February 10th LUNADA Literary Lounge Spring Season Opener

LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Friday, February 10, 2017, Spring Season Opener, featuring:
~ Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour
~ Raphael Cohen
~ Open Mic: Sign-up 7:15pm, 10 spots on the list, 5 min. ea.

The Lunada 2017 Spring season opener features spoken word at it’s finest, with passion and power by three poets raising roofs around the Bay. We amplify South Bay poet activist ASHA, righteous evolutionary Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour, and an excerpt from Rebel Elegant by Raphael Cohen, about the life of former NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. 

The Lunada OPEN MIC invites poets, emcees, musicians, storytellers, laureates and first-timers to share their voices under the lunar spotlight. 

Hosted by Sandra García Rivera
$5.00 Admission

2857 24th Street, at Bryant
SF, CA 94110

LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, song, and story. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Voted Best Literary Night of 2016 by the SF Bay Guardian.


ASHA is a South Bay-based artist, educator, and revolutionary whose work deals with issues of equity and social justice. She is originally from LA where she grew heavily into the underground hip hop scene and has toured London showcasing her poetry. Her music, art and spoken word act as a mirror into the passion and activism she lives out daily.

Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour is a mestizo Chicagoan raised in South Dallas now living in the Bay Area. As an early father of two beautiful daughters he held more jobs than he can count while writing and performing just enough to stay sane. As is the case for the vast majority of us, life as an Artist was nothing more than a dream deferred. And, now, at 39, a new moon is rising. Combining poetry and verse with graphic art and music, LaCour works to communicate a message of love through spiritual balance and self-exploration. He expresses an affinity for 90's Hip-Hop, Philosophy, Technology and global culture. His mission? To inspire the embrace of righteous evolution.

Raphael Cohen is a writer and educator whose work has appeared in Tikkun, Zeek, and 38th Notes. The author of Scrutinizing Lines, a poetry collection released in 2007, he’s performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has curated multiple Bay Area arts and cultural events. He’s taught creative writing at UC Berkeley’s Pre-College Academy, Marin County Juvenile Hall, The Bay School of San Francisco, among many other academic and community spaces. Originally from New York, Raphael’s called Oakland home for a decade and a half. He holds a BA from San Francisco State University and a MFA from Mills College. 

His latest work, Rebel Elegant, a chapbook and solo performance blending poetry, biography, hoops history, and social commentary, pays tribute to former NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (recently dubbed "the Steph Curry before Steph Curry"), whose religious/political protest of the national anthem in 1996 is widely seen as having led to his ouster from the league at the height of his athletic career. The Rebel Elegant page on FB, is:www.facebook.com/RebelElegant1



Jan 28th HALF-BREED with PC Munoz

PC Muñoz's HALF-BREED - Oakland Premiere w/Zachary James Watkins, ASHA, and more!
Saturday January 28, 2017
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St #170, Oakland, CA 94612

The Octopus Literary Salon presents the Oakland premiere of HALF-BREED, the touring music/poetry performance piece by San Francisco recording artist PC Muñoz.

HALF-BREED is a confrontation of historical conceptions of race-mixing and a personal exploration of multiracial identity delivered via electronic soundscapes, live instrumentation, and spoken poetry. This piece debuted at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and has since been performed in San Francisco, New York, San José, and Los Angeles.

PC will be joined by improvising guitarist/sound alchemist Zachary James Watkins of Black Spirituals for this performance. South Bay-based poet ASHA will open the show, along with one more special guest.

The Octopus Literary Salon


ImagineSJ Fest

After 11 successful showcases, ImagineSJ is excited to share some highlights and features from this year's series for our final event of 2016. From poetry, comedy, art, food & drink, come and celebrate our thriving arts and culture. 

This is a free event so RSVP yourself and a friend on Eventbrite!

ASHA will be the poetry feature for the event. Come Through!

Hosted by: Dem One


poetry by ASHA (Asha)
comedy by Ato Walker
music by Socorra
photography by Jean Melesaine
photography by Abraham Menor
writings by R.A. Ingram
art by Jim Fonseca

With special guests:
Tea Lyfe Drinks
Silicon Valley De-Bug (SV De-Bug)
Empire Seven Studios
Danny Harris, Knight Foundation

Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM


School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116



Taking over Sundays in #DTSJ !

This weekend is the debut of Live Lit Every Sunday—a weekly poetry and storytelling open mic at Caffe Frascati.

It'll be part of the SoFA Street Fair FALL Edition and so we'll be marathon-ing as host AND poet from 2:30–9pm along with many dope friends. (reg hours will be 6–8pm) Come sign up to read! Come watch us poem!

I will be your host and feature from 4:30-5:00 today right outside of Caffe Frascati.

See you there!


All Womyn's Showcase

Sunday, August 28 at 3 PM - 8 PM School of Arts & Culture @MHP 1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, California 95116

Sunday, August 28 at 3 PM - 8 PM

School of Arts & Culture @MHP

1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, California 95116

ASHA will be the Emcee and performing for this wonderful and inspiring event! Come through $5-$10


"An ode to creative womyn, the All-Womyn's Showcase was created to provide a platform to nurture, incubate, and empower womyn artists, artisans, and independent entrepreneurs to collaborate and showcase their talents. 

Come celebrate a night featuring local womyn comedians, poets, singers, musicians, artisans, painters, designers, and more!" - Robert R. Ragazza (organizer)