SAN FRANCISCO—Celebrating the one-year anniversary of ASL Epic and honoring Deaf Awareness Night, ASL Epic will be hosting a special open show on September 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Sweet Inspiration Bakery in the Castro area.
The night will begin with an ASL “gather and chat” for the first hour at 7:00p.m. From 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the open ASL Epic show will begin. From 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., there will be an informal after-party hosted by the San Francisco ASL Meet-up and Social at Hi Tops bar, located at 2247 Market St.
The event is also accepting volunteers. T volunteer, it is advised that you arrive early or join their Facebook group here.
Sweet Inspiration Bakery is a locally-owned confectionary that often supports local artists and performers. Every month, the shop hosts Second Sundays, which are shows featuring a music performance by local Bay area musicians. You can find more information about Second Sundays and see video recordings of past performances here. To find out more information about Sweet Inspiration’s pastry selection, hours or address, click here.
ASL Epic is a monthly open-mic type show that allows attendees to take the stage and perform stories, poems, comedy routines, songs, dances, skits and more.
It was inspired by its southern California counterpart, ASL Cabaret, which takes place monthly in Los Angeles. ASL Cabaret organizer Mona Jean Cedar expressed her enthusiasm and support of the event in a Facebook post. “This is super wonderful!” said Cedar. “You are awesome for doing this. I remember our lunch together after the ASL Showcase at the National Poetry Slams in Oakland.”
The organization also works in cohesion and support with other local ASL groups and artists, including Deaf Club (formerly Zip Zap), Deaf Dance Festival, ASLAP (ASL Artists & Performers) and Santa Cruz ASL Poetry Festival-Eye Music.
A video from ASL Epic’s “Deaf Got Talent” show that was hosted during the San Francisco Pride Festival 2015 June 27-28.