We Can Do It! a monthly Open Mic, curated and hosted by singer/songwriter/poetess Melissa Lussier.
Monthly with featured guests and slots for traditional open mic.
Thursday March 5th
Featured Performances by:
Sheila J Sadr (she/they) is an Iranian-American poet, educator, and mental health advocate nuzzled somewhere along southern California coast. Sheila has had her work featured with the United Nations, Segerstrom Center of the Arts, House of Blues, TEDx, Write About Now, Nat. Brut, Tinderbox Poetry, BOAAT, and many other gems. She took first place at the 2018 Jack Rabbit Poetry Slam and is a two time finalist for the Not A Cult Poetry Book contest, winning the second time around. Her debut book Birthday Girl is forthcoming Fall 2020 with Not A Cult Press.
Brandi Alexander is a Long Beach based Santa Ana born-and-raised singer-songwriter. Music and art have been her passion since she was “knee-high to grasshopper” and she loves to push the envelope. Inspired by truth and authenticity she can only be described as “raw”.
Singer/songwriter/poetess/bird of paradise. Melissa Lussier hails from rust belt city Buffalo, NY, where the cycle of long cold winters and hopeful Spring buds planted in her resilience and a deep awe of the seasons of the heart. She has been falling in love with Long Beach for the past 3 years and enjoys gently stalking the wild parrots, studying gender politics, and wearing jewel tones. Her music can be best described as bluesy folky sultry indie rock coupled with poetic lyrics, and her powerful voice has been described as “woody” and “primal.” When not performing music or writing poetry, Melissa can be found teaching English, salsa dancing, and cooking up tasty dishes in her kitchen.
Her vision for creating this open mic was to create community, to create a space where people feel seen, heard, and loved, a space where people will return month after month because they feel a part of a movement greater than themselves. She wants this open mic to specifically highlight the voices and experiences of minority groups because in her words “these voices are so often muted in society at large, so it is crucial that we offer a platform and truly receive the truths in this art and these stories.”
If you are interested in performing:
This open mic is about empowerment. It will be a woman-focused, feminist, LGBTQ+ friendly space. We aim to connect and contribute to our community.
Please send an email to: email@example.com with a short bio and link to your work
All creative expressions and gender expressions are welcome, as well as all types of performance and creative art.
Elinor is located behind and attached to MADE by Millworks with alley entrance at 250 North Tribune Court or through MADE at 240 Pine Avenue.
2 hour free parking is located at the public parking structure on 3rd street (just across the alley) behind Harvey Milk Plaza.