Sunday Jump: Keep Your Head Up Open Mic 9/3 @ Sunday Jump, Los Angeles [3 September]

Sunday Jump: Keep Your Head Up Open Mic 9/3

17:00 - 19:00

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Sunday Jump
153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
As a safe space for marginalized voices, we are highlighting the importance of mental wellness in the face of adversity and the support the community can give to encourage self-empowerment. With this superb lineup, you will not want to miss it.

Jerrica Escoto and Regie Cabico, National Slam Poets
Kristina Wong, Performer/Writer
Karen Joyce / Yellow Stained Blue, Songwriter & Zinester
East Los Musubi, Food Vendor
Team Kapwa, Multidisciplinary Mental Health Team


Volunteer to Set Up: 3:00 PM
Food by East Los Musubi: 4:00 PM
Sign-ups: 4:45 PM
Open mic: 5-7 PM

All are welcome to sign up. The mic will be open for every artist that would like to share and build a community with us!

Due to the increasing number of participants, open mic-ers have 4 minutes MAX.

We have only two community guidelines: (1) Free speech, not hate speech and (2) Express, not impress. As a safe space for all who have ever been marginalized, express free speech and share your story!

Pilipino Workers Center in the Pabelonia Sisters Community Room (1st floor): 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Pilipino Workers Center is a non-profit organization located in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, but serves Filipinos throughout Southern California.

Wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Chairs are provided, and people are not expected to stand. Two bathrooms are gender neutral. ASL Interpreter can be available on request; please notify us three weeks ahead of time if one is needed — we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Open mic-ers are strongly encouraged to provide copies of text for those hard of hearing and deaf.

Street parking is free on Glendale Blvd and nearby residential areas. Meters are free on Sundays.

There is no nearby subway station. One bus stop (14/37) is on Beverly and Belmont. It is a 6 minute walk or 1/4 mile (500 meters) from venue.

— Jerrica Escoto, National Slam Poet
Jerrica Escoto has been a spoken word performer for over a decade. S/he was on the 2010, 2013, and 2015 San Diego Slam Team and a finalist at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam where s/he ranked 12th in the world that year. Jerrica has used their poetry to mentor youth and facilitate workshops for young women in community schools and juvenile hall. In 2014, s/he released their first book of poetry with fellow poet, Gill Sotu, entitled «How to Love Gods and Acrobats.»

Jerrica holds a Masters degree in Women’s Studies and has taught at both SDSU and CSUSM. Their professional career in content and creative strategy started when s/he served as a Creative Content Specialist for celebrity life-coach, Tony Robbins. S/he is currently self-employed and plays hybrid roles as a content producer/creative strategist/project manager – primarily in the live events realm, as well as the University setting.

Regie Cabico, National Slam Poet
Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Mr. Cabico received his BFA at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a 2006 NYU Asian Pacific American Studies Artist In Residence. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, NPR's Snap Judgement & MTV's Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Mr. Cabico received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital. As a theater artist he received three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with a win for Best Performance Art Production The Kenyon Review recently named Regie Cabico the «Lady Gaga of Poetry» and he has been listed in BUST magazine's 100 Men We Love. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn's Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco.

Kristina Wong, Performer/Writer
Kristina Wong was recently featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” She is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured across North America and the UK. Her most notable touring show– “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured dozens of venues across the United States since 2006. It’s now a broadcast quality film distributed by Cinema Libre Studios. (More at She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” and AM Tonight on Fusion TV. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The Map Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, National Performance Network, and six Artist-in-Residence grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She’s been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony, New York Theater Workshop, Ojai Playwrights Festival, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Hermitage, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. On television, she’s been on General Hospital, Nickelodeon’s “Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn,” and Myx TV’s “I’m Asian American and Want Reparations for Yellow Fever.” Her newest solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates White Privilege as an Asian American “Mzungu” in East Africa. She spent a month in Northern Uganda recording a hit rap album “Mzungu Price” with local rappers and doing research for that show. Kristina’s mail order bride website is She has taught at Cal Arts in the MFA Creative Writing Program and twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater.

Karen Joyce / Yellow Stained Blue, Songwriter & Zinester
Karen Joyce is a songwriter, musician, and poet. Coloring singable melodies with jazzy harmonies and idiosyncratic lyricism, she creates introspective indie pop/rock music. Her sound is honest and sentimental, with lyrics stemming from her heartfelt poems and journal entries.

She is also involved with other artistic projects where she explores trauma & political themes through performance art, spoken word, and improvisation. She also writes and crafts original merchandise under her blog & zine project, Yellow Stained Blue where she discusses mental illness, social justice, and strength in vulnerability.

East Los Musubi, Food Vendor
East Los Musubi is a Pop-Up Kitchen based out of North East L.A. created by a group of friends that wanted to share their love for this Hawaiian style snack food. They took the recipes that some of their associates grew up with in Downtown Los Angeles's Rampart District, North East Los Angeles and Hawaii and combined them with a few East L.A. style flavors. East Los Musubi was not trying to recreate the classic O.G Musubi. They started with those and added a few new cool variations to the menu. What sets them apart is how they create their Musubi… on the street corner taquero-style fresh and made to order.

Team Kapwa, Multidisciplinary Mental Health Team
Team Kapwa is a multidisciplinary team of health professionals and community partners whose vision is to create a culture of mental health and healthy parenting in the Filipino community. We are honored to be chosen for the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship, a national leadership program aimed at creating a culture of health for all Americans. We recently hosted the first event focused on Filipino Family Wellness and mental health in Los Angeles on 7/22/17- over 130 participants attended this dialogue that combined science, storytelling, and the arts to decrease mental health stigma in our community.

Team Kapwa includes:
Joyce Javier MD, MPH, MS (Team Captain), Dean Coffey PsyD, Jed David, MS, OT, Horacio Lopez MD, Aviril Sepulveda MS, OT, and multiple community partners/members, including Ana Jayme MFT.

Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program. She is a primary care pediatrician and physician scientist whose research over the past 16 years has focused on optimizing the well-being of Filipino American youth. She received her MD at UC Irvine and completed her pediatrics residency and general academic pediatrics fellowship at Stanford. She has dedicated her career to creating a culture of family wellness in the Filipino community.

DJ Won, Resident DJ
DJ Won (aka Xuan Espinoza) is a beat maker and sound selector from Baldwin Park, California. An avid supporter of hip hop as a tool for organization and expression. Many of his gigs have been located at open mics, galleries, fundraisers and community gatherings. Currently he is in the works for releasing a mixtape and side project. DJ Won's music is free to download at:

Eddy M. Gana Jr., Resident Host
Eddy M. Gana Jr. is a spoken word artist and emcee from Union City, California. Graduated from UC Irvine with BAs in Psychology and Criminology, he provides behavioral intervention services. Currently, he is an MSW candidate of the Children, Youth, and Families Department at USC. He is ½ of Steady, the Chairperson of KmB / Pro-People Youth and a Co-Founder/Resident Host of Sunday Jump in Historic Filipinotown. Published in TAYO, he has facilitated writing workshops and shared his poetry in a variety of venues. Inspired by people's stories, he believes in the therapeutic elements of self-expression for personal growth and greater social change.
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