Posted by amybou on:
UCSB's MultiCultural Center brought a super fun evening of spoken word, live music, and community-building to Coffee Cat for 1st Thursday this evening. Santa Barbara’s favorite coffee shop was jam packed full of people--poetry lovers, students, leaders in the community, folks out gallery hopping for 1st Thursday--and it was thrilling to see so many people there enjoying the energizing performance of internationally recognized spoken word poet Rudy Francisco. A talented poet with a mind for metaphors and a gift for connecting with the audience, Francisco is co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego and a frequent Poetry Slam Champion. (Specifically, the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion, and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion.)
For those of us who frequent Coffee Cat and secretly rock out behind our laptops to the imminently danceable soundtrack that certain baristas play (you know who you are), it was particularly exciting to see people start to actually dance--out in the open—as a DJ played at the end of the evening.
The event was co-sponsored by Coffee Cat, 1st Thursday, and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. It's highly recommended that these great organizations team up to do it again.