Asian Americans. This is his first performance in Santa Ana.
In the last year, the Common Ground Open Mic series has seen the space grow and attract youth, young professionals and the larger community in and around Orange County. Their initial focus was to draw a Vietnamese and Southeast Asian-American attendance, but now Common Ground continues to grow into a community space for many in and around Santa Ana and greater Orange County. They recently featured the performers of the acclaimed Lao American play, Refugee Nation. At each show, they usually have about 3-5 featured performers.
Founded in 1991 by a group of Vietnamese American journalists, artists and friends, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a community-based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. VAALA has organized numerous cultural events such as art exhibitions, book fairs, book signings, recitals, plays, lectures, the biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), the biennial Cinema Symposium, the annual Children’s Moon Festival Art Contest and year-long art and music classes.